Celebrate the mystery, dance the Goddess – Elmore Court

Join us for an evening of movement, music and myth to celebrate the divine feminine at Elmore Court, Glos. Elmore is an extraordinary venue, providing a living history, which we will be journeying into. Come together to create a new myth for yourself, acknowledge the past by dancing it, create the inner space to usher in a new myth of masculine and feminine in a joyous, light filled future.

Delight in Leigh Tolson’s exquisite holding of alchemical dance, re-create your personal myth with the extraordinary Nick Clements. With poetry and live music from Primal Bliss and special guests. Limited tickets at £30 (including an organic smoothie shot)
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A wonderful day photographing in nature!

Just spent a wonderful day with eight enthusiastic participants sharing the practise of contemplative photography. We were all received at Hawkwood with brilliant sunshine and blue skies, couldn’t have asked for more favourable weather! The course which is a combination of meditation and photography supports participants to slow down and connect with the world around them in new and creative ways. Feedback on the day was very positive, so much so that ! will be running a follow up course in October, watch this space for more info!

Rain holds for weekend contemplative photography workshop!

Despite a bleak outlook weather wise participants were not deterred and armed with wellies and rain jackets they arrived with enthusiasm for a weekend of contemplative photography at Hawkwood. The beautiful environment of the College served well in allowing us to slow down our pace and drop deeper in to connection with ourselves and the world around us. The resulting images imbuing a sense of presence, simplicity and spaciousness.

‘I enjoyed the course enormously, even more than I had hoped. Loved the relaxed pace, yet time flew. Beautifully led meditations. VERY helpful feedback. Thank you for being so generous with your time’.

Rebecca Spear  (Weekend course participant)

Roots of wisdom a great sucess!

Thanks to all of you who made it down to the Courtyard of Stroud Subscription rooms for our interactive public performance in support of the Eradicate Ecocide campaign. Despite semi arctic conditions there was a good turn out and and steady stream of engaged participants! Is was so heartening to see adults and children alike connecting with the tree and voicing collective concerns about the environment. We hope to undertake more of these performances, watch this space for more info.

Resting in the present

Last weekend I ran a contemplative photography workshop at Hawkwood college in Stroud. Luckily the rains cleared for us and the group were able to enjoy a sunfilled day of meditation and photography amidst the glorious surrounds of Hawkwood. Feedback was positive and i’m looking forward with relish to the weekend course i’m running as a follow up in July.

‘I enjoyed the opportunity to explore a new creative form and spend a day in this lovely environment’. – Kathy H

‘It was great to have time to really look!’ – Stephanie

‘I enjoyed the day immensely! It was very enjoyable to share the experience rather than working in isolation’. – Brian

‘Physicality’ opens at the New Brewery Arts

‘Physicality’ the group show I am involved in opened on Saturday at The New Brewery Arts Centre in Cirencester. Footfall, feedback and sales have all gone well so far and the exhibition has been deemed a success by the centre! If you haven’t had a chance to see the work yet do pop down.

Upcoming workshops – Contemplative photography

I have have two more workshops coming up at Hawkwood College in Stroud. See below for more information.

‘Seeing with new eyes’ – workshop for educators

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My associate Ruth Davey and I were funded by Create Gloucestershire to run a pilot photography based workshop for educators. It was supported by Gastrells Primary School and Stroud Valleys Artspace. The aim was to share ideas and skills that could be easily passed on to children and teachers alike within any educational setting. Participants included teachers from Gastrells, two home education parents and a teacher from Milestone Special School in Gloucester. We had a great day seeing the world in front of us with new eyes. Using photography we looked again at made and natural objects and the relationship between the natural and built environment of the school, as well as at each other. We all learnt a lot. Here are some testimonials from the workshop participants:

“This workshop will help me try out new ways of engaging children with themselves, others and their environment”, Liz Bailey, Milestone Special School.

“We will benefit from using the camera more to gather evidence of learning and from using photography as a gateway to writing”, Ian Rimmer, Gastrells Primary School.

The workshop has helped me see the need for all of us to have an expressive outlook and to see how we can let individuals have the chance to find something new and exciting. Also, the benefit of of using photography as evidence in education and learning”,Steve Goodwin, Gastrells Primary School

“I enjoyed the use of silence and self reflection at the beginning – a bold challenge in the school environment. The ideas and activities were very useful”, Ben Jarlett, home educating parent.

“I loved the treasure hunt project, experimenting with taking photos and getting feedback on pictures. You made welcome different backgrounds and interests. I feel more confident with designing projects based on photography. I can’t wait to do a workshop with the children I hang out with!”, Jo McAndrews, home educating parent.