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Saturday 23rd November
7.00 pm Waunifor Café


We warmly invite you to come and spend an Autumn evening at Waunifor, to join the café gallery artists as they talk about their latest exhibition, ‘What Moves Your Life’ .

It will be an informal evening where we will look at each piece presented, and hear from the artist the thoughts and the feelings that inspired it. It is a chance to meet and mix and to exchange together as we delve into the currents of what moves us.

Admission Free.

Summer Workshops, Talks and Demonstrations

With members and volunteers from the Waunifor Community

You are warmly invited to a fascinating series of talks and workshops, running alongside the art exhibition. They cover a range of subjects – arising from individuals’ researches and passions. And there may well be other spontaneous extras announced closer to the time!


Reclaiming the Feminine Mystery of Creation with Eva Skalla and Joan Franclova.

Saturday, 24th August 2-4pm Cost £5.00

A fascinating pictorial journey through the many goddesses of the world, looking at Marian apparitions, Japanese priestesses and mother goddesses from Peru to Crete. What do they have in common and what do they tell us for today about the magic of being feminine.

Joan Franclova studied Fine Art and Art History at The Coventry School of Art and Design (part of Coventry University) and has illustrated several books. Currently teaching water colour painting and glass painting on a part-time basis, her interests include philosophy, history, ecology, and quantum and astrophysics.

Eva studied at the Architectural Association in London and Carmarthen School of Art, as well as Hindustani classical music and field anthropology in India.

A lifelong interest in esoteric religions and the feminine has taken Eva all over the world, meeting with various, different religious teachers, as has working in Event and music management with remarkable musicians from a variety of world music traditions. Her passion for indigenous textiles has also been with her throughout her many journeys.

Ways of Looking with Viv Mullett

Sunday, 25th August 2-4pm Cost £5.00

Drawing usually involves observation of some kind. Are there ways of looking and observing without using the eyes? This workshop is an exploratory exercise in drawing objects by using other senses - touch, hearing, smell, taste - to do the seeing. The aim is to find out how we perceive something and depict it when we can't see it, and whether, by using other ways of looking, we can improve the way we observe something when we do use our eyes. The session is intended to be fun and relaxed, and no level of drawing ability is required. Materials will be supplied.

Viv studied Fine Art at Reading University a long time ago, and more recently at Carmarthen School of Art and Trinity St David's. Over the years she has worked in many artistic fields: community arts, graphic design, illustration, painting miniatures, printmaking, making books, and now making paper as an art form and as a medium. She has always been fascinated and awestruck by the underlying laws and geometric principles that govern the way living matter forms up and grows, from the most minute particles to the vast spaces of the universe we live in.

Celebrating Nature through Art with Elaine Graham

Monday, 26th August 2-4pm Cost £10.00 including art materials

For those who have a deep love of nature and seek to express these feelings through visual arts, this workshop explores ways and means to capture Earth’s continual unfolding theatre.

We begin with a meditation that encourages us to feel more deeply what we see,: a sunset, wind on the water, the rustle of trees or how light suddenly breaks out from behind a cloud….

We then look at ways to capture this on paper using mood making nature of colour and movement through mark making to evoke the energy and dynamism of the living worlds.

After a short session of doodling to music we will select a subject to paint or draw (in the grounds weather permitting) and complete the workshop with work to take home.

Elaine is a painter working in West Wales. Born in Vancouver, Canada, she began painting at a young age and gained a Fine Arts degree in Toronto, winning several graduate distinctions before emigrating to the UK. She set up her studio in West Wales in 2003, drawn to the elemental energy and spiritual dimension of the landscape. “I love the ever-changing moods of light and colour of the landscape and by connecting to and giving form to its ‘genius loci’, my aim is to inspire others.” Elaine exhibits in galleries across Wales and her work is represented in private collections both in the UK and internationally.

The Appearance of Intelligence from the Future through the Arts with James Smith

Tuesday, 27th August 2-4 pm Cost £5.00

James is fascinated with understanding the story of how intelligence appears from the future through the arts (theatre, drawing, literature, painting and dance). What do these understandings propose for each life that searches for new artistic expression now? For example, how does a person attune themselves to new appearance? How can the noises be filtered out? This presentation is a journey of discovery touching on many areas to see what new intelligence from the future is appearing now.

