Lived Experience Narrative

Telling the stories of our lives through writing and art is a part of human experience. Of recent times the use of expressive art to enhance our health and wellbeing has become the focus of communities and individuals across the globe. Having a narrative and taking the time to reshape narratives has proven to be … Continue reading Lived Experience Narrative

A Not So Silent Partner

This is the image that is on the front of a card I am using to promote my Creative Health workshops. In sessions I have run I have asked participants to spend some meditative time gazing at this masterpiece. I remind them to focus simultaneously on breathing and to simply notice the colours, faces, forms … Continue reading A Not So Silent Partner

The Uninvited Guests

I am currently working with children from the Castlemaine area at the Castlemaine Community House. The course is called ‘Stories by Me’ and runs for eight weeks. I posted the activity to the Bancroft Manor Collective, suggesting that they might like to work alongside the children. I will be sharing this response to the activity they also did tomorrow night.

At The Crossroads

The Beach was gone, the sky was gone, the guy with the Frisbee and no one to toss it to was gone and the bad tempered lady who had snapped at my dog when he ran up to her wagging his tail  was gone too.

I hope a shark got her.

Right now, at this very second it was just me and my dog and we were standing in the hallway of a dusty  house  and I hoped an empty house. I was hoping it was empty because it looked exactly like my Grandmother’s house.

Nobody went into Grand’s house without an invitation, not even her family

My Grandmother’s house was not a normal house, which made sense because my Grandmother was not normal. Her house was haunted and cursed and she was the reason for all of those things.

My Grandmother is a Witch, you see. And she’s not…

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Writing for Wellness

Are you interested in writing for self-exploration? Would you like to enhance your own personal or professional development through creative writing? This 8-week course, led by Heather Blakey, guides students in creating a mindful writing practice, exploring therapeutic and reflective writing, through a variety of techniques. A minimum deposit of 25% must be paid before … Continue reading Writing for Wellness

Mah Meri Tribe Celebrate Ancestors

The Mah Meri tribe in Malaysia, is a small minority of the country's population, where people celebrate the death festival by remembering their ancestors. It's a day of dancing that's steeped in tradition. The photographs are spectacular!  Such a rich tradition! Malaysian villagers give thanks in an ancestor-worship ceremony. Members of the Mah Meri tribe … Continue reading Mah Meri Tribe Celebrate Ancestors

Breaking Open a Lock

Just as Adam and Eve ignored God's command in the Garden of Eden it was inevitable that Blue Beard's bride would disobey him and use the one key he explicitly instructed her not to use. From the outset, we knew that she was going to go through a door into a room containing a terrible … Continue reading Breaking Open a Lock

Bon Odori Festival Japan

"Old fathers, great-grandfathers, Rise as kindred should ..." (Yeats) Bon Odori is a Buddhist custom that lasts for three days, most commonly celebrated on the fifteenth of August. The Bon Odori Festival has been celebrated in Japan for over 500 years and is meant to honour and commemorate dead ancestors. The festival originates from a legend in … Continue reading Bon Odori Festival Japan

Make Descansos to Honour Ancestors

Traditionally Descansos (Spanish for ‘place of rest’) marked the place of loss. Often we pray that the one who has died will rest in peace. In truth, it is those that are left behind that face the challenge of resting peacefully. Descansos is also a way to mark a loss and a space to find peace. … Continue reading Make Descansos to Honour Ancestors

Visit the Isle of Ancestors Tonight

I come to the island tonight to remember blood that runs in my blood all those whose footsteps marked their passing sailors who travelled far and brought their stories teachers who told the tale babes who listened cuddled safe in strong arms young wives who became grandmothers grandmothers whose young lives were cut short for … Continue reading Visit the Isle of Ancestors Tonight

Honouring Ancestors

All Souls’ Day was first instituted at the monastery in Cluny in 993 CE and quickly spread throughout the Christian world. People held festivals for the dead long before Christianity. It was Saint Odilo, the abbot of Cluny in France, who in the 10th century, proposed that the day after All Saints’ Day be set … Continue reading Honouring Ancestors

Places for Quiet Meditation – Prague

  Throughout most recorded history, human societies have used various types of cemeteries for burial purposes; this theme points to humanity’s need to construct a meaning behind death and reflect life into the places where the dead are interred. Whether the bodies of the deceased are placed in the ground, within elaborate tombs, or simply … Continue reading Places for Quiet Meditation – Prague

The Art of Overseas Gift Shopping

Wiki How, which claims to explain how to do almost anything, actually has an interesting page about how to buy Souveniers and Gifts Overseas! Needless to say, I only found this page as I prepared to write this post. Happily, I only intended to buy a couple of gifts while away, but I must admit … Continue reading The Art of Overseas Gift Shopping

Solo Traveller – iPhone Story Starters

During my seven days in the Czech Republic, to quote Thoreau, I chose to 'live deliberately', mindfully and with intention. For most of the time in Prague, I stayed clear of the primary tourist haunts. However, I took the advice dispensed by sites like Solo Traveller and booked two tours that took me out to … Continue reading Solo Traveller – iPhone Story Starters

A Touch of the Macabre in Kutna Hora

If I should die, And you should live, And time should gurgle on, And morn should beam, And noon should burn, As it has usual done; ‘Tis sweet to know.... That commerce will continue, And trades as briskly fly. It make the parting tranquil And keeps the soul serene, That gentlemen so sprightly Conduct the … Continue reading A Touch of the Macabre in Kutna Hora

Jirak Farmers Market

I discovered that a Prague market really is authentic, genuine and very popular among the locals. Prague markets are on throughout the year, most typically on Saturday mornings, but I first visited the Jirak market on a Wednesday. This market presented what is in season and what you should expect - and demand - on … Continue reading Jirak Farmers Market