On Saturday 7th January, we hosted our second monthly reunion event that we run in collaboration with Dartington Hall Trust. We had 49 people, including 4 volunteers and 3 group facilitators.
As usual, people came form different cultural backgrounds including Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Congo, Eritrea, India, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Russia, England, Scotland and Ireland.
In such a diverse environment, we couldn’t avoid exploring the differences and similarities that shape our coexistence through addressing the concept of identity, both the public and the private aspects of it.
Through group activities and individual reflections, people have creatively connected with their own ‘human experience’ and that of others, transcendending the perceived barriers of differences and celebrating the essence that lies within them. The essence that carries the similarity of our collective human experience.
Fiona Green and Jennie Beams lead two craft workshops where people explored and then presented the different aspects of their own collective identity including culture, personality, values, passions and dreams. After lunch Marisa Latimer took that further and invited the group into a playful exploration through games, music, puppetry and finally a fun dance lead by Eli Harvey.
Many thanks to Joanna and Rhodri Samuel, Sonja Hughes, Steve Bradford, Lindsey Stewart, Fiona Green, Jeannie Beams, Marisa Latimer and everyone who helped shaping the event to be such a welcoming place.
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