Marie Perret was born in London. As a child she loved painting and drawing and dreamed of being an artist & archaeologist. She did not follow traditional art studies. After studying literature at university she decided to explore her feelings and intuition. This led her to an intensive study of the body/mind connection and to training in Iyengar yoga, intuitive massage and as a psychotherapist.
She was a student of Bob Moore at Psykisk Centre in Denmark between 1978-99 (Transpersonal Psychology, Meditation,and Spiritual Healing.)
Her work with Healing Art developed out of all she learned during this period
“ I am forever grateful to Bob Moore for the deep wisdom and love he shared .. “
In 1986, whilst living in Switzerland and struggling to learn German she discovered Ausdrucksmalen – Intuitive Painting. She painted very regularly and to her delight discovered that this was freeing her own creative energy and leading her to explore the depths of her own being.
“Painting was an amazing liberation for me.It was as though I had had a great river dammed up inside me and intuitive painting was like opening a sluice gate and letting the waters flow freely again.”
Marie became fascinated by the creative process and its natural healing potential. With her understanding of subtle energy and her practice and experience of meditation, she realised that creativity was not a luxury but of vital importance in human life.
“Intuitive painting gives the means to free vitality & life energy from restrictions. Besides the pleasure of being free to choose colours and play with art materials, a real self-healing process happens. When practiced regularly, intuitive painting is an extraordinary tool for self-discovery and spiritual growth.
The flow of spontaneous creativity is at the core of the flow of life within us all . This can become blocked by trauma, fears, and other repressed material which then limits our connection to the flow of life and creativity. Through working regularly with spontaneous creativity we learn to dissolve these blockages using our intuition . In so doing we recover our vitality, our love of life and access our inner wisdom and clarity.”
Besides continuing to paint regularly, Marie has explored other forms of spontaneous creative expression – intuitive singing, clay modelling and movement – in her search to understand the healing aspect of creativity.Marie has worked therapeutically with individuals and groups for 35 years. She has taught in England, Switzerland, France & Ireland in a variety of settings. She continues to share her passion for creativity and lead others into a process of colourful self-discovery in her Art Synthesis groups and in individual sessions. She also gives slide show/talks using her own paintings & talks about Creativity and Healing. She has written a book about her work with creative expression that has been published in German by Drachen Verlag in 2008 and in English by Books on Demand. Marie wrote one of the 28 chapters in Ripples on the Water -Bob Moore’s Spiritual Impulse edited by Annette Ikast and published in 2019. This book is an appreciation of the life and work of Bob Moore.
“ I feel as if finally I did become an art archaeologist, helping people to explore their inner depths and connect to the beauty of life through creativity.”