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Central Otago

Rail Trail

More than just cycling

Joy Kachina

The woman behind the lens

Pill or Perception? The 101010 question

Issue 04 $ 9.95

Oct/Nov 2011


Natural Therapies Special

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy Photography by Joy Kachina

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EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES Contact: Catrin Jacksties CONTRIBUTORS THIS ISSUE: Joy Kachina (photography), Yvonne Tait, Amy Mc Comb, Devangi, Bruce Rawless, Dean Marcussen, Elayne Lane, John Helle-Nielsen, Marilyn Greenfield, Marianne Castle, René Archner, Ian A. Williams, Laura Raduenz, Linda Lord, Marion Janke, Sue Farley, Sam Gentry, Marianne Vetterli, Andrea Lawrence, Rhys Taylor, Shiralee Cooper, Andy Greening, Ross Lindsay, Ben Wright, Neil Smith (photography) Images (unless indicated): istockphoto, stockxchange, dreamstime ADVERTISING AND SPONSORSHIP Phone +64 (0)21 236 7628 SUBSCRIPTION: Reader submissions to CONTACT US: 47 Grove Street, Nelson 7010 Phone +64 (0)21 236 7628 Email: GOT A STORY FOR ONESMILE? Send to OneSmile is published bi-monthly by One Smile Ltd PRINTING: Copy Press WWW.ONESMILE.CO OneSmile (ISSN 2230-3367 and ISSN 22303405) is subject to copyright in its entirety. The contents may not be reproduced in any form in whole or part, without prior written permission of the publisher. All rights reserved in material accepted for publication, unless initially specified otherwise. Opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of OneSmile. Note: the ending is not an accident (-: Please pass on, compost or recycle this magazine OneSmile is printed using offset stock with FSC-certified mixed source pulp from well-managed forests and other controlled sources.

Words have always been and still are my friends. For as long as I can remember I have loved reading. I enjoy to fully immerse myself in a story so that I ‘pretend’ I am living it. My mum had a sixth sense and always gave me the right book at the right time. Words can be friends. Stimulating, encouraging, soothing and loving. The last couple of months a few words stood out for me: ‘dream a little’. I have been so busy being focused on the actions of growing a business that I allowed myself little time to dream. However that is where my ‘vision’ comes from and the fuel to keep me going when the going gets tough. And it does get tough for all of us at times either in our families, communities or our countries. ‘Love what you do’ was another set of words that came up over and over and Steve Jobs reminded me again of the importance to go for your dreams and to do what we love doing. I wish we would not need a life-changing event to happen in our lives in order for us to understand these words and follow them. The book I am reading at present is the” Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior” from Dan Millman and it did come at the right time. It reminds me so much of the image we have chosen for our front cover today. This boy represents a peaceful warrior to me. The sacred knowledge of the past ignited by the connection with the sun, which represents a smile. A smile from within me can ‘see’ in this image incredible strength, balance and peace. Something I am striving to achieve every day.

Keywords for this issue are : Cycling, Spring, Laughter, Playfulness, Quantum healing, Natural remedies, Perception, Imagination, Colour, Bounce, and Joy. See if you can find them and how they resonate with you. I am amazed how my designer, Ina, connects with the words in each article and gives them a canvas to play on. They become one. It is as if she creates a melody for the writer’s words to play with and ultimately they become a song. I would love to hear from you which words, phrases or stories resonated with you in this issue and wish you the space to dream a little.


Cover: Peaceful warrior Te Wera Hauraki Mihaere Photo by Joy Kachina Artist Portrait page 44


OTAGO CENTRAL RAIL TRAIL More than just cycling


PILL OR PERCEPTION The 101010 question


CONSCIOUS PARENTING Mutual parent-with-child relationship


THE BEST PIZZA IN FRANCE Travel through Charente-Maritime


6 Central Otago Rail Trail More than just cycling


TRICK YOUR WOES AWAY Rehabilitation for the ill or injured dog


INCLUSION, PART IV The Hermetic Law of Polarity


LIVING LIGHTLY WITH LESS Interview with Rhys Taylor


FAIRIES ON BIKES Bikes on Fairies

16 Pill or Perception? The 101010 question


WHY DO MEMBERS FIND CYCLING SO GOOD? Three reasons to get on your bike


BALANCE, HARMONY & INTUITION Plugging into an energy source




THE POWER OF A SMILE AND A LAUGH Smiling will extend your lifespan


SPRING HAS SPRUNG The most effective type of exercise


REMEDIES FROM MOTHER NATURE Introduction to Homeopathy


MARSHMELLOWS The most versatile herb for irritation


SPEEDWELL Boost your immune system

44 Joy Kachina The woman behind the lens


LOVE YOUR WORK Recreate your business life


PLAY YOUR LEADERSHIP CARDS A need for good leadership


THE POWER OF PLAYFULNESS Do you think you take your life too seriously?


SPRING IN YOUR STEP WITH LOCAL HEROES Smoked Mackerel and Caper Fish Cakes


HOW TO MAKE... Hearty Warming Soup; Strong Mustard; Panforte di Siena; Living Caesar Salad


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THE ESSENCE OF COLOUR Understanding the meaning of your colours




BIKRAM YOGA An ancient form of exercise


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RAIL TRAIL much more than just a cycling or walking experience by Ross Lindsay Images by Otago Central Rail Trust 

Previous page: Poolburn Viaduct Top: Typical Central Otago landscape with impressive schist rock outcrops, called tors. Bottom far right: Crossing the Muttontown Viaduct Right: Group outside the 229.6 metre Poolburn No. 2 tunnel, one of two in the spectacuar Poolburn Gorge. Bottom: One of the information panels in the railwayred gangers.


re you able to name the town in New Zealand with so little rainfall it is considered semiarid? Do you know where skies are so clear NIWA has its atmospheric research station? Where and who developed the fence strainer used on millions of miles of farm fencing? The Southern Hemisphere’s only Olympic standard dedicated curling rink is where? What is a tor? The answer to these questions will be just some of the interesting and amazing facts you’ll have at your fingertips on returning home from the Otago Central Rail Trail. Most articles about the country’s first and foremost Rail Trail tend to overlook that this is much more than just a cycle or walking experience. Cutting a u-shaped swath through Central Otago, it really is a journey of discovery through a part of New Zealand that’s so ‘not New Zealand’. Climate, scenery, history, flora and fauna, everything about Central Otago is different. Something marketing gurus seized to give Central Otago its slogan – A World of Difference.

You never forget how to ride a bicycle Cycling or walking the Otago Central Rail Trail is definitely the best and most environmentally friendly way to make the most of this world of difference. A message that research shows has particular appeal to New Zealanders in their 50s and 60s. An age group that a generation ago would never have entertained the idea of facing the elements to pedal 150 kms over a gravel surface. But doing it they are, and loving every minute. The 2011 Rail user survey by the Central Otago District Council showed that on a scale of 10, the experience rating for the Rail Trail was 9. As would be expected, for many mature two wheel adventurers who conquer the Rail Trail, their start point was proving to themselves whether or not ‘you never forget how to ride a bicycle’. If you are hesitant about getting back on the saddle, here’s a confidence booster. A team of neuroscientists led by University of Aberdeen identified a key nerve cell in the brain that controls the formation of memories for motor skills such as riding a bicycle. Essentially this cell creates a code that is engraved as memory for a newly learned motor skill. Complementary research shows that these ‘sensory motor memories’ can be recovered with very little practice. However, putting in some bike riding time is recommended before setting out on the Rail Trail. And although there are no steep hills, otherwise steel wheels of locomotives would never have found enough traction on steel rails, a degree of fitness is recommended. 

Top: A gentle ride through schist rock outcrops. Far right: A Clutha river cruise boat takes cyclists to Doctor’s Point gold mine workings. Right: Gentle ride on smooth gravel roads Bottom: Stop with the hybrid bikes at a topographical outline panel that shows landmarks and mountain ranges.


Even four days is rushing it A memory about cycling that will quickly come flooding back is just how uncomfortable a bike saddle is. Hence the recommendation that a minimum of four full days is allowed to cycle the Rail Trail; four hours being the longest the average bottom can more or less comfortably cope with sitting on a saddle of a bike being ridden over the trail’s gravel surface. In truth though, with so much to see and do on and around the Rail Trail, even four days is rushing it. To make cycling as comfortable as possible a word of advice is to hire a hybrid bike built specially for the Rail Trail. Available from most bike hire businesses listed on the Official Otago Central Rail Trail Website ( a hybrid bike generally features long movement front shock absorbers, a sprung seat stem, gel seat cover, gear ratios appropriate for the Rail Trail and an upright riding position which is more comfortable on the back, arms and hands. A small sample of good reasons for not rushing the Rail Trail are answers to questions posed at the beginning of this article. In semi-arid Alexandra, with just 300mm annual average rainfall, an opportunity not to be missed is a few hours cruising the mighty Clutha River with a stop-off at Doctor’s Point, one of the most amazing gold mining sites in Central Otago. Further along the Rail Trail under clear skies is Lauder where a short pedal up SH85 takes you to the NIWA Atmospheric Research Station. Then, after cycling through the amazing Poolburn Gorge and across the Ida Valley, you arrive at Oturehua and its historic Hayes Engineering Works – now owned by the Historic Places Trust – where the ubiquitous farming fence strainer was developed by Ernest Hayes. When the trail takes you into the Maniototo, a must-do is the side trip to Naseby to try for yourself the ancient Scots sport of curling at the Southern Hemisphere’s only indoor Olympic standard curling rink. After the Maniototo, the Rail Trail gently climbs through the Upper Taieri Gorge and into the Strath Taieri, passing some spectacular schist rock outcrops, called tors. Of course, doing the Otago Central Rail Trail can also be about enjoying Central Otago’s world famous Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines, playing a few rounds of golf at wonderful country courses, fishing some of the country’s best trout streams, hunting wild game and if you’ve a head for heights, four wheel drive exploring. Just breathing the low humidity air in this part of world will give you an amazing sense of wellbeing.

Gangers’ Sheds and Official Passport On the trail itself do make a point of stopping at railway-red gangers’ sheds with ‘i’ signs. Inside are large information panels describing what can be seen from the shed, local attractions and what’s ahead along the trail to the next shed. For bragging rights, an Official Otago Central Rail Trail Passport is a must. At each of 16 station sites along the trail a red box houses a self-inking passport stamp. 11

Above: For this cyclist, it’s just the beginning of the climb up Tiger Hill, the steepest part of the Rail Trail. Even so, the maximum gradient is a reasonable gentle 1 in 50. Right: No-one believed he could, but he did it. Cycled 150km from Middlemarch to Clyde. Not once stopped by the fashion police.

A final point The Otago Central Rail Trail is the trail for all seasons. In spring, a heart-warming display of rebirth and colour. During summer, days when the sun doesn’t set until closer to 10pm. Breeze through the rich red and orange hues of autumn, winter brings clear, crisp, windless days. The Otago Central Rail Trail Trust manages and operates the Official Otago Central Rail Trail website, which is loaded with all kinds of useful information including accommodation, places of interest and more. Being non-commercial, the website provides unbiased information and advice.


Why do members find cycling so good ? by Ben Wright

First, it’s enjoyable. Cycling through pleasant countryside with a light wind in your hair is a pleasure enjoyed by some but unfortunately missed by many. Second, it’s inexpensive; at least once you’ve got the bike. Like lots of things of course it can be as expensive as you choose to make it. Third, it’s flexible; you can cycle with a friend, a partner, friends, and a group or on your own. If you want to be sociable you can be. If you want to be on your own, you can be. You can cycle in different environments; on roads, tracks, cycle path, lanes and even down mountains. You can tour, do day rides, commute or race. Also, considerable amounts of money are being invested into cycling infrastructure so cycling opportunities are continuously improving. Next, cycling gets you very fit. Compared with a sport like running it’s easy on the joints. Cycling is an excellent exercise for developing heart and lung efficiency, aerobic fitness and weight loss and control. There are few activities which expose the participants to three, four, or five or more hours of activity which can be enjoyed by middle-aged and older people. Such a ride can easily “consume” 2,000 calories. One of the great advantages of cycling with regard to exercise is that it provides time to recover from exertion. You may have to pedal hard to get up a hill but once up you can then slacken off and freewheel down the opposite side. So a typical ride provides a mixture of effort profiles including moderate riding, demanding riding and relative rest. Of course you can make it exponentially more demanding by increasing your speed; riders can make it as difficult or as easy as they wish by their choice of ride, the distance they ride and the speed they ride at. Overall cycling is an excellent activity for getting out, visiting interesting places, meeting people, getting fit and controlling weight and, if you commute to work, for saving money. 13


Balance, These are interesting times. There are fluctuations in the universal energies affecting us in various ways including sleep disturbances, feelings of loss and endings perhaps relating to loved ones, relationships, jobs, sense of purpose and identity. On the more physical, manifest level of our day-to-day lives we are busy squeezing into each day as many activities, as much work, and as many people as we can.


by Chintamani

When you take both these levels into account – the day-to-day and the universal/ un-manifest – it becomes clearer why many people are feeling weighed down by life as they struggle to cope with the changes occurring around them. Phrases such as ‘tired’, ‘stressed’, ‘overwhelmed’, ‘too much going on’ become more common. There are two essential ingredients to overcoming these feelings and enjoying life. The first is to connect with and listen to your intuitive voice so that for increasing amounts of time each day you are living and acting in ways that are in harmony with your true self, your deeper knowing. When you live in harmony with your soul you feel alive, confident and full of energy. The second is to find balance in everything. That may be balance between your outer world and your inner world; work and play; your self and others; busy-ness and stillness; the various aspects of your being – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. This is important because when there is balance there is harmony and with harmony there is flow both within and without i.e. with the greater universe - and this increases our energy levels and our vitality. Keeping these two ingredients within your awareness, the next step is to discover some tools

