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
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
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.
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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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
According to 'Wisdom of the Australian Animals' when a saltwater crocodile silently watches you he is not only thinking of tonight's dinner but this powerful creature is also asking you to look at family secrets and to allow aspects of the lives of ancestors to provide some illumination. At a time when I have been … Continue reading Shedding Light on Aspects of the Lives of Ancestors
"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
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
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
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
Imagine my surprise when I passed through the door to see a little girl waiting. At first, I noticed her beautiful friendly smile. Her hair hung loosely around her shoulders, and her dress, which was a beautiful red colour, hung in tatters around her knees. As I walked towards my room she skipped along beside … Continue reading Beginning of a Retrospective
Emu is a powerful teacher and guide. It promotes spiritual excellence and achievement by encouraging diligence, hard work, respect and humility in the lives of those it visits. Emu demands the great application of time, energy and love to all spiritual pursuits and can guide those who seek knowledge down paths of wisdom. Emu is … Continue reading Time to apply some mettle
You only need to be silent and look into the eyes of the frogmouth owl to know that this wise creature is reminding you that great wisdom comes from within silence. Artists talk about the negative space. Negative space is, quite simply, the space that surrounds an object in an image. Just as important as … Continue reading Making space for intuition
One of the oldest art forms on the planet is the artwork of the satin bowerbird. If we take the time to observe we can learn from this bird. We can learn and strengthen our artist's eye. The male bowerbird creates what is called his bower. It’s not a nest, but an artwork he builds … Continue reading Strengthening our Artist’s Eye
Have this playing as you come to the blank page or canvas! https://youtu.be/GOsfvjwwe2E
To hear the song of your soul The whale is renowned for its soul songs, songs that enrich and nurture the soul. Carl Sagan taught that one of the truly magical things about whales was the importance of their songs. Whales, quite literally, have a catalogue of songs that they remember and sing. Apparently, they … Continue reading Hear the song of your soul