What I’ve been listening to…

I love me a good podcast! And this morning’s was a ripper 😉

I could listen to Oprah talk all day…and when she presents her “Super Soul Conversations” with Eckhart Tolle, I am in podcast heaven!

“Free Yourself From Anxiety, Stress, and Unhappiness” was the topic for today. If you identify yourself based on your thoughts, conditioning, your role/s…there is always something to prove…an image to uphold and preserve in the eyes of others. We are so much more than this.

This is a great quote by Eckhart Tolle…
“You are a human being. What does that mean? Mastery of life is not a question of control, but of finding a balance between human and Being. Mother, father, husband, wife, young, old, the roles you play, the functions you fulfil, whatever you do – all that belongs to the human dimension. It has its place and needs to be honoured, but in itself it is not enough for a fulfilled, truly meaningful relationship or life. Human alone is never enough, no matter how hard you try or what you achieve, Then there is Being. It is found in the still, alert presence of Consciousness itself, the Consciousness that you are. Human is form. Being is formless. Human and Being are not separate but interwoven.”

That need to perform – to “keep up appearances” – that we easily get caught up in is exhausting, and often leads to anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and physical dis-ease.

So, what can you do? Spend time in quietness, be still, get out in to nature, breathe deeply and consciously…meditate…

Here’s the link to the podcast

Have a peaceful weekend.

Byron Bliss Yoga and Meditation Retreat

As I mentioned last week, my “Byron Bliss Yoga and Meditation Retreat” will run between August 5-9, 2019. I now have details for you!

Staying at the heavenly Aloha Byron Bay, this will be a “do as much or as little as you like” experience – other than daily yoga and meditation! – in the nurturing surrounds of Byron Bay. There are only five rooms – each with it’s own bathroom – available, your retreat will be fully-catered (in-house and in some of the region’s delicious cafes and restaurants), and my lovely Byron team will be on hand to ensure your experience is second-to-none.

Your five-day, four-night “Byron Bliss Yoga and Meditation Retreat” experience includes:
*Four nights in beautiful accommodation
*Delicious, locally-sourced meals – organic where possible
*Daily yoga, relaxation, and meditation practice
*Gentle daily exercise and stretching

You can do as much or as little as you like! – including:
**Greeting the new day from Australia’s most easterly point, Cape Byron
**Indulging in the local Byron café scene – the food in this region is incredible!
**Meeting local producers at the famous Byron Farmer’s Market – and stocking up on their delicacies!
**Exploring the Byron hinterland, including the gorgeous village of Bangalow, Protester Falls, Rocky Creek Dam, Mullumbimby, or the Tweed River Art Gallery at Murwillumbah
**Or, just relax on the beach or by the pool! Yes, you can swim at Byron in August!

“Optional extra” activities are also available, and include –
**In-house massage
**A day-spa visit
**Walking tours through the Byron hinterland
**Learning to surf
**Rainforest or scenic coastal mountain bike tours
**Sea kayaking

What’s not included
“Optional extra” activities, such as those listed above.
Transport to, from, and around Byron Bay.
Travel insurance – highly recommended, as refunds will not be made.
Extras – you are more than welcome to add in additional treatments or activities from the above offerings, and your overall Retreat cost will be increased accordingly.

Dates and Rates 2019

Byron Bliss Yoga and Meditation Retreat – only five rooms are available, all with their own ensuite – fully catered, daily yoga, relaxation, and meditation practice, and gentle daily exercise and stretching.

Please note – a minimum of five people are required for the retreat to proceed.

August 5 – 9, 2019.

Aloha Byron Bay

For who
Anyone wanting to push the pause button – to regroup, refresh, rejuvenate with like-minded souls.

Because life is easier when we take time for ourselves to relax, refresh, and reconnect; we aren’t meant to be “on” 24/7/365.

Relax. Rest. Refresh. Reconnect. Breathe. Yoga. Meditate. Nourish. Unwind.

Per person in AUD
$1375 twin share.

A single occupancy rate is available. Please contact me here for details.

To register or book your place for this retreat, please contact me here as soon as possible – booking are now open, and will close February 25, 2019 as a payment plan will be made available.

You’re invited!

We extend you a warm invite to join us at our Autumn Reflections Retreat in March 2019. Held at The Summer House, in Torquay on Victoria’s Surf Coast, this retreat is an intimate four-day stay limited to only 8 guests, designed to inform, inspire and allow you to awaken your senses and reconnect with yourself.

Our reflective and informative retreat is the first in a wonderful journey of self-discovery retreat experiences, designed specifically to provide you with valuable tools and techniques to enhance your everyday and overall wellbeing. Topics will include eating for the season, gut health, managing stress and anxiety, goal setting and taking action, trusting using your intuition, finding joy, moving on, and letting go.

