Today we welcomed Marina Dempster for a workshop on journalling in Upper Elementary. This is a part of a series of exercises that we hope will expand capacity for self-reflection and awareness. She used a variety of techniques, including blind contour drawing, poetry assemblage, collage and word association. The first few pages of the journals are just beautiful and we will continue with this work on a weekly basis. One of the exercises asked the children to seal a piece of paper that listed a dream they have for themselves in ten years’ time into an envelope. Then they were to write on another piece of paper a fear that they have which might stop them from reaching that goal. As a final exercise, we literally took those fears on scraps of paper outside and fired them in a metal canister. It was the perfect closure to a beautiful morning.