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Messy Joy

An Expressive, De-Stressy Group Painting Process

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Messy Joy
Messy Joy

Time & Location

03 okt 2023, 20:00 – 21:00

Amsterdam, Wibautstraat 200, 1091 GS Amsterdam, Netherlands

About the event

When was the last time you got seriously messy?

In this playful Knowledge Exchange for Xebia, we'll explore creative freedom,  reflection, autonomy, and boundaries through the magic of making a mess — with paint!  Making a mess is often frowned upon — especially at work. But in the right context, artful play can help us process difficult emotions or stressful situations in a positive, constructive way. Making a mess allows us to safely let go of control, giving us more confidence to face problems when they really matter. There is no right way to carry out making a mess, it is all about exploring and experimenting without restriction.

If you're ready to unleash your wild side at work in a safe, encouraging container, join us for this creative XKE adventure that gives you full permission to play!

  • Foster curiosity, imagination, and exploration
  • Express feelings, worries, stress, and emotions nonverbally
  • Create a tangible connection to your inner child
  • Free your mind and unwind
  • Collaborate creatively with colleagues with no expectations for outcomes

No previous artmaking experience is necessary. 

All materials provided— including a few paper suits to protect clothing!

Are you already a colleague at Xebia? Sign up through the XKE site.

Not a colleague or employee? No problem! We have a limited number of spots for curious explorers from outside! So if you'd like to experience the creative well-being of Xebia's culture firsthand — please RSVP on or contact


Robbyn Layne McGill is a freelance writer, editor, and mixed-media artist who forged her messy, magical career by chasing her passions, wandering wildly, and celebrating the creative path. Through her Amsterdam-based boutique consultancy, Kissing the Muse, she creates and collaborates on a diverse range of projects — from books, blogs, events, and content to workshops, programs, and retreats. As a creative well-being ambassador for Xebia and other organizations, she provides meaningful experiences that transform the culture, reduce stress, and strengthen employee relations. Her mission is to generate sustainable changes and empower colleagues to embrace creative happiness.

Mark van Holsteijn, senior consultant of Xebia's Cloud service line, is a man of many talents and hats. An all-around advocate of pushing boundaries and breaking past limitations, he's committed to cultivating a culture of creativity and innovation.

Photo by Ricardo Viana on Unsplash

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