Workshops & Retreats
Mindfulness-Meditation Silk-Painting Workshops
In addition to creating her hand-painted silk scarves and High Consciousness Meditation Cushions, DurgaMata also gives Mindfulness Meditation Silk Painting Workshops. Having been practicing meditation for over 40 years and being an accomplished Silk Paint artist, she has all the expertise to make these workshops transformational but above all they are fun. She says, ‘Silk Painting is a super-fun, gentle and therapeutic activity. You don’t have to have any prior experience of silk-painting. You don’t have to be good at art. You get stunning results and there are no mistakes!’
As an artist DurgaMata has always been fascinated with colour, light and energy and she specialises in painting on silk. Painting spontaneously - as a form of meditation – she pours the positive energy and inner peace which flow in her meditation, into the very fibres of the fabric. Her motto is, ‘hold it close and feel the peace.’ Colour itself is nothing but energy, she explains, and silk-painting with dyes which are fixed by a process of steaming, create both vivid colours and subtle shades.
When you work with paint on paper, the colours you place stay just where you put them. Then one’s mind tends to come forward to observe and analyse the result. If people like it, then the praise can inflate the ego. If people don’t like the result, the artist can feel depressed and disheartened, but when one paints on silk, with liquid dye, the colour is gently drawn from the brush into the fabric where it spreads. Touch the silk with another colour and they flow together, organically creating all kinds of colours and effects that are always beautiful. DurgaMata explains, ‘When I paint I am meditating. I play with the silk and it plays with me. I am not using my mind at all. I feel the positive energy of my meditation flowing into the very fibres of the fabric. The results are always visually beautiful. The process is always joyful and satisfying. The products are powerful as well as beautiful, as they hold the positive energy and lift your consciousness in a powerful way.
My tag-line or motto is ‘Hold it close and feel the peace.’
‘In my workshops, you have the opportunity to experiment and play like this for yourself - and you can wear the finished art. The colour and beauty – and the consciousness you were feeling as you created it, influences and lifts both wearer and observer in a dynamic and positive way. Like anything which holds positive energy and the energy of beauty and colour, it can also aid healing and wellbeing.’
About DurgaMataAs is true in all aspects of life, the important things are not new. They are timeless. But it is not enough just to know about them. What is needed is action, to embed these truths in our lives. And through her inspirational speaking Durga Mata can enable audience members to see their own lives in the light of timeless wisdom and embrace the necessary change.
By profession DurgaMata is an artist and teacher but the most important element in her life is SPIRITUAL ASPIRATION. She believes that if we really want to make a positive difference in the world, we have to begin with our own lives and look within. When we take action to raise our own consciousness, this ripples out into the wider world in a natural way and the change is enduring. This philosophy is not new. Over 2,000 years ago in China, Lao-tse expressed it eloquently.
If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbours.
If there is to be peace between neighbours,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”
DurgaMata of London