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.
Elena, Holistic Therapist
Elena joins Arty Farty Retreat as a Professional Holistic Therapist offering Reflexology and Indian Head Massage. After Completing her studies in 1999 she set up a voluntary massage practice in a Hospital Pain Clinic which then led to working in beautiful 5 Star Spas in the Uk and overseas doing Reflexology, Facials, Reiki & Aromatherapy Massage. She enjoys learning and went on to complete her Reiki and Meditation training. Experiencing a 360 turn around after recently working as a Retail Hospice Manager, she brings life experience, empathy and a love of wellness helping clients manage stress, anxiety & overwhelm, in their life.
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.
Melinda, Anchor to your Strengths
Melinda Brecheisen is an Aromatherapist and Best Selling Author of Anchor to Your Strengths, a book utilizing essential oils for personal development. From California, Melinda now lives in Tunbridge Wells with her husband and three children.
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.
Rachel, The Magnolia Tree
Rachel is a professional hair stylist and makeup artist with over 30 years’ experience. Rachel along with a friend founded a group called The Magnolia Tree, supporting ladies going through tough times and giving them a pamper and makeover. Rachel would like to help you look and feel great about yourself. Rachel can give advice for when you’re in the usual morning rush giving tips on how to look fresh in 5 minutes with minimal products yet still looking great at the school gate. Alternatively, Rachel can also teach you how to get the glamourous look for a night out. Rachel is a busy mum of 2 teenage children, so able to relate to mums having lack of time for themselves.
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.
Trevor, Trevor Gray Therapy
Trevor is a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and performance coach working in Central London and Tunbridge Wells. As well as offering therapy for issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, abuse, personal relationships and self-esteem, as an ex-professional Top 10 Recording Artist and Premier League Youth Development football coach, he specialise in working in the fields of performing arts, sports and with those involved in performing at any level.Trevor has worked with professional musicians, singers, actors and dancers, as well as footballers, cricketers, show jumpers, Team GB gymnasts, rowers and fencers, and been the Behavioural Therapist and Support Mentor at the Brit School for Performing Arts & Technology in London, as well as counselling students at Performers College and an independent secondary school in West London.
Vanessa, Massage Therapist
Vanessa is a fully qualified masseuse, currently working with Neals Yard and Botanica. “Holistic treatments became my passion whilst living in Vancouver, studying back in 2000. After my studies with ITEC, my journey began with a variety of diploma massage courses. My experience then lead me to the Spa industry, before teaching holistic treatments. It became apparent that Health Clinics was where I chose to treat clients on a regular basis – in a relaxed professional environment. I believe in the power of touch with care, by tailoring my treatments to each individual client who walks through my door. We all live busy lifestyles, allowing time to just be is a challenge. I invite you to take some time out to relax, unwind , recharge and feel soothed.