Friendship of Magic Circles

Mutual cooperation among migrants and civil society


• To develop reflective, transformational learning skills

• To highlight/reveal individual character issues and its relation regarding the group

• To foster the dynamics of group collaboration and interpersonal communication


Expected Outcomes

This workshop creates an environment for mutual collaboration among the participants (migrants and host society members). They learn how to communicate with each other in order to achieve a common goal, how to collaborate for the good of society they live in


Target group

Children, youth and adults (over 7 years old)

Mixed group of nationals & immigrants & refugees

Group size: 12-20 people



(1 - very easy, 5 - very difficult)

The degree of expertise needed: 3

The amount of work to prepare and implement the scenario: 3

The time consumption: 2

The relative overall cost predicted: 3



1 h 35 min


A large room with two long connected tables (classroom desks could be used) with chairs around the tables, a table for the workshop facilitator, the floor could be used



Two rolls of cartridge paper (each for a table), length around 10-15m, without connecting seams (you can also use the backside of the wallpaper or wide wrapping paper), dry colorful pastels



The method used during the workshop is called “drawing magic circles”. This information is only for a facilitator knowledge and should not be spread among the participants. It will involve drawing circles and completing them with different symbols and ornaments which are valuable for the participant. Further interaction between participants would be encouraged, they have to collaborate together during the workshop.




The workshop is focused on developing personal character and self-reflection skills and fostering group collaboration and involvement. The fundamental ornament of this workshop is a circle due to being a mythological symbol of harmony. It is believed that the circle because of the absence of sharp corners is the most "benevolent" of all geometric figures, signifying approval, friendly attitude, sympathy, gentleness, sensibility, playfulness. Work in the circle activates integrative, emotional, intuitive thinking, and also unites, stabilizes the group, favors the formation of favorable interpersonal relations. Participants will create the circle by sitting around the tables, thus this workshop intends to foster mutual collaboration between migrants and host society members, also bringing all of these groups together. Participants should feel free to choose any sit around the table. A facilitator has to assure than each participant feels comfortable and relaxed during the activity.

Drawing in a circle is a technique professionally called magic circle which focused on fostering mutual cooperation between migrants and host society members.

Within 1 hour 35 min participants will be able to express themselves with drawings and create a common drawing with other participants based on their personal perspective and mutual collaboration thus strengthening the relations between participating group members.



Stage one: Emotional Warming Up (10 min)


 In order to begin a work with participants and allow them to get comfortable with the space and each other the facilitator asks one participant to start to scribble something on the paper, next participant has to continue and so on until the whole group is involve in scribbling.


Stage two:  Individual work (15min)


After that the facilitator asks participants  to take a seat at the tables (the activity can be also implemented on the floor if the tables are not available). He/she starts the activity with ask to  draw the first circle of the desired size with the color each of participants prefers. The circle should represent/symbolize understanding of a multicultural society:

-How do I understand a multicultural society?

Afterwards, participants are asked to draw second circle symbolizing personal role in a multicultural society:

-What is my role in a multicultural society?

Third, the facilitator asks participants to draw a circle which would represent personal experience fostering mutual cooperation between different cultures:

-How can I foster mutual cooperation between different cultures in the society I reside?

When the task is finished, the facilitator asks participants to step aside and look at the images on the table from the distance.

If any of the participants are unsatisfied with the drawing they see, they can make several corrections.

When everyone is satisfied with the results of the work, the facilitator asks participants to connect his/her circles with those circles that he/she particularly liked. They can draw as many lines between circles as they want. They should imagine that they are laying the roads.


 Stage three: Collective work (10 min)


The facilitator asks participants to walk around the circles drawn on the sheet, carefully comprehending the drawings. If anyone really wants to draw something in the circles of other participants, they have to agree with them about it.

The task for the participants is to write wishes about how to encourage mutual cooperation among migrants and civic society around the drawings they liked.

Finally, participants are asked to fill in the remaining free space of the sheet with patterns, symbols, icons, etc. Worth to note that participants have to make an agreement between each other about the content and methods of creating a background for the collective drawing.


Stage four: Reflective discussion in front of the drawing (30 min)


When the activity is finished, the facilitator asks participants to gather in front of the drawing for a discussion about personal experience during the workshop. Suggested questions for self-reflection:

1. How do I understand a multicultural society?

2. What is my role in a multicultural society?

3. How can I foster mutual cooperation between different cultures in the society I reside?

4. What wishes do you like the most? Why?



In the end of the workshop each participant shares his/her impressions of a teamwork, shows his/her own drawings, talks about the idea, plot, feelings, reads aloud (if he/she wants) the wishes that other participants wrote (30 min)

The questions can be asked:

1. How did you manage to communicate with other participants to create a common drawing?

2. What is your impression about the group work?

3. What did you find easy with this task? What was hard for you?

4. How do you feel after this workshop? What emotions, thoughts, ideas did you have during the process?

5. What have you learnt if anything from this workshop?


Support tools

Music could be used in the background with the permission of all the participants


Ideas for action

This activity could be used by school teachers in the class which constitutes mixed nationalities of pupils. It would be a great activity for a “class hour” as an informal education method fostering class integration and mutual collaboration.

It is also an activity to implement by non-formal education specialists, NGO workers and social workers who are engaged in the community of immigrants and refugees. It is an activity which builds bridges among unfamiliar people, creates the environment for mutual collaboration and creation of common product. Thus, this workshop should be applied among mixed group of host society members and migrants.



Annex 1: Process of the workshop



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