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MMS - MENTAL HEALTH, MINDFULNESS, SUPPORT THE METHODS AND ACTIVITIES ZAKOPANE 4-11 JULY 2022


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Objectives The main goal of the project was: to help young people from small towns and people who experienced war trauma by working out all aspects of mental health and choose your own way of dealing with problems and by creating a guide to help youth and people becoming more open to a different culture and getting to know work in the intercultural environment.

to raise awareness of the influence of mental health on the daily functioning familiarizing participants with external factors that affect mental health developing a difficult situation coping plan developing the ability to cope with post-traumatic stress increasing the level of openness to another culture and another country development of self-presentation skills identification and use of one's strengths development of teamwork skills increasing language competences development of project implementation skills

Who participated: young people from Poland and Ukraine interested in the topic of mental health and developing intercultural dialogue experienced difficult times aged: 15-28 During the project we experienced a lot of team-building exercises, sharing and storytellings. We learned the methods of storytelling, drama therapy, dancing therapy, we learned and tried out the basic steps of Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg. The participants practiced various self-reflection activities, identified their goals, worked with the support system of "buddy". Moreover we learned how sports and nature give people power, went into hiking and practiced everyday yoga.

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Team-building activities BUILD YOUR HOUSE The goal of the activity: to organise the team spirit, non-verbal communication importance Materials: marshmallows, spaghetti, or straws for drinks, A4 paper

1. Divide participants into the group of 4-5 participants. 2. Explain to the participants the importance of non-verbal communication (the term, the percentage of the daily communication). 3. Give an assignment to the participants to build a tower out of marshmallows, white a4 papers and spaghetti in their mini group without speaking any word (1015 minutes). The tower should be very solid and tall. 4. After you ask them to make a promotional speech on what this house is for them called "home" (make up a story they are competing in a tender for whose house going to be built for the city). Give 10 minutes for the preparation. 5. When they start delivering the speech, you write down main words what "home" means for them. 6. After that explain that the home is not only the building but the feelings we have towards everything (people, memories, animals, surrounding). Let encourage them that during the days of the project they can also create "home".

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Trust building activities FREE FALL The goal of the activity: to build the trust within a group, to self reflect on your level of trust Materials: outside activity, try to find a space which will higher than an average person height 1. Divide participants into 2 groups, create two lines where they will stand in front of each other. 2. One person should come up to a higher position (the space should be stable) and stand with their back in front of the group of people. 3. Group of standing people should cross their hands with each other to make a web (one person in front of another person). 4. The standing person should fall on "the web" of the hands. 5. Encourage participants to try it at least once. 6. After the majority of them tried "falling" make a short debriefing asking how they felt, whether it was difficult, how they felt when it was all over, how the people who were holding their hands felt, was it challenging for them, what was their biggest fear.

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Trust building activities FOREST OF HANDS The goal of the activity: to build the trust within a group, to self reflect on your level of trust Materials: outside activity, try to find a space with a stable ground 1. Divide participants into 2 groups, create two lines where they will stand in front of each other, having their arms put in front of each other (see the picture). 2. Make sure they create "a tunnel" of hands. 3. One person should go in front of "the tunnel" and start running very fast towards the hands. 4. The standing participants should hide their hands right in front of the person running "opening the way". 5. Encourage participants to try it at least once, be fast, hide hands right in front of the person. 6. After the majority of them tried running, make a short debriefing asking how they felt, whether it was difficult, how they felt when it was all over, how the people who were holding their hands felt, was it challenging for them, what was their biggest fear.

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Trustbuilding activities A ROUND OF COMPLIMENTS The goal of the activity: to share the view that there is always something good in an every person, to create a bound within a group 1. Ask participants to divide into two equal groups (the same amount of people). 2. Create two circles of people (inner circle of seats and outer circle of seats). 3. Make sure each participant has a person in front of them. 4. Explain the rules: each of the couple will have a round of 1minute exchanging the complimentary sessions (saying what you like about a person, what you are grateful for to this person. 5. After they hear a sound of a bell or an alarm the outer circle moves one person forward in a clockwise direction and repeats the session. 6. The exercise repeats until the moment the whole circle passed (a person comes back to a first person they were saying the compliments to). The exercise is good for beginning of the day to create a positive mood in a group and establish the balance.

