“You must participate in the creative world you want to become part of. So what if you have talent? Then what? You have to figure out how to work your way inside. Keep up with what’s causing chaos in your own field.”

~ John Waters, filmmaker

This week I think…


“We’re fascinated by the words, but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”
~ Ram Dass

As life begins to return to a new normal, I am aware of how noisy the world is. I wasn’t before. I wasn’t listening, busying myself with my work, my family, my…


“With dextrous fingers, millions of nerve endings and incredible coordination, you have the power to manipulate things, move things, make things.

Making something might just change your life.”

Photo by David Fanuel

I’ve been reading James Otter’s new book , Do Make. It’s reminded me of how much I enjoy the process of creating. Not always with the goal of finishing. But making the time to start. The preparation, the planning, the creating, and if I’m feeling bold, the finishing.

The age…


Over the last couple of weeks I’ve seen the same question being asked:

What would you tell your younger self?

I understand the question. Using the knowledge and wisdom you have accumulated over the years, what would you gift to your younger self.

The problem is, I was pretty fearless…


I can’t tell you how many times that I have heard the phrase “I can’t play that. I don’t have any rhythm.” It’s usually in reference to playing drums. Big samba drums or hand drums during one of our percussion classes or workshops.

This protesting phrase ALWAYS comes from an…


I’ve been practicing Capoeira for 20 years. If you’ve never seen, heard or experienced Capoeira before, it is a Brazilian art form which intricately weaves together a martial art, percussive music, storytelling through songs, dance and community.

It’s vast, delicious, difficult, healing, fun, fast, slow, challenging, easy and everything in…


The world appears smaller today than it did yesterday. The internet and travel makes it possible to speak to someone in almost any part of the world.

Are we connected? Maybe more than we think.

As we sink our toes into the grass or walk along a sandy beach, we…


I used to have a hammock. In another life. Back when I had a house with a garden. I considered it a luxury item.

If I had the time to lay in it, I must be doing ok.

We now live in a little flat, an outdoor space of our…


My first experience of life in a Favela, was Rio de Janeiro in January 2001. Long before myself and Biscuim became united and long before Brazilarte was even a spark, I travelled with a group of 8 others. Six of our group were booked into a hotel in Santa Teresa…


Last week, as part of the Wild Women Camp — online event, I gifted myself time to enjoy workshops throughout the weekend. What with life’s demands, I wasn’t able to attend as many as I wanted but ticked off all those on my wish list. …

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Thoughts, ideas & findings from Brazilarte Co-Founder Emma Gibbs De Oliveira www.brazilarte.org

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