During the 5-day program, participants will learn from a collection of academic teachers and active practitioners. Participants and mentors will represent a wide spectrum of disciplines including the arts, natural science, social science and theology. The teaching methods include tutorial mentoring, collaborative discussion, individual and group reflection.
The location at Turkey Run State Park places participants in an area of rich cultural and natural heritage. The program will immerse participants in the landscape and encourage exploration. Byron inspires a sense of wonder, awe and respect for the complexity and beauty of natural and cultural systems.
Byron Fellowship incorporates a mix of informative and transformative learning. Throughout the Fellowship, participants are invited to contemplate their own unique abilities and personal values, to develop a clear vision for their vocation, and to articulate it for others. Participants are encouraged and challenged to reflect on and call into question their existing assumptions or mental models and to play with expanding their repertoire of ways of being in the world.
Topics of learning include:
Theological Basis for Sustainable Community Action
Local Natural Heritage including Geology, Flora and Fauna
Local Cultural Heritage
Learning Through the Stories of Place
Mindfulness and Systems Thinking
Transformative Action, Appreciative Inquiry, and Positive Deviance
Economic Structure and External Incentives for Sustainability
Values, Purpose, Passion and Internal Motivations for Sustainability
Political Action and Community Initiative
Fostering Trust, Relationship, and Design for Community
Allyson Pumphrey President, Sustainable Catalyst Partners, LLC Indiana Program Director, Byron Fellowship Educational Foundation Allyson recently graduated law school and started an environmental sustainability consulting ...