Sam is an educator and an unschooler. She has a M.A. in Educational Studies, with a focus on democratic education and co-created pedagogy. Her favourite thing to do is to work with people to co-create spaces, systems and activities that allow people to support themselves and each other. In addition to The Learnary, Sam runs a small business providing academic and self regulation support for self directed learners called Touchstone Sessions. Some of the other projects she has been involved with include: Windsor House Democratic School, Playgroup Co-Facilitator, Village Free School, Capilano College Adult Basic Education, Humanities 101, and Bamfield Community School. (Photo credit: Ro Cran)
Surya has tried her hand at more than a few jobs, from personal shopping, community garden building, and tractor driving to health research, government bureaucracy, and university instructor. But none has suited her as well as this one. At her core, she is an educator, writer, and maker of things. As an artist, she loves to play with textiles, colour, and, of course, learning new things all the time.
Surya is also the co-parent of two children and a dog and she is studying to become an art therapist.
Sarah MacKinnon is a weaver of words and threads, an artist, a pattern and number lover, an analytical thinker, an editor, a food allergy educator, a ukulele player, and a mother of two. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textiles from NSCAD University. Sarah arrived in Vancouver from Halifax in 2001 and has lived in Hastings Sunrise since 2012.
We love the story of how we met. When The Learnary first opened, Sarah walked in the door and offered to help warp our community loom. From there, she just kept finding ways to help, until we couldn't imagine the Learnary without her!