RSS Feed


I am preparing for a trip to Bainbridge and a retreat. This is part of a Leadership Academy presented by the Centre for Courage and Renewal. This is the second part of the process and it has been truly rewarding as I find my way on this journey called life with companions here at home, from all over North America and, sometimes, beyond.

Beloved other

An invitation,

For carried alone

Troubles weight us down

Each step, a struggle.

But, lightened,

Grow strong together

Backs straighten–

Shoulders square–

Heads held high.

Journey together,

Loads shared

Trust born

Become companions

Break bread together.

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

9 responses »

  1. Have a wonderful time. I look forward to hearing about it!

  2. Yes, can’t wait to hear what you learn. Great poem. Happy travels!!

  3. hi , i nominate you for th wonderful team member readership award
    visit my site

  4. All joy for you on the Retreat, Ivon. I hope very much to make a similar Retreat with CCandR some glad day. Like you, I think, I have found Parker Palmer to be a marvellous and extra-ordinary inspiration. There’s hope for a world in which such men – and such “gathering facilities” as CCandR exist. I’ll look forward to hearing how you get along. Thanks, as ever, for our contact. I think of you daily as I read Fr Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation. This past week has been particularly helpful to me and I shall be placing an order for his new book! 🙂 PS – I love your thoughtful poetry …

  5. Pingback: On the Other Side of the Door « Teacher as Transformer

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: