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Cielle Tewksbury

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Cielle Tewksbury

1938-2014 Cielle Tewksbury passed away in her home on Friday, January 3rd, surrounded by her family, two months after her diagnosis of lung cancer. Cielle was born Patricia Virginia Beattie on February 9th, 1938, in California, to Virginia DeCamp and Douglas Beattie. She was the third of 4 sisters. Cielle, both mercurial and immensely talented, changed her name 5 times and in the course of her life became an actress, a dancer, a model, a farmer, an artist, a photographer, a mother, a teacher, a poet, and a constant seeker. The daughter of 2 opera singers, Cielle and her sisters moved often following their parents career until settling in Porterville, CA. in 1940. Her father was a strong supporter of the local playhouse and it was there, at the age of 8 years old, that Cielle started her acting career. She went on to act in several television dramas and while working in Hollywood met and fell in love with her husband, Peter "Henry" Tewksbury. After years of working in Hollywood, the two decided to quit the "business" and create a life that was quite different than the one they were living. They began by looking in the least populated states in the US at that time South Dakota and Vermont and they settled in Vermont in 1965. They bought an old farm in Northfield Falls, had two children, and learned how to become farmers. Over the next years, Cielle lived in Vermont, Canada, and California and Vermont again, working as a farmer, practicing art and photography, and eventually discovering, and devoting her life's work to the study and teaching of Tai Chi. Cielle thought and taught in a wide arc, combining a deep knowledge of world religions and culture with her passion for movement, mythology and symbolism. Her studies included an undergraduate degree in Cross Cultural Dance Anthropology and a master's degree in Comparative Religion and Mythology, both at Norwich University; as well as a recently completed 2 year program in the study of 5 element acupuncture. Cielle devoted the last 30 years of her life to teaching. She was a Tai Chi Master of 5 elements Tai Chi, Tai Chi Chaun, and a founding teacher in the Living Tao Foundation. She taught saber form, sword form, fan form, and Qi Gong, combining these forms with calligraphy, cross-cultural symbology, and meditation to create workshops that blended poetry, dance, tai chi, music, ritual, writing and meditation. She taught these workshops all over the world, working regularly with collaborators in Germany, Scotland, England, France, and Portugal, travelling to China, and conducting workshops throughout the United States. In 2009, she co-authored the book "Healing Gift; Qi Gong in Breast Cancer Recovery" with her close friend, Margret Randolph. Three months before her death, at the age of 75, she led a 10 day workshop in Germany and then came home to teach her regular group classes in Putney, Greenfield, and Brattleboro. Cielle never stopped exploring, performing and going deeper. She was movement, passion and laughter, from her first days on the stage at age 8 to her last days teaching and performing Tai Chi at 75. Cielle is Survived by her three sisters Helen Lane, Genia Simpson, and Cynthia Astor, and her two children, Joshua Tewksbury and Marintha Tewksbury. MEMORIAL SERVICE: A memorial service will be held in her honor on January 12 from two to five in the afternoon at All Souls Church, 29 South Street, West Brattleboro, VT 05303.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Jan. 8, 2014
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