“Eden is not simply a mythical place, or a metaphor for original innocence, or an outworn and divisive religious symbol. Eden is a state of being, and we are free to return every time we know ourselves again in deep communion with the rest of life” ~ Eleanor O’Hanlon, The book of Whale, The eyes… Continue reading Eden
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
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
Getting back into the studio, Challenged, refreshed and inspired by my latest Diamond Approach retreat with Sandra Maitri. A central part of the work we do is inquiry. Looking at who we truly are, and the thread of our experience that brought us to this present moment… I ask myself…..Who is this Being in my Studio? … Continue reading Being in the Studio?
its always been a dream of mine to visit Yosemite… And here I am! It is truly awesome. I have a peculiar sense of Deja Vu, to be here for the first time, given that it is so familiar to me. From the first introduction many years ago through the incredible photographs of Ansell Adams and… Continue reading Dreams come True!
We’re back at Hou Ngahere for a week of tree planting….. Our Diamond Approach retreat group, the IRG, has committed to plant trees to offset the carbon emissions used in attending the two retreats in California each year. Called “Trees for Travel“, the scheme really has something tangible to show for it now with the… Continue reading Giving back