APAS, Aurum Solar, Lisbon, Portugal

Last Wednesday morning I run a workshop at APAS, Pedagogical Association Aurum Solar, in Lisbon Portugal.

The group was Santiago, David, Gaia, João, Bernardo, Sara, João, Gabriel, Diogo, Ania, Simão, Antonio, Vicente, Samuel, Mariana, Anabela, Maria, Monica and Pedro.

The children were from 4 to 16. We made 18 dolls – we filled them with dreams and hearts and we meditated together.

I was amazed they spent quite a long time meditating, even the small kids were quiet for a long period of time just observing the older friends and adults meditating. Well, they are used to meditate everyday at the school!

I asked for each one to say a word about their experience:

‘Paixao, amizade, vida, vontade, união, compaixão, paciencia, amor, trabalho, ajuda, jogar bola, nascimento, felicidade, giro, saudades, tranquilidade, apoio, obrigada.’

‘Passion, friendship, life, will, union, compassion, patience, love, work, help, play ball, birth, happiness, cool, longing, tranquility, support, thanks.’

and an adult comment:

‘It was a simple, silent experience of attention and lots of symbolism. I feel there are no words to describe what was happening. I guess we give life to something indefinable – to me? to a puppet? to a part of the cosmos? It was unexpected everything we experienced this morning.’

Thank you Anabela and Maria who opened the school to receive the project, thank you!

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More pics Ler Devagar, LX Factory, Lisbon, Portugal

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Ler Davagar, LX Factory, Lisbon, Portugal

Last Wednesday I run another workshop at Ler Devagar bookshop at LX Factory, Lisbon, Portugal.

Filip, Beata, Adam, Wanda, Gauti, Svava, Borghildur, Francesca, Rosi and Winnie, from Poland, Iceland, Brazil and US, came along.

I showed them slides, a short film about the project and a picture book inspired by it.

We made 5 dolls together.

I was impressed by the two young families, both of them with three year old kids and breastfeeding an year and a half and six month babies. They stayed with us for a long time, around three hours, and they managed to make dolls, to engage in the conversation and to meditate. I was impressed by how easily and naturally they shared and swapped places to take care of their children. The room was big and the kids had the chance to explore and run around. The two older kids became friends and played together with the dolls we had already made. There was no crying, no problems, nobody crossed with anybody, on the contrary, we were with four calm good mood parents helping each other with relaxed small children, something rare to see around. It was a bliss to have them with us. I forgot to ask them to write down their comments about the experience, but I am sure they would manage to do it.

When I explained Winnie what we were doing she decided to stay with us just to mediate while we were making the dolls. She stayed for quite a while with her eyes closed in silence. She gave me a big hug before she left the room, she was  happy for the opportunity to be with us and do exactly what she needed to do.

I had a day surrounded by children, I went to a school in the morning to make dolls. I started my work life working with children, I was reminded how much I love to be with them, how much I identify with them, I guess I need to be with my friends much more than I usually am.

‘I felt grateful to be able to share this art, your dream, Regina. I had an experience of hold hands around the earth as I was carried by the meditation into a stream, a link of enlightened figures circling the earth. I am sure that this is the result you are achieving, it is so beautiful! Congratulations and may the universe cover you with love and happiness’

‘We absolutely loved the workshop. It was so nice to come out from the busy streets of Lisboa and the rain and all of a sudden we were in such a tranquil environment were we could meditate and let our 3 year old daughter run around freely. We loved making the dolls and learning about their purpose and what they mean to you and how this idea was conceived’ (the dad managed to send me an email with his comment). 

I can’t find words to express how much I love this project and all the people who help me to make it possible.

Thank you!
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Santih, North Lisbon, Portugal

Last Saturday we went to Santih, a beautiful yoga space in north Lisbon. Sofia, Reinaldo, Nina, Anabela and David made dolls in the most relaxing space we have been so far. We made 8 dolls and meditated under candle light, it was wonderful!

We also read the picture books together and they bought three books.

Some comments:

‘It was so cool to fill in cloth dolls. It took me to my childhood.’

‘Making the doll and giving it life was inspiring. I felt I was contributing to the connection and that we are all one. In my meditation, I felt the pulse of my heart in my fingers, as if my pulse were merged with the doll’s heart. I wish this doll can bring hope for who receive it’

‘I liked to share this moment with the group.’ 

‘It was spectacular, a true experience full of creativity.’

‘Your project touches my heart … your dedication to this seemingly simple dream but actually of great size and depth. I wish more souls may awaken and be able to see beyond the execution of simple dolls.’

‘An opportunity to participate in a project that coincides with what I also seek through my work as a therapist, which is to help people connect with themselves through love.’

‘In fact I was not only contributing for someone else to dream and to love again, I was actually doing it to myself too… and that is where the magic of this workshop lies, which I summarize in this sentence: first fill your dreams with a heart, only then you will be able to make someone else dream …’

Sofia is a lovely woman who opened her space for the dolls, I hope we can make more dolls together in the future. Thank you so much for Sofia and everybody who came over and for Sandra and Anabela who donated their pillows full of dreams for the project, thank you!

