FINDING JOY AND HOPE: Taking time to ask and making time to listen

Hayes, Tracy ORCID logo ORCID: (2021) FINDING JOY AND HOPE: Taking time to ask and making time to listen. Horizons .

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This is the first of three linked articles, written to stand alone and to complement each other. The aim is to encourage a conversation about how we can (1) create space for magic (memorable) moments through un/planned activities and impromptu conversations, and (2) make use of these as opportunities for reflection and learning. All three pieces exemplify the use of stories in outdoor learning and are informed by my practical and academic (research and teaching) experiences. My aim is for these to be relaxed informal pieces that readers will enjoy, as well as finding inspiration and ideas for practice - both thoughtful and practical. This first article follows on from a webinar I facilitated with Elspeth Mason in January 2021, which was linked to the IOL Spirituality in Outdoor Learning sig. The idea for the webinar emerged from an impromptu conversation – one of those serendipitous moments – that followed on from a planned session in the NW region annual conference. The planned session ended, most people left, some of us lingered. It seemed to me that something was holding us in that space, we couldn’t quite bring ourselves to leave. I was aware that I was very quiet, listening, lost in thought, reflecting on recent events. Then I heard a gentle voice ask, “Tracy do you have something to say?” And it seems that I did, although I hadn’t known it until that moment – until someone who was holding the space, noticed that I was there and took the time to ask me - and the others that were there made time to listen.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Horizons
Publisher: Tracy Hayes
ISSN: 1462-0677
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Departments: Institute of Health > Social Work, Children and Families
Learning Education and Development (LED)
Depositing User: Tracy Hayes
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2021 11:06
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2024 20:36


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