Boys, Coyotes & Other Wild Creatures

Portland, or
Saturday, February 04, 2012

Boys, Coyotes & Other Wild Creatures
Saturday, February 04, 2012 9:00 AM -
Sunday, February 05, 2012 4:00 PM

Still Moving Yoga
10040 SW 25th Ave
Portland, or 97219

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Instructors Lynea Gillen, MS, Jim Gillen, RYT-500 & Jeff Albin, CDP

$230 Course Fee (Register by Jan 4 and save 10%)
$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 both headaches and opportunities for parents, educators and therapists. And while the research on gender differences can be controversial, perhaps it’s time to look at school and family life and see how they’re meeting (or not meeting) boys’ unique needs, and to provide healthy and creative outlets for their “wildness.”

In this highly experiential workshop, we will explore the importance of movement and “rough” play and the need for boys to find meaning, initiation and physical connection to the world. We will learn how to use traditional stories of animals such as wolves, coyotes and cougars, as well as current cultural mythology such as Star Wars and its 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

*** Course also features a live class component where you observe the instructors teaching workshop techniques with a children's class ***         

Instructor Bios

Lynea Gillen, MS/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, RYT-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 cooperatively by Portland State University, Continuing Education in the Graduate School of Education (CE/ED) and Still Moving Yoga, LLC. One PSU Undergraduate or Graduate Credit and/or 10 CEU/Clock Hours available. Coursework qualifies for professional development credit. Certificate of training hours provided.

The Course Fee is payable directly to Still Moving Yoga, LLC, and the PSU Credit Fee is payable to Portland State University. Both fees are collected by Still Moving Yoga, LLC.


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