Composition Work: an artistic-contemplative method for work with emotions and identity.


Connecting to and unfolding the richness of the inner world.


Nurturing inner compass: empowering from within.


Re-composing identity.

Compositionwork is a contemplative method to deepen emotion-awareness and explore the richness of the inner world as a guide to growth and change. It helps to connect with a preverbal embodied felt dimension of the self which is a source of potential new meanings. The artistic way of working allows creative experimentation and symbolic expression that reveal meanings and experiences that go beyond words. It is a method to facilitate and deepen the process of coaching and therapy by strongly engaging processes related to the functioning of the right brain hemisphere: feelings, sensing, preverbal experience, processing of new sensed information in the present moment, artistic perception and creativity. The method is based on the internationally known theory of the Dialogical Self (Hermans, 2000) and the contemplative-aesthetic tradition of Japanese Zen-gardens.The method has been originated by dr. Agnieszka Konopka and prof. Hubert Hermans in 2006. It is used and published internationally.

For whom

For individuals who want to address questions about themselves. For Practitioners who want to apply Compositionwork in their own professional practice read more…

What People Say About Compositionwork

The 4 days emotional coaching with Compositionwork workshop is a magic experience to me. I’ve experienced amazing exploration of myself. The body knows. Our emotion expresses only little through words but more through our body. Agnieszka has extraordinary skills in facilitating the workshop and her compassion and caring of each participant is amazing.

Shohung Wang, HRVP

Shohung WangHR Vice-president, Novonordisk
Kasia Gorhover

Interesting experience which works through the senses and allows to discover a landscape of emotions and thought. A garden of my own inner world. It is worthwhile.

Kasia GorhoverPoland

It is an amazing journey with self healing power. The emotional transformation occurred in an elegant and respectful way. The growth for individuals is elevating and empowering. Agnieszka is an experienced coach with compassion, authenticity and professionalism. Her accumulation of knowledge and experiences over years enable her to intervene with a lot of spontaneity. Thanks Agnieszka for bringing such  beautiful method and products to professionals and business leaders in China. We definitely want you back.

Joanne Zhang, PhD

The Compositionwork training and emotional coaching with Compositionwork are one of most important milestones in my life. They really opened a new world for me! I grow up with high appreciation! Thanks a lot, Agnieszka

Sandy Dong, HRBP Shanghai, China

Sandy DongHRBP
Peter Gabor

The training was a trigger point for the process of coming back home. Coming back home to myself. Although it causes some adjustment hardships for me and for the people around me, it feels awesome!

Peter GaborEuroguidance, Slovenia

Agnieszka, I have heard before some masters (they call themselves) delivering lectures about emotion and how to deal with emotions. During these 4 days I realize the difference between heart experience and a touch of mind. I feel so grateful to have you as the master coach. I believe that it will make a huge difference in my life. Chinese culture has a lot of similarities with psychology. I have experiences this similarity in these days. You are my role model in emotional coaching. I so admire your professionalism, peaceful kindness and compassion. You are just like Boddhisatva.

Genky ZhangVice President - ‎Korn Ferry Hay Group
Marja Legius

Well facilitated, step by step workshop for personal and professional learning. A creative process of discovering self. Passionate, capable and caring facilitators (Agnieszka and Wim).

Marja Legius Fontys, The Netherlands
Małgorzata Smaga-Szczepańczyk

It is a unique visual form of work with a client, especially in coaching. It gives a special possibility of looking at yourself and life from a new perspective. I sincerely recommend it!

Małgorzata Smaga-SzczepańczykErikson Professional Coach, Poland
Andrzej Tutkowski

It was very insightful to see inner patterns and areas of possible changes in my own self and hopefully in my life. These observations were spontaneous, easy and natural. Very interesting method.

Andrzej TutkowskiPoland

This workshop on emotional coaching with Compositionwork is not only a learning process, but also a great healing for all of us. By combining her professional skills and most important of all, personal qualities, she has healed, enriched and empowered each of us. I want to be her follower.

Lily Chen

Lily ChenInspire Group. Partner.

This emotional coaching with Compositionwork workshop with Agnieszka has been an eye opener, mind cleansing and heart-lightening journey. She is like a miracle-worker with powerful tenderness who can help us open up. She gives us the space and freedom to confront ourselves as well as the courage to evoke our inner sources of power.

Wufeng, Tan. Ph.DInspire Group, Partner

This is a wonderful and amazing experience to go through the emotional coaching with Compositionwork program in the past 4 days. We got a lot of tears out and joy together with the dearest teacher, Agnieszka and other classmates. It is my first time to experience how powerful emotional coaching can be when Agnieszka stepped into everybody’s heart during each of coaching session.

Highly appreciated to have such an opportunity to learn from this heart-touching teacher-Agnieszka! Thank you a lot.


Background & Features

Compositionwork is based on the internationally recognized psychological theory of the Dialogical Self (Hermans, 2000) and the contemplative tradition of Zen gardens. Compositionwork has been founded in 2006 by dr. Agnieszka Konopka and prof. dr. Hubert Hermans. It has been further developed in coaching and training and education and is applied in a variety of countries.

Important features:

  • The method uses natural symbolism as a source of self-insight and growth. In Compositionwork the inner world is externalized in a symbolic form of a landscape consisting of stones and sand.
  • Externalization is a powerful process used in compositionwork for creating insights and enlarging inner freedom. In the process of externalization personal experience is translated into a symbolic landscape that ‘speaks back’ to its creator.
  • Compositionwork uses the potential of both brain hemispheres, which optimally enhances learning processes.
  • Differentiating aspects of yourself, energies and emotions allows for learning about one’s inner richness and potential. Accessing hidden aspects and deep emotions creates change, energy and new motivation.
  • The method uses the transformational power of abstract art and creates conditions to discover the artistry in who you are
  • Compositionwork has a strong scientific basis and an integrative view on the self that guide interventions and allow to understand the mechanisms of change and development.