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Hello I’m Kāmini (rhymes with ‘harmony’), welcome to Heart of Calm.

I am an intuitive artist, creative mindfulness teacher, holistic therapist, and retreat facilitator. I describe myself as a ‘creative explorer’ having spent much of my adult life experimenting and investigating different avenues of creative expression and personal development. As a professional artist my career spans a wide range of experience including teaching and facilitating arts workshops in schools, colleges and the community.

I am passionate about reconnecting women to their centre of balance and creative source of inner guidance and wisdom. I have been devoted to my own healing and spiritual journey for over twenty two years and have been leading retreats since 2007. Since 2011 I have helped many clients, one-to-one, in my holistic therapy practice restore their sense balance and wellbeing.

My Spiritual Journey

My study and practice of Vipassana (Insight) and mindfulness meditation in the Buddhist tradition began in 1992 when my inner journey led me to my first weekend meditation retreat in Canada. This was followed by a deeply transformative experience of a ten-day Vipassana (Insight) in 1993, which I can truly say changed the direction of my life. Since then my study and practice has
included numerous meditation retreats with leading western Buddhist teachers from different traditions (Zen, Chan, Dzogchen, Tibetan Tantra).

From 1998-99 I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to spend a year at Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry in Devon. This unique year-long residential programme (no longer running) under the Directorship of Stephen Batchelor included, meditation, enquiry, community, living, retreat, imaginative expression, yoga, land-work and service.

My spiritual and creative journey is also informed and inspired by my study of the feminine archetypes across cultures, ancient rituals and sacred art, contemporary writings on Kashmiri Shaivism, Shamanism, dance, free movement, yoga and spontaneous, ‘in the moment’ creative expression.

My study and practice of mindfulness in the Buddhist tradition and my own artistic journey led me to develop The Art of Stillness, a creative approach to teaching mindfulness.

I am a graduate of the year long course at Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Inquiry (1998/9), The Shamanic and Ceremonial Way with Annie Spencer (2004/5), and the Women’s Temple Group Leadership training (2014) and the Yogini Initiation Retreat (India 2015) with Chameli Ardagh and attended The Work of The Emotions workshop with Daniel Odier (2012)

CreativeEmergencyImageMy Healing Journey

In 2001 I began training as a Drama Therapist but unfortunately after a year had to give up the course as I fell critically ill and had to have life saving surgery. The next seven years was a roller coaster of major life stress and trauma culminating in the sudden death of my husband in 2007.

Needles to say I was knocked off my feet.  My usual strategy of picking myself up and getting on with life wasn’t working, my body just wouldn’t let me. I had no choice but to stop, take time to go quiet, be fully present with my grief. In this time I learned that there is no right or wrong way to grieve, only my way. That healing is a journey, like the seasons, has its own momentum and cannot be rushed. The only way forward was one breath, one step, one moment, one day at a time. I discovered that I could be in despair one moment and laughing the next and then, when I emptied my barrel of tears, dry to the very last drop, the raw emptiness in my heart would be so sensitive to the sweet beauty of life that I would shed tears of joy.

And so began the re-creation of my life, gradually re-visioning and bringing together the elements that would nourish body and soul, inspire and fulfill my dreams. I began to de-stress my life by restructuring my work and moving to a house with easy access to the countryside.

My foundation in the Buddhist teachings, the practice of mindfulness, and my capacity as an artist to be creative and solution-focused in my outlook have without doubt been the essential anchors in my healing journey.

Yoga, Five Rhythms Dance, meditation and journaling, creating art were no longer just hobbies; given priority and space they became my medicine. On my journey I have discovered an unimaginable treasure trove of inner resilience and forged new pathways to sustainable inner peace and wellbeing.

Here’s why I do what I do:

Life is short and I want to spend my days being happily engaged with what I love doing, what inspires me and gives my life purpose. I want to live this one precious life with passion and presence, keeping my creative fire burning and lighting up others along the way.

I want this for you Having tasted the honey available to women deep within our sacred feminine source I want to help you drink from this divine wellspring of creativity and wisdom. To find your creative voice and heal your life.

I want to be the change: Gandhi said ‘be the change you want to see in the world’, and I want to live a sustainable life of a human being and not a human doing! A life lived in balance and harmony, healthy in mind and body with a work/life balance that allows for the heart to breathe in the beauty present in every moment. This is what I want for each one of us, a world in which we are at peace with ourselves, and others.