Student Update June 2017

Tena koutou katoa, he mihi nui ki a koutou. I’ve spent the last week in Auckland with my students, visiting family and friends. I was also lucky enough to attend Cian Elyse Waitī’s wonderful play Te Puhi  which was part of the incredible Tamaki Makaurau Matariki Festival. I facilitated a wonderful Creativity&Music workshop in Thames yesterday – we were a magic group of seven bravely … Continue reading Student Update June 2017

Winter workshops 2017

Are you up for some winter music fun?   Do you fancy getting some new skills happening while the nights are long and there’s plenty of time to practise? There will be a special series of Creativity & Music workshops throughout New Zealand this winter. Come and play music with a group of people who are also exploring self expression with sound. Bring with your voice, your instrument … Continue reading Winter workshops 2017

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 developed formication (the sensation of ants crawling under the skin). Each … Continue 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 whom I have worked with for some time. I escaped from the … Continue 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 equally and safely ( and served to connect us so beautifully … Continue 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. To foster a sense of retrospection for the completion of … 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 local Thames based musician. I lead the Music sessions with 13 … Continue 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 festivals I have been introducing the work of Zenergy Global to … Continue reading Transformational Festivals, NZ Summer 2015