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October 2023

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Freerk Ykema Interview

“They’ll learn about themselves, social skills, social insights, it will develop self regulation, self confidence. It’s not very helpful to talk with young people about how they feel, we have to do something”
Freerk Ykema, founder of Rock and Water.

Earlier this year, we had the pleasure of hosting a visit from Freerk Ykema, the director of the Gadaku Institute and the creator of the Rock and Water program. Hailing from the Netherlands, Freerk took the time to engage with our students and educators, working collaboratively to elevate their proficiency in the program.

Since Rock and Water was first introduced to Australia in 1998, it has impacted the lives of over 15,000 educators, youth workers, chaplains, and counsellors. Freerk’s belief in the program’s effectiveness lies in its departure from traditional teaching methods such as sitting in a classroom. Instead, Rock and Water incorporates a dynamic physical element, creating a more engaging and impactful learning experience.

Take a look at this video that interview Freerk as he explains why he developed Rock and Water, and how it came to life in Australia back in 1998.