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We request that all trainers, mentors and clubs share the story of their Practice Peace Sessions with the community at least 4 times a year. We have created a simple, mobile-friendly form to submit your story. We can’t wait to read your stories and share them with the world! All data, photos and video you send us will be public unless you request otherwise. Please remember to send your photos and videos from this session to info@playforpeace.org (using www.wetransfer.com for large files).

As we are a Global Learning Community we also ask that, when possible, you include the Practice Peace Session Inquiry activities as part of your event. Please use the instructions below to lead the activities and submit your findings on the same Practice Peace Session Story Form.

 

Practice Peace Session Inquiry

As part of your Practice Peace Session, please consider leading the following activities to close the event with your participants. There are no right or wrong answer in this process, it is meant to be an inquiry into impact and an exploration of growth together with the participants. It can also help clarify for participants what Play for Peace does and the impact it can have on their lives. There is often a programmatic effect as well, after the inquiry participants leave with deeper, acknowledged interpersonal connections, a clearer understanding of their learning and a deeper sense of the inner peace they achieved during the Practice Peace Session.

These three activities activities together can take anywhere from 15 minutes to hour depending on the number of participants and the amount they reflect during the debriefing. These activities work best immediately after 45 minutes to an hour and a half of cooperative play (Practice Peace Session) and can replace a traditional closing activity.

If you would like more detail and a print copy of the instructions and form please follow this link.

Interpersonal Connection

HAND TO SHOULDER ACTIVITY

Activity Prep: Have a pen and paper ready to record data. Have a clear, high view of the participants if possible.

Activity Presentation: Let participants know that you are going to lead a series of activities that will explore their experience during the Practice Peace Session and that first activity is about connecting with others.

Activity Instructions:

1. If you have made a new friend today raise your right hand. (Record number)

2. Place your raised hand on the shoulder of one of your new friends.

3. Without moving your right hand, raise your left hand if you have deepened any friendships today? (Record number)

4. Without moving your right hand, place your left hand on the shoulder of a friend you have connected with further today.

Tip: If it is not culturally appropriate to touch, you can use an open hand movement to gesture towards the person, this may also happen if not everyone can reach the person’s shoulder they need to. This should be a fun activity that feels a little like human knot. It also recognizes new and old friendships as well as allows the participants to reflect on the impact the Practice Peace Session had. Inquiry Instructions: Observe and record the energy and emotion of the group as well as anything you found surprising in the interpersonal connections that were made – especially if friendships were acknowledged across conflict divides. Record participant comments about their experience.

Experiential Learning

LEARNING CIRCLES ACTIVITY

Activity Prep: Have a pen and paper ready to record data. Have a clear, high view of the participants if possible. Create one rope circle on the ground per learning goal and have them overlap like a VENN diagram. Mark each circle with chalk, signs or symbols to represent each goal. Create one circle that is a part from the VENN diagram called that is for “other” learning (chosen by participants).

Activity Presentation: Review the learning goals for this Practice Peace Session with the participants. Please use Play for Peace Core Values if no additional learning goals were defined.

Activity Instructions:

1. Stand in the circle (or overlapping circle) that you feel best represents your experience today. 2. Invite participants to say why they chose the circle they did, what they learned in detail and when (at what moment) the experience led to learning.

Tip: When working with large groups only have 10-15 participants do this activity at a time. Inquiry Instructions: Observe and record the energy and emotion of the group as well as anything you found surprising in the learning experiences that participants had. Record participant comments about their experience.

Personal Growth

CIRCLES OF JOY ACTIVITY

Activity Prep: Have a pen and paper ready to record data. Have a clear, high view of the participants if possible. Create three rope circles that are not touching each other. Fill one circle with many objects (throwables, balls, stones,etc.), one with a several objects and one with a few objects.

Activity Presentation: Share with the participants that at Play for Peace we believe that when people are so engaged in the joy of safe, cooperative play that they forget, for a moment, all their worries, conflict and stress, that they are experiencing moments of personal peace.

Activity Instructions:

1. Ask participants to close their eyes and stay in silence for about 30 seconds while they remember the feelings they had during the Practice Peace Session experience.

2. When finished, explain that the circle with many objects represents a Practice Peace Session experience where the participants spent many moments fully engaged, the circle with several objects represents an experience where they had several moments fully engaged and the last circle represents few or no moments where they were fully engaged.

3. Invite participants to say why they chose the circle they did, what they learned in detail and when (at what moment) the experience led to learning. 4. Finish the Practice Peace Session with the Play for Peace Ritual.

Tip: When working with large groups only have 10-15 participants do this activity at a time. Inquiry Instructions: Observe and record the energy and emotion of the group as well as anything you found surprising in the learning experiences that participants had. Record participant comments about their experience.

Practice Peace Session Story Form