The 3 teachers of the Creative Day for Women (on the 13th of August in Omokoroa) are local High School friends who love gathering to eat delicious food, drink lady grey or herbal tea and to chat about life and its colour – sometimes vibrant sometimes shadowed.
Sarah Williams began her yoga journey in 1996 during her travels across Asia and Europe. She developed her practice and interest through workshops in Thailand, India, Nepal and the UK. On her return to New Zealand, with the desire to learn more about the philosophy and anatomy of yoga, Sarah gained her Diploma of Yoga Therapies through Wellpark College. She has continued her studies with a children’s yoga certificate through Radiant Child Yoga and prenatal yoga through Bliss Baby Byron Yoga Centre. Through the exploration of different styles, Sarah now teaches creative Vinyasa flow style classes (movement through breath). Sarah (Kowhai Yoga) teaches community and private classes to children and adults in the Bay of Plenty.
Emily Mowbray-Marks was born with arts running with her breath. As a child she learnt piano and dancing. As a young woman she studied acting at Toi Whakaari:NZ Drama School. As a not-so-young-anymore-woman she became an English and Drama and Health High School teacher. She is now somewhere-in-the middle-of-young-and-not-young and is unfurling wild & grace. Emily’s love of and experience with writing comes in many forms. In an official sense, she studied writing in her English major at Massey University. Her passion as an English High School teacher lies in creative writing and perhaps her students’ excellent marks reflect this? In a her-as-an-artist sense, Emily writes short stories, poetry and tales of her travels. She loves playing with words and allowing sentences to tumble out. She finds scribing like communing with the piano – it’s a friend, a some‘one’ who listens, an invitation to play and to break rules, and a way to move what’s inside.
Emma Prill comes complete with a Bachelor of Visual Art. She is a visual artist who has sold and exhibited her work both in New Zealand and the UK. Her work draws from the wonders of the natural world and is a dynamic fusion of rich colours and vibrant expression. She has recently started teaching art classes for children which have been a fabulous success.