& Intuition or techniques that will lead you toward achieving them. Some of the following possibilities may work for you. How you will know which ones do is by taking a moment to listen to your inner voice as you read through them. Those that you feel drawn to or a movement towards are likely to be the ones that will serve you best at this time. Of course, at another time, it may well be something different. The value of stillness cannot be underestimated. To achieve stillness within, we often need to first achieve physical stillness. With stillness comes silence. And the two combined can help to re-charge you on a mental and emotional level. There are a number of ways this can happen - meditation, relaxation practices and breathing practices or even more simply by carving out time for yourself. Meditation, breathing and relaxation practices can be learned in a yoga class or by signing up to a specific course and can be practiced at home. There isn’t space here to list the various benefits of these practices but without a doubt they assist you to ‘drop’ your anxieties, worries, upset and to emerge peaceful, positive and refreshed on all levels – physically, mentally and emotionally. Having taught many yoga classes, I am often still surprised and delighted at how many people finish an hour long class of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practices) and relaxation or meditation with a comment about feeling much more relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. It is a strong reminder to me of the power of stillness and silence. Carving out time for yourself is something you can do more often than you might think. Although some may say it is selfish, taking time for yourself to simply ‘be’ is in fact nurturing and helps you find inner quiet and balance. It allows you space, quiet and time to get to know your deeper self. It is in these moments or periods of stillness and silence that you will find it easier to hear your inner voice. Initially you may need to ‘break the rules’. By that I mean give yourself permission to close off to the outside world for whatever period of time is manageable – even 10 minutes will make a difference. Turn off your phones – landline and mobile – turn off your computer, get away from facebook, the internet, twitter, turn off TV and your ‘radar’ for others and their needs. This is time for you. You will find it helps to take yourself off to a room or space that is quiet and private, where you can feel secluded, peaceful and relaxed. If this is difficult to find in your home then try outside – Nature offers many beautiful possibilities. In this space you can settle, gradually become still, focus on your natural breath and allow

your mind to drift off (like daydreaming) and let your deeper thoughts and feelings surface. Without judging or analyzing whatever surfaces, simply watch and listen. If you experience an ‘ah ha’ moment of realization or understanding, simply note it to act on later. You will be surprised at how refreshed you feel when you emerge from this space. Being in the moment, having an awareness of ‘now’ also helps us to maintain high energy levels. Often when we are off thinking about the future we are worrying or stressing about what might be about to happen, how we will deal with it, how we will react, what that will mean and all of this is in relation to something which hasn’t actually happened, and maybe never will. This kind of thinking increases our stress levels and wastes our energy. Similarly looking back at past events or experiences and re-living them, re-hashing them, coming up with actions, comments, reactions we’d rather have done also wastes our energy. It’s been, it’s gone. Yes learn from it if you can now see a better way to have done it, but then let it go. Don’t keep criticising yourself for the way you handled it – you are expending your energy on something that is no longer ‘here’. We humans are comprised of various layers – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. And our vital energy or life force – that which makes us feel ‘alive’ – runs through each of these layers or dimensions. What we do to recharge on one level will have an effect on the other levels to some degree. For example, we all know that rest, good nutrition and exercise help us to recharge physically and this also has a positive effect on our emotional state, (we feel happier, more confident, more alive) and on our mental wellbeing (we are more positive, less stressed, less anxious). Perhaps what we are less aware of in our western culture is the connection between our vital energy / life force and spirit. Over the years I have learned from personal experience that connection with spirit is, unfailingly, like ‘plugging in’ to the eternal, primordial energy source – the Source from which we all come. This connection removes worry, doubt and anxiety leaving us peaceful, centred, enlivened and connected to our deeper, inner wisdom.

Chintamani is a healer, educator and communicator. She has a therapeutic yoga psychology practice, teaches yoga classes and with her partner, runs a healing retreat on the Awhitu Peninsula. To learn more visit: or contact her on 021 402 177 15

Pill or Perception? The 101010 Question “How is the meaning I am attaching to my life going to affect me 10 days from now, 10 months from now, 10 years from now”?

Bruce Lipton

by Linda Lord

One of the most profound experiences of my life was the opportunity to take part in a film called Project101010 – Pill or Perception?, I played the role of the woman who was at an all-time low in her life, struggling to pay her bills, drinking and unhappy in her relationship, until one day she made a decision to adjust the way she was living and in doing so change her life for the better. This film is a ground-breaking Documentary that interviews some of today’s leading experts in the field of human consciousness. Speakers such as Dr Bruce Lipton, Dr Joe Dispenza, Dr Robin Kelly, Theresa Grainger, Deborah Murtagh and many more. It explores answers to questions like: As human beings what makes us so unique? What degenerates and regenerates our body? What creates the states depression and anxiety?


How do our genes, brain and heart play a role in our well-being? This film reveals research in neuroscience, epigenetics, cancer, mental illness and the health of our immune system and well-being and so perfectly summed up by one of the viewers it is a timely wake up call for humanity to look beyond the current pharmaceutical model of healthcare and into its own innate ability to self-heal. Co-director and presenter Theresa Grainger when asked by the media, “what was the trigger for you to create this film”? replied, “The sicknesses and disease that is increasing in our society today is excessive and the greater focus does not appear to be on teaching wellness but rather medicating illness, we are growing up in an environment where we learn that the Doctor is the answer to our health and we have lost the connection to our innate ability to heal and self-care. As a mother I began to question why my

daughter got so sick after her first set of immunisations and realised very quickly after researching, that what I had put into her body was toxic and in fact the best way to strengthen our children’s immune system is to let them kiss the dog, eat the dirt and not spray every surface with an antibacterial cleaner. I also have many clients that have been labelled with a “mental illness” and prescribed SSRI drugs, however from experience and research we know that pharmaceutical drugs do not empower, but rather lifestyle empowers and lifestyle is what should be our front line therapy” For someone like myself that has experienced the lows of depression, particularly during pregnancy and my children’s early childhood years, this film has allowed me to understand from a scientific viewpoint that it is our perception of reality that controls our biology not our genes. Genetic

As expressed by all the presenters in the film it is clear that we as human beings are a complement of our environment, a pill is only going to supressed the emotions and dis-ease that we have created as a result of the environment we interact with and true growth and wellness comes from a shift in lifestyle and perception and the realisation that we as human-beings have an inner innate ability to self-heal and grow. In a recent radio interview Theresa Grainger was asked “What should we be prescribing”? and her answer was “Pharmaceutical drugs do not empower, lifestyle empowers and lifestyle is what I believe we should be prescribing, writing out a prescription for exercise, raw living foods, meditation, compassion”. This is now the awareness that I live my life by, the film for me has bought me back to a place of choice, where I can choose how I want to respond and interact with my life and that includes my health and well-being. It is simply my choice.

determinism was the belief that I grew up with and it wasn’t until I watched this film that I realised that this belief was never scientifically approved and had just simply become a general belief of our society. It is through Bruce Lipton sharing his research on epigenetics that assisted me to really understand that we are in control of our genes and that we have the power to change the genetic expression. Research today clearly shows us that our genes cannot just turn on or off by themselves, as Bruce explains they do not make decisions but rather the gene is either read or not read and it is our mind and perception of the world that controls which genes are read and which genes are not read. 17


your woes away

by Marianne Castle

Eva balancing Photography by Lizzie Gillard


In the previous issue we looked at some great reasons why you should teach your dog tricks. Well here’s another reason I bet most people don’t think of; rehabilitation for the ill or injured dog. Before we get started though, I can’t stress heartily enough the need to consult with your vet. It depends on what ails your dog as to the suitability of each trick. Discuss with your vet the tricks you intend to teach your invalid dog to make sure your dog can manage them safely. When my dog Marty, a Border collie mix, had surgery for a ruptured cruciate ligament he was on complete bed rest for six weeks. Surprisingly enough that wasn’t too difficult. I think he knew he was a poor injured waif and was a pretty good patient. But it was the next few months of rehabilitation that he begun to feel the boredom. He was only allowed gentle leash walks and some exercises the vet set for us to do. For example, walking him in figure eight circles to help build up some muscle. To help add some variety to the figure eights I taught him to weave in and out of my legs as I walked. Taking into account that he is a large dog and I am a short person I had to make my strides quite exaggerated in the beginning. (This also provided the humour in our training sessions) As his muscle strength improved I shortened my stride a bit to make him work

groups to become activated and strengthened. Your dog’s natural body shape and size will determine how easily he can perform the sit-up. You would never ask a dachshund to perform this trick. Their body shape is totally wrong for it. However, weaving in and out of legs is perfect for this breed. It helps to keep their long backs supple. The dog in the picture, Eva, a Border collie mix does this trick with ease. Eva looks very similar to my dog Marty but they do have subtle differences in their physique. He finds it very difficult to do so I simply dropped it from his list of clever things to do. Eva’s owner, Lizzie, had to come up with novel ways to keep Eva entertained and provide physical therapy when she was put on ‘light duties’ when her front leg was broken after being hit by a car. Teaching tricks not only provides great physical therapy but also keeps the brain occupied. You could call it Sudoku for dogs! Join us in the next issue to find out how teaching dogs tricks can have physical benefits for humans too.


Here are just a few examples of what you can teach your dog: Play bow: This well-known natural doggy stretch is great for the muscles and ligaments of the upper body as well as strengthening the haunches and spine. Teach your dog to do it on cue so that you can get him doing it more often.

Crawl: The crawl will help your dog build a strong rear end especially if he keeps his hind legs tucked underneath rather than stretched out behind. It also works the spine, shoulders and neck.

Spinning in circles: Great to keep the spine supple. Don’t forget to teach your dog to spin in both left and right circles. Make it more challenging by having just your dog’s front legs stand on a small target (like a book) The dog then moves the front legs in a small circle while the back legs move in a wider circle. Now that one gets the brain active, for both dog and human!

Standing/sitting on hind legs: Remember though that not all dogs are physically built to do this trick so do please check with your vet. For those that can it is a great exercise to strengthen your dog’s spine and hindquarters as well as improving balance and co-ordination. Expect to take at least a week to train your dog to do this behaviour, not only for understanding, but also allowing the necessary muscle

Top: Jemma teaching her dachshund, Gillie to weave. Bottom: Sandie teaching Hunley to crawl Photographies by Marianne Castle

One of the tricks Lizzie taught Eva while she was recovering from her accident. Photography by Lizzie Gillard

Marianne Castle Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers NZ Principles of Canine Behaviour, Massey University 1993 Understanding the Canine/Human Interface (Distinction) Animal Care College, UK 1996 Canine Good Citizen Instructor, Delta Society, NSW 1997 28 years practical experience Contact: phone (03) 539 1145 mobile 021 0266 7677 19

Bounce into Spring! by Elayne Lane


ith longer days and warmer weather approaching we enter into the spring season. The same energy that causes sap to rise in the trees, new leaves and an abundance of blossom in the spring also rises in our body. In traditional chinese medicine spring is related to the Wood element: everything warms up, grows, multiplies and expands. It becomes easier to get up early in the morning, or to start planting the garden, spring cleaning our houses and start exercising again. It’s natural to feel this rise of energy bubbling up through our bodies – even our sexual energy gets turned on! The Wood element is related to the liver, gallbladder, eyes, nervous system and brain. As you can see there is much to talk about here so let’s start with the liver. The liver’s role in our body is to metabolise the chemicals we take into our bodies via food and drink, and then be able to eliminate them. When our liver is over burdened with toxins (emotional or chemical) it is common for us to get cranky, overthink and have difficulty sleeping!


In springtime our liver and gall bladder have extra energy, making this the best time of the year to cleanse the liver. You could begin by reducing toxins, additives and chemicals (in or on the body) along with a liver cleansing diet. Alternatively you could start a liver cleanse by taking some bitter herbs. (Please get advice first from your natural health professional/ herbalist/naturopath or health food shop). A good cleanse should be gentle and slow over a period of six weeks to three months. Avoid or limit alcohol at this time as it stops the detoxification process. You may get the odd day when you feel really tired several weeks into the detox – this is because your body is using all its energy to get rid of waste. Don’t worry, rest up, it will pass: it’s a good sign. The Wood element is also connected with our mind, thinking and nerves. This element helps us get organised to do what we want to do – and spring is a time to start planning! So when we are in the flow and getting things done we feel generous, abundant, have clarity of thought. We can allow others points of view, it’s fun to research, gather information, plan, scheme and strategise.

However if we get too calculating, or our rigid plans don’t work out, we feel frustrated, angry, jealous, envious, aggressive and bad tempered. We no longer want to share or co-operate. Mentally we lose our power of focus and become confused, impulsive and obsessive. Our rationality disappears. The liver also is responsible for balancing our progesterone and oestrogen levels, so if you have lost your sex drive then consider talking to a natural health professional about a liver cleanse. When our liver gets toxic our physical, mental and emotional system gets out of sorts. We can tire quickly and our thinking is impaired. Take care of your liver and you will spring into life.

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One of the causes of irrational thinking is emotional distress. Deal with the emotional distress and you will start to think straight. You could learn the six healing sounds, see a counsellor or try some emotional release therapy. When you make plans, give them space for flexibility and change. Being too calculated causes frustration. Be in allowance of other people’s ideas. Think outside the square through imagination, creativity: “what else is possible?” This brings wisdom to your plans. Cleanse your liver with a liver cleansing diet or herbal remedies. Sometimes the mind gets overactive which can make us feel nervously tired. Obsessive thinking can drive us crazy. The best way to sort this out is not to rest but to change activities. Ease into relaxation by listening to music, play a game, read a book. If you feel angry, take a deep breath and ask yourself “what am I afraid of?” “What else am I feeling here?”. There is always something underneath the anger, so rather than dwelling on the anger get together with a good friend/counsellor/colleague and look beneath it. Find practical ways to resolve the fear. If you notice a pattern of fear, cook your own food, eat regularly, work at feeling satisfied on all levels of existence. Get into a craft, garden, make something. If you are in a pattern of anger learn to breathe more fully. Deep breathing helps us get in touch with our feelings and process them. You could walk up hill and tell a friend how you feel. Learn deep breathing techniques and meditation.

8. Listen to music or play an instrument. These kinds of activities relax a busy mind.


Spend time on your personal grooming, get into design or decorating your home.

