Our Vygotskyan Journey


Our Vygotskyan Journey

June 16-19, 2022

NOTE: This retreat will be conducted in ASL, without interpretation. The campus will be an ASL-only environment.

If you need to talk (spoken word) with family or others on the phone, we ask that you do so in a way that is respectful of the ASL-only environment we wish to maintain throughout the series. We may establish a 'talking on the phone' space to minimize disruption of our agreed upon language for this retreat. If you think you are unable or unwilling to follow this language agreement, please do not register.

Betty M. Colonomos Bio

Betty Colonomos head shotBetty M. Colonomos, currently serving as Director of the Bilingual Mediation Center, is a fluent ASL/English bilingual. Her academic background is in Deaf Education/Speech Pathology (B.S.), Counseling (M.A.), Linguistics (Doctoral program). Betty holds the Masters Comprehensive Skills Certificate (MCSC) from RID. She was the second recipient of the Mary Stotler Award for excellence in Interpreter Education from CIT.

Betty has chaired and served on many national committees on standards and evaluation of interpreters and served as President of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT). Ms. Colonomos has authored and appeared in video materials on interpreting and she co-authored (with MJ Bienvenu) videos on Deaf Culture, ASL Facial Grammar, and ASL Numbers. She worked as an International Sign interpreter for numerous conferences worldwide. Betty also consults with schools and the legal system as an expert on linguistic and cultural issues impacting the Deaf Community.

Betty is the developer of the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI), which is the most widely used model in the U.S. for teaching cognitive processes in interpreting.

She teaches the Foundations of Interpreting Series for hearing, Coda and Deaf interpreters that combines study of the IMI with a Vygotskian approach to learning.

Betty is the creator of the Etna Project (2002 – present) held in New Hampshire and Maryland. The project is a series of retreats supporting a Community of Reflective Practitioners who are interpreters committed to their own growth as they seek to become agents for change in the field of interpreting.


Early bird rate: $599
Registrations before March 18, 2022 at 5pm Eastern.
Regular rate: $675
Registrations on March 18, 2022 after 5pm Eastern and later have a late registration fee of $76 added to first payment.
Partial Scholarships:
Deaf Interpreters and BIPOC interpreters may benefit from a substantial cut in cost by self-identifying as such.
Payments are reduced by $185 each, resulting in a registration cost of $414 when registering before March 18, 2022 at 5pm Eastern. After that, a late registration fee of $76 added.
What's included?
Included with these rates are your tuition for the Vygostksyan Journey, 3 nights lodging, delicious lunches and dinners on Friday and Saturday, and continental breakfast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Lodging is in shared bedrooms of 2, 3 or 4 persons per bedroom.
Tuition covers 20 hours of learning together for the weekend. Our meeting schedule looks like this:
Thursday evening we meet from 8-10pm after arrival. Any food is traditionally pot luck.
Friday and Saturday we meet for 8 hours each, from 8:30am-6:30pm. Lunch breaks are 2 hours, giving you time to eat, walk, nap, socialize, etc. Your evenings are free after dinner. On site massage appointments are available by a local massage therapist at an additional cost.
Sunday morning we meet for 2 hours from 8:30-10:30am before departing.
Note: If you are planning to attend both Our Vygotskyan Journey and the Etna Project 2022, both taking place at Blue Mountain Retreat Center, BMC has arranged for lodging only as an option from Sunday evening, June 19 through Thursday morning, June 23. You will be responsible for your own meals and will cooperate with the cleaners who will at some point be cleaning the retreat center. More details will be made available soon.

Blue Mountain Retreat Center

Blue Mountain Retreat Center has been home to the Etna Project and the Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series for over a decade. Click on the image above to visit Blue Mountain's website and get a sense of our retreat home.!

Deaf Interpreter Scholarship Fund


The Deaf Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series is offered for Deaf Interpreters. This specialized series is for Deaf Interpreters only. Additional seminars conducted in ASL are designed to ensure that Deaf Interpreters have opportunities and choice for high quality professional development.

Donations from the larger interpreting community and other supporters help to defray the cost of providing these seminars to our Deaf Interpreter colleagues.

Click here to contribute to the Deaf Interpreter Scholarship Fund.

Foundations of Interpreting

The Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series provides insights into The Integrated Model of Interpreting and the processes we engage in while interpreting. Click here for more information on the series as well as a schedule of current seminars being offered.

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