I'm passionate about using creativity, the power of the imagination and intuition to unlock hidden resource in people and organisations using the tools of Vision Boards, Feng Shui and Movement-Art therapy.

A fascination with the culture of things  

I studied Anthropology at the University of Durham – a far cry from the warm shores of South Devon where I grew up.  I still remember the fur coat from Oxfam that my father sent me in an attempt to keep me warm up there.

As Anthropologists, we were taught to pay attention to people's behaviour - and not what they said - for evidence of their value system.  Words could be misunderstood or simply fabrications of the mind whereas embodied actions over time was what shaped the culture and the society, whether that was the individual, the family unit, or the tribe.

A gift for seeing below the surface

With these skills I gravitated into marketing.  I started out in what was historically called Mail Order Book Clubs before I launched a marketing consultancy with my business partner.  Over 8 years the business grew to be very successful and we achieved £5 million turnover with mostly Fortune 500 companies.  

Still with my Anthropological hat on, I was always looking out for the 'unspoken ground rules' driving an individual or organisation; the invisible was always very obvious to me.

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Passionate about the quality of the spaces we live and work in

I had a great team of 15 people, lovely offices which I’d purposefully created, and our clients enjoyed escaping London for some tranquillity.  For them Bracknell was rural.  I took my flair for arranging living and working spaces one step further when I was ready to start a family.  I retrained in Feng Shui - and I’m still an enthusiastic consultant today and passionate about living mindfully.

Motivated to improve the return on investment

My staff however had been somewhat of a mystery to me.  I likened them to an iceberg.  We had wonderful talent and invested regularly in skills and personal development.  We paid good salaries. But I felt the business was only enjoying the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the team were capable of.  I couldn’t find a way to liberate them from their roles and responsibilities to make this untapped potential available to the organisation - and it bugged me.  

When I sold my share of the company to become a mum, this conundrum went with me.  Quite inadvertently I’ve found the answers since and offer this back now to the people and organisations I'm working with as a Creativity facilitator.  It also took me back to University.

Anthropology, Feng Shui & Corporate culture  

In the early days post-Marketing Consultancy, I continued with marketing projects while I retrained in Feng Shui (mostly in Seattle with Denise Linn).  Still with my anthropological filter, I helped homes and organisations become more aware of their culture as reflected in the imprint they made on their environment.  I taught.  I consulted.  I travelled, mostly in the UK, France and the USA.  And I loved it.  

In the early days I did many consultations accompanied by my baby daughter on a sling.  Curiously, when she was older, she was drawn to dolls houses and spent many hours rearranging the furniture in them - and we had four of them.

Why I must dance

Four years into motherhood,  I became a single-parent.  My first instinct was to bring the scene of operations much closer to home so I could be manage my portfolio - parent, homemaker, entrepreneur - under one roof.  To simplify life further, we acquired a puppy.

To stay sane, I started dancing again, which I began age 4 as a pink tutu’d ballerina and a tap dancing impresario.  I went back to University and got a PGCE in Dance.  I taught Creative Dance to children and organic movement to adults, while my own studies evolved into a Masters Degree in Somatic Arts Psychotherapy at the University of Chichester.  

During my studies I received the inspiration for my Vision Board Workshop, which I have delivered since to more than a thousand men, women and children too, along with other movement workshops and coaching sessions too. I wanted to offer a tool that was inclusive, accessible and successful for all.  I believe firmly in the power of creativity - the intuition and the active imagination - for unlocking the truth, the beauty and potential of who we are as people and as organisations.  This is a relatively unharnessed resource - the very one I recognised was missing in the old days from my team of people in the agency but I couldn't put my finger on what it is was.  

So now I can encourage people to stand up to and embrace their true calling.  I believe when we honour our destiny by connecting to the core of our inherent creativity, we touch the source of our authentic power.

Who taught and encouraged me

 I have a daily practice of Somatic Arts and whenever I can, I allow myself to be facilitated by other wonderful teachers - my favourites being Helen Poynor, Miranda Tuffnell, Claude Coldy, and Anna Halprin.  

Sadly Dr Jill Hayes, who was such an inspiration to me 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 core creativity no matter the outer circumstances of your life.”  It touches me to greatly to recall her words.  I didn’t appreciate or understand her insight at the time - but I have since.  Everyone holds a desire to be seen and respected for who they are and I was seen by Jill.