Article in The Yoga Magazine, U.K – February 2007
Originally from Paris, France, Gaia’s life is a simple story of adventure, love and awakening…
In the mid 90’s, as a university student at Ecole des Beaux Arts, Gaia found herself to be somewhat unconscious in her lifestyle. She states she had a life full of baguettes, chocolate, coffee and cigarettes; had no concern for the environment; and was quite insensitive and unaware of her feelings and psychology. Though through all of this, there was a part of her that was sincere in her search for wholeness.
She decided to move to Spain for a year to continue her studies and it is from there, that alone, she embarked on a backpacking holiday in Morocco. While on a bus from Essaouira she met a Canadian man named Dolphin and spent several days with him in Marrakesh. It was an instant falling in love … and it lasted! They flew back and forth across the ocean for two years, got engaged on top of a volcano in Guatemala, and were married in France at Gaia’s grandmother’s humble castle. Fourteen months after being married, moving to Canada and having a young son, Gaia and Dolphin had twin girls! The instant family was sometimes overwhelming but amidst this Dolphin spontaneously quit his regular job. They didn’t know what they would do to make a living but realized they wanted to live from their hearts and be with their children.
From their endeavours, what arose for them out of this period of uncertainty was a certified organic sprout business and a hand dyed and painted clothing business. Five years hence both these successful enterprises demanded too much attention. Again, they decided to simplify, possibly have ‘less’ monetarily but more qualitatively in terms of their personal and family life. They sold the sprout business, moved to a quiet place on a river in a bush, and for the past three years have had winters off for self-exploration. Gaia’s inspiration and art sprang up out of these quiet times.
Now, they work to have integrated mindful days including healthy homemade foods, meditation, yoga, walks and quality time with their children. Living a freer, less busy, less cluttered life allowed Gaia with time for artistic expression. Through art, she has found her way of sharing with the world and connecting deeply with people. She focuses on living well at all levels of the body, mind and spirit, as well as in relationships, to simply let the intelligence and beauty of this universe come through in the images.