Indoor/outdoor space with enough room to move
This activity is based on the concept of Active Witnessing, by Martha Eddy. Active witnessing combines the principles from the “Active Listening” technique, used in communication and conflict resolution contexts. Witnessing is the process from Authentic Movement that allows the unconscious feelings and processes to emerge. It can help observe, feel and imagine alternative ways to respond to a conflict situation.
After a few minutes of sharing, partner B talks about their experience, also using “I” statements, focusing on their inner response.
This is a very basic description of Active Witnessing methodology developed by Martha Eddy - adapted for the purposes of the Erasmus+ Training Course “Non-Violent Theatre”.
Stepien K., Skorczyńska M. (2019) Non-Violent Theatre for Artivists. https://nomadways.medium.com/non-violent-theatre-the-booklet-eb6b5e9dded0
How did you experience the difference between speaking about the conflict situation and moving in relation to the same situation?
Did you notice any patterns in your response to the conflict? Any sensations in your body, tension, a particular movement, tone of voice, words?
What did you observe when your partner echoed your story? How did it feel to be mirrored? Did you see anything new or surprising?
How can this experience and observation be useful and supportive of any conflict situation in the future?
This activity is an intergenerational activity considering the ways conflicts to be solved in different age groups, problem solving skills. In this sense, it is suitable for intergenerational collaborations.