Painting for Janis and Dorea

A special visit from Dorea and Janis brought about this painting.

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This sweet little boy and his Mommy helped transplant some little bulbs and a few months later they are blooming.  Such a great kindness.

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Blooming in my garden

 

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Dorea – beautiful Mommy to Janis

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Complete and ready to give to Dorea and Janis

 

 

 

 

Art Workshop Plettenberg Bay at the Country Crescent Hotel – November 2013

Inspired by a call from Fiona at Destiny Magazine, this workshop grew from the idea of finding a beautiful location in my home town of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.  Featured in Destiny Magazine was the workshop – Experiencing Life Creatively – A Journey to Inner Healing which was also inspired by their call.

Destiny Magazine Advertisement: Link to Destiny Magazine Article:http://www.destinyconnect.com/2013/09/11/soulful-spaces-sat-chit-anand/

November 16th, 2013 was a wonderful day of art at the Country Crescent Hotel in Plettenberg Bay.  we thought we might be able to paint outdoors in the beautiful surroundings but the weather had other ideas.  Luckily we had the use of the small conference room.

Cathy Henderson started her first step into her glorious future in water colours.

Cathy Henderson started her first step into her glorious future in water colours.

Art Workshop Country Crescent Hotel Nov 2013 - Cathy's First Painting - Joy Truscott (1)

AND this is what Cathy created …. WELL DONE !

Art Workshop Country Crescent Hotel Nov 2013 - Cathy Henderson - Joy Truscott

From the blank page to a beautiful work of art.

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Sue

Sue

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Olive

Olive

Lynne

Lynne

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Pat and Megan

Pat and Megan

Marie

Marie

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Sarah

Sarah

Christine

Christine

Rachelle

Rachelle

Cathy

Cathy

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And the art that came out of this group was just amazing.  Many of this wonderful group had not painted before and some had not painted for many years.

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Joy's first step of dem.

Joy’s first step of dem.

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Step by Step Reflections Flow Technique

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Step-by-Step Loose Trees - final - Joy TruscottThis is the painting that inspired two fun workshops and a dem for the Plett Art Society.  See how it began….

It starts out looking reckless and dangerous.

Just pour on the first colour. Then add the second and third colour.

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When this was dry I had to sit with the painting for a long time to see what it wanted to be.

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The first washes or pours were in opaque colours so it was easy to lift out the shapes that were to be trees.

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Lots of techniques and play and slowly, step-by-step the painting becomes what it always wanted to be.

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More colour in the foreground was needed so the yellows and reds were brought back to play.

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Creating the foreground – still lots of colour – mainly the primary colours and allowing them to find one another on the paper.

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Lots more fun techniques, lifting, sliding, washing, stippling, stencilling … too much fun.

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I think this is enough … but you never know!

 

Reflections Workshop St Francis Bay – 4th November 2013

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Emotional Intelligence Workshop for Teenagers

Emotional Intelligence Workshop for Teenagers

                                                              Jeffrey’s Bay

16 June 2012

When Thomas Edison – inventor of the Light Bulb – was a boy, his teachers told him he was too stupid to learn anything.

Thomas Edison – best known for inventing the incandescent lightbulb in 1879.

The most significant form of Intelligence we can attain is Emotional Intelligence as this equips us to perform and succeed in all walks of life.

Our young people are losing out on this incredible learning as more and more time is given to “book learning” as schools and our society tend to attribute a person’s worthiness to their level of scholarly achievement.

Yet, time and time again, we hear of entrepreneurs and inventors who have achieved great wealth and success regardless of the formal learning.

Beethoven’s music teacher once said of him, “…as a composer, he is hopeless”.

Beethoven - famous composer

 

Teenager deserve to be fully equipped to manage life in all situations and this is possible when Emotional Intelligence is understood and practiced.

 This one day workshop will teach the valuable concepts and skills to open this awareness.

*Self Discipline    *Stress Management   *Communication    *Life Skills   *Leadership   *Self-Awareness & Self-Control  

Saturday 16 June, 2012  *  9:00 am to 4:00 pm

 R200 per person

Participants to bring their own lunch, refreshments and snacks.  Also a big cushion to sit on and clipboard or notebook and pen.

Please call   Joy 079 180 7639   for more information and booking.

