Please transfer all your account queries to Jacky at   If you want a direct answer from me, then as usual,

All mail to go to PO Box 14, Mt.Macedon. Vic. 3441.



YOGA AT THE STUDIO and the Church

We are expanding. The classes at the church have been so successful we are soon expanding to The Uniting Church at Riddells Creek, a lovely country church which has a labyrinth we can walk after lunch. I will be teaching there on a “Donation” basis for those in need. Pay What’s Possible – PWP.  It seems to be working for everyone. With the free lunch.. you can’t beat it. Today at the Woodend Church,  we did yoga, then the free lunch was a fresh made vegetable soup (3 varieties available), pizza – meat and vegetarian, various warm country rolls, bread, a slaw, followed by a fresh fruit salad. Delicious. And unbelievably free. These lunches are such a wonderful community happening. Try it in your own town, you will be surprised at the directions it will take you.


STUDIO CLASSES . Here we go again. Another holiday – now CUP DAY. I have found that holidays means that we have to almost start everyone up again after the day (or week) off. YOGA can’t be put on hold.   I know we need a holiday, and I encourage everyone to have one… but maybe not a week.. and then another week, and then a few days. Holiday after holiday after holiday. If we get used to always thinking that after we work we need a holiday, we will look for the days off, rather than focussing on the classes.   Some teachers teach by rote during the week, thinking only of the weekend. Their one thought at the end of the week is Thank God its Friday – it is not a mindset that will make you happy.…   Remember, even God only took one day off.

It is also important with that “one day off”, that if you are dealing with very disturbed clients – and some of us are – then we need a counsellor (not a husband or child), to offload some of that pain and disturbance to. It takes more than a day off to get right. You need a consistent counsellor, and a planned program. If you do this regularly, you will be more effective in your role, and in your family.

NB: On another mater. Please keep in mind that at my studio 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. You could always come to a make up class… there are lots of options.



I know all about wasps.  I had a huge nest in the walls of the office a few years back.  Thank goodness we discovered it in time – the wasps had eaten the plaster and all that was between me and thousands of wasps,  was the layer of paint!  It is not unusual.  Last year, I discovered a new nest in the ceiling, plus in the same season they totally destroyed my bee hive – killed the queen and just took over.  This year I am following Jan Strawhorne’s advice (a year or so ago she trapped 300 wasp queens in these traps  – she had 30 traps out on her property).   Jan is a long time student of mine and an agricultural scientist.  She follows a guy called Laurie with regards to wasp control.  Look up “laurielure” on google.  He gives detailed instructions for these traps. You need to follow them closely, and make more than one.  Remember, wasps travel in a straight line – not like bees and this makes them easy to follow if you have the stamina.  They will travel 2ks to their new nesting site.  Wasp queens discover new nesting sites and are then joined by the rest of the hive.  So discard what you know about bees, and think wasp.  To make the traps, all you need is soft drink bottles, honey, water and vanilla essence.  AND THEY ARE TRIED AND TESTED TRAPS.  If every neighbourhood did this, we would have far fewer wasp invasions.  Even if you haven’t been INVADED, hang at least one of these traps to trap what you can.  They are not attractive to bees, native or otherwise.

In China they had a plague of flies. Their solution was to mobilise the population. They made it mandatory for everyone to catch flies. In no time at all the problem had gone away. We should do that with wasps and toads.



THERE WILL BE A PRIVATE EXHIBITION AT MY HOME STUDIO. Sunday 25th November between 2 and 4pm. This is my first exhibition of my miniatures at a private studio showing.   It will be an intimate, at home affair (my studio is perfectly equipped for miniatures), with champagne and nibbles. I have sent out invitations, however, if you would like to come and haven’t received an invitation then please email me. I need to know approximate numbers to make sure we have enough nibbles, and enough parking for you all. Email

If you want to learn on a regular basis….Experience the joy of painting and drawing by learning to trust your intuitive self with me!. Painting first off with oil pastels in 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 drawing with lipstick!

