On October 24th, 2014, the Empathy Factory hosted its annual Breathing: Empathy event at St. Mary’s Boat Club in Halifax. Breathing: Empathy allows participants to treat their bodies and spirits to a high energy experience fit for the entire family, featuring Zumba, a Latin-inspired fitness class and relaxing yoga.
The event was a great success! Stay tuned for pictures and dates for next year.
When there is tension in the body and mind, your intuition gets buried and your body switches to survival mode. Yoga releases tension, and calms your mind, making room for your intuition to float to the surface and guide you.
Yoga is the practice of getting connected. However you choose to view your spirituality, when you practice yoga, you remember that we all are connected, here to help each other, and that we have so much potential when we are kind to others.
Yoga melts stress away. When the stress melts away, creativity can come out to play.
All proceeds from this event will go towards promoting empathy in our youth.
13&14 November 2014
Accelerating: Empathy brings together high school students from across the Province who aspire to be leaders of social change to take part in the best experiential educational environment available to them.
Participants are challenged to devise a solution to a timely social issue of their choosing and make a pitch to other participating students. The ideas that receive the most votes will be furthered by teams of 8-10 students over a period of 30 hours.
In order for tomorrow’s leaders of social change to learn, they must do.
Good ideas need great teams, and that’s what we’ll foster at Accelerating: Empathy. With only 60 seconds to pitch their ideas, participants will have to be clever, and get the most out of each second in order to attract votes and other participants to their team. You must be adaptable, open-minded, and unafraid to make mistakes!
We visit schools throughout Nova Scotia and deliver workshops on the value of volunteering, philanthropy, and related topics to children aged 8-15. We then challenge them to submit ideas that will better their communities in the categories of Health, Environment, Social Justice and/or Education. The top one or two ideas at each school receive the full support and mentorship of the Empathy Factory staff and volunteers throughout the execution of their ideas. Upon completion of the projects, we ensure that each student involved submits a reflection of their learning outcomes, successes, and failures.
Our programs have been developed to foster learning in areas deemed to be desirable curricular outcomes by the Nova Scotia Department of Education. To that end, you can see below a sample (based on Grade 8 curriculum) of outcomes that our workshops address:
Citizenship – Worldly look at political, economic, and social systems; discuss human rights issues; identifying the principles and actions of just societies
Communication – Explore, reflect on, and express personal ideas/learnings/perceptions/feelings; create and present instructions/processes clearly, logically, concisely, and accurately; critically reflect on and interpret ideas presented through a variety of media
Personal Development – Students are empowered to make the transition to work and further learning; make decisions and assume responsibility for them; work and study purposefully; demonstrate understanding of the relationship between health and lifestyle; demonstrate intellectual curiosity, and entrepreneurial spirit, and initiative; reflect critically on ethical issues
Problem Solving – Formulate ideas and question their own assumptions and those of others; solve problems individually and collaboratively; ask questions, observe relationships, and draw conclusions; use a variety of strategies and perspectives with flexibility and creativity for solving problems