This is such a valuable workshop and I am hoping that parents and teenagers will learn how these techniques can bring about positive changes that will inspire all relationships in the home, school and later in the business setting.

Many Excellent organizations, like VW, offer their employees this training.  It makes such a huge difference that it is seen as one of the essential courses business globally like to offer.

When we are able to move in the world from a core authenticity and responsibility, we are able to succeed in all endeavors.

I have researched this topic in depth as part of my studies with the University of Denver and presented workshops in Colorado, USA and South Africa to parents, educators and young people.

My motivation is to equip people to be the best that they can be, as this is the gift that impacts us all on a day to day basis.  

What will we be learning?

Self – Awareness

Self – Discipline

The Golden Moment – how to recognize it and use it to improve the outcome in all situations

How to control your own impulses

Regulate emotions

How to use the information in many settings

How to help others to be the best they can be, simply by being aware and better control oneself

How will you know you have begun the practice of emotional intelligence ?

  • You will be more tolerant.
  • You will take a Golden Moment.
  • You will stop blaming others.
  • You will appreciate people’s differences.
  • You will be a resource and a role model for others.
  • You will smile more to yourself and others.
  • You will start celebrating how far you have come.

Life is too precious to waste it.

Joy

 

 

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 Participants excelled in this workshop

This workshop Connected participants to the value and challenges of meeting the aspects of our Diversity.  The objective of this workshop was to highlight the strengths of the Individual within the corporate setting.  We gain a sense of purpose when we are able to witness and empower our own awareness.  Astute participants understand the need to match this with heightened communication skills.  This is a workshop that is an absolute MUST for all organizations wishing to embrace the value of our individual uniqueness.  To harness this attitude is the strength that creates significant shifts in perception and relationships.

When we see our worth, we are able to contribute in a worthwhile manner.

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Bobby Truscott – co-presenter for evolve

VW Diversity Oct 2010

 

evolve and Ethembeni Workshop

 

 

 

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Working with this incredible staff was simply unlifting.

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My Walk

My Walk by Joy Truscott Inspired by a walk on the beach in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa

My Walk by Joy Truscott Inspired by a walk on the beach in Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa

My Walk

By Joy Truscott – Inspired after a walk on our Jeffrey’s Bay Beach

Walking on the beach I see the footsteps forming behind my path.  I look back and see that the line of steps is not in a straight line, even though I thought I was walking a direct route.  The pathway curves gently around the slight impressions of the sand mounds.  I was not even aware that I had been following the contours of the earth.

I walk now with a sense of purpose, placing each foot gently on the earth.  Where the sand is hard and unyielding the steps are barely visible and where the sand is soft, I see my mark pressed into the ground.  I understand that the world can be like the sand.  Soft and yielding at times, allowing me to leave an impression that is well formed and noticeable.  At other times, the earth is hard and unrelenting.  I have still traveled that way yet the mark I leave is known only to me, so slight is it.

The wind blows towards me and lifts my hair and my spirits, bringing in the smell of the ocean.  The breath of life.  I breathe it in through my nostrils, recharging my energy and my soul.  The wind dances on the sand and lifts the edges from the footprints, smoothing the indentations and sometimes covering them up entirely.  Still, I know that I walked that way.

I stop to see, to breathe, to rest a while.  My prints are behind me and not yet made ahead of me.  I see the expanse of clear sand washed beach and feel the tingle of anticipation realizing that the steps I am to take from this moment on are the ones I wish to make.  From this point of pause I can decide which direction I choose to walk; how firmly I intend to place my feet; how far I intend to take myself along the route.

All the while the scene is changing - I am changing

All the while the scene is changing – I am changing

All the while around me the air is changing; the wind the light, and the  scenery.  It might be the same place it was moments before, but now it looks different.  I am aware of the ever-changing, moving and shifting of the atmosphere.  As I walk, I adjust my jacket to shield me from the cooling air.  I adjust me.  The scene will always change.  How can I possibly think that it will stay the same?  I am not the same.  I make the changes in me that allow me to stay in the changing scene.  I move myself across the path, following the curves and avoiding the beach debris.  Before, I never considered how amazing this ability within me actually is.  Now I am aware and grateful.  So much goes on within me that I am unconscious to.  What an amazing, resilient being I am!

