Sunday, April 24, 2011

Jayaraja publishes the 'Yellow Book' - Games, Energizers and Playful Group Activities for Exploring Identity, Community, Emotions and More!

Jayaraja writes with news of the publication of his first book - the first of its kind, certainly within Triratna. Called ‘The Yellow Book of Games and Energizers’, it’s subtitled ‘Playful Group Activities for Exploring Identity, Community, Emotions and More!’ and Jayaraja says ““You could mention that it has loads of ideas for working with groups, icebreakers, communication games, plus playful and creative evaluation ideas and activities”.

Co-authored with his Belgian friend and colleague Erwin Tielemans, it’s available on Amazon, where they describe it in a little more depth, saying “People of all ages learn important life skills through playing games, and recognising this can be the key to enhancing their social, educational and personal development. Incorporating play into teaching and training not only makes learning fun, but it can also open minds to the value of cooperation, communication and reflection. The book is a collection of tried and tested games for use in workshops, youth groups and the classroom, covering everything from icebreakers and group forming ideas, to brain-bending word games like Napoleon Has Lost His Pipe and hilarious high energy games like Group Juggle .

“With clear instructions, delightful illustrations and discussion ideas for every game, this book makes it easy to encourage everyone from age 6 to 86 to think for themselves, use their imagination, and interact positively with those around them. Packed with exciting and energizing games that will entertain everyone involved, this book will be a vital resource for teachers, youth group leaders, trainers, and anyone else wishing to enrich their work with playful games and ideas”.

Jayaraja has been ordained for over twenty years and has many talents - he’s a master fundraiser (currently heading up Karuna's One-Year Appeal), a veteran of team-based Right Livelihood at Windhorse:Evolution in Cambridge, a workshop leader at Buddhafield (where he’s famed for his Skilful Flirting lessons!), a Gestalt psychotherapist, and a qualified Physical Education and Drama Teacher to boot.



Blogger Jonathan said...

Sounds good. Its sounds like the kind of a thing a residential community could use too.


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