Boys, Coyotes & Other Wild Creatures

Portland, OR
Saturday, March 08, 2014

Boys, Coyotes & Other Wild Creatures
Saturday, March 08, 2014 8:30 AM -
Sunday, March 09, 2014 4:00 PM

Lewis & Clark College - Albany 220
0619 SW Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, OR 97219

Map and Directions
(8:00 am check-in on the first day.)

Instructors Lynea Gillen, LPC/RYT, Jim Gillen, ERYT-500 & Jeff Albin, CDP

$220 Course Fee ($245 after Feb 14)
$55 Optional PSU Graduate Credit

Nationwide, boys are nearly twice as likely as girls to be suspended, make up two-thirds of special education students, are 1.5 times more likely to be held back a grade and 2.5 times more likely to be given diagnoses of ADHD. Energetic boys can create challenges and opportunities for parents, educators and therapists. And while the research on gender differences can be controversial, perhaps it’s time to meet boys’ unique needs, and to provide healthy and creative outlets for their “wildness.”

Learn the importance of movement and “rough” play and the need for boys to find meaning, initiation and physical connection to the world. We will use traditional stories of animals such as wolves, coyotes and cougars, and current cultural mythology such as Star Wars' Jedi knights, to explore the warrior archetype and its importance in addressing the global challenges of this era.

In order to compete with the attraction of violent media and video games, you will learn how to create highly experential activities where boys can explore their power in safe ways and learn that the true heart of the warrior is to protect goodness and help instead of harm. 

Workshop Includes:    

  • Tools for supporting boys' emotions and developing interpersonal skills
  • How to honor children's “big” energy while teaching self-awareness and control
  • How boys’ learning styles can differ from girls’
  • How to make schools more boy-friendly
  • What video games and electronic media do to the developing brain
  • Nature/environmental education activities
  • Yoga & movement breaks to help with attention and learning       

Instructor Bios

Lynea Gillen, LPC, RYT, is a child and family counselor, award-winning author, yoga teacher and PSU adjunct faculty member. She has over 30 years of experience as a school teacher and counselor, and has taught the Yoga Calm Wellness System to over 1000 teachers, counselors and therapists across the country.

Jeff Albin, CDP, has worked as an Intervention and Prevention Specialist for ESD 112 in rural Washington schools. His background includes over 10 years running high ropes courses, teaching sea kayaking and co-leading the first joint USSR/USA kayak expedition in the former Soviet Union. Jeff is also a Certified Yoga Calm Instructor and has extensive wilderness and survival skills experience. Author of Changing the Message.

Jim Gillen, ERYT-500, is the cofounder of Yoga Calm and director of Still Moving Yoga. He previously taught and developed youth programs for Saturday Academy, the National Science Foundation and the National Sports Center for the Disabled. He currently co-teaches Yoga Calm for Children and Jedi training classes at the Children’s Program in Portland. 

Offered in conjunction with Portland State University, Continuing Education in the Graduate School of Education (CE/ED). One PSU Graduate Credit and/or 10 Washington Clock Hours available. Certificate of training hours provided.

The Course Fees are payable directly to Still Moving Yoga, LLC. PSU credit registration is available at the course, and they will bill you directly for those fees after the course.

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