“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
Since 2009 my work is about learning experience design and facilitation. I’m interested in a larger context of art and culture in society, in self-leadership, collaborative creativity, personal sustainability, and how our bodies influence our being in relation to these subjects. I work internationally with value-driven individuals, companies, cultural and learning institutions that are engaged in creating more humane, sustainable, authentic and co-creative learning and working cultures. Main subject areas for my workshops: wellbeing and personal sustainability, creative thinking and expression, empathy and collaboration. My work is based on interdisciplinary connections and an encounter between coaching, educational and artistic practices. I also work with children mainly in the realm of arts education and creative development.
Over the past 15 years I’ve been continuously developing ways to combine my interests in sustainability, education, movement, and arts, to cross traditional boundaries and disciplines, sculpting my way into more wholistic perspectives. I work with people from different walks of life, cultures, and moments in time. Whatever our age, ethnic belonging, or professional path, our concerns in life are not so different. We all search for belonging (safety, connection, expression) and becoming (challenges, freedom, growth), and a healthy balance between the two. Working with different age groups and across different cultures and disciplines are both the largest challenge and privilege of my work so far. I work in English, Spanish, German, Russian, and French. Universities I went to and worked at previously, as well as teachers I’ve been learning from, you will find in the Links section. Some of the clients I’ve worked with include Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, id22 Institute for Creative Sustainability, the Do Lectures, Targetprocess, Cultural department of the city of Berlin, MAD Summed Design School, Meridian University, Agora School Roermond, Unilever Belgium, European Kids Culture Month, Children Arts Center (KinderKünsteZentrum), Greifswald University, Evolve Magazine, Barcelona Voluntaria, Über den Tellerrand kochen.
Embodied learning means that mindful body awareness is at the base of any learning experiences that I offer. I approach embodiment as a process of mindfully inhabiting one’s body and all the qualities that one is. It can be described as a kind of synchronisation between the body and mind. It is a practice of becoming rather than just thinking or talking about something. By embodied learning I mean a holistic approach to human learning, one that aims to connect different facets of human experience: the intellectual, emotional, physical and intuitive. Our culture encourages us to separate from certain aspects of ourselves. Often we feel one thing and think another. Or we spend our days sitting down, leaving behind our bodies, putting to sleep its capacities in joining and contributing to our thinking processes. Embodied learning stands for more honesty, simplicity and unity: individually, in relations to others, and within the environment. It aims to bring the whole person into the room, to unify human intelligence. Body is already one, it is not divided into departments as a university building. It expresses our life, history, culture. All of who we are is already there, and it stays in the constant process of becoming. Embodied learning experiences are designed to foster awareness and integration of this continuous and often unconscious process, and therefore also a choice.
My approach to learning and teaching is participatory, experimental and process-oriented. Depending on who are the participants and what is the subject, I choose different tools and combine various elements from movement, embodiment and physical presence practices, as well as creative expression in forms of drawing, painting, working with clay or other materials, voice and improvisational theatre. All of which are tools to engage the body in mindful and purposeful way, to learn to pay attention, to connect to ourselves and others, to be present to every moment, and to express ourselves honestly and freely.