Friday, 7 November 2014

The Age of Technology and Learning

"Education is different these days". This is something we are hearing more and more. It would seem that everything is "different theses days". Computers, tablets, laptops, smartphones and the list goes on. We don't need to ask questions because we have Google. But do we really learn through these devices or merely store information that we may one day apply? 
I must admit, that for the last five years as an instructor, I have resisted and embraced technology. The fact is that I teach a hands on physically connected subject and do not see how it can be learned without ever having felt it. Yet, at the same time, there are reams and reams of theory that are acquired by reading and memorization in context. This being said, our connection to technology allows us to now place some of that knowledge at our fingertips rather than safely tucked away in our brains. This does not mean that we do not need to take in the information and process it in the context of our learning, but that we can delegate a certain amount of our learning to methods outside the classroom.
Our current youth is tuned into the flow of information and knowledge in the internet stream, and even my mother has a touch screen laptop, which means that.....
multi-generations are now conversant with technology as a form of learning. So, I admit that it is now possible to teach some of what I know over long distances and have it applied contextually to the hands on learning in person.
Windsong College of Healing Arts is now offering a full Combined Distance Diploma. This will allow students to study the theory by distance over a period of 9 or 14 months and then apply that theory in onsite classes specifically targeting hands on practical skills and practitioner training. Technology is "becoming my friend" as my daughter likes to put it and I am going to learn to let go of the preconceived notions that I had previously held in favour of integrating the present and the past. 
Once the theory has been studied, students may register for the 3 and a half month Onsite Practical portion of the program. This has many benefits, as it means less time out of their lives for retraining. Being able to learn and continue with work or other commitments at the same time and having relevant theoretical knowledge prior to working hands on. The best thing of all is a reduction in the cost of education due to the reallocation of resources. Check out our Schedule and tuition for the 2015 year and if it works for you... we'll see you in a "hangout" in 2015. 

In Light

Monday, 13 October 2014

Autumn Comes To Windsong With new Educational Paths

Students at Windsong School of Healing Ltd. are now attending classes in two venues. Our Certified Holistic Health & Shiatsu Practitioner Diploma is now offered through Windsong College of Healing Arts in Full Time, Part Time, and Combined Distance Studies. This allows students a wide variety in their educational choices from the Full Time 11 month intensive to taking module by module and earning professional recognition certificates until your program is completed and you have earned your Diploma. 

And our second venue... Aarastyn Holistic Awareness allows for short term and workshop study to be completed for certificates of completion that can be used towards prior learning in the College. Aarastyn offers Continuing education for members of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of BC as a resource school and for the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada Association in recognized courses for work in the industry of Holistic Practices and Oriental Bodywork.

So whether you are looking for a career, a hobby, or a continuing education credit ... Windsong School of Healing Ltd. has a course to fits your needs this Fall. 

See our website at or contact us at to find out more about walking you educational path.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Spring Brings New Growth to Aarastyn

This Spring, our personal training workshops and classes are growing! We have added the AcuChi Jin Shin 6 Month Training to our line up with Aarastyn Holistic Awareness. See our webpage at... Aarastyn Workshops for information on the workshops and class choices offered.

AcuChi Jin Shin offers training in the Japanese system of Strange Flows and Chakra balancing through Energy Medicine. This system allows us to enhance the flow of the Natural Life Energies inherent in our bodies, thereby balancing the body systems and encouraging the healing process. AcuChi Jin Shin is safe, simple, and works well for those who cannot undergo more rigorous therapies. The effect is deeply relaxing and allows the receiver to experience deeply energetic states of balance. As Mel reported 'when she first started touching me, I thought what is this going to do, I can't even feel it? The next thing I know, I am drifting off and completely relaxed! It felt so good and I felt excellent after'.

The classes are offered over 6 months of combined distance learning and onsite one-day weekend workshops. Learners will be given a manual of information and assignments to complete each month and will meet for a one-day hands on workshop to learn the correct methods of application and exchange sessions and learning. Aarastyn can host you in a dormitory style overnight or you can choose from the Bed and Breakfasts on our website or from around town if you are travelling from afar to take your workshop day.

The educational investment is $600 paid in Six $100 monthly payments or altogether at the beginning of the training. Upon successful completion of your training, you are given a certificate of title and achievement for AcuChi Jin Shin from your Master Teacher, Lori-Ann Macleod.