This is the third activity on freedom. This activity can be used as an immersion on the topic after the warming-up. You can find more activities on freedom here.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
At least 4.
One blindfold for each participant.
Each participant places their blindfold over their eyes. The facilitator
randomly creates a circle out of the participants so that each person
has their hands on the shoulders of another in front.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTIVITY
For participants to understand and discuss oppression. For the participants to experience mild oppression firsthand.
The facilitator makes suggestions to the participants about the
security the group feels as a whole. The facilitator instructs
participants to gently feel the shoulders of the person in front with
their fingertips. The objective of this is to imprint the shape, size and
feel of the shoulders into the participants’ mind. The facilitator then
speaks about oppression, drawing from real-world examples. The
participants drop their hands to their sides. The participants are
asked to move around the room randomly. The facilitator continues
to guide the thoughts of the participants. Once the group has been
thoroughly mixed around, they are asked to form the original circle
once more. They cannot speak and should rely solely on their sense
of touch to find their pair of shoulders.
Some groups may succeed in recreating the circle while other
groups may not. Both outcomes offer a valuable source of
discussion around the theme of oppression. The facilitator should
talk through each stage with the group, asking them about how they
felt at specific times. The facilitator asks the group to relate these
times to experiences they have seen or been through themselves.
There is a key question that should be asked;
When the group was beginning to join back together again and
some people were still trying to find their place, did anyone attempt
to help those who could not find their pair of shoulders? This can be
followed by a discussion about ‘survival mode’.