In addition to our guided tours, we also offer workshops for businesses, community groups, and teams.

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

In a workshop, you will challenge yourself, discover skills, embrace creativity, and adopt a new perspective of the world.

With no visual cues to inform your experience, you (and your team) will realise the importance of effective communication, leadership, and trust.

Everyday scenarios take on new meanings as you hone a range of skills to achieve positive outcomes together. You’ll challenge limits, overcome boundaries, and discover hidden potential—both your own, and as a group.

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Single seat workshops available now for the following dates:

What is the format of a workshop?

  1. An introduction of 5-15 minutes. Your group is equipped with white canes and some basic rules for moving around in the dark before entering the space.
  2. Challenge the darkness together, for 1.5-2 hours. Your group will embrace a series of tasks and challenges in the dark. 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?

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.

And the proof?

The value of these workshops is strong and sustainable.

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

  • 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.

Workshop focus topics

Workshops can be tailored to 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