Discussion article for the meetup : Melbourne Excursion: Comfort Zone Expansion
Comfort Zone Expansion, or COZE, is a technique pioneered by CFAR that aims to get participants to better understand themselves by having an opportunity to get outside their comfort zone in a controlled environment.
COZE participants regularly report significantly increased social benefits following the training and practice sessions, and personally it has lead to a life improvement for myself.
I am planning to run a workshop this month to give everyone a chance to learn a little which hopefully becomes a powerful technique you can call upon when required.
We will be meeting in the city at Ben's house on Saturday Morning for a training workshop, finishing in the early afternoon following a practical excursion to the Queen Victoria Market.
The excursion activity suggestions are tailored for people of all confidence levels, and feeling reluctant is normal. If you want to talk first then I will be at the monthly social event tonight, or on facebook or mobile.
The plan is as follows: 10:30am - 11:30am Meet at Ben's House for the workshop session. We will cover the theory behind the point of comfort zones and when to consider the value in moving outside them. Go over the material on playfulness cultivation and vulnerability investigation. Cover the concepts of stress, including Sympathetic Nervous System activation, and techniques for understanding and controlling your state of stress. Discuss previous experiences with COZE and benefits that have been observed. Run through possible things that you might be valuable trying at the COZE excursion, and what you should be paying attention to in terms of your state of mind and body.
11:30am-12:00pm Improv Games! Practice things you are uncomfortable with in a controlled environment with friends. We will be playing some 'whos line is it anyway' style games together. Use this as a trial run to re-enforce the concepts from the morning workshop session.
12:00pm-12:30pm Final discussion and COZE safety talk in preparation for the excursion.
1:00pm-2:15pm Break off in partners for the walk to Queen Victoria Market. Separate individually for the exercise itself, and regroup after the time period has finished.
2:15pm-3:00pm COZE debrief! Share stories and lessons learned.
It will be chilly outside, so dress appropriately.
Brayden McLean - 0407943917