Creative Compassion

Creative Compassion is a practice enhancing self-empathy and empathy for others through the arts

The Creative Compassion practice is designed for building basics of Relational Empathy to contribute to global efforts for peace

What is Relational Empathy?

Relational Empathy (Maureen o`Hara) is tuning in to the whole instead of tuning in to parts only. Relational Empathy is promoting personal and collective growth. It is fostering a sociocentric instead of an egocentric world view

Within the arts Relational Empathy is to tune in to all of what an artpiece is offering: Aesthetics that match your personal interests and aesthetics that are beyond your personal interests. Artistic Relational Empathy is to shift between both kinds of aesthetics with empathic curiosity. Instead of getting stuck in conflicting aesthetic interests you explore the interconnectedness of both sides with care and unconditional positive regard

In social life Relational Empathy is to tune in to inner parts and to tune in to relationships with others and respond to the needs of the persons involved (with all the interrelational dynamics of group collectives that might be contradictious to your personal needs, points of view or moral standards)

Step into Action

Practice Creative Compassion for Relational Growth

Your Journey from Artistic to Social Relational Empathy

Making your journey with Creative Compassion you will stretch your empathy beyond personal preferences and limitations on multiple layers of existence. You learn to

  • cultivate empathy for what feels aesthetically familiar and unfamiliar to you

  • process what provokes unease or looks divergent

  • tune into and connect with different bodily feelings and energy states that might feel conflicting

  • shift your perspective on parts and the whole

  • generate felt meaning in art life and in social life

  • strengthen your sense of collaboration and coexistance


You come to a wider range of social empathy by implicitly training interactive skills through making arts from the body sense

Coming in touch with the body sense (a kinaesthetic sense of inner truth emerging from the body's inner wisdom) your can find new ways of being in the world that make you feel more at home with where life is placing you

The benefit of operating from the body sense will be accessable by following the Creative Compassion art directives


The art directives you are introduced to come from different therapeutic art approaches: Museum based Art Therapy, Sensorimotor Art Therapy®/Guided Drawing®, Dynamic Shape Drawing (anthroposophic art therapy) and Focusing Oriented Expressive Arts FOAT® (integration of Focusing oriented Therapy and Expressive Arts)

You will be guided by art directives for warming up, art directives for stepping into the process and art directives for developing your process further


Your Creative Compassion practice will be supported artistically by artwork of an early pioneer of Modern Arts, the German artist Adolf Hölzel. The artwork of his students, The Hölzel Circle, had been banned during the 1930s and 1940s by Nazi persecution

Hölzels simple pastel drawings serve as reference pictures for your receptive-active arts engagement induced by the Creative Compassion art directives (low-skill-high-sensitivity approach)


Transfer from artistic to social Relational Empathy needs some kind of facilitation. A Creative Compassion guide can support you finding action steps that integrate your art experience and life


Expressive Arts Focusing - Creative Compassion © Houcine Ncib / Unsplash

Learn about the story of Creative Compassion as a Museum based Art Therapy practice and read the Creative Compassion blogs

Get informed about Embodied Ployaesthetics, the theoretical foundation of Creative Compassion practice

Expressive Arts Focusing - Creative Compassion ©Svetlana Pochatun/Unsplash

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Making Arts From The Body Sense

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