This was to be the last day of workshops. No need to scramble for the bus, as our location was a school 5mins walk away from our flat. We were greeted by many girls saying “welcome” and taken up to a room where about 10 Save the Children staff were waiting for us. Unlike other sessions, these were people who had come voluntarily and who were very interested in what we were doing.
We did the usual exercises we had done with previous groups such as the name game and art therapy. But this group was really really nice and pleasant to work with. The meditation was much longer and we felt the people understood us and understood the benefits of meditation. When talking about past present and future, one lady Mona talked about how her life was a river flowing that couldn’t be planned or categorized. We shared our stories with them as well, which helped us bond even more. When Anya did her music therapy, there was such a deep silence in the room.
The session was over too way to fast but it was such a beautiful and encouraging way to end out time. Now we have to practice for our concert on Saturday.
That afternoon, we were invited by a lady called Maysa for lunch and then deserts at her home. We had met Maysa by chance at Zaatari camp and she had enjoyed trying out meditation. We all met up at a local restaurant that all the taxis knew just by name: Mataam al Usrah, the kind of place that makes excellent local cheap food. And the food was indeed delicious! We tried many new dishes. Soon we were stuffed. Maysa wanted to invite us… but we beat her to it and invited her instead… hard to argue with a big group of young people when they are adamant.
But Maysa got her way with desert. And she spoiled us with a rich variety of Jordanian sweets and endless supply of tea. We enjoyed staying at her beautiful home so much we only left at 8pm! Most of our time was spent chatting, singing and even dancing. No chance of getting bored.
We came home and then it hit us, we had practically finished with our work here. Suddenly we all felt super exhausted, but satisfied at the same time. Good thing we get to sleep in tomorrow.