Practicing active non-activeness in the facilitation of arts-based environmental education

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Based on his personal experience, the author aims to examine some of the key competencies that he considers essential for facilitators of group activities in arts-based environmental education (AEE). In this, participants are encouraged to enhance their sensibility to the environment through artistic approaches. A case in point is a workshop called “making a little me”. Its participants sculpt – while keeping their eyes closed – a clay version of their own seated body in miniature. When guiding such a workshop, it is of critical importance, according to the author, to encourage the participants to suspend their judgments on the art works of others. The facilitator should make every effort to provide a safe environment by practicing “holding space”.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-81
Number of pages13
JournalActa Academiae Artium Vilnensis
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2017


  • arts-based environmental education
  • facilitator
  • teacher


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