We are trying to make sense of our emails and phones – it isn’t simple.  Please transfer all your account queries to Jacky at If you want a direct answer from me, then as usual,



The art I am doing at the moment is preparing my latest (and one of the largest) books. It will not be on-line. “THE YOGA OF KOMBUCHA”. Kombucha with herbs, talking about the chakras I have researched, and the doshas and how the various kombucha recipes boost  chakras, and the effects they have on the doshas.


Our planned class was rewarding. I would have liked more participants, but no matter what day and time I organise, students want something different. Or they plan to come, and then something intervenes. I don’t really understand that, but it is what it is.

Now, if you want a class, please make an appointment with me. There is an hourly charge, however, you can bring three friends, and pay $20 each… You will get a scobie and a bottle of Kombucha to take home. I will also show you how to make yoghurt, and Tofu.

KOMBUCHA CLASS AFTER TEACHER TRAINING: I can do a Kombucha training after teacher training (7th October) at which time I will also teach yoghurt and tofu making – we will also include the pendulum and how to use it in this context.    If you are interested please let me know. It would be by donation….

YOGA AT THE STUDIO and the Church

Thank you to everyone coming to class. It is so very rewarding.

I spoke at a Uniting Church gathering on Sunday and then met the Chair-person in charge of the organisation of the restoration of the church. It was a great opportunity to explain what we are doing. Prior to my talk they had more or less dismissed our classes as an exercise class. They had seen ASANA REBEL, and HOT YOGA ads, and figured that was what we did. The outcome of our chat was rewarding, and now there will be a hurry up with the repairs, although the council could hold things up as they are trying to place a heritage overlay on the church and surrounds, in spite of the fact that the hall in which we do yoga is built of besser block (not exactly old or heritage). I doubt that the planners have ever looked at the hall because they stapled a picture of the wrong church on the notice to the board..  Efficient as always???

STUDIO YOGA CLASSES . I really don’t like school holidays. So many people stay away from yoga during holidays. It doesn’t make sense to me. I have tried taking holidays, but when I have, trying to get the students back is like trying to raise the dead. Jesus could do it, but I have had trouble. So I work all the way through, and if the classes are smaller, then that is what it is.

Please keep in mind that the consecutive class passes are CONSECUTIVE. I love a phone call to alert me if you can’t come, but that does not mean that the pass will extend for one extra week free. CONSECUTIVE IS CONSECUTIVE.


I am holding a free demonstration of my work on board with oil pastels at THE ALCHEMIST art shop in Sunbury. The Saturday 13th October at 4pm. Yes, there has been a time change.Experience the joy of painting and drawing by learning to trust your intuitive self. Painting this natural, gentle way allows you to let go of the inner critic that keeps you away from your full aliveness and creativity. The oil pastels are a way of achieving a quick result, and you get to touch and smooch the medium across the paper. It is like painting with lipstick

All you need is the desire to paint, and the courage to express yourself. No art experience necessary.

TUESDAYS from7pm- 9pm

COST $250 for 5 classes – we are taking September bookings. We experiment every week with new materials and skills to enhance your finished image

All materials will be provided.  By the end of the class you will have a unique image to take home, and frame to put in your own meditation room. Maybe good enough, stunning enough to be an heirloom. No painting experience needed. If you are nimble enough to sign your own name, you can do these classes.

SATURDAYS 9am SUMII (ZEN YOGA) BRUSHPAINTING – “ONE BREATH ONE LINE” $20 per session.     This is the traditional painting on rice paper, but once the fundamentals are achieved, with a twist. On the longer classes, we will be doing it the “zen way” and painting things that can’t be painted. Love, joy, yoga, spirit, speed…etc etc.   No right, no wrong, just what you can do. Your expression. We will be using traditional materials, we will be doing yoga breathing, AND A PAINTING will be the result.. Grind the ink, use the brush, paint the painting….. Sounds easy, BUT as in yoga, the foundations are everything.

