Tree Conversation Workshop Leader
I offer workshops for adults and/or children in tree conversation drawing. I introduce the group to tree conversation work and we have an experience together with trees (that have agreed in advance to participate). These workshops vary from 3 hours long to a full day. I support the participants to do the work themselves and then as a group we share our work altogether. I am equally comfortable with adults or children and can work with groups that are mixed adults and children. I have offered this work in Thunder Bay, Ontario ( northern shores of Lake Superior), in Philmont, New York and in Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn New York. I am also offering regular workshops in the Toronto area.
I have worked as a Waldorf Class teacher . I currently am a mentor of teachers including working in the Part Time Waldorf Teacher Certification as part of the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. I have been fortunate to work in several schools in indigenous communities. I work with teachers within the Waldorf system and also teachers who work in other systems. I have been involved in Waldorf education since 1994.
You can hear an interview with me on Storytelling in Waldorf schools as part of the project Biology of Story. The full work of Biology of Story is available online.
I have been a facilitator of meetings and conferences for over 20 years.
I have developed processes for facilitating that include artistic activity and working out of the experiences ( biography) of the participants. I have educated parents on the topic of child development, I have led conversations to deepen the theme of a conference etc.
I have worked as a mediator for conflict transformation with adults and children. I’ve trained with Kim Payne in his Social Inclusion method. I’ve brought social processes to my students, faculty,and different communities (e.g. living in large household shared with another family)
I’ve developed artistic processes that can be used to increase the efficiency of the approach to what is known as Restorative Justice.
I have been a student of various crafts and had several small businesses producing one of a kind craft work. This includes knitted wearable art clothing, felted clothing and hangings, (seed) beaded jewelery, collage, printmaking, handmade children’s books, soft scuplture, quilted pillows etc. My work has been part of group shows, individual shows in galleries, shops and private showings in Vancouver, on Hornby Island and in Toronto.
I make small figures that I call elemental beings or fairies. I sell these privately and through small stores. I send them through the mail internationally also. You many contact me via email if you are interested. Each one is $25 and I can send 5 for $100 and the postage is determined by the location so it varies.
I have been creating and officiating for celebrations and ceremonies ( baby namings, coming of age, marriage and memorials) for 30 years.
I have worked with individuals, families and groups using art as a form of therapy. This includes working with biography, relationship, life questions, group dilemnas/issues. I have been trained in the Anthroposophical approach to Art Therapy at the Arscura School for Living Art which involves working with Goethean phenomenology, metamorphosis and colour theory involving particular qualities associated with particular colours.
I am published in magazines and one anthology of memoirs. I have written plays for my students at all Grade Levels. I wrote healing verses for individual students that I subsequently self-published in small volumes( two volumes so far) called Verses for Children.
I studied Film and Photography at Ryerson Polytechincal Institute ( now Ryerson University) in the 1980’s. Some of my photographs have been published in the Sun: A Magazine of Ideas . A book called Feasting on Hornby features my photos of handmade kitchens on Hornby Island, British Columbia. I have used photography to support various research projects that I have done over the last 30 years, including the Tree Conversation work.
I draw on my training in image making when I work with Media Literacy. I was part of a group called Media People for Social Responsibility in the 1980’s. I have worked to promote media literacy including creating media fasts in Waldorf Schools to educate parents, faculty and students in the power of media and also the process that lies hidden behind the creation of images.
Motherhood and Family
I have had the privilege of participating in and witnessing the lives of my two sons ages 29 and 24. Serving these two children inspired me to create in the world; communities , educational systems, joyful creativity in relationship and healthy communication processes. I am grateful for the ongoing learning and deepening of capacity for love, understanding, forgiveness and mutual support that they bring into my life! I have recently become a grandmother.
My former husband, Amnon Buchbinder, took me into the natural world and taught me to listen. He weaned me off a lifelong habit of interrupting. He taught me to be angry and to stay in the room and communicate clearly about what I was experiencing. He supported me to go on my many journeys of learning and my travel to far away places to meet colleagues in a global community who are researching as I am.
My mother, Helena Hartman, the artist and devotee of spiritual striving, gives me the gift of beauty, trusting intuition, making art that reveals connectedness and taking responsibility for my experiences, that is healing myself in mind, body , soul and spirit.
My father, Bruce Pomeranz, who died in February 2013, was a research scientist , his constant quest for a scientific approach to mysticism, his work on the physiological mechanism of acupuncture (changing the relationship in the West to this Eastern approach to medicine) and his unquenchable thirst for learning and knowledge gave me a respect for intellect that is focused and agile, he taught me how to teach ( he was a professor for 30 years) and he continues to inspire me and help me to structure this research project.
My family of out-laws ( former in –laws) are passionate world creators, bringing healing, beauty, political action, social transformation into everything they do! David Buchbinder ( see Diasporic Genius), Roula Said ( see Om Laila) and Judith Wesiman peace activist and clown!
Global LIfeNet Movement
I was a student in the school of Geomancy in North America created by Marko and Ana Pogacnik 2006-2008. Marko Pogacnik has been named as the UNESCO Artist for Peace for 2016-2018.
I participated in creating the first geopuncture installation in North America at Foxhollow Farm in Kentucky, USA. I organized the creation and installation of the first geopuncture installation in Canada in Thornhill at the Toronto Waldorf School in October 2011.
I have attended the international Lifenet conferences and exploratory tours in Slovenia in the summer of 2008, in Germany summer 2010, in England in the summer of 2012 and in Sweden in the summer of 2014. I presented the first tree conversation drawings at the conference in 2012 and led a workshop and presented the work again in the summer of 2014. The international LifeNet group sees itself as a movement with the following aims and activities.
1.LIFENET AS A MOVEMENT;
Creating the new morphogenetic field of the earth and humanity by meditating together on specific themes.
Cooperating with the elemental world and with the spiritual realms through geomantic work on places , in homes, in cities and landscapes.
Working on awakening public awareness of earth’s pluridimensionality and the holistic approach to life.
Holding personally the point of peace within one’s inner centre and be grounded in any possible situation to occur during the earth’s transformation process.
LIFENET AS ART GROUP:
Creating geopuncture circles world wide, Land Art, Storytelling etc
Information exchange, web-site, creative meetings
I am an active member of this international group with members in Europe, North America , South America, The Middle East and just beginning in Asia. The tree conversation work has developed out of this global work with the consciousness of the Earth and the aspect of art as a form of connecting and collaborating with the beings of the Earth.