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|Facilitator-in-Training Name||Holly Chesser|
|Date of Session||07/10/2020|
|Skill||Skill 1: Calming Body and Mind|
|How well did the facilitator lead the group and create a safe space? Please explain and give examples.|
Very well, mostly by being affirming of participant input, reflecting further on it, and even referring back to it at other points in the session. All of these things contribute to a space in which participants feel that they and their thoughts are welcome, safe and valued.
|How well did the facilitator explain this Skill using the PowerPoint presentation? Please give examples.|
Did a good job of tying in sensations to the trigger that can send us out of our resilient zone. Did a good job telegraphing equanimity and the sympathetic nervous system when bringing them into the RZ description.
|How well did the facilitator explain and lead the activities in this Skill? Please explain and give specific examples.|
|How well did the facilitator lead the Mindful Dialogues and Reflective Writing Exercises in this Skill? Please explain and give specific examples.|
|What aspects of this Skill did you think the facilitator did exceptionally well? Please give examples.|
In general, excellent with metaphor, analogy, and comparative examples. The hardiness zones for plants (which was a good example of how it’s hard for us to grow and thrive if we’re not able to be in our zone) and circadian rhythm (which was a good way to recognize the naturalness of our ebb and flow within the resilient zone) were both very good analogies for the resilient zone. The story of going rafting also made a good analogy for the resilient zone, and how, like the river guide, we can learn to calmly navigate even the roughest waters. Continuing to weave this thread throughout your facilitation provided good continuity and greater depth/reflection on the comparison. This could also be a good example to flesh out for heedfulness (in Skill 2) – especially the part about the river guide having to take special care in known rough waters and edges.
Also did a good job of tying in sensations to the trigger that can send us out of our resilient zone. Did a good job telegraphing equanimity and the sympathetic nervous system when bringing them into the RZ description.
|How well did the facilitator lead the Contemplative Practice in this Skill? Please explain and give specific examples.|
|What aspects of this Skill could the facilitator improve? Please give examples.|
Perhaps be more familiar with Resilient Zone "balloon content" (all the effects we feel when stuck high or low outside the RZ); that way, if you find you’re physically distant from the projection screen, you can still share what kinds of mental states we experience when low or high outside of the RZ.
The “fan” slide that summarizes the RZ also introduces/reinforces the role of biology and the autonomic nervous system in maintaining presence in the RZ...and that would have been a good point to make with that slide.
|Entry Date||July 16, 2020|