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Previous Projects

I started to create these sound-pictures from a desire for a new way of constructing and articulating through sound. The basic building-blocks of time, pulse, pitch and timbre form a musical language in which relationships between its component parts are free and spacious. This reflects a contemporary need for harmony in its broadest sense – the ecology between us as humans and in our relationship with the natural world and the planet. The pieces have an abstract, ambient quality. In some ways they are like film music. There are also echoes of the intertwining threads of Medieval polyphony and the sound-world of electroacoustic music.

I recorded all the sounds live, and then put them together and edited them on the computer. Some sounds are instrumental or vocal, others from nature or the urban landscape. There is a sense of architectural structure which emerges during the process. Putting them together is like creating a sonic sculpture, which ‘hangs’ in time.

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Metamorphosis
2021 - 2022

Elements
2020

Hinterland
2019

Collaborative Creative Projects

I’m currently involved in two collaborative projects with artists from other disciplines, preparing for exhibitions in the autumn and winter at Signal Arts Centre, Bray. These shared explorations draw very much on what I have learned from yoga, and my work is in turn touched by the creative work. I’m creating abstract, ambient ‘soundscapes’ as well as learning how to look.

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ArtNetDlr projects

Inside ... pathless land ...

This initially formed part of the ArtNetdlr 2021 Metamorphosis project. The title refers to J. Krishnamurti’s famous 1929 speech, ‘Truth is a pathless land’. Created during the lockdown periods, we took the opportunity to explore the ‘pathless land’ of our inner space and  potential through visual work, sound and words. See Greenhouse Culture for a ‘tour’ of our work, a window into our creative process, and to hear the soundtrack.

We are developing and expanding the work for an exhibition which will take place from 27th November – 10th December 2023

When: Exhibition 27th November – 10th December 2023

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Ongoing course exploring Peter Hersnack’s book

A Walk Through The Living Breath

This course is currently running, but the description here gives an idea of how I’m committed to bringing peter Hersnack’s unique approach to yoga out into the world. I will continue to do this through courses and workshops into the future.

We are looking at one chapter each month for 7 months, starting December 2022. We’re take time to look at the ideas in each chapter, and I am guiding the practices. In between sessions there is the chance to reflect, to practise, and to read the next chapter for each upcoming session. 

I see myself as a guide, rather than a teacher.

The course takes one chapter per month, as follows: 

One: Introduction

Two: Form, axis, breath: prāṇa – apāna

Three: The relationship between form and axis: prāṇa – sūrya apāna

Four: The two poles of the axis: mūla – apāna and candra – prāṇa

Five: Axis, form and laterality: candra – mūla

           Six: Confusion and discernment: bandha – kleśa – saṁyoga

           Seven: Incarnation and unveiling: puruṣa – prāṇa – prakṛti

I record all the sessions, so that you can go over them again in your own time. Students can also attend by recordings if they have to miss a session.

About The Living Breath

The Living Breath is the translation of Peter Hersnack’s book La Chair Vivante (Cahiers de Présence d’Esprit 2003). It covers the proceedings of a week-long retreat which Peter taught in France in 2002. 

The book is divided into 7 chapters, each covering one day of the retreat. The theme is the relationships of five ‘energetic elements’, which are vital for our healthy living in the world. 

Peter states clearly at the beginning that this is essentially a practical book; the fruit of his many years of study with TKV Desikachar in Chennai, India, in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Each chapter contains two or three practices, which are described in detail and represented by diagrams. These introduce key aspects of Peter’s teaching, including intelligent use of breath in yoga posture and different aspects of bodily intelligence. The whole book is shot through with insights from Peter’s profound knowledge and unique understanding of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. 

Several people who worked with Peter through English have asked for some kind of workshop or course which covers both the essence and more specifics of his teaching. We are sharing our experiences, but I’m there to facilitate, to guide the practices and to outline the theoretical material. 

I spent many years completely immersed in The Living Breath and every time I read the book, I find something new. Peter encouraged me to translate the original French book, La Chair Vivante, into English, and from 2010 to his death in 2016 I worked on it under his guidance. After that, a small group was formed, and we worked together to complete the translation project, which was published in December 2018.

Since Peter’s death I have been working consistently with Peter’s wife Colette, and also with Sylvie Palot, who both work tirelessly to ensure the ongoing transmission of Peter’s teaching. I’m also translating Peter’s translations and commentary of the Yoga Sutra into English for the Association’s website, https://art-of-yoga.fr/en/hersnack-peter.html, as well as being ‘anglophone rep’ on their committee. I’m offering this course as a way of keeping Peter’s teaching alive – and so that those of us who want to can pass it on to a new generation of students – each in our own way, but with an understanding based on practice and study.

About The Living Breath

The Living Breath is the translation of Peter Hersnack’s book La Chair Vivante (Cahiers de Présence d’Esprit 2003). It covers the proceedings of a week-long retreat which Peter taught in France in 2002. 

The book is divided into 7 chapters, each covering one day of the retreat. The theme is the relationships of five ‘energetic elements’, which are vital for our healthy living in the world. 

Peter states clearly at the beginning that this is essentially a practical book; the fruit of his many years of study with TKV Desikachar in Chennai, India, in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Each chapter contains two or three practices, which are described in detail and represented by diagrams. These introduce key aspects of Peter’s teaching, including intelligent use of breath in yoga posture and different aspects of bodily intelligence. The whole book is shot through with insights from Peter’s profound knowledge and unique understanding of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. 

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