Workshops & Retreats

Mindfulness-Joy Silk-Painting Workshops - 

Step aside from the pressure and stress of work and give yourself some Quality Me-Time - 

In addition to creating her hand-painted silk scarves and High Consciousness Meditation Cushions, DurgaMata also gives 3-hour Mindfulness-Joy 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!’


The Next live event - Mindfulness-Joy Silk-Painting Workshop -
(the first one in 18 months, due to covid danger)

is coming up 

2 - 5pm on 26th September,

in the beautiful Marwood Room, St Luke's Church, Kew, The Avenue, Richmond, TW9 2AJ

Booking is on eventbrite - https://bit.ly/3ysuqzi - Please let me know if you have not had the double vaccination dose - so I can organise things in a way that offers best protection for everyone including yourself. 

I know that some people have had finances impacted by the pandemic. If you would like to come but funding is a stumbling block, book a call with me and we can work something out. My first aim is service, so I will be as flexible as I can. All frontline workers, social workers, care workers, teachers and others who have been working round the clock to keep us all safe, can request a 50% discount. Book a call on https://bit.ly/3yubGiP

there are three styles of silk scarf which you can choose to make in this workshop. The first style is Marble. Here the colours you choose cover the entire area of the silk.

the distribution of colour is random. This scarf is folded in half.

The scarf has been loosely knotted to show more of the colours. Yellow red and orange were used here.

The scarves we make in workshops are generally packaged in plastic pockets, but boxes can be provided.

The next style is Dapple. The silk is spread out on a mat and gathered into peaks. The dyes run down the peaks and some of the original white silk feeds into the design.

The overall pattern is quite even

ironed and folded

Tied with a ribbon and packaged in a plastic pocket

The third style of silk scarf which you can make in my workshops is Agate. This is slightly more complicated so not recommended on a first workshop. I call it Agate Style - since the organic patterns and striped effect remind me of the agate stone which also has a striped or banded appearance. 

The left hand end of this scarf.

The right hand end

Folded and tied ready for packaging.

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 DurgaMata

As 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.
Durga Mata Portrait

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.”

― Lao-tse

DurgaMata of London

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