Elayne Lane is an Aromatherapist, Touch for Health Kinesiologist, she also practices Chi Nei Tsang and teaches classes from the Universal Healing Tao. She can be contacted on 03 547 0373 or see her website References: Marin Gilles (1999): Healing from Within with Chi Nei Tsang. Published by North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California Marin Gilles (2006): Five Elements Six Conditions: A Taoist Approach to Emotional Healing, Psychology, and Internal Alchemy. Published by North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California 21


powera ofsmile and a laugh

by Marilyn Greenfield

Did you know that smiling will extend your lifespan? A study of school year book photos has found that those who had a beaming smile lived 79.9. Those with a slight smile 75 years and those with no smile 72.9 years. In Britain they found that one smile can induce the same amount of pleasure in the brain as 2,000 bars of chocolate or receiving ÂŁ16,000 sterling in cash. Just think of all the pleasure you can give with your smile, as well as increasing your longevity!



o you have a GSOH? Most of us would answer, “Yes” but we may not be having as many belly laughs per day as we need to ward off premature aging and illness. Norman Cousins is one who pioneered our modern lifestyle medicine when he refused to accept the dismal prognosis for his illness. In terrible pain from a terminal form of arthritis, his outlook was bleak and the doctors could do nothing more. Checking himself out of the hospital and into a hotel room, he procured a movie projector and a supply of funny movies like the Marx Brothers and Candid Camera. He theorized that if stress made his condition worse, then positive emotions could improve his health. He found that after laughing he was able to have several hours of pain free sleep. In time he cured himself and wrote research papers and books about his success. Many studies on laughter have been undertaken since then to find out how it affects our health. We have found children will laugh often around 400 times a day but as adults, we only laugh around 15 times a day or less. Researches like Dr Less S. Berg have found that after laughter, our immune functioning changes in several ways: • Levels of cortisol drop significantly which benefits the immune system

• Levels of immunoglobulins increase significantly which aids the infection fighting mechanisms • Activity of natural killer cells increase significantly. These will seek out and destroy abnormal cells such as cancer cells • Levels of plasma cytokine gamma interferon more than double. Interferon enhances immune-system functioning Dr Berg says that these levels remain high or low, for up to 24 hours after a good laugh. He concludes that “laughter is hazardous to your illness.” It has been found that even the anticipation of laughter before experiencing the humour will have a significant effect on your mood and immunity. Dr Lee Berk describes himself as a hardcore medical clinician and scientist. He has been researching laughter and published many studies. It was found that while watching funny movies like “There’s Something About Mary” almost all participants had increased 22% of blood flow to the heart. Conversely after watching scenes from “Saving Private Ryan” blood flow restricted 35%. People with rheumatoid arthritis after having watched a humorous video for an hour had less inflammatory chemicals and reported less pain. Those allergic to dust mites were found that watching a humorous video

Here are some ways you can add more humour into your daily life: 1. Watch comedies you find funny (not everyone finds the same things funny) 2. Attend comedy clubs 3. Go to humorous children’s plays 4. Read joke books 5. Laughter yoga classes 6. Find a funny point of view – look for the humour in situations

reduced the allergic inflammation reaction by more than half and the effects lasted for around 12 hours after just a few minutes of laughter. A one year study of high-risk diabetic patients placed both groups on standard medications but added ‘mirthful laughter’ to the regime of one group. The laughter group had significantly improved results by the second month. By the year end it was shown that harmful C-reactive proteins decreased 66% in the laughter group compared to 26% in the control group.

So what exactly does a good dose of belly-laughing do for us? • It lowers the flow of dangerous stress hormones • Eases digestion and soothes stomach aches • Relaxes you • Comedy watchers have lower blood pressure readings • Your body needs less medications • Lowers inflammation • Enhances your mood • Lowers bad cholesterol and raises the good cholesterol • Oxygenates the body • Tones muscles • Helps with digestion and constipation • Laughing 100 times is equivalent to 15 minutes on a stationary bicycle or 10 minutes on a rowing machine.

7. Laugh out loud, train yourself to smile, chuckle and laugh again 8. Avoid attacking humour 9. Have joyful friends 10. Amuse yourself with creative play 11. Find positive meaning in life. Keep optimistic; learn to reframe things to see them in a positive light. 12. Be useful to others – providing help to friends, neighbours or relatives can reduce your risk of dying by 60% 23

Spring has sprung by Sam Gentry

Spring has sprung, the sun is shining, the days are long and the beach will soon be beckoning. This is the time of year when bedrooms and bathrooms are reverberating with the dismay of those discovering the impact of winter on many a waistline and bottom! Personal trainers worldwide all pray to the gods of motivation that our clients will keep training over winter and thus avoid this painful shock. Alas, it is not to be. I’m here to tell you exactly how to start putting your waist back where it should be and get your bum ready to bare all in your togs this summer. If you don’t like exercise this is the guide for you. You need to know what the most effective type of exercise is to get great results in the least amount of time. To get a good result you will need to spend thirty minutes, three times per week on your new summer-proof body. You can break this up into twenty, ten or even five minute chunks of time. The exercise in this guide is called metabolic training. It’s designed to burn as much fat as possible in the shortest time possible, while helping you build lean muscle. What that means for you is you burn lots of calories while you workout; you keep burning more calories even when you’ve finished, and you get toned and look better naked. Nice. This article gives you a ‘sexy for summer’ workout. You do one exercise for forty five seconds, rest for fifteen seconds, and then move to the next exercise. It’s easy to understand, but your muscles might discover the longest forty-five seconds they have ever experienced. The really great thing about this way of getting rid of your jiggly bits is that it’s suitable for all levels. If the thought of walking up the stairs leaves you gasping for breath, just do less in your forty five seconds. If you can do full ‘man-push-ups’ and think running sprints at 6am every morning is fun, do more and do it faster in your forty-five seconds.


Here’s the programme, plus a handy guide to exactly what it’s meant to look and feel like.

Six Exercise Circuit Warm up for 5 minutes by jogging on the spot, walking, dancing, get that body moving and your blood pumping. Perform each exercise for 45 seconds, rest for 15 seconds then move to the next exercise. Repeat the circuit 3 times for an 18 minute workout.

1. Squats


Start standing with your feet at least shoulder width apart. You may want to take them wider than this. Put your arms out in front of you as a counterbalance. Shift your weight back into your heels and think of sticking your bum out as you lower it down to the ground. Think of pushing up through your heel, bum and back of thighs as you come up to standing again. Stand up straight, roll your shoulder back and repeat. Where should I feel it? Your bum and the backs of your legs. Where shouldn’t I feel it? Your knees and the fronts of your legs without feeling the back of them working more.

2. Push-ups You’ve got two choices here, knee push-ups or full push-ups. Start with knee push-ups and if they’re too easy do the full ones. Start with your arms wide, tummy muscles pulled in. Lower down through your arms like you’re trying to touch your nose to the ground. Your arms need to form a 90* angle at the elbow. Push back up through your arms to the straight arm starting position.


Where should I feel it? Your chest and arms. Where shouldn’t I feel it? Your lower back

3. Lunges Start with a long forward step. Centre your weight and drop down through your back knee. Keep your weight in your heel at the front, and your toe at the back. Your front leg should form a 90* angle at the knee. Don’t let your knee shoot forward at the front! Lunges should hurt most in your back leg.


Where should I feel it? The front top of your back leg, the back of your thigh and bottom in your front leg. Where shouldn’t I feel it? Your knees. If you feel this exercise in your knee your weight is too far forward, you need to put more weight into your back leg. 25


4. Mountain Climber This is a favourite in my boot-camps. Start in a straight-arm plank position, with your tummy muscles drawn up. Think of someone touching your mid back with their hand and try and push up to their hand with your tummy muscles. This will activate your core properly. Step one leg up as high as you can, taking your weight into it. Step this leg back to plank position, then step the other leg up. Keep going for your 45 seconds!


Where should I feel it? Your tummy, arms and legs. Where shouldn’t I feel it? Your lower back.

5. Tricep Dips This is a simple but effective exercise that targets under the upper arm, or the ‘second wave’ as some like to call it. Find a chair, park bench or coffee table. Place your hands on the chair, fingers facing forwards. Pull your shoulders back like you are trying to squash a fly between your shoulder blades, keep them back there! Keep your knees bent to start with, the straighter your legs the harder the exercise is. Lower your bottom down by bending your elbows, then push back to straight arms. Don’t push up and down through your legs, that’s cheating. Where you should feel it? The backs of your arms, your shoulder and chest. Where shouldn’t I feel it? Your legs.


6. Plank This is the ultimate ab exercise. You work every one of your tummy muscles with this exercise and it is also safe for your spine. Planks have two basic levels, knees on the ground or a full plank on your toes. Start with your belly on the ground and your elbows under your shoulders. Draw up through your tummy until your body is making a straight line. You are connecting your ribcage with your pelvis via your abs. Think bellybutton pulling up to spine. Hold as long as you can, then relax and repeat for your 45 seconds. Where you should I feel it? Your tummy muscles and arms. Where shouldn’t I feel it? Your back.

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Love your work! by Lisa Murray Business Bliss Mentor

What is loving your work? I learned the hard way that loving your work does not mean making your entire life about work. I also discovered that burn-out is not just a fancy word for stress and that the words ‘workaholic’ and ‘self-care’ don’t actually belong in the same sentence. Truly loving your work is about joy, fun and play! Loving your overwork is quite different and leads to pain, politics and pandering to the gods of ego – yours and others!



our years ago I had severe burnout. I lost my short term memory. I couldn’t stay upright for more than a couple of hours at a time. And still I wanted to work… yes, I had totally lost my mind! That situation led me to quit my job and start two businesses that take a new approach to work. I could see that the traditional ways didn’t work for me and it was time to discover what else is possible! In the past four years I have reinvented my whole approach to work… so now, I can honestly say I love my work and it no longer owns me! Loving your work has completely different possibilities to the expectations that society pushes upon us. Loving your work does not mean putting up with people who would rather compete and compare instead of collaborating creatively and celebrating your unique capacities. Much of the behavior we see in traditional businesses today is driven by competition and comparison, inside ourselves, with our workmates and with other similar businesses. This drive to compete creates unhealthy situations and behaviours where the greatest cost is always to the people involved. I have discovered some different possibilities… What if we could choose to step into our greatness and be the unique BEING that we came here to contribute to the world? What if we are willing to follow the energy of what feels great and generative, rather than tie ourselves into a spate of ‘have tos’ that lock us up and create work as a burden? What if we stop copying everyone else and start standing in our own potency and power? Would our work look totally different if we embrace these new possibilities? As a business coach, I see desperate people doing desperate things because they are desperately chasing success. I talk to business owners trying to carve out their ‘share’ of the pie through the energies of competition and

comparison… and I am here to reveal that these energies are simply not going to work very well as the new energies of business come into being. (Business is changing – have you noticed? Are you celebrating the changes? I am because I can see so much greater possibilities for business to contribute to our planet!) How often are you frustrated because you come up with an idea and next thing you see someone promoting something very similar? (Or your boss steals your idea and passes it off as their own?). How often do you not feel confident about your ideas because you are so busy comparing yourself to others without ever seeing the gift you truly can be to this planet? How many of you use the traditional business tools of competition and comparison to gauge your business success? If we are really honest with ourselves we can all see these elements within the way we create our working environments. What we don’t see is that these energies put our businesses into energies of lack, limitation and fear. We get stuck on a merry-go-round of judgment, criticism and negativity and these energies permeate our work, rotting it from the core! So, it is time to play with an energy that brings abundance into business instead of lack. That brings contribution instead of competition. That brings love and gratitude into work instead of frustration and anger! The energy we all need to embrace if we are to love our work is the energy of uniqueness – finding the essence we individually bring to loving our work that allows us to show up and be distinctively different. Following the energy of what could be possible rather than what is already here enables us to use our intuition instead of going ‘I should…’. It allows us to recreate the ordinary as extraordinary. It enables us to take ‘normal’ and make it phenomenal. It shows us what it is to BE the difference, with confidence and creativity!

To get started, I invite you to play intuitively with the following questions… there are no ‘right’ answers, just choices and possibilities that can move you closer to loving your work… everyday! ♥ What can I ADD to my business that would be fun for me? ♥ Am I competing and comparing here or am I observing with awareness and choosing for me? ♥ What is unique about my idea or concept? ♥ What is unique about my way of presenting my idea or concept? ♥ What is unique about me? What energies could you bring into business that could totally change how the people around you perceive what business actually is? What could you BE that would surprise and delight those that work with you? Where and how could you express more gratitude and love for the work you do? When we start to bring new choices into our work, our love for what we do can shine brightly to all who connect with us. Can you imagine a world where everyone loves their work? Do you think there would still be wars? Could this be one of the paths to creating peace in the world? I like to think so! I have so much gratitude for every small thing you choose today and everyday that brings more love into business… together we can change the world!

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The essence

of colour by Shiralee Cooper Aura Light Australia Photos by Joy Kachina

Colour is a gift born of light! Colour can be a whispering breeze or a gale-force wind. We each feel and see colour energy uniquely. Colour is something we experience in our mindscape both consciously and subconsciously. Colour can feel all pervasive and powerful as well as so subtle we don’t consciously register the energy.



ost people are aware of which colours they warm to and some that they may find confronting. More and more people now seek to understand this language. Whilst we want to discover what secrets our choices reveal, it is often the colours we shun which are most illuminating. There is no need to judge your choices as they are simply a reflection of your true colours at this point in time and perfectly you! Our world is alive with colour. We are all immersed in colour! Some of this we can control. Your choice of clothing is how you present yourself to the world. Do you choose colours that make you feel good, or do you choose colours to make an impression? We would recommend you choose with your left hand clothing which best supports your needs. The choice, as always, is yours. Your home is a domain where you can fine tune your environment to support your needs. You can engineer spaces to appear spacious by using white or light colours, you can add colours to give a cosy feel. Some colours like yellow and gold will keep you focused whilst the cooler colours such as blues and violets, are very calming. The possibilities are endless!

We can see the beautiful spectrum of light strung across the sky in each rainbow. Each of these colours relate to a chakra. Each energy centre influences parts of our physical body with all it’s glands and organs as well as particular aspects of our emotional, mental and spiritual consciousness. You can apply colour to your body through essences, oils and balms. These preparations are usually vibrational essences whereby the energy of colour is supported by the related essential oils and other natural vibrations such as crystals and flowers. Aura Light creates beautiful tools combining colour and aroma to help you tune into your inner needs. The chakras essences, roll-ons and sprays are favourites!  As you drink in colours, connect to how the colour feels. Does the colour embolden you, or does it calm you? Does the colour ground you or inspire you? Yes this energy can even change us on a physical level. Colour can move us into different emotional realms through our thinking and feeling process. The story of colour must also include the spiritual connection. These links can reach beyond the now to both the past and into the future. The colours of the rainbow each relate to a chakra. Each chakra in turn

may influence physical organs and functions, as well as emotional and spiritual balance. As with life, each colour has positive aspects as well as challenging issues for each of us to process. Colour consultants can assist you with understanding the meaning of your colour choice. As well as our single coloured essences, oils and balms, we have our two coloured harmony bottles which are an in depth colour consultation tool. Colour is a language of its own. Through understanding its messages, we can learn much about ourselves. Aura Light has combined this cosmic colour energy with aromatherapy and vibrational essences to create colour messengers. Our wide range of essences, oils and balms are ready to help harmonise those who are ready to choose. We are fortunate to have some of our Aura Light Consultants based in New Zealand. Colour can be a potent tool for self knowledge for those who want to learn the language. Are you ready to choose your colours? 31

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Quantum healing and consciousness transformation or

‘2 points – one smile’ by Catrin Jacksties

Do we have the capacity to heal ourselves? Doctors have long known that our state of mind influences how we recover from illness and injury, yet Western science has only just begun to accept that energy — mental, emotional, and spiritual — is a key component to healing. The best news of all is that the basics of energetic healing are easy to learn—and even a few simple skills can make a huge difference in our health, vitality, and quality of life.


