We are Bloom Consulting, a team of creative facilitators, designers, conveners and artists. We started bloom because we love designing and facilitating conversations that matter, and we want to work with change-making organizations in a creative & meaningful way. At Bloom we believe that together we are more intelligent and innovative than we are alone.
Rehana Tejpar, M. Ed.
After 10 years of designing and leading artful leadership programs within the not-for-profit sector, I became disenchanted with the conventional ways of work in organizations that left me feeling disengaged and creatively stifled. I kept sensing the need for organizations and people who work within them, to live in greater alignment with their values and purpose. I co-founded bloom consulting as a container to design and facilitate participatory leadership processes in organizations, to rejuvenate creativity in individuals, teams and communities and to host conversations that matter. I work with people in a way that invites them to be authentic, explore their creativity and build trusting relationships. I am passionate mother, dancer and theatre artist, and love being in nature.
I have been on a life-long journey of curiosity and creativity, and have spent the last 10 years connecting and collaborating with diverse communities by co-creating learning environments that are founded upon shared values of diversity, love, respect and self-empowerment - embracing a vision of solidarity, social justice and change from the inside-out. I see the arts, theatre and embodied wisdom as portals for transformative capacity, providing space for our souls to dance, breathe and unleash the deep wisdom that resides within. It is through the blending of creativity and value-based community building, that I am able to nurture groups in creating space for each other - to reflect, share, learn and heal alongside one another for the purpose of personal, collective and organizational change. In my spare time I can be found in one of three homes - dancing ecstatically in Toronto, roaming the beaches of rural Nova Scotia or camel riding in by the Great Pyramids in Egypt.
I love co-creating spaces with a bit of magic in the air; where people are able to show up, share, challenge, connect, disagree, grow, get a bit uncomfortable and feel heard. I found this first using theater to explore our connection to our bodies as it relates to our sexual health and care in Vancouver. I have been developing in creative facilitation ever since, working to create spaces that are creative, dynamic, thriving and engaging. I studied international relations and african studies in Vancouver at UBC and traveled to study in Cape Town where I found artists changing the world. This further deepened my commitment to weaving creative engagement into all of my work using art and media to build bridges, connect people and create real change, moving from my masters into my work full time at TIFF in this capacity. I love nerding-out around program design and curriculum development and finding ways to have people connect more efficiently in their work, workplace and teams; from short meetings to long term collaborations and on. I find my home, most days in Toronto though my heart tends to wander. I take pride in being honest and playful, compassionate, observant, happy around people and committed to justice, learning, un-learning and change. Oh, and i love the water and the sunshine.
Naomi Tessler, MA
For the past 13 years, Naomi has been a passionate, creative, facilitator and a leader in co-creating community arts projects globally. She comes to bloom with the zest for deepening creative community engagement, elevating awareness, collaborative leadership and supporting groups to build bridges towards active change. As the Founder and Artistic Director of Branch Out Theatre, Naomi brings a deep practice and expertise in popular theatre to bloom. Naomi’s innate sensitivity and openness supports participants in awakening a deep sense of trust to share authentically, to play, foster healthier relationships and plant their own seeds of inspiration. Naomi is a conscious mother, writer, theatre creator and storyteller who loves frolicking in the forests, mountains and waters and simply following her creative path.
For more info: www.branchouttheatre.com
Moyo Rainos Mutamba, B.A Hon Economics, MSW, RSW, PhD Candidate in Social Justice
I am a bold, caring and thoughtful facilitator with a keen interest in collective work and decision-making processes. My love for hosting began in community organizing, and continued in social service and consulting work. I am passionate about facilitating conversations, curating spaces for productive dialogue, and helping people to harness their deep creativity. Years of witnessing processes in which confusion and chaos evolved into excitement and clarity is what made me believe strongly in well-designed gatherings. This work inspired me to create the Ubuntu Learning Village in Zimbabwe: a land-based collective where I mentor youth and adults in facilitation for community development. At Ubuntu, facilitation takes on a spirit of openness and experimentation, employing music, dance, storytelling, theatre, circle and art of hosting methods to hone in on issues affecting people's lives. To my work with Bloom, I also bring the skills of an academic researcher and a counselling therapist, passionate about individual and community well-being and social change. If you spot me playing mbira, dancing, singing or storytelling in your neighbourhood, say hello!
I consider myself a dynamic, creative and critical facilitator. I use tools drawn from my diverse arts practice, from popular education, and inclusion theory to encourage & host environments that are ripe for innovation! I believe deeply in the transformative powers of community engaged decision-making, equitable knowledge sharing, and creative collaboration to manifest the solutions and strategies we need to live and work with wellness and meaning! Some of my strategies and strengths include graphic facilitation, creative brainstorming, collective ideation, democratic decision-making, consensus building, conflict negotiation and incorporating various arts mediums into facilitated experiences including drawing, painting, mural arts, creative writing, movement, puppetry, performance, role playing, storytelling, mixed media collage, music, song, photography and video. I have worked with diverse community serving organizations across Toronto and cities throughout North America, in rural Ontario, on reserves and internationally using creative facilitation techniques to foster meaningful exchange. I have facilitated for institutions like OCADU, Pathways to Education, and the City of Toronto Arts Services, corporations like Footlocker and Soft Choice, as well as large scale events like The International AIDS Conference, the Pan American Youth Summit and the Emergence Symposium to name a few. I have authored two resources for facilitators; “The Sketch Community Arts Manual”, and “The Artful Anti-Oppression Handbook”.