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Cactus the dog

Cranlana’s alumni are an international group, making a difference across the globe. Sometimes their pets make an impact too.

12 December, 2019

 Alumna Karen Hadfield is Founder & Director, Café Tissardmine Arts & Culture Retreat, Morocco.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect from the week at Cranlana but it ended up being a life changing experience. Before I participated in the program I had only really mixed with people within the arts. I’d worked across all disciplines and roles, but knew no one from business, the police, the armed forces, law or medicine. At the final night drinks I found myself talking to an army colonel who had been in the program with me and we both agreed that if we had met at a party and established that he was in the army and I was in the arts we would have quickly made our excuses and left to engage with other like-minded folk. During the week at Cranlana we were not defined by our jobs but our jobs did bring differing perspectives to the challenges set during the group tasks. Most importantly we respected and listened to each contribution. This is what I learned most in that week – how to listen, how to reason, how not to judge and not to assume. It’s pretty big stuff which I thought I knew but the week really highlighted these things for me. It was challenging to say the least. Hearing other peoples’ takes on moral and ethical dilemmas made me question and re-examine my own beliefs and attitudes. Ten years on, the experience and the effect it has had on me remains strong. I am now running an artist in residence program in the Moroccan Sahara – that week really did something to me!”

Cranlana’s alumni are an international group, making a difference across the globe. Sometimes their pets make an impact too. Karen’s dog Cactus this year inadvertently joined thousands of human runners are competing in Marathon Des Sables in Morocco, guiding lost runners back to the track. Read the full article here.

Daily Mail, 12 April 2019

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