Yohaku Art Collective

We are Yohaku, an international collective of art-based facilitators. We support processes of inquiry and transformation through art-making. Using the Expressive Arts methodology we facilitate change in individuals, groups, and communities.

ARTS in the Centre

We place the arts in the centre of our experience of being human. As it is sometimes difficult for people to communicate using language, we offer a unique opportunity to encounter with oneself and the other in the process of art-making. What cannot be expressed through words, very often can be communicated through artistic expression.

Expressive Arts (EXA) is a process- and resource-oriented therapeutic method that uses various art forms and acknowledges the final artwork created by the client. Often multiple art genres are included in a session or workshop. The activities are easy and playful. However, they have a high emotional impact.

In every workshop and in every session we use art to explore and investigate your longings. The process of doing something else can bring forward things that are important to you as an individual, to a group, or to a community.

We work with different types of arts like painting, sculpture, music, poetry, or movement and many others. We explore them on a basic level suitable for anyone. Our goal is to make space for something new that might unfold in artistic explorations.

During the process of art-making, we co-create a safe and non-judgmental space from which newly discovered resources, perspectives, and learnings can emerge. In this space, a meaningful shift becomes possible.

It is essential to capture what we truly experience in the process of creation. When artworks speak to us, we often get a chance to open up to new points of view and exciting possibilities. We make sense of what happened by connecting to our own embodied expression. Finally, we realize what concrete steps we can take to make a change. This works the same way both for individuals and groups.

Benefits of Deep Art-based Work

  • Increases self-awareness and self-understanding,
  • Helps to discover already existing and new resources,
  • Teaches relaxation and body-awareness,
  • Increases physical, mental, and emotional flexibility,
  • Helps to deal with traumatic experiences,
  • Supports coping mechanisms and builds resilience,
  • Promotes openness to new experiences and healthy ways of self-expression,
  • Explores relationships and improves soft skills,
  • Supports team-building,
  • Stimulates creativity and feeds imagination,
  • Builds aesthetic responsibility,
  • Excites, inspires, and empowers people to live life more fully.

We are art-based facilitators, who design profound experiential sessions addressing your specific needs. No two processes are alike and no two outcomes are the same. The questions that you came with may change through art-making. We work with what comes up, we accompany you, and we help you to make sense out of the encounter with the arts. Finally, we support you in taking appropriate action towards the new.

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We Are Our Own Best Example

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Yohaku Art Collective is the result of an artistic process between both of us, Ineke and Joanna. Through art-making, in the responses to each other’s artworks and in the art pieces themselves, we noticed common phrases and common shapes. We found a common thread in our visual and written narratives.

In the creative process and the aesthetic analysis of our art pieces, we discovered a mutual longing for an opening. We both visualized a space where the power of imagination could be truly experienced. Honesty, ease, joy and a deep connection were equally important to both of us too.

Starting from this common ground, we began our research. We brainstormed possibilities for the name of our art collective. Then we used shapes and colours from our artworks to create the logo. Finally, we distilled our mission from the touching poems that we wrote earlier in the process.

We found everything in art. There was no need to look elsewhere.

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Ineke Hulselmans and Joanna Wróblewska
Founders of Yohaku Art Collective

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