James is a futurist and intensely interested in the appearance of new intelligence from the future and what this proposes for human development. He takes a novel approach in understanding how the human systems work to access inner intelligence and how different people have done this through the ages. New approaches are needed to explore the mystery of what works now and what this might propose for the future. James holds the following professional qualifications: Eur Ing, CEnv FIEMA, CEng FIMechE, MCQI CQP

Know Thyself - Contemplations with Rosamond Rolleston and Jackie Henshall

Wednesday, 26th August 2-4pm Cost £5.00

Guided contemplations to open further this unique, mysterious and revelatory journey, so personal to each of us, along with conversation and companionship. This is a chance to slow down and give yourself time and space to listen to the inner awareness life.

Jackie Henshall trained as a painter at the Central College of Art in London, and works as a professional artist, creating pieces of fused glass which are exhibited in a number of local galleries. Recently she has produced a collection of pieces for contemplation, and has an abiding commitment in her life to the search for self knowledge and the deepening of human values. www.jackiehenshall.co.uk

Rosamond Rolleston was born in New Zealand, and trained there as a journalist. She later moved to London where she worked as a journalist and then as a teacher. Now living in Wales, she is furthering a long term commitment to discovering, and quietly being with, the mystery of human purpose and what a fitting living response to that might be in these times.

Around the World - Painting Workshop with Jackie Henshall and Sally Hayes

Thursday, 29th August 2-4pm Cost £10.00 including art materials

From our respect for the many different cultures and traditions we share this world with, we invite you to come and paint with us to a variety of music from around the world. This is an opportunity for us to be with and appreciate other rhythms and frequencies, as well as free ourselves from our usual patterns. Numbers are limited, so please book ahead. Tel: 01559 395437.

Sally Hayes works mostly with collage, although recently she has been making abstract dwelling pieces with English, Arabic and Hebrew writing, which have been well received. She was a school teacher for 20 years working with refugee children and young adults from many different countries. “I enjoy this workshop enormously. It’s informative at an intuitive level and a great chance to paint to different sounds and rhythms. It’s celebratory, and good fun, and draws people together in the experience of it.”

Jackie Henshall trained as a painter at the Central College of Art in London, and works as a professional artist, creating pieces of fused glass which are exhibited in a number of local galleries. Recently she has produced a collection of pieces for contemplation, and has an abiding commitment in her life to the search for self knowledge and the deepening of human values. www.jackiehenshall.co.uk

Visualising the Unseen with Eva Skalla and Joan Franclova

Friday, 30th August 2-4 pm Cost £10 including art materials

A practical workshop which introduces the unseen worlds around us. This then leads to drawing or painting this world. Eva and Joan take you through a history of representations of the unseen in world art and some of the underlying science behind it. Then you can experiment with your own experience.

Joan Franclova studied Fine Art and Art History at The Coventry School of Art and Design (part of Coventry University) and has illustrated several books. Currently teaching water colour painting and glass painting on a part-time basis, her interests include philosopy, history, ecology, and quantum and astrophysics.

Eva studied at the Architectural Association in London and Carmarthen School of Art, as well as Hindustani classical music and field anthropology in India.

A lifelong interest in esoteric religions and the feminine has taken Eva all over the world, meeting with various different religious teachers, as has working in event and music management with remarkable musicians from a variety of world music traditions. Her passion for indigenous textiles has also been with her throughout her many journeys.

Earth as a Sacred Space with Café Gallery artists

Saturday, 31st August 7pm Cost £3.00

An evening with the café gallery artists speaking about their current exhibition, and the different inspirations and starting places they each found working inside this marvellous title, Earth as a Sacred Space. This group of artists which includes both professionals and beginners have had 15 exhibitions so far, on various topics. Visit café gallery on this web site for a preview.

Talks, Workshops and Demonstrations from the 2018 Art Exhibition.


Essentials – A Collage Workshop with Jackie Henshall and Sally Hayes.

Inspired by Matisse and his use of collage in his later work to capture the essentials of an experience, this is a chance to journey into your own essentials, to give expression to some of the importances and values you stay close to in the living of your life. We will be using a range of coloured papers, scissors and glue to create little art works that have meaning to ourselves. No previous art experience required. All materials included.

