“The influence of a vital person vitalizes, there’s no doubt about it. The world without spirit is wasteland. People have the notion of saving the world by shifting things around, changing the rules, and who’s on top, and so forth. No, no! Any world is a valid world if it’s alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself.”
― Joseph Campbell
Our mind, body, heart, senses, hands, feet, all the bits and pieces of ourselves combine to make possible our life experiences, awareness of who we are, and perception of the world around. We influence our lives through our own awareness. Individual sessions as well as interdisciplinary workshops that I offer aim to raise participants’ attention – from daily details of how we walk through our day to the way we express ourselves, communicate with others, walk our talk, or do what we “must” in life. The basis of this approach is movement and physical presence techniques, as well as creative expression in forms of drawing, painting, voice and theatre training.
Creativity sharpens our senses. The way we disconnected from our bodies we disconnected from the essential part of who we are or can be. If we live in the world of the mind alone we get out of touch with the amazing powers of instinct and intuition, which govern the body. We then feel separate from ourselves, other people, our environment. Also, if I live exclusively through my head, through my intellect, I miss out on other ways to gain knowledge, to be connected to the world. Everything then happens from a kind of distance, not being fully involved, fully engaged with the world. On the search to find the way back to ourselves we need to separate from a lifestyle of imitation and hiding; to acknowledge and integrate the power and wisdom of emotional world, subconscious world, the world of the body, and its connection to the whole ecosystem of the earth. Through training attention, freedom of movement and artistic expression we learn again and again to give space to the force of life to move through us. It will re-invent us, re-arrange us, revitalise us. It will enlarge our perception of ourselves and reality around. It will invite poetry back into our lives. It will bring back the qualities that we missed for being again spontaneous, creative, real, courageous human beings.
When we gain back our attention and perception, looking and listening, seeing and hearing, thinking and understanding, feeling and expression – we gain back ownership of our life. Then creativity becomes everything we are, everything we do. It changes also our relationships with others: we don’t depend on them to make our life more interesting, or to tell us what to do. We see them better, notice them more, and then we can really meet. We learn to create different relationships with humans, whether our neighbours or those from different cultures or moments in time, and also with other species, with the earth, and everything and everyone we meet on the way.
Once we wake up from being passive consumers of something that has been offered to us as a “way to go” – the instructions on how to live and to do things that do not belong to us – when we wake up from this we feel the need to create. We again become explorers and creators of our own lives and of the world around.
This approach to learning and teaching is participatory, experimental and process-oriented. It is the result of the sincere and persistent work of many people who I was and am lucky to be able to learn from. There are the following possibilities to work with me:
* Workshops for companies (coming soon)