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Introduction, Workshop 4: Who and What Guides Us?

In "Exploring Our Values Through Poetry," a Tapestry of Faith program

Teachers open the door. You enter yourself.

— Chinese Proverb

This workshop asks participants to broaden their ideas about teachers and learners. It provides an opportunity for reflections, discussions, and writing of a more personal nature than previous workshops. If you are not doing the workshops in order, you will want to facilitate this workshop with a group that has had an opportunity to bond to a level at which its members are comfortable sharing personal experiences.

This workshop includes, as an alternate activity, a guided visualization. Both alternate activities provide an opportunity to focus on spiritual teachers or guides, which differ somewhat from the teachers of life lessons that are the focus of the main workshop activities. If you want to create a workshop that explores more fully the notion of spiritual guides, try using both alternate activities along with Activity 3, Life Lesson Poems. Simply adjust the Activity 3 instructions so that participants write a spiritual life lesson (a life lesson that helped the participant feel more connected to others, to nature, to their faith, or to the universe in general).

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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