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Cornish Cottage

Living so much of my life thousands of miles from where I was born, I look back with appreciation for my English roots and the realization of where my love for all things crafted comes from.

I had an experience when I was about 12 years old that has stayed with me all these years. I was invited to join my friend’s family on a trip to Boscastle, on the north coast of Cornwall. We had fun exploring the town and came across a big old building that used to be the hay market. It had been converted into a dozen studio spaces and each space was occupied by an artist or craftsman. There were people working in oils, watercolor and pastel, a saddler making bags and belts, a silversmith, a potter, a glass-engraver…


...the place was crammed full of creativity. I was fascinated and spent the whole holiday watching these artisans work their magic and asking all kinds of questions. As a kid, I was always one to be fiddling with something and this experience really had a profound and lasting effect.

Later, I moved to Wales and lived in Ty Crwn, an old, limestone cottage, perched on a wind swept Welsh beach. It had been built in the late 18C for the children of Gwrych castle to change into their swimming costumes. I loved the wild weather that constantly shifted the shape of the beach, bringing tasty shrimp into the newly carved gullies. You never knew what you were going to find stranded by the high tide. I often hoped it was something I could burn to satisfy Ty Crwn’s voracious appetite for fuel. Here, I experimented with dyes and tooling and hand made leather goods in the traditional English method.

In London, I enjoyed the fast pace and stimulation. I worked for an Interior Design company in Regents Park and had a great time learning not just about working with color, lighting and texture, but how to listen to the client, be flexible and patient. At Halcyon Days, I enjoyed selling Bilston enamel snuff boxes, both antique and contemporary. It was in the early 80s when the Dollar was strong and American customers flocked to the shop in droves. We worked hard and played hard…it was a very good time.

After that winter, it was time to go walkabout, start travelling the world.

I began in the south of France, selling garments on the cote d’azure, which turned out to be T shirts on St Tropez Beach. After a friend suggested I get work on a boat, I took a trip down the coast to Antibes and picked up a crewing job on a ketch bound for Palma. So that began my yachting career and over the next six years I crewed on private and charter yachts in the Mediterranean, crossed the Atlantic to Antigua and sailed throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas and New England.

Clown Fish

I loved setting sail and moving out into unknown territory, the daily change of scenery, whether a beautiful, secluded bay or a vibrantly alive marina. I especially enjoyed the brand new world under water, it’s colorful soft coral and brilliant shoals of fish. My favorite thing to do each day was to snorkel or dive, it was just magical.

Boat on Beach

Being part of a crew of 6 or 8, I could explore with them places I wouldn’t ever go alone. This opened my world tremendously, expanding my understanding and appreciation of other cultures.


When it was time to get back on land I headed for Esalen Institute on the Big Sur coast, in CA. After receiving a massage there, I knew at once that this was what I wanted to do. I studied the body and became a massage practitioner and for the last 18 years, I’ve had the chance to work in some beautiful parts of the world. I joined the massage crews at Post Ranch and the Ventana Inn in Big Sur CA. I then worked at the Jean Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji, followed by the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito CA. I also enjoyed my private practices in London, Brazil and more recently, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

esalenDuring my training at Esalen, I had the opportunity to learn from some remarkable teachers the value of touch and the significance of intent. When the intent is coming from a good place, miracles can happen. I have seen and felt that to be true. To experience your self as whole, relaxed and healthy, is a wonderful thing. I have witnessed the transformational power of touch in my work with sexual abuse survivors, clients dealing with Cancer, AIDS and other life threatening conditions. Healing or theraputic touch can be miraculous in assisting those along the healing path or nurturing for those transitioning out of this life. I feel very blessed to have been a part of so many people’s lives in this way.


A while back I was inspired by Judith Cornel’s book on Mandalas. I couldn’t put it down and after a series of synchronistic events, decided to plunge into mandala making myself. Over the years I found that it not only helped me regain a sense of inner calm but it also helped me focus on what I wanted to attract into my life. and they became visual affirmations.

People were drawn to them and I began to give workshops, teaching how to make mandalas with a clear intention for their use. The mandalas we made became visual affirmations to support such things as healing, creativity, adventure and strength.

I combined the mandala making with the concept of the Law of Attraction and found it to be extremely powerful. The response was remarkable. Students were achieving a greater sense of inner peace, they were resolving chronic problems, both physical and emotional and they were inspired by new ideas and possibilities.

three mandalas

San Miguel

While living in San Miguel de Allende, a beautiful colonial town, in central Mexico, I had the opportunity to work with and learn from a number of very talented jewelry designers and silver smiths. I was excited to see the possibilities of combining different techniques, lost wax method with soldering and fusion.

Whether I’m working in silver or organic materials like gourds, wood, slate or clay, I enjoy the meditative ritual of crafting the piece.

Summer of 2009 brought a huge shift in my awareness. I took the Permaculture Design Certification course at Quail Springs, CA. It was a life changing experience for me, to be exposed to a conscious and intelligent alternative for living on this planet.

I’ve just scratched the surface with this new knowledge but feel encouraged, knowing that there are groups of people all over the world that hold the vision and are working hard at creating sustainable systems that support healthy environments for all living beings. As part of the course, we learned how to build a wall using cob, a mixture made from clay, sand and straw. I was excited by the possibilities. I could build my own house on my land in Baja, with my own two hands and I don’t have to rob a bank to do it!

That thought was so empowering and I knew this was going to be my next step…to learn all about building with natural materials.

So today, I look forward to taking the natural building intensive with the Living Craft Project in May. And from there who knows what will unfold.