I arrived at Taraloka in September 2016 to take on the maintenance role, after about 15 years living on my own and working as a self-employed sculptor. I love working with my hands, and I am comfortable with practical tasks and problem solving. Before that I worked as a plant manager in garden centres - also for about 15 years - although it was actually zoology that I studied at university!
I am inspired by nature, beauty and creative process, and I was lucky enough to be able to explore and share these passions at my studio - a hut at Portland Bill set amidst the stunning Jurassic Coast in Dorset. The wild and worked landscape of rock, sea and sky was a marvellous inspiration, and the hut a unique place from which to offer stone sculpture tuition. Engaging with the physical material, exploring our relationship with both inner and outer landscapes, paying attention and bearing witness: this is a language I love, and one I love to share.
I came across the Dharma and Triratna around 1990 at the Brighton Buddhist Centre, finding particular inspiration in creativity retreats at Rivendell, and my women's study group. I became involved in the arts centre, in starting a women's community, and came to Taraloka too at that time. I learned a spiritual and aesthetic language that gave me a new understanding and appreciation of art, and it was this that inspired me to change my life and to study sculpture. Now (with the advancing years!) I feel an urgency to change again - to simplify, to choose a spiritual life.
I am delighted to be here at Taraloka, engaging with others in work that is helpful and meaningful, and contributing to such a beautiful and inspirational place.