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Trustbuilding activities AN EYE CONNECTION The goal of the activity: to establish connection, the importance of non-verbal communication Materials: two circles of seats ( an inner and an outer), white papers and pens, meditative music 1. Ask participants to divide into two equal groups (the same amount of people). 2. Create two circles of people (inner circle of seats and outer circle of seats). 3. Ask participants to sit on the seats so that each has a person in front of them. 4. Give each participant a paper and a pen. 5. Explain the rules: each of the couple will have a round of 1 minute of eye watching, without any verbal interaction. After the round is over each of the couple should exchange the papers and a person should write the emotions they felt while looking into the eyes of another person on their paper (each person writes emotions they felt on another person’s paper), after they exchange the papers back and change the person in a clockwise direction (only outer circle moves, inside circle remains on their seats) repeat the action. 6. Make sure to have a sign (musical sound, a bell) when 1 minute is over and when they need to change the seat. 7. The exercise repeats until the moment the whole circle passed (a person comes back to a first person they watched into the eyes of). 8. Organise a debriefing session based on the questions: whether it was difficult to look into other people eyes, were the eyes of some people were surprisingly pleasant for you, does the age of a person gave a difference in your emotions, whether the color of the eyes made a difference to you, was it difficult to concentrate on some of the eyes of people.

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Drama therapy The Drama therapy is a type of therapy that uses theatrical techniques and concepts to bring about meaningful change. It gives clients a way to express their feelings, interact with others, and rehearse healthy behaviors. It is intended to help participants explore their inner experience and break them out of any rigid roles or frameworks they have been limiting themselves to. They can express themselves while sharing a new side to their personality, or dig up an old one long forgotten. As drama therapy found its footing, a more cohesive conceptualization of the field emerged. Today, the goals of drama therapy are often described as follows (GoodTherapy, 2015):

Promote positive behavioral changes Improve interpersonal relationship skills Integrate physical and emotional wellbeing Achieve personal growth and self-awareness Improve overall quality of life .

Aside from tackling these larger, overall goals, drama therapy can also benefit participants by providing them with the opportunity to:

Express their feelings Tell their story Act out/work out issues and problems Relive their symptoms Achieve emotional and physical integration Experience catharsis Expand their depth of inner experiences Boost their self-confidence Improve their self-esteem

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Drama therapy activities MAKE YOUR MASK The goal of the activity: to self reflect, to realize how we run away from the problems Materials: colorful papers, crayons, markers, pencils, brushes, A4 paper, envelopes

1. Introduce participants into the bases of drama therapy (the history, the usage). 2. Explain to them what does masking means - when having a mask means escapism and when it means finding your self defense mechanism. 3. Give them out the crayons, pencils, markers, highlighters, papers. 4. Give them 30 minutes to self-reflect on their own mask and when they use it, in which situations, with whom. 5. When they finish the mask, give them envelopes to glue their mask on the envelope. 6. Put the envelopes to the wall of the training room. 7. Introduce them into the game of a secret friend (ask them to use envelopes to send to each other messages and gifts).

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Drama therapy activities PLAY YOUR INSTRUMENT The goal of the activity: to energize the group, bound the couples 1. Make this exercise when the participants are already comfortable with each other and can freely touch one another. 2. Ask participants to divide into couples. 3. One person should decide about the instrument they want to play and another person from the couple should express the sounds. 4. After a while they can change the instrument and can exchange the roles. 5. The exercise is a good choice for an energizer.

