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This coming April, Rethink Thinking is doing it again! Summit at the Bay — Canada’s only inquiry-based youth summit — is set to kick off on April 21 and 22, 2018, at Royal Bay Secondary in School District 62 (Sooke, BC). Picture 500 grades 9–12 students from across British Columbia gathering at for a high-energy weekend of learning the skills that will prepare them for an uncertain future. It’s going to be awesome. Our team at Natural Pod are proud sponsors and encourage you to attend!

Based in inquiry learning — with guest speakers in mental health, sustainability and Aboriginal issues — Summit offers a chance for high-school-aged kids to dive deep into their own personal interests, guided by adult mentors in the business community. (And there’s theatre, food trucks, spoken word and musical entertainment. What’s not to love?)

The weekend is facilitated by Jeff Hopkins, one of the world’s foremost education thinkers and principal of the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry (PSII). Jeff guides the youth as they get familiar with inquiry learning, which sees them exploring the things that interest them. Inquiry is a learning approach that’s more effective and appropriate for optimal human development, fostering self-confidence, independence, accountability and resilience — exactly what our kids need more of. You can explore inquiry more deeply here:

Through its programs like Summit, Rethink Thinking works to supplement what our kids are learning in the regular school system, equipping them with the tools they need to cope with a world that changes faster by the day: self-direction, accountability, resilience, financial literacy, decision-making, deep learning, knowledge of self and perceptiveness with others.

Give your child a stronger foundation for a fast-changing future. Summit is where it starts; they don’t get this kind of real-world learning in school. Two days and $75 changes a life. Buy your ticket today (save more when you send your child with a friend!).

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Oh, and we’re not coming to Summit alone! We recently worked on a great project with Brad Cunningham, Humanities Teacher/Department Head – Flexible Studies Program at École Secondaire Reynolds Secondary School, furnishing their new space for the Flexible Studies Program. With the help of the students in the program, Brad and our team at Natural Pod worked to assemble the furniture for their new space.

And here’s the best part: we’re bringing 10 students from Brad’s class at Reynolds and their Natural Pod furniture! We’ll be creating an open-learning space at Summit with furniture lent to us and the event by Brad and his students, so that all who attend the Rethinking Thinking Summit at the Bay can get to enjoy working on our sustainably made learning furniture.

So consider attending the Rethinking Thinking Summit at the Bay and you’ll get to meet our CEO of Natural Pod, Bridgitte Alomes and our and Director of Marketing at Natural Pod, Christopher Roy, who will be mentoring during the event. You’ll also get to meet and work with some of the great students in Brad Cunningham’s Flexible Studies Program at École Secondaire Reynolds Secondary School. Learn more and get your tickets at

Here are some great photos of the students in Brad’s class working to assemble their furniture. A great collaboration experience for all.