This activity is used to develop the theme of identity and self-perception and to increase the trust and connection between participants.
The process of creating a body map can encourage self-reflection and also develop self-esteem and confidence.
It creates a way to understand individuals' life journeys and experiences, and encourages respect for differences as well as highlighting common themes within the group. In general, sharing with others who are attentive and show interest builds trust and respect among the group. This activity has the potential to bring about significant, emotional shifts in the participants’ perception of themselves and others. It encourages people to connect with each other more intimately. Both of these things can positively affect the quality of future collaborative activities. Finally, it supports an expanded sense of empathy, namely, the ability to identify with and understand another person's feelings or difficulties.
A simpler, shorter version of the body map is a body autograph. Ask participants to lie on paper making a shape of their choice by positioning their body. The drawn outline becomes their "mark" or autograph and can be filmed and also cut out and hung up on the wall as a group.
Adapted for the Recoms (Resourceful and Resilient Communities) Project
Colourful magazines and/or paints, glue, old materials (textiles) and paintbrushes
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