By Chrissie Waite
I was fortunate to be invited to attend a PEP session recently. It took place at a friendly over fifty-five’s club in London.
The subject of the day was ‘understanding’ and that’s definitely what I witnessed taking place. I was impressed by how the attendees felt comfortable and able to share their expressions during the reflection times.
The learning environment was relaxed yet focused and seemed to provide a kind of safe haven. One lady read out a poem that she’d written, based on her learning of the PEP so far. Others expressed their own understanding in relation to the day’s topic or asked questions which were received with sensitivity by the facilitator. I felt privileged to witness how attendees were relating the subject matter of the course to their own everyday lives, and how they planned to apply their learning.
From my own perspective, I realised that there was so much to learn. The video clips were short and the session seemed to whiz by, yet there was such a depth of learning to be had. One lady even asked if we were too old to take this on board! Luckily that’s definitely not the case – something we were able to learn from Prem’s message about ‘understanding’ that day.