Essential Elements in Our Work
Arts & Creativity
Human Nature - When discussing arts, it's common to link it to a rare talent held by only a few or consider it a luxury of civilisation. However, art is present throughout the social and historical progress of every culture. Creative abilities are regarded as integral to human nature, fulfilling biological, physical, and psychological needs, and playing a crucial role in societal advancement and cultural growth.
Self-Expression - One important function of arts is that it allows us to express human feelings, which includes everything that may be felt (e.g. sensation, emotion, attitude, mental and physical conditions). While language is a useful instrument to present thoughts and facts, arts and creativity can allow us to express our subjective inner experience (e.g. emotions) to the external world.
Communication & Connection - Engaging in the creative process and expressing ourselves creatively can enhance communication and social interaction. Especially in cross-cultural contexts, using creative expressions to interact and communicate can foster stronger connections and mutual understanding. Additionally, it offers an opportunity to transcend immediate circumstances where conventional social norms or cultural practices might lose relevance, enabling the formation of new viewpoints and ways of engaging with one another.
Learning & Development - Creativity plays a vital role in developing one's mind and building knowledge. It's linked to our ability to think divergently and adapt our behaviors flexibly. As we nurture our creative skills, we enhance our adaptability to the environment and our ability to shape it according to our needs.
Low Skill & High Sensitivity
While the activities draw from different art forms (visual, sound, movement, language, etc.), they involve easy and basic art techniques aimed at awakening the senses and tapping into our creativity. The focus isn't on artistic proficiency; rather, art serves as a valuable tool to explore the inner resources we possess and those that art itself offers.
Fun & Process-Oriented
We learn best when we're enjoying ourselves and fully immersed. Our approach centers on the enjoyable aspects of learning. We also recognise the significance of the entire creative journey, especially how novel experiences and art materials shape our encounters, guiding us toward new visions and perspectives.
In contrast to the approach that primarily centers on problems and challenges, adopting a resource-oriented perspective involves identifying what's functioning well and promoting our health even amidst chaos. We hold the belief that nurturing these positive aspects can enhance resilience and personal development. Concentrating solely on problems often leads to narrow focus and limited vision, excluding alternative possibilities. However, when we expand our awareness and perception, we uncover concealed strengths that empower personal growth and self-development.
Why do we incorporate various art forms instead of concentrating on just one? The reason is that each art form possesses distinct qualities and resonates with different senses. Depending on factors such as the time of day and the environment, our emotions can vary from time to time. Employing diverse art forms provides the flexibility to opt for what suits the individual or the group best at that particular time. This approach also empowers facilitators to craft a tailored development journey for each individual and group, enhancing personalisation.
Open & Safe Space
Whether in a one-to-one coaching session or a group workshop, establishing an inclusive and secure environment is crucial. This environment allows individuals the freedom to express themselves ('open') while also emphasising respect and non-judgmental attitudes towards both ourselves and others ('safe').
Enabling each individual to steer their own development involves placing trust in their self-awareness and well-being. The dynamic between facilitators and participants differs from that of doctors and patients. In essence, facilitators don't assume the role of experts dictating right or wrong; participants are the true authorities on what suits them best. Facilitators stand alongside them, fostering a sense of discovery and a shared journey toward the possibilities that lie ahead.