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●Facilitators introduce the idea of imagining one’s life as a river, spend some time explaining how they might consider a river as a metaphor for life and share an image of their own River (5 minutes):

○“Rivers are constantly in motion, they move from one place to another, sometimes they move in a straight line and other times their path is winding. They might come from the mountains, be a small stream or a series of rapids, waterfalls and whirlpools. It might travel through forests or cities, through lakes and under bridges, out into the ocean or maybe even flood.”

●Participants are encouraged to draw their River in a way that feels true to their experience of life. Invite them to note and/or draw key life experiences along the river (15 minutes).


River templates: 3 river options_letter size template.pdf

Activity adapted from the Department of Imaginary Affairs