The seminar continues to go well. The students are enthusiastic and happy to be there, but the week has been intense and I can see them fading a little. Unfortunately, tomorrow is not the last day of the week. There is a major festial in Jeremie on Monday that everybody wants to participate in, so Renate decided that we would work Saturday and take Monday off. I’m not sure that is best for the seminar, but we will have a chance to participate in an important event in Jeremie’s culture. We are always interested in the cultural festivals of countries we visit.
It is getting late so I will be brief.
The journaling and being aware of senses are going well and students report finding things that are important to them in surprising place and in surprising connections between the different types of activities. The report that paying attention to their five senses make them more aware of their surroundings. Some have all also found that they can imagine things like smell and taste. I keep encouraging them to imagine their future and imagine themselves in it.
The Edible Plants in Haiti exercise didn’t seem to get their attention. My speculation is that food is less important to them than it is some cultures. Poverty may also be involved, if getting enough to eat is more important than how it is prepared. I think their might be ways to change it to make it more useful, but I’ll worry about that the next time I get involved in preparing a seminar.
We also did Trick Q 5, soil in a hole. Some got it very quickly and after a short time most of them figured it out.
The Bridge Building exercise went well. The had about 50 min to work with blocks and were able to build bridges with spans of 30-44 cm. I could see their construction skills growing and they were more efficient and did more planning compared to the Tower Building. I will try to give them one more time to build an object, but will probably point out some of the features of the blocks that they haven’t discovered yet. It has been fascinating to see a group of adults on the floor intently busy cooperating in playing with blocks.
Tomorrow afternoon we are going to move up to a B&B called Place Charmont to get a break from the conditions here at the guest house. We will stay Fri and Sat nights. We pampered Americans are eager for a good shower and a comfortable place to sit.