The Secret Gate

Great activity to develop trust, wordless communication and speechless activity between participants. Not recommended at the beginning of the training: paticipants already needs to know each other, with other activities they have to move beyond the level so that looking into each other’s eyes for a long time is not a problem.

Details of activity

Function

Focusing game | Involvement to the situation | Creating focus | Active contribution and presence | Observation | Deepening | Impulse transmission and reception

Description

A participant goes out. The others stand in a circle, they are the trees of the magic forest. They agree on where the exit of the magic forest will be, where the gate will be - between two participants. Where the gate is, the two players standing next to each other will be the two gatekeepers. The participant who went out comes in and walks around slowly, looking into everyone’s eyes. The 2 people who are the gatekeepers must call the participant in the middle with their eyes alone. Who is not a gatekeeper must reject with the gaze. Just the eyes are speaking! It is forbidden to speak, it is forbidden to shake your head, it is forbidden to nod, or to show where is the gate is any other way: only the gaze speaks. The task is to guess from the gazes where the gate is.

3-5 rounds can be played.

Eligible competencies, skills, attitudes

Cooperation | Accuracy of observation | Concentration | Messages without words | Active presence

Related or background activity

Not a beginner's game. The group paticipants already needs to know each other, with other activities they have to move beyond the level so that looking into each other’s eyes for a long time is not a problem.

Form of work

Whole group

Time of activity

20 minutes

Age group

Over 12 years of age

Tool, material

Difficulty

Standing in the circle, making eye contact, focusing

3

Deaf Culture / awareness / discussion

For Deaf participants only need to be signed the instructions, because after that the activity takes place without words.

Other

At the beginning of the game, it should be clarified how many participants will go out in total; how much time is there (recommended: max 5 rounds).