Artist  •  Author  •  Teacher

Click any image to see Dyana’s full range of art:

Acrylic
Collage
Encaustic
Printmaking
Watercolour

Dyana has completed the Diploma of Creativity with the Learning Connection in Wellington. She has also taken courses at the Waikato Society of Arts.

She exhibits regularly with RaglanArt and currently has work in the Raglan Old School and Raglan’s new iHub information centre alongside the Museum.

“At the moment my paintings and pictures are my teachers as I learn about the impact of contrast, and colour and shape.

“I am learning the art of listening to my work and letting myself be guided by the meaning that wants to come through.

“I am learning about myself through my art.”

“I am finding the tactile, messy unpredictable nature of printmaking and collage and mixed media totally enthralling.

“It takes me back to when I was a young girl cutting, pasting, constructing and messing to my heart content.

“Now I am free to do this again.  What joy!”

Just Published

My True Names, the third in Dyana’s autobiographical trilogy.

Alice and Cornelius sail away on an adventure of a lifetime. Alice learns the most important lesson in her life.

Available online and at Raglan boutiques

The Yoga of Sailing

Alice knows her wondrous mystical experiences don’t last, they don’t solve anything, but she’s stuck. Ordinary life seems mediocre and unfulfilling. She can’t let any of it go.

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Buddha and a Boat

When Alice goes cycling around Vanuatu, she unravels esoteric teachings from her meditation retreats.  She starts to see why she is the way she is – why her mystical experiences are so compelling and why her relationships are so difficult.

Relearning Healthy Movement – Somatic Practice and Kum Nye

These gentle movement classes use simple exercises done with attention and enthusiasm to break down inflexible, rigid movement restrictions and allow the brain to create more freedom and integration in our movement.

The exercises are based on new findings from neuromuscular research and are used to guide students to somatic intelligence and ease. After a few lessons you will be moving with less pain, less effort and more pleasure.

Suitable for sports people, yogis, older people, anyone wanting to regain their full range of movement, to move in a natural stress-free way, and to become pain free.

Many modern diseases are rooted in contracted, restricted movement. Because we aren’t conscious of what our bodies are doing we can’t bring about the changes needed to restore health. It isn’t difficult.

In these classes we will make friends with our bodies, we will learn how to relax while moving, to pay attention and be interested in our movement, and to listen rather than control. We all know how to move gracefully. We just need to get out of the way and allow this to happen.

Somatics is a skilful way of learning how to do this.

These are open classes suitable for beginners and experienced students.

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Creative Processes

Stay up to date with my classes, workshops, books and art. Every so often I’ll provide a background piece on one of my activities.

Mindfulness and the Prefrontal Cortex

Mindfulness and the Prefrontal Cortex

A lot of us have heard about mindfulness and its possible benefits. Recently I have learned a few interesting things about the brain that have made the benefits of mindfulness meditation even clearer to me. Meditation produces a thickening of the prefrontal cortex –...

The Four Noble Truths and Modern Life

The Four Noble Truths and Modern Life

The relevance of Buddha’s four noble truths in our modern lives The fundamental and most important teachings of the Buddha are disarmingly simple.  There is suffering There is a cause of suffering There is an end of suffering There is a way to the end of suffering. It...

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