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


Newsletter sent out by The Australasian Yoga Institute,







I know very well that many scientists consider dowsing as a type of superstition. According to my conviction this is, however, unjustified. The dowsing rod is a simple instrument which shows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors which are unknown to us at this time.

  • Albert Einstein


I have spoken to you all many times about the success of a friend of mine (not Einstein, unfortunately)  who used dowsing in his business and went from an ordinary, poorly educated vitamin salesman, to a millionaire in real estate. He made no decision without consulting the pendulum which was part of his key chain. He carried it with him at all times.   Some of his decisions seemed risky, but they always worked.  Mind you, once a decision was made he worked with it  –  he didn’t change his mind four times a day.  He trusted the decision to be right.

I on the other hand, often forget to take my pendulum with me… recently I have taken to wearing it around my neck., and I have more than one. They are scattered throughout the house and in bags, however, my main challenge is that I have to get more disciplined about using them. I am beginning to understand how Keith used his. It was like a trusted advisor he took with him everywhere and what is the use of a trusted advisor if you don’t ask for advice? Once you have the advice the key thing is to follow through.  Even simple things.  Should I go to restorative or ashtanga, should I take Vit.C, how much, is it the right time to plant beans, does my garden need mulch, how deep? and so on.

Many people think that the idea of a pendulum is hocus-pocus…  Obviously Albert Einstein was open minded, and universities have been challenged enough to have carried out research (even though some time ago).  In The Macedon Ranges we have had generations of dowsers who freely advertise their water locating abilities to the extent that they will not charge if water is not located! They are rarely wrong.   I have used the pendulum to re-direct water in the garden, and now that conditions are changing, I am going to take the pendulum to the job again before summer.  On the farm I used the pendulum to discourage rabbits in the lavender patch, and to get a better yield of berries (as I do now), and so much more.

If you want to join our dowsing/pendulum group, please email me at and I will forward the details.


Popular mechanics, Dec. 2004. (This is only a section of the article…google it if you want more).

……..As impressive as this success rate may seem, it doesn’t do much to change the minds of skeptics. Their preference is to test dowsing under more controlled conditions.

Anticipating this criticism, the German researchers matched their field work with laboratory experiments in which they had dowsers attempt to locate water-filled pipes inside a building. The tests were similar to those conducted by CSICOP and JREF, and similarly discouraging. Skeptics see the poor showing as evidence of failure. Betz sees the discrepancy as an important clue. He says that subtle electromagnetic gradients may result when natural fissures and water flows create changes in the electrical properties of rock and soil. Dowsers, he theorizes, somehow sense these gradients and unconsciously respond by wagging their forked sticks, pendulums or bent wires.

Low-Energy Sensor?  There is ample evidence that humans can detect small amounts of energy. All creatures with eyes can detect extremely small amounts of electromagnetic energy at visible light wavelengths. Some researchers believe the dark-adapted human eye can detect a single photon, the smallest measurable quantity of energy. Biologists also have found nonvisual electric and magnetic sensing organs in creatures from bacteria to sharks, fish and birds. Physiologists, however, have yet to find comparable structures in humans.

Betz offers no theories of how dowsers come by their skill and prefers to confine his speculation to his data. “There are two things that I am certain of after 10 years of field research,” he says. “A combination of dowsing and modern techniques can be both more successful, and far less expensive, than we had thought.”

Now comes a massive set of data that suggests there may be some validity to dowsers’ claims. The encouraging words are contained in a study financed by the German government and published in the Journal Of Scientific Exploration,, which is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published at Stanford University.

The project was conducted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit in the hope of finding cheaper and more reliable ways of locating drinking water supplies in Third World countries.

Researchers analyzed the successes and failures of dowsers in attempting to locate water at more than 2000 sites in arid regions of Sri Lanka, Zaire, Kenya, Namibia and Yemen over a 10-year period. To do this, researchers teamed geological experts with experienced dowsers and then set up a scientific study group to evaluate the results. Drill crews guided by dowsers didn’t hit water every time, but their success rate was impressive. In Sri Lanka, for example, they drilled 691 holes and had an overall success rate of 96 percent.

“In hundreds of cases the dowsers were able to predict the depth of the water source and the yield of the well to within 10 percent or 20 percent,” says Hans-Dieter Betz, a physicist at the University of Munich, who headed the research group.


I have started dozens of blogs about dozens of things and they have been successful or less successful… some I didn’t even get around to more than one post – but it was good to try them out. I have come to the conclusion after 50 years of yoga – YOGA AND TEACHING is what I love.

I still get a buzz when I teach, and I often get the amazing opportunity to teach yoga to 21 tiny 4 year olds. It is amazing, and I love it. I teach them, not because I have to, not because there wasn’t anything else in my life (no, I am alone but not lonely), and not because as someone suggested “I couldn’t knit”, I can. I teach them BECAUSE I LOVE TEACHING 4 year olds or 40 year olds and anything either side – no younger than 2 days – it makes me happy. It is amazing to see how they grow, and how years later, they still come up to me and tell be about their favourite moment in yoga class, or how it helped them achieve a goal.


I also like to garden, and to paint, and sometimes to cook although I don’t have a regular oven (or a Thermomix).   I wouldn’t like to be barnacled to one thing.  I like to do lots of things, and I do.  I think that yoga has evolved from when I first learned (although the evolution to a fitness class i can do without!).  I am taking it further into its evolution to “a part of life”, not something that we do once a week.  All the things I love to do are also part of my yoga journey, not just asanas, not just meditation or philosophy.  All theses, each of these make up the frame in which I live my life.

There is a quote from John Lennon that always makes me smile. John was told at school to write an essay on what he wanted to be when he grew up. He wrote “happy”. His teachers told him that he hadn’t understood the assignment. John told them that they didn’t understand life.

This blog will be about MY YOGA. What appeals to me on the day. Gardening, cooking, recipes, and of course MY YOGA. Welcome to today.