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Bodies of Change

The training activity took place
in Rovinj, Croatia
organised by Doi Ada
10/09/2020 - 20/09/2020
Reference person

Gabriel Vivas Martinez

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Aims & objectives

Bodies of Change​ was a space for creativity, art and inspirational sparks where we shared Theatre, Dance, Circus​, Body Expression​ and other embodied arts methods, as well as NVC-based tools, to be used in youth work as powerful tools for developing a sense of Connection and Belonging to our communities through an Empathy-based approach.

The program was designed for two types of participants:

⌲ Embodied arts facilitators: Those working with the body in a creative way (theatre, dance, movement practices, contact improvisation, circus, martial arts, street art, body expression, bodywork, impro techniques…) and that have experience facilitating in front of groups.

⌲ Youth workers: Those working with young people at risk of Social Exclusion (including young people with disabilities, Roma community and with migrant backgrounds, LGBTIQ+ young people…) that are interested in embodied arts methods but don’t have much experience and tools for applying them with their target group.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

28 Embodied arts facilitators and Youth Workers from Croatia, Spain, Estonia, Italy, France, Germany, Latvia, Bulgaria and United Kingdom.

Training methods used & main activities

This Training Program was based on an Experiential Learning approach, being highly participatory and interactive. We had an immersive program full of experiences, movement and action. Our Team’s approach is based on the values of compassion, empathy, authenticity, playfulness and generosity.

In Bodies of Change we co-created our learning experience together. Participant's individual learning process took place in a safe space and in a team-oriented and group-supported environment, guided by our facilitators.

The non-formal education methods that we used were Embodied Arts such as are Body Expression, Circus, Body Awareness and Movement practices among others; Empathic Communication based on the principles and intention of Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication” approach to compassionate living (NVC); together with individual and group reflection and conceptualization processes.

Outcomes of the activity

Bodies of Chage booklet, containing the workshops developed and tested by the participants.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Trainer and Learning Facilitator

I worked on this training for 9 days as a full time trainer.

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