Episode 29 – Tara Leaver – Creativity Rooted in Tai Chi

Tara Leaver interview on Simple Daily Practice Podcast

Tara had lived in London her whole life.  After one especially bad year (a big break-up, depression, and overworking to distract herself from what was happening), she decided to move to the coast and start again.

She had always been interested in healing and alternative therapies.  She found a teacher in her new city who taught her tai chi and she began to practice regularly.  It was slow going.  She didn’t see results right away, but gradually she began to feel better.  The depression went away and she felt calmer and more patient.

She also found her way back to creating art.  Her depression had made it hard for her to get through the day, much less pick up a paintbrush.  She didn’t develop a daily art practice, but instead created a variety of short term art practices as her needs and interests changed.

Listen to Tara’s inspiring story of how the connection she has built with her daily tai chi practice supports and nourishes all her artistic activities, allowing her to live a life of balance, harmony and creative expression.

In this interview, Tara shares:

  • her motivation to practice even when she doesn’t feel like it
  • how some practices come and go in her life
  • how she structures her art practices in a way that works for her
  • what’s consistent in her art practices and what varies
  • her formula for finding balance and harmony in her life
  • her key recommendation for developing an art practice
  • how long she recommends trying a practice before you quit

The Interview

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Do you have a regular practice to connect to yourself?  How have you found it helpful?  If not, does Tara’s story inspire you to start one?  I’d love to hear from you.  Please share in the comments below. 

7 comments… add one
  • What a lovely interview…I already feel a connection to you and your work Tara, but this interview and your story speaks to me ..I am in London and not that far from Brighton: just sayin 😉 Thank you for inviting Tara Amy…x

    • Hi Lisa!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Tara has such a wonderful and inspiring perspective.


      • Thanks so much Lisa! I’m so glad you found something in it to relate to, and thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts!

  • Thank you for this wonderful interview. Exactly a year ago I was lucky enough to be in Tara’s first Creative Spark course which I want to describe a Milestone of the last couple years. It gave me so much meaning, not only for developing creative Habits, a way into my own style and new approaches but also because Tara’s truly holistic way of teaching had an Impact on me as a whole, it made me feel connected and fulfilled. The interview is very inspiring, honest and opens up ideas worth trying out. Great!!

    • Hi Nic,

      Thank yo for sharing your experience with Tara and her work. I’m glad you were able to get some more insight and inspiration from her interview. I’d love to know how it goes for you!


      • Thank you Nic for your kind words; I’m so glad you enjoyed it!


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