Typical Day

What is a typical day at PSYL like?

While PSYL is an intensive experiential program, we aim for a balanced approach to each day. We know that people who choose to come to PSYL usually want to challenge themselves and to experience life to the fullest. So we design each day to attend to all the different aspects of ourselves.

Each day we begin with community building. This is a time to get energized, find out the schedule for the day, make announcements and deal with issues that arise when living in community.. Here two animators are leading everyone in a check in activity to get a general vibe of the community.

Each day we begin with community building. This is a time to get energized, find out the schedule for the day, make announcements and deal with issues that arise when living in community.. Here two animators are leading everyone in a check in activity to get a general vibe of the community.

Each day we create distinct time for:

  • Being together as a community, to create and shape what is to come
  • Engaging in workshop sessions that challenge our thinking
  • Experiencing simulations that offer a deeper lived understanding of PSYL program themes.
  • Physical fitness and play
  • Quiet reflection time outdoors
  • Social and cultural activities.
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Although every day is slightly different, here's what a sample day might look like:

7:00 am  Optional recreation: morning swimming and yoga in the Spiritual Centre
8:00 am  Breakfast
9:00-9:45 am  Community building: energizer and trust activities, community announcements and issues discussion
10:00 am-12:00 pm  “Visioning Community” workshop:  What kind of world is possible? How can youth help create and be that change?
12:00 pm  Lunch
1:00-1:30 pm  Community betterment: student-led jobs
1:45-4:00 pm  Earth Game simulation: activity that looks at global distribution of resources, impacts of conflict and natural disaster, and phobia of difference
4:00-5:30 pm  “Carpe Diem” recreation: choose from canoeing, ultimate Frisbee, Bollywood dance, hiking, gumboot dancing and more
5:30-6:30 pm  Dinner
6:45-7:45 pm  Personal reflection time: self-connection and reflection as a key leadership skill
8:00-9:00 pm  Launch of Film Festival with presentation by documentary filmmaker
9:00-10:30 pm  Social time with student-planned activities (i.e. open mic talent night)
10:30 pm  Quiet on campus