Vancouver Island Outdoor/Adventure Educator’s Invitational
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.
- Mindfulness - applied to both ‘being’ and ‘doing’
- Receptivity & Openness.