Quantum Physics has merged with an ancient tradition into a most wonderful and profound way of transformation and healing. The Two-Point Method is rooted in Hawaiian tradition called “Kahi – the magic touch.” The main characteristic of the method is the simultaneous connection of two points on the body or energy field of a human being (or anything else for that matter). Serge Kahili King, author and shaman says about this method: “I think it is one of the most useful things I’ve ever learned and that I can teach.” More recently, Dr. Frank Kinslow (Author of: “The Secret of Instant Healing”) and Dr. Richard Bartlett (Author of: “Matrix Energetics”) developed specific applications of the Two-Point Method and brought the Hawaiian application into the 21st century. That work resulted in further studies by Ulrich Kieslich, who called it Matrix Transformation. He integrated additional material to the above methods to develop effective applications, based on the findings of Dr. Richard Bandler, the developer of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). In Quantum Healing the “Two-Point Method” unites with various applications of the pioneers of this work, and the philosophy of “A Course in Miracles”, to a holistic approach for a fulfilled and happy life.

in Miracles” and the potent Two-Point Method to facilitate rapid change and growth. What is the Two-Point Method? The Two-Point Method has been around for thousands of years. The Shamans of Hawaii have taught it forever and more recently two Doctors from the US have made it known to a wider public. Through the easy-to-learn TwoPoint Method we can resolve physical, emotional, and general life issues quickly and easily. It can be studied and applied without any previous knowledge in medicine, physics, or therapy. The Two-Point Method works through intention and awareness on the energy field of the receiving person in order to revert it to its original ideal state. Without risk or side effects the inhibitory programs are transformed at the quantum level. After applying this process to change the energy field at the quantum level, the person’s external reality will also change. This can be both immediately and physically noticeable and/or the process will be set in motion to bring forth changes soon afterward. What can I apply the Two-Point Method to? Basically to everything: • physical problems of all kinds • emotional issues / trauma

• Substance abuse / dependence • psychological blocks and limiting belief systems • pets • Life issues such as: money, relationships, career... the list goes on forever. The transformative effects of this method are limited only by your imagination. As it becomes integrated into everyday life, it allows for a fundamental transformation of all energy blocks, leading to a life of joy and abundance. By deliberately choosing to see things from a different perspective, the old reality collapses and new possibilities instantly open up, continuing to dissolve the old. As a therapist or a recipient, the Two-Point Method gives you a widening approach, because Quantum healing can be combined with different methods, being neutral in itself. It will strengthen the results of your work and let you achieve your goals in your daily work easily and quickly.   Create a new reality for yourself through a comprehensive and immediate paradigm shift. Next workshop 29. October 2011 For more information or workshop dates email

What are Quantum Healing and Consciousness Transformation? It is a practical application of quantum physics; where all reality can be described as vibrations and waveform patterns – everything is light and information. From the perspective of quantum physics, all physical and emotional problems, limiting belief systems or blockages in personal development are only blockages in the energy field. These can be transformed easily and quickly through the impulse of the Two-Point Method. In ‘2 points – one smile’ the basics of quantum physics unite with the philosophy of “A Course 33

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an ancient form of exercise customized for modern living by Andrea Lawrence Hot Yoga Nelson

To Do: Coffee. Smoothie. Read the paper. Drop the kids off. Bikram (Yoga). Work. Lunch date. Work. Laundry. Pick up the house. Pick up the kids. Make dinner. Do dishes. Relax. Enjoy Life.


High Fives! We’re getting it all done (most of it anyway)! We all have our lists. Each one of us has customized our to-do’s to reflect our values and our desire to get things done. We know what we can skip and be okay. It’s amazing how much we can pack into our days, weeks, and years.

Health Matters. Making healthy decisions is vital for maintaining the energy required to follow our dreams and to get things done. The more stress we have the more we need to exercise. And the more we focus on our health, the easier things get. We know it’s a lot easier to tackle our to-do’s when we’re not in pain, tired, run down, or sick. Exercise is essential for good health. But what kind of exercise is best in today’s modern world?

“Yoga is the only true form of exercise.” – Bikram Choudhury If we don’t do something physical we’ll feel tired, gain weight and fall ill. If you find an exercise that makes you feel amazing, stick with it! And also try Bikram if you haven’t. Many students supplement Bikram with other forms of exercise because there are so many benefits. But all exercise is good. Just do some – every day if you can.

“You’re never too busy to take care of yourself.” – Andrea Lawrence If you’ve got a long list and exercise isn’t on it, you might be thinking “One more thing! No way! I can’t possible squeeze it in.” If this is the case – it’s even more important to start an exercise program quickly. It’s a sign you’re trying to do too much and you’ll burn out. This is the perfect time to start a new exercise program.

‘It’s never too late to do yoga.” – Bikram Choudhury But some of us (including myself) won’t realize this until we’re faced with the results of putting that priority

too low on the list for too long. Many Bikram students come to their first class because a doctor or physio sent them. It’s their final effort to try to relieve chronic pain or chronic stress. They have no other choice. If this sounds familiar, that’s okay! You’re not alone and it’s not too late.

The results of Bikram are unexpected, quick and life changing. Something magical will happen after your first few Bikram classes. You may experience a radiant sense of well-being and feel surges of long lost energy. Chronic pain becomes less noticeable. A month down the road, students have started onto the path of becoming the healthy, vibrant, and energized people they once were before stress and pain piled up. After a few months, the pain is often gone. It’s all smiles. Stress is much more manageable. Students are talking about it with friends, family and co-workers. Bikram has really changed their lives. After six months, they don’t have to say anything. Everyone can see the changes. They’ve transformed.

The History of Bikram Yoga (Original Hot Yoga): Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram Yoga, was sent to the west to teach stressed out, injured, unhealthy people how to get back in shape. He’s improved the lives of millions of people around the world. His mission was to make an intense work out achievable for anyone living with high stress. He was determined to create a work out that was accessible even if you had injuries or chronic pain. He made no compromise on this. He created a specific class that gives powerful results unlike any other form of exercise you’ve ever experienced. His class is hard. It’s intense. But doing your best and not giving up is all you need to do. If you can just stay in the room and try, you’ll receive the benefits.

Who is Bikram Choudhury? He started yoga at the age of four years old. He trained under Bishnu Ghosh, the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi and founder of the SelfRealization Fellowship in L.A.) When he was 13 years old he won the National India Yoga Championship. He won this prestigious title four years in a row. He retired as the undisputed “All India National Yoga Champion.”

Bikram yoga is designed to rehabilitate injuries. When Bikram was 17 years old he injured is knee in a weight lifting accident. He had no hope of ever walking again. Despite doctors giving up, Bikram’s teacher, Bishnu Ghosh helped him and within six months, his knee had total recovered.

Bikram delivers: Bishnu Ghosh encouraged Bikram relentlessly to bring this yoga series to the west. He knew westerners needed it. It’s 90 Minutes of holding poses in a room heated to 40 degrees Celsius. You sweat profusely. Every organ, muscle, tendon and ligament benefits. Circulation, Respiration, Endocrin, Nervous and Skeletal systems are all improved. You come out of each class feeling like a new person. You receive a kick of endorphins you can’t achieve when you work out on your own. You transform.

All exercise is good! Do Some! If this sounds horrible to you, try it! It’s worth 90 minutes of your life to find something that is this transformative. If you can’t bring yourself to do this, just do any exercise. Remember:

“It is never too late, you’re never too sick, and you are never too old to start from scratch once again.” – Bikram Choudhury. 35

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from Mother Nature

by Karen Greening

Homeopathy is an alternative and complementary system of natural medicine. This means that it is a different (alternative) approach to healthcare than that provided by a doctor, but one that works alongside (complements) the pharmaceutical medicine and advice offered by a doctor; what I call conventional medicine. Homeopathic medicines, known as remedies, are sourced primarily from Mother Nature.


A holistic approach

The origin of disease

Conventional medicine has a primary focus on a patient’s local symptoms experienced in the physical body; for example, a headache, earache, respiratory condition or skin complaint. In this example a doctor would concentrate on providing comfort for the head, ears, lungs and skin respectively. Although doctors do embrace the concept of dietary and lifestyle changes, in the majority they see these as supporting the pharmaceutical drug treatment of the physical complaint. Conventional medicine tends to view germs and genetics, and their influence on the body, as responsible for most disease. Homeopathy follows a holistic (whole) approach to health, one that views the mind, body and soul as intimately connected and part of one indivisible whole, known as a human being. What affects the part also affects the whole and vice versa. In this system a headache, earache, respiratory condition or skin complaint has to be viewed as part of the ‘whole’ that is the patient; it cannot be viewed in isolation and treated in isolation because that would be to ignore the rest of the patient – the rest of her body, all of her thoughts and feelings, her unique experience of life in a given moment – and all of the connections to that part. It makes me recall that song ‘Dry Bones’ where “the toe bone connected to the foot bone, and the foot bone connected to the ankle bone, and the ankle bone connected to the leg bone…” and so on. Everything in a person is connected, whether they realise it or not. Homeopathy complements conventional medicine exactly because of these differences in approach to healthcare. It is facilitating healing on a totally different level and in a completely different manner to that of pharmaceutical medication. The two are like different roads leading to the same destination.

A further difference between homeopathy and conventional medicine is an understanding of the source of disease. Conventional medicine is firmly focused on the physical body as the first point of disease origin whereas homeopathy considers ill-health as originating in the mind – where thoughts and feelings combine – and, if left unchecked, eventually impacting on the physical body. Homeopathy aims to heal ill-health at the source, before it manifests as physical functional and structural issues. To heal at the level of the mind requires a very different type of medicine to that of a pharmaceutical drug. The medicine must be of the same substance as the mind; of thoughts and feelings, else it will have no effect. So, tell me, what does a thought look like? How do you measure the substance of a thought? And will it help to put a bandage on a hurt feeling? And yet they are very real and they are contagious, like laughter, sorrow, fear or doubt. These less tangible aspects of your being require less tangible medicines to heal. The medicine needs to match the substance of the injury.

The pharmacy and pharmacology of homeopathy Homeopathy is often ridiculed on the basis that there are no pharmacologically active molecules in the higher potency homeopathic medicines (the greater the number of dilutions the more potent the remedy – known as a higher potency) thus violating fundamental principles of science. Here we are talking about the fundamental principles of western science. The word science, derived from the Latin scientia meaning ‘knowledge’, can be applied to any knowledge system following specific disciplines or methods, and using observation and experimentation. The purpose of

science is to propose useful models of reality. There are different branches of learning all over the planet, each wholeheartedly embracing a different model of reality; some that even contradict western science. However, contradiction does not equate to invalidation, it simply puts forward a different belief system, an alternative model of health. A very simplistic explanation of the pharmacy of homeopathy is that it follows a process of succussion (vigorous shaking) and serial dilution (the progressive dilution of a substance in order to decrease the concentration in a series of proportional amounts). This process creates homeopathic remedies in various potencies – a potency being a measure of the remedy’s activity, intensity and sphere of action. It is true that remedies in the higher potencies no longer contain any physical evidence of the source material. In my personal opinion it is here that the remedies enter into the realm of what is broadly termed ‘energy medicine’ (a proposed model of reality), where each higher potency is actually a finer and finer energy signature of the source material.

Safe and effective The less tangible nature of homeopathic remedies is the very reason why they are so effective, because they are treating the less tangible aspects of a human being. Although there is currently no accepted method for measuring the substance of thought and feeling, it is widely accepted that they exist. Also, though there is currently no accepted method for measuring the healing power of homeopathic remedies, it is widely accepted that they are effective and beneficial – by those that have had direct experience of improvements to their health and well-being whilst under homeopathic treatment. This is known as clinical evidence, and it is valid and real. 37

The intangible nature of homeopathic remedies also makes them fabulously safe. The remedies are diluted to such a degree that there are no toxic side effects. Furthermore, the remedies are administered in very small doses to gently stimulate the healing mechanism and are minimally repeated. Homeopathic remedies are non-habit forming and create no medicinal dependencies. The gentle, nontoxic nature of homeopathy makes it especially suitable for treating babies, young children and pregnant women. Some argue that a homeopathic remedy is a placebo, but this is incorrect. A placebo is a blank medicine which is innocuous and inert with no active ingredients added. Homeopathic remedies are made in quality homeopathic pharmacies from the original source material (active ingredient). They undergo a tightly controlled fabrication process that complies with global standards and are made with the full intention of creating a substance that will facilitate healing. The ‘placebo effect’, however, is a very real phenomenon in all healing professions because it is the powerful healing force of positive thought and expectation. All ill-health originates in the mind so anything that works positively in this area is a force of healing.

Feeling understood and heard Naturally, as a working homeopath, I believe in a holistic approach to health and trust in the safe and effective nature of the remedies I prescribe. Not wanting this to sound like a sales pitch but, in the same breath, truly wishing to encourage people to consider embracing an alternative approach to

health – of which homeopathy is but one option amongst many – there is something more that homeopathy offers that is rarely talked about, and that is the consultation process. Quite unlike visiting a doctor, the consultation takes a generous amount of time; in my clinic I ask a patient to allow two hours for the initial consultation. Sounds like forever? You may be surprised by how quickly that time flies for both patient and practitioner.


