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Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Altar or centering table
  • Cloth for covering altar or centering table
  • Chalice and candle or LED battery-operated candle
  • Chalice extinguisher
  • Taking It Home section of this workshop

Preparation for Activity

  • Review Taking It Home and decide which extension activities you will encourage participants to do on their own.
  • Print out Taking It Home for all participants.
  • Review and print out the blessing provided as closing words for this workshop.

Description of Activity

Gather the group around the altar or centering table. Affirm the good work that participants have done in this workshop. Hand out the Taking It Home handout you have prepared. Explain the activities, as needed.

Invite everyone to join hands, and offer this blessing:

We give thanks for our minds, hearts, hands, spirits, and this community.

May we bless one another and bless the world with our caring.

What we do matters more than we know.

May you go home at the end of the day feeling blessed

And feeling you have contributed to the healing of the world.

Go in peace. Go in love.

Extinguish the chalice.

Including All Participants

Be sure to be inclusive of people with a variety of living situations-living alone, with a significant other, in a family, with housemates, etc.-in the way you explain the Taking It Home activities.

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