Testimonials

TESTIMONIALS:

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“The weekend, for me, was a profound and  moving experience that allowed the space and time to further understand myself and my creativity. Thank you Veronique for providing a safe, positive and encouraging environment within which I was able to explore some very fundamental aspects of my creative process. I now feel able to acknowledge how important my art is to me and because of this I am beginning to take myself seriously as an artist. This is a major step forward for me. I am truly grateful. With all best wishes Jude” Jude Pearson, Artist (The Authentic Creative Self – Finding Your Voice, West Dean College, September 2017)

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“I just wanted to say thank you again for the great workshop on Saturday.  I felt so much better afterwards.  Partly rest, partly being in your beautiful space, partly the company of other interesting women. The course enabled a ‘revelation’ and I came away feeling very satisfied. Because some of the time was simply spent listening to others and watching you listening and responding to them, I could really see your quiet skill shining through.  It was heartening to witness.” Anna Gillespie, Artist/Sculptor, Bath. (Letting Go – Retreat/workshop Arundel West Sussex September 2017)

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‘An excellent couple of days discovering my inner voice and gaining artistic confidence. It was the first time I’ve been on a course where I haven’t felt like I had to do what everybody else was doing, and could be true to myself. There was a constant feeling of support from Veronique’s gentle approach that allowed the group to be open and for people to be uninhibited in exploring ideas. The course really helped me gain confidence in following my ideas in the new direction I was going. Suitable for all creative disciplines, I would thoroughly recommend the course for anyone at a crossroads in their creative practice or who wants to find out more about their inner self.’ 
Francis Vigars, Artist (The Authentic Creative Self – Finding Your Voice, West Dean College, September 2017)


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“The 5 day course at West Dean was profound and intense. Dropping down through meditation to inner spaces that I do not normally make time to visit, I discovered value by deliberately setting aside cognitive critical judgement & allowing authentic creative expression to reveal itself. It was also a privilege to bear witness to the process of others in the group. Altogether a great start to reconnecting with my ‘authentic creative self’ “. Hannah Bone, Sussex (The Authentic Creative Self – Finding Your Power, West Dean College Chichester April 2017)

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Thank you Veronique – another nurturing treat very gratefully received. Feeling SO nourished.Thank you so much.” Tiffany Robinson, Artist, West Sussex. (The Authentic Creative Self – Finding Your Power, West Dean College Chichester April 2017)

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I’m in front of the log burner reflecting on our special week. You’ve enriched my thinking and being. Thanks seems such a lame word for a powerful gift you’ve given me, however its a good enough word for now, so thank you! ”   Jenny Carr, Writer, Chichester. (The Authentic Creative Self – Finding Your Power, West Dean College Chichester April 2017)

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“Veronique is a very perceptive and caring person who you immediately feel you can trust which makes it easy to dig deep and explore whatever it is that has brought you to her. She has helped me to be more confident in embracing life as an artist and to appreciate that all my decisions come from a deeply rooted belief in my creative self. Our sessions together were always enjoyable, great discussions punctuated with playful visual exercises and a sense of being nurtured which has helped me to understand myself better and how my creative practice is part of a bigger picture.” KW Artist, Southsea. (Mentee and Retreat-Workshop Participant – April 2017)

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“A treat to be gently guided to explore my creative self, and gather seeds for growth and  expression.” Jackie Garstin, Visual Artist Chichester UK (Retreat-Workshop Participant – May 2016)
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“I was unsure when I booked what to expect from the workshop, but I have to say I was amazed. Veronique engaged the group so well, with such interest and kindness that everyone was allowed to explore and to start to unlock their true voice. I left the course with my mind buzzing, I was still thinking about it for days. I have recommended it as essential for all the artists, writers and creatives I know. (The content of the course works perfectly for all creators. I never felt disadvantaged through not having a visual art background.)”  Andy Cliff, Writer UK (May 2016) 

