animate: (adjective) alive, living, breathing, sentient, conscious
arts: (noun, plural) practised skills, as in ‘the art of living’
‘Animate arts’ is an initiative of Sophia van Ruth, a freelance practitioner based in the Netherlands. The main intention of ‘animate arts’ is to bring people into embodied relationship with their world and to provide tools and support to live and work with ease in a complex world.
One of the first steps to a healthier world is awareness. Awareness of what is happening within our selves and our world. Reconnecting with our bodies and communities in very direct ways is the aim of many of the services offered. To help us to live, work and act with full ‘presence’.
I originally trained as an Interior Designer (but this is a profession I left behind many years ago). I began my career working with Urban Ecology Australia, an organisation dedicated to creating sustainable and vibrant urban environments. During this time I came to specialise in facilitating collaborative design and decision making processes and went on to work as a freelancer in this field in Australia for 10 years. Much of my work focussed on facilitating community involvement in urban development projects.
I am also a qualified massage therapist and shiatsu practitioner. Shiatsu is a Japanese healing art based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This training transformed my ways of seeing the world, as the oriental healing arts take a more holistic approach. Shiatsu seeks to work with broader patterns of health and illness that include how a person is integrating into their environs. The attitude is to expand our view to see the full context and patterns for a person as opposed to the approach of narrowing our view to identify and eliminate specific symptoms only.
In 2008 I completed the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, where I first learned about complex systems science. My thesis was focussed on how to provide appropriate education for a complex, ever-changing world. This topic has now become a primary focus of my work and I have developed a series of workshops to help people navigate complex situations with more ease and confidence. These highly interactive workshops offer a theoretical overview of complexity combined with a set of embodied practices to help you move from ‘systems thinking’ to ‘systems sensing’. You can read more about this workshop series under the tab ‘navigating complexity’ above.
Essentially I see all of my work as focussed on creating health, either on a personal, community or global level. I have always sought to facilitate healthy ways of being in whatever field I was working.
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