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. 

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

Awakening and Surrender

The beach at dawn, (Houghton Bay Wellington) one of my favourite places to walk the dog and feel the freshness of a new day, this is my newest painting which has been a while in its gestation! But like the rolling surf and rising tides, everything has its time…   “We live between the act… Continue reading Awakening and Surrender

Up in the sharp air

  Up in the sharp air, where thoughts are crisp   The light glistens and the heart leaps.  There’s a silent peace in the wind and fingers burn for a warm fire …..the belly cries out for coffee and croissants!

Playing Hamlet

We all have roles to play; this is me in my former role as President of the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, according to Jackson Pollock “Painting is self discovery. Every good artist paints what he is”….So what is that really?….. “It’s very important to remember that we all have Buddha nature. That cannot be… Continue reading Playing Hamlet