Ilse Baekelandt-Luyten, Honorary President, spouse of the Belgian Ambassador
Hora and the Educatieve Academie are very privileged to benefit from the active participation of the Institute forResearch in Education. As a mother of three, schools and teachers have always been of the utmost importance to us. Our family lived around the world and our children went to many different school systems. They thrived in schools where they were taught the love for learning, the yearning for knowledge, the joy of studying, where the teachers were positive and had a strong belief in success for all.
Charlotte Van den Abeele
I learned how to clean the floor from a nun … my teacher in the last grade of primary school back home in Belgium. It was during the last hot days of June that Sister Adriana summoned us to come to school with a bucket and a floor cloth.
We were all girls of 11 and 12 years old, not exactly masters in the art of cleaning floors. We smelled the line-oil based soap, we saw how sister poured the soap water on the blue stones tiled floor, how she scrubbed and took up the dirty water from the floor with the cloth and torched the cloth in another bucket.
Now that I am 40 years older, having lived in many different houses with many different floors, undergone so many events and changes in my life, I am still cleaning my floor in the same way as Sister Adriana did. And every time I am cleaning the floor, I am thinking of her, I am thinking of where my roots are. The importance of education. The power of a positive approach. The force of a model to live up to. A small difference made today in the daily life of a child, may have an important consequence for rest of his adult life. As long as I know, I have always been involved with children and adults. I like to teach, I like to play, to dance, to sing. And who knows, to cherish a small grain that maybe will create a change in somebody’s life, a perspective for a more open and connected world. In Western Europe, the culture of self-development and well-being has never been so flourishing. The social and inclusive societies of the West have produced a generation of people who are seeking happiness and self- fulfillment. In the East of our continent, conditions are unfortunately not the same. When I arrived to live in Romania in 2007, the first contact we had with the Romanian state school was difficult, both for me and my children. Since that moment, I have been hoping of making a change. To be able now to realize this dream with other people, is one of the gifts of life that I cherish profoundly ..
One day, everything started with the line – drawn, of course, in the centre of the paper -, I went on with spots of colours disposed in a chaotic order, experimenting with tactile, visual or, sometimes, gustatory sensations…; then I analysed, I synthesized the surrounding world, I lived Emotion.In 2007 I conceived and I made a plea for modelling, when I graduated The Faculty of Design and Decorative Arts, Ceramics – Glass, and I continued this tridimensional artistic approach during my Masters studies.
Before I was born, my grandmother wished for me to become a priest. Surely she had in mind that i would become the wife of a priest … and many times during my early childhood, she assured me I had a talent for that. Kind of strange, don’t you think ?
After I was born, my other grandmother chose my name, inspired as she was by an actress, and she always encouraged me to become an actress because she was convinced that had a talent for that.
When i got older and went to live with my parents, a long term playing feast was my part. Both my mother and father allowed me to keep on playing with my dolls until i became of a certain age … so i was happy enough to play with my sisters our preferred game: puppets theatre.
When i grew older, i had the privilege to be initiated in the arts of yoga by a real Indian master. And this is how i became what my first grandmother wanted me to be: a priest. Being a creative person, i became a priest according to my own formula: a priest of the inner temple, in service of the Self. A truly special experience …
Also actorship has stayed with me. I have been the principal character in my own life ! And i liked it.
From the temple of the soul, i was able to take the energy i needed to play the role of my life. A role for which i am grateful. Grateful to destiny, the universe, God and every human being that contributed in a way or another to my becoming a psychologue.
I am a psychologue who is still playing ! Did you ever hear about such a thing ? I am sure you did not. And i didn’t stop there, now i am learning others how to play. To play the game that is healing, the game that allows you to grow, to become yourself.
I am a psychotherapist and a trainer in technics to approach the psyche via games with sand, water and miniatures.
I believe in destiny, in the game of destiny and in the power of every person to create its own optimal personal form. I believe in taming the terrible forces of the psyche so that the actor of its own life becomes a true artist.
I observe with respect and reverence the interior world of every person with whom i am interacting. Children, adolescents, adults, elderly, couples and families, everyone of them has a treasure lying waiting to be cultivated in the continuous work of personal and interpersonal construction. This sounds easy but it is extremely hard work. But since we are born and entered in the dance of life, it is each and every one’s duty to play as well as he can. We are each other’s ressource and provocation.
I entered in lots of different hora’s and now i find myself in this one. I invite you to participate courageously in the adventure of personal development.
Hai la Hora! Join us in the Hora !
Trofin Rusu Claudea
I have spent all my childhood holidays at the country side, in a small village from Bacău county. There, from a weak and skinny child I became full of energy, very happy, a child who took care of the cows, surounded by other children, playing in the garden, making toy dolls out of corn or from sheets of cloth and searching for the perfect cabbage leaves to make toy boats and sail them down the creek.
Ever since I was a child I liked to observe: my grandmothers house was in the middle of the village, in front of the Community Home. There, every Sunday I admired brides and wedding participantes and in the weekdays I watched as people came down from the hills with the cows or carts with hay. My grandmother was the first who taught me how to give, to care for the others, to be an active member of the community. She was the one other people came to when they needed advice or to borrow a tool, she was a midwife, we went together at funeralsț requiem mass, we visited her brothers; one was a teacher, the other was a cantor at the church. All of them where contributing to the life of the community.
These two defining own traits, to observe and to contribute inspired me to attend Training High School and then the Psychology and Educational Sciences University. Currently I work as a school counselor and Adlerian psychologist and I continue doing what I had learned during my childhood: to care, to help, to be creative, to play, to make friends, to communicate, to adapt, to love and respect other people and the nature