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16 May 1999 Issue
Sowing Seeds

A Humane
Educator Training Conference

Attention Social Justice Activists,
Environmentalists, Animal
Advocates, and Teachers!

Do you enjoy working with young people? Would you like to help empower
them to respect human diversity, the environment, and animals? Then attend
Sowing Seeds, a humane educator training conference in Minneapolis on
Memorial Day weekend - May 29th through the 31st -- and learn how to
effectively communicate social justice issues in a compelling, dynamic, and
innovative manner!

The conference is sponsored by:

Bridges of Respect (ALL's humane education speaker's bureau)
PO Box 7245
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-872-0488

For more specifics and registration information, read on!

SOWING SEEDS -- A HUMANE EDUCATOR TRAINING CONFERENCE
May 29 - 31, 1999 (Memorial Day Weekend)

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN:
* working with young people?
* fostering compassion for animals and the Earth in students?
* improving your ability to teach in a compelling and dynamic way?
* learning humane education from a leader in the field?
* working full or part-time as a humane educator?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then attend the SOWING
SEEDS conference in Minneapolis on Memorial Day Weekend (May 29-31).

WHO WILL FACILITATE?
SOWING SEEDS will be lead by world-renowned humane educator, Rae
Sikora, who has over 20 years experience in the field. Sikora co-founded the
Maine-based Center for Compassionate Living, which offers the only Humane
Education Certification Program in the U.S.

Sikora recently received international attention for teaching humane education
to a mixed audience of 450 Arab and Jewish teachers in the Middle East,
despite the ongoing hostilities. The week-long program not only empowered
teachers to teach compassion in their classroom, but also to develop compas-
sion for all members of their torn community.

WHY SHOULD I LEARN TO BE AN EFFECTIVE HUMANE EDUCATOR?
Humane Education teaches critical thinking, inspires compassion, provides
positive lifestyle choices, and is one of the most important ways to help
build a sustainable and compassionate society. It is critical that people who
care about the Earth and animals learn how to effectively communicate with
and teach others so that together we can create a peaceful world.

WHAT WILL I GAIN?
SOWING SEEDS is designed to enhance your ability to teach humane
issues, especially at the secondary school level. The conference will enable
you to:
* present information in a way that builds credibility and respect.
* frame the issues in a compelling, exciting, and innovative manner.
* develop a series of presentations for schools or community groups.
* identify your own strengths and creative ways to use them.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Teachers, humane educators, representatives from animal protection,
environmental and social justice groups, advocates wishing to develop their
teaching and communication abilities, and people interested in working part
or full-time as a humane educator for Bridges of Respect.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Sessions designed to help you:
* develop effective communication strategies and teaching styles.
* learn to educate instead of argue.
* respond to differing viewpoints.
* stimulate critical thinking.
* use innovative activities to reach your audience.

Understand how to teach about:
* animal agriculture, diet & nutrition.
* environmental & wildlife issues.
* basic animal issues and ethics.
* vivisection and health issues.
* consumerism and population issues.

Learn to use fun and interactive activities such as:
* Lifestyles of the Eco-Friendly.
* The Council of All Beings.
* Alien in the Ethical Universe.
* Choices!
* Imagine a World.
* True Price & Who's Affected?

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
May 29 - 31, 1999
Sat & Sun 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mon. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
* Workshop fee includes two vegan lunches, the new Sowing Seeds humane
education workbook, and a welcome pack. Fee does not include
accommodations.
* First come, first serve. Space is limited, so please register early and
receive a discount.
* This workshop is valued at $150! You save over 43% of the costs thanks
to a grant from the Center for Compassionate Living!
* Work scholarships are available for financially needy individuals. No one
will be turned away for lack of funds. Ask for details.

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REGISTRATION FORM

Fee ____ $105
Donation* ____ $________

TOTAL ENCLOSED: $________

Name: ________________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________________
City: _________________________________________________________
State: _____________________________ Zip: ______________________
Phone: (______)________________________________________________
E-mail: ________________________________________________________

Please send your registration form and non-refundable check to:

Bridges of Respect
PO Box 7245
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 872-0488

* Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

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