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Drama therapy activities ME AS NATURE The goal of the activity: to reflect, to see the problem from another side 1. DIvide participants into trios. 2. Introduce the participants into the topic of drama therapy (history, the usage). 3. Ask them to think for 5 minutes about their dilemma, inner conflict, conflict situation they would like to discuss. 4. After that ask one person from the trio to share in their smaller group their situation. 5. While one person is telling the situation, the rest of the trio practices active listening. 6. After the story is finished the participants discuss what kind of natural phenomenon the situation of a narrator could be (river running, a puppy is born, the lightning strikes, the eruption of the volcano). 7. After the natural phenomenon is agreed the participants play it out together. 8. After one narrator finished their story, they change the role and another person from the trio becomes a narrator. 9. When they finished practicing make a short debriefing session asking about how did it feel to see their problem from another perspective, was it easy to find a natural phenomenon. 10. Make a short conclusion saying that sometimes some of the problems seem unsolvable but if you look from aside on it, it could become easier to find the way out.

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Drama therapy activities ME AS A STATUE The goal of the activity: to reflect, to see the problem from other perspective 1. DIvide participants into trios 2. Introduce the participants into the topic of drama therapy (history, the usage) 3. Ask them to think for 5 minutes about their dilemma, inner conflict, conflict situation they would like to discuss. 4. After ask one person from the trio to share in their smaller group their situation. 5. While one person is telling the situation, the rest of the trio practices active listening. 6. After a narrator finished the story the participants start playing out the conflict situation or inner dilemma, a narrator watching the play. 7. After one narrator finished their story, they change the role and another person from the trio becomes a narrator. 8. When they finished practicing make a short debriefing session asking about how did it feel to see their problem from other perspective, was it easy to find a natural phenomenon. 9. Make a short conclusion saying that sometimes some of the problems seem unsolvable but if you look from aside on it, it could become easier to find the way out.

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Drama therapy activities DANCING ACTIVITY Goal: to show how one can act in order to distress, to learn the need for endorphins through dancing Materials: prepare a short compilation of songs (various kinds: genres and melodies from classic to the modern one), ask volunteers to be the ones for creating the angles (for the measures of the safety), prepare an empty space with a stable surface 1. Ask participants to stand in the crowd. 2. Explain to them that sometimes when a person feels low, the easiest way to cheer up is to dance and express the body movement. 3. Ask participants to close their eyes, breathe deeply and imagine they are alone in the room of their house, where they feel total safety and acceptance, ask them to concentrate on this picture and breathe. 4. Start putting a melodic song continuing meditation about safety. 5. One by one start putting more dancing music and let them dance. 6. Ask them not to open their eyes. 7. Let them interact with each other if they feel like it. 8. Make sure there are four people who can create «the angles» for the dancing ones to ensure safety and not letting the participants to bump into the walls and hurt themselves. 9. After around of 30 minutes of songs playing let the participants open their eyes. 10. Make a short debriefing on how the participants feel right now and hoe they felt in the beginning, whether it can happen in difficult situations.

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Storytelling therapy The Narrative therapy is a form of therapy that aims to separate the individual from the problem, allowing the individual to externalize their issues rather than internalize them. It relies on the individual’s own skills and sense of purpose to guide them through difficult times (Narrative Therapy, 2017) This form of therapy was developed in the 1980s by Michael White and David Epston (About Narrative Therapy, n.d.). They believed that separating a person from their problematic or destructive behavior was a vital part of treatment (Michael White (1948-2008), 2015). White and Epston grounded this new therapeutic model in three main ideas.

Narrative therapy is respectful Narrative therapy is non-blaming Narrative therapy views the client as the expert.

To this end, there are a few main themes or principles of narrative therapy:

Reality is socially constructed, which means that our interactions and dialogue with others impacts the way we experience reality. Reality is influenced by and communicated through language, which suggests that people who speak different languages may have radically different interpretations of the same experiences. Having a narrative that can be understood helps us organize and maintain our reality. In other words, stories and narratives help us to make sense of our experiences. There is no “objective reality” or absolute truth; what is true for us may not be the same for another person, or even for ourselves at another point in time (Standish, 2013).

