What does Qwan stand for?

Qwan is an approach to work with  for oneself and in partnership with others. It operates as a dynamic balancing force between interdepandant paradoxes such as chaos and order, expansion and contraction, onness and unique individuality.

The name is partly inspired by Christopher Alexander and for him it means a quality without a name (A Quality Without A Name)

This oneness, or the lack of it, is the fundamental quality for anything.  Whether it is in a poem, or a man, or a building full of people, or in a forest, or a city, everything that matters stems from it.  It embodies everything. Yet still this quality cannot be named.”

Christopher Alexander – The Timeless Way of Building

Qwan stands for “wholeness in Vietnamese. Kwan also stands for harmonious whole. “Kwan” within the Akan people means “way”. Within this people in Africa I have also found a wonderful saying that goes like this: Ananse Antonn kasa. Which translates: Ananse (spider) did not sell the speech.

The spider Ananse is a very domineering character in Akan tales. What is meant here is that the spider realized that speech and wisdom belongs to all people and can not be claimed as the property of only one person. Qwan for us is just that, something that is universal and belonging to all. The only thing we have done is developed our own Qwan and created a structure that we have found is very useful for self-development.

Qwan as you see it in this book is not the real Qwan but merely a finger poining to the moon.The real Qwan is up to you to find. The true Qwan is found in life and in the meeting with yourself and others.

Individuation is only possible with people, through people. You must realize that you are a link in a chain, that you are not an electron suspended somewhere in space or aimlessly drifting through the cosmos.

~Carl Jung, Zarathustra Seminar, Page 103.

The logo of Qwan symbolises the all embracing existence in dialog (the red mouth) with the self (the eye). The red mouth/dot also symbolise the unique essence in every human.


The perspectives are the tools you can use in order to actively make progress in your own development and these can be beneficial in many different situations. You are supposed to be able to use the tools again and again in life. When you use them they will show you the difference between theory and practice. They will help you practice your newfound insights

When you use the perspectives you will experience many different sides of them. We also explain each perspective separately. You will continue to develop over time your experiences of each perspective. You will create your own Qwan

Introduction to the method

Qwan consists of a number of perspectives that you learn to use to change different kinds of ideas, thougts and behavioral patterns in your life to achieve your goals.

To describe what our clients and students are actually doing in a very simplistic way; with the help of the coach you discern a blockage (pattern) that you would like to transform and wich you think stands in the way of your goals and then you choose a certain perspective to use in your daily life. For a period of time you focus on this perspective, you train yourself to use it and you investigate it and then you analyze the outcome of this investigation.

We are focusing on 5 areas in an individual’s life that we have seen are important for all the people we have worked with. We call these “steps” in the method and they are presented here in the pedagogic order that we use when we work with groups. Neither perspectives, patterns nor steps needs to be worked on exactly as we present them here but this is an easy framework to use especially when working with groups. When working with individual clients you use what the client is there to dicuss with you.

The 5 Steps are: The Group, Identity, Relations, Love and Meaning. We have worked with groups for periods of five months to a year and also with one on one sessions with individuals. Usually our sessions are for one and a half hour where thirty minutes are dedicated to education in the method. The number of sessions in individual coaching are usually between five and forty.

Whe have seen that Qwan for example works well in the following areas;

  • Sales
  • Behavirol changes in organisations needed when implementing environmental strategies
  • Councelling for couples in relations
  • Life coaching
  • Supporting unemployed people
  • Enhancing results for professional dancers

We do not know where the limits lies for this method but we think that Qwan has alot to offer in many different settings and we would love to see different new uses for the method.

We have developed a certain way of looking at reality in Qwan. This vay is by no means meant to be an objective view but more lika a poetic and inspiring view. We do not propose anything in our method to be taken as literal truths or ideals – the method has a purpose and is pragmatic, describing what we have noticed to work.


Qwan as a method is copyright protected and owned by the companies of Alipsa HB and Fjärilen HB.

  • You can freely use the material at this site as long as you refer to us as owners and founders.
  • All the Images at this site is created by Louise Wersäll and you are allowed to use them in the context of groupwork with the method or coaching.
  • You are not allowed to sell this material in any printed form.
  • We do not certificate coaches but we can recommend you on this page as a Qwan Coach, you then need to contact us for a personal training program.
  • If you would like to work with the method as a selforganized group you can get guidance from us, send us an email and we can tailor something that meets your needs.