The Tranquillity Zone
The Tranquillity Zone is a specially decorated environment that is constructed within an existing room, such as a school classroom or a room in a community centre. The Zone itself may only take up a section of a room if that room is fairly large. The Zone area is constructed from flowing drapes that extend from the ceiling down the walls to give a sense of security, peace and seclusion from the outside world. Within this area soft furnishings are arranged so as participants can thoroughly relax. Beautiful flowers, soft lighting such as candles (health and safety regulations are applied), attractive carpeting and perfume are added to increase the feeling that another world of beauty, mistery and tranquillity exists within the normally experienced world of activity, stress and strain.
Participants are made to feel appreciated and welcome by the Tranquillity Zone facilitator and encouraged to relax in a place and way they find comfortable, which may include lying down. Then the facilitator skillfully takes the participants through a thirty minute programme consisting of visualisation, music and story telling. Within this programme a number of extremely important insights and understandings are experienced. Participants learn to to be calm and at peace within themselves when relaxation and personal reflection quickly follow. They are inspired to reflect on and consider that they have wonderful, as yet, untapped potential expressed as "...a mine rich in gems of inestimable value." And they are inspired to face their own personal challenges in a way that develops their character and potential.
Experience has shown that in this environment young people, troubled or not, and within a few session, come into contact with their own spirit. Uplifting feelings and emotions generally associated with the 'heart' make participants feel much better about themselves. For this reason the Tranquillity Zone has come to be understood as an 'affective domain'.