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A poetic distillation and artistic reflection of the human condition.
A poetic distillation and artistic reflection of the human condition.
A poetic distillation and artistic reflection of the human condition.
A poetic distillation and artistic reflection of the human condition.
A poetic distillation and artistic reflection of the human condition.
A poetic distillation and artistic reflection of the human condition.
A poetic distillation and artistic reflection of the human condition.
A poetic distillation and artistic reflection of the human condition.
A poetic distillation and artistic reflection of the human condition.
A poetic distillation and artistic reflection of the human condition.
Introducing Louisa-punt Fouche

Grace is within you: Grace is the Self.

Louisa Punt-Fouche, a South African author, poet, and artist, is an intellectual mystic and lifelong activist who embodies the spirit of service towards the voiceless. Her eleven books and numerous art exhibitions are a testament to her passion for the evolution of consciousness. With luminous word paintings, Louisa's poetry beseeches humanity to listen to the everlasting sound of Nature, while her polyphonic song verses compose a novel anthem of interbeing. Her work resonates with the music of life, like an agave tree that shoots towards the sky, collapses, and unravels into silver lace. Louisa's life and work inspire us to embark on a journey of self-discovery and service to others.

Her artworks and poetry are filled with accessible and spontaneous expressions in words and images. They reflect her experience of the world as an infinite paradox, united in one existence. Her poetry and art are textural compositions that convey touch and feeling through multiple voices.

Louisa’s work has been heard and experienced in lecture rooms, educational institutions, festivals of psychological development, in the courtroom, in centres for abused women and children, in individual analytic psychotherapy settings and at conferences. In these disparate settings, her work and ability to share her experiential world through opening the imaginal spaces are moving and relevant, transcending the confines of the individual context.

As an artist and poet, my ultimate goal is to inspire humanity to follow a path of kindness.

The music of Bach, making art, writing poetry and yogic meditational practices has informed my life as an artist.

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Academic History

Louisa Punt-Fouché has obtained the following degrees

  • A. Degree (Afrikaans-Nederland, Psychology) – Stellenbosch – 1979
  • Honors Degree in Counselling Psychology – cum laude – Stellenbosch – 1980
  • M.A. Degree in Clinical Psychology – cum laude- Port Elizabeth –1982
  • D.Phil. Degree in Psychology – Port Elizabeth – 1993
  • Buddhist studies through Ken Holmes (3 years), Director of Studies at Kagyu Samye Ling, Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, and Centre for World Peace – 2000 – 2003
  • A lifelong student of the Sacred books of the Vedas (The Eternal Path and Order of Wisdom) composed in Vedic Sanskrit as a source of ancient Indian history.

“It became clear that all memories which have remained vivid to me had to do with emotional experiences that arouse uneasiness and passion in the mind…Only what is interior has proved to have substance and a determining value. As a result, outer events have faded, and perhaps these ‘outer ‘experiences were never essential or were so only in that they coincided with phases of inner development.”

- C G Jung
About Louisa

Institutes & Associations

  •  South African Institute for Psychotherapy (SAIP).

  • South African Association for Psychotherapy (SAAP)

  • South African Art Therapy Association.

  • Psychological Society of South Africa.

  • South African Society for Clinical Psychology.

  • Registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

  • Eastern Cape Art Association.

  • The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (Aras)

  • Member of Integral Life

  • South African Society of Art

  • CPD provider in the Eastern Cape from 1998 to 2006.

 

Introducing Louisa's Lifework

The Mandala

Louisa has been in clinical practice since 1984, has lectured students, social workers, and trauma specialists, has done psycho-legal work for sexually abused children, has supervised numerous master’s dissertations, and has created post-trauma recovery mindfulness programs for abused women, children and the underprivileged and so much more.

Inexplicably, the creative fire led her from her career as a Jungian psychologist (D.Phil.) to creating works of art inspired by neglected aspects of nature, animals, children, and women.

She earned her doctorate in 1993 from the University of Port Elizabeth (now known as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University). Her thesis was a phenomenological and analytical study of the use of mandalas in therapy to explore the in-between space. Her research aimed to find a solution to the dissolution of humanity brought about by the personal, ideological, and political crises in South Africa, which resulted in a divided human being.

The mandala symbolises the Self in a world that is constantly changing. It represents the possibility of change within the individual and collective psyche.

Each person is a mandala, a seed symbol of the Self. After the massacre at Wounded Knee, Black Elk spoke of the loss of the centre and the death of the sacred tree. These words resonate deeply in a world where darkness seems to prevail.

Mandalisation, or individuation, is a progressive clarification of the structures of consciousness. It leads to a renewed perception, transformation, and mutation of creative living in a diaphanous world free from time. This process aims to bring about wholeness, where humans participate not as a part but integrally. We must know the present situation in all its manifestations to achieve this.

Mandalisation, or individuation, is a progressive clarification of the structures of consciousness. It leads to a renewed perception, transformation, and mutation of creative living in a diaphanous world free from time. This process aims to bring about wholeness, where humans participate not as a part but integrally. We must know the present situation in all its manifestations to achieve this.

Louisa Punt-Fouché’s research on mandalas has evolved and has become a cultural and psychological phenomenon, especially in the context of catastrophic events in the twenty-first century.

Her work has resulted in luminous ink drawings that feature chanting poetry, daring humanity to become one with nature and dream of a new world order based on interbeing.

The verses in her polyphonic songs recreate the diamond mandala, which shimmers with infinite angles of light and encompasses all possibilities of being.

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I am the roaring wind in the water of all souls.
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I am the roaring wind in the water of all souls.
I am the roaring wind in the water of all souls.
I am the roaring wind in the water of all souls.
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