The Tobias Community is a multi cultural, multi-lingual family of students.
Here is what some of them have to say about their time at Tobias:
Aya Husni Bey: 2018 Graduate
I wished to attend Tobias School of Art and Therapy for some time before I was ready to embark on this particular three year adventure; and it did not fall short of that. I walked through the doors of Tobias as if living an illusion, and with the supportive understanding and acceptance from all corners of the teaching and administration team I was able to land with a grounding that has served me well in this world. It was far from what I had anticipated, it exceeded my expectations, and here is the paradox. I entered a school as if conjured up by magic and left more integrated in this world than I have ever felt, and I have learnt to share with others ways to connect and experience the joy of self-empowerment.
Claudia Lee: 2019 Graduate
Being in the course at Tobias has been an incredible blessing. It was subtle at first, but the longer time went by the more amazing it all seemed… it was deep, transformative work, one that has been a capstone for sparking a different perspective on life, chock full of countless defining a-ha moments. It was like being in a soft, gentle cocoon with the wonderful insightful support of the staff, but jumping off the cliff simultaneously at 90 miles an hour into the deep end of growth. With no regrets. I am infinitely grateful to everyone at Tobias for their warmth and for making this experience possible.
Sheila (UK) 2018 Graduate
Joining and studying at Tobias school of art and therapy was the best decision of my career. Not only did I feel enriched with tools of the trade, but for the first time ever I felt completely supported. I felt that instead of trying hard to fit in with the world around me, I could bring my authentic self to light. The staff at Tobias are unusually kind and caring! They went to great lengths to ensure I was coping with my studies and getting help in ways I needed.
I felt part of something very special and I grew in confidence and strength. The support they gave me enabled me to start up a therapeutic arts department in a college that had never been able to offer this to students previously. I felt proud to pioneer this position with them – and the students loved the work.
For anyone who is interested in Art as therapy I would highly recommend joining Tobias. You will find yourself in a world of wonder. You will find gifts that money cannot buy, as you dive into self discovery and creativity. The opportunities for growth are profound.
Nicola (UK) Dec 2018 Graduate
For me, Tobias isn’t just an Art Therapy college, it is a place where you go to learn how to live. My studies have opened up a world of multicolour to me, and taught me to appreciate every human being for who they are and what they bring to this life. I will be endlessly grateful for the fantastic training and the new start it has given me, and to all the wonderful people who make Tobias such an invaluable gem. It has not been easy, but I know that the fruits of my work with Tobias will keep on giving, year after year.
On a personal note I want to say a GIANT thank you! I can’t express how much this course has changed me and my life for the better and the soft presence and encouragement that you all provided has meant everything.
Nandini (India) Dec 2018 Graduate
My time at Tobias has been tough, precious and life changing. I started with fear and doubt in a completely alien environment. But I was able to transform my experience to one of fulfilment and gratitude because of the heartfelt warmth I received from my teachers and guides at the school.
Klari Gaspar (Hungary)
I have been studying here for half a year now and I really like how it is gently shaping me and my ideas. Tobias gives me a new yet very familiar philosophy and understanding of human nature. I feel that my competence to be an art therapist grows without me even noticing it, without any ingrained, too direct techniques. The “system” and the teachers give us a lot of freedom with a lot of support and knowledge. I am already very grateful to be here and I can’t wait to carry on.
Adva Drori (Israel)
I feel very grateful for having had the privilege of studying at Tobias, a wonderful and serious institution, and for the possibility of specialising in anthroposophic frameworks during my studies there. I am grateful even more for the privilege of working the field of art therapy and thus helping so many children.
Since my return to Israel, I have been working in a private clinic in Jaffa, two anthroposophic schools and an counselling anthroposophic kindergartens.
I experience the bliss that results from liberation through creativity, when it is channelled to the right and healthy places. I am delighted to be able to understand children and parents through this wonderful tool and to accompany them through meaningful and intimate processes.
As an artist I feel at one with my own artistic work, expanding and sharing myself more openly and sincerely with my surroundings.
I feel blessed with all of this and thank you for having enabled me to fulfil myself so fully.
Vanessa Snaith (Australia)
The training has stood me well over here in Oz where I can’t keep up with just how thirsty people seem to be for the artistic work which is wonderful. I’ve also had quite a renaissance with my own painting, which was an unexpected outcome of the course….. I just can’t stop now….. forming those habits of having painting projects constantly seems to have set up an ever perpetuating need for the paint brush (or I find myself feeling less than human!) So Tobias and your teaching has certainly opened up and enhanced my life. During my training I especially appreciated the open and creative way tutors and courses at Tobias supported me in beginning to find my own identity as a therapeutic practitioner.
Hannah Simon (United Kingdom originally from Japan)
Thank you very much that you have looked after me so well. I always felt I was supported. It’s been wonderful and amazing journey in this four years at Tobias, and I was really lucky that I could complete it my training.
Barbara Asmal (United Kingdom)
My cohort was a diverse group of students from all over the world drawn together by a common interest. Tobias offered great riches both in the content of the courses and the teachers. The study of Rudolf Steiner`s lectures was at the heart of it then . Some highlights for me ….. apart from the joy of being able to “play” and create with colour nearly every day……. were chipping away at a stone carving, working with clay and getting an insight into eurythmy, speech and counselling skills. Personal projects helped us to get to know one another more deeply and I have fond memories of the social element ……. coffee and biscuits in the courtyard and celebrating the Festivals.
Gerd Eve Thoresen (Norway)
I found the course at Tobias school inspiring and helpful for working with children that have different needs, also combined with other curative work with the children.
Cheri Munske (United States of America)
In addition to painting, drawing and sculpture, I offer individuals and groups other therapeutic expressive arts such as puppetry, storytelling, and writing. This work is deeply fulfilling for me, and it is ever a privilege to share this journey into the soul with another human being. I am very grateful to Tobias for giving me the tools and confidence to work in this realm.
Sheila Mackay: (England)
I was part of a modular course at Tobias. There was something very social and supportive about our group – we came from around the globe and our birthdays circled the zodiac. Our twice yearly meetings at Tobias were very intense, hard work, and enriching, and they stand out as a very special time in my life. Good friends were made.
Anni D’Agostino (Scotland)
I graduated from a Tobias Modular group and have since continued and developed my work. I have been working individually with pupils with special needs at Camphill School in Aberdeen.
During my training I especially appreciated the open and creative way tutors and courses at Tobias supported me in beginning to find my own identity as a therapeutic practitioner.
I work with 14 pupils a week; many have features of Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Some live with anxieties, obsessions, ADHD, challenging behavior and many with difficult family histories.