Workshops and Retreats
In addition to my one-woman show, I am very excited about a series of workshops and retreats that I have designed especially for teachers and students. As a veteran teacher of over twenty years, I know the importance of taking time out to restore, replenish, and rejuvenate.
The following descriptions are a few of the retreat topics that I offer. I hope you find them valuable; and if you have any suggestions for future retreats, please let me know.
Workshops For Teachers
The Medicine Wheel
The Medicine Wheel is a Native American tradition that dates back thousands of years. However, its lessons are as applicable today as they were in ancient times. In this workshop participants will learn the symbolism of the Medicine Wheel, the significance of its seven directions, the meaning of its colors, the significance of the four cardinal directions, and how these aspects relate to their lives. Animal guides and the lessons they teach are included in this retreat. Participants will also develop an awareness of the spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental components of the wheel and will use that knowledge to activate their spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental states.
Developed by Patricia Cane, Ph.D., this program integrates simple exercise practices along with breathing techniques, visualization, meditation, and massage to bring health and wellness to the individual and the community. Pat’s work has been utilized throughout the world in education, the healthcare industry, and social services to reduce stress and trauma, to bring differing parties together, to improve leadership and organizational development, and to bring about forgiveness and reconciliation.
This multi-faceted program can be used in a number of different ways for your organization.
The labyrinth is an ancient tool that has been found in numerous civilizations throughout the world. While there are many different versions of the labyrinth, this workshop focuses on the Chartres Labyrinth found in Chartres Cathedral, France. Participants will be introduced to the history, the symbolism, the three stages of the labyrinth walk, and the significance the labyrinth has in today’s world. A community labyrinth walk and reflection/sharing will also be part of the workshop. As a trained labyrinth facilitator, I am excited to share my knowledge with those who feel a call to walk the labyrinth and experience the deeper messages it contains.
Read the Veriditas Facilitator Spotlight to learn more about the Labyrinth.
What’s in Your Mission Statement?
This workshop enables schools and teachers to identify their mission and purpose. This workshop will energize and motivate your faculty and staff by focusing on your school’s mission statement and how it can be incorporated into the classroom, the curriculum, and the campus environment. Teachers will also write their own personal mission statement and identify how it adds value to their school. Time for reflection, writing, and small group discussion is built into the schedule. This is a great workshop in preparation for WASC and WCNE accreditation.
Identifying Your Philosophy of Education I
Designed specifically for administrators, this workshop identifies various formats for updating and revising a school’s philosophy of education. During this workshop, faculty will identify the school’s vision, goals, traditions, values, outcomes for students, and the unique contributions that their school makes in the development of a student’s education. Ways to incorporate the philosophy of education into the curriculum, the campus, and the classroom will be discussed.
Identifying Your Philosophy of Education II
Designed specifically for teachers, this workshop helps teachers identify their own personal philosophy of education and how they can incorporate it into the subjects they teach. Teachers will identify their own skills and talents and how they use their gifts and talents to inspire and motivate their students. While a personal philosophy of education will evolve over time, teachers will leave with an understanding that their work is not just correcting papers, attending faculty meetings, and scheduling parent conferences. Teachers will recognize the invaluable role they play in challenging young minds to adapt and grow in an ever-changing society.
Retreats For Young People
The Pinocchio Predicament
Using the movie as a backdrop to develop themes of courage, integrity, and determination, the medium for this retreat is film, script writing, and performance. It also introduces students to the power of listening to one’s own conscience against the barrage of outside forces. This simple tale of morality impresses upon young people the rewards of bravery and doing good for others, along with the importance of telling the truth. It also analyzes the consequences of wrong decisions and the slippery slope that leads in the wrong direction. Symbolism and the depths of the subconscious mind will be explored on a level appropriate for young people. Students will develop their own morality skits and present them to the group as part of this retreat.
The Wizard of Oz and the Importance of Intuition
Against the backdrop of “The Wizard of Oz,” students will be introduced to the concept of “journey” and the difficulties and obstacles that one encounters on their life’s path. Students will also recognize the people who are placed in one’s path that may help or hinder their efforts. Identifying Toto as one’s intuition, students will take a deeper look into how they can develop and use their intuition for guidance and instruction. The symbolism of the yellow brick road, the wicked witch, and the wizard’s curtain will all be explored in this retreat.
Activities that enhance the teaching will also be incorporated.
The Ugly Duckling & The Process of Transformation
The medium for this retreat is literature, drama, and journal writing. Students will read “The Ugly Duckling” by Hans Christian Anderson and identify the themes of acceptance, tolerance, prejudice, first impression, bullying, self-esteem, and self-confidence. Students will be given the opportunity to work in small groups and create a reenactment for each segment of the story. The students will have silent time to write their reflections and then time will be allotted to share their findings with the group.
Lecture for College Students
Bloom Where You Are Planted
Before it was a one-woman show, Luella told her story “Bloom Where You Are Planted” at numerous local, state and national conferences. She still shares her journey in a story telling format while engaging the audience with laughter, tears and moments of sheer authenticity and humility. Pictures and music from the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation are included in her presentation. A “must-see” for anyone going through difficult time!
“Luella Wagner’s classes and presentations are creative, multifaceted and always inspired by the needs of today’s students. She utilizes storytelling, videos and articles to help her audience discover their own path on their faith journey. Weaving aspects of all cultures and faiths into every lesson, Wagner speaks to the true meaning behind embracing diversity.”
“Luella’s presentation on the labyrinth was both informative and captivating. She shared the history, the meaning, and the purpose of the labyrinth with our entire faculty. We were grateful for the opportunity to have the labyrinth on campus for students, faculty, and staff to explore.”
“On our 8th grade retreat, the class of 2018-2019 went to Mater Dolorosa. First, we had been split up into groups and went on a tour. We felt that it was a beautiful place, with a lot of interesting history. Then, we went into a room to have a quick snack. We watched Pinocchio afterwards. During that movie, we learned about not only the importance of honesty, but also so much more. For example, we learned about being friends with the wrong people, and how that can change your character. Overall, we feel that the retreat was not only a fun beginning of the year, but also a helpful one. This retreat will help guide us through our 8th grade year, and maybe even on to high school.”