The Three Day Rock and Water Program

The Rock and Water Program, developed by Dutch educationalist Freerk Ykema, offers educators a new way to interact with students through physical/social teaching. Physical exercises are constantly linked with mental and social skills. The Rock and Water program leads from games, simple self defence, boundary and communication exercises to a strong notion of self-confidence. The program offers a framework of exercises and ideas about how to assist boys and girls to become aware of purpose and motivation in their life. Topics include: intuition, body language, mental strength, empathic feeling, positive feeling, positive thinking and positive visualizing. Discussion topics include bullying, sexual harassment, homophobia, life goals, desires and following an inner compass.

Four leading threads are inter-related in the program:

Physical exercises are constantly linked with mental and social skills. The program leads from simple self defence, boundary and communication exercises to a strong notion of self-confidence. The program offers a framework of exercises and ideas about students and manhood to assist boys to become aware of purpose and motivation in their life.

Topics include: intuition, body language, mental strength, empathic feeling, positive feeling, positive thinking and positive visualising. Discussion topics include bullying, sexual harrassment, homophobia, life goals, desires and following an inner compass.

1 Grounding, centering and focusing
Learning how to stand firm and relaxed. How to concentrate your breath in your stomach and focus attention (first external, later transformed to an internal goal).

2 The golden triangle of– bodyawareness– emotional awareness– self-awareness
Emotions are expressed in the body by way of muscular tension high breath/ low breath etc. Therefore, increasing body-awareness can lead to more insight and experience of one’s own patterns of reaction which, in turn, can offer a chance to deepen and further develop emotional awareness and self-awareness.

3 Communication
The development of physical forms of communication as a basis for the development of other, more verbally oriented, forms of communication.

4 The Rock and Water concept.
The tough, immovable rock attitude versus the mobile, communicative water attitude. This concept can be developed and applied at various levels: the physical, the mental and the social level. At a physical level it means that an attack can be parried by firmly strained muscles (rock) but also — and often even more effectively — by moving along with the energy of the assailant (water). At a social level — for instance in a conversation — it is also possible to choose between a rock or a water attitude and the same choice applies to the way in which one maintains relationships with others. Finally, at a spiritual level, the apparent opposites between rock and water disappear. Insight and experience come about when a realization occurs that both ways are needed to reach self-fulfillment and that people, in their deepest essence, are connected to each other and travel along a path together.

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