· What is the minimum and maximum amount of participants needed for a Blanket Exercise?
The minimum amount of participants is 20 people - in order for it to effectively impact the group. The maximum is dependent on the client's need - but we need to know in advance so we can prepare accordingly.
· How long does the Blanket Exercise take?
A Blanket Exercise takes approximately an hour to two hours to facilitate. Generally, we like to follow the exercise with a sharing circle - so that participants have the opportunity to express with the group how the exercise impacted them. This can take anywhere from another half-hour, hour, hour and a half, (depending on the amount of participants, how much/little they want to share with the group, etc.) Usually if there are more than 40 participants we won't do a sharing circle at the end because it will take up too much time.
· How much space is required for a Blanket Exercise?
For Blanket Exercises it again depends on how many participants. If we are inside, the space needs to be large enough to be able to fit a circle of chairs for all the participants to sit, with blankets spread out in the middle of the circle's floor. Plus our area where the narrator will stand to read the script, projector screen (if we are inside), and speakers.
· What, if any, resources are required?
Because of the strong emotions that can arise within participants during a blanket exercise, we ask that the client provide a counselor or support person(s) to be present for the duration of the event. As for set-up, we will require two cordless mics with speakers, and projector and screen. We supply the rest of the materials. We also highly recommend having an Elder present for the event, but we understand that that is not always possible.
With our lateral violence workshops, we have a lot of our own materials we can work with, so we are very flexible to the client's event. Usually the client will provide us with a projector screen, speakers, etc., on site that we can use for our visual material/presentations.
· What would the costs be?
Blanket Exercises start at $700 CAD for groups of 20 participants - additional costs are dependent on the amount of participants and other factors.
Youth Lateral Violence workshops start at $500 for a 2 hour workshop - additional costs are dependent on the amount of participants and other factors.
We can provide a quote prior to client's events - however, we reserve the right to adjust our prices depending on unforseen factors.