New Experiments

We had a 4 day weekend here recently – something that I don’t often allow myself to embrace fully. This huge luxury of free time! What would I do with it all? I rolled out a new 4′ X 6′ paper on the wall of my working space and started looking at the next 3…

Two more energizers

Further to last post, I thought I could include a couple more ways to get a group moving: Silvia‘s energizer was fun and got us moving. I don’t know what to call it and so name it: Silvia’s energizer The group stands. Starting with one arm, shake it vigorously while counting to 16. Switch to…

Two energizer activities

While we were in Bernay-en-Ponthieu we did a variety of different energizer-style activities at different times to perk us up or shift the energy of the room. It’s high time I put some here, wouldn’t you say? The first one was offered up by MeriƧ: ‘The sun shines on…’ This game is very similar to…

A little time with KCDS – Graphic Recording

I’m a very lucky person. I got to spend the morning yesterday working with Gary Ockenden and the Kootenay Career Development Society as part of their strategic planning processes.     This graphic recording thing is always an interesting gig, really. I get to meet so many different people, see many different ways that groups interact…

Other projects

Well, scheduled posting is a great thing. While it seems like I’ve been here all week creating new posts about our time in Bernay-en-Ponthieu, the reality of my life has involved a lot of cleaning my basement. The flood has now been diverted, thanks to a lot of help from a dear friend, and my…

Sound Story

A new experience for me in Bernay was creating stories that had no words or images in them. On day 4 of the workshop experience we listened to a traditional/historical story of the Bernay region, and without speaking, we took a piece of paper and each drew our favorite part of the story.  Still without…

Bernay Stories

This was one of my favorite writing activities while we were working together in Stories We Tell with Nomadways. We were released into the community in small groups to explore and collect ideas and inspiration for 3 different types of stories. Our group worked together to find sounds and sights for each other’s stories, and…

Scavenger Hunt Story

We did this workshop in the afternoon of the first day in Stories We Tell with Nomadways. It was on the schedule as ‘team building’ – it was, and so much more. The charm of this was being in a country that was not my own, in a sweet and bucolic small town steeped in…

Writing From The Future

We did a writing exercise while in Bernay-en-Ponthieu with Nomadways in which used our imaginations to look back on our career. We imagined that we were writing an introduction to our last collection of short stories. You can read mine here. Writing From The Future Materials needed: paper, pens/pencils Time: 1 hour Participants: work individually…

Looking out / Looking in

We used this exercise with Nomadways to jump-start our reflective processes and get us in the learning/analyzing/critical thinking mindset. Looking out / Looking in: Materials needed: paper, pens  Time: 1 hour with a large group. Final discussion time can be shorter with a smaller group. Participants: pairs, sitting facing each other with writing/drawing surface between…