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“As a successful and pretty sceptical business woman, I was hesitant about attending a one day course at West Dean purporting to help me reach the ‘authentic me’ and develop my creativity. How glad I was that I went nonetheless! Within a very short time, I had total trust in the course leader, Veronique Maria, and had already discovered an aspect of myself I did not know existed.
By the end of the day – quite a roller coaster for myself and the other attendees – I knew I had indeed explored a crucial part of myself barely acknowledged before. When asked to express my reaction at the end of the course, all I could say was a hugely heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Veronique.
This is one very talented lady – deeply caring and empathetic – who knows exactly how to create a safe and welcoming place for all on her courses. She is extremely well trained and qualified (I do urge anyone considering Veronique’s courses to check out her cv) and nothing phases her. 
Since taking Veronique’s course, I am much more self aware – and more genuinely confident of my own skills and abilities. Its so easy to go through life (especially perhaps as a woman) feeling you are not the real McCoy.
What the course did for me was put me in touch with a deep seated strength and optimism that I know will help empower the next phase of my life.
As anyone reading this can see – I simply cant praise Veronique’s courses more highly and hope that she manages to reach a good many others on this planet who are sorely in need of her services. This is not New Age mumbo jumbo. It is a unique form of counselling cum spiritual leadership (non religious) that goes straight to the universal core in each one of us. NOT TO BE MISSED is my sincere advice.”   Patricia Kerr/Managing Director: Kerr-Ingram  (April 2016)
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“Coming home barefoot with soul open to the elements is how I felt after working with Veronique recently……I had found myself nose to a wall unable to move when I allowed myself to listen…..to listen to the silence that held the voice I needed……Veronique enabled this.
 Her perception and understanding of the individual needs within us to connect to ourselves is a real gift, one I feel honoured to have received and bound to re-release as and when I am able……may I always know that feeling of ‘home’ she provided”.  Sarah SF, Artist February 2016)
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“ I appreciate Veronique’s sensitivity and ability to be tuned into who I am and what I need to enable my work to emerge.” Jacquie (Artist, Worthing) February 2016
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“Veronique’s insight quite literally changed the course of my life. She helped me recognize the importance of making decisions rooted in and on behalf of my artistic self, and because of her, I was able to delve back into a book project that I’d left dormant for years.” Elizabeth T, Writer. Minneapolis. USA

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“Veronique has mentored me through every stage of a recent Arts Council Funded project, from writing the proposal, through the creative working process, to preparing for the final evaluation. I have felt held and supported every step of the way. She has listened, encouraged, questioned, challenged and reassured me in just the right amounts. She has brought me to a space where I am comfortable in myself and confident about my work – in practical terms, on an emotional level, and as a professional step up from where I was before. She has helped me keep my focus and clarify my thought process, going beyond just the work itself, looking at the bigger picture, but always with a view to how the rest of life impacts on the work. I can’t thank her enough, it’s been an amazing process.” KS, Visual Artist. UK

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“Veronique Maria’s course gave me the confidence, stimulus and time I needed to make work again after a long break. Her innovative, thoughtful group activities acted as a jumping off point for new work.  Veronique encouraged us to take risks within a supportive environment. I enjoyed the mix of working together and then pursuing my own ideas. All in all it was an inspiring and immersive week of exploring materials and playing with new ideas.” Lorna (Artist – West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex February 2016)

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“Spending a week with Veronique Maria and 9 other students was a gift to us all.
Veronique is incredibly gifted at helping individuals to reach a place inside themselves that builds calm and confidence in their ability and inner voice to create… 
I found myself totally immersed in the days that we all spent together making collective and individual work that I felt was honest and joyful.” Deborah Laidlaw (Student at West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex February 2016)
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 “The course with Veronique really worked for me.  I appreciated Veronique’s sensitivity and ability to be tuned into who I am and what I needed – being with each of us individually and supporting us in connecting with what would enable our work to emerge.”
  JG (Student at West Dean College and Artist March 2016)
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” coming home barefoot with soul open to the elements is how I felt on a course with Veronique recently……I had found myself nose to a wall unable to move when I allowed myself to listen…..to listen to the silence that held the voice I needed……veronique enabled this. Her perception and understanding of the individual needs within us to connect to ourselves is a real gift, one I feel honoured to have received and bound to re-release as and when I am able……may I always know that feeling of ‘home’ she provided” SF (Course Participant who attended a week long course entitled ‘Experimental Drawing through Engagement with Materials – Clay and Chalk’ (West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex  February 201
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