Autumn is the perfect time to reflect on your journey by learning to:

  • set limits and protect boundaries;
  • become more introspective and begin new projects focusing on cultivating your body and mind;
  • embrace the energy of the lungs – take deep breaths and let go of anything you may be holding onto to make room for new experiences to help you learn and grow;
  • reconnect with nature and enjoy some beautiful beach walks and breathe in the sea air, and
  • Feed your body with seasonal and holistic food to nourish and restore

Embrace your mind, body and spirit and let us help you bring balance into your life – come and retreat with us. To book, please follow this link.

Lots of news!

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve shared with you –

  • the impact that long-term stress can have on your body, both physiologically and psychologically
  • the long-term benefits of a regular meditation practice, and
  • four meditation techniques and practices that can be incorporated into your day – a Zen meditation, mindfulness meditation, movement meditation, and the mantra meditation.

Doing a little practice every day helps your meditation “muscle” get stronger – hopefully to the point of where you miss your practice if you don’t include it in your day.

If, at this point, you’ve given meditation a go – either in the past two weeks or at any point in the past – and it hasn’t “worked” for you, or you “don’t have time”, or you just know that you need more support and guidance, you now have the opportunity to complete my signature ten-week stress management and meditation course, C.A.L.M. 

Over ten weeks, I will work with you, one-on-one, to clarify what’s going on for you, assess why stress is a an issue for you and what you can actually do to manage your stress response, launch a plan of action, and provide you with the tools you need to incorporate a regular relaxation and meditation practice.

You don’t need to be in Canberra to complete the C.A.L.M. program; you can complete the program in-person or via video messaging.

You also shouldn’t be spending another moment worrying, stressing, being anxious, feeling hopeless, or stuck, about anything – relationships (personal or professional), your health, fitness, finances, or career. Not when there is a practical, simple solution: C.A.L.M.

To enrol in this life-changing program, you do need to apply; I need to know we’re the right fit for each other. Please contact me here and let’s see if we can bring more C.A.L.M. in to your life!

In other news

My Circle of Nourishment and Circle of Nourishment Mastermind programs are also ready to launch.

The Circle of Nourishment is a completely informal, online and in-person group meet-up for women looking to find their tribe and have a yarn with like-minded souls. It’s free to join, and you can get in on the action by joining the Circle of Nourishment Facebook page or contact me directly here and I will keep you in the loop on upcoming events.

The Circle of Nourishment Mastermind is a six-month one-on-one and small-group clarity coaching program for women looking to go a little deeper – you want to reconnect and align with your truth – be it personally and-or professionally; and-or you want to build your resilience; and-or you’re ready to take that next bold step; and, you want to be kept on track and accountable.

Over six months, you will have three one-on-one targeted coaching sessions with me – in person or via video messaging – and six, once-a-month small group (maximum of six participants) coaching workshops.

Entry in to the Mastermind program is also via application. Registration opens on February 1, and the program kicks off in March.

There is also an early-bird offer available from February 1 -14, 2019.

The Circle of Nourishment Mastermind program is definitely an investment in your future, and will only be offered once this year. If you are ready to step it up, or need a little assistance to step it up! – don’t miss out on this empowering and inspiring women-supporting-women opportunity.

Save the dates!..

I am so excited to be facilitating a number of retreat experiences this year. Co-hosting with the lovely Deb Fowler, at her gorgeous venue, Torquay’s Summer House, the following retreats are currently scheduled:
Autumn Reflections – March 7-10, 2019. Two tickets remaining.
Winter Rest and Rejuvenation – June 6-9, 2019. Three tickets remaining.
Spring Awakenings – September 13-16, 2019. Five tickets remaining.

Naturopath and gut-health expert, Janella Purcell will be a guest presenter at each retreat. Your retreat will be fully-catered by the in-house chef, and a team talented holistic practitioners and service providers will ensure you return home with greater self-awareness, acceptance, and a sense of gratitude for your life, fully relaxed, refreshed, and reconnected.

To enquire or book for any of these events, please contact me here as soon as possible.

In addition, my “Byron Bliss Yoga and Meditation Retreat” will run between August 5-9, 2019. Details are still being finalised, but this will be a “do as much or as little as you like” experience – other than daily yoga and meditation! – in the nurturing surrounds of Byron Bay. Again, your retreat will be fully-catered, and my lovely Byron team will be on hand to ensure your experience is second-to-none.

To register your interest for this retreat, please contact me here as soon as possible, as a payment plan will be available and I would like to have that organised by early-mid February.

So, that’s the round up for the year – so far ;-). I really hope I get to see you participating in one or more of these exciting opportunities! If you have any questions about anything mentioned above, please get in touch!

