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The creative and holistic world

of Marianne Simonin

Shakti Pearls

Sharing with you what I do in life and what I am passionate about

"I just like travel… I like the sense of being on the road and being transient and being on the wind… I’m made for this life… life is transient.  Nothing lasts." - Jeff Buckley

Born in France I came to London in my late teens and this city gave me the opportunities to learn and discover my callings, define my personality, and share with others what I am passionate about.

I connected with the path of Yoga from the age of 16 after reading a book that my friend had lend me. I had an immediate connection with this ancient Indian practice, and I chose to train as a teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga when I was 25 years old - I have never stopped teaching since 1988.  You can read more about my yoga teacher and my approach in the section on yoga.

I also felt creative as a child and when I was 13 yrs old I asked for an easel and a set of oil paints as a Christmas present.  I used to carry my materials on my bicycle, set it all up in the middle of some open fields, and spend the whole afternoon painting, thinking of Van Gogh, trying to imitate him!.  Later I enrolled for an Art foundation in Poitiers, but at the time I despised practicing Art academically, therefore I did not pursue my studies and came to London instead in 1979.  I was more interested in discovering new horizons. 

In 1996 the urge to paint professionally made me take my first studio in South London, and since then Art has been my main occupation as well as teaching yoga in parallel.  However I have carried on training and exploring other fields, which you can discover through this website.  The only way for me to keep satisfied in life is to find a balance between creativity and mind/body holistic practices.

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Do you want to know more about my Holistic practice?  Click on the heart to find about my yoga classes, massage and more...  

As an artist I am an oil painter, even if I enjoy experimenting with other medium from time to time, as well as drawing in charcoal.  I have discovered painting with acrylics as well over the years, and for certain work this is the medium that I choose.  I adapt the materials and techniques to my themes, and focus on my intuitive impulse when I create. 

The series that I work on are never finished, they reappear in cycles, with symbols and gender identity as a central theme - and in particular portrait of women that I have never met or those that fascinate me.


Take a look at some of my Artwork
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