Unlearning Workshop Series: An Introduction to Unlearning

Unlearning may not be top of mind when people think of critical life skills and our work in the social impact / non-profit sector, but it should be. It is a skill that can help you think about possibilities that you don’t yet notice, make a deeper impact through the work you do, and feel more human in every part of your life. This series is aimed at giving participants a taste of how powerful this skill can be in all parts of our lives. Each session will be reflective, action-oriented and interactive and will leave you with more questions than when you started. In a good way. We promise.

This workshop series is a co-production of Volunteer Alberta and Sidekicks.

Volunteer Alberta Members: $20 per workshop; $55 for all three
Non-members: $35 per workshop, $90 for all three

If you missed the first workshop but would like to access the recording, it is available for the nominal fee of $5 for members ($10 for non-members). To receive a copy of the recording, please contact us at info@volunteeralberta.ab.ca

Interested in signing up for VA membership? See our Membership Page for more details!

All sessions will take place on Zoom. Click below to register!

April 26, 2023: COMPLETED!

We’ll start with unlearning how we think and begin the process of developing a practice of unlearning that will help you for the rest of your life. In this interactive session, participants will learn about mental models, explore how our own thinking creates limiting beliefs, and discover how these limiting beliefs keep the very problems we’re trying to solve firmly stuck in place. We will explore how we can develop skills to overcome limiting mindsets and expand our potential.

May 31, 2023: COMPLETED!

The way we work is antiquated, literally having been designed for manufacturing, not for the majority of jobs people hold in the 21st century within the social impact / non-profit sector. Our way of “doing” is steeped in characteristics of a white supremacy culture that we often can’t identify as such because they are the established norms and standards of our workplaces. During this workshop we will examine new ways of “doing” to shift our mindset and explore new norms and standards that make our organizations more equitable places for all.


June 21, 2023, 9 – 10:30 a.m. MST – COMPLETED!

Additional session added: Aug 9. 2023, 9-10:30 am, MST

We’ll close the series with a focus on our being fully human in every aspect of our lives. This session will be split into two parts: a) internal – our personal sphere and b) external – the environment we create for others. We will explore new rituals, routines and repertoires that nourish places and spaces rooted in love and justice.



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