ONCE UPON… A LIFE™

Childhood should be all about light heartedness and imagination

Modern society’s story, is the story of the loss of childhood as a time of wonder and guiltless exploration. Is a story of a loss of innocence…

Children’s innocence and imagination are qualities to be preserved, not hastened or worst, overcame. Childhood should be a time to imagine the extraordinary, believe the impossible and experience the unfamiliar. Our educational  environment should provide support for children to fully embrace childhood as a space of imaginative freedom.

Our society though, is suspicious of both, imagination and the soul. Today we are suspicious about everything that connects us with the mysterious, intuitive, universal or mystical and with what envisions a future or describes the beautiful and meaningful in “non-utilitarian” ways. Cynicism and skepticism are taking the place of imagination, threatening to destroy the quality of innocence and silence the soul.

The quality of innocence goes beyond a rarefied type of ignorance into some mysterious operation of the imagination that regards miracles not only as possible, but as to be expected. Children’s innocence is beautiful not only because is rich and colorful, but because is able to make connections that the rational mind would never dare to; those embraced by our soul.

Innocence is also a state of mind, an openness to experience, embrace possibility and embody its greatest strength – trust and eternal optimism. The energy that flows from this part of our personality is positively infectious and brings out the best in others, as well as in us.

NARRATIVES FOR INTENGRAL WELL-BEING

Children need more than just the basic means for survival. They need opportunities to develop a sense of personal significance and fulfillment. Children need to able to explore and respond to the world around them, to discover and express cultural and social values on numerous levels, and to assert and shape their own voices.

Stories help children navigate life’s complex social problems. Through imagination, make believe play and stories; children cope and make manageable the complexities and perplexities of some aspects of the world.

Research has found that children who have more imagination and affect in play, tend to cope more effectively and succeed at solving problems while demonstrating high levels of subjective well-being.

Objectives

Once Upon… a life, consist in essential experiences around the principles of Anatomy of the Invisible™ and Pedagogy of the Wonder™ aiming to:

• Provide insight into the ways our lives are shaped by the stories we hear, see, and the stories we embrace as truth.
• Outline how stories instruct and reinforce ethical behavior and common values.
• Articulate knowledge by experimenting with projective forms of behavior.
• Witness possible reactions, practice solutions or responses to challenges through storytelling.
• Simulate situations allowing us to experience being in other’s shoes.
• Experience the richness in imagination and the freedom it offers.

The program unfolds as:

  1. Interactive Recitals & Workshops
    1. Swappy Stories, How Empathy & Imagination Went For A Walk ™
    2. I Thought I Saw… The Hidden Treasure in a Music Score -Self-Awareness And Shared Humanity Sing A Duet™
  2. Educational Materials
    1. Compositions: piano, songs & small ensembles
    2. Children’s books: short illustrated stories & Guides