NEW! Art Doula–creative care services

By | 2021-04-07T01:08:45+00:00 April 6th, 2021|bodysongs, clinical practice, cross-disciplinary, shamanism|

Art Doula is a creative care service to assist birth, death and other life transitions. I offer cognitive and physiological re-framing during exacting times. Services now include Engage-A-Griot, and bespoke meditation/re-visioning sessions for individuals, families and communities. With 30 years' experience in counselling, transformative bodywork and creative collaborations, I am upgrading qualifications for certification as [...]

For 2021: Re-Storying: resilience (open access program)

By | 2021-09-26T03:48:13+00:00 March 2nd, 2021|bodysongs, clinical practice, homepage, shamanism, Upcoming Events|

Re-Storying is a practical, grounding, therapeutic and reinvigorating free program, created in partnership with ACT Health and The Street Theater, Canberra. It shares restorative, regenerative practices  and is available in person and online. All modules are free, to anyone, from anywhere, who registers. Zoom sessions throughout August-October; online (anytime access)  available soon. https://www.thestreet.org.au/artists/re-storying/ https://www.instagram.com/creativerestore/   [...]

Recovery and resilience: Darkpond

By | 2020-06-01T05:54:13+00:00 April 28th, 2020|bodysongs, collaborations, cross-disciplinary, dance ecology, ecology, inclusion projects, shamanism|

Homage to Rosedale. With Sam James, first reconnoitre on the NSW South Coast following the bushfires. Photo and video: Samuel James, Shimmerpixel.

The Spread of Fear and Fire [i]

By | 2020-06-01T05:58:34+00:00 April 28th, 2020|bodysongs, clinical practice, collaborations, cross-disciplinary, dance ecology, ecology, environmental sciences, performance, shamanism|

For International Dance Day, 2020. Sometimes our dance is about grief... Film and video by Samuel James, Shimmerpixel

Rest as engagement, not retreat..

By | 2017-10-19T17:54:32+00:00 February 22nd, 2014|bodysongs, homepage, philosophy & ethics|

I lay in my bath, at the end of a long-road day, feeling sore and tired, glad to be held by the water. I came to an understanding that what feels restful is often not about feeling 'in retreat'. I feel the support of water across all my limbs, my lower back, my upper back, [...]

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receptivity, and vulnerable authority

By | 2017-10-19T18:07:19+00:00 November 11th, 2013|bodysongs, homepage, philosophy & ethics|

I perceive the body as a microcosm of all this. I believe the body’s polyrhythm [complex of rhythms] is a key to health, to flow. I hear the rhythms of the internal body as a kind of orchestra. It doesn’t all play in the same time or tone. I tune into this orchestra and try [...]

searching the invisible…

By | 2017-10-19T18:10:12+00:00 November 1st, 2013|bodysongs, clinical practice, homepage, philosophy & ethics, shamanism|

The role of the shaman has always been to cross the border into the realm of the not-yet-know and bring it back into cognition. Along the way, the shaman may encounter cultural or emotional taboos. It is one reason why the healer exists—to cross the border, retrieve missing information, find links, act as guide. [...]

new (old) perspectives on the world

By | 2017-10-26T18:58:03+00:00 October 31st, 2013|bodysongs, clinical practice, homepage, philosophy & ethics, shamanism|

One day, in clinic, someone came to see me whose tract of land was poisoned, and by reading the “map” of her land from the energy in her body, I was able to help her plan strategies to cleanse the water and soil. To a scientist, this might sound spurious, but I tell you: [...]