Jun 11, 2013

Spread the word for Elderly People

Isn´t it a human right to extend your own well being to the point of being able to survive in your own home? As long as you want to. As far as it´s possible. Elderly individuals who came to Ibiza a long time ago, because they love the island for being allowed to live their individuality and creativity, may want to live in their own homes as long as they possibly can. 

Regardless if they are suffering from mental illness or just weak in their third age, many wish is to be at home rather than go back to the country of origin. We may help in that. In many ways we set pillars in daily life, suggest therapies, or work creatively according to the individual abilities. The process of third age is becoming more and more interesting for generations. We bring joy into the house during the period of decision. In that stage the focus and the circumstances can be structured in such way, that a person builds up her own stability in the same time that our well known anchors in life fade away. working with biography and perception, plans, time and space is essential. The island of Ibiza provides a picturesque landscape for the grounding and wonderful places to let the soul get calm. A trustful company is required for singles and for caring relatives when it becomes tiring.

However, physically ok, many elderly people could do with some input and care. For that we provide home care with special social service. We are a team of creatives resident on the island dedicated to accompany older adults. At the moment we are organized one by one, in different areas, we want a support group and we want to be flexible in the community. Each one has his own paths along the island; supermarkets, cafés, certain beaches... we drive all places see well known and unknown. However, the human brain never stops learning, in old age we think we know everything and its a challenge for us younger generation to find new perspectives for the older generation. Both to bring peace and safety as well as to irritate the senses in new ways is what we want in order to keep curiosity alive and hence the brain working. even if it is as absurd, it belongs to life. The more emotions come up the more peace calms down. I am sure we can set up a team of specialists, who rotate according to the needs of the clients.

Information flow in the group and to the public is required as well. We need to share our experience to the topic of old age and dementia. there are as many forms of dementia as many as there are people who have it. Let´s develop a consciousness about this weird kind of movement of the brain, as there is a lot of solution in the disillusion of the mind. While I am writing this, D. is sorting mugs and plates in the kitchen. Today he lets me write - unsusual! 

Distinctively we flow through every day life, methodically we find a way to cope and handle the changes of body and mind when we grow old in the community with friends and care takers. Some may need a personal assistance. an organized company throughout periods of crisis. Long before we need daily care, there we may need to ask for some support, for natural support without interfering the doctors treatments rather than to be in tune with the medical therapies. even doctors could be interested, if the exchange wasn´t too time consuming, to share in social care.   In the future I´d like to start a clubroom where we can give shelter, enhance creative processes and share experience with the younger generation. I would like to invite guests in this space and I myself wouldn´t need to drive so much. Instead, we had one or two artecura-taxis. The daily rythm of individuals is different. 

However, there is spontaneity allowing to drop in and drop out at any time, the activation in our space would be form giving, alerting and comforting many of us, the client and the relatives.  Nameless are the possibilities of projects for clients who are on the island for the season as well  as a kind of social living room / clubroom for residents, we´d provide an open space with kitchen, garden and good parking near by. Close to the road it should be, easy to achieve; this room could be an island on the island. Encounters in the environment of a workshop, atelier, clubroom are delightful and enhance creativity. dropping by for a cup of tea is what we want to provide. 

At first we start at home, after a couple of weeks we want to socialize and spend time with young people. Students in care and entertainment, art therapy or sociocultural management may want to join us. From all over Europe can make their stages here, families can bring their elderly relatives for holiday and take a break themselves, school children can participate in intergnerational creative dialogue programs. In terms of Anti Aging we explore preventative methods; we can practice upcoming young therapies like art therapy (all creative approaches), biography work, garden therapy, natural therapies and yoga. The forum includes doctors and practiocioners, as well as artists.
In this context the community follows spiritual approaches. We  enjoy and rejoice, play and take it easy, too.  Who knows, we may relief the suffering of dementia?

For that we need to inform each other, start a foundation and provide consistantly a professional and reliebale service. We need a central house (office, clubroom, workshop), granny-taxis, tecnical device and… sponsors. Our staff needs good support to be able to do this demanding job diligently.
Then people come to practice, relatives, volunteers and carers take courses and workshops. We share the spiritual, physical and creative offferings of the island. The association´s goal is to be beneficial  for the care of people with dementia and enhance the intergenerational dialogue.

Jun 9, 2013

Develop perspectives, escort people with dementia

Escort People with Dementia, social care for enhancing abilities to stay home for a longer period of time.
Dear friends, creative care wants to catch up with who is self conscious and aware. Cura is care. the art of caring and caring with art and creativity. That´s what I exactly do. There is no exact in art, or it´s absolutely right. Whatever... In this magazine I like to communicate my idea, share experience and, last but not least, tell little stories about the dialogue with various people I am working with. With their agreement, of course!

