Trust the difficult

A tribute to the work of Paolo Knill (1932–2020)

33rd Expressive Arts Symposium (ONLINE)
From Wednesday April 7th to Sunday 11th 2021

Organized by Inartes Institute, Helsinki, Finland 

and the International Network of Expressive Arts Training

‘Trust the difficult’, wrote Rainer Maria Rilke, beloved poet of the early 20th century. Rilke survived the Spanish flu pandemic, we are surviving the Covid-19 pandemic. How? And what can the expressive arts contribute to our psychic wellbeing in a time of uncertainty, when nothing is the same as before?

As our rational mind comes to a dead end, the creative mind wakes up and has us imagine. We can tell stories, we can listen to myths. Like the one from the dragon who transformed into a princess. Through the arts we can change roles, change poetically the perspective. As Rilke puts it:

”Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses
who are only waiting to see us act,
just once, with beauty and courage.
Perhaps everything that frightens us is,
in its deepest essence,
something helpless that wants our love.”

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet.


Expressive arts educators and therapists from the International Network for Expressive Arts Training will lead experiential workshops searching the theme 
of Trust the Difficult. Workshops are led by:

Markus Scott-Alexander 
& Varvara Sidorova 

The Art of Weaving Threads:

Creating connections within us and 
between us with creativity and care in the midst of difficulty.

Margareta Wärja 
& Beliz Demircioglu

Adversities – Beauty – Healing:

Exploring the tension of soft and hard times in present life through sound and movement.

Melinda Ashley Meyer & Jose Miguel Calderon

Playing with the questions in 

times of Covid 19.

Intermodal workshop.


The participants will be divided into three groups, and with their group they will participate in all three workshops. As a member of the group you will also be part of the group process. Workshops are on Zoom. See technical requirements bellow.


Community Art, a Tribute to the work of Paolo Knill, Lectures, Networking and Panel discussion both live and also as recordings on Howspace platform.


Start: Wednesday April 7th 2021. Welcome lecture at 4 pm CET
End: Sunday April 11th 2021, at 7 pm CET
Headquarters: Former Lapinlahti psychiatric hospital, Helsinki
Place: Online / Zoom meetings and Howspace platform
Language: English
Tuition fee: 350 €


Make sure that you have a stable internet connection. Your computer needs to have speakers, a microphone and a camera. Smart phones as participatory devise are not recommended.

Symposium is full. Thank you for your interest!


The total fee 350 €  must be paid upon registration.

Refund in case of withdrawal until March 15th, with a reduction of 50 € for administrative costs. On later cancellation refunding only when another participant is provided or there is somebody in queue.

Bank transfer in euros (€). Additional charges for international bank transfers will have to be covered by the sender. Please include your name with bank transfer.


Institute Inartes, Lapinlahdenpolku 8 A, 00180 Finland
Bank account IBAN:  FI80 1745 3000 0028 83  Swift/BIC: NDEAFIHH

 You can also send the same info by email to address


For more information contact:

Tel. +358 40 187 2612 / Susanna Partio

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