Specializing in the design and delivery of transformative, experiential education.

About David Hatfield

As a teenager in Calgary, I used to move melting snow around on our yard in the spring so that brown patches of grass got more water.  In hindsight I can see that I was trying, against all odds, to usher in the spring faster.  It’s a powerful memory.  This desire to facilitate transformation, to catalyze vibrancy from dormancy, has been the dominant theme in my life.  Like you, I know that humanity is facing great and deep trouble.  We realize that the assignment we face is nothing less than re-imagining, re-designing and re-enacting how we are to live, and to do so in unfailing alignment with the ways and laws of nature. 

To succeed, we must befriend change and transformation with urgency.  We all have our part to play and mine is to practice the art of transformative education.  I design and facilitate experiential learning environments that are dynamci, powerful, and alive with new possibilities that individuals, groups and communities can inhabit and explore.  I do in collaboration with a growing number of organizations as well as delivering my own programs as an independent educational facilitator.

In my work I draw from transformative education theory, social ecology, eco-psychology, values-based leadership, complexity and chaos theory, process-oriented psychology, systems thinking, improvisation, ceremony and authenticity.  I also am deeply guided by the feedback and response patterns of tens of thousands of people with whom I have worked and who have allowed me to give my gifts and to have the pleasure, honor and challenge of being in service.  My areas of specialization are masculinity, conflict transformation, rites of passage and improvisational a cappella singing and I have worked in these areas since 1997.  I have recently been creating new environmental education programming that responds to climate change by exploring our innate relationship with nature.  As well, my work with rites of passage and life stage transition has expanded with new work for adults that utilizes the universal clarifying power of acknowledging death (program descriptions coming soon).  I draw massive inspiration from the youth and adults with whom I have worked. Through them I have witnessed the very resilience, creative genius, courage, desire to connect and deep wisdom needed in these times. 

Partner Organizations

Anima Leadership, CityStudio, House of I (China), Lester Pearson United World College, Naramata Centre, Next Up Leadership,Tatamagouche Centre, The Haven, United World College of the USA. 

Professional associations:

Associate with Anima Leadership: www.animaleadership.com

Advisory Board with Next Up Leadership: www.nextup.ca

Canadian Coordinator for International Men's Day:  www.international-mens-day.com

Education Steering Group member at The Haven (2016):  http://www.haven.ca

Education

M.Ed. - Social Ecology, with distinction, School of Education Dean's Medal,
University of Western Sydney, Australia

M.A. (c) - Process Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies, Process Work Institute, USA

Winter Intensive in Process Oriented Psychology - USA

Associate Degree in Music Studies (Jazz) – Vancouver Community College

Keynote speaker and/or featured presenter:

  • KDocs Film Festival of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 2016
  • National Conference on Women in Engineering - Canada, 2013
  • 57th Banff Men's Conference - Banff, 2011
  • BC Alternate Education Conference - Vancouver, 2010
  • Ampersand Conference, McGill University - Montreal, 2009
  • Mid-Island Alternate Education Conference - Vancouver Island, 2007

Clients:

  • Administrators of Volunteer Resources BC
  • Albacete Teachers Association - Spain
  • Association of BC Drama Educators
  • Banff Men's Conference
  • B.C. Alternative Education Conference
  • BC Association of Pregnancy Outreach Providers
  • B.C. Nurses Union
  • B.C. Provincial Youth Workers Conference
  • B.C. School Districts: 8, 22, 23, 27, 36, 42, 43, 44, 58, 60, 61, 70, 74, 87
  • B.C. Teachers' Federation
  • BC United Church Youth Ministry Certificate Program
  • Beedie School of Business - SImon Fraser University
  • Big Brothers of  Greater Vancouver
  • Burnaby Youth Custody
  • Canadian Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation
  • Canada World Youth
  • Caribou Family Enrichment Centre - 100 Mile House, BC
  • Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Child Abuse Prevention Services Hauraki - New Zealand
  • Chor Leoni Men's Choir
  • City of Eugene Recreation - USA
  • Conflict Resolution Network of Canada
  • Council of International Schools of the Americas - Costa Rica
  • Dusty Flowerpot Theatre Company
  • EDUCO
  • Essentially Men - New Zealand
  • Father Involvement Network of BC
  • Festival of Voices
  • First Nations Health Authority
  • House of I - China
  • Hollyhock Leadership Institute
  • IBM China
  • Immigrant Services Calgary
  • I/O Engineering and Design - BC
  • Justice Institute of British Columbia
  • Kaos Pilot
  • Kwadacha First Nation - Fort Ware, BC
  • Langara College
  • Leading Communities BC - Dawson Creek and Terrace
  • Leadership Development - The Banff Centre for the Arts
  • Lester B. Pearson United World College
  • LOVE - Leave Out Violence - Vancouver
  • Man Alive - New Zealand
  • McGill University - Montreal
  • Methodist Ladies College - Australia
  • Nanaimo Men's Resource Centre
  • Naramata Centre
  • Nelson Community Services
  • Next Up Leadership - Calgary, Regina, Vancouver
  • Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations
  • Northern Society for Domestic Peace
  • Open Media
  • Oregon Youth Authority - USA
  • Orenda - China
  • Outward Bound Canada
  • p.a.u. Education - Spain
  • Pathways to Manhood - Australia
  • Pathways to Manhood - New Zealand
  • Power of Hope - USA & Canada
  • Professional Development Seminars - New Zealand
  • RADIUS Social Innovation Lab - Vancouver
  • Samsung - China
  • Saltspring Woman Against Violence
  • Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany
  • Second Story Women's Centre, Nova Scotia
  • Simon Fraser University - Dept. of  Developmental Psychology
  • Simon Fraser University - Graduate Student Society
  • Simon Fraser University - Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue
  • Surrey Teachers Association
  • Tatamagouche Centre - Nova Scotia
  • The Family Centre - Lethbridge, Alberta
  • The Haven
  • THNK Leadership
  • The Natural Step
  • Tseshalt First Nation - Port Alberni, BC
  • University of British Columbia - Dept. of Counseling Psychology
  • University of British Columbia - School of Social Work/Family Studies
  • University of British Columbia - Totem Park Residence, Place Vanier Residence
  • United World College of the USA - New Mexico, USA
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
  • Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival
  • Vancouver Native Health Society's Dude's Club