April 13th, sensing (day one)
Hosting & Getting to Know Each Other
In the first session, we had the opportunity to meet ETPM coordinator André Miranda and the event coordinator Estrella to present the program, setup the tone for the upcoming days and play Name Bingo Card so everyone could know a little bit better who is who in the Training Course. The winner was Kristina, who said out aloud "Bingo"!!!
Following this moment, everyone had a chance to expose what were their expectations, fears, needs, proposals for activities during the free time, list of icebreakers and energizers for the days to come and rules of engagement throughout the event. These were made available through the whole program and the organization provided space for everyone to engage and make it a part of the training course.
Then, we had the chance to have breakfast with the amazing kitchen and cafeteria staff, which were with us throughout the week. We left for the first moment of our training, which was to immerse ourselves into nature in Mata da Matinha and create a greater awareness regarding our own senses, the importance they have in our daily lives.
Wim took the helm to assure that we would be all grounded, facilitating the space for everyone to start each one of us in an inner dive, with focus on conscious breathing exercises, taking off our shoes and do a silent barefoot walk in the forest, paying attention to all the little details and for all to roam free as a group.
Meantime, we had moments to reflect together and feel the beautiful collective energy that was starting to surface, as well as we had a guided meditation session to bring forward all the impressions we had during the walk.
"...Breathe in the words I trust myself
Breathe in the words
I respect myself
Breathe in the words I forgive myself.
Breathe in the words
I love myself..."
Sensing Self & Earth
We had time for a picnic lunch right after and recovered some energy for the next part of the session, where we would need to have a blindfold walk in the forest. In pairs, everybody chose someone from the group to make this walk, finding and choosing affinity with a tree nearby. In turns, every participant had the chance to be Present, looking for those small connections with nature around. In the end, we had a group reflection to sort some of our interactions, get some breathing time and head back to ETPM school.
Foods & Moods
The last moment of the day came with a challenge! In the school kitchen, we had a small presentation regarding how food affects our moods. Then, the action call, hands on for some cooking…
Everybody had to be fully equipped and an array of several Asian inspired cooking recipes were taken by all as a team effort, which was fully embraced for first discoveries, laser focus and gibberish talk with some singing in the mix. We had the chance to indulge ourselves in some lentil and farm chicken soup, salads, corn and buckwheat tortillas, fried vegetables, yellow Asian rice, spicy farm chicken and tofu main dishes, natural chocolate snickers and chia pudding with fresh fruits and honey. What a feast in the end!!!