THE ALCHEMIST ART STORE, Sunbury (just around the corner from Aldi in Gap Road. A fabulous store which deserves a visit.

Saturday 13th October at 4pm.

I am doing an in-store demonstration of the techniques I use for Mandala/Buddha painting on wood. I will show you how to prepare the boards, the materials I use and how to use them. Just turn up. No need to book – although you could mention it when you drop in for a visit. Beautiful linen, beautiful framing, French Sennelier pastels, Golden paint range – They stock only THE BEST.



I have let it be known that we are looking for a sculptor or an iron worker/blacksmith. THE BLUE LADY totally shattered in the cold this year, and as she was our logo and a landmark in our town for 25 years, I am trying to replace her in some way. I have been donated an almost full size Jesus statue (concrete – probably rescued from an old catholic grotto) which I am going to paint in cobalt, and decorate in interfaith symbols (“OM” being one). The sculptor needs to build a frame to raise and support this very heavy statue. No crosses – Jesus has been there and I don’t want to send him back. If you are interested in tendering for this job, please email me at No scribbles on the back of an envelope please, this is a serious job, and I want to know everything about how you would execute the brief.



SHOWING NOW:  An exhibition and sale of the original tarot cards. This cannot be repeated. If you are unable to come to the show, and would like to buy a framed card, you can, just let me know which is your favourite card and I will put it away for you – all $175 plus postage. You can come and collect it, or I can post it – although they are framed, so not inexpensive to post. Call me to register your interest:



My ETSY shop sells everything pendulum and this week I am putting up some new pearly ones. You will love them. Pendulums you can carry with you at all times.

YOUR SESSION: We can identify additional minerals and supplements, balance your diet, test for food sensitivities…. Health, business whatever. $55 one question, $75 two questions $150 for a general life reading for people who are stuck. On the farm I never made a change without dowsing first..

If you want a life reading, your house made well from underground streams or geopathic stress, or want your garden explored for sculpture, rock or major tree placement sites… I can help you.

If you want a lovely pendulum I have made a few very interesting, unique pendulums and have put them on etsy.


It is about LINEAGE. You trained with us, you are a part of our lineage (or we are a part of yours), Registration supports this. PLEASE, PLEASE CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION. You need to be currently registered for your insurance to be valid, and you will need to supply a copy of a valid registration to be insured.   Please check your insurance requirements – keep up to date. They change quickly.

Our course is accredited with Yoga Australia.  The main benefit from aligning with them is diminishing by the day as the Health fund dollar shrinks, and the potential of rebates vanishes into thin air.  So you may find registering just with us is enough.  For years and years this was what our students did, then when health funds began giving rebates, but only to Yoga Australia members we spent the years getting accreditation – now it has changed.



We have fallen in line with other organisations and ask people who are registered with us and wish to re-register to do at least one short course in the year as a continuing education requirement. You need to keep up. You can do one of my little courses on ETSY, or someone else’s, doesn’t have to be onerous, just something to keep you on your academic toes so to speak. Just watching a DVD won’t be enough unless you actually write a report on what you watched and why you watched it – the outcome – how it changed how you do what you do.


 MONDAY –   Church:

                          11am Hatha.12pm lunch/1pm meditation (free or by donation)

                         5.30 NEW CLASS! Restorative at the Studi0        6.30pm Hatha at the studio

TUESDAY     7pm Thangka painting Class held at The Home Studio.

WED.         12.30 HATHA-YOGA   5.30pm Gentle Restorative at home Studio.     6.30pm Hatha at the home Studio.

FRIDAY       3pm at the Church         6.30 pm Hatha at the Home Studio

SAT.               9am Sumii ZEN YOGA PAINTING (60min Class), $30 per class, 10am Hatha Yoga.    12.30 Restorative.


