We are proud to present the Performance line-up for Elementus - an alchemical ceremony!
Cast your eyes over the wonders that await...
Drama SketchNomad, would-be mystic, unconventional, autistic, an unlikely minister. Now temporarily living in Provence and in a long transition from working in the corporate world, my One Spirit training is high on my list of priorities right now. Perhaps a little pushing out of comfort zones might feature in my continuing training, and it’s in this spirit that I approach my appearance in Elementus. Since failing to land the key part in my infant school’s nativity play, through odd forays into storytelling and light impro, an actor’s life obviously wasn’t meant for me. I wasn’t educated at RADA, have no film credits to my name, have never been invited to join the RSC. Appearances on Broadway have largely involved food and drink consumption. Many West End appearances are best not spoken about. Perhaps tonight will be my night. Hopefully not showing the ‘eXit’ factor, may any critics agree that at least I try.
A brief word about my piece – ‘Hot air':
HOT AIR. From the Dyson blower in the public convenience to the charged atmosphere of warring politicians, there’s more to air than the invisible stuff that we breathe. A morning glance at the crossword leads to a leisurely musing on the importance of air…
Half of the EdJu Musical DuoMy work, for the past eighteen years, has been as an educator. My task has been to support initiatives whether they come from adults or children. I have been teaching maths, science, music, history, movement and the creative arts in a way that respects, the person’s creative individuality. I earn my living as a teacher in a school and as a private tutor.
Half of the EdJu Musical DuoI originally trained in fine art and printmaking and later as a Steiner Waldorf class and music teacher. My passion is bringing people together and building a magical listening space for music,story, history and presence. I currently lead a drop-in choir in Kingston, teach music classes,parent and child groups and tutor home education students and parents.
The song “Stronger” was composed by Helen Yeomans, who was disheartened by a particularly gruesome news item on the radio. After an inspiring conversation with a friend, she saw the possibility of transforming her negative feelings into positive action This inspiring and life affirming song was the result. All proceeds from this song are donated to Amnesty International both
StorytellerHello, I am Sarah, a teacher, children’s storyteller and a student on the Interfaith training. I feel that stories have a tremendous power to touch people’s own lives and biographies by showing that there is a more peaceful and profound way of living, in contrast to the stories that our present culture is playing out, those which we hear of through the newspapers.
I have chosen this story, The Tiny Thing, which is from the Native American Indian tradition, because I love it! Also because it motivates me to look at my relationship with spirt and the teeming life which surrounds us. I hope the story inspires you too!
Flute PlayerI am in the second year of the Interfaith Training and the depth of love there is proving truly transformative for me. I teach piano and flute mainly to young children so am blessed to be around their lovely souls every day and try my best to be present to their unique personalities.
Marcus and I will perform a flute duet on the night, composed by myself evoking the element of Air.
The WandererMy name is Julia and I am now in my second year of training to be a spiritual counsellor and Interfaith minister. I have a background of psychodynamic counselling, Reiki and principally of being carer for my 27 year old daughter who has cerebral palsy. In my youth I was a keen artist and musician. I feel the magic and mystery of life and love to contemplate on the meanings of our presence in the universe. My interests are healing, metaphysics, dream-work and the angelic and spiritual realms. Deep love of the animal kingdom and natural world creates a desire in me to work on the themes of re-connecting to soul essence, to each other and to our precious Earth.
Having never acted before, the experience of taking the part of ‘the wanderer’ in Elementus reminds me of my nine-year old self who loved to put on little skits with my friends. I also find that the story resonates with the joy of finding my own ‘tribe’ at Onespirit Interfaith Foundation.
Singing Bowl PlayerSuzanne is a proud mother and grandmother. She is an artist, a sound practitioner and meditation group leader. Suzanne has been following a path of Universal Sufism all her adult life. She is passionate about including, encouraging, and affirming. She loves the spaciousness of silence, but also enjoys friendship and chatter.
Mantra ChanterI am a mother of three living in North Wales. I am a self-taught artist and I love to paint scenes from nature as well as letting my creative expression flow formulating in intuitive art. I have been a Reiki teacher and holistic therapist for the past 17 years and I love bringing spirit back into the lives of people who are feeling challenged in their everyday lives.
The PoetI have just entered into my second year of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. I am a Piscean with a passion for the ocean. The ocean humbles me, teaches me, relaxes me, challenges me, connects me and grounds me. The ocean stirs my heart, and inspires my imagination to write and paint. I shall be performing a piece of my poetry inspired by the element of Water, the great ocean.
Singing GuitaristI am a Second Year student at OSIF. My background is in Human Resources and Organisation Development. I have also trained in counselling and psychotherapy. Always feeling that I was on a journey but never arriving, I found OSIF following a particularly difficult year for me which tested my own deep beliefs. I am enjoying discovering my ministry and rediscovering my love of song and poetry writing in the context of my studies. I have co-written the songs the are included tonight with my fellow student and friend Nicole which has been a real joy. I hope you like them.