Shift Bristol hosted this extremely well attended event with the lovely Tanya Moore last night in the Community Centre. An unusual mix of subjects perhaps but one that Tanya pulled off with her light hearted and fun approach.
Beginning with the tools and techniques of accelerated learning she revealed important factors in successfully gaining knowledge such as relaxation and memory techniques, optimising your brain’s function by being aware of its patterns and word and image associations. Hilariously she had us up shaking our bodies, doing brain gymn exercises and moving seats during the course of the evening to keep our brains refreshed. Something mine desperately needed after a long day being fried in front of my laptop.
Using these tools and techniques she demonstrated just how easy it was for us to learn the permaculture principles without having to memorise lists or cram loads of text. Again on our feet Tanya had us miming to associations of the principles and by the end of the evening we were all fluent in those values. These simple but amazing techniques can be applied to any area of education and I’m gobsmacked that they aren’t used in mainstream schooling. If I’d had a teacher like Tanya I know I would’ve had way more fun learning and remembering. Why, for instance, aren’t memory techniques taught in schools or universities, such a fundamental requirement to the success of any learning? Still that wouldn’t keep us dumbed down enough would it? Or am I just being cynical here?
If you missed the talk you can still catch Tanya at Truth Juice on the 18th October at 7.30pm, the College Project, Marksbury Rd, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 5JJ
And she is running a conversational Spanish course using accelerated learning in Bristol on the 20/21st October 2012.