Introduction of Rock and Water

The Rock & Water-program is aimed at raising self-awareness of personal strengths and abilities and at learning how to play, work and live together with others in a changing, multicultural society.

Fundamental problems demand preventive actions

The UK is increasingly being shocked by various forms of violence: bullying at school, bullying in the workplace, violence at and around the sports fields, senseless violence in nightlife, sexual violence in the family and in relationships, antisocial behaviour in traffic, violence against police and aid workers. How can these problems be addressed? Heavier penalties do not seem to work, stricter regulations fail to address the cause, and tougher actions cause violence to escalate. It is therefore extremely important to start back at the very beginning with a very simple assumption, namely: “Bullies are not born as bullies”! The same also applies to vandals, rapists and violent offenders. So therefore we need to focus on parents and parenting, schools and education, on neighbourhoods and the community, and on social relationships. That is where mistakes are being made and where problems originate, and so that is also where the above mentioned problems need to be addressed. It is therefore a matter of taking preventative actions and measures; and it is exactly in all of those places that the Rock & Water program is commonly being taught because of its profound, influential and pre-emptive effects.

Scientifically proven effectiveness

The Rock & Water-program is a scientifically proven effective teaching method. This fact is important as the Government and insurance companies increasingly demand that they only work with programs that qualify to this standard. Research conducted by the Trimbos Institute in collaboration with the Rutgers Foundation shows that Rock & Water leads to more self-confidence, more selfcontrol and less sexually unacceptable behaviour. Other research (see website) shows that Rock & Water prevents bullying behaviour and/or effectively addresses this, that teacher-pupil relationships are positively strengthened, that teachers are extremely positive about the training, that it strengthens the social-emotional development of children, and that learning outcomes are beneficial. Children that feel safe can play, work, and learn together!

A Rock and Water documentary ( 50 min.) click here

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" The Rock and Water song " ( made by a very enthousiastic practitioner ) click here

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Loet 45, 1741 BN, Schagen
The Netherlands
Phone: (0) 224 213346
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Rock and Water in the United Kingdom (Coventry, West Midlands)

Gadaku Institute, located in the Netherlands, has set up a new partnership with Rock and Water Ltd.

Rock and Water Ltd is the contracted provider of Rock and Water training courses in the United Kingdom. 

This year the 3-day Rock and Water training course will be held in Conventry, West Midlands. The 3-day Training Course is the most comprehensive Rock and Water experience. The training provides each participant with an intensive overview, the philosophy and theory, and learning many games, exercises and best practice strategies in order to deliver the Rock and Water programma.

The course will be presented by Freerk Ykema, programme author and founder of Gadaku Institute, from the 18th, 19th and 20th of March 2020. For registration or more information about the course: CLICK

Using the Rock & Water method in the treatment of forensic psychiatric patients and in educating staff

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Rock and Water Australia

Rock and Water goes to the Caribbean (Saba)

Rock and Water documentary

Rock and Water: A growing Partnership

Rock and Water song



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