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7th Dec: pune
14th dec: bengaluru
Active Social Emotional Learning: Playing to Understand SEL & EI

"Emotional Intelligence can be learned. Try it on, the size always fits, needs no return, and never wears out."

Deborah Bravandt


Danial Goleman, the author of, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, tells us, "All emotions are, in essence, impulses to act...suggesting that a tendency to act is implicit in every emotion." When we blend together the social realities of our lives with emotional intelligence we discover our actions have a profound impact on our relationships. 


Social emotional learning can be understood and practiced in safe learning environments using team building activities. Groups, or teams, in action, working on tasks, encounter emotions of all kinds. When they explore the dynamics of these emotions and the behaviors that surface, together they can navigate the choices they have and work towards positive outcomes. With practice, desired emotional behaviors can be taken back into the "real world" to improve social relationships of all kinds.


This workshop is all about using team building activities to learn and practice Emotional Intelligence in social situations. Team building activities are designed for social interaction. These interactions are filled with choices, behaviors, reactions and responses - many of which come from our emotions. Some outcomes are undesirable, others are much more positive - together we can discover these outcomes in a safe learning environment. With more practice and understanding, we can learn to live on the more positive side of our lives, no matter where we are. Our positive choices influence our relationships with family, friends and the communities to which we belong.


The Objectives of this Workshop:

  • Learn how to frame activities around Social Emotional Learning.

  • Understand the important aspects of Emotional Intelligence (EI).

  • Practice using team building activities to enhance awareness of SEL & EI. 

  • Recognize changes in group behavior influenced by emotional awareness.

  • Enhance abilities to ask EI-related questions.


All levels of group-work facilitation are welcome. We will learn together!

7th Dec: pune
14th dec: bengaluru
Purposeful Program Design:
Knowing Why You Are Team Building

"May your work be in keeping with your purpose." Leonardo de Vinci


This workshop will be about exploring the "Why" behind the "What" of adventure education. It is full of tools used to teach and practice purposeful programming for team building program experiences. Be a better facilitator on purpose!


Foundational Tools in this Workshop will Include:

  • Learning how to use the, “Activity Determination Scale” for activity progressions.

  • Using a "Decoding Sheet" to breaking down a new activity so you are ready to lead it.

  • Planning with the, “F.U.N.” design for programing activities on macro and micro levels.


Activity Tools in this Workshop will Include:

  • Good ways to use activities in the beginning of a program.

  • Using Name Games that really help us learn names.

  • What is a Warm-Up activity and why we should use them.

  • Understanding activity objectives and facilitated objectives.

  • How activities relate to concepts and behaviors in group work.

  • Adjusting activities to the needs of your group.

  • Processing activity tools that open up learning throughout a program.


When you know the why behind the what, you become a purposeful programmer and your outcomes will show it. Your groups will walk away from your programs with more than they expected!


All facilitator experience levels can benefit from this energetic, active, thought-provoking experience.

8th Dec: pune
15th dec: bengaluru
Creating a Sense of Community Where You Are

It is important to hold in mind … that the person – that center of choice – develops in his/her fullness to a degree he/she is a member of a live community.

Maxine Greene


We talk about “community” as if it were a thing, yet it really is an environment or atmosphere that we create – generally in concert with others.  This workshop will explore a mindset for creating a sense of community with intention in any situation by delving into philosophical and theoretical perspectives about what it is and why creating it is important.  We will then interact with skills and tools facilitators can use to support the creation of a sense of community in their work. 



  • Participate in a dynamic community-building process

  • Gain information and insight to develop skills as an intentional community-builder 

  • Develop a working definition of “sense of community”

  • Gather ideas and activities for creating connections and a sense of community with one or more people

  • Leave with an awareness of conditions that support the development of a sense of community


  1. Introduction/Context

    1. Welcome and Introductions

    2. Overview of the workshop

    3. Norms/Agreements for the day

    4. Connecting activities

    5. Creating base teams

  2. Mission:  Defining “Sense of Community”

    1. Personal experience with sense of community

    2. Group definition and sharing

    3. Other definitions factors to develop a sense of community

  3. Vision: Why Create a Sense of Community?

    1. Small group reflection activity

    2. Why do people join?  Factors to consider

    3. Brain research

    4. Personal rationale

  4. Conditions for Creating a Sense of Community

    1. Safe & Trusting Environment

    2. Balancing “Me” & “We”

    3. Positivity

    4. Understanding Group Development

    5. Intentionality

    6. Other conditions & factors

  5. Putting ideas into practice

    1. Base team discussion and sharing of ideas

    2. Actions as individual, as facilitator, as community member

  6. Closing

8th Dec: pune
15th dec: bengaluru
Facilitating with Social & Emotional Learning in Mind

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. ~

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Imagine our world if everyone were socially and emotionally adept!  We can help people gain these attributes and skills through our work as educators and facilitators.  


This workshop will bring the concepts of SEL to life and offer an exploration for facilitators to both use the concepts in your work, and support participants in learning how to integrate them into their lives.

This workshop will use a model developed by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning).  Founded in 1994 by Daniel Goleman (author of Emotional Intelligence) and others, this organization is a leader in research, theories, and practice of SEL.  Although created for use in schools, the CASEL model contains universal principles and concepts that can be used in a variety of environments, as the competencies and skills are basic for all human interaction.

Come prepared to participate in group activities, reflect on your practice, and discuss ideas with others who share your interest in using experiential methods to support the development of social emotional learning. 


  • Become familiar with Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies and skills

  • Understand why SEL is important for human and community development

  • Explore how to support individuals and groups to develop SEL competencies experientially

  • Leave with ideas for supporting SEL development in one’s professional and personal life


  1. Introduction/Context

    1. Welcome and Introductions

    2. Overview of the workshop

    3. Create base teams according to interest

    4. Norms/Agreements for the day

  2. Why is Social Emotional Learning useful/important?

    1. Connections with communities and society as a whole

    2. Our collective vision of how things can be

    3. Teaching, learning, and using SEL with intention to achieve our vision

  3. What is Social Emotional Learning?

    1. 5 Competencies

    2. Related Skills

  4. How can we develop SEL competencies and skills experientially?

    1. The role of intentionality in support of SEL

    2. SEL and the connection with life skills

    3. Activities to support SEL

  5. Putting ideas into practice

    1. A framework for using activities to develop SEL competencies & skills

    2. Assessing SEL in group work

    3. Other ways to address SEL in one’s personal and professional spheres

  6. Closing

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