the week Paul sometimes led us in exercises by Brazilian director and dramatist
Augusto Boal, who believed that theatre should be a force for radical change.
Throughout my times at Corrymeela and in work with others in the social change
movement over the years I have been exposed to many activities attributed to
Boal. They are not only fun, but often thought provoking and a catalyst to deeper
began our last morning at Corrymeela “passing Paul around the room” … with “Paul”
as an imaginary large ball. Fast, slow, loud, soft. It helped lighten the mood
of heaviness from the deep sharing the night before, and also helped us create
a new circle with everyone fully present and ready to begin again.
often a challenge to imagine how those who have had an intense, perhaps even
transformative experience together can even imagine going back into their “normal”
lives and translating the experience to those at home. This has been a concern
for every group I have taken to Corrymeela, and in fact every intense learning
experience I have had at Tatamagouche Centre in Nova Scotia. How do we take our
experiences back into the world? Often there is a huge disconnect between what folks think we have experienced, and the reality.
helped the group begin the task of integration by asking folks to write a postcard about their
week. Just the highlights. You can’t get much on a postcard. People seemed to
appreciate the exercise. After a closing sharing circle and expressions of
gratitude all around, it was over. Lunch. Then Peter, who does many things at Corrymeela, including driving the Corrymeela bus, once again performed a small miracle by getting all of our luggage, plus us,
into the bus, and we were off to Belfast, then Dublin.
we were lucky enough to get the Corrymeela wave. Not every group gets one – it depends
on what time you leave, which way you go (up or down the hill) and how many
folks are around to run like mad from the parking lot to the edge of the cliff
to wave goodbye. Kendra took the shot below – a bit grainy but you get the
idea. Also, a shot of the whole group before we got on the bus, including Paul,
and our volunteers AJ from Phoenix in the U.S. and Juan from Columbia.