Two energizer activities from Stories We Tell

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 […]

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Chart with title only on it - looking to 2020

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 […]

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drawing of startled-looking eggs in pot as cold water is poured over them

Other projects – words and games

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 […]

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Ducks at pond in rural France

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 […]

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Snowdrops blooming in rural France

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 […]

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Barn in Rural France.

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 […]

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Sunset in Rural France.

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 […]

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Journal page of workshop in France.

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 […]

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Marker drawing of two hands throwing a ball with a silly face on it.

Getting to know you

We did an interesting exercise with Nomadways to get to know each other. Our group was about 20 people and we were able to learn each other’s names within the first day partly thanks to this little game. We played after doing a brief introductory round in which we stated our names, where we were from, […]

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Picture taken out of airplane window of clouds from above.

Update from the bucket brigade…

I’ve been back in Canada a little over a week now, settling in to regular life again with a few bumps along the way – the biggest one being that my basement has been taking on water for 8 days now.  Crazy. I’ve got a sump-pump running down there to keep things as dry as […]

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