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Storytelling therapy activities MY UNIVERSE The goal of the activity: to make participants self reflect on their life, practice of storytelling techniques Materials: crayons, pencils, markers, highlighters, papers 1. Introduce participants into storytelling. 2. Explain to them that sometimes sharing emotions on paper makes them feel relief. 3. Ask them to express their universe, their lifeline on the paper (for those who are not good with drawing, suggest using writing words). 4. Give them an example of how it can look (a note paper, a river, a running line), give suggestions on making certain points which changed their life and encourage them to draw. 5. Give around 30 minutes to the to draw. 6. After they finished drawing, divide them into smaller groups of 4 people and let them share their stories. 7. Don’t push the participants for sharing, let them choose whether they are comfortable with sharing or can omit it.

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Storytelling therapy activities STORY OF AN EMOTION The goal of the activity: to make participants recognize their feelings, practice of storytelling techniques Materials: small papers with the names of emotions (if the participants have low level of English make sure to provide the translation), small bag 1. Prepare small papers with the names of emotions . 2. Put the papers into small bag and mix them. 3. Seat in a closed circle with participants . 4. Pass a bag around for each of a person to take a piece of paper and see the emotion. 5. Give the participants an assignment to prepare a story about when they felt last time the emotion on their paper. 6. Make a round of storysharing.

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Storytelling therapy activities BONFIRE STORYTELLING NIGHT The goal of the activity: to express emotions, to make the group bounded Materials: a teddy bear or any other toy, outdoor space with a fire, preferably participants make fire by themselves, it is better to organize the activity in the evening. If the weather or facilities don’t allow to make it with real bonfire, you can draw a flame and put the speaker with the sound of fire, a teddy bear or any other toy

1. Participants seat in a closed circle. 2. Ask them to practice the storytelling about a bear’s life (who was he, what he was doing in his life, his life affairs). 3. Ask volunteers to start, don’t push participants to tell their stories about a bear. 4. After participants have practiced some storytelling you can develop deeper topics 5. You can ask about them sharing their wisdoms of their life, their sorrows, the situations when they were not understood. 6. After they sharing make sure to close the session with common guided meditation and light down the fire.

The activity is very useful for the bonding part, but make sure the sharing won’t be intrusive for some of the participants.

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Outdoor sport activity HIKING ADVENTURE The goal of the activity: to show how nature and sport make an impact on our mental health, group bounding Materials: prepare participants before the trip to have hiking equipment, make sure all of them have insurance 1. Divide participants into hiking groups (based on their hiking experience and physical condition, so that people feel equal and could do the hiking path). 2. Choose the paths according to the groups (make sure there is a meeting point for all of the paths). 3. Prepare participants before the trip: explain the safety measures and hiking etiquette, make sure they have water, snacks and hiking equipment. 4. Give each group an assignment: say that they are a tribe and they need to make their own language, symbol, their own leader. 5. Before arriving to the place of hiking give each participant a personal challenge paper (make assignments for them according to their personalities and personal goals: learning language, socialize, be a reporter of your trip, encourage peopler, have a talk with those with whom you didn’t have a conversation with, organise a challenge of the group). 6. Explain to them that this is their personal challenge for the trip and they should overcome it. 7. Give one group wood, another group matches or a lighter. 8. When their trip is over and two teams are meeting, they need to have negotiations in order to make a fire together, but should speak in their tribal languages. 9. If the communication went well they can make a fire (if the hiking area allows it).

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Non-violent communication Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has been described as a language of compassion, as a tool for positive social change, and as a spiritual practice. NVC gives us the tools and consciousness to understand what triggers us, to take responsibility for our reactions, and to deepen our connection with ourselves and others, thereby transforming our habitual responses to life. NVC is based on a fundamental principle: "Underlying all human actions are needs that people are seeking to meet, and understanding and acknowledging these needs can create a shared basis for connection, cooperation, and more globally – peace" Components of Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

Observations Observations are what we see or hear that we identify as the stimulus to our reactions. Our aim is to describe what we are reacting to concretely, specifically and neutrally, much as a video camera might capture the moment. Feelings Feelings represent our emotional experience and physical sensations associated with our needs that have been met or that remain unmet (see below). Our aim is to identify, name and connect with those feelings. Needs Our needs are an expression of our deepest shared humanity. All human beings share key needs for survival: hydration, nourishment, rest, shelter, and connection to name a few. We also share many other needs, though we may experience them to varying degrees. Request In order to meet our needs, we make requests to assess how likely we are to get cooperation for particular strategies we have in mind for meeting our needs. Our aim is to identify and express a specific action that we believe will serve this purpose, and then check with others involved about their willingness to participate in meeting our needs in this way.

