The Authentic Creator

Episode 8


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Tiu is an Oxford educated ritual designer, creative facilitator, inspirational speaker, voiceover artist and musician.


For over a dozen years, she has been creating experiences designed to connect us to our creativity, to each other, to ourselves and to the possibility of wonder.

As a ritual designer, she creates bespoke ceremonies to honour the thresholds in our lives, be that a rite of passage for an organisation at a point of transition, an individual stepping across a threshold in their career or any number of other transformations in work, love, life or death that call for a moment of meaning.

Tiu de Haan works with people of all values and beliefs, as well as working with organisations to bring ritual design into culture change. She recently collaborated with world-renowned neuroscientist Beau Lotto to explore the relationship between meaning making, perception and ritual in an experiential event in New York for a global brand.  

She has designed and led experiential workshops for everyone from 7 year olds to CEOs, working with organisations as diverse as Google, the United Nations, L'Oréal, the Law Society, Lush, the London College of Communication, Leader’s Quest and Panasonic. She is an associate at Meeting Facilitators and Atmosphere where she brings her expertise in creativity, communication and how to make work feel like play. 

She also spent a year creating bespoke experiential adventures for a world leading department of quantum physicists at the Centre for Quantum Photonics in Bristol University, who labelled me as the “creative angel, sage, oracle and advisor in residence”. (Their words, not mine.)

Her TEDx talk ‘Why we still need ritual’ has had over 13k views and she has been a keynote speaker at Google, Sunday Assembly, Shambala Festival, the UN International Day of Happiness. 

She writes and presents short videos on a variety of topics including creativity hacks, ritual design and ways into wonder, and as a voiceover artist, she has worked with clients such as the BBC, Pearson Education and AXA, and narrated the eight part series The Retreat which is now on Netflix .

Tiu has been featured in The Sunday Times, Amica, Psychologies, ES magazine and Radio 4's Digital Human.  My role as ritual designer at Grace Gelder’s self marriage in 2014 was part of a viral news story that was covered by international media outlets from broadsheets and tabloids to radio and talk shows the world over. In 2012, she co-produced a 36 hour long immersive theatre production for an audience of one in San Francisco, which was covered by the New York Times.

Tiu founded a successful not-for-profit, now dormant, set up to remind parents and children how to connect through playing in nature, which was granted £238k in BIG Lottery funding and went on to run residential workshops for hundreds of families.

She also writes love letters to strangers and leave them in nooks all over the city.



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