New life…new hope

A forest in the car, taking delivery of the first batch of the season, 225 new trees…… In an attempt to mitigate the carbon burnt on travel to retreat in San Francisco, our Diamond Approach retreat group, the IRG, regularly contribute to a ‘Trees for Travel’ fund to purchase trees….  And here they are! I… Continue reading New life…new hope

Unintended consequences

Places that changed my life: A few years ago, with a group of neighbours, I spent 8 days on the yacht called the ‘Breaksea Girl’ travelling through the Fiordland National Park in the World Heritage Area. We went from Doubtful to Dusky Sound. Sailing through these majestic waterways which included a stint on the Southern Ocean. Sailing with a… Continue reading Unintended consequences

Doorways to another World

  In my travels I’ve come upon places that seemed to transcend the everyday, they are so far removed from my commonplace that they completely challenge the way I’ve taken the world to be…. and how I’ve taken myself to be….. it’s like stepping through a doorway into another world. 

Fireworks in the snow

   Kate and I had a very happy New Year with friends in Norway. They have a stunning cottage (a part of which dates back to the 16th century!) in the mountains about three hours north of Oslo near the Hemsedal ski resort. After spending four weeks in the very mild and wet northern winter… Continue reading Fireworks in the snow

The Light: don’t Forget

Shining the light into 2016 – may it be a year never separate from love! There is one who moves in the inner worlds, and wanders through realms of dark and of light. In her quiver are arrows of sadness, joy, loneliness, and bliss, which she uses to practice intimacy with all things.  She has… Continue reading The Light: don’t Forget

The furnace of peace

A little over a week ago I was sitting by a small lake, my feet in the cool water soaking in the extraordinary peacefulness that filled the air and touched my soul, silent but for the summer sounds of the birds singing all around us, the frogs and fish snatching insects on the waters surface,… Continue reading The furnace of peace

Painting Set Free

With a very open heart, after attending my latest Diamond Approach Retreat at the Berkeley Ridhwan School, my last day in San Francisco included a visit to the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. We introduced our dear friends to the wonder of JMW Turner through the brilliant exhibition ‘Painting Set Free’. It features… Continue reading Painting Set Free

Into the Blue

One of the joys of this life is reconnecting with my paintings again. When they turn up in my studio its like seeing family after a few years away.  “Into the Blue V” is the latest one to come home. It is one of a series I did from Santorini in the Greek Islands. The… Continue reading Into the Blue

Snow drifts in

It took a few goes at landing and a return to Christchurch to change planes, but we finally arrived into Queenstown for a few days to celebrate Kate’s Birthday in the Mountains…   there’s a real buzz in town for the skiing season, everyone’s having a happy time and it’s magic to be here in the… Continue reading Snow drifts in