Encountering the Self – a Foundation Lab (ESFL)

For whom:

  • People from all walks of life, anyone above the age of 18 years, specifically people who are attending an experiential lab for the first time

Objectives:

  • To gain deeper awareness and understanding of self and one’s interfaces and relationships
    • To become aware of one’s patterns of behaviour and process of making choices. This includes looking at one’s blind spots, defences and hidden potentials
    • To experience the world of one’s feelings and understand / integrate it with thought and action
  • To experiment with new behaviours / expression that may have hitherto been withheld, or denied
  • To build capability to learn through sharing (self disclosure) and reflection

How does this happen:

  • Learning is facilitated by encounters within the group
  • Facilitator creating safe conditions to promote self disclosure, dignity and mutual respect
  • Working with the ‘here and now’ data, individual and group patterns as they emerge

Expectations from the participant:

  • A willingness / readiness to inquire, question, explore and act
  • Willingness to share feelings, thoughts and experiences
  • Listening without making quick judgments

Some possible take aways for participants:

  • Ability to examine current beliefs and judgments about self and other
  • Build an ability to question and confront with dignity
  • Ability to empathise, and to value subjective human realities of others (that is beyond “objective data”)
  • Energy and commitment to new action, and new meanings and perspectives

                                                             

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