• Arrange for coffee, tea, and water at the workshop.
  • Arrange for furniture setup:
    • For large group: Place tables in a horseshoe arrangement (leaders at the head table, chairs around outside of tables).
    • For smaller group: Place one or two table tables in a rectangle (leaders sit at a middle side and chairs are positioned around the outside).
  • Set a hymnbook on the table in front of each chair.
  • Place a chalice or candle on a chalice cloth at the leader's place.
  • Customize and make copies of Handout 1, Looking Ahead to Workshop 5.
  • Write workshop agenda on a newsprint sheet, using Workshop-at-a-Glance table, and post.
  • Post Group Rules of Respect from Workshop 1.
  • Write journaling questions on a newsprint sheet, and set aside:
    • When in my life did I come upon this special object and how did it come to me?
    • What meaning does this object have for me?
    • How is this object connected to what grounds me? How does it represent my wisdom and insight?
  • Make a circle for each participant by tracing the lid or salad plate on cover stock, two per piece. Cut the pages in half, with one circle per half.
  • Write on a newsprint sheet, and set aside:

We close our time by extinguishing the chalice and carry its light and our blessings with us into the world.

  • Shuffle the Blessing Cards.
  • Optional: For preparing tactile collage mandalas (an adaptation for visually impaired persons), see the Materials section of the program Introduction.