Michelle is a Trained ASTAR Facilitator, has studied Fine Art, is a qualified teacher
and Lifeline counsellor. She currently runs weekly ASTAR art classes for adults,
and for children, in her beautiful Art and Soul Studio in Scarborough, Cape Town.
Michelle also runs customized workshops for groups of adults, children and organizations.
Michelle has been immersed in the ASTAR philosophy for many years, completing her
training as an ASTAR Facilitator in 2011. In addition to the classes and workshops
she runs, Michelle participates in her own weekly practice of art making, with founder
of the ASTAR philosophy, Lindy Solomon.
“Creating weekly is my own spiritual practice, my yoga or meditation... it’s a pause,
it’s grounding, guiding and connecting. It’s such an integral part of my weekly rhythm
now, that I can’t do without it!”
She comments enthusiastically, “I think the most exciting thing for me is beginning
a new painting, with spontaneity and abandon, knowing that in its own time, week
after week, the painting will gently reveal itself, the forms, the textures, the
colours. The significance of the piece in the end is always so profound. It could
never have been predicted, but it fits so snugly with me, as a reflection of who
I am and of aspects in my life.
I am forever grateful to the freedom and awakening that the ASTAR approach to art
making has offered me. It has brought together my passions and I now have the privilege
of sharing these with others.”
“Let loose the medicine in your own hands” Ian McCallum
“Art is when you hear a knocking from your Soul… and you answer.” Terri Guillemets
“Let the beauty we love, be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and
kiss the ground.”
“As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people the permission to
do the same.”
Michelle shares…“I am passionate about holding a space that allows others to discover
and celebrate their uniqueness. Within the creative workshops I facilitate, it is
such a privilege to witness students rediscovering their creative spirit and freedom.
The creative process is an incredible teacher… it is transforming, liberating and