Participatory Action Research (PAR) Course

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Why a PAR Course?

Research is not only about publications. It is not something abstract, to be undertaken purely for academic purposes. It is the launchpad for inspired collective action, action that changes our day-to-day realities. The outcome of a PAR project can be a shift in ways of being in the world, the development of new skills or liberating a creative impulse.



The course is designed for:

  • Community practitioners
  • Facilitators
  • Youth program managers
  • Activists
  • Grassroots organizers
  • Researchers
  • Educators
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • University students

Let's research together

experience PAR in action

Share and apply ideas and knowledge

Our courses are full of action. Participants are the protagonists of the course. We propose a space which invites deep reflection and the sharing of our personal experiences.

use PAR for social change

Be among the growing wave of practitioners using PAR. Recrear’s model biggest value is using creative techniques and reflective practices to facilitate more authentic community development.

Connect individuals and organizations

We recognize that it is essential to connect community actors - the course is designed to invite intimacy and friendships. By the end of the course, you'll network of potential collaborators.

“The sessions with Recrear reminded me of the importance of using techniques that connect you to others and to yourself. These techniques had us step out of our observer-researcher role to become participants that reflect alongside one another. With Recrear I picked up really useful tools for the early stages of a project”.

- Andrea Giraldo, TGIS Short Course Participant, Colombia

By the end of the course you will have acquired new skills and perspectives including:

Participants by the end of the course will be able to:

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Identify questions, and design research frameworks.

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Understand and feel how PAR can deepen learning practices.

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Use creative tools and experiential learning to make research engaging.

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Be familiar with the values, principles and theories of PAR

Previous Partners

Do you want to be a partner or a host for the course?

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How long is the course?

The training is typically delivered over 6 days, 5 hours per day. We also do variations based on the organization’s interests and needs, including virtual follow ups. The course teaches the values, principles, tools of participatory action research and its practical application in a research process we help them design. We offer PAR courses tailored specifically for your organization, university or social enterprise. Depending on the focus and size of the group, we customize our methodology to meet the objectives of your organization.

How much does it cost?

The host organization covers professional fees, airfare and living costs. Reach out to explore how we could collaborate based on your needs and capacity.

What is Recrear?

About us

Registered as a Canadian Charity. We bring together people with a social itch to reconnect, recharge, co-create knowledge and manifest new realities within ourselves, our communities, and humanity.The meaning of Recrear is to re-create, regenerate, renovate, transform, move. It is the opposite of being static and stuck. We are always looking at the future trying to pay attention to what needs to emerge organically within us, our communities and the societies we are part of.

How does Recrear's PAR model work?

Our action research model is based on the belief that in order to understand community it’s first important to understand ourselves. By understanding how we feel, think and act, it becomes easier to understand why and how community manifests the way it does. We use creative techniques to allow people to deepen their exploration by accessing different ways of knowing.

What are creative techniques?

Our research lab

We use activities such as development theater, photography, art, creative writing and movement to facilitate dialogue and carry out social research. We’re always looking to expand and grow our methodology with new techniques that allow the participants to be the protagonists of the workshops and share their experiences, abilities and ideas.

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