My Bali Tarot Reading Experience…

I’ve had a few Tarot readings in the past, generally around a time of uncertainty and change. They have usually been interesting but I’ve never had one that totally blew my socks off -until now… I had heard about this Tarot reader through my dear friend Ibu Marie who organises spiritual tours to healers and […]

The River of Change…

I’m torn to be writing this actually. Because there’s millions of people in the world that don’t have a choice. Their only choice IS to exist. To do what they can every day just to try and put food on their table and have a roof over their head (if they’re lucky). It’s an inside […]

Writing a book is like fine wine…it takes time…

I’ve dabbled in writing over the years, mainly journalling, and in the early years, certainly nothing for anyone else’s eyes! In 1995, when I had my first overseas trip at the age of 30, and before the internet, email and Facebook were on the scene, I kept in touch with family and friends with long […]

Aunty and the Star people…

I went to the movies yesterday and saw one of the most humbling and inspirational stories I think I’ve ever seen. It’s a documentary about Jean Watson, a New Zealand woman, now 80, who has helped change the lives of children in a small area in India. . So much of this movie resonated with […]

Learning Meditation and Yoga from a Fifth Generation Balinese Priest

So, after my profound healing experience with Mangku Mastra yesterday, he came back today to teach me his special Bayu Sura Yoga and Meditation. Since I don’t ‘do’ yoga (I find it extremely difficult and my back hates it so I don’t do it), this was going to be interesting… . Even though Mangku Mastra […]

My Balinese Healing Experience – No. 2

Well, I’ve just had my very own Eat, Pray, Love healing experience in Sideman, Bali. It was pretty profound. Not so much in the physical aspect of what he did (although I’ve never experienced anything like it before), but it was his healing wisdom that came after, that had the biggest impact. . Mangku Mastra […]

I’m a failure…really?

Ok, hands up who’s thought of themselves as a big fat FAILURE at some stage…?  I’m picking just about everyone. And to be totally honest I’ve been feeling it myself quite a bit lately…until I started reading a very inspirational and mind-changing book… . . It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog article from […]

Life and Death in Bali…

As I start to write this, sitting atop a hillside in the beautiful Amed region on the east coast of Bali, yet another local cremation ceremony is underway. This time for a young woman (mid-fifties) who died after a long illness, leaving behind her two children (20 and 10), now orphans (their Father passed away […]

You Can Run But You Can’t Hide…

I’m into my final week in Bali. Five months here. Wow! It’s a bit of a blur really, when I think back on everything I’ve done and the awesome people I’ve shared my time with…   When I decided to come back to Bali this year, my main intentions were: To see Yogi and Ari […]

My Balinese Healing Experience…

In 2013 while staying in Ubud, Bali, I had the great pleasure of meeting a lovely French woman who is a writer and journalist-photographer, and has been living in Bali since 2001. She knows the Ubud area like a local.  And so, it was with great excitement that I got to tag along with her […]

Volunteer Teaching

In 2011 when I went to Bali to teach English and computer (primarily) to the children at Widya Sari Yayasan in Tianyar, I had no idea the impact THEY would have on my life.  It’s all very well saying “I’m going to Bali to teach kids English” but having no formal training in teaching, the […]

It’s All About Love…

2013 is the 20th anniversary of my diagnosis of early menopause.  As I think back through those 20 years, I slowly shake my head in wonder at the journey I have been on. My heart feels full – with joy, purpose and fulfilment. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined the life I now live […]

Green Super Camp 2013 – Yogi’s Experience

I was a little uncertain how Yogi would cope with the Green Super Camp.  It was going to be a HUGE challenge for him…being away from his family and friends…being in a completely different environment he had never experienced before…having to eat strange food…having to communicate in English every day when he’s used to speaking Bahasa […]

Threshing and Weaving in Sideman…

The thing I love about Sideman, is there is always something happening, particularly in the fields.  Sideman is a large agricultural area, famous for it’s stunning rice terraces. However, they also grow vegetables, chilli, and harvest cloves.  Sideman is also the home of beautiful Songket Weaving…     They are smart and efficient farmers here, and […]

Sacred Places…

The thing I love about travel is the freedom to discover.  If you have the time, and you don’t mind getting a little lost, it’s amazing what you can find when you go exploring. It’s fabulous to uncover hidden gems that mostly only the locals know about.  Some of those discoveries live in your mind […]