Rituals honour that which is universal to us all. They provide us with a container in which we have an opportunity to create a moment for emotion, reflection, transition and celebration, offering us a way to celebrate not only the big transitions – like birth, love and death – but also bringing meaning to our day to day rhythms, regardless of the values or beliefs we hold. From sharing food to celebrating anniversaries, entering adulthood or embracing parenthood, rituals are fundamental to how we make meaning and afford us the tools to punctuate our lives whether we are starting a new chapter or letting go of something that has come to an end.
When it comes to the idea of “home”, rituals can help us transform a space into a sanctuary and a house into a home – and in the age of the refugee crisis, the digital nomad and the volatile housing market, we might all benefit from the creation of our own 21st century rituals to generate a sense of home to ground us, support us and afford us a place to rest in an ever changing landscape.
In this free talk, part of the Fitzrovia Chapel’s Dwelling exhibition, Tiu de Haan, ritual designer and creative facilitator, explores our ability to create our own secular rituals that inform our sense of rootedness, comfort and belonging.
DWELLING: an exhibition of beauty and attachment in Fitzrovia residencies
Ritual in the Home is part of the Fitzrovia Chapel’s second free autumn exhibition, Dwelling. The show, which explores the design choices, style and perceptions of beauty in dwellings across Fitzrovia, will include pieces and contributions from television presenter, writer and comedian Griff Rhys Jones, TED speaker and ritual maker Tiu de Haan and art critic Tabish Khan. It will also include art and images from hotels, homes and hidden parts of the area.
Exhibition and talks dates
Dwelling is being shown from Wednesday 14 to 28 November 2018, 11:00 to 16:00
Thursday 15 Nov, 13:00, ‘Dwelling – Why and how?’, Faye Hughes and Kate Thorogood
Friday 16 November, 13:00, ‘Reclaiming spaces, Kate Thorogood
Sunday 18 November, 13:00, ‘Rituals in our home’, Tiu de Haan (with BSL interpretation)
Tuesday 20 November, 13:00, ‘Critics’ choice at home’, Estelle Lovatt
Thursday 22 November, 13:00, ‘Home is where the art is’, Hannah Watson
Sunday 25 November, 13:00, ‘A critical eye’, Tabish Khan
Dwelling is supported by Derwent London through the Derwent London Community Fund.
The Fitzrovia Chapel Foundation receives support from the Golsoncott Foundation.
Get free tickets
Please book your free ticket to Rituals in our Home on eventbrite.
Tiu de Haan is an Oxford educated ritual designer and creative facilitator, devoted to the creation of experiences that connect us to ourselves, to each other, and to the possibility of wonder.
Whether it’s a bespoke ritual, an experiential workshop, a one to one adventure or an online course, Tiu’s work offers us ways to shift our perspective so we can see the magic in the mundane.
In the past year, she has worked with the UN, L’Oreal, the BBC and has collaborated with world leading quantum physicists and neuroscientists to explore wonder, ritual and creativity. Tiu broadcasts live to Psychologies online community of 1.4 million subscribers and has given keynote talks at Google, Sunday Assembly and the UN International Day of Happiness. Her Tedx talk ‘why we still need ritual’ has had 15k views.
She lives on a beautiful houseboat in London where she broadcasts content to inspire curiosity, creativity and wonder, from interviewing world leading scientists, creators, artists and entrepreneurs in the Possibility of Wonder to offering online courses on creativity, wellbeing, ritual at work and the art of ritual design.