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2829: P4C Residential Retreat
14/09/2018, 15/09/2018, 16/09/2018
St Columba's House
Maybury Hill
GU22 8AB

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P4C Retreat facilitated by Natalie Fletcher and Joe Oyler

Deepening inquiry: Facilitative moves and tools to help children attend to their philosophical questions

*This is a rare opportunity to work with two fabulous international colleagues*


Friday 14 September to Sunday 16th September 2018

The retreat will run from 5pm on Friday 14th September (arrival from 3pm) and the final full session will finish at around midday on Sunday 16th. This will be followed by an optional Q&A debriefing session.


£350 per person, including 2 nights’ accommodation and all meals.

St Columba's House is a a 5 minute drive or fifteen minute walk from Woking Station (London 25 mins)

This retreat is suitable for SAPERE Trainers as well as those with experience of P4C.


Learning Objectives:

To increase understanding of the norms, practices and structures of philosophical inquiry dialogue

To better understand how key facilitative moves contribute to successful inquiry dialogue

To assess and identify critical philosophical opportunities that emerge during inquiry dialogue

To improve our ability to take advantage of the philosophical opportunities that emerge during inquiry dialogue


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Dr Joe Oyler is a Lecturer in Teacher Education at Maynooth University and Practitioner Coach at the IAPC. I have over a decade of experience supporting teachers and schools in improving their practice and enhancing their capacity for collaboration. My teaching and research interests revolve around the use of discussion based, collaborative practices and philosophical content as ways of exploring the world and our place within it. In addition to coordinating teacher support services and teacher leadership development, I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Philosophy, Philosophy of Education, Critical Thinking and Dialogic Teaching. My current research aims at developing a deeper understanding of how experienced facilitators engage students in inquiry dialogue and how similar practices can impact school culture.



Natalie Fletcher is a philosophical practitioner and researcher from Montreal, Canada, where she works as teaching faculty in the philosophy department at John Abbott College and as the founding director of Brila Youth Projects (, a registered educational charity that fosters multidimensional thinking and creativity in young people through philosophical dialogue and digital magazine production. She is currently pursuing interdisciplinary doctoral research at Concordia University, fusing the fields of ethics, political philosophy, dialogic pedagogy and aesthetics education. She is on the executive of the International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children and of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy. Her research has been published by Routledge, Rowman and Littlefield, Philosophical Inquiry in Education, Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis, and Childhood and Philosophy. She is currently editing a volume on philosophy for children from Canadian perspectives for McGill-Queens University Press.





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