Getting to know Helen

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Background

Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where the rich colours and shape of the African landscapes deeply impressed my artistic sensibilities, my life’s journey has continuously been one lived through art. A process which has uncovered key understanding in my quest for truth and healing.

Journey Through Art

Painting became a sacred tool for my own healing process and has enabled me to examine my previously ‘veiled’ perception of myself and to understand how to uncover denial.

This dynamic transformation helped awaken me to the workings of my subconscious mind. I was able to retrieve memories which previously were blocked, and helped me to resolve emotional and psychological dis-eases. Of course this has had a huge impact on imrpoving my day-to-day wellbeing.

As a painter, I have “travelled” through many phases, from my Art of Movement series, to the Journey, and from my Harmonic series back to Realism.

Understanding Wellbeing

Ever since I was a child, I have loved helping people to feel better. Through decades of doing different therapies, I found ways to heal and manage my own issues and discomforts, and to resolve issues across all walks of life.

This inspired me to share these methods with others and I have been working within the wellbeing industry since the eighties.

Healing Modalities

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Intuitive Painting

I studied Intuitive Painting in 1993, with an amazing teacher, Jane Cory-Wright. She had herself been a student of Cecil Collins, so I was truly grateful for the expert teaching passed on to me.

Being allowed to play freely with paint, opened up a new path to painting from my unconscious, revealing the most valuable insights which have transformed my life and brought much healing.

I was so excited about this process, that I began to teach others with great success. I have taught people Intuitive Painting in my workshops in Russia, Greece, South Africa, UK and Jersey.

Holistic Fitness

I am a certified teacher of the Nia Technique, an holistic movement practice based on the “joy of movement”. A fusion of martial arts, healing arts and dance arts, it is done barefoot to fantastic music of all kinds.

No two classes are ever the same.

I completed the Nia White Belt teacher training in 2007, and introduced this movement practice into my international, creative workshops.

Since then, I have completed my Green Belt, Blue Belt, and more recently, my Brown Belt (2018).

I have held classes in London, Israel, South Africa and New York.

Colour Healing

Determined to find natural ways to heal decades of persistent sore throats, I studied Colour Healing (Mental Colour Therapy) in 1984, with Lily Cornford.

This healing technique is based on using colours of specific flowers, visualised in sunlight, and channelling them through the hands, to a various parts of the body.

This technique has been invaluable in my healing process. Through integrating it with Inner Work and Vocal Toning, I’ve freed my voice and healed my throat.

Intuitive Painting

I studied Intuitive Painting in 1993, with an amazing teacher, Jane Cory-Wright. She had herself been a student of Cecil Collins, so I was truly grateful for the expert teaching passed on to me.

Being allowed to play freely with paint, opened up a new path to painting from my unconscious, revealing the most valuable insights which have transformed my life and brought much healing.

I was so excited about this process, that I began to teach others with great success. I have taught people Intuitive Painting in my workshops in Russia, Greece, South Africa, UK and Jersey.

Inner Work

Inner Work is a process which helps to resolve issues like low self esteem, lack of confidence and repetitive symptoms.

In my experience, none of the psycotherapy  I did over 15 years, came close to bringing about the much needed change in my life, as doing Inner Work did.

Because it wasn’t “talking about”, but instead, it was “sensing and engaging” with the troubled parts of myself, and giving them a voice. It was about LISTENING to the guiding voice within, and finding answers.

I have been an Inner Work Facilitator since 2004.

Energising Your Life
In 2009 I founded Energising Your Life (EYL) – a creative platform offering a fun way of dealing with, and overcoming problems.

It uses a fusion of guided visualisation, intuitive painting, vocal toning, percussion, and the Nia technique.

I have held EYL workshops in Russia, Greece, Israel, South Africa, the UK and Jersey.

Feeling your feelings won’t harm you, but not feeling them might.
Helen Allen

Design Work

Since the eighties, I worked as an independent graphic designer and marketing consultant, creating brands and working in the multimedia sector, before computers were the norm.

Classically trained in Graphic Design at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, I have always enjoyed bringing my art into the corporate work I do, to create a unique touch. Clients included: National Geographic, Boosey & Hawkes, BMW, Rank Xerox, IBM and Picadilly Press.

Bids and Tenders

My first bid was in 2002, when I spearheaded a campaign to address the need for new cloakroom facilities in a North London government school. The campaign was a success, and I helped to raise £50,000 through the Sports Lottery.

Together with my husband, I co-founded Lahara Ltd. in 2013, which specialises in bids and proposals. To date, we have helped clients win over £3.5bn worth of business, in a wide range of industries, and £75m+ for an NHS framework business over two years.

Charity Work

INDONI DANCE ARTS & LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
In 2014, I became a founder member of the Indoni Dance, Arts & Leadership Academy, an NPO in South Africa established in 2014.

