SEMINAR #4 with Marloes van Houten and Joanna Wróblewska
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What can we learn from the Japanese concept of Ma understood as an artistic interpretation of empty space? Ma can hold great importance and meaning. Let’s meet to rethink and experience both the possibilities and limitations of space using different forms of expression (like breathwork, movement, or visual arts). Let’s dive into our individual experiences related to spatial awareness in this past year or so. Let’s also look beyond the experience of the global pandemic, search for Ma within our own therapeutic practice, and ask ourselves how it could support our clients.
Ma [jap. 間] is the fundamental time and space life needs to grow. It can be seen as a boundary. However, it isn’t stiff. It can be experienced as a void, expansion, or a place of emergent. The literal translation of Ma is “space between,” but rather than a static gap, it is the distance that exists between objects as well as between time. A complete lack of clutter and the unnecessary. Ma is like a holder within which things can exist, stand out and gain meaning. Ma is the emptiness full of possibilities, like a promise yet to be fulfilled.
- Learn about Ma and use space more consciously in therapy, coaching, or facilitation
- Give yourself a chance to grow and use Ma as a resource both in your own self-care practice and in the professional context
- Learn how Ma can become a great inspiration for art-based explorations including movement, music-making, voice articulation, painting, and other interdisciplinary experiments
- Experience the power of Ma through simple and inspiring activities introduced by the speakers
- Get inspired to look beyond your own cultural circle and discover new perspectives on space and time
- Anyone who is curious about the concept of Ma and how it can be used in therapeutic settings
- Individuals who are interested in inspiring perspectives on space in art, therapy, and coaching
- Expressive Arts practitioners who would like to add one more inspiring concept and a bunch of new tools to their already existing art-based toolbox
- Health practitioners, therapists, social workers, coaches, psychologists, doctors, psychiatrists wanting to explore the concept of Ma and consciously use space as a resource
Marloes van Houten is a Dutch art director, professional dancer, choreographer, and movement educator. She holds a doctoral degree in trauma healing focussed on engaging movement and art-based interventions. While raised in the Netherlands, she lived, performed, and led projects globally, also in crisis areas where war, conflict, or natural disasters took place. Between 2012-2017 she lived in East Asia. Currently, she runs her own trauma therapy practice ‘Birds of Paradise’ in the Netherlands, leads an interdisciplinary art collective Forge, and works as a psychosomatic therapist for Movamento.
Joanna Wróblewska is a visual artist, art educator, and Expressive Arts practitioner. She has lived in several countries and currently resides in Germany. Joanna is deeply fascinated by East Asian philosophical concepts and traditional practices. She truly enjoys working in cross-cultural settings using her professional interdisciplinary expertise. Joanna co-founded Yohaku Art Collective together with Ineke Hulselmans and is one of the organizers of this seminar series.
Date: 8 September 2021, 7pm CEST
Theme: Rethink space: Ma as inspiration in therapy and coaching
Speakers: Marloes van Houten and Joanna Wróblewska
Duration: between 90 – 120 min. depending on the participant’s engagement (the last 30min. will be devoted to a discussion, feedback, and an exchange of ideas)
Software: online [Zoom]
Materials: Please bring your journal and whatever art materials you have at hand
Moderator: Ineke Hulselmans
*The seminar will be recorded. Even if you can’t participate in person, you can still register and get a link to watch the seminar at your own time.
See you all very soon!