Welcome to the Green Bough Studio & Gallery


One morning, soon after moving into my island home in 1997, I awakened to the words of a loving, deep dream voice speaking: “… the name of your healing centre is The Green Bough, a sanctuary. You can begin your centre alone, you do not need to have a group to join you”. I remembered an anonymous Chinese writing that I had treasured as a teen: Keep a green bough in your heart, and the bird of happiness will alight on it. It became a beautiful & guiding metaphor for this healing sanctuary/studio/home.


For many years I have realized that I am joined - on a material level by the creatures and beauty of the flora and fauna that surround this home; bringing peace, tranquility, inspiration and joy, and by the invisible world energies that work through and with me. They guide my growth in understanding the mystery, facilitating deepened learning in working with subtle energy and in being with people. Subsequent to an illness I am no longer able to practice hands-on healing work, so have followed the form the healing wants to manifest in.

I appreciate the depth and degree of healing that comes not only from the practice of artmaking but also from being in the presence of nurturing, heart-created art. I have come to understand Artmaking as a form of subtle energy work that can encompass any creative discipline - writing, poetry, painting, sculpting, dance, film, music, ritual, ceremony and more. Art that comes from the heart, the intuitive, can be not only a form of spiritual practice but as well, a potent healer – for the artist and the art recipient.

The art in the galleries on this site is some of the art that I am blessed to be part of creating. I share The Green Bough sanctuary/studio with Joy Olsen, an imaginative sculptural ceramist whose nature and sea related work is uplifting and healing. There are links to each of our websites and our art.

(Your comments or interest in any of our art can be emailed to each of us.) Thanks for visiting.

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We have moved

The Green Bough Studio on Gabriola Island - has a new dedicated Gallery space and location to display the Ceramic, Sculpture and Painting art of www.JoyOlsen.ca and www.ZulisYalte.com Established 24 years ago, the studio has increasing numbers of visitors throughout the year necessitating the Gallery. Zulis’ brother, a creative woodworker, built the new space and visitors during the Tour have raved about the Gallery saying it was funky, bright, professional and the work glistened! We are thrilled with the response.

The Green Bough Studio & Gallery has moved to a new location: 600 Rollo Road, Gabriola, BC. It will be open when the artists are home, by appointment or for special shows and tours. Come visit! 250 247-7255

More Studio and Gallery photos will be posted once we are settled in our new location.