Dominica: Portraits of Remarkable Beings

Dominica’s work, Pearls of Consciousness: An Invitation to Meet Remarkable Beings, (Aluna, 2013), is a remarkable collection of black and white portraits of 52 sages and spiritual teachers she took over the years from 1992 to 2012, together with powerful quotations and a short biography and bibliography of each. Dominica was born near Paris in 1962 as Dominique Herbin. After studying Literature in Paris and Law at King’s College in London and later at the Sorbonne in Paris, she passed the Paris and New York Bars and worked as an associate in large law firms in Boston and New York. She soon gave up this work which left her essential questions unanswered in order to follow her bliss. She began exploring her creativity through life drawing, painting and eventually black and white photography. At the same time, she dedicated herself to the approach of the body through the regular practice of aikido (2nd dan, B.F.) and tai-chi-chuan. In the process, she discovered the teachings of the great sages and in particular the perennial philosophy of Advaita Vedanta. Pivotal in her spiritual journey and towards the making of her book were her encounter with the French film maker Arnaud Desjardins who encouraged her in her work as a portrait photographer, her yearly prilgrimages to the sacred mountain Arunachala in South India and finally her meeting with her yoga teacher Eric Baret who initiated her to the practice of yoga according to the non-dual tradition of Kashmir Shivaism. Today Dominica lives in France where she teaches yoga and tai chi chuan and offers week end workshops around Pearls of Consciousness and her yoga practice. For more information visit her website : http://dominicah.free.fr

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