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Our presenters

Iain Watt

Hi, my name is Iain Watt and I have been a practising artist and designer for over 40 years. I have also been teaching Illustration and many other related art and design subjects both in New Zealand and the UK, I hold a Masters degree in adult education.  Drawing the human figure has been to me, a life times passion.

Issy Freeman

Issy is a passionate macramé artist who enjoys making pot plant holders and other macrame projects. In this “make and take” course she is excited to show you the basics and help you make your own pot plant holder to take home and enjoy.

Jan Rivers

Jan is a Wellington-based librarian and meditation teacher and makes her living with a mixture of both. She's been teaching meditation since the beginning of 2014 with the local company "mindfulnessworks" and before that occasionally led the meditation and discussion in a local group. 

She came to meditation about 20 years ago through a psychotherapy practice called Psychosynthesis and attended Psychosynthesis Institutes’ courses both in NZ and in the UK.

Like mindfulness practice, Pyschosynthesis uses a modern understanding of psychology coupled with ideas about mindfulness that are ancient.  Jan later used this training as part of a group of peers which met regularly for several years using meditation and other approaches as a way of addressing life’s big challenges.  She now meditates regularly with groups in Wellington and has attended numerous talks and full day retreats with a number of different teachers.

Jan like sthe fact that mindfulness meditation is secular and yet it inevitably directs us to the big questions of ethics, compassion and how we should live in a crowded world

She has found mindfulness and meditation to be a hugely positive and beneficial aspect of her life and is keen to share the simple benefits of mindfulness meditation with others.

Jaye Barclay

Jaye is a te reo Māori tutor who is highly passionate about te reo, teaching, speaking and learning it, and has been teaching at WHSCEC since July 2019.

They are particularly interested in structures in te reo, and communal learning spaces. They have just finished their degree at Victoria university, and are a proud descendant of Ngāti Apa and Ngāto Hauiti.

 

Jeanette Watson

Jeanette has participated in Scottish dancing from the age of nine, starting her dancing with a junior group in Wellington, and dancing in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and Belgium, as well as throughout New Zealand. She has participated in demonstration teams in London, St Andrews, and Wellington.

Jeanette qualified as a teacher of Scottish Country dancing in 1998, through the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. She has been tutor for Island Bay Scottish Country Dance Club for the last 18 years, and guest tutored at other Wellington clubs, as well as teaching at national Summer Schools and regional classes. She has taught all levels of dance performance, from beginners through advanced to teacher training.

Her classes are known for their fun and relaxed informality. 

Jill Askew

 Jill loves creating something different. After working in front of a screen all day she adores supporting people to make something with their hands, knowing that they have created it from the beginning. Jill is passionate about mosaic tiling and beeswax candle making and she enjoys giving these things to friends and family.

 Jill has been a student herself of a number of adult education courses and she has extensive experience in training adults throughout her career. She enjoys helping people to relax and work with their hands enjoying the mindfulness and satisfaction that comes from making something to take away and enjoy.

 

Jodi Kelly

Jodi Kelly started her career as a teacher and then moved into the adult learning space, where she has cemented herself as a learning and development professional with over 16 years' experience. Jodi is an accomplished instructional designer and e-learning specialist who loves to innovate.  Jodi also facilitates a broad range of programmes – leadership, management, and Mental Health First Aid, where she combines professionalism and expertise with warmth and authenticity to build connections with individuals and groups.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a programme Jodi champions due to the overwhelming benefits for individuals, workplaces and communities. Jodi has been accredited as a Mental Health First Aid instructor through Te Pou, the national license host of MHFA Aotearoa. The MHFA programme is now licensed and available in over 24 countries worldwide, under which 4 million people have been trained.

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Johanna Rush

Johanna has recently moved back from living abroad in Costa Rica where she gained her TESOL certificate and spent 15 months teaching English in both private and group classes. She has taught all different kinds of classes from children to the elderly, and some business classes too.

She is currently a student, studying TESOL, Spanish and linguistics as she feels they will help her to be a better teacher. She enjoys learning languages and studying linguistics - she calls herself a ‘language nerd’. Johanna already speaks Spanish at an advanced level and is learning Portuguese.

Johanna likes her classes to be both enjoyable and educational, she’s excited to start the next course!

John Williams

Trained as a photographer in the early 1990s, John's major area of interest is the documentary genre and he has been working on a long-term project on faith, ritual and worship.

He has worked as a freelance photographer and has been teaching photography for a number of years across a variety of educational environments including community education, tertiary and secondary.

Professional Highlights/Exhibitions:

2012 "Exposed 2012" group show, Photospace Gallery, Wellington
2011 "Neither one thing nor the other" with Andy Palmer, Toi Poneke Gallery, Wellington
2011 "Snap Blossom revisited" Hastings Community Arts Centre, Hastings
2011 "Take me to the river" Pataka Museum of Arts & Culture, Porirua
2007 Two months photographic fieldwork in India.2006 “Exposed-2006” Photospace Gallery, Wellington
2006 “Southern Exposure”, New Zealand House, London
2005 “Seven Exposed”, Blender Gallery, Sydney.2005 “Exposed Group Show”, Photospace Gallery, Wellington
2004 Invited Presenter at “Expanding Documentary Conference”, Massey University Wellington
2004 “Domestic Bliss Part One”, Photospace Gallery, Wellington
2004 “Exposed Group Show”, Photospace Gallery, Wellington
2004 “25 Years of Mary Potter Hospice”, Touring Exhibition, Wellington

2013 “15 Years of Photospace Gallery”, Group Show, Photospace Gallery
2016 “Pilgrimage”, Photospace Gallery, Wellington
2016  Images from ‘Pilgrimage” at Auckland and Wellington Diwali Festivals
2017 “Sign of the times”, “four” group show, Photospace Gallery, Wellington

Jordan Harcourt-Hughes

Jordan is an abstract painter, writer and digital producer. She’s passionate about all aspects of creativity and incorporates the practice of mindfulness into many of her programmes. Jordan also leads creative teams and over the last fifteen years has led, coached and developed creative professionals in Sydney, Singapore and Wellington. 

Jordan is passionate about helping others to explore their creative spirit. Her courses invite you to explore elements of creativity, leadership, wellness, personal evolution, digital savvy and artistic expression. 

Her other interests include hiking and reading. 

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Diploma in Project Management

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