I am Jenny Colebourne. I am a graduate of the London School of Contemporary Dance and the World Yoga Center.
I founded the Illium Center in 1980 and have directed it ever since.
In the late 70s I was working on a ship. I taught Pilates to the passengers. One morning I arrived by ship in Santorini at dawn. There was no port at the time. The ship anchored at sea in the middle of the caldera. I had arrived somewhere totally different. I fell in love with the unique light of Greece and the power of the rocks.
When I first viewed the house, which is Illium's home, I was taken up on to the roof. There is a wonderful view of Lycabettus Hill. I thought, "This is it. This is where it should be." There is a yoga room on the roof and a large terrace. It is an ongoing dream of mine to have performances on the roof, to make it a place to sit, reflect, meditate, and have lunch or a coffee.
Initially the center was known as "Jenny Colebourne's Body Control Center."
Right from it's inception the center offered Pilates classes, which we referred to as "Body Control" or "Body Conditioning". No one had heard of a man called Pilates.
I taught Hatha Yoga from the start. After some years, when I started practicing Reiki and Cranial Sacral therapy, the word "control" no longer seemed appropriate. The work seemed to be more about freeing the body from restrictions and allowing it to express itself, freely, uniquely and painlessly.
The name of the center changed to "Jenny Colebourne's Illium Center of Light". The name "Illium" came out of a meditation of mine. It is the Roman name for Troy. I like it a lot. It reminds me of words like "Illuminate". I love bones. It reminds me of "Illiac Crests". "Light" was important because light cleans and makes things crystal clear.
I am convinced of the total connection and interrelationship of the body, mind, emotions and spirit.
We have people coming to the center who have come since it's birth and they say that the minute they walk through the front door they feel a sense of calm.
The spaces are imbued with all the years of energetic work we have done at the center and all the love that has been put into it.
In the past we have exhibited paintings and photographs. I would like to do that again. There are plans to exhibit Vanias Xydas' exquisite photographs soon.