Cathryn Mon­ro is a pro­fes­sion­al artist, writer, edu­ca­tor, facil­i­ta­tor and moth­er of two. She rates moth­er­ing as by far the most chal­leng­ing, cre­ative, impor­tant and ful­fill­ing of jobs. Cathryn’s life, train­ing and work com­bine her cre­ative dri­ve, a com­mit­ment to mean­ing­ful edu­ca­tion, self-inquiry and group learn­ing process­es, and yoga and med­i­ta­tion prac­tices.

Cathryn holds a BFA and MFA from the Elam School of Fine Arts, Uni­ver­si­ty of Auck­land, and has a 30+yr career as a pro­fes­sion­al artist. Her work includes large scale pub­lic and pri­vate com­mis­sions rang­ing from bronze and weath­er­ing steel works to instal­la­tions involv­ing 200,000 strung beads, to gallery exhib­it­ed sculp­ture and works in paint, pho­tog­ra­phy, light and draw­ing.

Fol­low­ing her inter­est in col­lab­o­ra­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion process­es, Cathryn spent a year train­ing as an actor in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. It was there, in 1990, that she began her yoga prac­tice.

On return to New Zealand and along­side her stu­dio prac­tice, Cathryn began a 20+yr teach­ing career in NZ’s pre­miere ter­tiary arts insti­tu­tions. Her inter­est in edu­ca­tion and inquiry-learning prompt­ed 6 years train­ing as a facil­i­ta­tor of active and inter­ac­tive group process. This lead to work in a vari­ety of set­tings includ­ing work­shop facil­i­ta­tor for par­ents for 2 years with the Anger Change Trust, Play­back for Teenagers for youth the­atre, and 11 years as scriptwriter for the char­i­ty Books In Homes, pro­mot­ing a love of read­ing and book own­er­ship to thou­sands of dis­ad­van­taged school­child­ren through­out New Zealand.

In the year 2000 Cathryn gave birth to her first daugh­ter and in 2003 to her sec­ond. Cathryn jug­gled her career and life as a work-at-home mum along­side her stu­dio prac­tice, writ­ing, and facil­i­ta­tion and spent 6 years in hands-on ear­ly child­hood edu­ca­tion with the parent-led Play­cen­tre organ­i­sa­tion.

Over the last 10 years Cathryn has worked with ter­tiary stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als lead­ing inte­gra­tive, group-learning, practice-based inquiry process­es, draw­ing on the expe­ri­ences of group mem­bers to deep­en learn­ing, build col­lab­o­ra­tive rela­tion­ships and enrich work­ing cul­tures.

Cathryn lives with her hus­band and daugh­ters in Welling­ton, New Zealand.