God is in every detail

God is in every detail

At times I look down and find treasures along the path.  Tiny, beautifully formed shells in vivid colors.  Fragile and perfect, until an idle step shatters them.  Some things will not survive on our walk through life.  We are bound to fracture something along the way.  Nature forgives by supplying abundance.  I give thanks for the abundance.  I forgive generously and earnestly.

Pattern in Everything

Pattern in Everything

I look up and see the expanse of sky.  Even the horizons are not the end.  There is more.  So much more.  I could feel small and unseen in the vastness, but I feel held and loved.  I am part of this wondrous creation and loved as much as the tiniest shell.  I see the purpose and the plan for even the smallest of creatures.  Each life interlocking in exquisite precision.  Without one, the cycle cannot sustain itself.  I long to have all of mankind see this picture; this connection.

The wind has blown patterns in the sand.  The bits of drift wood hold similar patterns.  The sea snails weave their hieroglyphic messages in the wet sand.

There is a pattern for all beings.  We are part of an intricate tapestry.  The thread that holds us all together is the breath of life.  We are encapsulated in the same pod of earth.  Sustained by the same light and Source.

Driftwood and Shambles

Driftwood and Shambles

The reflections of the mountains and the clouds shine in the water washed beach.  The earth reflects the sky.  The sky reflects the earth.  Heaven and Earth.  Ying and Yang, Good and Difficult.  Ease and Challenge.  It is all one.  The separation is in our seeing of it.

Earth Reflects Sky

Earth Reflects Sky

I turn to walk back, my footprints still showing along some of the journey.  I try to walk inside my step.  My haltering steps are laboured.  I cannot place my feet in the same mark without walking backwards and looking over my shoulder.  This is ridiculous and makes me laugh.  I stumble and fall.  In life why would I consider trying to retrace my old steps?  They do not fit me anymore.  I cannot walk them with the same sense of trust and ease.  I have to concentrate so much on each step in order to “get it right”, that I cannot enjoy the journey.  The unrealistic expectation could leave me disappointed and unfulfilled, if this was a serious walk-for-life.

Luckily for me, I can choose to even dance some of the way.  I step and leap, swirl and sway, leaving a myriad of different prints to show the movement of flow and ease.  My spirits are lifted and I feel as light as the seagulls that swoop overhead.  I have moved a great distance and haven’t even been aware of labour.  My dancing feet have freed me from the stilted, restricted, concentrated, self-imposed labouring walk.  I choose to dance more.

It is the end of the meander now and I look back over the path and feel a sense of light and satisfaction for giving myself this time of life.  I have moved over rocks, hard and soft sinking sand and I have adjusted to each change and moved on.  The wind has blown and it has been hot at times.  Still, I danced and laughed and I will keep on dancing and laughing, even when my footprints can no longer be seen by others.  I know that I have participated regardless of the visible impression left behind.  That has made all the difference to me.

... and that has made all the difference to me ....

… and that has made all the difference to me ….

Working Through Fear – Using Breath and Awareness

  1. Guided Connections to bring us back to Inner Peace with Joy Truscott (click picture for link)

    Guided Connections to bring us back to Inner Peace with Joy Truscott (click picture for link)

    Breathe deeply in and out 3 times deeply. Allow your exhale to be slightly longer and softer than your inhale.

  2. Feel into your body and notice any part where you feel tightness, constriction, blockages, numbness, pain or fear.
  3. Bring your loving awareness to this part of your body or place inside of you, and slowly breathe there. Make contact with the pain or fear, and welcome it
  4. On your next breath imagine the arms of the Divine deeply embracing you. Feel the holding, feel the breath of God on your skin and hear the whispering of comfort in your ear
  5. Allow yourself to be soothed; allow any fear or pain to be transmuted by the embrace of the Divine
  6. On your next in breath, begin to notice the softening of any blockages or tightness, and bring the energy of love – the embrace of the divine – to that area. Know that it’s reminding you that you are not alone; you are always held; and you are One with everything.

Just Remember This:

  1. Breathe into fear (or pain)
  2. Breathe out love
  3. Breathe into love
  4. Breathe out fear (or pain)

Inner Healing Life Journey Workshop – Experiencing Life Creatively in JBay

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Jeffreys Bay – February 2012 Thank you to the participants who attended this workshop.  Also a big thank you to Chris and Bredine for making their lovely home available to us. Next workshop coming up in Port Elizabeth, March 10th … Continue reading