Ruth set up Memory Gardens with other collaborators In 2002 when she discovered a piece of derelict land in Islington. She is interested in ecological patterns of renewal in people and places. She trained as a Shiatsu Practitioner, 2002-2006, with an MRSS qualification and further studies in Seiki. She combines this with her experience and understanding of movement dynamics through Contact Dance Improvisation and her involvement as a Musician. She has a post-graduate Diploma from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in "Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Well-being". Ruth has an MA in Research Architecture from Goldsmith's College, 2008, in which she researched sensory learning styles in non-verbal autistic children at "Memory Gardens". Ruth is dyslexic and so motivated to find alternative creative approaches to learning, expression and well-being that finds commonality of need and entitlement in all people.
"Music spreads throughout the environment like a perfume. It soaks into the fabric of other things and people. Music communicates". (Ansuman)
Ansuman plays a large variety of instruments from flute, violin, hung to percussion and voice. He plays regularly in Contact Dance Improvisation Jams and in many other musical and theatrical contexts. He has worked as a visiting musician at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. He creates wide yet intimate atmospheres at the Hand and Sky Events where children, staff and parents come together to spend ti
Annie Pui Lok
Annie is a Somatic Practitioner, Dancer and Craniosacral Therapist. She has many years experience delivering workshops to groups. She will be delivering some experiential and therapeutic sessions for school staff in 2020 as a way of supporting and nurturing them in their on-going connection with the children.
Trustees and Friends
Molly Porter: Molly is a long-term Trustee and Friend to Memory Gardens and she has been involved from the beginning.
Molly is a Quaker with interest in Community, joint Stewardship of the land and care of one another.
Jenny Todd: Jenny has an interest in the transformative benefits of music, movement and therapeutic touch for people of all abilities and needs. She works in a North London Hospital Charity as their Head of Volunteering.
Dr Christina Macrae: Christina is involved in a Practice Research Project through the University of Manchester into embodied and relational approaches to learning and Well-being in early years children and their carers. Before this she practiced for many years as an Early Years Nursery Teacher.
Kate Marrs-Gant: Kate works in Special Needs Education and previously worked in Early Years settings in North London both as a Teacher and in Management.