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systemic sensing

Systemic Sensing is an experiential participatory practice which connects our vast body-based awareness with the structure of our rational thinking. Like in a theatre performance, concrete events are represented in time and space, a kind of moving picture which discloses the dynamics underlying a situation or context. It shows new perspectives, leading to innovative insights and solutions that are respectful of the community and in balance with the ecosystem.
The sessions are held either through an online platform (zoom), or in physical presence. We work in group or one-on-one settings.
The duration of a session is about 1,5-2 hours.

systemic sensing process

Based on a 4-stage process, we customise our service according to your need and inquiry:

1
clarifying intention

clarifying the challenge
and formulating
the intention

2
sensing

body-based exploration of the challenge to gather information

3
sensemaking

harvesting and making sense of the gathered information

4
integration

follow up
and support for
implementation

Our services are provided both online and face-to-face.

possible applications of systemic sensing

architecture & urban design 

  • to inform architectural design and urban planning
  • to counsel on energy choices: solar, hydro, wind, etc.
  • to expand our connection to the natural environment and to each other
  • to recommend land use

land & property

  • to inform on buying, selling and use of land & property
  • to investigate the suitability of land or property for a specific project
  • to pacify the land where past events impact present projects – conflicts, mining, deforestation, pollution, migration, expropriation

environmental issues & land use

  • to soothe the land where past events impact present projects – mining, deforestation, pollution
  • to appraise land use – reforestation, development of the land and landscapes, development of communities interacting with the land
  • exploring sanitation cues for polluted land

systemic sensing’s
case studies

How to find new inspiration for our tiny house concept?

ARCHITECTURE & URBAN DESIGN 

Our client, this architect studio, wanted to upgrade their “tiny house” concept.

During the sensing, we first reconnected with the original concept, then looked into what its next prototype would look like. 

A major outcome of the sensing showed that rather than a new version of the original concept, the ‘tiny house’ would come in several versions designed for specific target users. A further outcome offered details on light, target groups, mobility and relation to outdoor space. 

The sensing experience gave the client innovative input to start designing new versions of their “tiny house“ concept.

Is it really the right place for my project?

LAND & PROPERTY

These private clients planning to set up a place for community building around living, working, culture, connecting and farming found a location that seemed suitable to host the project. A number of points required more clarity before taking a final decision : the potentially sensitive relation with the current owners (several members of a family), the health & quality of the land (located close to a business park), and since the location is an old farm, the likely historical wounds lingering in its walls or soil. They approached us to explore whether the venue was the convenient one for their specific project.

A major outcome of the sensing was more clarity on the interrelation between the different elements (the project, the venue, the land, the actual owners, …) as well as the dynamics related to the history of the land.

The sensing provided substantial insights to the client to support a clear decision about acquiring the property.

What would be the impact of digging a well at a depth of 20m-50m on the meadow?

ARCHITECTURE & URBAN DESIGN

This studio of architects approached us about a private home they were renovating in the countryside. They wanted to reach a balanced relationship between the existing structure, the new building to come and the surrounding nature.

The first outcome of the sensing showed the interrelation between the different elements of the building site, as well as each element’s influence on the others according to their position. 

A further outcome revealed the impact of nature on the project, and of other surrounding elements (the neighbour, a water well,…). 

The sensing gave insights and indications to the architects on how to create the desired balance for the project as a whole.

What resources will be needed for life to be restored in the river?

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Resulting from an environmental incident, the river was significantly polluted by strong oxygen shortage over several tens of kms which killed 90% of the river’s living organisms. Local residents, touched by the environmental impact of the incident, felt urged to look into potential actions to help bring back life into the river.

The sensing gave insights that showed what resources were needed for life to be restored in the river.

How to create a balanced architectural project, inclusive of users needs & experience ?

ARCHITECTURE & URBAN DESIGN

During a process of citizen engagement sponsored by a local administration, we sensed into the field with a variety of stakeholders (engineers, architect, citizens, civil servants, decision makers, associations, …) on the major urban development plan involving an ancient bridge and its surrounding area.

Some of the outcomes – how users, and particularly children, long for and seek closeness with the river; how the adjacent park feels separated; how nature feels uneasy and left out in this part of urban environment – had a critical impact on the architect who then integrated these key elements in his conclusive proposal: terraces along the water are being constructed today; facilitation of fluid soft mobility between the park & the river is being implemented.

TESTIMONIALS

“The Systemic Sensing sessions were facilitated with great confidence. This gives us, participants, the required trust to really let go and be fully available for the sensing experience and for the information to arise through us in service of a given project. What I also find rich in the sensing work is that it is not just in service of a single individual. It is about projects everyone can relate to. In being a participant, you’re not only giving, you’re also contributing to meaningful projects.“

― Aline Stukkens

TESTIMONIALS

“The Systemic Sensing truly allowed me to have clarity on what is at stake on the location we considered. It made the potential challenges visible. This obviously is very precious prior to committing (or not) in full awareness of the system, with sensitivity and intuition. The presence, posture & methods used by the facilitators were supportive and in full service of the caller’s process.“

― Carole Janssens

TESTIMONIALS

 “What I am touched by every time is when we enter the ‘field’ and its power, intelligence and how it guides towards transformation. It is a journey in allowing the knowing to emerge from a place I know nearly nothing of. This work supports me in connecting to some kind of universal wisdom, a library of resources, a network of invisible connections. It invites me to trust.
While working online, I was impressed by feeling part of the field together with the other online participants, even though I was on my own in a room.“

― Sophie Renard

visual

sensing

Visual Sensing is an art practice that can take place during Systemic Sensing sessions and embodiment sessions. It is the process of making what emerges in the Systemic Sensing session visible in the form of an artwork. The artist does not only captures what is being said or seen, but also what wants to emerge, what the “social field” is bringing to life.
This practice helps the participants of a Systemic Sensing session to acquire an even deeper and comprehensive understanding of what happened in the subtle field.
The artwork can be digital images, a big painting on a support, or mixed techniques using elements of nature among other things.
For coaches and embodiment facilitators: Visual Sensing can also take place during your embodiment or coaching session, contact us if you are interest.
Visual Sensing during the online embodiment practice group, “Unfolding the Invisible”.
The artist was watching the participants moving in their space and at the same time she was painting.
When the Visual Sensing  was finished the artist guided the participants in a Resonance practice: they looked at the artwork and say what “they saw in it, they sensed and what they felt by looking at it”.
Acrylics, pastels on paper.
Visual Sensing during “SPT in Nature (or not)” online embodiment group session.
The participants were moving in their space and the artist was watching and painting at the same time.
Before the session the artist went in nature picking up props that she have integrated in the artwork.
When the Visual Sensing was finished she guided the participants in a Resonance practice.
Acrylics, pastels and props on paper.

trainings

How to cultivate personal embodied presence through guided practices ?
How to sense into ourselves and into our contexts, trusting the experiences in our body ?
‘Embodiment for dummies’
In our sensing practice – ‘sensing’ as in ‘perceiving with the senses’ – our human body with all its feelings, sensations, intuitions, emotions, relation to space, objects and others is our primary working tool.
Often, our client’s first reaction is to say: ‘But I usually don’t feel anything! How can I learn this?’. This is precisely what gave us the drive to propose this workshop ‘Embodiment for Dummies’.
In a playful yet initiating way, we will guide you through a series of exercises and interactions which will help you contact your innate capacities for perceiving and sensing. You will discover the vast field of subtle and omnipresent information that is always there for us to sense into for ourselves, our projects, our inspirations, our endeavours, our lives.

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