Meet some of the wonderful smARTy pants who share their fabulous skills with us all. We’re proud to have them as part of our Arty Farty Community.
Dorothy, Tera Mai Healing
I am a local mum of two who has been working with energy for seven years. I qualified in Usui Reiki Level 2 in 2013 before retraining with Tera-Mai TM in 2017.
Fundamentally Tera-Mai is a frequency of energy that works on the physical, mental, emotional and Karmic layers of the Auric body. Treatments are all about clearing old blocked energy, transmuting stuck emotional residues and grounding the client back in to there body. The Tera-Mai treatment is a powerful therapy which boasts a wide range of benefits such as a space to process in going conflicts, pain management, emotional support, mental clearance, energy boost and relaxation. Tera-Mai is fantastic at supporting anyone regardless of age or background and helps to empower those who are ready to begin their spiritual journey back to themselves and kick-start their transformation.
Hannah, Musical Director
My name is Hannah and I am joining Arty Farty Retreat as the Musical Director for Gin & Sing Choir. I have about 17 years of performance experience and I am a classically trained singer. I started performing when I was 8 years old when I sang various solos at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, The London Palladium and The Royal Albert Hall. I joined a ladies barbershop chorus in 2010 where we sang A cappella in close harmony and competed against other chorus’s. I studied Musical Theatre in college and then received a BAhons in Popular Music at University.
Janice, Life Coach & Laughter Yoga Instructor
I have a background in Human Resources, specifically recruitment, coaching and training within the voluntary sector, and I hold membership of the CIPD, Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, through study and experience.
I also attended a Mindfulness course that enabled me to relearn how to relax and find peace after my husband’s illness, and gave me a new perspective on our new family life. I frequently incorporate mindfulness relaxation into my client sessions when appropriate.
I make abstract collages and mixed media pieces of work, using a variety of different materials to obtain the effects I am looking for. I am influenced and inspired by the flows and rhythms of the landscape, and I have a wide range of creative concerns, namely colour, texture, surface decoration, composition, balance and light.
Within the process of creating work, I strive to communicate a sense of honesty and authenticity in my mark making, which is sensitive and responsive to the qualities of the materials. The collages often evolve as large chunks of torn paper, and working intuitively and loosely I add layers and detail to form a finished and more resolved piece. I often draw on a variety of approaches in my art practice, namely drawing, collage, painting, and printmaking with the intention of creating subtle and rich piece of work.
Kellie, Twisted Tulip Design
Twisted Tulip Designs was created in order to bring the joy that nature’s flowers bring into people’s lives. Just with nature there are endless possibilities for design.
I find painting is an amazingly relaxing and therapeutical activity and love to draw and paint. I started painting Botanical Illustrations several year ago, very precise and detailed illustrations of plant life in watercolour and completely fell in love with the medium. I have been experimenting with the medium and the subject for some years and my passion of the moment are portraits of both people and animals.
Having worked in education for many years I aspire to pass my love of painting and drawing on to others.
Natalie, Craft’d U
Natalie previously ran Craft’d, an arts and crafts studio in Shanghai, where has taught over 200 adults and 350 children to sew on sewing machines! She has recently returned home to open Craft’d UK, a mobile craft studio and is excited to start teaching again!
Nell, Creative Director
Nell founded Arty Farty Retreat in 2017. She holds a Ba in Fine Art:Painting and has worked with the arts in health and social care for over 10 years. Nell has worked with children and adults in a variety of settings: Hospices; Learning disability centres; Hospitals; After school clubs; Hen parties; Nursing homes; Children’s parties and more.
After moving into the ‘management world’ for the last three years, Nell decided to take the leap and go back to her creative roots. She is a qualified storyteller as well as being trained in leadership development, Psychological Assessment Skills and project management.
Nell is also a qualified masseuse and is very pleased to bring this to Arty Farty: Wellbeing
Nikki, 10 of Zen
Nikki Wilson is the founder of 10 of zen – a social business providing mindfulness tools and training to mums so they can stress less and love more. Nikki quit her 9-5 as a CEO of a national charity to bring her 10-minute mindfulness practices to fellow mums around the world.
Pennie, Colour Therapist
Fascinated by colour for many years ever since Pennie wanted to create a lovely home and garden but was completely at a loss to see how colours could combine harmoniously. Once she discovered the secret, she was able to co- author a book on colour (“Your Colours, Your Home” with Carolyn Warrender, published by Frances Lincoln and TodTri ) and enlighten others to successfully unlock the secrets of colour. Her special skill lies in enabling others to ‘tune in’ to colours and to feel their vibration, selecting those that are ‘in tune’ with them. An important aspect of becoming who you want to be is to live your life as if you are already that person – to walk your talk, to dress for success and ensure that your home and garden reflects this too.
Pete Williamson, Illustrator
Pete is a self-taught artist and award-winning children’s book illustrator. He is best known for the acclaimed ‘Stitch Head’ series, written by Guy Bass, and the award-winning ‘The Raven Mysteries’, written by Marcus Sedgwick. Pete is very passionate about encouraging creativity at an early age and instilling a confidence in a child’s personal voice that they can develop and draw on throughout their lives, whether in an artistic way or not. He believes that, in a world in which automation will play a far greater part, positive, open-minded, creatively confident individuals are irreplaceable and ‘future-proof’.
iPrintedThat is run by Rachel Moore, a Kent based artist and printmaker who has been running pop-up workshops for children and adults since 2011. Print techniques taught include screen printing, linocut printing, cyanotype and mono printing. Her clients include the National Trust, Hobbycraft, Camp Wildfire Festival, Razzamatazz Theatre Schools, Museums, Galleries and Art Centres.
Photo credit: Joshua Atkins
Stefy, Mental Coach
I work as a Mental Coach in Southborough and I am specialised in Emotional Freedom Techniques and Matrix Reimprinting. Also known as a tapping technique, EFT immediately releases stress symptoms from the body addressing the root of the problem that can be the cause for anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, anger, phobias and allergies. Potentially the areas where EFT can be applied are limitless.
Tori, Life Coach
I run a highly individualised and holistic coaching, therapy and healing practice within the heart of Tunbridge Wells. My focus is on working with clients struggling with any type of emotional or relational issues in their life. If you find yourself struggling in your marriage, consistently dating the wrong partners, repeating the same unhealthy patterns with family or friends, or lacking confidence and self-worth, then I’m the coach for you. My aim in my practice is always to help you reconnect with the knowledge, beliefs and behaviours that best serve you.