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I live with creative force flowing through me. As a young girl, my grandmother invoked this creative energy, and ever since, I have been expressing myself through artistry in crochet, knitting, photography, mosaic, painting and culinary arts. I discovered jewelry and macramé techniques in 2008, and it´s been a passionate love ever since.

After a strong career in sales as a commercial director, I founded and ran a flourishing vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurant in Porto Portugal that evolved to feed the body, mind and soul as a spiritual center for holistic healing.

I had that business for 7 years, and in 2008 I decided it was time for a change. I sold my business and began the trip of a lifetime. With a nearly empty backpack and full of curiosity, I began my quest to discover and learn from intentional and spiritual communities operating on principles of permaculture in Brazil.

And it was in South America that I learned the art of macramé, which quickly became my passion and meaningful method of meditation. In 2011, I went to the United States, bought a motorhome and traveled throughout Central and North America, along the way sharing my unique and beautiful creations.

In the summer of 2012, I arrived in British Columbia. After visiting several places in this amazing province, I found Cortes Island and my heart told me that it is one of my places to call home in this world. Since then, I live half the year on Cortes and the other half in Bahia, Brazil.

In Canada, I participate in several craft markets and my work is present in several stores. I also love making commission pieces.

Working with gems and semi-precious stones involves constant development and allows a connection with their amazing energy.

Each of my exquisite pieces is a "one of a kind" delight, created with love, healing energy, and intention to make its new owner vibrate in the Light.

Loving Knots by Susana Vijaya

Susana Vijaya**
General Delivery,
Mansons Landing, BC