Jackie and Sally are both ardent collage experimenters, using coloured papers and glue to explore inner processes and ideas. See Monday and Saturday talks for further background information.

Process Drawing through the Senses with Claire Zeevi.

An unusual approach to drawing. It’s not the end result, but the process of being with, and the conversation between yourself and what you witness. It‘s discovering marks you never thought you might make. For any ability. To be free and not mind. Pencils and paper will be provided.

Clare has had an abiding interest in the arts for many years, and combines this with the greatest art of all, the exploration of the art of living a throughout, connected life.

Painting with Words with Sally Hayes.

An evening session to enjoy playing with words and to encourage a freedom in our expression, perhaps even moving towards ‘abstract writing’. We will visit the summer art exhibition after hours and find a painting of our choice, pinpointing what captures us about it and re-painting it in words. But first we’ll warm up with a series of entertaining exercises to help us find our spontaneity and dexterity, and to simply play. It will be a warming, welcoming and non competitive workshop and is for everyone who enjoys language and its elasticity.

Sally Hayes taught English for twenty years in London Secondary Schools, specialising in poetry and creative writing. When she stopped teaching, she started writing for pleasure and had time to start reading in earnest. She loves the different times of day and evening and their different atmospheres. She writes about time, the minute by minute of the way we live our lives and the fleeting span of a human life set in the billions of years of the planet’s lifetime.

Café Process Gallery – Creation’s Dance with Café Gallery Artists.

This small gallery in the Café, separate from the main exhibition in Cedar Hall, features work from some of the Waunifor volunteers, which includes both professional artists and complete beginners. Every few months we choose a topic of interest and we each have a go at creating a work that is visually interesting and meaningful to us. There is a deliberate informality, unframed work on white boards, with the emphasis always on the process of making it rather than the final result. This current exhibition (our 12th) is entitled Creation's Dance, and this evening there is an opportunity to hear from many of the artists the inspirations and challenges involved in creating their pieces.

The appearance of intelligence from the future through the arts (theatre, drawing, literature, painting and dance)

Tuesday, 21th August 2-4pm Cost £5.00
with James Smith.
James is fascinated with understanding the story of how intelligence appears from the future through the arts. What do these understandings propose for each life that searches for new artistic expression now? This presentation is a journey of discovery touching on many areas to see what new intelligence from the future is appearing now.

James Smith is a futurist and intensely interested in the appearance of new intelligence from the future and what this proposes for human development. He takes a novel approach in understanding how the human systems work to access inner intelligence and how different people have done this through the ages. New approaches are needed to explore the mystery of what works now and what this might propose for the future. James holds the following professional qualifications: Eur Ing, CEnv FIEMA, CEng FIMechE, MCQI CQP

Wellbeing through Nature with Kirsti Sivyer and Judie Coull .

Most of us love time spent in nature ... is it not always so refreshing and healing? This workshop explores ways to take the relationship and interaction between the person and the planet to a deeper place. It opens up how our attitudes can influence the effect of our surroundings upon us, and in a gentle practical outdoor session we will discover how different plants, trees, colours and elements can have quite specific effects upon us, if we are open to this living world around us … for example, boosting our energy if we are tired, or calming us down if we are wound up.

Kirsti Sivyer and Judie Coull both have a life-long love of nature and its healing properties, as well a practical involvement in spiritual growth. Judie is a practising energy healer and homeopath, having an affinity with plants since very young and is part of an international research fellowship into Wellbeing Sciences. She has offered many healing workshops and presentations. Kirsti has an MA in Moral Philosophy, with a love of natural values, and is a Bach Flower Practitioner. She has conducted special walks in nature, as well as given lectures and workshops both in the UK and Australia over many years. She is also a keen gardener, with an ongoing interest in creating healing ecologies.

Reclaiming the Feminine Mystery of Creation - Discovering the Divine Feminine with Eva Skalla and Joan Franclova.

A fascinating pictorial journey through the many goddesses of the world, looking at Marian apparitions, Japanese priestesses and mother goddesses from Peru to Crete. What do they have in common and what do they tell us for today about the magic of being feminine?

