Creativity – Retreat – Restoration

Newsletter 2012


Earthskin Winter

This year came into being with a deep feeding of the land that clothes New Zealand in green. Rain and more rain.

From this richness has come an autumn and winter of sensational sight, sound and smells to surround Earthskin Muriwai.

Here are the photos of the newly natural oiled skin, and the additional decks: from the top floor to overlook the ancient bush, and, out from the art studio to rest or work magic upon.
The whare is extraordinarily beautiful and complete.

Our permaculture garden that will  also extend into surrounding neighbours land, will begin its initial planning this spring, and the land waits in readiness for a busy and abundant future.

Permaculture  Workshop : 30th of September
During this time, Trish and Daniel are coming to do a day course on Permaculture with the local Community on the 30th of September, so that we can all learn, and replicate  the knowledge into our homes and communities.
Contact: Trish Allen <>
Download Permaculture Flyer for more information: PERMACULTURE INTRODUCTION DAY

Also Earthskin is supporting the native regeneration of the surrounding land. Earthskin has had a report completed for the next door site that will allow not only the land and soil to be enriched, but the water to be filtered before going into the local lake. This will  support the biodiversity and wetland life.

Creative Artist Scholarships Information 2012

This year, so far, we have four amazing people who have been accepted for Residencies – coming from Europe and New Zealand. We look forward to the workshops or talks, they will bring to the local area.

Debbie Ryan

Debbie Ryan is a specialist in Mosaic Artwork and ran an amazing  workshop for locals.

Her work explores themes of the environment, particularly in the multiplicity of the natural world; She has received many commissions, residencies and awards. Debbie Ryan is a contemporary mosaic artist that creates work that explores and celebrates the natural world. Debbie is currently making new work, which is inspired by the beauty and variety of New Zealand landscape.

James Robinson

In September an extraordinary young man, James Robinson arrives at Earthskin Muriwai! His overall mission with his life and career is ” to demonstrate the integration within nature, and belief around true self in art, spirit and place. This is about sacred connection, respect, understanding, forgiveness, truth seeking, grief, praise and awe.”

Go on line and look at his work.
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Martine Bayley and Martin Bayley

Joint Application from Martine Bayley and Martin Bayley. A talented husband and wife are coming in November. Martine is a writer and publishes as Laura Bloom. Martin is a graphic designer and illustrator, lecturer in art and design, and has a Master of Arts in Photography.

Together in this Earthskin Residency they will collaborate, using the mental and physical space to step outside their roles as husband and wife, and re-engage as writer and artist. “Away from the distractions of paid work, Martin wants to return to pencil drawing and Martine will explore themes of nature and discovery.” More about this later this year.

Local Artist Residency

We want to develop ideas for a  wider local  annual month long  collaborative Creative Artist Residency so if you have any ideas or feedback for October for community, it would be useful.

Earthskin continues to offer many Scholarships annually. As part of my honoring to my dad”s plea to “help the world, and make a difference.” Permaculture training, and new Community Interaction is the main focus this year. There have been 6 off site scholarship recipients so far this year.

Finally, thank you to Veronique and Gerry, for watching over the final building completion [amidst so much mayhem] and the care and love you are bringing to this project.

Next season I would like to introduce you to a new space  to build community, with Scholarships which will bring more places that will be models of excellence for a balanced future….complete with gardens, to keep us well nourished.

Till then, be well, and enjoy the stillness as the earth moves from resting, and  directing our energy quietly inward, toward new growth and the  new beginnings of spring!

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