 

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Santih, Lisbon, Portugal

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Dreams and a Heart shared Santih‘s post.

Thank you Sofia for opening the door of your beautiful space and your heart for the project, we spent a lovely afternoon together, thank you!

Santih to Workshop – Sonhos e um Coração * por Donativo

 Gratidão Regina pela linda experiência… e pela partilha de um Sonho… que se tornou realidade.

Gratidão aos que participaram e que preencheram de sonhos e amor os bonecos… e que estes vibrem o amor que lhes foi transmitido junto de quem mais precisa.

Namastê!!

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Ler Devagar, LX Factory, Lisbon, Portugal

Ler Devagar bookshop space was perfect to run the workshop. We stayed at the exhibition space and I showed slides of the project while we were making the dolls.

Lois, Remi, Sebastian, Lillian, Matthieu, Lucas, Laurence came along. We made 9 dolls and we all meditate at the end of the workshop, they decided to wait everybody finish their dolls so we could meditate together, such a lovely group of people, plenty of calm and good mood. They also liked the picture books and bought four.

Some comments

‘Una experiência encantadora y relajante.’ ‘An enchanting and relaxing experience’

‘It was fantastic!’

‘Merci Beaucoup pour cet atelier de partage et de détente. Bravo!’ ‘Thank you very much for this workshop of sharing and relaxation. Bravo!’

‘C’etait une experience très apaisante. Merci.’ ‘It was a very soothing experience. Thank you.’

‘Travaille de patience mais très satisfaisant au final.’ ‘Work with patience but very satisfying in the end.’

‘La vie est belle, profitons en.’ ‘Life is beautiful, let’s enjoy it.’

I will never forget this first workshop in Lisbon!

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LX Factory, Lisbon, Portugal

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The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

I feel very emotional after ’In Practice’ at Royal Academy of Arts last Friday in London.

We were at the same room Darwin launched The origin of Species in 1858, omg, in that small room!!!

Molly, who organised the event, introduced the dolls for everybody right at the beginning. She explained I would be making dolls throughout the event and anyone could join me.

She said ‘Regina woke up beginning of 2011 with the whole idea of making one doll for each one of us on earth and since 2013 she has been making them regularly herself and with others. She feels each doll filled with dreams, a heart and completed with a meditation, makes someone somewhere feels good and happier, it gives people courage to live their best selves’

Yes, I wrote to her these lines but it had a profound effect on me when I listened her saying it for everybody.

I am relieved to present the project exactly what it is – one doll for each one of us on earth. That is it. It was always it. Five communities of 700 is just the first chapter of the project.

Three people joined me to make dolls – Jeanette, Kirsty and Rachel – and we, including Sarah, made 8 dolls. They all loved their experience. At the end of the event they gave me big hugs, I was literally lifted up by one of the hugs, they were so happy to help the project!

We were making dolls inspired by the experience of artists facing barriers accessing the art world.

I was reminded, by two artists, moments I had with my daughter’s dad ages ago. Keith and Bridget work together in the same canvas. ‘We’ve been there‘ is the name of their work and it reminded me when I painted on the same canvas, exactly like they do, with him. I am grateful that their work reminded me these forgotten moments. I can say ‘I’ve been there’ and it was good.

I was deeply moved during the evening in many different ways, I still am.

It was a special evening for DH project, for me personally and for all the artists, an absolutely amazing evening.

Thank you so much Sarah and Molly, these two incredible women I am blessed to know, thank you!

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In Practice, The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

IN PRACTICE

The Royal Academy of Arts

Friday 16 February 2018

During the artists presentations I wrote down what inspired me most about their work.

Emma paints about the broken heart of romantic love.

Eleonora does phototherapy to help people.

Pat does her art work inspired by her previous work as an art teacher for children with behaviour difficulties and she realised that most of parents of those children didn’t play with them .

Keith and Bridget work together in the same canvas. ‘We’ve been there‘ is the name of their work and it reminded me when I used to paint on the same canvas, exactly like they do, with my daughter’s dad ages ago. I am grateful that their work reminded me these forgotten moments, I can say ‘I’ve been there’ and it was good.

Paul was in prison and in hospitals where he developed his art work. He paints beautiful portraits and some landscapes.

Heather does oil paintings about her experience of being disabled and abused online.

Tina has motor neurone disease, the same disability as Stephen Hawking, she loves to do her art work surrounded by friends.

Vera make sculptures of animals inspired by her little bird.

Terry paints people in the Amazon and in rainforests all over the world and writes poems about her paintings. She reads the poems with lots of intensity, for me sometimes was over the top and I enjoyed it.

Regina makes lots of dolls, one for each one of us on earth, she doesn’t need to pretend she is making less than that.

 

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Soft Dreams

Jennifer gave me five pillows with loads of dreams. I put all the dreams in the sun and made 24 dolls with the pillow cases. I cut three pillow cases and two of them I’ll use as storage.

We are flying this Saturday to make dolls in Lisbon.

The dreams are very soft, a pleasure to work with, thank you very much Jen!

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