The Movement Begins | Studio Shibui

First off, thank you for connecting to this wonderful project that is just beginning to take flight.

Studio Shibui offers integrated therapies and thoughtful gatherings in downtown Guelph. After much hard work and careful attention to detail, we are so excited to bring this new space to the community.

What does Shibui mean? Here is a bit from Wikipedia that has helped guide our approach in crafting this space and our offerings:

Shibui is a Japanese term that can be applied to an object, experience, person or design. Things that someone considers Shibui appear to be simple overall but they include subtle details that balance simplicity with complexity.

This balance of simplicity and complexity ensures that one does not tire of a shibui object, but constantly finds new meanings and enriched beauty that cause its aesthetic value to grow over the years.

The seven elements of shibusa are simplicity, implicity, modesty, naturalness, everydayness, imperfection, and silence.

The person of shibui modesty exalts excellence via taking time to learn, watch, read, understand, develop, think, and merges into understatement and silence concerning oneself. Naturalness conveys spontaneity in unforced growth.

It has to do with great refinement underlying commonplace appearances.

Shibui is a registration or ‘felt sense’ of evolving perfection. What is being registered is the ‘life’ behind the qualities of any experience. A ‘felt sense’ of qualities, such as, quiet beauty with intelligence, love, light, and joy.

Shibui can sometimes be more easily registered by two people in a meditative state (quiet in their emotions and their minds) while viewing the same phenomenon or object. The qualities registered can seem paradoxical. Complex experiences or objects seem simple; perfection is found in imperfection. All objects and experiences, both everyday and extraordinary, can have a beauty, a quiet purposeful intent, a cool ‘matter of fact’ underlying joy.

Shibui, and its underlying ‘life’, is found in all art and in everything around us—including ourselves. Taking the path to understand and experience Shibui, is a step towards understanding and consciously registering the ‘Life’ underlying all.

Strong. Stable. Steady. Soulful. We look forward to welcoming you!