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Dynamic Meditation

posted Nov 22, 2011, 11:54 PM by Ashraf Al Shafaki   [ updated Nov 22, 2011, 11:54 PM ]

Date: Saturday 19/11/2011
Time: 9 AM to 1 PM
Location: Al Azhar Park

I felt a serine feeling of happiness fill me during the day from end to end.

Green Entrepreneurship & Eco-design

posted Nov 16, 2011, 10:03 PM by Ashraf Al Shafaki   [ updated Nov 16, 2011, 10:03 PM ]

Date: 16/11/2011

Location: AUC Campus (New Cairo)

Time: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Excel sheet that showed us how to come up with the points we should focus on when starting a green business.

Permaculture Film Screening

posted Jun 8, 2011, 3:18 PM by Ashraf Al Shafaki   [ updated Jun 9, 2011, 9:03 AM ]


  1. Are there examples of permaculture in Egypt?
  2. Is there research in Egypt going on in the field of permaculture?
  3. Can your NGO sponsor training for the PDC in Jordan?
  4. Is permaculture patented?
  5. The permaculture practices presented (in Australia) are not suitable for our climate in Egypt. Food forests are not suitable in Egypt.
  6. Can permaculture be applied in an urban setting?
  7. Does yield in permacuture exceed that of conventional agriculture?
  8. Are PDCs conducted in English only and not in Arabic?
  9. Are small holders able to use permaculture on say an area of one acre for instance by using barter and cooperation with a community of connected farmers?
  10. Is there a platform for networking for people interested in permaculture in Egypt so that they can communicate and collaborate with one another and keep themselves updated about what's happening in permaculture in Egypt?
  11. What do they call permaculture in Arabic?

Creative Writing

posted May 13, 2011, 10:23 AM by Ashraf Al Shafaki   [ updated May 18, 2011, 5:11 AM ]

Creative Writing Workshop

Location: Bikya BookCafe (Nasr City).

Day 1

  • Select one of those three cue words/phrases. Write a story including that word or phrase.

Day 2

  • Types of brainstorming
    • listing
    • clustering
    • free writing
  • Select one of the presented pictures, use your imagination to write a picture about it.

The Good

  • Encouraging participants after doing each exercise.
  • Rich and interactive introductions including asking the reason for attending the workshop.
  • Pair work exercise.
  • Several exercises.
  • Providing tips.
  • Only a small time of the workshop included direct explanation.


  • Using a PowerPoint presentation instead of a Microsoft Word document.
  • Increasing font size in handouts and increasing amount of white space in page.

Project Management

posted Apr 6, 2011, 12:55 PM by Ashraf Al Shafaki   [ updated Apr 6, 2011, 1:03 PM ]

Date: April 6, 2011

Place: Egypt for Culture and Discussion


  • Good selection of topic (we do have a deep need for better project management in Egypt in the government in NGOs and in businesses).
  • Starting by questioning the audience.
  • Video recording the session (small video camera on tripod).
  • Using a video projector.
  • PowerPoint presentation was in Arabic (presenter translated content from English to Arabic).
  • Interacting with the audience through questions.
  • Saying "I do not know" in response to some inquiries from the audience.
  • Short session time (1 hour, 20 minutes).


  • Ventilation in the room.
  • Content needed to be more coherent, less in content with more illustrative graphs and photos for fighting boredom and brining humor.


posted Jun 24, 2010, 5:35 AM by Ashraf Al Shafaki   [ updated Jun 24, 2010, 5:39 AM ]

I have recently delivered a Training of Trainers session at Bayan.


Workshop style.

  • List the methods by which children learn. [pair work]
  • List the skills and traits that you believe an ideal kid should have. [group work, 6]
  • Select trait or skill that you would like to build in kids then design a training program to achieve this. [group work, 3]

Dynamic Meditation

posted May 28, 2010, 2:51 PM by Ashraf Al Shafaki   [ updated May 28, 2010, 2:58 PM ]

Today I have attended a free dynamic meditation session that lasted from 9:30 AM till 12 PM and was held at Al Azhar Park. The trainer was Mohamed Essa.

The Good

After each exercise, the trainer asked the trainees if they had any problems with the exercises or if they had any questions. Before each exercise, the trainer clearly explained how it is performed and why it is performed (benefits) and he performed himself slowly in front of the trainees. Before starting the actual exercises in the meditation session, the trainer gave a background on the benefits of the exercises in general and the philosophy and main ideas behind them. During each exercises, the trainer performed the exercise himself and clearly guided the trainees during the exercise through the motions and through the associated mental process.

Volunteer Training

posted May 8, 2010, 12:30 PM by Ashraf Al Shafaki   [ updated May 9, 2010, 2:36 AM ]

The aim of this course is to train Resala volunteers on communication and teamwork skills.

The Good

  • Using videos
  • Questions on videos
  • Using games (team building)
  • Grouping attendees into groups to create teams.
  • Asking questions to teams as a form of actively informing them about Resala goals and activities.
  • Asking participants to introduce themselves and say something about themselves that no other person knows (good for team building, specially for participants who already know each other).
  • Using of an illustration chart to illustrate the relationship between the volunteer and other elements of the NGO (donors, employees and beneficiaries).

The Bad

  • A slow paced start.

Dealing with Kids

posted Apr 24, 2010, 2:49 AM by Ashraf Al Shafaki   [ updated Apr 24, 2010, 3:05 AM ]

Held at Resala Nasr City, Big Brother activity.


  • Presenter engaged the audience with a lot of movement, intonation shifts, eye contact and high energy level.
  • Relating many on-topic examples of real-life cases.
  • Using humor extensively to catch and keep the attention and vitality of the audience.
  • Asking for the names of attendees as they asked questions, memorizing their names and extensively using names of people as he spoke to them or when relating their cases.
  • The information presented was useful, practical, to the point and based on sound scientific basis plus solid experience.
  • The presenter had practical hands on experience in the field of the seminar.


  • Lack of using visual aids. No images or PowerPoint presentation was used.
  • Absence of a clear list of directives to use at the end of the seminar.


Although the seminar was not jam-packed with information yet the liveliness by which it was presented kept the audience engaged during the seminar and happy after having attended it.

Environment Forum

posted Apr 24, 2010, 2:29 AM by Ashraf Al Shafaki   [ updated Apr 24, 2010, 2:56 AM ]

Seminar: Environment Forum


  • Presentation included new information.
  • Some of the informaiton presented was exciting.
  • Images in the PowerPoint presentation were engaging and demonstrative.
  • Many real life examples supporting the main concept behind the seminar were presented.


  • The presenter was monotonous.
  • The presenter was not moving nor even standing but was sitting in a chair.
  • The PowerPoint presentation included too many slides several of which were jam packed with text.
  • The audience were not approached to think through (questions paused by the presenter for instance) but rather were treated as containers into which a monotonous and sequential queue of information was dumped.
  • Poor eye contact.


The topic of the seminar was interesting, so were many facts and examples presented in it and the photos in the PowerPoint were engaging yet the monotony of the speaker, the information dumping technique he used, his lack of interaction with the audience and low energy turned the otherwise interesting seminar into a near-complete bore.

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