Sacred Nude artworks and poetry by Francesca Simonelli

Sacred Nudes

In the days leading up to my first solo show: Sacred Nude, I have asked poet and writer Francesca Simonelli to respond to my Sacred Nude drawings. What she did completely blew my mind away! Every day until the show opens I will post some of her very special, moving and inspiring poetry for you to enjoy.

Francesca Simonelli's poems have touched me and many others for many years and I was over the moon when Francesca agreed to write some words in response to the Sacred Nude series of artworks. Sacred Nude was inspired by a meditation practice that resulted in the healing of body and mind. I wanted to create a series that was dedicated to my meditation practice and the joy (and struggles) I encountered therein.

Exhibition opening: 22 September 2018, 6-9pm

Opening times: 1-5pm every Saturday until 20 October 2018

Inspiring and creative workshops each Saturday


Retreat Yoga Studio

367 New Cross Road

London, SE14 6AT

See home page to RSVP

Francesca's poetry is the most perfect companion to these Sacred Nude artworks. She speaks of presence, feminine power, sexuality and love.



Split me

Divide me

Open me

Unify me

Patterns become me

Creator can hide me

In plain sight…

Merge and collide me

Divinity underlies me -

You cannot deny me

Or declassify me.

Just try to demystify me

See that you will quickly

Glorify me

Ignite me.

Recognize me

Deify me

Vilify me

Lullaby me

Magnify me

Liquefy me

Multiply me

I am dark queen

I am the darkness of light

Lilith of the night

You have no chance in this fight…

I refuse to submit

Or blindly gratify.

I am amplified and fortified

I am chaos organized.

I am fertility

And creation

Birth and annihilation

I am open devastation

Cellular division

Peer inside me.

Ride me

Abide in me

Enter me

Emerge from me

Stand beside me

Or above me

And below me

Rise within me

I am mystery

And whimsy

Precision and pandemonium…

I am algorithmic and geometric

Poetic and fractal

Numerical and symbolic

I am woman

I am Pi

I am sanctified

And sublime.

I am written in tongues

And chemical symbols

Scientific and ceremonial

Rubric and ritualistic

I am digits and frequencies

Invisible yet very present

Visual and yet unseen.

Formulas and defiance

I am the ultimate contradiction

Living paradox

I am not quickly solved

Yet I am as complexly simple as can be

The most difficult of riddles

Come reflect with Sphinx

And Me….


I am spoken to life

By my very own voice

Birthed by Goddess

Guided by Providence

Matrix created

And infinitely multiplying


Sacred Nude: Workshops

Complementing my solo show: Sacred Nude, opening on 22 September 6-9pm at Retreat Yoga studio, We will be hosting four workshops designed to stimulate creativity and mindfulness. The exhibition is free but workshops need to be booked in advance.

All workshops are £5, limited spaces available

Workshop Schedule:


29 September 2018 2-4pm

Join the artist for some meditative mandala magic. The workshop will start with a short, guided EFT meditation to relax and get in touch with your own personal symbols. Next we will experiment with different shapes and patterns before designing our mandalas.  We will play with different painting techniques before colouring our mandala with a range of different materials provided for you.

There will be templates for those not wishing to create their own design or for those wishing to carry on the meditative experience at home.


Retreat Yoga Studio, 367 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6AT



ART THERAPY- With Eden O Shoro

6th October 2018 2-4pm

Art has the potential to heal. Join Art Psychotherapist, Eden O Shoro, for an easy goingintroduction to Creative Art Therapies and engage in an experiential Therapeutic Arts Workshop ‘Mind.Body.Art.’ exploring the mind-body connection though imagination, creativity and spontaneous art making. Art materials provided, no artistic skill required, only a willingness to be present.)



Retreat Yoga Studio, 367 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6AT

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LIFE DRAWING- with Niel Venter

13 October 2018 2-4pm

Master life drawer Niel will guide this friendly and fun life drawing session for beginners and experienced life drawers alike. The class will begin with a short introduction to life drawing and, after a few warm up sketches there will be a longer poses to hone in your skills. Materials provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbooks.


Retreat Yoga Studio, 367 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6AT



20 October 2-4pm

Express yourself in this fun and fluid workshop ‘Merging Senses’ led by Art Psychotherapist, Eden O Shoro, and Drama, Dance and Movement Therapists. Discover and re-awaken your creative spirit though the Expressive Arts: voice projection, dramatic expression and physical flow with all be explored in this workshop.



Retreat Yoga Studio, 367 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6AT

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All workshops are £5, limited spaces available

See the Sacred Nude exhibition on the way to your workshop :)