The main reason why we love running solos on each program is to allow participants to have alone time to reflect. In today's society of instant gratification, often we don’t get a chance to have true alone time away from others, electronics and distractions. The amazing insights and thoughts that we hear from participants when they decide to share during a debrief can often be tear jerking! It is amazing to us how fun and enjoyable everyone finds this experience!
How To Set Up A SOLO Experience:
Set the sceneLet the participants know when and what will happen prior to the solo and after. Explain the intended purpose to be as transparent as possible. Ask the participants to focus on themselves, their senses, become quiet and understand the purpose of doing something like this.
IsolateTry to use an outdoor space that makes each person feel alone. Try to keep all friends out of eye sight from one another and hopefully give each participant a natural view to ponder.
Start Small1-10 minutes is a great amount of time to start with. We find the younger the participants the shorter the solo typically is. If you are able to run another solo, try longer the next time.
DebriefThis is the most important part of the experience as a facilitator. Do your best to create a safe sharing space and allow individuals to share(if they want to!). Ask purposeful questions to allow them to connect, share, and to be comfortable with their peers. Such as; What did you think about? What is the value of the outdoors? Will you share this experience with friends/family? Do you think friends and family could benefit from coming outside?
Have Fun and Get Outside!