Cymbrogi Companions, an Educators Journey

'What Matters?'

What makes the experience so unique & relevant is that you start to see how interconnected each module is to the other.

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We invite you to join us on an experiential learning journey and become Cymbrogi Companions.

 

We are a team of leading practitioners and educators in sustainability, curriculum design, creativity, well-being, collaborative and outdoor learning.

 

We have come together to design for you a unique range of online and onsite experiences centred around 21st century knowledge, skills and mindsets.  We call them our Cymbrogi Core Four. 

 

An engagement with the Cymbrogi Core Four provides you with the opportunity to explore, from theory through to applied practice, a range of ‘future-proof’ skills and content firmly orientated towards the future. You’ll do this through both online learning modules and onsite practice, in one of the most inspirational natural sites in the country - Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire.

Taking the journey further you will also have the opportunity to undertake a supported research-focused Action-Impact Project designed to apply your new understanding and skills to make a difference within your community. 

"It has given me hope that children with similar learning difficulties like myself, will be heard and accepted within the learning environment."

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An Educators Learning Journey

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Access 4 self-paced Core Modules and 1 consolidation module, each designed and facilitated by an expert in the field. 

Through each module explore  the theory and practice of a Core Knowledge area. Take this further through associated elective micro-modules and additional resources. 

Modules use a combination of video instruction, interactive activities and live Q&A sessions with the module lead. 

Stage 1:

Understand

Online Modules

A 2-day programme of experiential, hands-on and collaborative activities at our Lawrenny site (a Covid-Safe learning environment). You will explore further the Core Four with our Champions and lead practitioners, develop ‘future-proof’ skills and access unique experiences ranging from coastal foraging to well-being practice, storytelling, creativity and curriculum design workshops.

Stage 2

Explore

Onsite Residential

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As part of the second day of the onsite programme you will learn to apply Design Thinking in the development of a Action-Impact Project. You will then take this project back into your communities to implement. Across this stage you will be supported by the Cymbrogi team and fellow Companions.

Stage 3

Materialise

Action-Impact Project

Ongoing reflective journaling enables participants to recognise and own the journey they have been on. We encourage participants to share their learning with others across the Cymbrogi community and beyond. This forms part of the ‘graduation’ from the programme. At this stage we invite our Companions to join us at our annual Cymbrogi Futures Festival of Learning and to take their learning further through additional programmes of study.

Stage 4

Reflect

Evaluate & Share 

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Stage 1: Understand

Owning Your Well-being

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To own our well-being we need an integrated, science-based understanding. Only through owning our well-being can we build a healthy & sustainable future for ourselves & others.

This module shares what it means to be well, with practices that can help you cultivate your own well-being.

 

Module Lead: Shaun Brooking

Development Collaborator: Shaun Brooking Coaching

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If we are to have a thriving planet and survive as a species, we need to change how we live and work. Understand and reflect on why it’s important to think and act on this now, as learners, educators and leaders.

 

 

Module Lead: Dr Verity Jones

Development Collaborator: The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Sustainable & Circular Futures

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Creativity is an innate capacity within all of us, but it needs actively nurturing. This module explores the benefits of introducing creativity into your practices and how your own creativity can be harnessed to shape the capacity, ability and practices of others.

 

 

Module Lead: Al Brunker

Development Collaborator: Let's Do This

Creativity & the Curriculum

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More than ever the world requires us to harness our capacity for collaboration. It is the only way we address the challenges we face, as individuals and as a community. This module explores the nature of collaborative activity, how to develop your capacity for it and strategies that will help you to build sustainable collaborative relationships.

 

Module Lead: Rob Gratton

Development Collaborator: Liberated Learning

Collaborative Action

Our 2 day residential programme, hosted at our site in Lawrenny, Pemborkeshire, provides a range of opportunities designed to enable participants to explore the Cymbrogi Core Four in greater depth. Through experiential, collaborative and applied applications of the  Core Four participant build a personal understanding of sustainable action. We also guarantee time, space and an opportunity reflect upon 'What Matters' to you within the context of the Core Four. An indicative outline of the onsite programme can be found HERE.

Explore the range of workshops currently on offer

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Stage 2: Explore

Sustainable & Circular Futures

Workshops include:

  • Coastal Foraging

  • Future Foods

  • Circular Economy in Action

  • Sustainable Living - Marginal Gains

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Owning your Well-being

Workshops include:

  • Yoga 

  • Mindfulness

  • Physiological Well-being practices

  • Outdoor learning

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Creativity & the Curriuclum

Workshops include:

  • Future Food 

  • Design Thinking

  • Curriculum Design

  • The Power of Storytelling

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A range of accommodation options are available in an around Cymbrogi HQ. Details of each and the associated costs are available on request. 

Collaborative Action

Workshops include:

  • Hidden Rules of Collaboration

  • Collaborative Learning

  • Group Dynamics

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Stage 3: Materialise

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What might your Action-Impact project look like? 

Find below some examples of Action-Impact Projects and how they link to the Core Four. 

On day 2 of the residential programme we work with participants, through the principles of Design Thinking, to design an Action-Impact Project around one aspect of the Core Four.

With support from Champions and fellow Companions, participants design and then implement a project of interest to themselves and aligned with the Core Four.. 

This is an opportunity for participants to take action, to make a change and above all enact the knowledge, skills and mindsets developed through the programme. 

Design Thinking Process

  • Empathise

  • Define

  • Ideate

  • Prototype

  • Test

  • Implement 

Can the teaching of mathematics be improved through technological tools?

Participants: Established teacher, 18 mixed-ability students of Maths aged 12-13

Scale: Classroom level 

Duration: Half an academic term

Data: Participant voice, assessment results.

Key Ideas: Metacognition; ICT; mixed-ability teaching; Mathematics; Assessment for Learning; classroom climate; sustainable learning.

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How can coaching  strategies enable participant 'ownership' ?

Participants: Established teacher, two trainee Secondary English teachers.

Scale: Department level 

Duration: Half an academic term

Data: Participant voice 

Key Ideas: Metacognition; coaching; ITE; target setting; classroom climate; sustainable practitioner development; educator agency.

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How can I organise collaboration in my year 5 primary classroom?

Participants: Year 5 teacher, teaching assistant, 24 students

Scale: Classroom level 

Duration: 6 weeks

Data: Observation and student voice

Key Ideas: Collaboration; Group dynamics; mixed-ability teaching; sustainable learning; sustainable students engagement.

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How can I better manage my own physical well-being?

 

Participants: Non teaching participant

Scale: Personal level 

Duration: 4 weeks

Data: Reflective journaling

Key Ideas: Well-being; health & nutrition; sustainable action.

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"Some very insightful information and ideas that I can integrate and deliver into my classroom."

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Ongoing reflective journaling throughout Stage 2 and 3 culminates in a final and highly personal reflection of the journey that has been undertaken. An engagement with reflection enables participants to connect their experiences with their growth as a practitioner of sustainable action,  at both the intra and interpersonal levels.  A reflective learner is an empowered learner. 

We encourage learners to become educators, sharing with others what they have learnt and with that contributing to the creation of thriving communities of practice. 

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Stage 4: Reflect

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"Lots of ideas that I can now apply to my daily work."

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"I have acquired techniques to centre myself and calm myself which I am sure I will use"

"Some very thoughtful and practical advice and techniques that can easily be implemented in my daily life and routine."

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