In the Agency we had a great team of 15 people and beautiful offices which I’d created so our clients could enjoy some tranquillity away from London. For them Bracknell was rural. When I left the Agency to start a family, I took my flair for arranging living and working spaces one step further. I retrained in Feng Shui, mostly with Denise Linn in Seattle - and have remained passionate about living mindfully.
Still with my anthropological filter, I helped people become aware of the culture of their home and offices by the imprint they left on their environment. I taught. I consulted. I travelled, mostly in the UK, France and the USA.
In the early days I did many consultations accompanied by my daughter on a sling. When she was older,she gravitated to dolls houses - four of them in total - and spent many hours creating homes for Sylvanian animals in them.
Four years into motherhood I was a single-parent. My instinct was to bring the scene of operations closer to home to manage my portfolio - parent, homemaker, entrepreneur - under one roof. To simplify life further I bought a puppy!
To stay sane, I started dancing again, which I'd begun age 4 as a pink tutu’d ballerina and tap dancing impresario. I got a PGCE in Dance and taught creative dance to children and organic movement to adults, while my studies evolved into a Masters Degree in Somatic Art Psychotherapy at Chichester University.
During these studies I received the inspiration for the Intuitive Vision Board workshop, which I've since delivered to over a thousand men, women and children. I wanted the tool to be inclusive and accessible to all. I believe strongly in the power of creativity, our intuition and the active imagination for unlocking the potential of people. This is still a relatively unharnessed resource - one I recognised from the old Agency days was absent but I couldn't put my finger on what was missing. When we connect to the core of our creativity, we touch the source of our most authentic power and that's to be celebrated.
Who encouraged me
I have a daily practice of expressive art and I make a new Intuitive Vision Board every 9 months of so. I was taught by some wonderful teachers notably Helen Poynor, Miranda Tuffnell, Claude Coldy, and Anna Halprin.
Sadly Dr Jill Hayes, who was such an inspiration as my University tutor, passed away. Jill used to say to me: “What I respect about you the most Mary, is your capacity to stay true to your creativity no matter the circumstances of your life.” It touches me to greatly to recall her words even though I didn’t really understand what she meant at the time. Most of us desire to be seen and acknowledged for who we are - and I was seen and acknowledged by Jill.