Navigating Ecological Suffering Through a Relational Pedagogy


  • Jodi Latremouille Vacouver Island University



poetic inquiry, life writing, grief, ecological pedagogy, relational pedagogy


It’s been a tough couple of years. Each one among us could list off the news headlines as a lengthy and overwhelming reminder. And each one among us could certainly curate a personalized list that amplifies and extends our collective sufferings. The past couple of years have left me wondering, “what could possibly be next?” I heed David Geoffrey Smith’s (2014) call to “reimagine new, wiser human possibilities” for our overlapping worlds of suffering. As an educator, mother, world-lover deeply concerned with all forms of justice, I share grief-writing: poetic stories of small-town sufferings through floods, stories of family hurts, heartaches and loss, stories of love enduring through hopelessness. I engage life writing and poetic inquiry to undertake a dialogue with my own heart-memories, my loved ones, my scholarly ancestors— towards hopeful pedagogical possibilities for healing.

Author Biography

Jodi Latremouille, Vacouver Island University

Jodi Latremouille completed her doctorate at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. She is a professor in the Faculty of Education at Vancouver Island University.  Her research interests include eco-hermeneutics, ecological, Indigenous and feminist pedagogies, social and environmental justice, life writing and poetic inquiry.



How to Cite

Latremouille, J. (2022). Grief-Writing: Navigating Ecological Suffering Through a Relational Pedagogy . Art/Research/International:/A/Transdisciplinary/Journal, 7(2), 439–457.