For a satisfying process it is important to help the group step back and see what has been accomplished. There are a number of angles on this that prove useful. Often the ending is where the time available for the whole process is squeezed and it is easy to simply close down after the last stage. The following possible approaches offer ways of accomplishing this completion stage. Without it we may find some of the good work evaporates – that is why this stage is called harvesting. We need to gather the crop.

  • Get the group to share reflections on the movement from the starting position to the conclusion.
  • Ask “What has come out of the exercise?”
  • Harvesting as narrative – get someone to tell the story of where we are at now, using the visual structure as prompt.
  • Have people share and appreciate movement in individuals – this usually reflects movement in the group and gives it expression
  • If the group are doing this because of a common task, has this exercise aligned them better?
  • If there were value conflicts at the start has this generated better mutual understanding?
  • Has the exercise opened up new possibilities for concerted action?
  • Are there new fields of inquiry that the group need to pursue?

It is often useful to take photographs of the output or to map this with visual software. This is especially relevant if the session is part of an ongoing project.