Madeleine is the first name that was given to me at birth.
Yet I was not called Madeleine until I was 30 years old.
This change of name has been for me a rebirth… an opening to new potential.
Mad is not a diminutive: rather a common, concentrated form of the two given names, Mady, Madeleine.
After the African bush and Tervuren Avenue, the small village of Waulsort-sur-Meuse… 100 m from the river, 100 m from the woods. I arrive there at 8 years old. The school in Dinant and the trips in the little Micheline, or later by bike for the pleasure of seeing the rocks of Freyr in the morning mist… and having a moment of solitude… no luxury in a brotherhood of 5!
Dad often makes us pose in front of his lens, which I hate! But photography intrigues and attracts me; I ask for my first camera for my birthday. Then I save money to buy the materials to print my pictures in my darkened room.
For the pleasure of writing and photography, a bachelor’s degree in journalism at IHECS in Tournai. Technical thesis in photography: London by Pubs (a visit of London through the atmosphere of its pubs); Theoretical thesis on Feminine and Feminist Press in French-speaking Belgium.
Then first jobs in the associative, social and cultural press, in Brussels.
In 2002, the building is sold, which ends the Physiotherapy Centre.
At that time, my daughter is two years old.
I begin to question the life “on the fast lane” that I have lived until then… Sabbatical period, fallow… or chrysalis… during which my life is transformed in spite of myself, first by meeting Yumma Mudra (Myriam Szabo) and by participating in the Danza Duende project; then by resuming Ashtanga Yoga classes, notably during internships with John Scott.
Beginning of a return to roots that combines experience and knowledge into an intuitive, creative, living consciousness. This new consciousness, which is awakening, is the basis of my current work and the creation of new “Preventive Yoga” courses, both individually and in groups.