The Program Journey

January 25, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I love the feeling of putting the kit bags in the car ready for the program that day. The kit bags contain those magical props and activity equipment that foster the engagement, curiosity, teamwork, reflection and depth for the experiential learning that will take place. I am constantly in awe of what’s possible to achieve with no prop or low prop experiential games and activities. It is inspiring for me as a facilitator as well as a powerful reminder for the participant.

“People overestimate the pleasure they’ll get from having more stuff.  This does
not apply to new rose bushes, crayons, or yarn stashes”  ~Dr. SunWolf

So often when I am talking with participants about what they enjoyed most during the program, they will point out their favourite experience or game. They relate it to a strong connection and message they took away in relation to the themes we were exploring but also because of the feelings of fun and engagement. On many occasions particpants will remark how they enjoyed working with others who they don’t usually spend time with and what the ingredients for success were. When we delve a little deeper into the conversation I ask what did we need as equipment? Most times it is ‘not very much’ or ‘nothing at all’ – apart from a positive attitude, support from others and an openness to exploring the possibilities, discovering potential and acting authentically.

“Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open” ~James Dewar

The ‘stuff’ we have in our lives does not equal fun, fulfilment and engagement. It is the deepening of connection to self, others and the world around us where we experience these feelings. Within each moment we can choose to foster thoughts, words and actions that further connection. This provides us with many and varied opportunities where we glimpse and experience potential, both individual and shared. These moments are when we are filled with energy, purpose and a strong belief in self and others. This is important to focus on, especially within the busyness of our 21st Century world, reconnecting with what is real for us as individuals and the positive difference we can make in our own and others lives.

“Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy only in small, peripheral ways in their lives. But creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people’s lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure.” ~Stephen Covey

Throughout our programs we are providing an opportunity for participants to explore the possibilities, discover their potential and act authentically. It is a journey that is experiential, just like life. It is a journey that is filled with successes and challenges, just like life. It is a journey that is fun, just like life. It is a journey that is surrounded by inspiring individuals who provide support, encouragement, different perspectives and opportunities to learn, just like life. It is a journey that is reflective, just like life. And most important it is a journey that honours each individual, the unique gifts, talents and potential that are brought into each interaction and experience, each individuals ability to ‘be the change they wish to see in the world’.

We will continue to journey towards our vision of informed, connected and empowered individuals believing deeply in their own and others potential. Having lots of fun along the way…

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand” ~Confucius

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