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  • Writer's pictureGretchen Siegfried

Ubuntu - Inspiration from Desmond Tutu

Updated: Jan 21, 2023

Many years ago,I had the great fortune to teach and travel in Southern Africa. I learned about the work of Bishop Desmond Tutu to promote compassion and forgiveness. He promoted the spirit of 'ubuntu', a Zulu proverb which means “I am a person through other people. My humanity is tied to yours.” This resonated profoundly within me and became a foundational part of my daily practices: Move - Create - Relate. When I am training with Hannah or teaching our students, or jamming with the stilt walkers, jugglers, hoopers, trapeze artists and other creatives from the "The People's Circus," I experience the intersection of all three - and it is genuine bliss. Art allows us to feel more human and to connect more deeply. It lifts us up and helps us heal.

Artwork created by Karl Fay and available on this site: Ubuntu Tutu

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