Taking time is so important because it allows the patient to proceed at a pace that is uniquely comfortable for them. Imagine a setting that is relaxed, safe and informal; many homeopaths work from their home and this ‘homeliness’ is very reassuring. Then imagine someone listening to you without interruption, without wishing to interject their own point of view, without sitting in judgement on your opinions and actions. Imagine that everything you say is treated with great importance and respect, that every answer you offer is absolutely correct, because only you truly know yourself. Imagine someone whose sole purpose is to understand your unique point of view on life, who is only interested in hearing about you – not the details of what happened – but how you experienced what happened. How often do you feel that you are really listened to and heard? How often do you feel that someone has appreciated you just for who you are? How often do you meet someone who is genuinely interested in hearing about your concerns, anxieties and ill-health? A trip to a homeopath can be a very nurturing experience. To feel the care and kindness of another human being, one who genuinely desires to help you as much as they can, is such a powerful force of healing.

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Natural Therapies Special

Sounds of the Gong

by Marianne Vetterli

The sound of the gong is the channel of Pure Truth, and whenever Truth is experienced, healing occurs. When the gong is played, the sound vibrations immediately quiets the mind, allowing healing to occur. The gong’s resonance is the very music of the spheres. It is” The Music of Wholeness” Don Conreaux - Gong Master Historians presume that gongs were made and used before the second millenium.B.C. They represent the oldest and most genuine musical instruments of South East Asia. The main production centres are Java, Burma and China. Gong making in Asia is likened to bell making in Russia, a true ancient craft and family secret. People believed that the making of a gong was inspired and guided by higher powers. Gong Artisans understood the powerful forces that they were exposed to and used them for the making of this sacred instrument. For centuries a gong was a symbol of success and status among Asian families and still is to a degree. Both in ancient times and today they are used for the same purposes: to communicate, make announcements, celebrate, as theatre, music, part of an orchestra or solo, to meditate and to heal. When the gong is played with reverence and a pure mind, the resonance is taking us back to a place of inner peace; the essence of our well-being. I have been playing the gong for over a year now and my life has changed considerably for the better. It certainly is a powerful tool to transform and expand one’s perception of life. I always liked the sounds of bells and gongs, and when a friend told me that there was a gong concert I wanted to go, no questions asked. Gong Master Don Conreaux together with various musicians from all over the world where touring the globe, now introducing this wonderful experience to the people of Nelson and various places in New Zealand. Comfortably lying on a matt: I had no idea what I was about to experience: it literally almost blew me away…it was the most exquisite array of sounds that washed over and through me: I felt lifted up out of my body by the vibrations of the gong, I no longer seem to have a physical shell, I was transported into a higher consciousness. One without a body, no time - a different space of being. A stillness surrounded me in peace and quiet. That seemed odd, since the sounds got louder and louder, yet my mind became quieter and quieter. Pure bliss. Nothing else was important. Only to be at peace. As Don explains: “The gong really is an engine of power more than a musical instrument, although it is used in orchestras all over the world. The energy that is produced by the gong is not just a fundamental tone but an array of overtones that, combined together,create a wall of sound. Rather like a tsunami , a great wave of sound. It is really a delivering of pranic healing.” As the gong masters toured again a year after my first gong experience, I hosted one of the musicians from Slovenia, and I learned more about the art of sound healing: For centuries people have relaxed to the sounds of nature’s elements: the wind in the trees, waves lapping, birds singing and waterfalls cascading, to name a few. Lately, a new kind of therapy has emerged with the use of specific objects that resonate -Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks, drums and other instruments as well as the human voice.


This goes beyond relaxation deep into the cellular and molecular levels of ones being, some even claim it reaches levels of the DNA structure. While it seems a new kind of development in the approach to health and healing, it actually is a return to ancient cultural practises where chants, drums and other instruments were used to relieve pain and restore health. My friend Mojca from Slovenia offered me a Tibetan singing bowl treatment where she put various sizes of bowls on my body, tapping them with a soft striker to evoke sound and vibration, directing it (the vibration) into my body. It was like I was massaged internally and my organs were cleansed. I felt very light and deeply relaxed. My mind felt clear and focussed for days after the treatment. A decision was made: I had to learn more about this sound healing. The year after, I travelled to Europe and promised to visit my new friend in Slovenia. She introduced me to many beautiful people, and taught me how to play the gong. Mojca explained: ‘there are a few techniques that I can teach you, but in the end, the gong is teaching you how to play it. Just listen.’ I played all day long in her little apartment which was only two tiny rooms in a high rise building…I was aware to play only at a medium volume-I was afraid the vibrations would turn the whole building to pieces .I played all of her seven or so gongs, sizes between 26” and 38” tuned to different frequencies. At the end of the day, I was so bamboozled I started to see shapes and colours as I closed my eyes at night time. (I learned later that this is a common appearance, called cymatics.) I was hooked and decided to buy a gong. Mojca introduced me to the shop owner in Maribor where I played all of the gongs they had in stock. He was very patient with me and pulled out one after another until I was satisfied to have found the perfect resonating gong. It was a 38” planetary gong tuned to the frequency of the sun. I was curious how I was going to get this huge bronze disc back to New Zealand…?! It weighs 12 kg, ( I certainly could not smuggle it with my hand luggage), and I had no knowledge of the Slovenian language whatsoever! Anyhow, It arrived safe and sound in Nelson -yet not at the address I expected… I notified one friend that a huge parcel would arrive, but it appeared at another friend’s house - no idea how that happened. Well since then, as I said earlier, my life has changed considerably: healing on many levels is continuing to bless my humble being. It puts a smile on my face that resonates deep in my heart when, after a gong bath I see everyone smile in return. I have held many gong-bath-meditations, one-onone healing sessions and private gong baths, land and house clearings along the West Coast and in Nelson. I continue to be amazed by the different experiences and observations shared by individuals and groups.

Sound Therapy may help to: • • • • • • •

Clear and rebalance energy Optimize the body’s frequency for well being Stress release Clarity of mind Pain management Attunement to inner knowledge Reduce anxiety by relaxing and harmonising brainwave patterns

Please note: these treatments are not a diagnosis or substitute treatment by a registered medical professional.

About Marianne Vetterli: Marianne has studied massage therapy and complementary natural therapies in Switzerland and worked with health professionals in this field around the world for over 25 years. She has extensive knowledge in the studies of the human energy field, energy therapies and the field of holistic and complementary health care. She recently moved to Hokitika, operating a private therapy practice. Commuting once a month to Nelson, she is available for private gong baths and one to one sound therapy sessions at Woman Beauty. Enquiries: 021 2093921 41

Natural Therapies Special

Set yourself free with EFT Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) by Marion Janke

“Your emotional health, your success in the world, and your level of joy can all be dramatically enhanced by shifting the energies that regulate them. That is the promise of the fascinating new field of energy psychology.” (Feinstein, D. p.1)

References: There is a huge variety of books about EFT on the market. I recommend: Feinstein, D., Craig, G., Eden, D. (2005), The Promise of Energy Psychology (New York: Tarcher) The ebook version of the book was published in 2010. Craig, Gary. (2011) The EFT Manual. He also sells various detailed video sets. Very interesting is also Dawson Church’s book who explains the scientific complexity of Energy Psychology: Church, Dawson (2009) The Genie in your Genes. Epigenetic medicine and the new biology of intention. ISBN-10: 1604150114 The following library websites contain many EFT resources, articles and case studies: and


What if you could release stressful emotions to prevent them from creating havoc in your body and mind? Do you want to live a life that is filled with more joy and fulfillment, peacefulness and general well being? Wouldn’t it be great if we had a tool to help us reach this goal? With the development of Energy Psychology techniques we fortunately have access to techniques which have already helped millions of people worldwide. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) which was developed by Gary Craig in the mid nineties is the main technique in the field of Energy Psychology. EFT is basically a stress relief technique which combines Modern Psychology with some of the principles of ancient practice of Chinese acupuncture. It consists of a simple routine and the basics can be learned by anyone. So, how does it work ? In essence, EFT is an emotional version of acupuncture but fortunately without the needles. We use our fingertips to gently stimulate certain meridian points to neutralize negative, disruptive feelings. (see the diagram with the tapping points) The body, like everything else in the Universe is composed of energy. The tapping sends an energetic vibration through the meridians and clears disruptions. Once the meridian is balanced the emotional intensity goes away and body and mind experience relief and relaxation.

Since emotional stress can contribute to pain, disease and physical ailments, we often find that EFT also provides astonishing physical relief. It also works brilliantly with cravings, which is helpful during weight loss. EFT allows us to release the underlying emotions that lead us to create unhealthy relationships with food and ourselves.

Here is the basic EFT sequence: 1. Start by identifying the specific problem or target (an emotion, a block, a limiting belief) that you want to focus on. Example: You remember that your father has put you down in front of your friends when you were a teenager and you still feel angry at him for this. 2. Rate the intensity level of this feeling from zero to ten, with ten being the highest you could possibly feel. Check whether you have any physical symptoms as you tune into the issue (stomach feels tight, headache etc). 3. Compose a set up a statement which acknowledges the specific problem you want to deal with and which also includes an unconditional affirmation of yourself. Let’s stay with the example of anger at your father who put you down. Your set up statement may be “Even though I am angry at dad who called me ‘stupid’ in front of my friends I deeply and completely accept myself.” In general a statement could be





composed in the following way: “Even though I have ‘this specific problem’ I deeply and completely accept myself” Repeat the set up statement three times while tapping on the karate chop on your hand (see diagram). The tapping sequence: Tap seven times on each point on the diagram while staying focused on the problem. Start at the beginning of the eyebrow, then side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, chin (on the fleshy part), beginning of the collar bone, under the arm (in the middle of the bra strap) and finish on the top of the head (on the crown). While you are tapping say the specific problem out loud “this anger at dad” or if that doesn’t feel appropriate to you state it in your mind. This is called the reminder phrase. In order for the tapping to work you need to stay tuned into the emotion of that specific issue repeat it as you go through the points. After two rounds check the intensity of the emotion (the anger at your dad) and repeat the sequence if any intensity remains. Check the physical sensation to see whether it has changed as well. When the intensity is gone or has decreased a lot you may finish with a round which focuses on the solution by verbalizing preferences, choices and possible alternative outcomes. After confronting the

negative feelings and offering complete acceptance to both your feelings and yourself, you are turning your thoughts and vibrations to the powerful and positive. Examples of positive statements you could say while tapping on all the points: I now choose to feel good no matter what. I am grateful for all my feelings. I open to the possibility that I can forgive dad and also myself for holding on to the grudge for so long. I choose to love myself and to show myself appreciation. I deserve to feel good and happy. I love feeling this relief. Compose your own statements of gratitude and appreciation.

With EFT we can release our emotional baggage quickly to free our mind and overcome being stuck. Ideally EFT should be used on a daily basis for just a few minutes to help promote personal peace. Whenever we feel resistant emotions it is a good time to start tapping right there and then. If we feel low and discouraged we can help ourselves back to a more positive outlook to attract what we really want in our life.

Release of serious Traumasnand Phobias With the help of an experienced EFT practitioner emotional trauma, even deep, ingrained, long standing trauma, can often be alleviated very quickly. Crippling phobias which have been

holding you back in life can be released as well. Clients experience the release of fears they held for years, decades, often since their childhood. A lot of people, about one in three, experience moderate to severe anxiety when confronted with dental treatment for example. After EFT, 100% of patients in a study reported a decrease in anxiety so that they could go ahead and finally experience freedom of pain or other dental problems. (Temple, Graham (2006). Reducing anxiety in dental patients with EFT. www.emofree. com/Research/graham-temple-dentalstudy.htm). Others, who have been impacted by their fear of animals, exams, public places, flying etc have been able to set themselves free in just a few sessions.

Happiness is an inside job When our hearts relax, we are more able to approach the challenge of daily life in a more rational way. Treat yourself with compassion and take your physical and emotional well being into your own hands.

Here is an action plan to reset the button When you feel anger swelling up: 1. Count to ten 2. Take a few deep breaths 3. Start tapping and go from blazing anger to calmness.

Set yourself free with EFT Tapping! Stressed out? Ready to make a change? Feeling stuck? Fears, Traumas, Pain? Take action now to transform your life. Contact me for more information.

Release your fears,

iefs. emotional baggage & limiting bel

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Marion Janke EFT Advanced, BEd (Hons.), Integrated Health Coach, PSYCH-K Facilitator

mobile: 027 391 4279




Joy Kachina. The woman behind the lens.

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself�. William Blake (1757-1827) 45

Joy has always had incredible insight into nature’s moods and can capture these perfectly on film. The girl behind the lens is able to connect us to the natural world in its splendor and anguish. Like a poet she is able to weave her magic and love of nature with her photographs, not words, as none are needed. The eye only has to see to become entranced by her captivating spell of seeing nature through the eyes of a truly gifted artist. Taking a walk with Joy in nature is an education in imagination, she sees it all and I am constantly reminded of more than the “green thing”. She can create a photo out of any object and bring it to life. She is able to connect the viewer to seeing with a different eye, an eye of imagination, one which connects us to the natural world.


Who or what inspired you in your passion for photography?

As in any skill, one needs to know the basic rules. Can you expand on this comment?

Craig Potton for his ability to capture vast landscapes that tell a story about an area along with bringing awareness for conservation of these beautiful rugged places, so that there will be here for future generations.

I learnt very early on that a foreground makes the shot, applying the rule of thirds in landscapes, you can’t go wrong. It is all about balance and composition and placing points of interest on the power point. Divide your photo into three equal parts using the horizontal plane then draw two lines running from top to bottom so that the grid creates nine equal parts of the picture. Where these lines cross are your power points.

What is your favorite shot and why? Wharariki Beach sunsets, West Coast NZ. The archway Islands silhouette perfectly against the backdrop of the sun setting in the West. The conditions change every day but the islands remain constant and imposing.

What advice would you give to someone taking up photography? Join a camera club and research the best camera for you and your interest whether it be macro, vast landscapes or portraits.

What is your favorite landscape? The South Island of New Zealand, Tasmania and West Coast of Australia.

What is your most treasured lens and why? A wish for me would be to have a 12-24mm Nikon wide angle lens with a Nikon D800 which has not been released yet. At the moment I shoot with a Nikon D90 with an 18-105mm VR lens with ND8, ND4 and neutral grade filters. 47

Any tips for the amateurs among us? Well, being an amateur myself there is still so much to learn with the all the new technology being developed. Seeing the world with different eyes teaches me to slow down, take a breath and enjoy the beauty around me. Through my lens I am able to capture the colour and light of landscapes that has always fascinated me. My images reflect my passion for low light photography. That special time of day I call “the magic hour” just before the sunrises and sets.

