“All the other learning experiences I had had to do with adding content to myself- learning material, mastering skills- SelfDesign Graduate Institute is different, it has had me go inside and do self-inquiry, and yes you are still dealing with the content and material but dealing with it in the context of ‘who am I in this?’ ”
“Are you ready, do you have the courage to dive into yourself?!?”
Renee Poindexter interviews Doree Blake, SelfDesign Graduate Institute alumni who lives on Vancouver Island, Canada.
What was your journey up until the SelfDesign Graduate Institute?
I was a child athlete, I was a coach, I was a fitness instructor at a very young age, then I became a teacher in the public school system and I taught PE and music and all sorts of wonderful subjects. I also was a business person, I had a human resources company and I worked in soft HR and I used intuition and it was a wonderful experience.
I have a pretty good sense of what I need as a learner after all these years, I need experiential dive in learning.
How is it that you came across the SelfDesign Graduate Institute and what made you decide to pursue a Masters Degree?
I was connected through my children who were homeschooling at SelfDesign, and I also was a learning consultant with SelfDesign so when the graduate institute was formed, I put my name in to be part of the alpha cohort.
How would you say that the SelfDesign Graduate Institute compares to your other educational pursuits?
All the other learning experiences I had had to do with adding content to myself- learning material, mastering skills- SelfDesign Graduate Institute is different, it has had me go inside and do self-inquiry, and yes you are still dealing with the content and material but dealing with it in the context of ‘who am I in this?’ That is a very powerful place from which to learn and you can learn incredibly fast and make huge gains which I feel I have. As far as clarity goes, I got very clear in the types of things that I love and my passions and where I want to serve so it is no surprise I returned to my roots and I am now creating a business where I am working in the fitness industry; however, I am working with people over the age of 50, helping people to increase their quality of live, I am working with cutting edge technologies. I feel that who I am has been made ready for that through my experiences with the graduate institute.
During the Spring 2013 Term, Doree Blake engaged in a Directed Study in which she explored the work of Dr. David R. Hawkins, with a particular focus on the process Hawkins calls ‘letting go.’ Doree’s Directed Study evolved into her creation of a website, ‘Learn Letting Go,’ where she shares her insight and wisdom with others.
Doree Blake collaborated with Julia Jongkind on her Master of Arts final project, planning and leading “The Loveable Parent” workshop.
The workshop was offered in June and focused on:
- Deepen relationship alignment
- Uncover shared values
- Build meaningful connections based on values
- Identify family resonance (tone) and culture
- Uncover authentic family rituals
- Deepen individual self-awareness
- Take responsibility for self and other
- Find more effective ways to communicate, and
- Heal past patterns of behaviours
“Overall, this project created a deeper learning for me about myself in my relationships and it challenged me. I experienced solid personal growth and was able to apply what I learned with and from Doree immediately to my life.” – Julia Jongkind
“We began this project with a collaborative plan. Being selfdesigners, we remained open to the possibilities. During the live workshop our open, adventuresome and loving stance invited workshop participants to join us and SelfDesign too. In other words, we produced an open framework from which our participants could play and safely explore themselves within the context of parenting.” – Doree Blake