We regularly ask for feedback from our students so that we can monitor if changes need to be made, here is some of the latest feedback.
Naomi – Wheat Cohort (2019-2022)
After two terms at Tobias we had to go into nearly a year of Lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic which was really disappointing after enjoying the environment of Tobias and the warm close working relationships with staff and fellow students.
However very soon via email and zoom meetings we were able to maintain continuous coursework and supported personal projects.
It is as though zoom meetings have always been part of the teaching methods, not something which the whole world had to adapt to last Spring.
Honey – Modular Student – Cherry Tree Cohort (2020-2024)
I am truly appreciative and thankful to Tobias School of Art and Therapy for having the course online during this pandemic. The learning experience for the first module was superb and the lessons were so well planned and prepared. All tutors were very considerate and supportive in all aspects, which included technology support. Reading materials and information that were needed for students to follow up on was easy to access on the Tobias’s website. All this has made the learning very effective and lively.
It was amazing to meet course mates from different countries at different time zone online too. The interaction between students via WhatsApp has its beauty and closeness.
I have been enjoying my online learning and looking forward to the next module.
Rosie – Rice Cohort (2020-2023)
My beginning at Tobias was filled with excitement and the course has continued to interest and inspire me. In the short time I have been at Tobias, I have learned so much, met lovely people, both students and staff and I know I have grown as a person. Going online left me feeling a bit bereft. I missed the calm, supportive environment wrapped in nature. However, I am grateful for the Technology that helped us to continue our studies. It has been a ride the last year because of the Pandemic, both restful and anxiety ridden at the same time and I am thankful to be a part of this course with its experiential and therapeutic nature.
Sonia – Modular Student – Cherry Tree Cohort (2020-2024)
Enrolling into the Tobias community has been one of the most rewarding decisions for me. Lockdown in the UK became a time to really think about those things that are personally important or even bigger than that. The online learning with Cherries (our cohort name) as a modular student has brought me great experiences; new compassionate colleagues, genuine listening and sharing with a richness of new ideas. I am loving everything about this course. Even learning online has worked so well. I feel a part of something very special and am excited to hope for an actual meeting with these generous people soon.
Andrew – Modular Student – Cherry Tree Cohort (2020-2024)
Approaching the course in a time of pandemic brought forth a mix of excited anticipation and disappointment at the virtual medium that global circumstances imposed. Concerns were quickly and forcefully allayed by the quality of instruction, the wonderful good humour of the group, and the artful handling of the technology that allowed the course to be possible at all. The benefits of working from home, beyond the financial, are quite interesting in terms of internalising and contextualising the proposed practices. I am left deeply looking forward to not only continuing the course in person but also in actually meeting my colleagues who already seem like friends.
Drew – Wheat Cohort (2019-2022)
Working online this past year.
Studying and working from home, has opened up a new range of international relationships and possibilities for the way I now work and structure myself. It has also opened up the possibility for bad breath, stinky armpits and eyes burning from the intense blue glow of the Zoom logo.
Working and studying from home over these last few months has given me much more flexibility with my work and study arrangements, with many afternoons finding me juggling graphic design jobs and art projects in my pyjamas, like an excited circus monkey.
Not travelling into central London on busy stressful trains or buses, filled with frowning eyes that tut when you get too close, has been great. I now use that commute time for morning breathing exercises, daily Qi gong movements, and sometimes just more sleep.
Financial savings on travel have also been great as I’ve been riding my bike everywhere, which has pumped up my skinny legs a fair bit, this is a big thumbs up from my inner circus monkey.
The internet has made it possible for me to remain connected to school and with my work clients. Overall, Zoom has made communication so much easier and at times led to more efficient and effective meetings. However, working from home doesn’t provide the full-bodied interaction with my peers that I have become accustomed to at Tobias. I feel that nothing can replace that face-to-face connection with people that we enjoy being with. There have been many times I’ve felt disconnected, isolated and truly depressed about it, and other times when I’ve felt a Burn-out coming on.
Suddenly people have started to settle into this lockdown and are finding ways to make more money. I have become extremely busy with Zoom meetings all over my calendar and online placement sessions. Design jobs are increasing for me too, as everyone is striving for a greater online presence. Before I had a clearer physical distinction between work and home life, but now I’ve begun to find it difficult to differentiate between the two. Some days I just can’t switch off. My frowning circus monkey (illuminated by 2am laptop light), squeals inside me, and his tone suggests the beginnings of a mental health issue.
But thankfully the Tobias School of Art & Therapy has reopened its loving arms, allowing us to return to an environment that naturally nurtures these deep meaningful connections, promoting a truly healthy mind, body and soul. And I have realised that it is my soul that beats the drum creating the true rhythm my little circus monkey wishes to dance to. it is here at Tobias, away from the computers and the loud soundtrack of the city, that I can return to the silence and again begin to hear the rhythm of my soul’s pounding drum.