Peace x

The magic of the Mantra…

A mantra is a meditation technique using a syllable, word, or phrase that is repeated – silently, whispered, chanted, or spoken aloud. The most important point is that the chosen option feels right for the meditator.

Some examples of a mantra include “Om”, “peace”, “love”, “serenity”, “happiness”, “All is well”, and “I am happy, healthy, and relaxed”.

Try this short mantra meditation – again, aim for around five minutes…

Find a comfortable position in a room where you won’t be disturbed…
Let your eyes close, your eyelids resting gently on your eyes…
Bring your awareness to your breath…
Breathe a little deeper, a little more slowly than normal, and follow the sensations of each breath…
Continue to breathe slowly and peacefully as you allow the tension to start to leave your body…

From the following, choose the word that resonates with you the most –

  • Peace
  • Love
  • Serenity
  • Happiness

The idea of repeating this word, or mantra, is to focus your mind on that one single idea…
You are instructed to have a passive, accepting attitude while you repeat your mantra…
Inhale…and “say” your chosen word on the exhale…
If thoughts intrude and distract you, you are simply to observe them, accept them, and gently return your focus to repeating your mantra…
If you are having trouble doing this, refocus on your breathing…and come back to your mantra when ready…


Get your groove on!

Want to try a really fun meditation? Clear the lounge room – or any space that’s available – crank up your favourite tunes…and boogie!!! Just move, people! Remember what meditation is – any moment in time where your mind is either completely focused or completely quiet. Let loose and have some fun!

Need some inspiration? Check out the sheer joy that is Tommy Franklin – guaranteed to get you smiling and groovin’! Enjoy!

Mind how you go…

People mostly think that meditation is about completely emptying our mind of all thoughts. If you can do this, that’s amazing – and, for seasoned meditators, it’s the ultimate goal; it is an incredible experience when you “get” there. Mindfulness meditation, however, is the practice of actually focusing our attention on our thoughts, actions, present moments – where we are and what we are doing. Non-judgementally. Just observing our experience, focusing inward and relaxing the mind…I can hear a lot of you saying, “Well, that’s easier said than done!”

Try this simple mindfulness practice. You can give it a go any time during the day, as many times as you like.

  • Set aside some time – start with just a few minutes at a time – aim for five minutes…
  • Observe the present moment, just as it is – remember, this practice is not about emptying or quietening your mind. You actually want to pay attention – without judging your experience or yourself.
  • If you do realise you are judging your thoughts, take a deep breath and sigh “ohhhh well” and gently return to being the observer.

Every time you return to the focus of your Meditation – in this instance, your observations – your meditation “muscle” gets a little bit stronger.

Be kind to yourself. We were all beginners at some stage!

Let’s get our ZEN on…

ZEN is the art of being in the now.

Try this five minute Zen Meditation.

Sit or lay in a comfortable position with your spine straight. Close your eyes. Focus on your breath. Notice the air entering & leaving your body. Then allow your mind to focus only on what is happening right now…notice the sounds you can hear…the smells…the way your body feels. If thoughts about anything else enter your mind just gently refocus on the present moment…think about your breathing & the sensations you are experiencing right in the present moment. See how long you can do this – aim for five minutes.

Be gentle on yourself. It can take a while to learn how to keep your mind in the present moment…Practice Zen Meditation as often as you like to develop a greater sense of inner peace.

So…where to from here?

Extended periods of time spent in “flight, flight, or freeze” mode (or stress response) are clearly not good for us, being a major contributor to significant physical and mental health issues in the modern day.

If we do not manage to return to a relaxation response, our ability to embrace a state of well-being is compromised, and a level of dis-ease will ensue.

Meditation allows us to return to the relaxation response, and, essentially, results in the opposite of every effect of the stress response.

Regular meditation practice can –

  • elicit relaxation
  • calm the mind
  • strengthen the body’s immune system
  • slow biological aging
  • reduce stress
  • improve your power of concentration
  • allow more rational thinking
  • encourage better sleep
  • help with self-confidence and self-esteem
  • give you a sense of physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing
  • assist in the treatment of illness and dis-ease
  • lead to more physical energy and motivation…

…and so on…the benefits are illuminating and life-changing.

Food for thought…

In a state of extended stress response, as a result of the 24/7 “on” experience we now endure because “it’s just how it is”, our bodies are suffering significant long-term negative physiological and psychological problems.

The following conditions are just some of the issues recognised by conventional medicine as being caused, or worsened, by stress:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Drug dependencies
  • Weakened immune response capabilities
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle stiffness, neck pain backache
  • Sleep disorders, and
  • Digestive issues

Food for thought?