Pär Ahlbom´s rope games in Mexico. Photo: Adolfo Gonzalez
Pär Ahlbom is the founder of a special Waldorf teacher training approach called Intuitive Pedagogy and one of the founders of Solvik School. He has been teaching music, movement, and play to people of all ages all over the world for several decades. In 2014, during his visit to the United States Pär also visited Guadalajara, Mexico for 5 days where 55 people were able to study intuitive pedagogy directly with its founder.
Alex Jenné, a Mexican musician, educator and co-founder of Intuye Pedagogía Creativa: “His visit to Mexico had a healing and mind-opening effect on the students. We experienced how his activities truly embody beauty, joy and depth. His radiance and loving presence were contagious. Pär‘s few words and gestures shake people’s believes down to their core. Since Pär’s first visit in 2014, enthusiasm for his approach and his living presence has spread. New schools and old schools would like to meet Pär, ask questions, and participate in his activities, his games, and his singing.”
The Waldorf education model is new to Mexico but is quickly spreading. Today there are about 40 Waldorf schools in the country. Letting go of the obsession to control and relearning to trust one another are pillars of Pär Ahlbom’s teaching. His exercises encourage people to be present, explore, and make mistakes, and these are necessary to make space for innovation. Pär Ahlbom: “When we, adults, notice how much fun it is to play and exercise together without expectations or aims, then we are closer to children´s way of living. We are more “now” and “here” and generally happier. We feel much closer to each other and hide ourselves less, after we have played together. “
Now there is a new initiative slowly taking form. The Waldorf community in Mexico would like to invite Pär Ahlbom to continue his work there. This time he will be focusing on different aspects of ‘Intuitive pedagogy’, like singing for inner balance, games for intuition, coordination for confidence, and improvisation for listening and creativity. Alex: “There is a great interest in Pär’s work, and his approach is something that is extremely rare in Mexico. This year we will invite more people and will rent a larger space. Mexico lacks the resources for investing in these types of projects, but we desperately need to foster open minds for the nourishment of our education and culture.”
For more information about the event in Mexico please contact Alex Jenne: email@example.com. Welcome to take part of the Intuitive Pedagogy course with Pär Ahlbom, 15th to 19th July 2015 in Guadalajara!
You can be part of the educational change in Mexico if you follow the facebook group: Intuye Pedagogía Creativa. To support the Intuitive Pedagogy course in Mexico please make a donation to Solvik School´s account adding a reference “Mexico”.
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