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I follow the sun, crossing the equator around October and April each year, from Wiltshire in the UK, to Abel Tasman in New Zealand. Shout out here to Climate Stewards
I'm an artist and also in my third year studying with the Ignatian Spirituality Course in London, entirely on Zoom. I am learning to offer the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. These are an ancient method of spiritual formation which offer an astonishingly contemporary and personal transformation through a sort of school of prayer and spiritual living.
I am seeking one or two people wishing to make the Exercises, or seeking spiritual direction, supported by Zoom. I am also working on tailoring the Exercises into shorter retreats in everyday life.
Painting highlights recently have included:
Finalist in the Tasman National Art Award, New Zealand (2021)
Work shown at Purpose Gallery, Mapua, Tasman
Accepted for membership of the Nelson Suter Art Society
In England, I have set up my own studio after studying at:
Dulwich Art Group & School
Heatherley School of Fine Art
Royal Drawing School, Shoreditch, London
I grew up in Whanganui, New Zealand, and left for the lights of London 30-plus years ago. I enjoyed a certain success in corporate life as a public relations consultant before launching a second career coaching leaders of transformational change. I gained a Masters in Adult Learning from Middlesex University in 2006.
In 2020, I returned to New Zealand for a long-planned sabbatical, covering 17,500km.
Newly enchanted by the quality of local light and scenery, I was fortunate to be able to choose to make Tasman my home for half of each year.
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
Through the unknown, remembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple tree
Not known because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between the two waves of the sea.
TS Elliot, Four Quartets
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