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Lessons of the Way: Using Adventure Activities to Explore the Way of Jesus

Greg Robinson, Ph.D.
Mark Rose

Lessons of the Way is a unique and comprehensive approach to spiritual formation and discipleship to Jesus that is grounded in the knowledge and use of experiential education. Stories, scriptures, activities and questions create the basis for action, reflection, change and growth. Here is an in-depth, practical resource for facilitators and leaders who want to embrace and share the foundational truths of spiritual formation found in its forerunner, Adventure and the Way of Jesus.

The Chiji Guidebook: A Collection of Experiential Activities and Ideas for Using Chiji Cards

Chris Cavert
Steven Simpson

The Chiji Guidebook is the official companion to the popular facilitation tool, Chiji Cards. This book is an instructional guide describing some of the different ways Chiji Cards can be used to facilitate key moments during group experiences. This guidebook gives a simple, straightforward explanation of the processing theory that coincides with the original use of Chiji Cards, and it provides a rationale for when to use one processing technique over another.

Adventure and the Way of Jesus: An Experiential Approach to Spiritual Formation

Greg Robinson, PhD

What things are best suited to help others grow spiritually, and what equipment is at the disposal of the spiritual facilitator?” Spiritual facilitators help others through their own presence, the conditions they create and maintain, and the effective use of questions to point, nudge, direct, and teach those who want to learn. One of the best contexts for discovery is experiential learning. This is a type of learning that requires action, reflection, and an undetermined result. In a word, spiritual formation requires adventure.

The Me I See 2nd Edition: Learning Through Writing and Reflection

Wood 'N' Barnes Collective

The Me I See is designed to be used by educators, counselors, and therapists as a tool to help adolescents express themselves, reflect on their thoughts, feelings, and motivations, and explore the issues that shape their lives. The journaling exercises will help them learn about who they are as individuals. The exercises will give them some insights to cope with the stressors of being an adolescent and to interact positively with the world around them.

Power of One: Using Adventure and Experiential Activities Within One-On-One Counseling Sessions

D. Maurie Lung, LMHC, LMFT
Gary Stauffer, LMSW
Tony Alvarez, MSW

Adventure-based, individual counseling invites clients to take action during the session and utilize the material that arises in the moment, at the point of performance, to address and move toward treatment goals. The connection to DSM-IV TR diagnoses and treatment planning represents an alignment with mental health treatment that strengthens the literature, making this book an innovative and important contribution to the fields of counseling and therapy.

Leading Together: Foundations of Collaborative Leadership for the Classroom

Laurie Frank
Carol Carlin
Jack Christ, PhD

Leading Together provides a thorough and straightforward foundation for teaching the roles and responsibilities of collaborative leadership in the classroom, grades 8 – 12. Students learn how the strengths of relationships—the power of people working together—can make change, achieve goals, and help them meet the challenges they face. The exercises, readings, and activities encourage students to reflect on their own experiences in order to develop leadership skills and values.

The Processing Pinnacle: An Educator’s Guide to Better Processing

Steven Simpson
Dan Miller
Buzz Bocher

Easy to implement and conversational in tone, The Processing Pinnacle contains valuable guidance for anyone who teaches or facilitates experientially. The authors offer a theoretical approach to more effective processing, the reflective component of experience. Utilizing the metaphor of the mountain, they demonstrate how and when certain facilitator methods may elicit immediate response and make a lasting impression on the individual, encouraging reflection as a personal response to life experience.

The Leader Who Is Hardly Known: Self-less Teaching From the Chinese Tradition

Steven Simpson, PhD

Taoist philosophy can have deep meaning for experiential educators because of the focus on natural spontaneity and unself-conscious learning and teaching. This series of essays emphasizes personality traits that affect leadership, commonalities to experiential education programs, then the necessity of connection to the natural world. They are intentionally short and can stand alone for reference and guidance. The conclusion summarizes how the principles form a foundational philosophy for experiential education.

Games for Change: Group Activities with Creative Spiritual Concepts on the Side

Tim Dodds, BS
Lisa Prosser-Dodds, MSEd, LPC, NCC
& friends

Adventure or experiential education is a powerful way to reach young people. Games are a great way to share some of life’s most important lessons in a way that is open and fun. All the necessary components are incorporated—activity objectives, essential props, specifications of group and space sizes required, clear directions, and suggested processing questions. Each activity also includes an optional “spiritual insight” from some of the world’s many religions.

Games (& other stuff) for Group, Book 2: More Activities to Initiate Group Discussion

Chris Cavert, EdD
& friends

This second book provides fun and creative initiatives for therapeutic or educational groups. Here are 25 more engaging activities that require minimal and affordable props and adapt easily to different situations and age groups. Some of the topics include expressing emotions, learning names, learning about each other, decision making, working with others, following directions, creative thinking, frustration, and communication.

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