The purpose of Ground Rules is to assist the group in working cooperatively within a consistent framework. On the first day of the workshop, the trainer will review the Ground Rules and ask you to agree to them as a condition for participating in the workshop.
Show me the Ground Rules
The trainer will present various topics relevant to living in the 2000's. In these discussions the trainer will discuss a particular point of view about these subjects. The purpose is not for you to agree or disagree with what is said, but rather to assist you in observing how you relate to these particular subjects. In observing yourself in the training, you can learn about your principles, commitments, and relationships.
A dyad is a one-on-one interaction with another participant. You may be asked to answer a series of questions, tell a story, complete sentences, or assume a particular body stance. You will have the opportunity to look directly at personal issues and to support your dyad partner in doing the same.
A mingle exercise involves moving throughout the room while having short interactions with many people. As in dyads, the communication you have with other people during a mingle is structured.
Small Group Exercises
At the start of the workshop you will choose a small group with an average of 8-12 other participants. During the 4 days of the workshop, you will meet with your small group to discuss and share what you are learning as well as to participate in other experiential exercises. A volunteer staff member will act as facilitator for your group.
During a closed-eye process the trainer will guide you through a creative visualization. Frequently music and the lowering of lights are used during these processes to facilitate relaxation and promote creativity.
You will, as part of a group, play games to reveal the competitive and cooperative strategies you use, and also to illuminate the possibility of meeting both group and individual commitments throughout your life.
Throughout the workshop you will have the opportunity to learn about yourself through communication: speaking about what you are learning, and listening to the experiences of others. Such sharing occurs one-on-one, in small groups, or in front of the entire workshop group.
Interactions with the Trainer
At times you may have direct interaction with the trainer. The trainer will relate to you from the perspective that you are capable of effectively handling the circumstances in your life and that you are committed to extraordinary accomplishments. The trainer will also ask you to take personal responsibility rather than being powerless in the face of life's obstacles. Interactions with the trainer are an opportunity for you to examine the limitations of your worldview; therefore you may feel challenged, anxious or uncomfortable in going outside of your comfort zone.
At the close of each day you will be given a homework assignment to be completed before the next session begins. The homework is designed for you to continue your discovery, bring greater clarity to what you are learning, and prepare you for the next day's session.
Food and Rest
During the 4-day session, it is important that you get sufficient rest and food. Every 2 to 4 hours there will be a 20-30 minute break. In addition, during the 2 full days, there is one meal break each day for approximately 1-1/2 hours in the late afternoon. Be sure to eat a sustaining meal each day before coming to the workshop. You may need to adjust your schedule to be assured of getting sufficient sleep. This is your personal responsibility. Without sufficient food and rest, your training experience will be diminished. Please arrange your schedule accordingly.