Joan Franclova has studied comparative religion, philosophy, world history and the arts for many years, and has a particular interest in gender studies, with reference to spirituality. Eva Skalla has had a lifelong interest in religion, with reference to the feminine gender, and through her career in world music, has travelled the world, meeting with remote tribes and visiting spiritual masters, in pursuit of the sacred feminine.

Creating Glass Landscapes – A Journey with Jackie Henshall.

Originally a painter, Jackie tells the story of her journey into kiln formed glass, the inspirations and the challenges of this media, using transmitted light rather than reflected light, curved surfaces as well as flat ones, and learning the mysterious language of temperature. She will offer demonstrations of the materials and processes involved in the creation of fused glass landscapes and sculptures, as well as her open work haiku bowls.

Jackie Henshall studied painting, obtaining a BA in Fine Art at what was then the Central College of Art, in London. Always fascinated by the movement of light inside a landscape, she set up her glass studio in 2010 to explore working with landscape and light in a more direct way. It has been a thrilling journey so far, with each day a new beginning. Her work can be seen in the Waunifor Summer Exhibtion, as well as galleries in West Wales. Visit her website for more information. www.jackiehenshall.co.uk

Arthurian Magic and Mystery in West Wales with Martin Pilkington.

Merlin, Arthur, and Knights of the Round Table are all associated with the landscape of West Wales, the land of the Grail. This presentation will take you through the mystery and magic that surrounds Arthurian legend in a new and unique way.

Martin Pilkington has been interested in the Arthurian legends for over twenty years. He has researched these legends in West Wales and has collected some of them on the Arthurian Wales Facebook site. Wales in particular has strong Arthurian connections and Martin has written books and pursues folklore and visits sites connected to the legend. He has given talks to local history groups, civic societies, the Women's Institute, Historic Trusts and recently the West Wales Dowsers. Martin is interested in the more mystical side of the legends which has fascinated Hollywood, famous authors, royalty and many great people through the ages.

Saturday afternoons at Waunifor

Autumn Talks and Art Workshops

You are invited to a collection of talks and experimental art workshops offered by volunteers and members of the Waunifor Centre community. These will take place on Saturday afternoons, throughout the autumn, and will be held at Waunifor in either the café or the main house, beginning at 2 pm. There will be a charge of £5 for the talks, and £15 for the art workshops (which will include all art materials as well as tea/coffee). Concessions for students and over 6os are available for the art workshops (£12). Talks vary in time, approx. 1 hour and then time for questions, and workshops approx. 3 hours with a break in the middle. Please ring 01559 395437 to book the art workshops as they have limited places.


The Joy of Patterns – Art Workshop with Jackie Henshall and Viv Mullett

In this painting workshop we will explore the creation of new patterns based on the geometry of number as well as simple organic forms. Using a variety of techniques, we will go on a journey to find those patterns that speak most directly to ourselves. We will create paintings to describe the world around us and within us that are full to the brim with our love of patterns.

Originally trained as a painter, Jackie Henshall established Small Beauties, an international art business set up to design and produce decorative papers for use by artists and crafters, as well as prints and greeting cards, continually taking what she saw in nature and transforming it into sheets of pattern. More recently she has begun to work in the media of glass, creating fused glass landscapes, bowls and sculptures which can be seen in galleries in West Wales.

Viv Mullett’s interest in pattern began as an art student in the early 1970’s, when studying Islamic patterns with some fellow students. Looking around, she found that patterns also existed in the natural worlds, and saw that the way things grow and form up seems to conform to numerical laws that also apply on a universal scale, something that certain philosophers and mathematicians have understood from ancient times. Number and the way nature organizes itself have fascinated her ever since.

The Appearance of Intelligence from the Future through the Arts with James Smith.

James is fascinated with understanding the story of how intelligence appears from the future through the arts (theatre, drawing, literature, painting and dance). What do these understandings propose for each life that searches for new artistic expression now? For example, how does a person attune themselves to new appearance? How can the noises be filtered out? This presentation is a journey of discovery touching on many areas to see what new intelligence from the future is appearing now.

