Here is a list of the things I have studied. It is (probably) not exhaustive, and doesn’t include the books I have read or the conferences I have attended.

Programs, Classes, and retreats (not university)

2016 Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, Dawn-Lea Greer, Laughter Yoga International

2015 The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, Charles Eisenstein, Rowe Center, Massachusetts

2014 Permaculture Design Certificate and Earth Activist Training, Starhawk and Charles Williams, O.U.R. Ecovillage, Vancouver Island

Natural building. Permaculture systems design. Broad acre design. Communication skills. Plant guilds.

2012 Yoga Teacher Training, SRSG, Rishikesh India

In which I discovered that I can actually get up at 4:15! Meditation, asana, breathing, philosophy.

2012 Ghandi and Earth Democracy,  Navdanya, Dehradun India

2009 – 2014 Shambhala Meditation

This is me practicing, not learning to teach meditation. I’m not a Shambhala teacher, nor do I claim to be one!

online programs

Your Captivating Book, Jeffrey Davis
Playing Big, Tara Sophia Mohr
Soul Caller Training, Amy Oscar
Going All The Way, Amyjo Goddard
Become Your Own Business Advisor, Hiro Boga
Heart of Business, Mark Silver

Coursera Courses (Just for interest!)

Introduction to Art: Concepts and Techniques
The Modern and the Postmodern
De-Mystifying Mindfulness

University programs

1989 – 1993 Engineering. UNB, Waterloo
I started out in Electrical, but transferred to Mechanical at the end of my first year. Over the summer, I also was accepted into one of the “top tier” engineering programs, but only if I was willing to do Civil… so I spent the next year in Civil Engineering, and then transferred back into Mechanical. Again.

Favourite Subjects: Mechanics of Deformable Solids. Statics and Dynamics. Materials. Anything involving destructive testing.

1993 – 1998 Physics. Waterloo, McMaster

This was where my passion lay, and they wouldn’t let me take quantum mechanics or general relativity as an elective in engineering. Because of how the chips fall as you accumulate credits, this is also what my first two degrees are in.

I left at the end of the first year of a Ph.D. program after spending a couple of hundred hours reading back issues of WorldWatch magazine and realizing that I was more interested in those problems than what I was working on in the lab.

Favourite/Research Subjects: Solid State. Astrophysics. General Relativity and the fate of the universe. Neutron, X-ray, and electron diffraction. Particle physics. Phase transitions.

2000 – 2005 Adult and Higher Education. Brock, York

I started each of the B.Ed. and M.Ed. program on a whim. Different whim. Finished the B.Ed. Ran out of time trying to finish the M.Ed. while my husband was finishing his Ph.D. and I was working full time and we had two small kids.

Favourite/Research Subjects: Curriculum development. Instructional design. Program design. Engineering education. Identity formation. Sociology of Higher Education. Sociology of the Professions.

2014 – 2015 Internet Technology Entrepreneurship. CBU

All startups, all the time. Run rates. VC investment. Unicorns. Non-blocking code. JavaScript in all its many guises. Code code code code code. Business business business business business.

Favourite Subjects: Back end engineering. Databases. Design. Pitching and presentation skills.