International artist Monique Fay is a pioneer and a visionary in the fields of photography and healing. Her artwork has evolved over the last five decades and has been greatly influenced in her travels around the world by the traditions, spiritual practices and healing arts of the Tibetans, Hawaiians and Native Americans.
In 2008 The Book of Fay was published. The book, which was 34 years in the making, presents a photographic journey into life’s inner spaces, a journal derived from Monique’s life challenges, and the solutions given to her by nature through her photography. The images in this book serve as the foundation for the Apprentice Cards that were published in 2016 and have become the foundation for her workshops and healing practice.
Monique holds a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, and has been a practitioner of energy medicine for the past 40 years. She founded the Rejuvena Institute in 1993, a multidisciplinary center for the healing arts, which became Monique Fay Healing Arts Center in 2018 when she moved from California to Maui where she now resides. Her current healing practice offers a unique synthesis of skills, wisdom and experience. She facilitates workshops with the Apprentice Cards at her center, and in her travels around the United States and Canada.
Now in her late seventies, Monique continues to expand her research and practices in the fields of photography, energy medicine, meditation, Taichi, Qigong, and the I-Ching. Her artwork is featured in large spaces in hotels, businesses, healing centers, public spaces and homes.
Death Valley, CA 2016
Ice cave, Iceland, 2017
FROM THE ARTIST
“Through photography, I will show you the way out of suffering.” This is what I heard one day, as I was focusing the lens of my camera, looking through the grid of a metal fence on a desolate city block that reflected my own state of mind. As I heard those words, I felt a presence filled with light. Stunned by the energy, tears rolled down my face. Despite the bleak scene before me, I was in a state of awe. Transformation through photography? How was that possible?
I had assumed that photojournalism was my path, until three years later when I had the opportunity to meet with the Editor-in-Chief of a prominent magazine, who took a few moments of his precious time to glance at my portfolio. His immediate, fiery response changed the course of my life forever: “You are an artist, not a photojournalist. Put color film in your camera and go out in nature. That’s where you belong.”
He rekindled my childhood dream to photograph nature spirits. Being in nature was always where I came alive. I remembered how my father first held his camera to my eye. It was magical. Through the viewfinder I could see spirits looking at me, but I felt sad and puzzled that they never appeared on my father’s color slides.
Moving to a big city as an adult, I lost all contact with nature and became quite ill. As time went on I prayed to find a way to recapture the spirits, joy, and knowledge once available to me as a child. One night I was shown in a dream the way to take these transformational photographs that I now share with you. They were revealed over the next thirty-four years and depict the wisdom abiding in the natural elements. This discovery led me to my own healing and to answer the call toward healing others.
When they were first released in 2008 as a large art book, The Book of Fay, I witnessed their transformative and healing impact on others. They evolved into the Apprentice Cards, an inter-active play between the healing energies of nature and your intuition. They have now found their way to you, a portal to your inner world. Enjoy the magic!