James Smith is a futurist and intensely interested in the appearance of new intelligence from the future and what this proposes for human development. He takes a novel approach in understanding how the human systems work to access inner intelligence and how different people have done this through the ages. New approaches are needed to explore the mystery of what works now and what this might propose for the future. James holds the following professional qualifications: Eur Ing, CEnv FIEMA, CEng FIMechE, MCQI CQP

Hidden Wisdom in Renaissance Art with Martin Pilkington

The period of the Renaissance was a special crucible of change in human history. It marked a major leap forward in science, commerce, philosophy and art. Out of this era came extraordinary artwork that has intrigued scholars and searchers alike. Hidden messages were coded into the artwork inspired by Hermetic and Platonic influences fueling much philosophical speculation in the following centuries through to the modern era. This talk explores Renaissance artwork and some of the hidden messages within it, to draw out and expand upon the original philosophical and esoteric meanings.

Martin Pilkington has travelled extensively on business around the world and during his travels he has investigated different aspects of philosophy and mythology. His interest in Renaissance Art stems from spending a number of years in Italy and being inspired by the art and the ancient Platonic and Hermetic wisdom that inspired the paintings and architecture.

Reclaiming the Divine Feminine with Eva Skalla and Joan Franclova.

A fascinating pictorial journey through the many goddesses of the world, looking at Marian apparitions, Japanese priestesses and mother goddesses from Peru to Crete. What do they have in common and what do they tell us for today about the magic of being feminine?

Joan Franclova has studied comparative religion, philosophy, world history and the arts for many years, and has a particular interest in gender studies, with reference to spirituality.

Eva Skalla has had a lifelong interest in religion, with reference to the feminine gender, and through her career in world music, has travelled the world, meeting with remote tribes and visiting spiritual masters, in pursuit of the sacred feminine.

Meditation through Word Art – Art Workshop with Clare Zeevi and Sally Hayes

This meditation/art workshop will be an opportunity to gather your thoughts and feelings about what qualities you want to live in the world, in others and in yourself. The words you choose will be woven over and over again with fine pencils and crayons, interlacing and interlocking until a finished piece emerges, powerful both as an artwork and as a petition or self mark.

Clare Zeevi has had an abiding interest in the arts for many years, and combines this with the greatest art of all, the exploration of the art of living a throughout, connected life.

Sally Hayes taught English for twenty years in London Secondary Schools, specialising in poetry and creative writing. When she stopped teaching, she started writing for pleasure and had time to start reading in earnest. She loves the different times of day and evening and their different atmospheres. She writes about time, the minute by minute of the way we live our lives and the fleeting span of a human life set in the billions of years of the planet’s lifetime.

The Art of the Doodle – Art Workshop with Sally Hayes and Jackie Henshall

This art workshop is a dwelling experiment where we let our pen travel as it chooses without much thought, whilst listening to different pieces of music as well as several contemplations about space and time. Using coloured pens and pencils, we will attempt to create a space and a time where something new can appear not only on the paper we are doodling, but in ourselves.

See previous write ups of Sally Hayes in Meditation through Word Art, and Jackie Henshall in the Joy of Patterns workshops

Wellbeing through Nature with Kirsti Sivyer and Judie Coull

This is a lively and practical exploration into the living worlds of nature. We will be exploring the different frequencies of plants, trees, colours and the elements and how these can enhance our wellbeing and we will be discovering through our own senses which ones can enliven us when we are tired, or calm us when stressed or even stimulate our creativity. Do our attitudes and values influence the energy flow between ourselves and the natural worlds? Everything in nature is alive, and interconnected. This workshop is about how to become a more conscious part of this web of life and perhaps join more fully the reality of how sacred this journey on planet earth can really be.

Kirsti Sivyer and Judie Coull both have a life-long love of nature and its healing properties, as well a practical involvement in spiritual growth. Judie is a practising energy healer and homeopath, having an affinity with plants since very young and is part of an international research fellowship into Wellbeing Sciences. She has offered many healing workshops and presentations. Kirsti has an MA in Moral Philosophy, with a love of natural values, and is a Bach Flower Practitioner. She has conducted special walks in nature, as well as given lectures and workshops both in the UK and Australia over many years. She is also a keen gardener, with an ongoing interest in creating healing ecologies.