Bringing the outdoors in...

Aside from the desktop plant, offices are not often places to contemplate the natural world. Pairing opportunities to express with natural elements and themes is a great way to disrupt “business as usual” in the office.

Items to arrange into mandalas ready to go for our experience today. (Photograph shows a conference room table with plates of leaves, flowers, and other items to arrange on white paper.)

Items to arrange into mandalas ready to go for our experience today. (Photograph shows a conference room table with plates of leaves, flowers, and other items to arrange on white paper.)

Employees were invited to contribute to two collaborative mandala pieces by arranging natural items or other ephemera on two circles.

This experience provided a quick break at the end of the week—an opportunity to reflect and collaborate.

Rituals introduce meaning into the workplace (Ozenc & Hagan, 2019).T hough opportunities to participate in social work events are important, research supports the use of creative activities as a means to reduce stress; Abbot & Neufeld (2013) found that artistic tasks were better at reducing stress than non-artistic tasks . Adding creative elements to workplace rituals can accentuate the positive benefits of both things.

This is a simple process that can be done in a small group with found materials or fully-facilitated as part of a team-building or as a means to process transition and change. We would be happy to talk about facilitating something with your team!

Completed mandala incorporating natural materials, felt, puzzle pieces, feathers , and ink

Completed mandala with the words “earth” “protect” “origin” “sustainability” and “breathe”

Read more:

Abbott, K. A., Shanahan, M. J., & Neufeld, R. W. J. (2013). Artistic tasks outperform nonartistic tasks for stress reduction. Art Therapy, 30(2), 71–78. https://doi.org/10.1080/07421656.2013.787214

Ozenc, K., & Hagan, M. (2019). Rituals for work: 50 ways to create enagement, shared purpose, and a culture that can adapt to change. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.