It has been a beautifully crowded life so far, with beautiful people, places and projects in abundance.
I am a writer, crafty mama, herbalist, avid reader, event organiser, social justice activist, seamstress, mama, vintage enthusiast, gardener, lover of wild places and an op-shopping queen.
I was born in New Zealand and has travelled, lived and/or worked in over twenty countries in the 16 years she was away from NZ. I have lived up a mountain, on communes, on the street, in a tee pee, in city high rises, a house-truck, a tent, on organic farms. For the most part, my relationships were open. My friendships varied and rich.
I co-ran an eco-peace project in wartime Yugoslavia, co-established the Social-Cultural Centre in Prague just after the Velvet revolution, was active in political street theatre in Europe, designed/facilitated workshops worldwide and wowed many an audience with her public speaking. Giving workshops and writing on topics such as ‘Building Healthy Culture’ and ‘Living Holistically: translating grandma's skills for the modern world’. I freelanced for environmental NGO’s worldwide, and am proud to have organised many successful conferences and festivals. I am now adept at juggling family life with working as a writer and social media writer.
I had a go at total self sufficiency in the French Pyrenees (acorn bread anyone?!) and came back to New Zealand for my grandparents in their last years and to work for Greenpeace Aotearoa's campaigns team. I have always been crafty. My mama made many of my girlhood clothes and my nana was a seamstress...I keep those traditions alive with most of my clothes either hand made or sourced second hand. I like to know I can make anything. And yes, underwear included!
I ran an organic retreat and gardens in the French Pyrenean mountains for years and I am passionate about plants, connected parenting, natural foods, living with integrity and finding magic in the mundane. I strive to keep life simple.
From this waif like sprite....
To this...masquerading as a respectable citizen...with many a tale to tell in between.
And no matter where I was in the world,
sneaking in some stitching wherever I could.