STAGE 1: OPENING
The opening sets the stage for the whole experience. The facilitator creates safety and introduces our unique process and tools, which are likely to be unfamiliar to participants.
STAGE 2: INTENTION SETTING
Participants begin to orient themselves, setting an intention for their time together. They start letting go of their inhibitions and judgements, and step into a more connected space.
STAGE 3: CREATIVE RISK TAKING
With increasing levels of creative risk, the facilitator pushes the groups edge, guiding people out of their heads and into the experience. When they mirror each other, there is an emotional resonance that occurs, which can create a surprisingly deep level of connection. People are often on the edge of their seat, alternating between laughter, connection, and surprise.
STAGE 4: PEAK EVENT
This is the place where the group becomes more vulnerable. You can feel the level of the conversations drop into a deeper, more engaged place. Participants feel connected and seem to be making more eye contact. They often share their learning openly in front of the entire group. It seems, that the creative and social walls each person came in with have melted, and what’s left is a sense of freedom and openness.
The AHA moments start formulating before, during, and after the peak event. These epiphany’s look different for each participant, but often apply to the participant’s life and role outside the LNA experience.
STAGE 5: GROUP COHESION
This is where the group comes together and forms its own identity. People move from “me” to “we.” During the large group sharing, there are moments when the entire group laughs together. They begin to feel like they are part of a community, or larger whole, where they belong, and feel seen. Hierarchy and silos have dissipated.
STAGE 6: CLOSING
Participants are in a heightened creative state. Each person extracts learnings from the process and applies them to their own lives and work. Some people may be reflective and internal, while others may be in party mode. It’s a sensitive time. During this stage, the facilitator helps participants come down, and powerfully close out the experience.