I have been a practicing artist for over 25 years with an established studio practice. During this time I have always been drawn to a number of other practices that have supported and nurtured my inner life. I have been meditating for 20 years, qualified as a massage therapist in 1996 (shortly after graduating from art college) and began working with and embodying my dreams in my outer life, over 30 years ago, initially using dream imagery as source material for artwork in the early stages of my career and subsequently turning to my dreams for help with important life decisions.
Dreamwork, Astrology, Meditation and Bodywork have always been an important way I stay in balance and connected to my inner world. I started dancing 5Rythmns ten years ago and also became interested in our (sometimes forgotten) inherent connection to the natural world and in 2023 I moved to the Isle of Lewis, which is enabling me to really explore and embody a closer connection to the natural world, in all areas of my life. This is bringing some exciting new directions into my studio practice. (you can see my artwork at www.jennysmith.org.uk) and also helped me realise that these areas of interest, previously kept on the periphery of my life, were now ready to become a more integral part of my practice. It is time to share my knowledge and experience with others.
In 2021 I trained in Focusing (Level 1-5) and now integrate this into both my dreamwork, 1:1 work and work I do with groups, developing an approach I call Embodied Enquiry. This can be a really beautiful and embodied way of “giving it to the body”. If we ask our mind a question, it can answer instantly, the body is slower and takes at least a minute. The wisdom in these slower respones can be deeply transformative.
This website contains some of these things I am “drawn” to and now offering as workshops or one to one sessions.
I see life as a dance between the inner and outer worlds we live within, each enriching and mirroring the other. Yet sometimes we may forget to listen to the “still small voice” of our inner prompting because we are so busily focused on the outer, or perhaps we are too afraid to hear what our inner wisdom is trying to tell us? If we don’t start to listen voluntarily, sometimes something abrupt or life-changing can happen in the outer world to give us a wake up call. Something we may all have experienced in the last few years, on away or another.
Much of my work is rooted in deep listening and mirroring. As an artist I have always understood the creative process as a conversation between myself and the materials. This extends into my work with groups and individuals where I am increasingly aware of the transformative power of listening deeply both to ourselves and others. It is from this deep listening that the alchemy of transformation can occurred as we step more fully and authentically into all that we are and can become.