Theresa “Tree” Walsh is a Community Engaged Arts Facilitator and Teacher who uses dance, education and other arts based practices, to help create a space for people to explore themselves through questions and issues that are meaningful for them. Her big picture plan is to build an arts based personal growth and development centre called myTREEHOUSEvision which would help youth learn lead and mentor each other, create collaborative compositions together, and learn a variety of other arts based practice skills.
She has worked in many contexts such as summer camps, schools, community centres, community events, etc across North America in order to try to make the world a better place in whatever way she can.
The world isn’t flat, the sun doesn’t revolve around the Earth and there are many things we believe now that are like those beliefs were to people who believed them in the past – Tree is out to help the world, herself included, to discover and evolve these limiting beliefs so we can save ourselves from self-destruction!
What events led up to you deciding to take back your life?
I was living in my home city of Toronto, and only living my dream in the summers at a camp in New Hampshire US as the Dance and Fitness Program Director. Life was great in the summers, where I felt like for the first time ever I got to be my true self, and finally felt ok to be me. I got to dance with kids, work with my staff to help them learn and grow as teachers and leaders, and be the kind of person I really wanted to be… then I would go out into the rest of the year, struggling to enjoy life and to really feel fulfilled or living my passion.