How can people access your work? I am a member of Redbubble which showcases photographers and artists alike. You can google my name Joy Kachina and it will take you to my Redbubble webpage where my work can be seen and purchased at a reasonable cost, with everything from a postcard to a large poster print.

Joy’s photos are breathtaking and as her sister I am very fortunate to be in front of the lens while she captures me playing in Mother Nature. To watch her effortlessly create a masterpiece of our natural world is a blessing. Her young Maori warrior and Golden Bay would have to be my choices. Take some time to view her Redbubble site and become captivated by the eye behind the lens… Joy, aptly quoted for Joy, “the illumined mind”.

“To the dull mind nature is leaden; To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light”. Ralph Waldo Emerson


Grateful Smile THE WINDS OF CHANGE The jugglers on the roof A bird upon the wire, The old man waits is poised   awake Watching when the winds will tire. The Winds of Change came blowing through the steeples of this town, And all around the false controllers came tumbling to the ground. When The wild north winds come swirling through to rattle and shake open many doors, Minds puffed up and heavy with pride scatter and scurry to flee and hide As the winds blow all open to their core. The old church tower cracks The greedy banker stumbles and falls As the mean spirited publican is brought to his knees, Whilst other folks stand firm Their hearts wide and true Their spirits buoyant and moving with the winds. Some children are bubbling as they run for their bikes In their minds already riding the winds, Like a great ocean bird In their hearts they may know Where the wind it will go and there they will ride it to the far shore.

Congratulations to Zara for her contribution to “What am I grateful for”. Enjoy your Pic’s Peanut Butter. Hi my name is Zara and i am grateful for my dog-Buddie. I think the reason we appreciate dogs is because they embody the good in people. they know when to say nothing, they are excited to see us anytime of the day and they know how to give the best cuddle. I Love my dog because he is sooo grateful. He lives life one minute at a time which is something every human should embody. He keeps me real and grateful, my dog. Regards Zara, New Zealand

Choose Love. Think out of the box. Slow down. Spend more time in silence. Spend more time in nature. Rest. Reflect. Release. Be in gratitude. Look into the mirror of your life. What are you finished with? What are you yearning for? What is your vision for the world? Janice, Canada

David Phillips, New Zealand

John Helle-Nielsen

The wind still blows The old man watches The juggler is on the roof, The bird on the wire Sings a note even higher Whilst the old man smiles and takes this as proof. 49

Smile! Smiling is infectious You catch it like the flu When someone smiled at me today I started smiling too. I passed around the corner And someone saw my grin When he smiled I realized I’d passed it on to him. I thought about that smile Then realized its worth A single smile just like mine Could travel round the earth. So, if you feel a smile begin Don’t leave it undetected Let’s start an epidemic quickly And get the world infected!



Conscious Parenting by Andy Greening

On the day my daughter, Ava, was born nearly nine years ago I was very clear that I wanted to be “the best dad in the world” to the little bundle that was peacefully sleeping in my arms. Like many new parents I was blissfully unaware that I was subconsciously about to commence a 20-year project to create a “mini-me”.

Like any good project manager I had a plan to ensure the success of this project. This plan, amongst other tools, included the following: 1. I would attempt to parent as I had been parented; 2. I would regularly check with my peers (especially the ones with a few kids) that we are doing things the “right” way, and; 3. I would constantly keep my parenting knowledge up-todate by reviewing magazines, television programmes and books in search of strategies to employ when things go “wrong”. My wife, Karen, and I applied this formula for the first two years of Ava’s life. Throughout this period we didn’t, however, feel like we were discovering the joy of parenting experienced by so many of our peers. Instead we felt, as those first 24 months passed rapidly by, that an increasing number of days were turning into a miserable experience for all three of us. The traditional approach we had used for those first few years assumed, that because the parent is older they’re also wiser and therefore, should impose their will on their children in order that they can grow up having learned “right from wrong”. In my business life, I’d had a growing awareness that in progressive businesses the old, outdated command/ control leadership model was being abandoned for a more collaborative model. Karen and I believed that the time had now come for us to remove all command and control from our home! Having struggled with feelings of inadequacy and completely ignorant of how to turn things around, Karen and I began to piece together, and put into practice, our own

parenting model; one developed out of our reading, Karen’s professional studies and our experiences. We later discovered that our parenting model is akin to an approach to parenting known as conscious parenting. My understanding of a conscious approach to parenting is one that accepts that each child comes into this world with their own spirit, every one of them a unique being of unlimited potential. I believe that our role as parents is to nurture that spirit so that: 1. A child’s responses are natural rather than conditioned; 2. Their values, principles and opinions come directly from their hearts rather than dutifully regurgitating the beliefs of their parents; 3. Children are authentic in every situation rather than selecting an overcoat for each role they play from a small closet of accepted normal behaviour; 4. They can flow with the contrast that is the human journey rather than continually repeating habitual behaviours based on the expectations of their parents. As a loving father, for me this mutual parent-with-child relationship rather than the traditional parent-to-child “know it all” approach has enabled me to form an unbreakable bond with my daughter. 51

Play your

leadership cards by Ian A Williams

Marianne Williamson’s famous quotation (from A Return to Love) goes like this: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your


playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

I can understand why this quote has been mistakenly attributed to Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King – you could almost hear them saying it! I love these inspirational words because they apply to everyone in every situation. What stands out for me is the encouragement they bring; in a tough world everyone needs encouragement to use their inner and material resources to create abundant life for themselves and others. These words are an important part of my inspiration for developing leaders, and for the tools and approaches I create and use. No great leader ever achieved great things by playing small. We all need to extend and enhance our game if we expect to make progress, as any athlete will confirm. Leadership itself, though, is huge topic. Google the word

and you get 159 million possibilities! The approaches and teachings on leadership from past and present are mind-boggling, and they continue to develop and multiply. A huge industry revolves around the need for leadership skills and development, and that’s hardly surprising for two main reasons.

I meet them everywhere I go. It’s a tragic scene that is easily overcome with a little thought and care. We are desperate for leaders in every area of life, but rarely find them. When an outstanding business, social or political leader emerges, they are very conspicuous. The rest are in a questionable crowd.

First, there is such a need for good leadership, and in all areas of life it seems to be shrinking in application and growing in rhetoric. Many talk the talk but fewer live out leadership in a way that does what it’s supposed to – simply take people on a journey for a purpose. And there’s a huge amount packed into that statement. How many friends, family and colleagues do you have who suffer under a ‘leader’ who treats people badly, and has a poor sense of direction and purpose?

Secondly, leadership is such a complex idea to the world. There are so many aspects and facets to it, and so many academics, authors and speakers bring their own principles, approach and checklist. So in dabbling in this area myself, and being a simple soul, I needed a model of leadership that is pure and simple, something I can carry around in my head. The best for that in my book (literally) is Professor John Adair and the Actioncentred Leadership Model. I can 53

now be an effective leader by just understand something about the balance between 3 things – Task, Team and Individual. What could be as simple and yet profound? The problem with making it any more complex is that leaders always feel there’s so much more to learn, and feel constantly defeated by that challenge. They are constantly caught in the blinding headlights of what they are perhaps not doing, rather than bringing simple focus to a task with the right people. What has this to do with Kairology? The word Kairos means the right time for intervention or change. So I have simply used the playing cards framework to create 52 simple tools and approaches that I feel are important for good leadership. That doesn’t mean using all 52 cards at once – otherwise it wouldn’t be simple. It means looking at the cards and selecting what you need to work on in order to improve your personal

leadership. It means being selective and purposeful, guided by your own instincts and by feedback from others. I also encourage people to select cards at random, and see what happens when they work through it. In forthcoming issues of Smile, I will give you some cards from the series to work on for your own development. The Kairology Cards are intended to challenge, guide and inspire – rather than be yet another text book or checklist. I believe there is no checklist for leadership. There is you, there is a job to do, and there are people to help you. That’s it! So the framework is to help leaders do just that. The simple challenge is to play your cards right – to select and use them creatively for your own development and growth. Have fun with this, but also take it seriously. Your achievements and the people around you depend on it. Find your passion for people and challenges that bring diamond results.


It may be cards-based but you don’t need to gamble with your leadership skills! However, leadership does involve courage and risk-taking, and building a deck that will stand or fall based on a heap of variables. Get yourself a good deal, a good partner or team for the game, clear strategies and tactics, and go for the win. Leadership is not a game of chance, but a game of skill in which you bring the courage to shine your light powerfully.

Ian A Williams FCIPD Author, coach and facilitator

♥ Hearts represent you, your values and your PASSION ♣ Clubs are about PEOPLE, partnerships and relationships ♠ Spades are for PURPOSE in tasks and achievement ♦ Diamonds are POTENTIAL, creativity and evaluation. The world’s first professor of leadership, John Adair has this to say about the programme: “This shows what people need to lead well; leaders need to think until it hurts, but these cards take the pain out of thinking, because of their gentle provocative prompting.” “What a neat way to encourage anyone to analyse oneself, chart positive new paths and goals — and achieve them.” Gordon Dryden, co-author The Learning Revolution series of books.

This comprehensive programme, based on the playing cards structure consists of 52 leadership coaching cards and 4 jokers, plus a full workbook. You could conveniently work on one card a week to complete the full programme in a year. Have fun with these great tools, at the same time as doing some serious work with yourself, your family and your clients.


“When I first saw the pdf of the planned cards I knew we would be on to a winner.” Carolyn Sheppard,

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Inclusion and Part IV

the Hermetic Law of Polarity by Bruce Rawless Author of Sacred Geometry Design Sourcebook

The fourth of the seven laws or principles is given the name Polarity in the Kybalion, along with the phrase

“Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.” The Kybalion


I am writing this article during the autumnal equinox; a time of year associated with balance, equality between night and day and a symbolic pivot point between the polarities of light and dark, hot and cold, activity and dormancy. These are but a few of the pairs of opposites we can relate to this middle of seven laws from the Hermetic tradition. Whenever we perceive anything in the realms of space, time, form or duality, the law of polarity comes into play. That covers just about everything in our so-called 3D reality, doesn’t it! The Law of Polarity, combined with the Laws of Mentalism, Correspondence and Vibration covered in the previous articles, brings us the understanding that the realm of mind – our thoughts, feelings and attitudes – all are polarized toward some – and against other – thoughts, feelings and attitudes. In the surreal world of opposites, where we dream of conflicting goals, values

and identities, there are always shades of gray, degrees of separation, and relativity between subject and object. As long as we invest in values that don’t apply equally to EVERYONE (and all life everywhere), we’re using the law of polarity against ourselves. Some aspect of our self loses as the expense of another seeming to, at least temporarily ‘win.’ This is the essential healing heart of any holistic perspective.

Center of the Cyclone The conventional approach to the law of polarity is to meet one aspect of illusion with an equal and opposite illusion; that neutralization technique seems to work to a degree, but requires the energy and effort to calm the tornado with an exactly opposite tornado. In the meantime, your house may have been moved from Auntie Em’s to a place far from Kansas! Or at least, there may be some housekeeping to attend to…

Since we’re talking about metaphysical approaches to understanding the two thought systems, let’s dive right into the center of the cyclone where there is always a calm, neutral stillness. As long as we entertain resistance (a.k.a. grievance, upset, blame-projection, finger-pointing, critical judgment of self or others or circumstances, or any of the myriad other forms of trying to make illusions real), we’re off-balance and we’re using (whether consciously or not) cyclonic forces to pull ourselves out of our heart center.

Cheshire Grins Above The Battlefield An analogous metaphor from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is the grinning Cheshire Cat, placidly watching the battles on the chessboard below with objective amusement, knowing that this insane fantasy of losers and winners, houses divided against themselves, can never offer any sustainable solution and certainly is in another world altogether from the peace that is our (usually) dormant birthright. Only from the vantage point where we can see the folly of attacking what appears to be opposite, do we learn from the classroom of compassion that opposing camps are all part of the same team, and ultimately symbolic projections of the same mind... ours!

Non-resistance Another technique for using the law of Polarity effectively is the principle of non-resistance. This works wonderfully when we don’t resist our inner inspired voice; the one that sees through seeming walls and defeating defaults to sharing, communicating and compassionately removing the blocks to true communion and communication, regardless of whether this seems to be with “others” or “different aspects of ourselves.” When we become superconductors, charges and biases cannot persist or accumulate

because the whole notion of polarity is done away with at the root level of cause. We integrate understandings and, becoming free of imbalances, are able to be more objective in our perceptions. With nothing demanding our attention, we are free to see things as they are, rather than what biased, polarized perspectives would insist.

Ego’s Range: Suspicion to Viciousness Like the other Hermetic Laws, we can use the law of polarity wisely or less skillfully, depending on the thought or belief system we reference. The context of our philosophical foundation determines everything! A kindly, loving Self sees the drama of life’s unfolding from a kindly, loving perspective and interprets things accordingly with a gentle and compassionate inner smile. An angry, fearful self-concept filters the same unfolding events through a distorted lens of polarization, judgment, attachments, aversions and veils. Ego is threatened by everything and can only range from suspicion to viciousness. It misses the point of anything and everything, being pointless. The truth and lessons to be gleaned in the present go un-noticed from this latter perspective. The bitter and distasteful insecurity of a split egoic mind taints, distorts and colors everything, attempting to conceal the eternal innocence of all.

Motive is Everything Like an annoying grade-schooler that keeps asking ‘why’ in the classroom (and usually gets sent to the principal’s office if this persists), our inner awareness is always asking why. What is the motivation, the intent, the reason we do or think anything? Polarized motivations issue from a polarized self. Our True Self, beyond polarity of any sort, is forever content to merely observe peacefully the comings and goings of our worldly dramas. What

we really are could care less about the outcome of this or that. However, our awareness is deeply concerned about INVESTMENT in outcomes. Merely watching our motivations, our intents, our desires – without judgment – can be enormously freeing. We see how we set ourselves up for lifetimes of disappointments by appointing (projecting) outside agents to do the dirty work of messing up our tidy lives… At least that’s the story as recounted by our ego’s incessant blathering; it would have us believe that everyone else is our enemy to some degree. Degrees and angles are the ego’s bread and butter, since neither sees the whole infinitely inclusive circle of mind. “There are two types of people in the world: those who divide people into two types, and those who don’t.” - Garth’s Distinction (a sub-law of “Murphy’s Law” :-)

De-demonizing Demonizers Have you ever caught yourself “demonizing a demon” or even “demonizing a demonizer?” The irony of all projection, of course, is that we’re the only ones we can be responsible for, and

the good news is that we can (with complete reliance on our transpersonal, infinite whole-I spirit Self) systematically forgive our misperceptions (grievances, blames, grudges, annoyances, regrets, and all forms of unhappiness) until it becomes such a habit that we eventually wake up from the dream of space-time. When we get far enough along with making this a routine practice, we’re no longer anxious about the outcome, and just continually grateful for opportunities to forgive the residual flow of circumstances in ‘3Dland.’ True forgiveness is the perfect “undo button” for the entrancement

of the dream. Even when there still seems to be plenty to forgive in our material lives, remember that we’re already home, and we also have our transpersonal guidance to gracefully navigate through the minefield of shadowy phantom adversaries.

