WORKSHOPS AND SPIRITUALITY
A designer by profession, I am also a qualified Spiritual Director for the Anglican Church. I trained on the three-year Encounter programme, run by the London Centre for Spiritual Direction, based in Lombard Street, London, where I was a staff member at the Centre before my move to Sussex. As a fellow traveller, I accompany people on their Christian journey, and see clients both in London and Sussex.
As a potter, I am fascinated by the healing properties that clay has to connect with people at a deep level when used in a contemplative way. It can help us focus on the present moment, relieve stress, or help us unlock and acknowledge past experiences buried deep within us. In a world where we are constantly ‘doing’, clay can help us connect with ourselves as human ‘beings’.
‘Prayer through Clay’ – Retreat Workshops
I lead ‘Prayer through Clay’ retreat day workshops for dioceses, parishes and retreat centres.
These workshops offer a practical opportunity to work with clay and to see how this expressive medium can enrich our prayer. Through clay we can be drawn into a deeper awareness and understanding of our individual faith journeys. The time spent in quietness together begins with an introduction to basic clay making techniques, which forms the first part of the retreat. We are all clay in the Potter’s hands.
The prayer tableau pieces I make in the series ‘Onward Journey’ are illustrations of my ‘Prayer through Clay’ work.
Working closely with your Parish or Community, I will set up and lead a ‘Prayer through Clay’ retreat workshop for your Church or Retreat Centre. The workshops can accommodate up to twelve people at a time. Workshop lengths can be tailored to suit, and no previous knowledge of working with clay is necessary. All clay materials and equipment are provided. Just come with a bible, an apron, a packed lunch – and an open mind.
I have run workshops for the London Diocese of Willesden, St Mary’s Church Kenton, as part of their Spirituality Development programme; for St Peter’s Church, Belsize Park, London; for St Andrew and St Cuthman, Steyning; All Saints Church Hove; The Community of St Mary the Virgin, Wantage and the Oxford Diocese. Currently in preparation are workshops for St Paul’s Church Lorrimore Square SE17 London, St Patricks Church Brighton, and the Education Department of the Diocese of Chichester.
I am passionate about silence!