We had great fun. Kaoru started by asking the group to stand in a large circle, she then handed each of us some kind of small percussive toy and asked us to pass the toys around the circle in time with the rhythm she was playing. Lots of laughter as Kaorus’ rhythms got faster and we tried to keep up = toys started flying everywhere.
The next activity, we sat in a circle and Kaoru placed a pile of ‘boomwhackers’ on the floor asking each person in the group to choose one. She then divided the group in half and gave each half of the group their own rhythm to play – now we’re jamming! J How good is that?
People were listening and observing (and getting a bit adventurous with their rhythms!) – and in the process we are creating connections without any words needed (=the power of music), building a shared understanding of the group.
To finish the workshop, Kaoru debriefed the group using a short paper point, encouraging us to reflect and share our learnings/thoughts.
Here are the notes I took:
- ‘rank’ – difference of ability/power
- Each person has a layer of ranks – social; structural; contextual; psychological; spiritual…
- When someone is in a lower rank situation they are very aware of it, when they are in a higher rank setting they are not aware of rank
- Making space for all the voices to be heard
- Being aware of your rank, as a facilitator, is very important
- Ranks can flip over at any moment
- Good facilitation – awareness is a key attribute
- This is not about removing the rank, its about being aware of the rank
- Rank is a cultural thing, some cultures respect rank more
This was very much an activity based workshop, so not many notes …didn’t even have time to take any photo.