Our Intuitive Writing Therapy workshop demo took place as part of the Evolve Jam Fest at Ras Al Khaimah. This was the first time that we had travelled beyond Abu Dhabi and Dubai into the rural areas of the UAE, the desert of Ras Al Khaimah. It was the right place to let nature and the stillness of the universe help us in a quick pick-me-up which is so needed in our daily lives. The event, the Evolve Jam, took place at a very unique and beautiful Bedouin-style eco camp with food and tents provided. It was organized by Evolve Events, an international arts, culture and communications initiative based in the United Arab Emirates.
The desert always presents a special atmosphere and the atmosphere at the event enhanced just that. There was a fine balance between music, sounds and silence, movement and stillness, beats and meditation. The weather tended to be extreme – very cold in the night (and the roof of the tent heavy with dew drops) and hot during the day.
At the camp, various activities were going on such as meditation, visualization and spontaneous artwork. Staying faithful to our intuition, we ourselves did some intuitive artwork, being inspired by the desert around us, the stars above us and the fire dancers in front of us. Fire dancing has been a traditional part of many cultures, and modern fire performances include visual and stylistic elements from many traditions. At the other side of the fireplace dancers started capoeira, a Brazilian tradition that combines martial arts, dance and music
The Next Day…
Before the writing workshop started, I had to catch the sunrise and the quietness of it all.
For a little more than an hour, we led our intuitive writing workshop. As the Oxford English Dictionary reads ‘Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning’. Using our intuition and expressing it into characters and letters gave us a tool of self-expression and understanding of our feelings. The workshop was attended by people who were either creatively repressed or just wanted to find another form of communication, like the dancers who usually express themselves through their moves and dances.
Writing as therapy has been proved by scientific studies and personal stories (like the one written down by Min Min) to make a difference in a person’s life while dealing with hardship, stress, or illnesses, or simply by activating resources. In his article ‘Writing about emotional experiences as a therapeutic process,’ Prof. James W. Pennebaker states that ‘an increasing number of studies have demonstrated that when individuals write about emotional experiences, significant physical and health improvements follow.’
Sadly, no pictures were taken of the writing therapy demo in progress.But here’s what happened at the intuitive art workshop.
And how did our paintings turn out? Well, unfortunately the dew had melted the colours into each other. The sand had blown its way through the paintings. But that’s the act of allowing spontaneity into our lives – at these times, it is the process that is the important part, not the final product. So, after the desert had inspired us it took our painting back, but leaving us with its special spirit and truly evolved.
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