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Activity Plan 2

Mirror Image Equipment

 This activity involves people in pairs, with one  No equipment
person mirroring the actions and movements of needed, just a place
the other person. where people can
 Body movement exercises can be most spread out.
revealing, confronting and rewarding. "Human
sculpting via mirroring" brings body movement Time
exploration into the dyad. By reflecting body
movements of another, several subtle but  Total ~ 10-15
complex processes are activated, heightening minutes.
self- and other-awareness. Immediate non-
verbal feedback exercises in the right time and Brief description
place have the potential to be
transformational. Other times this can simply be  Involves people in
a fun loosen-upperer. pairs, with one
 Works with any size group; split into person mirroring
pairs/couples. the actions of the
 Although it is simple, the activity can be other. Stimulates
confronting, and requires mature leadership and self- and other-
a well chosen moment/sequence/program. awareness.
 Usually make sure the social ice is well and truly
broken, and that there have been other body Acknowledgements
movement and physical warmup/stretching
exercises, with some laughter and some
 Offer a demonstration. Invite a volunteer to
stand facing you about half a metre apart. The
instructor initiates action, with the other person
following in "mirror image".
 Make your movements interesting and slow
enough for the other person to mime as if they
were a full length mirror.
 Also include zany stretches/contortions to get a
few laughs, especially facial gymnastics. Include
action sequences for tasks like brushing your
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teeth. The demonstration helps to loosen up
conceptions and inhibitions.
 In pairs, one person stretches, the other follows.
Then swap after some time.
 Debrief as you see fit.


 Variation: Reverse-mirror image. Try following
partner's movements in reverse-mirror image
(i.e., swap left <-> right)
 The exercise can be done in different ways to
emphasize difference aspects, e.g., for trust-
building, drama warmup, ice breaker, etc.

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 Finger Dancing
 Kirtans (calling - response chanting)
 Walking in Sync