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Written by: Shahirah Anuar
Hard work pays off!
On Wednesday, the 5th of April, EcoKnights hosted a Kokedama workshop at Kenanga Tower for 40 of its employees. The workshop was aimed at promoting team building and fostering a creative and collaborative work environment. Kokedama is a form of Japanese gardening that involves creating a ball of soil, wrapped in moss, and planting a small plant. The technique is becoming increasingly popular worldwide as a form of urban gardening and as a fun and creative way to bring nature indoors.
The employees were given a brief introduction to the art of Kokedama and its history at the start of the workshop, followed by a demonstration by the EcoKnights team as their first journey to be a green thumb on that day. But beforehand, they were then provided with all the necessary materials to create their own Kokedama plant. The materials came with a box, including soil, coconut husk, colourful strings and small plants — the choice of the plants were bamboo palm and bamboo plants. The participants were divided into small groups and allowed to work together to create their Kokedama plants. This allowed the employees to communicate and collaborate, enhancing their teamwork skills and improving their communication.
As the workshop progressed, the participants were guided by the facilitators, who provided tips and advice on the best techniques to use when creating their Kokedama plants. This allowed the employees to learn new skills and develop a deeper appreciation for the art of Kokedama gardening. Even though they were provided with gloves, it was a lovely experience to see the employees get their hands dirty, and some of them were still taking the opportunity to let their fingers be grounded with the texture and wetness of the soil.
The employees were taking their time, enjoying the process of making the Kokedama plants, especially the part where they tied the soil balls together with string. Indeed, patience and virtue are required, in addition to the skills of wrapping the string tightly around the solid balls, which the facilitators gladly assist and guide the employees throughout the process.
Throughout the session, the employees did an excellent job of creating soil balls, from the first step to the final step, which was to tie the strings around the Kokedama plants.
At the end of the workshop, the employees were able to take their Kokedama plants home with them and also put their Kokedama in the working space area, providing a lasting reminder of the skills they had learned and the fun they had experienced during the workshop.
Overall, the Kokedama workshop organized by EcoKnights was a huge success, with employees learning new skills, developing their teamwork skills, and enjoying a fun and creative team-building activity. It was a great way for the corporate partners to foster a positive work environment and enhance the sense of community among its employees. Hence, if you’re looking for a meaningful engagement that brings closer the employees to the heart of sustainability, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (@EcoKnights).
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