Date(s) - 24.02.2019
15:00 - 18:00




Welcome to the second SKILL SHARE on Care for the Self. In teamwork with Engagement arts, Artist Commons Brussels. Hosted by Tessa Martin and Nelle Hens.

Sunday 24 February, 15:00 – 18:00
at Artist Commons, Rue des Pierres 8, 1000 Brussels

How can we remain involved, remain present, remain sane and healthy without crossing our personal boundaries? What can we do for ourselves on a daily basis to take more care? Nelle and Tessa will guide you through some of their personal generated tools and offer moments of silence, breathwork, gentle hands on and an open space for exchange.


Nelle Hens

I’ m experience based in working in the field of burn-out and dealing with dis-ease. My personal journey is one of transformation and is the very inspiration of my artistic practices. The outcome of a non-result based research was the development of tools for acceptance and strategies for psychological, emotional and physical self-reflection. Working from a purely artistic individual development to a broader collective socio-cultural engagement. At this moment I strongly focus on how we can work. And how we can work ‘together’.

Nelle dances, creates and teaches. In 2015 she started a personal research on self care ‘ont-moet’ and received in September 2016 a research grant from the Flemish Government. In 2015 she initiated together with writer and media artist An Mertens weekly meditation sessions and silent gatherings in Brussels, named SJFN. Nelle is a member of Artist Commons and ENGAGEMENT. She has followed the Thomas Gordon communication training on personal effectiveness and  is currently deepening her studies in Vijnana yoga and teaching. ‘Vijnana’ is when inner clarity is revealed through personal experience.


Tessa Martin:

I have experience with injury, rehabilitation, illness, and still it has taken me years to accept the consistent dysfunctions of my own body. What I am still researching and eager to share/discuss in a workshop setting is making time, listening and finding practical daily solutions for the body’s needs. I believe strongly in our supportive ENGAGEMENT community that meets regularly, and I believe that we all have a wealth of knowledge and experience that would be a waste not to share. I look forward to hearing new and familiar voices in this workshop.

Tessa is a dancer/performer, a DeeJay, and a pilates teacher passionate about healing and rehabilitating through music and movement. She gives regular workshops for adults called BALLET GOT SOUL that create awareness for pelvic stability & basic anatomy to improve posture, and a physical workout that challenge people physically in a safe fun environment. Tessa is a member of ENGAGEMENT, a member of SHESAID BELGIUM. Artistically she is more interested in political comedic theatre and begins to concentrate more on acting. She continues to upskill as a DJ. She is always broadening her anatomy knowledge and is currently studying/practicing fascia connective tissue hydration for pain relief.


ENGAGEMENT is an artist-led movement tackling sexual harassment, sexism and power abuse in the Belgian arts field. SKILL SHARE are workshops created by Engagement in order to redistribute knowledge and expertise throughout the community. Teachers are paid by Engagement, and workshops are free for participants. All genders are welcome.
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