This process is an active icebreaker, with participants making animal sounds to connect with each other.
The intent is to make people more comfortable with each other, but also to release energy in a way that enables participants to focus again afterwards.
- Blindfolds might be helpful, are however not necessary.
Setting: The room (or space outside) has to be big enough for people to move around freely
Type of participants: All participants need to be comfortable with making audible animal sounds.
Make a list of possible animals. The facilitator should consider cultural issues e.g. avoiding sacred animals.
List of possible animals:
1. The facilitator asks the group to gather around in a circle. and then hands out blind-folds, which each participant puts in. Here the facilitator and the participants can help one another. Alternatively, the facilitator can just ask the participants to close their eyes.
2. Each person will now hear a whisper from the facilitator, being the name of an animal. which they will "be".
Each animal should appear around three times, so that always three people have to find each other. (A list of animals can be find below. The facilitator should consider cultural issues e.g. sacred animals.)
3. Now the actual mingling can start. The participants have to make the sound of the animal, that they were assigned, trying to find the rest of their kind. the facilitator should make sure that nobody gets hurt (e.g. running against a wall). When each person has found his/her partner animals, the game is successfully completed.
How success is evaluated: The process is successful when all participants have found their fellow animals.
Source: James Neill - August 2004