MUSE - Brooke Skinner, Director & Founder @theritual___ | www.the-ritual.com.au
When did your journey with meditation, tarot, writing and healing work and therapy first begin?
I have always loved telling stories; some of my earliest memories have been sharing them as if I were in one of Shakespeare's plays, even though it was mainly my cat and dog as the audience. As an only child, I would dive into my imagination to find belonging through words. My journey with meditation and esoteric practices began around the age of 17 when my grandmother stated sharing the history about her mother and the what she was a part label as 'superstitious' I found it all so fascinating. Although I had dabbled here and there, it didn't become the central part of me until confronted with motherhood. I had already been studying within these fields for many years, but I didn't integrate with it all until then.
When did you first come up with the concept of The Ritual?
The Ritual was created during my last pregnancy just over two years ago. I had closed my previous business where I taught a lot in person and came to the realisation I wanted to take this globally and in a more user-friendly way that drew on all facets of my background. I took all the bits and pieces that had helped me along my journey and birthed them into The Ritual, which is still unfolding every day.
The Ritual community is like nothing i've ever experienced before. It is so authentic, engaging and visually powerful, it ignites all my senses. Working in the Fashion Industry previously do you think this aesthetic and visual language was paved then for what was to follow with The Ritual?
Oh wow, thank you that is really powerful and also so encouraging as my main focus is always to forget about what others are doing and remain true to myself. I am a very visually driven person; my husband will happily vouch for that as he is on the receiving end if that more than I would like to admit. I have always had this eye for detail with stories and with the beauty in things. This was all part of my world as a child, I would get quite lonely at times, and I found running wild with my senses and with my imagination, I was limitless. From this understanding, I also realised around the age of about eight that if I could imagine it, if I could dream it up in my mind, it could become a reality. Of course, it took over a decade to be able to make that concept tangible, but I believed it deep within me. These early beliefs I created within myself have never left. I have taken that into everything I have ever done. I naturally progressed into the Fashion Industry out of sheer coincidences; it was not something I