Who developed Intuitive Pedagogy?

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

Intuitive Pedagogy is based on the life work of Pär Ahlbom. Born in Sweden in 1932, Pär became a successful young composer in the 1960s. Soon after this time, he decided to stop composing and started to work with children, subsequently founding a school where he developed rather unconventional methods of teaching children. He began by training the teachers in a very particular way. Through many different exercises, he led them to train the use of their 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.

 

In addition, the school buildings were constructed to allow them to interact in a special way with the natural environment. Designed with care and consciousness, natural materials were used in their construction. Consideration was also given to the flow of water and air in and around the buildings as well as incorporating all forms and shapes that corresponded with the rocks, hills and trees around them. Many components of the structures were created by hand in order to be in a more harmonious and cooperative 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 have radiated far beyond local boundaries.

 

Beginning in 1998, I invited Pär to Holland, and later to Germany, to instruct parents, teachers, and therapists in the art of intuition. In the following years, increasing numbers of participants from many countries in Europe attended these seminars.

Collage: Thomas Pedroli
Collage: Thomas Pedroli

In the first twelve years alone, Intuitive Pedagogy seminars were 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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