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Category: Teaching and Learning

Leadership, Life, Teaching and Learning

Marriage to Self

May 31, 2020, Author: Chris Breen

But it’s all right now, I’ve learned my lesson well You see, you can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself. I’ve been meandering through old photographs, newspaper cuttings and various other memorabilia found in my cupboards during this forced Covid-19 lockdown period, with the inevitable consequence that many intentionally ‘forgotten’ memories have come […]

Leadership, Teaching, Teaching and Learning

Micro-worlds and Micro-identities: A Strategy for Lockdown and Life?

May 19, 2020, Author: Chris Breen

Francisco Varela (1946 – 2001) was Chilean theoretical biologist who, together with his mentor, Humberto Maturana, is best known for introducing the concept of autopoiesis to biology, and for co-founding the Mind and Life Institute to promote dialogue between science and Buddhism. Both Maturana and Varela became very important to me when, way back in […]

Hinge Moments, Leadership, Life, Teaching and Learning

I Raised You Up? A story of parenting (and leadership?)

January 21, 2020, Author: Chris Breen

This story starts almost ten years ago when I rather reluctantly agreed to become a silent one-third owner of the house that my daughter and her husband were wanting to buy. I did this as they had been told that, as they were both self-employed, this was the only way that they could get a […]

Leadership, Life, Teaching and Learning

GUEST HOUSE REVISITED: Hinge Moments and Other Stories

July 16, 2019, Author: Chris Breen

Hinge Moments are the amazing moments that occur when one is happily minding one’s own business and is then suddenly interrupted by life. When this interruption is also one of our triggers the resulting response can be very unhelpful.  Catching hinge moments is a game that has an enormous pay-off when one succeeds and echoes […]

Leadership, Life, Teaching and Learning

This Being Human is a Guest House

November 16, 2018, Author: Chris Breen

I woke early this morning with a deep sense of satisfaction. The previous day I had finished my last intensive 6-day Personal Leadership programme for the year. This last module had been an amazing experience! Fantastically courageous participants had the courage to share their personal stories at an extremely deep level on day one and […]

Teaching and Learning

Expanding the Foundations of Biocentric Education

January 30, 2018, Author: Chris Breen

I have revised this piece of writing from a year or two ago and re-posted it as I will be referring to aspects of Biocentric Education in a future post and it helps to have some background available to interested readers. Biocentric Education is a branch of the work inspired by the creator of Biodanza, […]

Teaching and Learning

Student Deadlines and Extensions

October 20, 2017, Author: Chris Breen

One of the least satisfying aspects of teaching comes at assignment submission time. Suddenly my email inbox is flooded with all sorts of pleas for late submission. This year I decided to do something different. A month before the assignment was due I sent out the following email: Sent: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 5:50 PM [...]

Teaching and Learning

Moving into Wisdom

October 19, 2017, Author: Chris Breen

Most of my teaching programmes end in the same way. We finish all business during the last day. This includes personal reflections, goodbye messages to each other in our journals and a public utterance of our intentions for the road ahead. And then we have one last break and come back for a final movement [...]

Teaching and Learning

Some Reflections on Teaching and Learning

October 4, 2017, Author: Chris Breen

When I was at school I learnt the trick of getting good marks in maths. Listen carefully to the teacher and crack the code of what s/he was teaching and then practice practice practice to make sure I could do the sums in the way teacher wanted as quickly as possible. The teacher always had [...]