My ancestors travelled to New Zealand from France
and England in the 1850s. My parents and grandparents are gardeners
and carpenters and as a child I too learned to grow food and
flowers and appreciate the beauty of nature, recognizing its
fundamental value to our survival on earth.
In these years I found sanctuary in the golden fields
of my family land and among the colour and fragrance of my own
small garden, forming a strong and rich affinity with the natural
energies of the earth.
In my twenties I developed as an artist, attending
courses in sculpture and print-making, painting and photography,
finding deep satisfaction in using creative energy to transform
environments. During this time I owned and operated a garden maintenance
business and began to landscape with an artists' eye.
At age thirty I trained as an early childhood teacher
and educator working with preschool age children, using art and
the landscape as teaching medium. Later I continued this work
with special needs children and adults at the Hohepa Rudolph Steiner
Curative home in Christchurch and more recently was a tutor on
the "Designing Environments for Children" course based
at the Christchurch College of Education.
In 1995 I spent some time at the spiritual healing
centre in Leigh in North Auckland, and trained in meditation and
healing skills which have increased my sensitivity and understanding
of other peoples' needs. This has given me more confidence when
working in groups or with individual during a consultation process.
I continue to work as a massage and healing practitioner.
My true role is that of a landscape designer and
my passion is to facilitate more beauty, energetic balance and
a deeper connection to the land, so that whomever I work with
will in time benefit from the qualities that their garden can
offer. I believe the more love we put into our environment, the
more that we will receive back. As a guardian of the earth, I
experience a deep respect for our planet - for all its potential,
hidden mystery and profound patience.
My philosophy is to work organically, be resourceful,
employ local artists and crafts people and to support other small
companies, and to nurture and care for our earth ... manifesting