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With My Own Hands

[Portrait 23]

It was a rainy Sunday as I climbed up the stairs at Loft 404. The colourful eclectic interior of the classroom and the warm noise of friendly conversation made me easily forget the greyness that clung to the streaming window panes. There were glass jars of ingredients and empty bowls piled before us on the tables as I sat down to the smiles that greeted me at table.

Ever since I was a kid I've felt this innate and strong connection to nature. Just being outside with the trees and water lapping at my feet made me feel calm and grounded. And today, it's no different.

For quite some time I've been struggling with maintaining this connection to the natural world as well as my body. I've felt conflicted about the substances and the products we use in our daily lives. Echoing the connection I try to have with the food I eat, I deeply desired to have that same connection with the things I use on my skin everyday. Simple + wholesome + honest.

And this is why I signed up for Kathrin's DIY Bodycare workshop. Not only do I adore learning about how to make things with my hands from scratch, but I also was keen to expand my understanding of what goes into the cosmetics and products that come in direct contact with my skin.

As she taught the class, Kathrin just had this natural glow. Confident in her own skin, and illuminated by the joy and knowledge she has for her work. As a child, she had very sensitive skin and has learned over the years how to take care of herself through a much more natural approach. And it was through her education as a Holistic Nutritionist, that her work expanded into creating workshops to help others. During the class, she showed us how to make lavender grapefruit coconut deodorant, lime & mint lip balm, calendula shea olive oil healing salve, and a minty toothpaste made from natural ingredients.

Our photoshoot a few weeks later was everything but rainy. As we strolled among the trees in the park, the sun streamed through the leaves and illuminated the greenness around us.

A healer. A teacher. And the beautiful creator of For the Love of Body

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