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Nonviolent communication The goal of the activity: to introduce participants to NVC, to show the basics of NVC, to practice basics of NVC Materials: projector, papers, pens

Ask participants to go together. Ask one volunteer to go out of the room. Ask another volunteer to be a statue and the rest of the group should make a pose of the statue, suggest to make it as hard position as possible. Ask the group to remember the pose clearly. And ask the «statue» to have an initial pose. Ask another volunteer who didn’t see the statue to come back to the room. The assignment of the volunteer right now to reconstruct the pose of the statue following the instructions of others. The rest of the group should give the directions to the volunteer while saying «don’t phrases» (don’t turn the head up, don’t turn the head left, don’t don’t stretch the leg). Follow the process of making a statue, give to the participants 10 minutes «to reconstruct» it. When 10 minutes over, check the result. Ask the group to reflect, on whether it was difficult and misleading to follow the instructions and give an example of a mother and a child (sometimes they use a lot of «don’t» phrases).

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Nonviolent communication Introduce the basics of NVC, show the video with Marshall Rosenberg . Organise a small theatre play of the conflict (can be a conflict between a mother and a daughter, conflict of the student and a professor). Explain to the participants the main steps of NVC based on the conflict played before. Divide the participants into groups of 4 people. Draw on the flipchart the sequence: narrator - observation - feeling - need. One person from the group is a narrator who tells their conflict. The rest of the group is divided into roles and listens actively: one person writes down the facts, all the observations, the second person writes down - feelings, the third person - identifies the needs of the narrator. All together after the narrator stopped the story they discuss the notes of the rest and try to build up the request.

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Nonviolent communication When one case is finished the participants change the role in a clockwise manner (its good to write down it on the flipchart to make explanations more understandable - see the pictures). Establish the time frames of 10 minutes for each of the case. When everyone is done have a short debriefing session asking what was the most difficult part of the exercises and whether it helped to see the situation more clear and find the way out.

Prepare the handouts with the list of feelings of needs. Make sure you explained the difference between a judgment and a fact. Explain that some of the feelings should be expressed in the way other person doesn't feel responsible for them (ex. I feel you don’t want me puts responsibility on other people) I feel lonely - a person describes only their feelings).

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Self reflection activities MY PERSONALITY The goal: of the activity: to let the participants to self reflect on their personality, on their bad and good sides and how they can improve, what are their goals in life Materials: big papers (of a human height), tape, crayons, markers, colorful papers

Divide participants into couples. Ask participants to connect 4 papers of the flipchart with the tape (so they will create a big piece of paper close to the human size) for one person of the couple and repeat it for the other person in a couple. When the papers are ready ask one person from the couples to lie on a big piece paper and another person to draw around the whole body, to make a scheme of this persons body. Repeat the same with the other person of the couple. After the schemes are ready draw a small example on a flipchart paper with the certain parts of their personality which they are supposed to describe. Close to their head they need to write what’s in their head, in the middle of their body - what keeps them emotional, what’s in their heart, left arm - what they can offer to the world, right arm - what helps them being strong, right arm - the things which are their strong sides, left arm - the things and abilities which they need to work on, the left feet is the their motivational quotes which they already follow, right feet - motivational quotes which they would like to follow. Give them 45 minutes to draw their personalities.

