A form of process art, Creative Guiding centres on the creative process and journey of making art rather than the end product. It has roots in Rudolph Steiner’s Anthroposophy, a formal educational, therapeutic, and creative system that seeks to use mainly natural means to enhance physical and mental health and well-being.
With this philosophy as the backdrop, Karen gently nudges and guides art-making in a supportive environment. She draws on inspiration from nature and its elements, stories, poetry and other stimuli.
The emphasis is in the experience of creating, developing and reflecting – not focussing on the finished piece. There is a deepening of self- awareness in which one’s thinking does not override the process of spontaneity and creating. It’s about an inward exploration, being in the present moment, letting go of expectations and being curious about whatever emerges. No art experience is required.
Karen uses this approach to transfer tools for stress management, change resilience, shifting dysfunctional team habits, sparking helpful conversations, collaboration and dealing with loss of any kind.
• activate or discharge energy through movement
• centre and self-soothe through engagement of the senses
• mindful awareness as you focus on the present moment and the process
• practice self-compassion
• let go of perfectionism or overthinking
• open to new experiences and unexpected outcomes
• allow emotion to naturally arise and be expressed
• connect in community and experience art as fun
• use symbols and colours to explore that which is difficult to voice