Searching for Peace in Poona


Journals, sketches and paintings of Cyril Mount and paintings and poems of Madhuri Z K Ewing, exhibited at ArtsMill, Hebden Bridge, UK, from 11 June till 9 July 2017.


In 1978, at the age of 58, Cyril Mount (aka Madhukar) – painter, arts educator, ex-soldier, peace activist, husband and father – set off for the ashram of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) in Poona, India, having become a devotee of the guru in the late sixties. Cyril had struggled to find inner peace and was especially troubled by the recurring trauma of his wartime experiences, leading to a severe mental breakdown in the early sixties. The intention for his 1978 journey to Poona was to meet Bhagwan and ask him a question that had troubled him deeply.

This exhibition tells the story of that journey with excerpts from the journals, sketches and paintings he made during his stay at the ashram and travelling in India. This is the first time the journals, sketches and watercolours have been shown in public. A selection of Cyril’s later paintings, loaned from their current owners, will also be on show.

Complementing the exhibition are the paintings, photographs and the recently-published The Poona Poems of sannyasin, artist, poet, metaphysical therapist and meditation teacher, Madhuri Z K Ewing. California-born Madhuri travelled to India in the seventies and for the next twenty-six years lived at the ashrams in Poona and Oregon. It is most likely that Madhuri and Cyril were there in Poona at the same time.

The exhibition will also be shown in London and Brighton and finally in Poona (now known as Pune).

11 June – 9 July 2017 (11am – 5pm, Wednesdays to Sundays)
Artsmill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge HX77DP, 01422 647072,

During these four weeks, Madhuri will facilitate various Osho Active Meditations and read from her books. Details on

The exhibition is curated by Alison Darnbrough

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