Recently, two of my very different practices overlapped harshly in the near same time-space. Speaking about mental health in post colonial polyphonic multiple spaces of consciousness and the emotional labour involved when alter(ed)-identity is rehearsed daily with all public signifiers indexing the erasure of these same selves. https://www.r22.fr/antennes/sollicitude-publique/therapies-for-reason Writing and performing original text with creative…Read more Rester Etranger – Another Country
I was told by the interpreter that the kurdish say the mountains are their friends when they have no other friends. Working in Northern Iraq Autonomous région of Kurdistan was revelatory, because it meant thinking through things or rather through non human beings, in order to help the local psychotherapists there learn new approches to…Read more Therapeutic Landscapes – 8000 years old
A COVID-19 Crisis Clinic with Black mental health professionals to respond to community distress credit image Shutterstock A group of therapists and psychologists from the Paris based Collectif PsynoirEs is on call and providing free consultation services to those who are feeling isolated and vulnerable given the current context. The international sanitary crisis and the…Read more Crisis Clinic Covid -19
A radiophonic opportunity came my way recently when I met up with the founder, mover and shaker of Afropolitaine an exciting expressive platform for urban black women in the greater Paris region. Melissa creates content and organises events that impact the lives of a visible but invisible community. It was a pleasure to share a…Read more Afropolitaine
A September Song. 2019. With the foreign and sweet nostalgia of Lotte Lenya. I had not returned to the country of my birth....since my birth. Paris to Frankfurt on the high speed bullet train. Then Frankfurt to GieBe on a regional train. And then on again to Grunberg by local train. Further and further into…Read more The Conference
The year has been very rich in encounters and professional work beyond the borders of the ateliers. I have been involved in publishing a short contribution to an american textbook on mindfulness and horticultural therapy. The foundation of the french professional organisation Federation Francaise Jardins Nature Santé FFJNS of which I am a founding member and…Read more Where is she now?
After a long hiatus in running the sensory awareness workshops for wellness, it was time to return with what I had learned and time to receive in part the gifts of wisdom that others bring to the group work. This session was dedicated to the question of preservation and the impermanent. Arranging cut flowers according…Read more Still Life, still living
The Seasonal Blues. Some are more affected than others by the reduced sunlight hours. Living in an urban environment where we can only hypothesize that Nature's long dormancy is soon coming to an end, we may not notice the stirrings under the earth, the sap rising, the buds swelling. The birds beguiling mating rituals may…Read more Winter Detox
Artist Paul Klee once said that drawing is like taking a line for a walk. I thought it would be interesting in a recent workshop to have our walk become more concrete as we left traces or lines wherever we passed. My hypothesis was that this near walkscape type performance might be a way of…Read more Continuous Drawing?