In-person wellbeing retreats only offered in summer; virtual options offered all year
What is The Art of Awareness?
The Art of Awareness is a social enterprise occupying both physical and virtual spaces. The unique physical space is currently situated at my home, Bluewater Lodge, in a beautiful location where the stunning mountains meet the blue seas and offers an opportunity for space to breath, to rest and to restore the soul.
What is the history of The Art of Awareness?
The Art of Awareness Studio was created about 5 years ago after volunteering at a local retreat center, I was then asked by an acquaintance to curate a healing arts retreat for her. This transformative retreat, which included music, dance and other forms of creative expression, took place in my family’s little weekend cottage which was located in a small, historic and forested artist and writers’ community in the USA.The following year, having personally recovered from loss and a spinal cord injury, and from my own journey knowing first-hand the healing aspects of mindful creative expression and nature immersion, I developed an evidence-based wellbeing workshop series for USA physical therapy patients experiencing chronic and ongoing pain.
Around that time, I also created a wellbeing program for USA middle school students and facilitated a number of wellbeing retreats for carers in the USA and Aotearoa New Zealand. In addition, I separately taught an Australian masters subject on nature and wellbeing and, via my virtual studio, offered various community support programs pre, during and post pandemic. This virtual option for creative expression and nature-based design for wellbeing and adaptability still remains and is now available all year. In summer I open my physical studio (The Art of Awareness) for a limited time and offer restorative, 1-1, nature immersion wellbeing retreats which include contemplative pedagogy, healing arts and creative expression. I have also hosted an Artist-in-Residence to support the wellbeing of people and planet.
Who has benefited?
Educators, carers, researchers and more! You can learn more here.
Art - "The bridge connecting the spiritual and physical"
Awareness - "A quality of being"
Take a look at this short, sample clip from a longer Lunch 'n Learn session (USA, 2020)
Disclaimer - The information on this website is provided as education and should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health professional. Participants take full responsibility for their own participation in events and classes.
One Woman's Biophilic Journey of Belonging, Wellbeing and Transformation with a Path towards Adapting to Change
COMING FEBRUARY 2024; LAUNCHES 8 MARCH 2024