About Spirit Forge
At Spirit Forge, we believe that what every individual needs to flourish and live a meaningful life is 'connection'. So, when it looks like we have disengaged, really it is that we have disconnected. We have developed a 'Mind, Body and Spirit' approach which draws upon techniques from Philosophy, Japanese Martial Arts, Hip Hop and Emotional Freedom Technique.
Spirit Forge create spaces where individuals can learn how to process their thoughts and feelings, form genuine bonds with the people they encounter in their everyday lives and most importantly, find their unique strengths from within themselves. We believe it is vital to support the current cultural shift, towards integrating well-being and character development into our everyday lives in a way which is non-invasive, enjoyable and empowering.
Spirit Forge was founded in early 2018 to support schools and institutions in providing young people with an alternative and engaging approach to self-development.
Tanga Wanda - Co-Founder and Facilitator
Tanga has a background in Philosophy, Hip Hop and Japanese Martial Arts. Working in schools and communities across the UK as a facilitator since 2014, he has delivered P4C (Philosophy for Children), Hip Hop workshops, as well as trained other practitioners and teachers, working with numerous charities such as 'The Philosophy Foundation', 'Breakin’ Convention' and 'The Icarus Trust'.
He has trained in Aikido and Kenjutsu (Japanese Swordsmanship) since 2003, receiving his black belt in 2013 and has since taught at Tetsushinkan Dojo in North London. As one of the founding members of the Hip Hop Collective ‘Inner Peace Records’, his experience as an artist is something which pours back into his practice as a facilitator, bringing an element of creativity, insight and play.
Education and Certification
Philosophy BA - Oxford Brookes University
2nd Dan - (Aikikai) Aikido & Kashima Shinryu
Level 3 Specialist Philosophy Teacher - Philosophy Foundation (2013 - 2018)
SAPERE Level 2A Course - Philosophy For Children (P4C)
Level 3 ELKLAN - Speech and Language support for 5-11s
Zoe Stevens - Co-Founder and Facilitator
Zoe became a qualified Primary School Teacher in 2013 after graduating from Roehampton University and began teaching in North London, Haringey. Throughout her years working in schools, she helped to promote the development of thinking skills and in 2016, took part in a Foundation Course in Philosophy for Children (P4C). On completion of this course, a specific interest had arisen into the inner workings of belief systems, emotional understanding and the impact these have on our connection to ourselves and our potential. In 2018, Zoe qualified as an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Practitioner after training with a range of clients from young children to therapeutic professionals. Spirit Forge programmes have been influenced by Zoe’s practice in EFT, shining a vital light on the emotional development aspect of the methodology.
Education and Certification
BA Primary Education with QTS – Roehampton University
SAPERE Level 1 Foundation Course in Philosophy for Children
EFTi (formally AAMET)- Level 2 Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner