I come from Moroccan, Yemení and German jewish roots. I'm especially close to my Moroccan ancestry. I live in Southern Spain, across the strait of Gibraltar from the North African Western tip. My ancestors crossed these waters and so do I, on a regular basis. I find intimacy in the streets of Meknes and Sefrou. Further south, the desert people remind me of home. Women weavers, Women seers, guide my way and make me one of them.
I am initiated into European shamanic practices and like the honeybee I gather nectar from flowers. This spiritual substance and social warmth are the foundations for the way I understand and practice the oral tradition. It is a basis for my ongoing enquiry into earth energy work and stories.
From the cycles of tides to the sinusoidal flow of a river, from the diurnal beat of light and dark to the annual input of the seasons, the Earth Speaks to us in rhythms and patterns that entice us into a relationship with our environment. Soil types, minerals, native plants and animals, all in their own unique way, contribute to the weaving of a sense of place. By cultivating an awareness of these sensual queues, we come into sacred communication with the creative forces that make up the places we inhabit. Participation in this ever flowing flux is a creative act, that asks us to slow down, pay attention, listen and respond.
With a background in modern geomancy and European shamanism, I became interested in how we shape, and at the same time, are shaped by the places we inhabit. This reciprocal relationship is enhanced when we entertain the idea that we are an integral part of the world's Soul, the Anima Mundi, and that culture is intimately connected to the land it arises from.
My work history spans diverse experiences, interests and competences from the healing arts, and the arts & crafts world. I draw my knowledge from geomancy (earth energy work), European shamanism and deep ecology. My skill-set provides a deep perspective for transformational work, and in working with soul searching questions. Over the years I have worked with artists, storytellers, dreamers, teachers and conservationists among many others, and together we have practiced how to perceive the subtle aspects of place, lending our voice to different landscapes as part of an evolving ecological awareness.
Together with a host of colleagues and companions I collaborate on projects to create spaces and contexts where we can, as a group, explore the edges of what we collectively know. I invite you to join me in an inquiry into creative forms of expression relating to the 'mind of nature' where we can generate new narratives that combine ancient, nature based thinking with contemporary forms and needs.
I am a faculty member and offer courses at the School of Storytelling at Emerson College in the South East of England where traditional folk tales, wonder tales and myths meet autobiographical material and new narratives are created.
Co- founder (active member till 2020) of BeeTime Artist Residencies in the South of Spain.