With the eyes of crazy wisdom and the heart of loving kindness we want to  open perspectives on how to handle confusion in old age. However heavy and strong the subject, it is also to discover and to share a lot of love. 
In this edition of „Artecura Creative Care Info“ I am sharing my vision.with you as a friend.

What most motivates my art work with elderly people (with dementia) is everything melting into the meditative state or creative flow which may occur any moment in the dialogue with old age persons. Wize men say... did you know that parts of the brain melt together in a whole big something else, when you grow old? Reason and emotion melts into a kind of wize intuition, that brings the big humor for life´s coincidences which are never to be seen as coincidences.

Giving space to creativity, spirituality and philosophical approaches combined with (daily) care and company is my intention for all those who decide not to sit in the corner of a care home too early. I´m not saying care homes are bad per se... I´ve been in many over the last decade and there was a lot of good there, but...

However, old age confusion seems to me one of the most terrifying illnesses of human being, it´s a big challenge not only for the person but also for the family and the whole community. The demographic change is already there!.

In my vision we create jobs along with the intergenerational dialogue develelopping a care programe specialized on old age confusion and dementia, educating a new generation of carergivers and last but not least, finding ways to allow relatives to take a break.
Live as long as possible  outside the locks of a care home, means we need to learn to care for the older generation and also collect experience how to prevent ourselves from burning out.
Many people in Ibiza have been going alternative individual spiritual and creative paths. Insights of love and compassion shall come into action in the care of elderly people.
We want people to live an appropiate life in their own home as long as possible and learn with the upcoming challenges.
I like to practice and share what I´ve learned and I want to provide a space of love and exchange for generations.

For more information in particular please send me an email, I will send a pdf-folder.
love and peace

Jun 24, 2012

Exhibition with portraits and intuitive drafts

Testimonies of Encounter
 Exhibition with portraits and intuitive drafts
by Claudia Büeler, Artecura

In San Juan, Ibiza, next to the estanco, we are showing portraits made during art therapy projects. I´m inviting to informal gatherings about creativity as a key to open doors for nonverbal communication which are  helpful in crisis.

Having drawn more than 1000 people during “Artecura Project with Portraits” for care homes, I often experienced how the creative flow opens to another dimension of nonverbal dialogue. In those wonderful moments of encounter something indescribable happens.

I am ready to talk about my experience if you like. Please, don´t hesitate to call or email me, specially if you need to talk or support for elderly, but also for yourself to create a healing portrait that will remind you of what is to find within yourself: love, trust, self-esteem...

Jun 9, 2012

Floweressences in the context of creative care

A weeping wife, anger in the air, a despotic old guy... patterns of behavior, obvious or hidden for me regarding the age of the persons I care for, nothing to be discussed any more. If we didn´t overcome or change till now, how should we be able to move the rocks of obstacles and the cemented paths of patterns that we accumulated in our life and that are standing in our way when we get older? We might eventually have found a way to go around them, to love them or to acknowledge them for what they are. That´s all. But if not? what then? I don´t want to change anybody, nothing is under control anyway. Best case with my experience and my being at ease I am an inspiration. That´s all. By being myself I have an impact. I´m not keen of constructing an impact, rather than being surprised about the possibilities coming out of a good intention and inspiration. Flowers are my little helpers. Maurice Messegue called them the "little helpers", too. Wasn´t he so right?

Walking in the nature I seem to hear them, when they call me. And I seem to even hear them whisper the needing person´s name. Well, that´s esoteric. But what about going with the flow, isn´t that mega esoteric as well?

To use Floweressences  in the context creative care is enhancing creativity and is creativity in itself. You become very sensitive to the dialogue going on and more authentic. You develop your own qualities. Inherent creativity for me in the case of accompanying somebody is being in the creative dialogue with the person to care for. Floweressences help, they are one out of a variety of tools that man can use to help each other. I am grateful to mother nature having found this. That´s all I can say. Having experienced the range of floweressences I am so grateful to the enhanced processes for myself and others. It makes life more pure, more loving, more kind.

In order to inform you about Floweressences by giving examples I wrote about Scleranthus, Vine and Cherry Plum, the flowers I have been recently sharing with somebody. Besides that, of course I am drinking my own flowers: Ash and Astilbe,  Bougainville, Blackberry, St. Johns Worth, Aloe... they are blooming around me, calling me, singing to me: pick me, pick me, pick me, we will help you getting your life straight and easy, releasing you from ambitions, pain and worries and making your ideas come true. If my ideas are meant to be, I want to be a perfect vehicle for beneficial ideas. Beneficial for the wellbeing of man and women around me. Just so. That´s all.

