The Reflection Groups are conceived of as a space for reflection and exchange among participants without the presence of the trainers. They are formed during the first or second day of the training and their composition does not change during the training. They meet once a day for 20 to 30 minutes (it is not recommended that they last more than 60 minutes). You can set aside time for them at the end of the workshops or the groups can meet in their own free time when it best suits them – before 243 the morning workshop, after lunch or after dinner. The conversations from a Reflection Group stay in the group. A time can be set aside every morning during the morning circle for the groups to report back on their meetings, if necessary, or to ask questions or raise issues that they came across in their meetings.
The reflection groups can be given concrete questions that they can address during their meeting:
- What was new for you today?
- What was the most difficult for you?
- What did you not like?
- What was the most significant experience for you today?
- List the questions that occurred to you while working that you would like to see addressed before the end of the training.
In our experience, some Reflection Groups work diligently into the night, analysing the situations that arise in the workshops or providing support for each other in other ways; others do not meet at all because they have no need to do so.