Workshop 3: Diving Through the Layers – The Fabric of My Life

Workshop 3: Diving Through the Layers – The Fabric of My Life
Workshop 3: Diving Through the Layers – The Fabric of My Life

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  • This workshop will focus on gaining an understanding of the fabric of one’s personal life up to the present. While one’s life to date is...
  • Activity Minutes Lunch 20 Opening 5 Activity 1: Stretching 5 Activity 2: Sharing Life Maps and Lifescapes 25 Activity 3: Guided Meditation...
  • Coffee, tea, and water service items Tissues (for participant use) Newsprint, markers, and tape Chalice, candle, and lighter, or LED...
  • Arrange for coffee, tea, and water at the workshop. Arrange for furniture setup: For large group: Place tables in a horseshoe arrangement (...
  • Welcome participants as they arrive and ask them to put on their name tags. Help them post their Life Maps or Lifescapes on the wall...
  • Light the chalice and offer these words by Marilyn Sewell in Breaking Free: Women of Spirit at Midlife and Beyond : We look at ourselves as...
  • Lead the group in stretching exercises, demonstrating as you lead. These are the same exercises used in Workshop 2, adapted from the book...
  • Acknowledge everyone’s hard work and creativity as participants look at their collective work posted on the wall. Ask: What was it like to...
  • Invite participants to join you in a guided meditation. Say these or similar words: Begin by sitting comfortably in your chair with both...
  • Share this quote from Yogi Bhajan: If you are willing to look at another person’s behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their...
  • Invite participants to move into groups of three to share, to the degree they are comfortable, their reflections from their journaling. Use...
  • Distribute Handout 1, Looking Ahead to Workshop 4 , and Handout 2, UUA Pamphlet - All Our Losses , and a copy of the poem “ The Layers .”...
  • Post the closing words so all can see them. Shuffle and set out the Blessing Cards, text side down, and invite each participant to take one...
  • Stretching Exercises Adapted from Five Minute Massage by Robert Thé (Sterling, 1995) Exercise 1: Begin by stretching your face. Gently rub...
  • This is the text of a 1988 UUA pamphlet written by John H. Nichols. Used with permission. Turning points When our parents left us at summer...

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