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Meryna combines different art mediums, from drawing and writing to drama and music, to facilitate artistic expression, dialogue and experimentation. The creative arts can allow us to be present in-the-moment, to energetically focus on a particular task, which can help build trust for authentic dialogue, beyond a conceptual or/and intellectual debate. Games and exercises are selected depending on the specific objective of a workshop and project, be this…

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Meryna draws on the theoretical concepts of Gestalt Psychotherapy, as well as other modalities that feed into drama and art therapy, to structure workshop sessions. This practically involves developing good ‘contact’ functions- such as listening, tasting, touching, feeling, expressing curiosities and thoughts- with a focus on an in-the-moment dialogic process. As humanistic practises, for example, Gestalt therapy, there is an assumed belief in innate human health and creativity,…

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Interculturism relates to interactions involving, or representing, people of different cultures.  So how we personally perceive and respond to such perceived difference is at the heart of intercultural work. Differences can include interacting with people of different religious, ethnic or national heritage, as well as those of multi-heritage. We include those belonging to different social groups, professional or sexual orientation. Meryna invites participants to define themselves according to whatever…

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This is a way of using the process of creating an art or theatre piece to generate dialogue in the community. The process of creation is emphasised, not simply the final product, and depending on particular project aims and objectives, a workshop group may or may not exhibit or perform their final works to a public audience. Whenever possible, Meryna believes that each group can come to a mutual decision…

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We use the term defined by the Local Government Association (LGA) in two guides written in 2002 and 2004 respectively: “A cohesive community is one where: •there is a common vision and a sense of belonging for all communities; •the diversity of people’s different backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and positively valued; •those from different backgrounds have similar life opportunities; and •strong and positive relationships are being developed…

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Integration

Meryna uses ‘integration’ to firstly mean personal integration, namely, to accept different aspects of the self, in order to feel whole, healthy and to live with integrity. Secondly, and alongside this, we use integration to mean the process of  belonging to a community, and wider society. So I can work to integrate the different parts of myself, and find ways to better integrate myself with the world around me. Both reply…