Read my German writing or let google translate it into your language in www.artecura-ibiza.blogspot.com . In any case, you might want to know more or look for somebody who mirrors you. Then feel free to call me: 650 814 805  

Feb 7, 2012

Creative Care - what does that mean?

home sweet home!
Creativity is a great human skill, but either we don´t even notice it or we deny it. We relate creativity with being a genius or being an artist. In fact creativity starts, when you join a few elements to get a result. Creativity is also a wonderful mirror of yourself. In the creative process you may activate your own abilites, your senses, your memories... many things. Creativity goes very well with dementia, it´s great in the dialogue with people with dementia and it brings a lot of fun into everyday life.

Creativity requires material and setting, it is enhanced by needs, lust and the search for solutions.
flower bouquet for the living room

"Artecura creative care" helps the person develop one´s own symbolism. Communication improves again and the person with dementia starts coping with her own state of mind.

We combine Validation (Naomie Feil) and creative processes as well as integrating teachings by Milton Erickson (Creative Choice), Frank Farelly (Provocative Therapy).  

Jan 22, 2012

Nov 22, 2011


Mai 2011: Für ein Seniorenheim in Köln, für das Artecura zum 7ten Mal jährlich beauftragt ist, entwerfe ich ein kunsttherapeutisches Projekt „Märchenkunsttherapie-Dornröschen“. Das kreative Gestalten vertieft den Prozess. Kernsatz soll sein, einen Wunsch für jemanden zum Ausdruck bringen. Der Wunsch soll möglichst konkret sein.
In den Vorjahren war mir hier in diesem Heim aufgefallen, dass die Distanz zwischen den geistig gesunden und den demenzkranken Bewohnern sehr groß ist.Zu dieser einwöchigen Veranstaltung laden wir alle Bewohner zur Teilnahme an dem Projekt ein. Das Märchen „Dornröschen“, wird 5 Tage lang wie ein Ritual vorgelesen, dann gespielt, gemalt und gestaltet. Wir bauen eine Kulisse, tragen passende Utensilien zusammen (künstliche rote Rosen, eine Schaufensterpuppe, viele schöne Kleider, Zauberhüte, ein Spinnrad, eine Babypuppe) und spielen abwechselnd die 13 Feen mit Hilfe der Puppen und Verkleidungen. Streng mahnt mich eine alte Dame, Märchen seien für Kinder und nicht für 90-jährige Alte, wie sie eine ist. Ich erwidere, dass es meistens alte Leute gewesen seien, die in früheren Zeiten Märchen erzählt haben und dass Märchen sehr viele Botschaften beinhalten. Die alte Dame kommt trotz Gram jeden Tag wieder. Egal, wie „fit“ ein Bewohner ist, sitzen bald schwerdemente Menschen unter uns und demenzkranke, deren Schweregrad wir über die Jahre verschlechtern sahen. So auch Frau S., die in den Jahren vorher immer rege mitgemacht hatte. Sie hatte gesungen und Gedichte aufgesagt, Kollagen gemacht und gemalt. Aber dieses Jahr geht es ihr in der Demenz deutlich schlechter. Beim Frühstück vergisst sie, wie man isst, und bei uns sitzt sie blass und wortkarg in der zweiten Reihe. Sie lässt sich nicht wie sonst zum Mitmachen motivieren.
Wir malen Symbole für die guten Wünsche und erbasteln verschiedene kleine Dinge, die für Freude, Geborgenheit, Fürsorge, Schönheit, Verständnis, Glück und Gesundheit stehen. Wir haben ein Königspaar, eine Babypuppe und das Dornröschenschloss als Kulisse und sitzen im Kreis. Zum Ende des Projekts hin sind einige Bewohner zum Mitspielen motiviert, auch wenn die Szenen spontan und wenig chronologisch gespielt werden. Frau S. verfolgt das Ganze mit scheinbar wenig Interesse, worüber ich sogar –ehrlich gesagt – ein wenig traurig bin. Was nimmt sie wahr? Wir wissen es nicht.
Wir planen, das Projekt mit einer kleinen Aufführung abzuschließen, zu der auch Mitarbeiter und Heimleiter eingeladen sind. An diesem Morgen bin auch ich aufgeregt. Wird es klappen?
Es fängt recht zäh an, daher lese ich noch einmal ganz langsam das Märchen vor. Dann spielen wir, wie es mir vorkommt noch langsamer, die Wüsche-schenken-Szene. Es geht sehr langsam und fast möchte ich aufgeben. Aus einer Laune heraus bitte ich heute Frau S. die Statistenrolle der „Alten, die am Spinnrad sitzt“ zu übernehmen. Auf die Spindel zeigend, rufe ich: „Mütterchen, was ist das für ein seltsames Gerät?“ Da sagt sie, klar und deutlich, wie in dieser ganzen Woche nicht: „Das ist eine Spindel, wie wir sie früher auch hatten um Flachs zu weben. Wir waren ja eine große Familie mit 5 Kindern und da gab es so manchen Streit unter den Kindern.“ Ich setze mich auf die Liege neben ihr, denn eigentlich sollte ich ja jetzt schlafend niedersinken, aber mir scheint, Frau S. möchte etwas Wichtiges sagen: „Da brauchte es manchmal einen…“ sie sucht nach Worten, „eine Person… einen Vermittler. Jemand der den Streit schlichtet. Da musste immer mal jemand den Frieden stiften.“ Sie schaut mich eindringlich an und zeigt dann in die Runde. „Wir Alten scheinen das vergessen zu haben. Wir leben hier Tag für Tag ohne uns zu sehen….“ Pausen, als überlege sie: „Das hier gefällt mir sehr gut… Wissen Sie, lassen Sie es mich so sagen. Wir hier in Köln, wir sagten immer: ´Isch hann disch järn!´ aber das sagen wir uns nicht mehr so oft. Wir sollten uns das wirklich öfter sagen! Und Sie kommen um uns daran zu erinnern!“ Alle klatschen…

