Sitting in circle surrounded by women of all ages, I am handed the talking stick. "I am currently at my edge", my voice trembled as the words came out, "having come back from the Amazon 3 years ago I have taken on some of the most challenging work of my life". We were an intergenerational…Read more Wise Women
Lying in a hammock, under a palm tree, overlooking the Caribbean sea, I thought, I must be doing something right. I was back in Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico for Day of the Dead 2017, which also happens to be my birthday. This time it wasn't my idea to go to Tulum, my…Read more Land of the Jaguar
'A Beautiful Life' was the name of the film made about the South Korean potter Kang Hyo Lee. His traditional ceramic practice was beautiful in its simplicity, as was his studio life in rural South Korea, at the foot of a mountain where he would meditate. On the advice of his Japanese friend he loosened…Read more Making Futures
'Help yourself, I can't eat them all' said the lady sitting next to us sitting in the soggy floor of the Big Top tent as she offered us her churros, sheltering from the rain on Saturday afternoon, waiting for the talk to start. We hadn't been back to Port Eliot since our wedding. Going to the festival…Read more Return to Port Eliot
On Saturday 11 February 2017 a long awaited event took place. Lou Tilbury, founder of Om Padma, finally got married. Keld Van Schreven is always late, and it took him far too long to turn up in my life. When we eventually did meet, at a disco in a hedge at Port Eliot Festival 2015, it didn't take long for us to recognise each other. Keld proposed at the Festival a year later, so it seemed fitting to marry there. We chose a winter wedding of roaring fires, snow and snowdrops. You know what they say: cold hands, warm heart.
It was raining as I wandered past Harrods on the Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, London three days before Christmas. The streets were bustling with shoppers looking for last minute presents. I was on a mission, to see an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum called The Fabric of India. I’m rarely in London these…Read more Fabric of India