dylan richards

Educator

I am convinced that we must train not only the head, but the heart and hand as well. – Chiang Kai-shek

I have always loved to question and learn. I wish I could tell you that I was the typical precocious child who hated school and had an epiphany later in life that lead me to passionately embrace education (that would be a much better story ;) ), but the fact is that I have always been a voracious learner. From my early memories of vacations reading about elves and knights while lying in the tent, to my love of extra projects when I was done my school work, even my college career that stuffed so many courses in I barely lived in my apartment, education has always been a driving need. But as I got older, I learned that not everyone was like me. In fact, everyone learns differently, and the very reason I loved learning so much was that I had teachers and professors and librarians who understood that and let me learn in the best way possible… for me.

I believe that everyone wants to learn – that one of our fundamental human desires is to know. But many people haven’t found the information that excites them or the method that lets them absorb that information in the way that is the most effective or that has the greatest impact. My passion lies in helping people find that perfect combination of the topic that thrills their heart and the format that lets it sink into their soul. In particular, I want to bridge that gap for peoples who have often been misunderstood or under served by other educators or education methods: Aboriginal/Two-Spirit people, sexual minorities, and newly emerging communities to name just a few.

I was once told that I have a “unique conversational style to the way [I] teach.” That’s because I believe that learning requires a conversation between the teacher and the learner.

I’ve had the privilege of sharing conversations in workshops, conferences, and classrooms around North America. I am available to lead classes, demonstrations, workshops, and discussions on a wide variety of topics including:

  • Sexuality and sensuality
  • Aboriginal/Two-Spirit Issues
  • Alternative relationships
  • Sacred experience and spirituality
  • Gender, identity and psychology
  • Storytelling and community building skills

Regardless of the size of your group, I am able to adapt and accommodate for any presentation or workshop format, from small group to lecture hall. If you are interested in these or any other topics (or in having me teach with other world-class educators), or if you’d like me to create an education experience that meets the specific needs of you or your group, event or gathering, please contact me for more information.

One-on-One Education

Many people, for reasons of scheduling, life-situation, or learning style, prefer one-on-one or distance education as an alternative to group-based learning. I can work with you to develop a one-on-one education experience around your needs and availability. If you are interested in this kind of learning experience, please contact me for more information.