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?
Our workshop took place in the gardens of the Père Lachaise cemetery. A fitting location for exploring Samhain, the Celtic new year, a harvest festival preparing the arrival of deadly winter while celebrating the crop yield that will keep us alive. Samhain is also the time for commemorating the links between the living and the…Read more Visage -Contre Visage
Balance is about weight distribution. However we tend to forget that balance may be a form of equilibrium that does not rely on an "equal" distribution of weight. There may be symmetrical balancing acts but there are also assymetrical ones. Indeed, as a corrective to the idea of balance, I prefer to speak of balancing…Read more Balancing Act
What can we learn by observing others communicate or relate, leaving the trace of a story arch as testament to something having happened. And what "Others" are good to observe? A group of workshop participants recently appropriated the invitation to observe and explore the question in both verbal and non verbal ways. The Other in…Read more Communicating Vessels