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Art of Living – Opening Activity

Type of tool: 
Activity
Duration: 
120+ min
Topics addressed: 
Anti-racism
Intercultural learning
Social inclusion

An active experience using the five senses to discover the city, its customs and people's way of living.

Methodology: 

- Experiential learning,
- Guided visit,
- Brainstorming.

Step by step process: 

The activity will focus on four of the five senses: smell, taste, touch and listen.

The group visits Paardenmarkt St. Before arriving to the street the participants wear blindfolds and are asked to say their first associations related to the experiences they are going to have. In the street, in a row of covered-eyes people, they visit a Video Store (listening), a fish shop and a French Fries Kiosk (smell); cloths shop (touch) and taste pralines (taste).
The next step takes all the participants to the Golden Ring St. Sebastian Guild of Archery (founded in 1281).

As a last task the participants will receive two big flip-chart papers:
-The first paper to write words which reflect the experiences they lived,
-The second paper to write words related to the name and task of the group.
After a closing conversation, the group is left to start working on their own and to identify the main points of their task.

Materials and resources: 

Blindfolds to cover the eyes, two pieces of flip-chart paper, markers, digital camera.

Notes for further use: 

The presence of a guide is highly recommended. His/her task will be to write down the associations said by participants in the closed-eyes activity, helping the participants to move from one place to another as well as reporting with notes and pictures the activity.

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