Self/Talk - (W)inner words

The greatest journey you will ever take is the journey within. – Rumi

As humans, throughout the long history of our existence, we have learned to express our thoughts and feelings through words. However, let’s try thinking backwards: have you ever wondered how the way we use language affects our perceptions, experiences and feelings?

“Be careful of your thoughts, they may become your words. Be careful of your words, they may become your actions. Be careful of your actions, they may become your habits. Be careful of your habits, they may become your character. Be careful of your character, it may become your destiny”, as an ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, gives us food for thought about the significance of creating a healthy and encouraging image of ourselves, for ourselves and for others.

The aim of this workshop is to give you a new perspective on the connections between our words and thoughts, and therefore our behavior. You will embark on a journey through everyday phrases that most people use, and along the way, you will come across a question: ‘Can we change our perceptions and experiences by altering our words?’ 

With the guidance of our moderators, you will have the opportunity to explore how language can structure emotions, thoughts and behaviors and find a way to improve the effectiveness of your communication with yourself and others.

Be sure to apply for ISWiB 2023!

Aleksandra Denda is a singer-songwriter, music educator and music therapist, whose music has been featured on projects nominated for Grammy, Latin Grammy and Emmy awards.

After her scholarship-awarded studies at Berklee in Boston, Aleksandra was based in the centre of the world music scene – New York – for 7 years. She currently resides between Spain and Switzerland.

Aleksandra’s career was completed by numerous collaborations with prominent musical artists in America (Patrice Rushen, Marko Djordjevic & SVETI, Women of the World, Joey Blake, Jose Merce, Thana Alexa, Antonio Sanchez, Albino Mbie, Big Mike (of American Idol)), as well as performances in some of the most prominent concert halls and clubs – Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, MoMA Museum, Blue Note Jazz Club, United Nations Headquarters.

As an educator with 15 years long experience, she held music and creative workshops in America, India, Switzerland, Spain and Serbia (MoMA NYC, Circle World Arts, Art Now, Global Music Institute, Campfire Collective).