Autumn is a time for resting

Kia ora koutou! I have noticed in these last few cycles that my body wants to break down around Autumn equinox each year. I have had a variety of ‘symptoms’ from internal pain, sore knees and legs, adrenal fatigue symptoms (being really physically tired all the time) and one year, after catching ‘nits/headlice’, I developedContinue reading “Autumn is a time for resting”

Musical conversations 2017

Kia ora tatou, I am writing this ‘newsletter’ type blog post specifically for my students and those who are interested in studying creativity and music with me this year. I am organising myself a little differently in 2017. I have some important dates at the  bottom of this newsletter and a request for students whomContinue reading “Musical conversations 2017”

Music & Mindfulness retreat 2016

A second Music and Mindfulness retreat with Karen Hunter and Akasadaka Robison was held and Sudarshanaloka Buddhist retreat centre, near Parawai / Thames in the Coromandel in October 2016. Here are two testimonials from participants : “Akasadaka & Karena created a space for freedom of expression, play, joy and deep feelings to be held equallyContinue reading “Music & Mindfulness retreat 2016”

Are you the RIGHT facilitator for this group?

An interesting new completion and celebration process emerges during a ‘wrap’ session for a hard working team. There were ten people in the group with one additional member who ‘skyped in’ for one hour during the day. I had chosen ‘self and peer assessment’ as the heart of our schedule with warm-ups and energisers as required.Continue reading “Are you the RIGHT facilitator for this group?”

Music and Mindfulness Retreat – July 2015

I was part of a team recently delivering a 2 day residential creativity retreat at Sudarshanaloka Buddhist Retreat Centre in Thames, on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand. Our retreat was called Music and Mindfulness and the team consisted of Mindfulness facilitator Akasadaka Robison, a Buddhist ordained in the Triratna order and our assistant Heather Garland, a localContinue reading “Music and Mindfulness Retreat – July 2015”

Transformational Festivals, NZ Summer 2015

Summer in New Zealand is full of fabulous lifestyle festivals. My favourites are the ‘Transformational Festivals’  that offer camping, musical performances, healers and workshops in modalities including: massage, yoga, tai chi, diet, meditation and what I could loosely call ‘philosophy’. For the last couple of years in addition to performing music at the various festivalsContinue reading “Transformational Festivals, NZ Summer 2015”

The Circle – A place to breathe music. Prana Festival 2015

20 January 2015 Updated 13 October 2105 The Circle Stage first ran as a performance space using Zenergy Facilitation processes at Prana Festival in Opoutere, Coromandel Peninsula over the 4 day New Years Celebration Dec 30 2014 – Jan 2 2015. This blog is here to document The Circle project and hopefully to inspire a conversation about the use ofContinue reading “The Circle – A place to breathe music. Prana Festival 2015”

Being In Music

This workshop ‘Being In Music’ was presented at the Australasian Facilitators Conference in Alice Springs Australia 2014. Being In Music introduces ‘musical’ processes to explore the three basic awarenesses of a facilitator. Of simultaneously being with the self, being with another ( i.e with each member of the group ) and being with the groupContinue reading “Being In Music”