phandi : circle group building (tutorial 09)

  • Purpose : introducing themselves or leave a first group meeting, creating a safe space for sharing.
  • Duration : it depends on how many people are in the group. Not less than 10 min.
  • Materials : white big sheets paper, oil pastels.
  • Participants : any age, any number 

Rule :

  • The group arranges themselves in a circle, all seated on a large sheet, each choosing a color.
  • A person begins to trace a sign towards the next person, who hooks on to the same sign to continue tracing a circle created by all the participants. 
  • One by one enters the circle and says name, and three things about themself. 
  • At the end of the presentations, everybody stand up on the line of the circle and everyone says the word they feel as common to the group.

Comments :

This practice is useful for symbolically tracing the space of the group, in an initial phase of group building. It is a very essential activity, very suitable for closing the first day of a series of meetings. A poetic moment that crosses graphic sign, body and word

To go farther :

Everyone could put representative objects in the circle that tells about themself

Autor : Petit Pas, Manuela