Who developed Intuitive Pedagogy?

Pär Ahlbom, photo: Charlotte Fischer
Pär Ahlbom, photo: Charlotte Fischer

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Intuitive Pedagogy is based on the life work of         Pär Ahlbom. Born in 1932 in Sweden, he became a successful young composer in the 1960s. Soon after, Pär decided to stop composing, started to work with children, and subsequently founded a school, where he developed rather unconventional methods of teaching children. First of all, he began to train the adults in a special way. Through many different exercises, he trained the use of the senses to a very high degree. Thus equipped, the teachers were then able to work in a way that directly corresponded with the needs and potential of the children. Also, the school buildings were constructed so that they interact in a special way with the natural environment. Designed with care and consciousness, natural materials were used in their construction, as well as considering the flow of water and air in and around the buildings, and incorporating all forms and shapes that correspond with the rocks, hills, and trees around them. Many things were created by hand to be in a more harmonious and co-operative relationship with the elemental beings in the surrounding environment.

 Solvik Skolan, photo: Thomas Pedroli
Solvik Skolan, photo: Thomas Pedroli

In this school, children and teachers worked together in an atmosphere of freedom. The daily movement exercises, the highly valued importance of music and the arts, the annual festivals celebrated by the whole school community with great staged plays, and the conscious use of natural resources, were some of the elements of Pär Ahlbom's work that radiate far beyond local boundaries. Beginning in 1998, I started to invite Pär to teach parents, teachers and therapists in the art of intuition, first in Holland, and later in Germany. A growing number of participants from many countries in Europe attended his seminars. In 2003, along with Pär and three other teachers, I initiated the first of four, three-year trainings in Intuitive Pedagogy, starting with 80 participants from different European countries.

Collage: Thomas Pedroli
Collage: Thomas Pedroli

In the first twelve years alone, Intuitive Pedagogy seminars had been held with Pär in 24 countries on four continents. Since 2016, a new generation of seminar leaders, trained by Pär, have taken over a substantial part of the teaching, although now in his eighties, Pär still continues to travel to quite a few countries, and inspires many people all over the world. 

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