Consultancy from the International Association for Children's Spirituality: Liesbeth Vroemen

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Liesbeth Vroemen

Liesbeth Vroemen

Liesbeth Vroemen is an independent trainer and consultant living in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Her current work is mainly with primary schools. She runs workshops and training courses on children's spirituality, world religions, and philosophy for children. She also works with schools that are trying to strengthen their collective identity and reconnect with their roots. An important question in this process is: how can we honour and educate the whole child in a culture obsessed with profit, consumerism and quick results?

Liesbeth is co-editor of Hemel en Aarde, a magazine for primary schools on spirituality and religious education. She also teaches courses in 'art-based philosophy for children' at Cultuurcollege in Arnhem. In these courses, artists, people working in museums, and primary school teachers work together. They explore ways to combine methods of philosophy for children with art, art history and creative expression.

Liesbeth was a voluntary youth worker and later co-ordinator of European youth work for Service Civil International. She studied feminist theology at the Nijmegen University and tought religious studies and religious education at a teacher training college. She studied philosophy for children with Berrie Heesen at the Dutch Centre for Children's Philosophy, and music at the Schumann Akademie in Utrecht.

Her expertise and interests include Philosophy for Children, Jenaplan (Peter Petersen's philosophy of education), interreligious dialogue, peace education, ecology and earth-based spirituality, ritual and symbolic thinking, and nurturing children's spirituality through art and (world)music. You can reach her at liesbeth@oblimon.nl.