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Self reflection activities MY PERSONALITY Make sure there is enough space for the whole pictures, if not organize an additional space. After the participants are ready make a gallery walking in two tours. In one tour the half of the participants are walking around the gallery of personalities and the rest of the participants answer to the questions about their drawings and express themselves. After 20 minutes ask them to change. When the gallery watching is over make a short debriefing on whether it was challenging for them to answer on questions, express themselves on a bigger paper, explain others about yourself, whether they opened something new about themselves.

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Self reflection activities MY WHEEL OF BALANCE The goal: of the activity: self reflection on the topic of balance of your life Materials: papers, pens

Introduce participants into the topic of mental health elements (nutrition, sleep, interaction with people, sport, self-realization, mindfulness). Draw on a flipchart a circle and divide it into six parts, each part will mean each element of mental health . Ask participants to estimate about each element of their life and draw it up to the part they are satisfied with it (0 - no satisfaction closer to the centre of the circle, 10- fully satisfied close to the edge of the circle). Give participants time to think of their life and whether it is balanced enough. Let participants discuss their circles within small reflection groups. Debrief on the fact the circle can be made several times a year to see whether you improve or not with the balance of your life.

You can use this method not only with mental health elements, you can use it with the life-goal orientation or values.

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Reflection activities THREE QUESTIONS 1. Divide participants into smaller groups of 4-5 in the end of the working day/ training. 2. Write on the flipchart three questions which they will answer in their minireflection group. 3. The questions are: the lowest moment of the day, the highest moment of the day, the magic moment of the day (the moment they realized something beautiful, something new, they felt inspiration). 4. Let them discuss it within 30 minutes in their reflection groups, collect anonymous answers on the papers.

5 FINGERS QUESTIONS 1. In the end of the working day/training draw on a flipchart a hand with five fingers 2. Each finger will be the question they should answer in their smaller reflection groups. 3. The questions are: what was good about the day, what did come short to me, what did I learn today, what was bad about the day, did I receive the compliment/did I have a good conversation. 4. Let them speak in the reflection groups.

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Reflection activities WATER OF THE PROJECT The goal of the activity: to have a group reflection, to remind of what has been learnt The materials: colorful water of white, red/blue, three transparent bowls, two spoons Make three transparent bowls of water. One bowl should be with white water, another bowl with dark blue water, or dark red water. The third bowl is empty. Put the chair in the centre of the circle of chairs (where the participants sit) together with three bowls in a row (the empty bowl should be in the middle of the bowls). Explain the rules: The left bowl with white water is the memory which you want to take with you from the project/training (sweet conversations, activities, knowledge, food, accommodation). The white water reflects all the positive aspects of the project. The dark blue bowl is the memory of negative aspects (something which went wrong: weather, some conflicts, misunderstandings). An empty bowl is the bowl of the project.

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Reflection activities WATER OF THE PROJECT Each participant, one by one (randomly, when they feel ready to come out) will go and sit in the center on the chair and will take a spoon. Taking the spoon of water from each bowl they put the spoons into empty bowl, filling ut out with their emotions and memories, expressing what was good and positive for them, what they prefer to take with them and what they would like to leave. This way participants reflect on the program, on the activities and also how they developed. When everyone has been to the chair ask participants to stand up and make a circle and have a short speech on the color of the bowl in the middle (with the combination of the colors it becomes either light pink or light blue) and saying that this is how your common project looks like.

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The project results During the project we managed to collect the quantity data based on the results of the google form which participants filled out in the last day of the activities : Participants stated they learned:

Self reflection techniques Trust building activities Basics of Nonviolent communication and it's history Wheel of balance How to express themselves New languages and cultures Learned something new about themselves Learned how to understand their feelings and needs Learned how to do yoga How to hike Group management 90 percent enjoyed the food during the project 74 percent were fully satisfied with the accommodation 98 percent are interested in taking part in the similar projects in the future

We believe the above mentioned projects are great inspiration both for the organisations and participants they open up the world, cultures and languages for the young people, help them in self-development in understanding themselves. The organization's establish international long-term connection and can introduce new methods and activities to more people. We hope the guideline will be useful for the organisations and educators who would like to bring the self development into their activities.

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