Empowered!

The Vagra is a powerful symbol in the Buddhist world as the diamond thunderbolt of wisdom that cuts through ignorance in a flash of light – The Vagra handles of the newly installed power station at Ngahere Hou represent a great way to open the doors to our new solar power I think! Our place… Continue reading Empowered!

Let there be Light!

Given up trying to figure the weather! But doesn’t it lift the spirits to feel the sun come shining through? succumbing to the beauty, Loving light and curiosity leads me on into the vastness….

We’ve got plans!

Our house plans have gone to Council and now we wait to get started on the build! Hugh Tennent is our architect and he’s done a brilliant job in bringing our dream to realisation. Our vision to live lightly on our beautiful land, in a small but spacious and sustainably off the grid home looks… Continue reading We’ve got plans!

A different kind of creativity!

I’ve just returned from a few days down South at “Hou Ngahere” being Bob the Builder! Making a start on my new studio down there. I’m very excited to (eventually) have a dedicated painting space – although it will also double as guest accommodation. A big Thanks to my mate and site boss, Alex – who actually… Continue reading A different kind of creativity!

Opening up to the possibilities..

Living lightly, close to the earth…. having friends and neighbours over for drinks! The Weka is New Zealand’s native woodhen, they were once abundant but are now in retreat to the less inhabited areas. They are flightless but quick runners with an excellent sidestep. Embodying curiosity and courage, they often venture inside the cabins and… Continue reading Opening up to the possibilities..

“Trees for Travel” – Carbon Offset scheme

“TREES FOR TRAVEL” IS MY DIAMOND APPROACH RETREAT GROUP’s WAY OF MITIGATING THE EFFECTS ON THE PLANET OF OUR TRAVEL TO RETREAT. We’ve set up this scheme to plant trees to offset our CO2 emissions. A trust fund has been established to receive donations and from our recent retreat enough was deposited to plant around 500… Continue reading “Trees for Travel” – Carbon Offset scheme