Comprehensive in aspect, my website seeks to give you some understanding of who I am, what I do and how I work. When I have sought to separate out my skills, I have so often felt like an iceberg, or island, only a small portion of myself popping up above the surface for people to see. In fact every aspect of my life is inspired by the other aspects. Each piece of work that I do gains from the other activities. So also does the way in which I move about the world, the occupations I undertake, the way I interact, all stem from the same source: A deeply feeling nature, an empathy for others, an enthusiasm for all the amazing things I see about me, a drive for creativity and communication, a love of beauty, and admiration for the natural world.
My work is an offering. If any of it inspires in you wonder, interest, joy, awareness, greater self-knowledge, pleasure, or simple curiosity, I am delighted.
A Touch of My Philosophy
A visitor to my studio once suggested I paint a picture of my feelings about flowers. After she had left, I sat for a while thinking about what flowers meant to me. There was so much. Then I took a large piece of paper and wrote the first words that had come to mind: I THINK YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. And I started drawing.
The more of life I live, the more I see flowers as reflections of ourselves. I believe that in God's eye, we are all as beautiful as the flowers. And each one of us holds the possibility of blossoming into fullness of Self. As teacher, healer and guide, I see myself as a gardener of souls, offering assistance on the path towards self-discovery and self-realisation, hand in hand with awareness of the seen and unseen world about us, because everything is interconnected. We are all creative. But you don't have to want to be an artist. The creative spirit is imbibed in being human.
Life is a classroom, and I am a life-long learner. In turn, I am guided to teach, and whatever I know, I share. I am honoured to help others find and practice their talents and interests, embrace their purpose and the joy of living, and discover the most important thing of all: self-love.
I am a figurative artist with a love of colour and form. My palette is bright. I love the tactile quality of clay, the challenge of building both volume and shape and the excitement of a finished piece in bronze. Through writing, dance and drama, I link my inner and outer worlds, diving into emotion, thought and imagination, bringing these to the surface in physical manifestation. I love to inspire creativity in others. The greatest influence of art is to make life a more exciting and beautiful experience. Whether used therapeutically, as self-expression, or just for fun, it has a fantastic feel-good impact.
A linguist, I open my mind and heart to other cultures and modes of communication. I believe it is important to be flexible in life, and languages keep me supple in this respect.
When I teach, I learn. It is a two-way thing. I also become very dedicated to my students' progress. It is highly rewarding to witness their growth and transformation. "Samantha's serene way of teaching is inspirational. I found all her classes a pleasure to attend, in an easy environment, down to earth, uncomplicated and with a fair bit of fun thrown in. My life has taken on a new direction enriched with hope and purpose, for which I will be forever grateful." - Lisa
A highly sensitive individual, my sensitivity is at the heart of my spiritual practice. A Seer from childhood, with an interest in the human spiritual dimension and the mystery of life from an early age, I provide depth of insight and an alternative perspective for those seeking objective help. Reiki came to me on a path to spiritual understanding. As Reiki master, I practice as healer and teacher, sharing this wonderful gift which imbues my life. I honour all living things, and as an Animal Communicator, I enjoy the process of bringing animals and their carers closer together. Shedding the light of understanding, a session can help resolve difficulties and act as a catalyst for improving lives.
"Samantha has the rare gift of the true sensitive. Her outstanding abilities bring comfort, guidance and healing from the highest levels and always according to the needs of the individual." - Elaine
"From the way you expressed yourself in your poem on love, and the light meditation you did, I see you are indeed a woman of purity, sensitivity, light and joy. But with that you also possess a beautiful inner child who sees a magical world of ever present wonder and possibility." - Simon
Clients come from all backgrounds, nationalities and religious persuasions, and I am happy to work with all ages. It is an aspect of my practice to make each individual feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
"Samantha's work is profound but her experience, enthusiasm and lightness of spirit makes such profound work seem achievable and accessible by all. Her compassion and understanding makes for a very safe place in which to learn and experience, be it on a one to one level or on one of her courses. I can't recommend her highly enough!" - Mercedes
I live and work in Bristol, in south-west England. I also have clients throughout the UK and abroad, as much of my work is available over the telephone and Skype. I look forward to meeting you.
Foundation in Art and Design - Académie Julian, Paris BA French and German - King's College London MA Drama - King's College in association with RADA PGCE Art and Design - Homerton College, Cambridge Reiki Master and Animal Communication Practitioner
Mercedes Nunez Shiatsu practitioner teacher and Spiritual healer
I cannot really express in a few words how much I have learnt, gained and grown through the work of other artists, writers, philosophers and playwrights, filmmakers and architects. Reading, watching, listening and seeing their work has deeply affected my progress through life, the development of my awareness, thought and personal set of skills. I am indebted and grateful. Here are but a few: Monet, Turner, Toulouse-Lautrec, the Impressionists, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rodin, Camille Claudel, Klimt, Schiele, Rothko, Stanley Spencer, the Pre-Raphaelites, Lord Leighton, Chagall, Margaret Mee, Yves Klein, Van Gogh, Ron Mueck, Brancusi, Anthony Gormley. Gaudi, Hundertwasser, Picassiette, the uncrowned architects, stonemasons and sculptors of the Gothic era, Capability Brown. Kafka, Dickens, Cocteau, Sartre, Camus, Ionesco, Stoppard, Ken Follett, the Brontës, Brecht, Büchner, Zola, Shakespeare, JK Rowling, Vikram Seth, Khalil Gibran. Chaplin, Tati, Philippe Petit. Socrates, Plato, Nietsche, Jung. Mozart, Ravel, Vivaldi, Michael Jackson, The Cure, New Order, Cold Play, Handel, Mahler, Scottish Fiddle, and more and more and more...
I also hold untold gratitude in all aspects of my being for the support and love of family, friends, teachers, and therapists. Throughout different phases of my life, a number of individuals have stood by me, and without their care, insight, wisdom, and perhaps more valuable than anything, their listening, I may not be here today or be the person I have become. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Please note: With the exception of the Reiki Lineage photographs, all images found on this site are copyrighted material of Samantha Forrest. For the use of any image presented on this site please request the express written consent of Samantha Forrest.