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Hi, I'm Mairin Smit!

Mindful Performance, Mindful Life - That' s the goal here at Five Winds.  I want to provide you, the performer, with the knowledge and tools to achieve a balanced life both on and offstage.

Whether you're looking for new ways to approach performing from a holistic perspective, assistance in letting go of your performance experiences, or tips to refine your performance practice, I'm here to help!

Workshop: Earth, Water, Sun – Restorative Yoga for Spring!

 
I'm offering a restorative yoga workshop at Gerrard Art Space on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Come relax with me in this beautiful gallery and community space.

Maximum of 10 participants, so if you’re interested, sign up early!

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About

Learn more about me, my journey as an artist and how I began developing holistic performance practices.

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Post-Performance Recovery

Discover more about this innovative technique and get the latest new on my E-Book.

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Work With Me

Learn how we can work together to make you the strongest and healthiest performer you can be.

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Testimonials

Mairin was a really inspiring example of someone who became interested in very specific questions and who pursued those questions through research, by following her gut, and by making the asking of these questions into a rigorous practice. Over all I think [the value] is Mairin’s ability for wedding ideas/analysis with physical work and using that in order to somehow, incredibly, begin to create art from the totality of our existence.

Michaela Sisti, Actor
Toronto, ON

2016-10-14T17:29:03+00:00

Michaela Sisti, Actor
Toronto, ON

Mairin was a really inspiring example of someone who became interested in very specific questions and who pursued those questions through research, by following her gut, and by making the asking of these questions into a rigorous practice. Over all I think [the value] is Mairin’s ability for wedding ideas/analysis with physical work and using that in order to somehow, incredibly, begin to create art from the totality of our existence.

I feel like something that I have been struggling with for years is finally seeing some incremental improvement. As if, I've finally found the thing that could help me move the wall that I've been struggling to get past for a long time. I'm so glad that I actually decided to try this out...Also, thank you for the loving and supportive environment you've created while we explore together.

Janice Yang, Actor
Toronto, ON

2016-10-14T17:31:33+00:00

Janice Yang, Actor
Toronto, ON

I feel like something that I have been struggling with for years is finally seeing some incremental improvement. As if, I've finally found the thing that could help me move the wall that I've been struggling to get past for a long time. I'm so glad that I actually decided to try this out...Also, thank you for the loving and supportive environment you've created while we explore together.

I find often I can't dig into a character until I've spoken the lines 1000 times or read pieces of literature related to the period or circumstances of the play. However, [Mairin's method] got my mind analyzing the character emotionally from the get go. [There are a] wealth of possibilities for interpreting a character that open up when you do get in on this emotional level early on in the game.

Madeleine Brown, Actor
Toronto, ON

2016-10-14T17:45:46+00:00

Madeleine Brown, Actor
Toronto, ON

I find often I can't dig into a character until I've spoken the lines 1000 times or read pieces of literature related to the period or circumstances of the play. However, [Mairin's method] got my mind analyzing the character emotionally from the get go. [There are a] wealth of possibilities for interpreting a character that open up when you do get in on this emotional level early on in the game.

As a writer, I believe Mairin's approach is very useful in disengaging from characters, when the time comes. For me, watching and helping characters evolve is a very personal experience, and I become attached to them, as do readers and audience members - but likely in a deeper way, because of all the time spent with them. Letting go is crucial towards moving fully and successfully into new work. Her approach lets this happen in a thoughtful, gentle way.

Laura Tulk, Playwright
Toronto, ON

2016-11-16T14:13:43+00:00

Laura Tulk, Playwright
Toronto, ON

As a writer, I believe Mairin's approach is very useful in disengaging from characters, when the time comes. For me, watching and helping characters evolve is a very personal experience, and I become attached to them, as do readers and audience members - but likely in a deeper way, because of all the time spent with them. Letting go is crucial towards moving fully and successfully into new work. Her approach lets this happen in a thoughtful, gentle way.
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"I believe it is good for a man to be an orchestral conductor, good for him to be a tragedian...But I also think there is a price. The material you use to create these imaginary people who you can pick up and discard like a glove is your own flesh and blood. The actor is giving of himself all the time. 

- Peter Brook, The Empty Space