Xoli Fuyani, youth worker, Cape Town, SA
“Catch the Fire is a canvas where you get to explore and unleash your own creative potential. I was inspired to take creative risks and regained my faith in my heart and my mind.”
Sharon Hall, Humanities Dept Chair, Skagit Valley College, WA, US
“Each classroom full of students is its own community. Catch the Fire gave me the tools to create a comfortable and safe space for students to function within over the entire period of time we’re together.”
Alekzandr Wray, teacher in training, OR, US
“I learned that you really don’t have to be an artist to be creative. PYE set up a framework that helped me build my own creative confidence.”
Bridget Quigg, performer, improv and creative writing teacher, WA, US
“Catch the Fire welcomes you into a community filled with creativity, love, inspiration, and joy. Everyone is there to grow and share what they know. It’s magical.”
Karen Taylor, 7th grade teacher, BC, Canada
“The Catch the Fire training redefined the way I view creativity. Being able to experience, first hand, the powerful and authentic community that can be cultivated through artistic exploration has had a profound impact on both my personal and professional life. As a middle school teacher, I have been searching for a way to integrate the arts into my classroom, and this training has evolved my practice in meaningful and measurable ways! I came home from Whidbey Island feeling recharged, empowered and inspired. Having the opportunity to rediscover and increase my own creative confidence was an unexpected gift and an important step in my journey as an educator.
Since the beginning of the school year, I have integrated the Creative Community Model into my teaching, and the response from my students has been incredible. The understanding that everyone has a fundamental desire to be seen and heard is a seemingly simple concept, and yet it so often gets forgotten amidst the planning of lessons and the delivery of curriculum. By inviting the arts into the classroom, my students are learning what it means to create a heart-centered learning environment. They are becoming increasingly open to taking creative risks and are recognizing the importance of fostering a safe and inclusive classroom community.
The world is changing, and so is education. The focus has shifted away from thinking we need to simply fill our students’ brains with knowledge. Instead, teachers are becoming dedicated to finding ways to authentically engage students and ignite their passion for learning. The Catch the Fire training has brought a depth to my teaching practice unlike any other training I have experienced! The added bonus? It was an absolute blast!”
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