First developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shawnigan’s SOUL (Shawnigan Online Unique Learning) program was developed as an antidote to the potential soullessness of online and remote education.
The strength of the Shawnigan community is just that: Community. Therefore, the number one objective of SOUL is to continue to build and nurture our beloved community online when virtual learning is a necessity. Inspired by the W.B. Yeats quote “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” SOUL continues to represent our Shawnigan mission and values by delivering a comprehensive program featuring curriculum, pastoral care, Shawnigan engagement, spiritual guidance and much more.
SOUL offshoots that have become integrated as an ongoing part of the Shawnigan experience include our year-long inquiry-based learning program, SOUL Seeking, and independent research and exploration afternoons on SOULo Fridays—time which can be used to focus on SOUL Seeking projects or used for other learning or wellbeing initiatives.
We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish Peoples on whose traditional lands and waterways we live, learn and play. We are grateful for the opportunity to share in this beautiful region, and we aspire to healthy and respectful relationships with those who have lived on and cared for these lands for millennia.