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


TUESDAYS from7pm- 9pm.  Oil pastels and mixed media.$250 for 5 classes – we are taking Christmas 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” $30 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 recent use of DNA evidence in art history is very exciting.  We are finding out so much more than we have previously even been able to imagine.   I have almost completed a miniature  (which i will share with you when I have finished it),  of the tiny sarcophagus of one of Tutankhamen’s recently discovered still-borne children.  Tiny, tiny mummified bodies.   I have only painted the child’s face..  Tut was quite a physically deformed pharaoh – a Richard III sort of King .  He had a club foot, an outward gait, and a strange spine, due.  They have discovered via DNA that this was due to the custom of in-breeding which they felt was necessary to keep their “God” bloodline pure.  It did the opposite. These deformities meant that he could not safely ride in a chariot and the injuries discovered on his body via modern technology,  indicate that a chariot accident probably caused his death.  They have also discovered that he had two stillborn children by his “sister queen”.

I found it a heartbreaking story, and have done this miniature to remember and mark the birth of not just Tut’s children, but my own three that I lost.  Maybe you have had this experience – it doesn’t leave, but we learn to love these children always,  even if they are not with us.  I don’t know if you have even thought of this, but Tut is only remembered because of his fabulous death mask and funeral stash.  Rameses (the Donald Trump of Egypt), totally eradicated all reference of Tut, his queen, his successor and his father. Apart from the still born children there were no living heirs in his direct line.    A sad story.


TAROT:  We sold our first large order to China this week.  It is refreshing to sell TO CHINA, we get so much from there.  This is our REVELATION TAROT’s 10th year on ETSY.  Doesn’t seem that long, and we have this week delivered the newest 9 to the printers together with a booklet.  I have tried to do the minors but as they are channelled can’t be requested in a time frame – I have tried, and then these 9 came through.  I will let you know when they are on the site, although you can order ahead of time.  Below is card number 9 from the original deck – one of my personal favourites – THE HERMIT.  If you don’t want to read the cards for yourself – these are easy – you can always come to me.  ring and make an appointment.  Give me time.  Don’t text mid morning for an afternoon appointment, it won’t happen (unless you are very, very lucky – and i am between clients).




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 NEW CLASS! Restorative at the Studio                                                    6.30pm Hatha at the studio


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

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

FRIDAY:                      3pm at the Church                 5.30 Restorative yoga                                            6.30 pm Hatha at Studio

SATURDAY:               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 LAST TRAINING DAY was Sunday 4th November , 2pm to 4pm  at my home studio (37 Morris Road in Woodend – yes, it is Cup Weekend – but I am still having Teacher TRaining). 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.

This training has passed, and it was fantastic. If you missed it, it was a sparkling meeting. We discussed building your yoga profile, and business. Something we all need to work on all the time. Don’t miss the next training with us –  the first Sunday in December (the 2nd), between 2 and 4pm. We will be giving out certificates at this training… the “Oscars”.


BENDIGO Teacher Training classes – Next class is Tuesday 6th November 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.



UNHOMOGENISED AHIMSA MILK:   If you are REALLY into great yoghurt, cream, butter or cottage cheese (and milk of course), then go no further than MOTHERCOWDAIRY run by the Hare Krishna people. The milk comes from totally free range cows, it is hormone and antibiotic free, is rich and creamy, naturally high in A2 and calcium and is a fair-go for local farmers. For your local stockiest, email:


CALCIUM WITHOUT PILLS:   I don’t know about you, but calcium pills really disturb my metabolism – slows everything down.  This is an easier way and it works.  Of course you could use the milk above, but if you are milk-free, here is an idea that came out of our discussions on Sunday Teacher Training.

Get a jar, and put a few eggs in the jar (4 perhaps?) cover the eggs with fresh squeezed lemon juice. Leave it for a week or so, turning at least once a day, very gently. The shells will dissolve somewhat (leaving the eggs intact). After a week or so, gently pour off the lemon juice, and use about 15ml perday in a drink – your total calcium requirement is in this lemon/egg shell juice. You can use the eggs in cooking.




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.

Chakras – Your personal power house.Yamas – The guide for life * Restorative Yoga * Yin Yoga and Yin Yoga for KidsRed String of FateChakra Enhancing oilm*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 * SacroCranial Connection * and more….

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.



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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