Amelia Erhardt said  “… Just do it”.  NIKE on its t-shirts says the same, but few people do.  They just  think about doing it,

But they don’t do IT (whatever IT is).  There is always an excuse.

My students often say “See you in class tonite”, when they see me or speak to me on the phone but then don’t come.  Teacher training, painting, any class – as if it didn’t matter, or I wasn’t listening or didn’t care.  I am listening class, and it does matter and I DO CARE.  At the very least you are going against the Yamas.  I know that life is hectic, but what is your priority?  Are you like the guy who says “I will see you on Saturday” (or whenever), and has his fingers crossed behind his back and has neglected to say “if something better doesn’t come up”.    Think about it.

Yoga isn’t an exercise regime.  It can be, but it was designed as a whole health program for the body the mind and the spirit – hence the name “YOGA” which means “to yoke”.  Not to yoke you to something that is meaningless or unpleasant, but to a way of doing and being that will change your life, entirely, and for the better.




I just love ETON MESS, but who can afford the calories every day ( a portion of regular Eton Mess is about 600 calories!).  I can use all kinds of justifications, but, the main reason I like it is that it is DECADENT.  “Splurgy”.  The one in the photo above… it’s my breakfast.  I have even added a tablespoon of Special K.  You can leave that out if you are making a dessert..

Who can afford the calories of a big dessert, not me!  I like to save my calories and spend them on other things, especially when there is an alternative, and there is one here.  So I have devised a lovely lean version based on my very own yoghurt – although you can use store bought Greek.  It takes hardly any time to make and you can do a version for one person – handy seeing I AM one person.


In a bowl, mix together:
1.   150g low-fat Greek yoghurt or your own yoghurt.   If you use low fat you can add almonds, if you use full-fat, then you should cut out the almonds/nuts, or at least be spartan when you add them.
2.   A dessert-spoon of breakfast cereal.  You can use granola, but take care of the calories.  I use plain oats or rice flakes, however you have to leave it a little while if you use rice flakes because they need to soften.
3.   A handful of fresh or frozen berries (whichever you prefer).  Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries –  I freeze my own berries, and happily, I still have some left from last summer.  I have been told that some people add freeze dried berries, but you may only need this if your own berries are tasteless.  It also adds another layer of cost.

4.   Two teaspoons of toasted almonds (or preferred nuts – macadamias are yummy, but high in calories).  I even like to mix in a little almond essence, instead of the usual vanilla.

5.  A sprinkle of coconut adds a taste I enjoy.  Not really in keeping with the Eton mess aficionados/purists, but tastes good.  You can see the shredded coconut in the picture above – keep in mind it is my breakfast.

GENTLY mix the above together, and leave it a little while.  If you do have the time…the juice of the berries seeps into the yogurt, and everything tastes even more wonderful.


Let me know how you make yours.





We are trying to make sense of our emails and phones with the shift from the Bentinck. Please transfer all your account queries to Jacky at  If you want a direct answer from me, then as usual,


TEACHER TRAINING this weekend was fantastic as usual.  After a great philosophy class on “One-ness”, we explored making stick figures .  There were grumbles and complaints, but it was a great class… Most students make the mistake of trying to do perfect figure drawings.  That is not what I ask for.  I make it clear – STICK FIGURES.  We worked again to make our drawings as simple and as accurate as possible.  If you can’t draw it, you can’t do it – and visa versa.  By doing a stick figure, you get to know the asana.



Creative exploration is a lifelong voyage of discovery where the journey itself is the goal. My sessions are designed to help you discover art making as a great nourisher of the human psyche, and to experience firsthand the potential in art for transformation, healing and insight.

I have been working on my BUDDHA PROJECT. A Buddha painting a day, and  I am on track.  Each miniature is approximately 15mm in diameter, painted on A5, 350 gsm watercolour stock.

I have left the tiny tube of watercolour in the picture so you can see how small the images are.  I have loaded them on easy, and they are for sale.  They will be posted matted and mounted, and for the time being, no postage will be charged.  So if you want a tiny Buddha, maybe the first of a collection, you can get one at a reasonable price, and no postage.

I am teaching painting also..  All you need is the desire to paint, and the courage to express yourself. No art experience necessary.

TUESDAYS from7pm- 9pm.  Meditation Mandala Painting Class.

COST $250 for 5 classes – we are taking September bookings.

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 at 9am and 2.30.

This is the traditional painting on rice paper, but once the fundamentals are achieved, with a twist. On the longer Friday and Saturday afternoon 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.


Friday 6.30pm.  Bring along painting you haven’t finished, or copy a painting you love –  A4, A5 size.



On Sunday I put up the latest exhibition. An exhibition and sale of the original tarot cards, matted mounted and framed. 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:



Thank you everyone who has returned to our yoga classes since we moved from The Bentinck.  The same “me”, the same yoga, a comfy venue and no Bentinck Residents.  I don’t know why this made a difference – but it did.  Or you all may prefer my lovely Studio.  Maybe that is the answer?

STUDIO CLASSES are filling up. Please, if you say you are coming, come. If you can’t, then please let me know. My home Studio is not huge, and I want to take as many as I can, but I can’t hold your place if you only come occasionally. If you have told me you are coming to a specific class then I hold the place for you – it could mean I turn someone away which is unfortunate if you don’t come. Of course, if you want a private class to suit your very own special timetable, I can do that, but the cost of a one-on-one is $85.



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.




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 Restorative at the Studio           6.30pm Hatha at the studio

TUESDAY     (NO 6.30 Yoga) 7pm now a 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       Church: 3pm Hatha Yoga (free or by donation)


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.

This price will apply during the transition, and then will apply to long term 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, etc $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.

Park on white gravel in front of the studio, or 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) (which 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.




I write books to help you in your course. Please download them, and then please use them in answering your modules. Please never imagine that I don’t read your modules – I do. If you misquote, 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.



Please… if you want a session, WE CAN DO.   Even at a distance. 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 to see if it makes a difference go see what the farm has become without the magic of dowsing – it is a dying jungle.

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.

TAROT/TAROT POUCHES/PENDULUMS…. my artwork will be available on ETSY as soon as I can load them up. Keep dropping in to check. 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.


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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