What type of exercises are included in the workshops?
The training is an experiential learning program that consists of 25% lecture, 25% sharing and 50% experiential exercises. You will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of learning processes that allow you too look constructively at important areas of your life. That value that you derive from these exercises will depend on your willingness to participate fully, and to apply what you learn in your daily life. The types of experiential learning processes you will experience include:
The trainer will present various topics relevant to living in today’s world. In these discussions, the trainer will share a particular point of view about these subjects. The purpose is not for you to agree or disagree with what is said, but rather to assist you in observing how you relate to these particular subjects. In observing yourself in the training, you can learn about your principles, commitments, and relationships.
A dyad is a one-on-one interaction with another participant. You may be asked to answer a series of questions, tell a story, complete sentences, or assume a particular body stance. You will have the opportunity to look directly at personal issues and to support your dyad partner in doing the same.
A mingle exercise involves moving throughout the room while having short interactions with many people. As in dyads, the communication you have with other people during a mingle is structured.
Small Group Exercises
At the start of the training you will choose a small group with an average of 6-12 other participants. During the training, you will meet with your small group to discuss and share what you are learning as well as to participate in other experiential exercises. A volunteer staff member will act as facilitator for your group.
During a closed-eye process, the trainer will guide you through a creative visualization. Frequently, music and the lowering of lights are used during these processes to facilitate relaxation and promote creativity.
You will, as part of a group, play games to reveal the competitive and cooperative strategies you use, and also to illuminate the possibility of meeting both group and individual commitments throughout your life.
Throughout the training you will have the opportunity to learn about yourself through communication: speaking about what you are learning, and listening to the experiences of others. Such sharing occurs one-on-one, in small groups, or in front of the entire training group.
Interactions with the Trainer
At times, you may have direct interaction with the trainer. The trainer will relate to you from the perspective that you are capable of effectively handling the circumstances in your life and that you are committed to extraordinary accomplishments. The trainer will also ask you to take personal responsibility rather than being powerless in the face of life’s obstacles. Interaction with the trainer is an opportunity for you to examine the limitations of your world view, therefore you may feel challenged, anxious or uncomfortable in going outside of your comfort zone.
At the close of each day you will be given a homework assignment to be completed before the next session begins. The homework is designed for you to continue your discovery, bring greater clarity to what you are learning, and prepare you for the next day’s session.