The Power of Sharing Our Shames

“Shame is a soul eating emotion.” ~ C.G. Jung “If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” ~ Brené Brown   We did something very powerful yesterday, here at our retreat. Earlier in the day we’d been doing some journalling, looking at our triggers and the things […]

A sneak peak at Day One…

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ~ Mother Teresa “Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ~ Ruth Reichl   The picture at the top of this post is a rather large crystal mandala, […]

Today’s expected transformation…

“Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others.” ~ Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life   Today’s the day. Our Soul Sanctuary 2014 retreat starts this morning. A group of hard-working and world-weary women shall walk through the front door, tired and in […]

One More Sleep!

“Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.” ~ John Archibald Wheeler   Only one more sleep until our Soul Sanctuary Retreat begins, here in beautiful Byron Bay. The goodie bags are packed. And the art materials. Deb, our amazing caterer, is off buying all the organic yummies to feed us each day. I […]

A Refreshing Pause

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” ~ Bill Watterson, The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book “…I don’t just wish you rain, Beloved – I wish you the beauty of storms…” ~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain   I’m so glad that we went and […]

Sowing Seeds

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson   Yesterday afternoon the sky over the farm grew heavy and dark. The air was hot and humid, with not a hint of breeze. I had finished a busy day of phone readings and retreat […]

Warm Lamb Salad with Tahini, Kale and Roasted Tomatoes

“Don’t just eat McDonald’s, get something a bit better. Eat a salad. That’s what fashion is. It’s something that is a bit better.” ~ Vivienne Westwood   One of the pleasures of being on the farm is wandering around the garden in the late afternoon, hunting out things to eat for dinner. I have an abundance […]

The Winner of the Chlorite Phantom Quartz

“Home is not where you live but where they understand you.” ~ Christian Morgenstern   I’m so happy to announce that the winner of this beautiful little Chlorite Phantom Quartz Crystal is: Pauline Longdon  Congratulations, Pauline! I know you’ll take good care of her, and I look forward to hearing all about your adventures together. […]

Waiting for Matooluff

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder   It’s about this time of year that I start waiting for Matooluff. When I was just a tiny little girl, maybe three […]

What’s up with this crazy End-of-2014 energy?

“If you lack the humility to go back and tie up the loose ends in your past, then be prepared to forever be haunted by her ghosts, all of whom will come into your present and your future – staining everything and everyone with their leftover emotional and mental garbage.” ~ C. JoyBell C.   […]

Harry Dog Update

“Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.”  ~ Dag Hammarskjold   Young Harry is feeling a little brighter each day, and if we get the all-clear from the vet today we will take him home to the farm tonight! He’s still quite tender and sore, […]

My Early Christmas Present

“I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.” ~ Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy   Monday was my day off. A day to rest, sandwiched between two days of psychic work on either side. I am in Brisbane right now, and the plan was that Ben […]

Ouch! Poor Harry!

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ~ Roger A. Caras   I got the phone call no dog parent wants to have yesterday. Ben rang from the farm to say that Harry had been hurt after he chased a stick that had been spat out the back of the […]

Green Boost Detox Smoothie

“If you don’t take care of this the most magnificent machine that you will ever be given…where are you going to live?” ~ Karyn Calabrese   One of my most favourite things is food. And I want my food to be a delight – even as it is healing and nourishing me. This smoothie is […]

Journal Challenge Week 4 – Nuggets of Gold

“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring   Hello Lovelies, and welcome to the fourth and final week of our Journal Challenge! If you’ve […]

Win a Chlorite Phantom Quartz

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~ W.B. Yeats   Hello Lovelies, I promised that during our Journal Challenge I would be having some giveaways, and here is the most precious of them all. A stone from my own personal and much-loved collection. This is only a […]

Seeking Help Is Not Failure

“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.” ~ César Chávez   I had a long chat with a close friend yesterday. She’s been struggling for a while – I’ve heard it in her voice, I’ve seen it in the way her usual happy disposition had given way to a furrowed brow, a […]

Helping The Great Mother

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” ~  Rachel Carson “In a moment the ashes are made, but a forest is a long time growing.” ~ Seneca   One of the most vivid dreams in my night of owl dreaming was one in which […]

Last night I Dreamed of Owls

“I love the silent hour of night, For blissful dreams may then arise, Revealing to my charmed sight What may not bless my waking eyes.” ~ Anne Brontë, Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters   Last night my dreams were all of owls. The night sky was filled with them. They watched me from every tree. […]

Saving Marlo

“I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it.” ~ Cesar Millan Note – All names have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved   Last Friday, after a terrible night’s sleep, I spent most of the day napping. I was in a good space, but a worrisome niggle kept […]

Afternoon Magic at the Farm

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by […]

Journal Challenge Week 3 – After The Rain

“You have to get through the rain if you’re ever going to see a rainbow.” ~ Karen White, After The Rain   Hello Lovelies, and welcome to Week 3 of our Journal Challenge! If you’ve only just found us now, it’s not too late to go back and start at the beginning. That’s the beauty of […]

Wide Awake for a Reason

“Night gathers, and now my watch begins.” ~ George R.R. Martin   If you read my post yesterday you’ll know I didn’t get much sleep the night before. So last night I put myself to sleep at eight, all ready for an early night and a decent catch-up. Of course, things didn’t go to plan. Just […]

I should be grumpy this morning…

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher I should be grumpy this morning. Really, really grumpy. I have now completed my third drug-free week from my lyme treatment, letting my liver have a break. At first I was so grateful to not have to […]

And the Lucky Rune Winner is…

“Because I was more often happy for other people, I got to spend more time being happy. And as I saw more light in everybody else, I seemed to have more myself.” ~ Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty   There were so many names to put into the hat for […]

Home, away from Home

“I don’t care if we have our house, or a cliff ledge, or a cardboard box. Home is wherever we all are, together,” ~ James Patterson It hasn’t been the same, without Ben at home – while we’ve here, in the city, waiting for him to be well enough to leave hospital. We’re not used to city life […]

Last Chance Soup Recipe

“There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.” ~ Calvin Coolidge   Sunday or Monday is usually a day of planning and prepping for me. And that often includes making a batch of Last Chance Soup. I first started making this soup when I was […]

Breaking Inherited and Created Patterns of Low Self-Worth

“As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that. You have to know who you are – what others say is irrelevant.” ~ Nic Sheff […]

Journal Challenge Week 2 – Lightbulbs and Lightning Strikes

“SOWING LIGHTNING Seize Bolts of lightning from the sky And plant them in fields of life. They will grow like tender sprouts of fire. Charge somber thoughts With unexpected flash, You, my lightning in the soil!” ~ Visar Zhiti, The Condemned Apple: Selected Poetry   Hello, my Lovelies, and welcome to Week 2 of our […]

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