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The Beautiful Art of Letting Go Workshops

The Beautiful Art of Letting Go

The story behind an iconoclastic beauty workshop

issue 10 : the icons & iconoclasts

By Khandiz Joni

My brain quite literally overflows with ideas daily. These often colour musings usually make themselves known to me when I am walking…most often while walking to train stations, bizarrely. But always on the banalest and most uninspired paths of the journey.

Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.

Gail Sheehy

I think it’s fair to say that many of these ideas are a little abstract in nature. And too often than not, ahead of their time. Bewilderment is not an uncommon expression staring back at me, but it also not one that very often deters me from trying to realise these mental images that invade my daydreams (sometimes with success, and other times just a waste of time and money). But every now and then, I meet someone who just…get’s me. They can see my vision as clearly as I can – even without a clear explanation. These are the people that make my heart tingle with joy because these kinds of people are a) rare but more importantly, b) integral to realising my crazy, weird and wonderful dreams and allowing me brain space to move onto the next one!


Despite my gung ho attitude to “making shit happen,” actually sharing my ideas before I have had time to mould them into something real and tangible makes me feel incredibly vulnerable. That probably has more to do with my self imposed beliefs that I am not very good at verbalising my ideas, more than that I don’t trust my vision. My process is very insular. I need time to digest, process, evaluate and understand how I can incorporate all the various threads of sustainability into them.

But in the wise words of Brené Brown, (“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change”) I am reminded that without vulnerability, taking risks and putting myself out there, nothing significant every really happens.

The Beautiful Art of Letting Go with Absolution

Letting Go

Last summer, sat across a table from one such woman (the kind that just gets me), fueled by delicious food and daytime cocktails (and probably still drawing on the wisdom of Brené’s Netflix special)… I let go and told her about this crazy idea I had for a beauty workshop.

Full disclosure, this woman is a very dear friend and longtime collaborator. Our friendship was cemented over delicious food, cocktails and a crazy idea some years ago in a bistro in Paris.

It was going to be called ‘The Beautiful Art of Letting Go‘, and it was a beauty workshop with a difference. The difference is that it really had very little to do with makeup at all (other than it being happened to be the medium of choice due to the nature of the canvas)! In reality, it was going to more of an art class about mindfulness, therapy and sustaining.

Trust and it’s rewards

Four months later, I was in Paris presenting this rule-breaking beauty workshop to a room full of inspiring muses, whom I can only hope felt like the masterpieces they are. All in celebration of the iconic Absolution’s tenth anniversary. Wait! What?

I still pinch myself about that joyous experience and am proud that I had enough belief in myself and my ideas, and trust in my friend to put myself out there.

Thank you, Luccia. Thank you for believing in me and trusting me. You really do make dreams a reality. You are a true masterpiece.


I am now offering The Beautiful Art of Letting Go workshops in London.

A 2-hour “art class.” Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, participants will learn to appreciate their perfectly imperfect forms and understand the importance of sustaining…ourselves and our precious planet. In this workshop, we will explore our relationship with beauty in the context of our own unconscious biases, as well as those imposed by society, and use cosmetics in a therapeutic, mindful way.

During the session, guests are photographed to capture their “artworks” to remind them that they are masterpieces.

untainted |ˌənˈtān(t)əd| adjective
not contaminated, polluted, or tainted: the paper was untainted by age.

UNTAINTED is a directional beauty platform, pushing the boundaries of clean, sustainable beauty. We are inspired and motivated by the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-sabi.

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