Booking for Winter 2023

The Embodied Educator™

Offering transformational programs that empower educators to support the emotional needs of their students while simultaneously developing the skills to manage stress and reduce educator burnout.  By becoming educated in our body’s natural processes and learning to value and navigate our emotional responses, educators are better able to create a safe and supportive environment for learning to occur

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 People employed in the education field are facing astounding rates of burnout, fatigue, chronic anxiety/depression, health issues, and a loss of joy in their work. 

Tasked with the difficult role of attending to learner's academic and increasing mental health needs in large and diverse classrooms, the struggle to maintain balance between work, family, and rest is taking its toll on their health and wellbeing of educators.



Our professional development programs  promote the health and wellbeing of individuals working with children and youth. 

We teach educators to develop an understanding of:

  • the workings of the nervous system
  • the anatomy of our emotions
  • impacts of stress on the nervous system
  • healthy communication skills 
  • the power of co-regulation 

We give educators tools and techniques to:

  • increase body awareness
  • learn strategies to minimize the impact of ongoing stress.
  • self-regulate through stress management 
  • support the social/emotional development of their students

In addition, we  explore how to weave these practices into the classroom so that both educators and learners can develop resiliency, emotional literacy and co-regulation skills that will help them lead a healthy lifestyle.

Professional Development Workshops

The ELM works in collaboration with Schools and School Divisions to tailor programming to meet the needs of the community.

Emotional Anatomy: The Ins and Outs of our Survival System and Its Impacts on Learning, Connection, and Engagement.

Foundational workshop and  prerequisite for many ELM workshops.

In this workshop participants will learn about the anatomy of our emotions and how they have developed as an evolutionary tool to ensure our survival. Through this knowledge, we will learn to identify states of emotional activation and collapse, and work with these states to nurture resiliency, confidence, and self-regulation.  This workshop dives into the science behind our nervous system responses and how these responses impact our ability to learn, solve problems, and connect with others.

Available online and in-person


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Emotional First Aid: Administering CPR (Compassion, Presence, & Reflection™)

Supporting the development of strong communication skills contributes to increased confidence, healthy relationships and the reduction of stress, anxiety and depression. 

CPR (Compassion, Presence & Reflection) is a tool developed by ELM and used in our Wholehearted Leaders Program to support the development of healthy communication skills and cultivate a language around emotions. Participants will learn how to support their students as they learn to identify and voice their needs, set boundaries, communicate kindly and assertively, and solve problems. Topics to cover include; signs that a conversation is needed, keeping conversations safe, setting a container for hard conversations, and communicating with understanding. 

This tool will revolutionize your classroom and all aspects of your life!

*Due to the participatory nature of this workshop, only in-person workshops are provided.

Balance Over Burnout

Move beyond surviving to thriving! Learn the science behind burnout and the importance of coregulation, neuroception and the maintenance of a healthy nervous system.

 This wellness focused workshop provides school staff with knowledge and experiences to regain their balance and move out of survival mode and back into a space of connection and enthusiasm. Our facilitators will offer science-backed tools and techniques to soothe the nervous system. This is an excellent option for groups looking to to reset, relate and balance the demands of the the workplace.

 An intimate understanding and regular maintenance of your nervous system is a key component to the prevention and rehabilitation of burnout due to stress and overwhelm.

*Due to the participatory nature of this workshop, only in-person workshops are provided.

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Neuroscience and Attachment Theory show us that children learn to self-regulate by co-regulating to the adults caring for them, demonstrating how essential healthy educators, educational assistants, and administrators are to the overall wellbeing of our society.

TESTIMONIALS

What Educators Are Saying

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  • I was fortunate to have worked alongside Kris Garner while she piloted her Whole-Hearted Leaders program at Beaver Creek Academy. As her co-teacher, I found myself quickly becoming a learner alongside our students as she took us on a journey to explore and develop emotional literacy. Fostering a sense of curiosity, our students became comfortable and fluent when exploring and communicating their emotions, specifically communicating with the intention of understanding others. Perhaps this seems like a rather mundane skill, but too often have I heard from adults and parents of our learners “I wish was I taught this when I was young”.

    As I reflect on my year as both Kris’s co-teacher and as a student in her teaching, the only word that comes to mind is “transformative”. Kris has modeled and helped me gain confidence in myself and my abilities as an educator. She has given words and language to help navigate the complex, beautiful but at times a bit messy world of emotions.

    So I ask you to take a moment to imagine having the courage to share your vulnerability with others, to imagine the strength of being able to receive and hold space for others when they feel most vulnerable, to imagine the empowering feeling of being seen and heard…. now imagine those skills for yourself and for your learner. This is the journey and the gift that Kris has imparted to me.

    This is my love letter to Education, to a future filled with emotionally literate communities and to change in the ways we connect with ourselves and others. Thank you Kris for being a mentor to me.

    Chloe Tang

    Educator

  • Being an Educator is no easy feat. Between trying to balance student well-being, academic proficiency, administrative pressures, extra curriculars, and the endless hours of planning (plus so much more) it is no wonder that so many individuals in the education system suffer from burn out and exhaustion. How can we show up for ourselves when we are giving everything to our learners and our jobs? Helping school staff balance their sense of self with the tasks of daily life in the education system is precisely what The Embodied Educator workshops do.

    The information that Kris provides combines scientific research with tangible everyday experiences that each individual can do to not only help themselves but transform their classrooms and the ways they interact within their daily lives. I continue to inspire myself everyday as I witness the beautiful and positive changes Kris’ teachings have brought to my life. By being in-tune and regulated with my own nervous system I am able to show up authentically with my learners, friends, and family in ways I didn’t know possible. I am so excited to continue this work that has been planted as a seed by Kris. My hope is that all Educators who are witness to these teachings will be able to see that there are small things they can start doing tomorrow to help connect deeper with themselves and their Learners.

    Alenna Mark

    Educator

  • I started doing support work for families and foster agencies 6 years ago, moved into the role of teacher support 3 years ago, and have never experienced what I have working with ELM. I was unaware of how much I had to learn about myself and humanity as a whole before walking through those doors. It began as an exciting new venture and ended up becoming a defining moment that determined a new path in life for me. I have experienced a level of acceptance with the team I am working with, that I didn't know was possible. As the school year progressed, every emotion played out, was allowed and treated as valid throughout this process. This gave the kids a chance to really bond and coordinate in ways that respected them as individuals and allowed them to contribute to the whole in a meaningful way. I watched conflicts arise, climax, and find resolution in a fraction of the time as I have in other educational or support environments. They began to understand and embrace the process, and in doing so, developed a deeper level of trust in their educators, themselves, and each other. This was a great gift for many among us, we learned together, we discovered ourselves and our gifts together, and we supported each other. Creativity was always flowing freely amongst our group, as educators, as well as among our students. We used this harmonious state of being to solve ideas quickly and in ways that allowed more interesting ideas to flourish. I count myself extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to join this team, to learn what I have from Kris, and to feel good about what and how I teach and support others. With it comes a genuine sense of belonging to a community committed to each other. A community that strives to find the best possible ways of embracing our humanity, our highs/lows, and working with the world around us such as it is in any given place and time. I am so excited to see where this will go and how many more people can have the opportunity to experience this amazing program.




    Chris Hunt

    Educator

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