Oct 17, 2011

Schlüssel zu Kreativität mit Demenzkranken

Titel: Porträtzeichnen als initiativer Dialog mit Menschen mit Demenz
Teilnehmer: ehrenamtliche und professionelle Mitarbeiter in der Demenzbetreuung
Keine Vorkenntnisse notwendig

Sie wollen sich mit Menschen mit Demenz unterhalten und merken, dass die verbale Ebene, das Unterhalten mit Worten, bedeutungslos ist; es werden unglaublich viele Worte verloren, die keine Spur Ihrer Unterhaltung hinterlassen. Daher wollen wir den Dialog durch Kreativität vertiefen. Der Workshop macht den nonverbalen kreativen Dialog beim Zeichnen von Porträts deutlich. Die Übungen setzen noch vor der eigentlichen kreativen Handlung an. Der kreative nonverbale Prozess ist durch die Intensität der kreativen Arbeit am Porträt besonders gut nachvollziehbar, die Theorie des Vorgangs ist leicht verständlich. Aus diesem Workshop gehen Sie mit einem wertvollen Werkzeug hervor, das Ihre Sicht auf die Eigenschaften des verbalen und nonverbalen Dialogs bereichern und Ihnen beim kreativen Zugang zu Menschen mit Demenz helfen wird.

Jul 20, 2011



In everything that I have experienced so far with dementia, the one thing that cannot be ignored is hopelessness. What maintains those of us who accompany dementia patients, a few moments of care and affection, is not comparable to the severity of the illness’s physical and psychic effects. The great pain that dementia brings with it, the loss of so many brain functions, is indescribable.
I have thought a lot about what it is that moves me over and again to look for potential in bringing together creativity and dementia. Ever more people have found a meaningful way of dealing with dementia in creativity. In official notions of care, too, this idea is gaining in prominence. We search for moments that strengthen us, so that we don’t “burn out” in the everyday of interacting with dementia patients. The patient feels better with everyday creative opportunities. I try to savour the precious moments with dementia sufferers, knowing how transient these encounters are. In this book, I present encounters with the residents of old people’s homes in Germany and Portugal in the form of a diary, though I have avoided specifying places and names so as protect anonymity. I sketched the portraits with the permission of relatives and carers, to whom I would like at this point to express my thanks. The drawings are arranged randomly so that none of the stories in the diary entries corresponds to the face beside it, which is not necessary for understanding the concept of the “Artecura Project with Portraits”. ...

Jul 7, 2011

Projekt mit Portraits

Die im Bereich der Arbeit mit Demenzkranken erfahrene Kunsttherapeutin hat das methodische Konzept „Artecura-Projekt mit Porträts“ entworfen, das sie seit 2001 an Seniorenheimen Deutschlandweit erprobt. Es versteht sich in besonderem Maße als Beitrag zur Aufklärung über das komplexe Krankheitsbild nicht nur im Kontext der Kunsttherapie, sondern will Möglichkeiten der Verbesserung der intergenerativen Kommunikation und interdisziplinären Kooperation aufzeigen und fördern.

Die Kunsttherapeutin arbeitet dabei eng mit Einrichtungsleitern zusammen, die den Austausch mit den Mitarbeitern wünschen. In wenigen Ausnahmen sind Bürgerstiftungen der Regionen die Auftraggeber. Im Lande Niedersachsen hat das Projekt bisher nur ein Mal statt gefunden. Die Kunsttherapeutin vermittelt ihren künstlerisch-kreativen Ansatz der Kunsttherapie im Seniorenheim nicht nur verbal und gestalterisch, sondern auch in Form von Ergebnisberichten (Magazinen) und Abschlussausstellungen. Damit steht das Projekt in der sozialen Öffentlichkeit.