1952, Educator, Naturopath of Classical Homeopathy, mother of 3
What attracted me to Arno Stern and his Closlieu?
After all these years of being an educator in various fields and
since 1995 the founder of 'Herzlichtgarten e.V. - a place for
children', I may have had to resign first in order to have the time
and space to stumble upon Arno Stern and his Closlieu in Paris by
watching the documentary 'Alphabet - fear or love' (Erwin
I saw his achievement, his discoveries, heard his words...and
immediately realized the significance of his work.
Such a place - a Closlieu - I desired to create. It should be an
extension of the already existing kindergarden.
A room was found in no time: we transformed our (outsorced) office
space at Hasenheide no.93. In the spring of 2017 I was accepted to
Arno Stern's educational program in Paris and became a 'servant of
the painting play'. His teaching about the 'Formulation', as he
calls , his major discovery, fell on 'fertile ground'. During the
last years of my carrier I intensively researched about ' Play(ing)
and holistic health of children'.
Free play in my eyes is essential to a healthy child. Though many
children today lack the experience of at-easeness and the ability of
playing freely. I see my task now in providing an opportunity for it
- by offering playfully painting in this protected,
interference-free space in our Closlieu.
A multi-generational project for all young and young at heart -
between 3 and 99 years.
1961, Occupational Therapist, Caretaker of senior citizens,
Jewelry-Designer und 'Servant of the Painting-Play' since February
Because of a personal crisis 2016 I stepped out of my self-created
treadmill. Not for the first time I was searching for more
authenticity, joy and connectedness. And I found: a long-lost
friend - Maria, a new teacher - Arno Stern and a new approach
towards my favorite way of playing during childhood - painting.
Finally someone had freed it from judgements and the harmful
comparisons with the Fine Arts which had at last spoilt my
painting enthusiasm. Finally my inner (painting) child had found a
And the adult in me felt a new calling - to provide the
painting-play to others - small and large people - who enjoy their
own endless creativity and playfulness.
What is more fulfilling than to serve this purposeless play?