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My name is Paul Hogan and am an artist-in-tuition from Canada who plays with image, story, myth and theatre in collaboration with people from communities affected by civil disorder, natural disaster, poverty and social dislocation the world over. I schooled as a visual artist in the Stupid School in Toronto and as a performer in the Apparitional Theatre of the Chong in the early 1970’s. In 1983, I co-founded the Spiral Garden at the Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre (now Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital) for physically challenged children. In 1994, working with the Centre for International Health at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario and local partners in Sri Lanka, I signed on as creative advisor for the Butterfly Peace Garden in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka from 1994 to 2016 during a time of ethnic conflict and post conflict rehabilitation. The Butterfly Peace Garden has been cited in the U.S. Congressional Records as a “Best Peace Practice” with war-affected children. I received an Ashoka Fellowship in 2003 for my work in Sri Lanka. I now live and work at Falling Sky Studio in Toronto and collaborate friends at Garden Path Serendipity (GPS) Inc. on creative projects with immigrants, refugees and street people.

Passing Wind

Dear friends, this is my last hurrah on The Garden Path website which will now be retired as an archive of ancient meanders and...

Playing for Real

  Children and artists in the Butterfly Peace Garden of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, inspired creation of the teaching toys and practices of the original...

The Obstacle Blessing

Our Made-to-Order Apocalypse These days the human race is getting a pretty good run for its money. The Covid19 pandemic has flooded the world...

Dial M for Meaning

Hello dear friends! Just tuning in after a year of migration to assure you that I’m still here and doing well, and I hope...

Rembrandt Rooster Remembers

Not long ago in Sri Lanka there was a Rooster named Rembrandt who jumped the species fence and started to paint. Rembrandt was an...

Moonshot 2020

The climate science weatherman predicts a fraught future for our progeny these days. It’ll be fair to frightening with terrifying intervals folks, as we...

Van Winkle’s Wink

It’ll pass in a wink, Rip. So, open your eyes wide and suck it up, every blossom, every bloom, every breath. Spring is here,...

Did he do it?

It doesn’t last long, this little life of ours. Time and the world pass in dance, or is it a trance, and it doesn’t...

What’s it all about Toby?

Please allow me introduce Esperanza. Here she is at the window when the train pulls into Maho  Junction en route from Colombo to Batticaloa. My...

The Leap of Faith

Welcome, dear friends. We’re now a few days into the lunar New Year celebrated by the Chinese as Year of the Fire Monkey! I...