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Heading Toronto in the morning for my second TSI - and this time bringing a team from our my network. Looking forward to another wonderful experience and reconnecting with the amazing TSI family.
My first time at TSI starts tomorrow! Can't wait, it's been on my bucket list for a number of years!
TSI 2011 begins tomorrow! I wish you all a wonderfully, inspiring week. Take care!
I have been so fortunate to attend TSI 3 times, and each one of them has been a profund and renewing experience. For me is more than the learning aspect of it, it is going back to re-chrage my batteries and renew my faith in what is possible. It is my time to feel accompanied and belonged.
I also go back to see the friends who have taught, inspired and moved me
I have to go back for more ...
TSI creates space to think, relax, renew and connect... it reminds me of what is POSSIBLE when energy is directed to the 'right' place and when people commit to working together. Explaining what happens at TSI is nearly impossible as it is a venue that must be experienced to be fully appreciated! .
Years ago, several friends and I participated in 2 different inclusion institutes hosted by Jack, John, Lynda and others - this experience was the catalyst for us to develop a local learning community. As a result, we created our own 'mini' inclusion experience that includes an annual 'retreat' (6 years and counting).
I am hoping to be able to return to TSI - maybe even to celebrate 25 years!!
I wrote something when I came home from TSI in 2009: http://inclusionnetwork.ning.com/profiles/blogs/experiencing-inclusion
I had decided that I would aim to get there every 3 years; that seemed ambitious but feasible. But, here I am, a year and a half later, planning my trip to Toronto this summer. 3 years was too long (though certainly easier to achieve than getting there this year... but I'll do it!)
I think the 'immersion' aspect of it was important to me. We exhasuted ourselves by talking, talking, thinking, LISTENING, reflecting, listening, talking... and I stayed up too late doing it, but still got up every morning for mindfulness practice.
I also think there is something incredibly powerful about that number of people who want a better world, coming together to work out how we can achieve the change we want to see. The exchange of ideas and techniques strengthens and enriches the inclusion movement.
For me TSI means many things.
There are more deep thinkers with similar values under one roof at one time than any other event I have been to.
We have deep thinkers with much wisdom from many years of experience which gives a sense of history to where we have come from and where we need to go.
The fact that the process in developing the market place and througout TSI models what it is we want to do in the work i.e. empowering individual and community to take the lead in creating the world we want is very powerful. We also have a lot of fun. I learn so much from people from all over the world.
I gain great strength and hope every time I attend the TSI.
Short and sweet...
Summer institute allows the time and space to slow down, think, converse, and just be. All of this within a group of like minded people living for inclusion. This creates unimaginable energy and rejuvination.
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