Onward and inward : a heuristic exploration of a self-propelled learning journey
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In this autoethnographic thesis, I share my personal learning journey of an attempt to cycle across Canada. Situated in heuristic methodology, this lived-experience research arose from feelings of discontent and confusion with my personal identity in the face of environmental and social crises of our time. These crises and associated uncertainty profoundly affected my work and confidence, particularly as an environmental educator. Using narrative as therapy to process my experiences of a self-propelled journey by bicycle, this inward-focused thesis explores the space between outward actions and inward dialogue. Through a combination of heuristic practice, gentle mindfulness and reflective narrative writing, I uncovered a powerful and therapeutic path leading toward self-compassion and resilience. Here, I suggest that reflective, personal inquiry work using a narrative approach can be illuminating and healing, as it offers the chance to be both author and active participant in our own complex and continually unfolding stories.