Dr. Gaylie is an Associate Professor, in the Education Department, of the University of British Columbia. A teacher educator in interdisciplinary, ecology-based learning, she is involved in eco-poetry workshops at schools and is keenly interested in promoting poetry as a catalyst for transformational awareness about the natural environment.
She spoke with approximately 20 IMD dance students about her poetry and read a poem she had written about a cat, after observing it sitting in the middle of a thoroughfare without moving for pedestrians and cyclists. Was the cat making a statement for all in its way to slow down and pet it (thus stop and look around us and indeed notice, focus and at times smell the roses)? The class was instructed to move around the room and then they were told when to stop and to focus on something tangible or an emotion… they were asked to either verbally comment on what they saw or to react to the focus in movement.