Yoga $20 per Class Or CLASS PASS – $135 per 10 CONSECUTIVE classes for long time students. New students will pay $165 per 10 class pass (normally $200) After 3 years as a student with us, the cheaper rate will apply. Teacher Training is also $20.


Next door to the Police Station, Forest Road, Woodend.

Monday: 11am Hatha Yoga, 12noon lunch and 1pm meditation at Church.      Friday: 3pm Hatha Yoga

PARKING HOME STUDIO – 37 Morris Road, Woodend.

PLEASE, PLEASE Park on white gravel in front of the studio. I had the garden made into an attractive parking lot. When it was lawn you didn’t even think about parking on the lawn or the nature strip. Now it is especially for parking, you park blocks away and walk. What is this about? If my park places are full, you can park in the drive-way directly opposite in front of double grey garage rolladoors. Not in front of neighbours driveways please.


The next one will be on Sunday 7th October, 2pm to 4pm  at my home studio (37 Morris Road in Woodend). There is no need to book. Bring writing materials, and be early. If you are teacher Training student then the cost of the afternoon is $20 (to bring it in line with yoga classes). This fee applies to everyone. If you are a visitor and not formally a student teacher with us then the cost is $30 – for a 2 hour class! Come.

BENDIGO Teacher Training classes – Next class is Tuesday 9th October at 3.30pm Turn at the Metricon building on the highway in Kangaroo Flat. It is a traffic light intersection, just up from Bunnings. Crusoeden is the building behind Metricon building, and faces Church Street. It’s easy to find. Cost: $20 per class (to bring it in line with the cost of a yoga class) for everyone who attends – thank you. (Directors – Jayne Boyle  –  Regular classes held – please email for timetable.



Once again I am sending a call-out for beannies. A bit late I know as the next shipment I am told is being sent out to Nepal in November. Please, please get knitting. Don’t post them to me COD, best to deliver them in person. The postage can be very expensive, and certainly more than a ball of wool. If you decide to post, make a parcel of knitting from a few people – then it is economical (and sensible).


 BOOKS AVAILABLE:   Chakras – Your personal power house * Yamas – The guide for life * Restorative Yoga * Yin Yoga and Yin Yoga for Kids * Red String of Fate * Chakra Enhancing oil                 *Rose Petal Jam – a Cookbook * How to be a Yoga Teacher by Home Study * The Sacro Cranial Connection * Tea leaf Reading – The Chart * Yoga for pregnancy * 5 ELEMENT YOGA (The                   5  Tibetans) + charts


I write books to help you in your course. Please download them, and then please use them in answering your modules. WATCH OUT FOR THE NEXT ONE – NARRATIVE MEDICINE. A certificate course. If you teach yoga, you need this. No excuses.

Please never imagine that I don’t read your modules – I do. If you misquote, if you don’t understand (no matter how many pages you do) I will pick it up. What will you find on ETSY? YAMAS, CHAKRAS, HYPERMOBILITY, THE FIVE TIBETANS AND TEMPLATES and more. There are lots of books there to help you in your progress to graduation. If you do your course WITHOUT reading the hypermobility books, you will find your work being questioned.

TAROT/TAROT POUCHES/PENDULUMS…. They are on-line. It’s like a shop. For the best pieces, and the best deals, you need to go in every now and then and see what stock has arrived. Often only one of things.

EMAIL/POST:  Please use the email address  for anything to do with accounts,  or the usual to get to me. If you do want to speak to me personally, then email, make a time suitable for both of us, and then we can chat.  If you do it this way, rather than just “wing it”, you can be reasonably sure I have time, and you will get my attention.  POSTAL ADDRESS is not at my home –Please address all land mail to PO Box 14, Mt.Macedon.  Vic. 3441.  Until you see a change written here in large letters, that is where it will be.

Don’t forget to Register if you are teaching even if you have not graduated (especially if you have not graduated), insure and re-subscribe to the videos every 12 months.   Don’t leave these to the last minute.

Love and Blessings


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