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Byron shire – Butterfly country

  What happens when the energy of the land seeps into those who live in it?  Maybe it is why we get attracted to live in certain places as they match our own energy, or they have something that we need in our lives for a time. In Australian Aboriginal culture, the land is imbued [...]

Weeds…… maybe nature knows best

Today I had the experience of seeing myself as a weed. An incredibly fertile weed like a “Farmers Friend”, with the little seeds that attach to your clothing and are annoying and incredibly prolific! And I could see similarities to myself. I have a lot of ideas, always on the go creatively, and sometimes frustratingly [...]

Connecting with Nature

Here's a preview of my new contemplative nature book. Connecting with Nature This journey of images in nature is a pilgrimage to Mother Earth.  My own sense of wellbeing, my connection to myself and to others, all depends on my connection with nature. I hope, with this collection of words and images, to inspire us [...]

Singing the Land

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Simple ways to reconnect with the earth and ourselves.

What does it mean to sing the land?

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Most of us, at least in Australia, have heard of songlines – these apparently invisible tracks across the country that the Aboriginals sang as they travelled along. These songs are the music of the land, a sound map of the country – describing each and every feature across the land – each mound in the desert, each waterhole or cave. And these songlines enabled the indigenous to travel vast distances without getting lost – as long as they remembered the song. And periodically these lines had to be travelled, to be re-sung and re-membered.

Singing the land like this keeps it alive and awake. In my own understanding, this is due to acoustic resonance. If you can listen deeply to the land, if you can hear its song, when you sing its own…

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A quiet life in Sants

  It’s the little things that make life interesting. It’s the little things that I will remember most about living in Barcelona, the little things that would pass you by as a tourist. The little things like the way the gasman comes by every few days banging his gas bottle in the street so that [...]

Singing the Land

Simple ways to reconnect with the earth and ourselves. What does it mean to sing the land?     Most of us, at least in Australia, have heard of songlines – these apparently invisible tracks across the country that the Aboriginals sang as they travelled along. These songs are the music of the land, a [...]

Fez and the Feminine

I am always fascinated by the paradoxes in life. How things that appear so opposing turn out to be one and the same. In central Australia there are a number of gaps in the ranges, spaces where the water flows in fertile times. They are known as just that - a Gap. Heavitree Gap, Simpsons [...]

The Energy of Land

Do you ever wonder why you are drawn to certain places? Why you find yourself living somewhere at a certain point in your life? How the energy of that place affects you? For the last year I have lived and worked in Alice Springs as a midwife. The land there is so strong and powerful [...]