Challenge yourself to bring leadership and teamwork to light, all in total darkness.

In addition to our guided tours, Dialogue in the Dark™ Australia also offers workshops for businesses, community groups and teams.

Our workshops are run by professional facilitators who have low vision or are blind. Our workshops have been delivered to a broad range of commercial and community sectors on topics such as communication, team building, leadership and diversity.

The experience is designed to help you challenge yourself, discover skills, embrace creativity, and adopt a new perspective of the world around you.

By completing a series of challenges in the dark, you accelerate, amplify, and anchor learning processes. With no visual cues to distract you from your experience, you (and your team) will realise the importance of effective communication, leadership, and trust.

Everyday scenarios take on a whole new meaning as you and your team hone a range of skills to achieve positive outcomes together.

In a Dialogue in the Dark workshop, you’ll challenge limits, overcome boundaries, and discover hidden potential—both your own, and as a group.

Download a copy of our current workshop PDF brochure here.

Single seat workshops available now for the following workshops below.

If you wish to discuss with us about booking a team or an exclusive workshop for your business, please contact the contact form or phone our team on 1300 411 881.

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What is the format of a workshop?

A Dialogue in the Dark workshop involves three parts:

  1. An introduction of 5-15 minutes. Your group is equipped with white canes and some basic rules for moving around in the dark. You slowly enter the space.
  2. Challenge the darkness together, for 1.5-2 hours. After becoming familiar with this completely new environment, your group will embrace a series of tasks and challenges. These exercises depend on your focus topic (read more below).
  3. After-dark analysis, for 1.5 hours. Once you’re out of the dark, you’re invited to discover the effect of the group’s experience in a facilitated discussion.

What’s involved in a Dialogue in the Dark workshop?

As a workshop participant, you’ll spend up to two hours in the dark. You’ll be led through the experience by a skilled facilitator with low vision or blindness, and face a series of unpredictable and exciting challenges based on your goals as a group.

Each challenge prompts you to think outside the box: how will you showcase support, trust, teamwork or leadership without a key sense? You’ll have to embrace the challenge to find out.

Or, in the words of philosopher and educator, Martin Buber:

‘The only way to learn is by encounter.’

Our workshops are based on the experiential learning methodology, which includes four stages:

  1. Concrete experience: where you are involved and participate, by walking in the shoes of a person with low vision or blindness.
  2. Observation and reflection: where you unpack and explore the outcomes of your experience.
  3. Experience interpretation: where you analyse the challenges and opportunities associated with your experience.
  4. Conceptualisation and application: using problem solving and creativity to apply new ideas gained from your experience to school or work.

Workshop focus topics

Workshops can be tailored to hone in on a specific skillset or focus topic. These include:

Communication:

  • Active listening skills
  • Credibility
  • Confidence
  • Presentation
  • Concentration
  • Empathy
  • Respect

Leadership:

  • Empowerment
  • Trust
  • Communication
  • Thinking outside the box
  • Acting beyond routines
  • Empathy
  • Creativity
  • Endurance, resilience
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Resource management

Team building:

  • Improvement of cooperation
  • Enhancement of effectiveness
  • Taking responsibility
  • Promotion of key skills
  • Supporting others
  • Improvement of motivation
  • Creation of team spirit

Diversity:

  • Recognition of potential
  • Openness towards otherness
  • Respect for cultural differences
  • Identity building
  • Social framing and cohesion
  • Human values and ethics
  • Overcoming exclusion and avoidance

And the proof?

The value of these workshops is strong and sustainable. In addition to developing a new perspective, you and your team will gain experiences to strengthen your individual and collective capabilities.

Research* of participants in Dialogue in the Dark workshops shows:

  • 95% of participants would recommend, or had already recommended the workshop to someone else.
  • 82% appreciated the value and importance of cooperation and collaboration with trust and empathy at the core.
  • 76% of participants found themselves collaborating with others to come to a solution, rather than coping by themselves.
  • 74% of participants have applied what they learned in the workshops in their real work environment.
  • 43% of Dialogue in the Dark participants were inspired to enhance their way of interacting with others, and to pursue a more cooperative and collaborative approach.

*Dialogue Social Enterprise Social Impact study 2009, including 300 questionnaires and 20 interviews.