I remember when I first summoned the courage to name myself an artist, and I remember practicing out-loud before I could confidently call myself a yoga teacher. After becoming a counselor, I simply gave up on labels. Whether I am writing, coaching, speaking or designing a rug, my intention remains the same—to help, bit by bit, to make this world more of what I envision it can be, should be and someday will be.
three constant threads in my life:
- a fascination with the wonderful complexity of people and their stories,
- a love of creativity in all forms, especially the craft of fibers
- a rich understanding and appreciation for the beauty at the center of all life.
delving into fiber arts
Always a lover of fibers and fabrics I have a degree in textile design. I wove the “Dreamer’s Teepee” in Boston, MA in 1980. It was fun to relax inside this evanescent space. Over the years, my passion has shifted from weaving a dream space to weaving dreams into form.
diving deeper with yoga
Yoga was my path into the inner realms and I studied, practiced and taught for 20 years. Yoga led me to explore deeply meditation, mindfulness and emotional processing. I was extensively trained and worked as a counselor with individuals and small groups in Portland, OR throughout the ‘90s. Life shifted again when I first met South Africa in 1998. I fell instantly for the land, the people, the great need and the many possibilities.
the call of africa
Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely daydreaming, but vision with action can change the world.
The women of the Mapusha weaving cooperative captured my heart when I first met them. Partnering with them has inspired and given me many lessons on faith, tenacity, patience and laughter. These women are the real stars of my book, Hand Spun Hope, Making a Difference in Rural South Africa. I have worked with them to improve their lives and their community since 2002.