"The ability to observe brings freedom;
the more the method is inside me
the more freedom I will have."
Marco Baron


"The method provokes seeing.
I can see my own seeing,
think into my own thinking..."
Pablo Handi


...and as I do so I begin to be able to
see through to what is really alive
(and the invisible appears
as a visible entity)."
Pablo Handi


"The invisible is only able to be made visible
because I am holding its existence.
So we are responsible to hold the existence
of a phenomenon. It will only 'happen' if I see -
I am part of the method."
Juliana Cortez


"This place that I open in me
is already an intervention."
Marina Minari


"Your only way in
- to build all your power
in order to surrender.
Your only defense - irony."
Denise Castro

Welcome to the Proteus School of
Reflective Social Practice


A really different approach to working with complex social processes


We work with what it means to see social situations as alive.


There are no frameworks for resolving social problems. We encourage participants to develop new ways of understanding the world and their work, and particularly to develop new faculties to read situations and engage in practice, to develop greater attention, awareness and openness. We understand that different context and cultures require subtly different ways of working, and that there is no blueprint for all.


This programme offers the possibility of understanding and working with radically different, more appropriate, more organic approaches to social understanding and practice. To work in ways that are respectful of the complexity and true nature of the challenges we face in the social field.


Brochure for the Masters

We are marked by the questions we ask and the language we use. The postgraudate programme presented here is premised on a different set of questions and a different kind of language, and a more engaged, more personal and more tactile way of framing our thinking. How can we get connected to what is alive in others’ processes? How can we develop respect for what is in the state of becoming? For what is about to come, in a person, in a group, in an organisation? How can we become an organ of perception? How can we develop our faculties for really seeing? How can we develop a state of “not knowing”, a state of questing or intentional silence that enables us to learn? How can we develop the capacity of describing a situation in a way that helps the situation’s essential dynamics to be revealed? How can we centre ourselves enough to help without getting caught up in projections that derail our awareness? How can we help people to value living processes so that they trust in the process of life, so they can see it on its own ground?

“This Masters programme lives inside of me as the generative positive change it intends to see in the world …
as I have immersed myself in it, I have witnessed this change process unfolding through me and around me,
in my work and at all the edges of my life. It feeds my life forces in a way that makes the substantial time
commitment and consistent rigorous work it takes seem effortless”.

Tanya Layne, Deputy Director – Learning Network, South African National Biodiversity Institute


“The Masters has challenged me to see and to feel through a much larger perspective, and to articulate this
other perspective into a consistent body of thinking. My practice has transformed, has developed a far clearer
and more radical stance, and a capacity for engaging more effectively in the world as it is, with its many
paradoxes. My sense of myself – in family, activism and professional life – has been completely renewed”.

Eduardo Rombauer, political activist and social practitioner, Brazil

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Quick Information

The School
The Proteus School of Reflective Social Practice is a school of the Crossfields Institute, managed through the wholly owned subsidiary, Crossfields International.


Our Programmes
The Reflective Social Practice programme is radical in that it demands not so much an acquisition of new knowledge but rather the development of new faculties.


How To Apply
You may send queries about this programme, or simply expressions of interest, or of intent to apply. All correspondence will be passed on to Allan Kaplan and Sue Davidoff, programme leaders.


Contact Us
Get in touch. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.