Space Left Empty

In the process of shaping the Yohaku Art Collective, we discovered the concept of yohaku and decided to combine it with the Expressive Arts methodology. This mash-up became for us a unique way of finding synergies between our inspirations and interests within the fields of fine arts, philosophy, psychology and creative therapies.

Yohaku Art Collective celebrates the space left empty for joyful art creation, a face-to-face encounter with true needs and longings, and active participation in making sustainable and changes using the arts.

Arts in the Centre

We believe in a world that recognizes arts and creativity as existential aspects of our being human. The space we create through our art-based work offers room for each person or group to discover their resources and come to their full creative potential.

The Unknown

The space left empty is an in-between zone that invites the unknown. It acknowledges the uncertainty and complexity of life without trying to explain or interpret past or current circumstances. It creates a break in familiar modes of coping with life situations and welcomes surprises.

Time and Flow

When we make art, we suspend time and become more present. In the moment of flow lies the potential for something else to arrive: an alternative experience, a touching inspiration, a new possibility, an undiscovered resource. This time is limited, planned, structured and offered to our clients as a gift coming straight from our hearts. It is filled with true attention, resonance, and love for beauty.

The Quality of Space

It is an open, safe, and non-judgmental space that we hold for artistic expression, daring experimentation and sensual experiencing. In this space, we go into an art-based investigation and we peel back the many layers of our being in this world. In the artistic process, we learn to meet the reality of ourselves with humbleness and ease. This space is experienced with curiosity that emerges from the creative process, which opens up to us like a living landscape.

Intermodality

Human beings can express in different ways and prefer diverse media. This is why we are ready to experiment with various art genres. In the space we hold for you, a variety of art forms can come into play, even within one single session. That can include painting, doodling, collaging, music explorations, voice articulation, movement, elements of performance, storytelling, experimental writing, clay work and much more. In the creative process and while we switch from one art form to another, something has a chance to crystalize.

Playfulness

As adults, we often forget how it is to play and offer creative pleasure to our tired and restricted bodies. We ask all our clients to cultivate a playful attitude and open up to the possibilities emerging in the creative process. This often leads to more ease, openness, relaxation, creates a healthy distance to challenging life situations.

Art as an Opening

Making art generates stillness and invites us to rest and relax into doing. We learn that we can trust the process to guide us through the alternative reality of creative work. Our expressions take an organic shape and manifest in the art-making. Arts transform and change us through the process of creation and along the way we become more connected to ourselves and others.

Progress and Change

Things get clearer and more defined as we progress. Change happens naturally, despite fears, assumptions and judgements about our abilities. And when we come back to reality, we don’t enter through the same door but open a new one within our inner landscape. On the other side of that door, we might see possibilities for a more meaningful life, more fulfilling work and new, exciting connections.

The Beauty of the Void

Yohaku is a space that has been consciously left empty. It represents a pause or a blank point. It implies a meaning in the absence of words or forms. The emptiness of a white space holds a profound beauty. It is mysterious and it promises unlimited access to an infinite potential that is stored within us. By coming face-to-face with emptiness, we can encounter the in-between space that allows for something to new to emerge and touch us deeply.

Senses

Empty spaces have their own dynamic vitality and support forms emerging around and from them in becoming truly visible. They literally allow objects and shapes to grow fully into the reality of our senses. In the arts, both the creator and the witness can experience the power of a pause. Only in silence, we can truly feel our bodies and sense what is needed.

The empty space of yohaku is both calming and energizing. It gives our senses a place to relax and rest. On the other hand, it stimulates our imagination and engages us in the creation of alternative worlds.