Who we are
In Juli 2013 I took part in the intensive training classes for the painting-game profession by Arno Stern in Paris. The training itself, the time spent in Arno Sterns painting studio the Closlieu as well as encountering Arno Stern himself were magic moment. Arno Sterns attitude toward childhood and to life, struck a cord with me, especially as a mother. I was convinced that more places like the Closlieu, more manifestations of a tolerant and appreciative mindset and more room to stop and listen to our inner selves were desperately needed in our world.
In the spring of 2014, I found a very welcoming and bright space, the perfect premises to realize the Malort Sternstunden in Frankfurt. Since then, the Malort has grown to a wonderful place of rest, serenity and unexpected creativity. In the Malort Sternstunden practitioners of the painting game can find inspiration, encouragement and assistance to realize their potential.
As a Medical Anthropologist, I consider creativity through mindful painting to be an immense tool for everyone. On an individual level, it allows us to relax up to the level of meditation, it enables us to get in touch with ourselves, to improve concentration, to boost resilience, to develop meaning and to achieve mental and emotional wellbeing.
On a group level, facilitating and stimulating creativity through mindful painting, helps to overcome barriers, offers new perspectives, sets the basis for tolerance, improves communication and creates healthier, more inclusive and more holistic environments.
In my workshops as well as in my regular painting classes, I teach mindful painting and I am opening up ways of thinking about creativity. In my classes, participants find physical and mental space to be creative and learn to unlock their creative potential. It is important to me that my students enjoy the process, understand that unlocking creativity can be hard work and that they experience how creativity can benefit their lives.
I am working with all age groups, starting from three year olds, to teenagers and adults on a weekly basis and I am holding workshops with individuals, groups, school classes, families and corporate teams. I educate schools and kindergardens as well as entrepreneurs on implementing creative spaces and I am now in the fifth year of collaborating in the creative, cultural and educational project You&Eye with the Cultural Bureau of Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
BA Social Anthropology, University of London, UK
MA Medical Anthropology, University of London, UK