Bruce Rawles is the author of Sacred Geometry Design Sourcebook: Universal Dimensional Patterns, the co-author of The Geometry Code eBooklet and Screensaver (with Mika Feinberg of LightSOURCE) which is the prequel to a forthcoming book of the same name, and the editor of a website devoted to sacred geometry and the principle of interconnectedness,


Think & Grow YOUR Greatness by Chele Tindall

What is the “real” difference between people who “have it all” and lead successful lives and those who just seem to go from one drama to the next, never knowing if things will ever change? In Napoleon Hill’s classic book – Think and Grow Rich – one of the most influential books of all time in pointing the way to personal achievement, financial independence and to riches of the spirit beyond measure in money this “very” formula is disclosed. In February 1999, I was lucky enough to come in contact with a program that organised these “life-changing” lessons which Hill shares in Think and Grow Rich in such a comprehensive and easy to understand way. I knew this material would impact my life! My purpose was ignited! I wanted to continue to raise my awareness and understanding. Why had I not been exposed to these principles and laws sooner? My passion flowed and my inspired action bridged the gap between knowing and doing. Incredibly, my results reflected the dramatic and exponential increase in multiplying my personal effectiveness.

At this point I made a decision. I was going to share this incredible information to enable all who desire to know how to unlock the “greatness” inside of them, the opportunity to create a life many dream of and never believe is possible. This ‘You Were Born Rich’ program is designed to unlock the hidden and rich potential that allows you to achieve every financial, emotional, physical and spiritual dream you have ever imagined for yourself. This program is the result of over 27 years of intensive research into why we behave the way we do, and why we don’t do many of the things we want to do. Among the many skills I learnt, which raised my awareness and allowed me to gain greater understanding and clarity were: How your mind works. A simple and effective concept that was originated back in 1934 by the late Dr Thruman Fleet, who was the founder of Concept Therapy. Here your attention is directed at the importance of your mind. The type of thoughts and ideas which occupy your consciousness is of paramount importance in developing prosperity in your life. A clear cut ‘picture’ or image will enhance this process as we grow the awareness through this effective and simple process. Order must prevail in your mind if you ever hope to see it manifest in your material world.

What else did I learn? • The most effective method for tapping into – What the Comfort Zone is and how to break out of it • Changing – your powerful subconscious conditioning • The simple formula for Financial Freedom • How to utilize the Universal Creative Process to your great advantage • Implementing the Razor’s Edge formula to win • The most effective way to release guilt and resentment The breakthrough that participants experience at this event I am hosting, and their “awakening” is empowering. Knowing that the positive impact I originally experienced has a “ripple effect” throughout the world, I am privileged to assist people in “Igniting their Greatness”. People who are serious about achieving positive change in their life will have the opportunity to experience this “transformational” 2 day facilitated program in Auckland in early 2012.

The Power of Playfulness by Laura Raduenz Small business Mentor & Life Coach


Here are my suggestions:

Let’s introduce more playfulness into our lives! What fun! Do you think you take life too seriously? Do you sometimes wish you could have handled a situation with a little more humor? Do you have a relationship that has become heavy and serious? Do you wish you could find or rediscover • Your sense of humor? • Your sense of playfulness? • Your inner child? • A joyful feeling of lightness? • More laughter in your life? • The FUN in your life?! What can playfulness do for you? Playfulness makes you feel happy, light, joyous, energetic, peaceful, and loving. It reduces stress. It makes you a better team player. It makes you nicer to be around. Playfulness brings out playfulness in others and improves your relationships.

Laura Raduenz is a small business Mentor & Life Coach who helps her clients think big, be bold, step up, and take inspired action in their lives and business.

• Create the intention to be more playful. Sometimes just the awareness will make you think about it and act on it more often. • Share an embarrassing story with your spouse, children, or co-workers. This will lighten you and everyone else up. An embarrassing story shows that we are human and don’t take ourselves too seriously. • Make a game of making up silly nicknames for your kids, spouse, friends, and coworkers. Have contests. Change them regularly. Theme them. Let others in these relationships take turns with the names or themes. • Start a joke-a-day-contest with your family, co-workers, or friends. Make everyone take a turn sharing a joke. • When you hear yourself being overly serious, repeat what you just said with sarcasm, a silly voice, or with a question mark at the end of your comment. Make fun of yourself! • When you hear yourself being too serious, make a game of taking your seriousness to the extreme in your mind. For example, the other day I caught myself wanting to react in a childish way. So, I imagined myself pouting with my lower lip out, talking in a childish whiny voice, stomping around the room like a spoiled child! It made me laugh out loud it was so ridiculous! My perspective lightened. • Catch yourself in a serious situation....pause...and smile. If you answer or respond to anything with a smile on your face, it will come out in your voice and make you feel lighter. Others hear the smile in your voice whether in person or on the phone. • Catch yourself in a serious situation...pause...and choose peace and playfulness over being right. Breathe. Don’t argue. Choose peace. Say, “That’s an interesting perspective...” Or, just be quiet. You will feel much lighter. • When you hear yourself being too serious, adopt an attitude of curiosity. Shift your perspective to one of learning, being open, and interested in the topic as if you were a tourist on a holiday in a foreign country you’ve always wanted to visit. Ask questions like, “Tell me more...” • Consciously adopt an attitude of playfulness for the week, for a meeting, for a discussion, for a family gathering, etc. Smile. Tease others. Be enthusiastic. Be energetic. Be spontaneous. Ask yourself, “How can I make this more fun?” You will love yourself for doing this....and so will others. So, ready to try this for the week? Month? You’ll be glad you did. Try it and let me know how it goes.... 61

Living lightly

with less

One Smile interviews sustainability advocate Rhys Taylor We met at EcoFest, where publicity for Sustainable Living Education Trust was on display at several points, with the message “Are you ready to change your world?� Rhys is based in Canterbury, teaches classes and is national coordinator of this trust.


What changes are you promoting and for whom? “The information we have assembled over the past decade, with help from local government members of the trust, is aimed at households. It is practical know-how on how to reduce environmental impacts at home, to live more lightly on the Planet with less stuff. We provide this through evening classes, study groups and publications. It’s also useful to small businesses, as it promotes waste minimisation, fuel efficiency and water conservation. What makes it reliable? And are you independent or commercially sponsored? “We are proudly independent, much like the Consumer Institute or the Energy Advice Centres, so that no product promotion features in our materials or the website: www. We do have preferences, through, and are prepared to comment across categories of products – such as generally favouring certified organic, pesticide-free fresh foods from Aotearoa/New Zealand over imports of chemically-raised foods, especially if these have also been air-freighted here (for a huge carbon footprint). “Our intended role is to provide consumer information to aid people’s choices and to encourage discussion of experience on travel options, shopping choices, gardening techniques, energy efficiency, and more. What is happening in Nelson? “Carolyn Hughes (from Nelson Environment Centre at 1 Braemar Place, Upper Franklin Street, tells me that their education sessions are focused on DIY solutions like composting systems and even building bio-digesters to make fuel gas from liquid wastes. They also promote use of solar collectors for water heating, and of course organic gardening. “Nelson City Council (www.

adviser) through Karen Lee has been a subscriber to Sustainable Living programme and along with Tasman District, to a second one developed in Auckland that focuses just on gardening, composting and water efficiency, called Create Your Own Eden ( And in Marlborough? “The Marlborough Council, through their well-known Education Officer Annie McDonald, was a foundermember of Sustainable Living. Annie runs seminars in Blenheim and publishes booklets on the themes covered by our programme www. Environmental-Education/SustainableLiving.aspx “Beyond Blenheim, it’s associated with schools, as she is using it as a community education partner to the Enviroschools programme www. Environmental-Education/Enviroschools. aspx “I’ve had a recent invitation to Marlborough to run a weekend intensive course on the theme of ‘simpler living’ on Nov 5th and 6th at an unusual venue. That’s quite a challenging invitation, I gather? “Well, it might be, as the venue is Wai-Natur Naturist Park www.naturist., run by Kay Hannam. That means that both the learners and their tutor will be dispensing with one of the most environmentally damaging components of our day to day consumerism – those fashionable shortlived clothes, as well as the associated laundry water and chemicals! “As long as the sun is not too strong, and neighbours accepting, a spot of gardening au natural seems a very pleasant prospect, and they have an indoor meeting space available too. Wai-natur is in Wairau Valley, about 30 minutes from Blenheim and 50 minutes

from Picton by car, and a great cycle ride past vineyards for those seeking more exercise. “I have visited but not taught there before, and noted that Kay hosts short courses on several interesting topics during the year. We asked Kay Hannam about this weekend, too: “At Wai-natur (writes Kay) we have implemented small daily changes in our way of life that our naturist community will embrace. Among these is a communal kitchen, vegetable garden, composting and recycling facilities. However the most significant factor in reducing our ‘carbon footprint’ is choosing not to wear clothes.” The weekend workshop is $105.00 per person including printed notes and morning and afternoon tea. It will go ahead if sufficient numbers register by early October. During the weekend, tasty lunches and evening meals are available, with prior notice. Wai-natur offers a choice of accommodation options including Bed & Breakfast $175 per couple, ensuite cabin $75, onsite vans $50, powered sites and secluded tent sites $25–$38. All are set among 5 acres of beautiful gardens and there’s a swimming pool. Great dawn chorus – bellbirds and fantails. Day visitors charged $10 per person for use of facilities. Now that’s just the bare essentials… It sounds like fun! 63

Bikram for

Beginners by Dean Marcussen

‘This is part of a series set in or around Ka Pie Kiwi Kitchen’ My boss, Pete, a six foot three, punk anarchist, pokes his bald head out from the chiller, a load of pies stacked up in his arms, takes one look at me limping across the linoleum floor and says, ‘You’ll be wanting a eye patch to go with that, peg-leg.’ ‘Someone surgically implanted a set of razorblades inside my calf muscle, right up against the bone, while I was asleep last night,’ I say. ‘I warned you about flatting with surgical interns,’ he says. ‘I was thinking of a day off,’ I say.


He throws his head back, laughing, and a pie falls to the ground at his feet. Putting the pies on a tray, he bends down, picks up the fallen one and tosses it in the rubbish bin. When he stands up he rolls his left arm in a circle and you can hear the broken rotator cuff in his shoulder grind against the bone. He reaches for a bottle of red wine and says, ‘How about some pain killers?’ Me, I’m thinking, welcome to Ka-Pie, aka the Manic-Depressive pie company, less of a Cafe and more of a never ending Improv Comedy Show.

A week later I’ve discovered that lodging my leg up against the stainless steel dishwasher - which is conveniently located under the coffee machine - and pressing all my weight down through my heel, creates a delicate balance between burning the skin off my calf and melting the razorblades inside the muscle. That night after work a friend gets me on his massage table. He says, ‘Working as a barista will bring out all the problems in your body.’ ‘Really?’ I say, before he digs his

thumbs deep into my calf muscle, it releases and I sigh. It’s a good half hour before the razorblades return. Skip to a month later. I’m lying on a table in a small cream colored office and the osteopath says, ‘You’ve got a problem with your back.’ ‘Well you’re an osteo,’ I say, ‘You would say that.’ ‘Your sciatic nerve is being pinched by your piriformis muscle,’ he says. ‘Sciatic what?’ I gasp, as he manipulates my leg and the razorblades slice up into my hamstring. This time it’s almost an hour before the razorblades slide back down to the calf. Cut to two months later. My massage therapist friend slides a guest pass for Hot Yoga across the counter, while I’m standing on one leg, my calf wedged hard up against the dishwasher, heating the Soy milk for his coffee. ‘Exercising just means you die

healthier,’ I say. ‘Drag him along, he’s starting to scare the customers,’ Pete says from behind me. I turn around to look at him. He’s wearing a blue and white striped butchers apron, and is flicking a steel up and down his that’s-not-a-knife... this-isknife. I take the guest pass and pointing at Pete say, ‘Look, it’s the pot leading the kettle at half time.’ Later that night it begins. I’m staring in a mirror at a studio full of healthy half naked people and the teacher says, ‘Welcome to Bikram Yoga.’ I’m told to stand with my feet together, interlace my fingers together under my chin and breathe like Darth Vader. Fifty two minutes later, sweat is streaming out of pores I didn’t know I had, my vision is reduced to a small black spot an inch in front of me, a voice over is saying, ‘We’ll do Tree Stand,’ and there’s a melting sensation in my calf muscle as the razorblades fade into insignificance.

Jump forward another three months and the blades are melting ten minutes into class at, ‘Make your left leg a lamppost.’ At six months they’ve melted out through the skin and I imagine I’m mopping them up off the lake of sweat on the floor after class. Nine months and I’m actually enjoying this strange version of land swimming. Jump to twelve months later. I’m standing on two legs at my one time nemesis -the coffee machine. Pete wipes a table clean in front of me, rolls his shoulder and says, ‘You’re too peaceful. It’s starting to scare me.’ Me, I’m wearing my smiling happy face, and say, ‘Would you like a guest pass?’ Pete points out through the window of the cafe and says, ‘Look, it’s a flock of pigs flying south for the winter.’

