As Morski writes, about thirty Ukrainians, mostly artists, teachers and pedagogues, arrived at Mali Brijun recently. By attending various music and movement workshops, they learned how to deal with war trauma of their own, and they will also apply their newly acquired skills when working with Ukrainian children when they return home to their country.
Everyday alarms were replaced by music, and art in general has become a refuge for Ukrainian children and their parents.
”This was an incredible experience for us, we had the opportunity to learn not only from a mentor but also from each other, to be here on Mali Brijun together, we’ll take the energy from this place back home with us,” said Svetlana Bazanova, a Ukrainian drama teacher.
”It’s nice that we could come and be here, it’s also important to me professionally as this experience will connect me with the whole community,” emphasised Jana Zelenska, another drama pedagogue. Most of the Ukrainian families who have arrived in Istria are from war-torn Kharkiv. In a few days, they will return to their homeland and pass on the knowledge they have learned while spending time on beautiful Mali Brijun to their colleagues.
”Through art therapy, we learn how to deal with emotions, how to help ourselves to deal with fear and trauma, and how to help others, especially children,” emphasised Veronika Skolarova, the project manager.
”It took us some time to build trust, a safe circle inside, but as the days progressed, people relaxed more and more and we all did more and more,” said Irena Magas, a music therapist. This praiseworthy project was conceived by Lenka Udovicki and Nigel Osbourne from the Ulysses Theatre.
”We can do some simple things through art. Music and movement can regulate breathing, singing and emotions,” pointed out Nigel Osbourne, who is a composer and a music therapist. After the workshops held on Mali Brijun, art therapy education is set to continue back home in Ukraine, HRT Magazin reports.
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