The making of the Syrian and Greek band ‘Hope’, Thessaloniki 2016

During one of our visits in the camps in Thessaloniki we were approached by Alaa, a young singer from Syria. Alaa said that it was difficult and it would better if he could sing. When he came out of the sea, he sang a song to it asking for the sea to look after their children. We brought him in touch with local musicians and … Continue reading The making of the Syrian and Greek band ‘Hope’, Thessaloniki 2016

Bus Station: Who we are to each other? Belgrade 2015

Serbia was one of the main transition countries on the Balkan route from Middle East to Northern Europe. After the closure of the borders it became home to thousands of refugees. Many people have to sleep rough as there is not enough space to accommodate everyone. In September 2015, I went to Belgrade and Novisad to meet with friends and organize together social therapeutic workshops. … Continue reading Bus Station: Who we are to each other? Belgrade 2015

Social Therapy training, NY 2016

I participated in Social Therapy training in Spring 2016 while starting to volunteer in refugee camps and organize community performance activities in Greece. Social Therapy is an activity-theoretic practice developed outside of academia at the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy in New York. Its primary methodologists are cofounders of the East Side Institute, Fred Newman and Lois Holzman. Social therapy looks … Continue reading Social Therapy training, NY 2016

Tell me a story, Greece, UK, Serbia, Beirut and New York, 2014

‘Tell me a story’ was a series of performance workshops inviting children and adults to write a letter to the world and to respond to the other people’s letters. The workshops were open to the members of public. Organized in Greece, UK, Serbia, Beirut and New York. The international dialogues fuelled the making of a transcultural, multi- media performance ‘From the word to the world’ … Continue reading Tell me a story, Greece, UK, Serbia, Beirut and New York, 2014

Creating Poetic Resistance in Saharwi Refugee Camps, Algeria, 2013

When I came back from Sahara, I was asked to write an article to an educational journal. I remember trying for days to write and not finding the words to capture how it was to live there. I failed to stay with not knowing how Sahara was, how it was to be exposed to a kind of life I did not know existed and what … Continue reading Creating Poetic Resistance in Saharwi Refugee Camps, Algeria, 2013

International Class, New York 2013-14

International Class is organized by East Side Institute which is located in New York and connected with communities around the world. Spanning through a year, it brings together people from a diversity of nationalities, ages and backgrounds. The group is learning Social Therapeutics while building the group. Each and all are discovering and creating Social Therapeutics in their local contexts: schools, therapy groups, corporate environments, … Continue reading International Class, New York 2013-14

World Dreaming Conference, Australia 2011

It was early morning hours. I was staying in a shared mixed dorm in a hostel close to the building hosting the World Dreaming Conference in Sydney, Australia. I did not have money to pay for a hotel and wanted to be close to the building to join in the first Shared Dreaming session. All the participants came together, sat on their scattered chairs and … Continue reading World Dreaming Conference, Australia 2011