Irene Greaves OVM23

Founder and Director

“Lovescaping has been a process of turning practice into theory and then back into practice. I looked at my experiences to uncover the components that made love possible. That is how the fifteen pillars revealed themselves, and I aim to embody them in all my daily actions. But in order for me to share my love with the world I had to go beyond embodying it to explaining and teaching it in a very intentional way. This is how the Lovescaping classes came to be- creating a curriculum based on teaching the fifteen pillars in order for us to practice love in action. Writing my Lovescaping book was another way to turn practice into theory, leave a legacy and in some way immortalize the philosophy. Ultimately it all translates into practice, into action, and that is my goal: for human beings to intentionally practice the pillars of Lovescaping.”

The first lens through which I choose to define myself is that of a human being. We often forget this most obvious fact because we spend too much time placing each other in categories that set us apart. If we stripped ourselves of all the constructs we have created we would realize that we are all part of one race: the human race, and that is an incredibly powerful binding force. Planet Earth is my home and I envision our world as one huge global community where we practice Lovescaping as a way of life (what does this mean? Explore this website to find out more!) Above all things, I believe in love- love as a force for positive change in the world, love as panacea for the problems that plague the world: I dream of a world where love is planted, nurtured and grown collectively.
It has been a pleasure to work in the field of education. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the The American University of Rome I continued my studies at the University of Pennsylvania where I earned my Master’s degree in Education. I am originally from Venezuela and have had the great privilege of living and working in Italy, Mozambique, China, Guatemala and the United States. These work opportunities include teaching, developing curricula, preparing educational materials and workshops and organizing and managing community projects. Now in Houston, Texas, I am collaborating with schools and non-profit organizations, continuing my work in educational and community development. 
I developed Lovescaping in response to a need that I observed throughout my career and personal experiences. I saw a gap in life lessons needed in order for individuals of any age to enjoy meaningful relationships, share ideas, culture, histories and knowledge in a respectful and humble manner, and with a loving attitude. I saw too often people being disengaged and disassociated by no fault of their own. This led me to create Lovescaping, a way of life based on practicing love in action. I believe we can learn how to love by practicing the fifteen pillars of Lovescaping. Through a series of classes that include activities such as reflections, role-plays, games, dialogues, mindfulness exercises, among others, we explore each pillar in order to develop the ability to cultivate self-love and love for others.