Understanding how people respond to trauma is the basis for creating a place of sanctuary. Creating a sense of safety and security is only possible when we all understand the nature of both individual and organisational trauma. Everyone at Body & Soul works together to build and nurture a community and environment where healing and learning can thrive hand in hand.
Body & Soul recognises the resilience of members in stepping through the door for the first time, but we also know how much we can positively affect what follows. A therapeutic journey begins before a workshop or a therapy session and involves all our senses, consciously and subconsciously. From the first day services opened 21 years ago, Body & Soul has focused on the physical and human environment and approached design through the perspective of its members, always asking the question, “How would that feel?”.
We understand the journey to Body & Soul commonly passes through traditionally institutionalised, sterile environments that can feel oppressive or unwelcoming. Body & Soul is designed to every level of detail, to be the antithesis of this, to create a sense of safety and welcome. Through our partnerships with architects DMFK and a range of interior design specialists, our building not only communicates visually, but emits warmth, acceptance and value where often these can feel in deficit.
We have strived to source materials that invite exploration and connection. Curious alcoves in the reception tempt passers-by to look further, the marble-chipped floor urge you to remove your shoes, and the felt wall-art requires to be stroked. Space is understood by how it connects to all our members, and cared for so that it can provide order amidst lives characterised by disorder.