“Getting lost will help you find yourself” – Holstee Manifesto
In May 2013, I lost my husband to cancer. I was his carer for four years, and he died at home, surrounded by his loved ones. In the years that I was looking after him, I noticed that his passion for life and for service increased as his health diminished. He leaned into his creative practice for strength and inspiration (he was a musician) and staged, with great difficulty, five shows in the four years of his illness. I looked after him while simultaneously tending to my own creative practice as a visual artist, writer and teacher. The experience not only strengthened me, but strengthened my belief that creativity has magical powers!
When he died, even though it was not unexpected, the grief was singular, all-encompassing and almost blinding. I lost myself. It took months, but in allowing myself to be lost, I gradually found my way home by leaning into my own creative expression. A pattern emerged in the journey.
Now, one year later, I am sharing a part of that journey in this workshop. Loosely based around my own experiences, this workshop is for anyone who wants to use art, writing and beauty to reclaim their centre, to find their way back to themselves, if life has knocked them a little off kilter (and if you’re alive, you know what I mean!).