jill patterson handstand against wall

I see my work as an opportunity to create positive change in people’s lives. My days and weeks are varied, filled with interactions in different communities and facilitating spaces for people to be seen, heard and valued for their experience.

This is often in group or 121 yoga classes that I teach and training for yoga teachers that I co-deliver. I facilitate┬áreflective group learning and discussion, mentoring and developing teaching skills and on-going support to yoga teachers. I’m also teaching on retreats in India over the next year.

My theatre work over recent years has focused on directing, which usually happens in short bursts through professional productions, fringe festivals and universities across the UK, fuelling my creativity and enabling me to work towards public engagement in stories and experiences that are less heard. My work is informed by my years of experience in diverse communities, to challenge societal norms and stigma, as well as connecting audiences to the beauty and value in different experiences.

I work as the London manager in a choir for people who have experience of homelessness and marginalisation in London, where I support people (a team of volunteers, over 90 members and a choir director) to access a space where we come together once a week to sing and share a hot meal, along with producing and booking performance opportunities and workshops that are meaningful, educational and uplifting.

my goals are to: