Integrative Practices -Leadership in the classroom!

The use of awarness (self-actualization) practices to lead the class- to augment teacher and student wellbeing in order to move from “burned-out teachers” and “learned-out students” to new learning.

“Surrounding culture, our habits, our lifestyle has a huge impact on how our brain is wired” (Lonka, 2018)

Support “new learning” & new pedagogies

The course is based on contemplative learning techniques (embodiment) to support inherent & highly motivation in educational contexts. The course combines the science behind „activating learning” research team led by Kirsti Lonka, Faculty of Educational Psychology, Helsinki University, and the practice (methods and tools of social & contemplative technologies) of U-lab MIT- researching team and faculty members, led by Otto Scharmer.

The brain is a cultural organ, the way we meet others & stimuli for environment set the tone on how and what we learn long term” (Suzanne O’Sullivan neurologist and author)

What can I get at the end of the program?

The course covers a wide range of topics that schools need to consider and tackle when introducing/enhancing leadership in their school:

Climate Awarness (teaching with Sustainable Development Goals, 21st century transversal competencies

Multiple Intelligence in the classroom (IQ, EQ, WeQ-collective intelligence)

Wellbeing in the classroom, in school taking good care of oneself and the others in the community

Self leadership for students & teachers, autonomous teachers & autonomous learners

Self regulation & co regulation between teachers & students cultivate a space of learning, stretching skills and wellbeing, avoid burnouts for teachers and students and boredom

Foster culture of trust (growth) in schools , model for sharing learning and education process teachers-students

Build on strengths, approach weaknesses as a development opportunity, celebrate  successes and build image of the one learning

Support metacognitive skills, capacity to think creatively through complex issues and realities

Peace curriculum- cultural diversity competence to operate in multicultural contexts, teams and realities

Combat teachers burnouts ( plan your activity, teach the essential, activate students and share responsibility for learning, practice joy of learning

Students as change agents- cultivate engagement rather than motivation of students; combat boredom and stress to allow optimum cooperative learning for students and teachers, 

Playfulness as STEAM foundation

Creating environment to expand and stretch skills- conditions for deep learning, deep work

The course methodology integrates workshops which will include elements from performaning arts, social presenting theater, embodiment practices.

Program & Curriculum

Open Webinar to all get experience the model for this program

Module 1 

Self-leadership  &  awareness – taking care of oneself and the planet from ego to eco mindset  relational systemic thinking

Module 2

Engaging Education- listening tools supporting silent and “joyful” teacher

Module 3

Place Based learning- cultivating everyday insights to support critical thinking & creativity, compassionate inquiry 

Module 4

Wellbeing Lab- supporting multiple intelligence of the classroom, happiness curriculum with multicultural encounters 

Module 5

ScienceCommunication-cultivate more time and attention, foundation for STEAM education


The course is hosted  on cultural and ecological land of Sámi peoples.

We focus on interactive (affective) education methods to help our participants develop practical skills and strategic thinking required to face 21st century “wickied problems” in the clasdsroom and bridged to the outer context. Working together in small groups which embrace the learning principles of Open Mind, Open Heart and Open Will (Otto Scharmer).  Program feature local guests teachers who are cultural and ecological inspiring thinkers, activists and artists.

Accomodation, transportation, food costs will be organised by each participat separatly, we will provide information. 


Ivalo, Lapland, Finland 

Each module will include:

1. Your reflective process ( guidelines)
2. Curriculum- group instruments & practices
3. Practicing process & experiential based learning, peer acceleration feedback
4. Reading materials ( videos, podcasts, articles) for deepening

Be part of Upscaling Community of Learning

After the end of the program, all participants will have the possibility to register and be part of our University of Teachers practice academy, more information will be offered ( there will be no additional cost for the Registered Participants)

Learning process

The Integrative Practices – Leadership in the Classroom aims at equipting teahers and students with skills of taking care of oneself and the planet: what are refered to as Inner Development Goals. The target group for this course are education facilitator, counselors, educational coach, teachers all levels interested in skills to support wellbeing for learning relations

Integrative practices, as cultivating attention and time in the classroom.
“Our focused attention spans have dropped from an average of 2.5 minutes 20 years ago to only 47 seconds by 2021.(Gloria Mark at the University of California)


Andreea Gatman – ICF Certified Coach , facilitating training in Finland since 2016 on different topics related to 21st century new learning ways, spaces, pedagogies. U-Lab & Leadership Awareness from MIT practitioner, Social Presencing Theater(MIT) practitioner. Erasmus trainer since 2016 with over 4000 participants. Humphrey Alumna for Thriving Communities (2023-2024) at Vanderbilt University, Peadobdy College- Human and Organisations Development. MBA in Public Governance Modul University Vienna, MES Graz University and BA in Political Science.

Irina Sadakova –  educational facilitator & U Lab practitioner MIT, Qi gong guide, adult education teacher, and EPALE ambassador; MA in Educational Science, specialization on Embodiment Practices and Polyvagal Method, Releasing Trauma Instruments. Certified Practitioner for Compassionate Inquiry.


"I want to start immediately with smaller things (like pupils creating their own learning environment), and eventually take on bigger exercises (like creating the connection between mind and body in order to stimulate creativity, reflection, motivation …)"
English Teacher, Latin Teacher, Belgium

"I hope the good vibe stays with me! I really used some tips already when things went wrong. We will make some reminders and give small courses to collegues to build on this experience for the whole team!
Project Coordinator, Math Teacher, Belgium

I hope to continue performing the dynamics learned. I recommend the course as personal experience.
School Administration, Spain

Integrative Practices -Leadership in the classroom!

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