Vancouver Island Outdoor/Adventure Educator’s Invitational


Principles/Manifesto

 Pelig Levi

Pelig Levi

The word manifesto traces its roots to the Latin manifestum, which means clear or conspicuous.  A manifesto is defined as a declaration of one’s beliefs, opinions, motives, and intentions. It is simply a document that an organization or person writes that declares what is important to them.

 

In our work and lives, we are committed to the following ideals and values:

  • Connectivity/Love (vs. separation)
  • Diversity - honouring a multiplicity of ways of being, becoming and knowing. Supporting and giving voice to  “strong minorities”.
  • The Dignity and Value of Risk - A recognition that risk & uncertainty is a tool for human growth and development.
  • Responsive/Adaptable -  A commitment to emergent practice – valuing, recognizing & inviting change that has personal, social and  global relevance.
  • Holism - a recognition of the interdependence of all things as well as a mind-body- spirit continuum. Connection to the Universal.
  • Belonging – Fostering community based on trust, collaboration, accessibility & inclusion within our group and the larger community.
  • Justice & Dignity - for all life, human and non.
  • Reflection – A recognition of the importance of the deeper processes that turn “events” into “experience”.
  • Connection - to self, others and the landscape creating self-knowledge, community, and a sense of place.
  • Sustainability & Environmental Ethic – based on relationships and connections to the natural world and supporting social, cultural, economic, biological, and political change in relation to the ecosphere.
  • ‘Magic’ - seeing and valuing the less tangible and more spiritual/mystical elements in the natural world.
  • Change/Transformation –  Recognizing that personal development and discovery is a medium for paradigm shifts and global change.
  • Service - to individuals, communities, and the natural world.
  • Experiential Education & Adventure – a spirit of adventure is the foundation for our practice regardless of the medium - mountain, ocean, river, classroom or boardroom.
  • Cultivating and valuing  intuition, self knowledge and self-trust.
  • Happiness, joy and fun - Accessing and facilitating experiences that bring these elements to the human experience.
  • Creativity - as a way of being and working.
  • Vulnerability
  • Mindfulness - applied to both  ‘being’ and ‘doing’  
  • Receptivity & Openness.