2019 Inquiring Voices Environmental Education Gathering

September 20-22, Whatshan Lake Retreat, near Nakusp, West Kootenay

CBEEN’s 2019 Inquiring Voices Environmental Education Gathering will take place at Whatshan Lake Retreat near Edgewood (south of Nakusp) from September 20-22, 2019. Participants can arrive anytime in the evening on Friday, September 20, and we will close the event following lunch on 1:30pm on Sunday, September 22.

The goal of this annual event is to bring together educators to form a rich learning community meet to share, support, and collaborate with one another. These retreats are a great opportunity to network, share resources and stories, inspire one another and have fun through dialogue and activity.

Early bird registration fees apply if you register by June 30 – $175 for CBEEN members / $225 for non-members. After June 30 rates will increase to $200 for CBEEN members / $250 for non-members. This includes all accommodation (cabins or tenting – your choice), meals and learning supplies.

Feedback from past participants

I really appreciate the energy, passion, and thought that go into each of these events. You really do think of every little detail, even the ones that people probably don’t notice. You do a wonderful job of connecting and communicating beforehand, during and after an event. I am always telling others that CBEEN offers, by far, the best professional development!

Thanks for a fabulous, inspiring weekend. I love the boost of energy and enthusiasm I get for teaching people about nature from this symposium.

The event was a “10”. It was perfect. The perfect people were here in a perfect place talking about and deeply thinking on critical themes that run through our personal and professional lives.

This event was beyond my expectations. All of the educators were so inviting and engaging – the atmosphere was relaxing yet exhilarating with ideas and sharing in all directions.

I appreciated the chance to really get to know everyone and share. This Symposium was a great mix of relaxation and productivity!

This symposium inspired me to go forward and teach my Grade 8 class with renewed inspiration and confidence in their future on the planet. It provided the highest quality learning experiences from professional sources and showcased the talent of the participants as well. The conference also provided opportunities to network with like-minded professionals and discuss and problem-solve issues related to education as it pertains to Sustainability.

Meeting together with other environmental educators rekindled my sense of purpose, and knowing there are others in the basin that share my values and love of teaching about nature will keep me motivated till we meet again

I came away from the weekend retreat refreshed, stimulated and excited about being an environmental educator, who can share my passion for the world around us with my students.

It was quite an incredible experience to be in a place with environmental educators who are well aware of the seriousness of the challenges we face, and who in spite of this are determined to work for positive change by educating and engaging young people in meaningful and authentic ways.

The Voices for Sustainability event is about getting motivated and recharged. It allows participants to learn from each other, to share best practices and to showcase what they are doing in their classes and their communities around education for sustainability. I have always come away just bursting with new ideas and inspiration.

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