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Closing Circle

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This exercise brings closure to the workshop in a way that fosters meaning and connection amongst participants.


It is important to summarize the learning journey of the workshop and to give people an opportunity to share final impressions in plenary, especially if they have been working individually and in smaller groups. In this exercise, all participants, including facilitators, convene in a large circle, share key insights or agreements, summarize next steps, and offer a final word as a ‘check-out’. This practice supports a connected group atmosphere, allows everyone to physically see each other, and ensures that all voices are heard one last time.


  1. (optional) If time allows, first invite participants to walk around the room, mingle, and look at the work of other tables for 5-10 minutes;
  2. Reconvene the plenary and ask people to stand in a circle all together. Start by thanking everyone for their active participation and briefly explain the concept of the harvest;
  3. Summarize the learning journey of the day and refer back to the original goals and objectives;
  4. Invite people to share insights from their small group or table harvests. When time is limited, ask for one representative per table;
  5. Facilitator or table hosts highlight the next steps or actions that have come from the workshop;
  6. Leave space to share any general impressions about the workshop, focusing on the positive aspects. A prompt could be: what would you like to see more of in future workshops? What is one positive thing you will share with your colleagues when you return to work?
  7. As a checkout, have everyone in the circle say one word about how they are feeling.

Place on U
10 - 20 minutes
Materials Needed

Flipchart to make notes (optional).

Decision Making
Surfacing Hidden Dynamics
Tip and Experiences
  • Keep in mind that the harvest is a moment to share experiences, so avoid adding information or engaging in debate;
  • Critical feedback is also important, but should be shared in the context of more reflective conversations in smaller groups, in a structured activity, or saved for feedback forms.

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