Illustration of colourful paper bags forming part of Luminaria reflection exercise

Luminaria Circle

Wonderfully imaginative & reflective exercise for the dark.

  • Ideal contemplative tool
  • Multiple metaphors
  • Connects to Full Value
  • Inspires creativity


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Comments (5)

  1. Felicity Walter

    This is similar to a great debriefing activity that I have done. I provide each participant with a candle and a sheet with a number of statements. I read the statements out one by one, and the participants light their candle as I read the statement that most resonates with them. I usually have a big candle in the middle of the circle where they can stand up and light their candle from.

    A variation if you can’t use candles is to have the statements placed around the room. Give each participant a small item (e.g. rock or leaf). They must walk around and choose one statement to leave their item in front of.

    • Mark

      This sounds like a powerful exercise Felicity, thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • awelshman

      This sounds like a powerful activity. Is there a way that you can share the statements you use? I want to try this with my junior highs.

      • Mark

        I’m glad you’re inspired April. There are no prescribed statements as such, but you should be guided by the difference you are hoping to make. If you’re interested, let’s schedule a 1:1 Zoom call to discuss some possible statements for you to use.

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