Since then, Indoni has won 10 achievement awards.

As their Marketing Director and Bid Manager, I produce and edit video, design and manage the website and all the marketing campaigns and bids for fundraising.

FINDING INNER PEACE
I had the privilege of being trained by Prem Rawat to become one of his instructors in the late eighties.

I met with individuals and groups to facilitate their journey on their path of inner peace and spoke in front of audiences in the UK, Holland and South Africa.

Practising the simple techniques of Knowledge brings me to a place of peace inside myself that I call home.

40 years later I still do this daily practice. It forms the basis for my living with the deepest gratitude, serenity, clarity and fulfilment.

 

A Brief Look Back…

Late '70s

Studied Graphic Design at the Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town. Went on to work in fashion, doing illustration and marketing, creating magazine shoots with BBDO, and working with screenprint.

1976: Soweto riots broke out. I was terrified. There was talk of bloodshed in the streets, felt powerless and ‘fled’ the troubled  apartheid South Africa in 1977.

1978: Worked for a multimedia production comapny as a graphic designer/illustrator, and moved on to become an independent designer.

Little did I know, I was about to embark on the biggest journey of self-discovery… and that I would find the best teachers to help me create the life I now love!

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1980s

1980: Quenched my thirst for inner peace through listening to Prem Rawat’s message of peace. Began my daily practice of the techniques of Self-Knowledge.

1984: Discovered invaluable healing tools through studying Mental Colour Therapy with the late Lily Cornford. Began my practice as a colour healer.

198689: Alongside my design career where I produced the covers for the first National Geographic video series (UK), I was also privileged to be trained by Prem Rawat, as an instructor for teaching Self-Knowledge.

Became an instructor and a public speaker on the subject of inner peace, and spoke to 1000s of people in audiences across the UK, Holland and South Africa.

1987: Started to explore my own inner world of mind and emotions, through Gestalt and Psycotherapy.

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1990s

I was blessed with a beautiful family, and my journey through art opened up. I began painting in water colour and mixed media, and later in oils, and then acrylics.

1992: Exhibited my paintings on the international art market, and published some as Limited Edition prints.

1993: Discovered the healing power of  intuitive painting. During a 3-day course, I painted 26 paintings under the guidance of intuitive painting teacher, Jane Cory-Wright (herself a student of Cecil Collins).

I began painting Art of Movement, a series which allowed me to explore my fascination with, and passion for, dance and music. Always curious about the ‘negative spaces’ created in movement, as depicted in Dance with Wings.

1994–2001 Held art exhibitions (UK) Click for details

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2000–2005

My paintings then evolved to the Journey Series, as I explored my inner world and began to take a deeper look into my unconscious behavoiurs, and the childhood experiences which triggered certain issues. 

2003: Began to facilitate personal development workshops, teaching intuitive painting and movement, which later became Energising Your Life.

2004: Joined the team with Robert Holden (Ph.D.) leading psychologist and author, in his Success Intelligence seminars and Happiness workshops. Also completed his training in Coaching Success and  Coaching Happiness.

2005: Taught intuitive painting in Russia, when I was invited to run my creative seminars in in Moscow and St. Petersburg. At that time, I was deeply into painting my Harmonic Series, where every stroke of paint was made while toning my voice and creating harmonic overtones.

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2006–2009

2006: Taught intuitive painting  in Greece, when I was the first international Wellbeing Coach invited to facilitate workshops at Taos Retreat Center, on the island of Paros.

2007Was invited to co-facilitate a creative seminar in Cape Town, South Africa, where I taught intuitive painting and vocal toning.

Completed my White Belt in the Nia Technique, and began teaching Nia classes in London.

2008: Introduced Nia as a movement practice in my Energising Your Life seminars.

2009: Completed my Nia Green Belt Training. Held another Energising Your Life seminar in Cape Town, South Africa.

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2010–present

2010: Was invited to facilitate my Energising Your Life seminar in Hod Hasharon, Israel.

2011: Was invited to work at a Hay House seminar in New York, where Dr Robert Holden led a seminar for 5 days (100 participants). Taught Nia to the group.

2012: Completed my Nia Blue Belt certification in Israel.

Was invited to facilitate my Energising Your Life seminar on the Jersey Isles.

2014: Became a founder member of the Indoni Dance Arts & Leadership Academy, which today is an award-winning academy with 30 full-time dance trainees from the disadvantaged community of Khayelitsha, near Cape Town.

2014–present: Indoni– Marketing Director, Bid Manager, Web designer,Producer/Editor.

2014–present: Lahara Marketing Director, Web Designer, Copy Editor, Video Producer/Editor. 

2018 – Working on finishing my book, Art of Being You. It will be an inspiration for self healing, and a guide to using creative energy as a major tool for transformation.

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