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Tasmans’ Great Taste Trail cycleway ferry named “The Flat Bottom Fairy” celebrated its official opening on Sunday 2 October 2011


Walk, bike, scooter or run. The official opening was at 12 noon on the Mapua shore to bless the ferry and open this part of the trail. The Nelson Cycle Festival event coincided with the completion of the 6.8km cycle trail through Rabbit Island making the day the perfect opportunity for individuals and families to get their bikes out and take in the latest, and most unique, cycle trail trip in New Zealand. The new 12m ferry was dispatched into the water in classic Kiwi fashion on the 30 August 2011, shunted by a Hilux with tyres roped to the bullbars and sliding on scaffolding planks with pipes for rollers by owner / builders John Ward and Paul Nankivell. They have been working on the barge since last December, and will use it to ferry cyclists from Rabbit Island across to Mapua, plus for “cruise and coffee” trips on the estuary and out into Tasman Bay in calm seas. The ferry is equipped with 15 bike racks and can take 50 passengers. Marine engineer John says he and house-builder Paul, who both have their skipper’s licences, will “suck it and see” as far as how the vessel is used, but they plan channel crossings once every 2 1/2 hours in busy periods. It’s all go for Tasman’s link in the New Zealand Cycle Trail project with the trail name and brand being launched, new sections of trail being completed, a bridge over the Wairoa River under construction and the ferry between Mapua and Rabbit Island launched and test-run, ready for its first passengers. Tasman’s Great Taste Trail, the official name for what has been previously known as the ‘Tasman Loop’ is part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail project, which is being created to generate lasting economic, social and environmental benefits for New Zealand communities through a network of world-class cycling experiences. The Trail, which is being built in stages through a partnership between Tasman District Council and the Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust (NTCTT) will run from Nelson Airport in a loop around Tasman District passing through Mapua, Motueka, Riwaka. Ngatimoti, Tapawera, Kohatu, Belgrove, Wakefield, Brightwater and back to Richmond. Funding has been secured for the Nelson, Richmond, Mapua and Brightwater sections of the trail. The Mapua section of trail will be linked to those across Rabbit Island by ferry – a new and unique element for visitors to Tasman.

Fairies on bikes Bikes on Fairy

by Fiona Newey Photography by Neil Smith 67

Marshmallow Althea Officinalis


by Yvonne Tait Diploma in Medical Herbalism, Iridology and Clinical Nutrition, Colour Therapy

For over twenty years I have used the herb Marshmallow in my herbal practice. I have found it to be a most versatile herb in the treatment of all types of irritation, internally and externally. Twenty years may sound like a long time, but marshmallow’s reputation as a healer goes way back: Nicholas Culpeper wrote of it in his Complete Herbal first published in 1649. It has been used as both a medicine and a food source for over 2000 years. Marshmallow contains 286,000 units of vitamin A - per pound weight. It is very rich in zinc and also contains calcium, iron, sodium, iodine, Bcomplex and pantothenic acid. It is a member of the Malvacea (Mallow) family of plants, and can be found growing wild in damp meadows;


it prefers a salty medium in which to grow. It has become a cultivated plant because of its usefulness as a medicine. Marshmallow grows quite tall and has a dense velvety down on both sides of the leaves and the stem; it has pretty pale pink flowers. Spring and summer are the times to see it growing. The leaves should be collected in summer after flowering. The root collected in late autumn, cleaned of fibres and cork and dried immediately. It is the mucilage content of both the roots and the leaves that make Marshmallow a herb of choice where a reduction of irritation and inflammation is needed. It is termed a demulcent herb which means that its mucilaginous characteristics enables it to coat and protect inflamed and irritated mucous membranes and other areas such as the skin.

Marshmallow can help with conditions such as: • Irritable bowel syndrome • Ulcerative Colitis. • Stomach Ulcers • Coughs • Asthma • Bronchitis • Diarrhoea • Cystitis • Urinary tract infections • Urinary Gravel In some of the above conditions it is usually mixed with other appropriate herbs to obtain a successful healing outcome. It can be used as a poultice for ulcers, boils and abscesses, and used as a gargle for sore throats and inflammation of the mouth.

Marshmallow Syrup You will require • 50 grams of dried marshmallow root chopped • 70 mls of glycerine • 570mls of pure water • 300 grams of white sugar.

Method Soak the marshmallow root over night in a portion of the COLD water. Then: Pour the root and water into a calico bag sitting in a dish, squeeze out all the mucilage (a runny gel like liquid) adding the remaining water to the root washing it through the root in the bag and obtaining as much mucilage as possible. You now have a root free dish of mucilage. Place the mucilage in a saucepan and add the sugar heat very gently until the sugar is dissolved, DO NOT BOIL. Remove from the heat. Add the glycerine, allow to cool, and bottle in glass. Refrigerate. This syrup will be very soothing for a cough or urinary tract irritation and help with upset tummies and diarrhoea. As stated above for more complex maladies the aid of a qualified herbalist to mix appropriate herbs with the marshmallow is advisable. Dosage: Adults: Two and a half mls in water twice daily. Children: Five Drops to two mls (depending on age) in water twice daily. When taking herbal medicine it is advisable to take a very small amount initially, and work up to the dose required.

Please Note: You are advised to seek the advice of your Healthcare Professional before taking herbal preparations.

Marshmallow root extract The dried root contains up to 35 percent mucilage and 38 percent starch; in order to make an extract without the starch for internal use it must be made with cold water as with the syrup. For use as a gargle for sore throats and inflammation of the mouth (gargle and spit it out) a root decoction can be made by boiling a teaspoonful of chopped dried root in a cup of good quality water for ten to fifteen minutes, strain it. Allow to cool before use. Because this has been prepared with hot water the starch becomes available which is a help with sore throats.

Marshmallow leaf tea (infusion) Place one or two teaspoons of dried leaves of marshmallow in a cup, cover with boiling water, allow it to stand for for ten minutes and strain. Can be drunk twice daily. This will make a very soothing drink for irritations of lungs, urethra, stomach, bladder, in fact anywhere where soothing is required. PLEASE NOTE: That marshmallow may interfere with the absorption of other drugs, so should be taken several hours apart. TO AVOID DURING PREGNACY.

References: New Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman. Today’s Herbal Health by Louise Tenney. Herbal Medicine by Rudolf Fritz Weiss MD. 69



by Amy McComb Qualified Herbalist, BSc(hons), Tutor at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies Wildcrafting Courses and Apprenticeships

Speedwell is a magical little wild plant that grows countrywide, and is particularly abundant in rich soils, having a preference for popping up amongst garden beds. The common name ‘Speedwell’ may be a refernce to this plant’s ability to speed our healing after sickness through boosting immunity. Spiritual Properties: It is a plant that reminds us of our innate confidence so that we can step forward consciously and knowingly. Speedwell promotes trust in our own intuition… helps us to see things for what they are, trust our inner knowing and takes tension away from our neck and shoulders and helps us to ground excess energy. She is a grandmother plant of healing, helping the solar plexus, throat and third eye areas. Speedwell assists us with seeing things differently when a shift in perception is needed. Her Key words are: Trust. Intuition. Intention. Moving forward fully supported. Speedwell’s colour vibration is light turquoise blue. Physical Properties: This beautiful plant has a tiny blue flower with a striking resemblance to the eye (what what we call doctrine of signatures). Relaxing for the eye muscles at the back of the eyes, Speedwell can improve eyesight and is wonderful in eyedrops to ease dry, sore, red eyes. Speedwell holds the image of the spleen in its DNA and nourishes the liver as well. This plant can help those who have smoked too much marijuana, as the fallout can be concentrated in the spleen. Speedwell goes to areas of tension and helps us to relax. This plant can be highly effective in clearing sinus congestion, along with Olive leaf.


SPEEDWELL EYEDROPS Method Prepare a saline solution with untreated water (ie not tap water) and with sea salt. You may use any salt except for the iodised salt in supermarkets. A good way to tell you have arrived at the desired salinity for your eyes is to taste the solution and if it tastes like your tears you are on the right track : ). You need to heat the water first, so that the salt dissolves easily. Following the preparation of the saline solution, you need to let it cool down. When it has reached room temperature you can then add drops of Speedwell, either the tea you have prepared or the tincture. A good amount is to add 10 drops for a bowl of saline solution (normal sized bowl that you can eat out of). Your eyedrops are then ready for use. Refrigerate, they will last one-two weeks.

SPEEDWELL SALAD Pick a handful of Speedwell flowers and leaves and mix them through your salad for an energy boost and to give your immune system and energy levels a helping hand.

Come and talk to the people you can trust to look after your health. Our Nelson and Richmond Health 2000 stores have a large range of vitamins and supplements from skincare, haircare and makeup to sports nutrition and weight management products to homeopathy. Not to mention a great gift range! From sports nutrition to pampering come in and see the friendly staff. When it comes to my family’s health, I choose to shop at Health 2000.

HEALTH 2000 NELSON Nelson Central Arcade, 219 Trafalgar St, Nelson (03) 548 7294

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Barbara Kendall MBE, 3-time Olympic Medallist and World Champion.

Montplaisir B&B on the outskirts

of Montendre

The best pizza in France by Sue Farley

Montendre is one of those small no-frills rural French towns – there are hundreds, probably thousands, dotted through France – with an ancient history and a lot of heart. It’s to the south of Brittany and the Loire Valley, to the north of Bordeaux, and doesn’t quite make it into the Dordogne. It’s not in the guide books or on a main road, but it is on the railway, which is how I got there. The region is known as the Charente-Maritime. Having decided before leaving St Malo earlier in the day that I would overnight there a quick look at a zoomed-in Google map I’d printed off showed that the Montplaisir B&B was less than a hand span from the railway station. What it failed to show was that this hand span included 2.3 kilometres of rough or non-existent roadside verge and a reasonable hill. It was pouring when I jumped off the train at Montendre’s tiny station – that thick grey rain that brings the clouds down to the ground and soaks even the best wet-weather gear. I was unaware at the time that rain was falling right across France, and sadly, would cause devastating flooding in Provence over the following few days. My thoughts were more that I didn’t have a plastic liner in my pack and that all

Photography by Sue Farley

my books and papers were down the bottom by the wheels, where the water swished up as I passed through running streams along the roadside. I would worry about that later. Montendre’s history is probably best known through its cognac connections, although its roots go way back to its emergence as a market town in 52BC. Sitting on the southerly edge of the Charentes’ 80,000 hectare cognac-producing region, which is centred around the town of Cognac (naturally), Montendre has grown as a grape-growing area and strategic market town. Its Thursday farmers’ markets are well worth visiting and there is a Tuesday evening market through mid-summer as well. I missed this, but heard how the locals all come to eat heartily and noisily at big shared tables each week. While peeping up a side street off the main town square next morning, I saw the famed 12th century chateau, built with a wide-ranging view over the surrounding countryside. Most of the buildings in the town centre are built of stone, with small windows that hide behind heavy wooden shutters when it gets too hot, too cold or too windy. The architecture, even in the rain, is a delight.


Shopping street in Mo


Shopping street in Montendre

Main street Montendre er view to the ancient tow

But the other thing my Google map didn’t show was the little family-run pizza store partway along the main road, about half a hand span from the station. I tried to walk past but it was useless. I was cold, wet and very hungry. Lunch had been a hasty sandwich back at Nantes many hours before. Negotiating the heavy swing doors with my sodden pack, water-filled shoes and broken umbrella brought the staff to the counter quick enough. But it took me some time to decipher the menu on the wall (in French, of course) and decide which pizza was going to endure best in the rain. I chose something not at all French – the Nordic pizza. The plastic red check tablecloths and silk flowers did nothing to entice me to eat in and I wanted to get to Montplaisir before it got dark, or I’d probably never find it. My blatantly deceiving Google map had severe water damage at this point and was almost useless. But ten minutes and my pizza was done. I paid, worked my way back out through the swinging doors and continued along the Avenue de la Republique, now pulling my pack, pointlessly holding my umbrella and carrying my camera bag and a hot pizza. It was still raining heavily.

Montendre Railway Station in the rain

But amidst all this adversity I took the time to peep over fences and through wrought iron gates. This place was old. The centre of town ran a loop around what may once have been a town hall or gorgeous little church but was now the visitor centre. Across from that was a much bigger, solid old church - L’Eglise Saint Pierre – with a stark neo-Roman look following a rebuild in the 1800s. It had a lot of presence despite having no ornamentation or decoration to speak of. I reached the crossroads at the top of the hill and saw what I hoped was my destination in the distance. Too far for my pizza, I thought, so I stood under a little roadside tree in the pouring rain and ate it. Traffic splashed water as it passed by; I didn’t care. It was the best pizza I can remember eating – moist, succulent, layered flamboyantly with thick slices of smoked salmon, dollops of crème fraiche and a melted mass of mozzarella. Fennel flavoured oil dripped down my arms and on to my jacket and cheeky little capers jumped off and disappeared into the rain. It was a triumph, warming me right through and leaving me smiling all the way down the hill to Montplaisir.

What may have once been a church but is now the Tourism Office

L’Eglise Saint Pierre on the main street of Monten dre

Church steps, Montendre 73

Spring in your step with local heroes! Here comes spring!!!! I don’t know about you but I am starting to thaw out a bit and I am ready to rock into this fantastic season of fresh produce. The bitter chill of winter is on its way out and the promise of a green and fresh season is now upon us. Spring is one of the most exciting times in the cooking calendar, fresh, colourful and full on flavours. From new season avocados and asparagus to early crop new potatoes. And this combined with our faithful, juicy citrus fruits are enough to excite any palette.

In New Zealand we are blessed to have such a wonderful abundance of brilliant fresh fruit and veggie, this can be seen in places such as a local fruit and veggie supplier like the one we use for the pub. Such local shops (which we all try to support) will be packed with fresh local produce that is seasonal and ready to be munched straight away. As I write this I’m already getting excited about what this spring is going to bring us, what new ingredients I’ll get to experience, what new dishes I can create and how I can help people to enjoy what New Zealand has to offer. So here’s an idea. Get out of the supermarket and head down to your local fruit and veggie shop and let’s have fun creating and eating our way through spring. In this dish I am using smoked mackerel from The Smokehouse in Mapua, along with veggie and fruit from Benji & Co (Nelson Fruit and Veggie) in Nelson city centre.


Smoked mackerel and caper fish cakes with spring greens, citrus and radish salad

Fish cakes • 4 medium Agria potatoes • 100ml cream • 50gm butter • 150gm smoked mackerel (or an alternative smoked fish) pulled apart roughly • Small handful capers roughly chopped • Small handful gherkins roughly chopped • ½ red onion finely chopped • 2 lemons finely zested • Handful of dill finely chopped • Chives finely chopped • Salt • Pepper For Crumbing: • 1 egg whisked • Breadcrumbs • Flour Salad • Zucchini ribbons • Asparagus finely sliced • 2 lemons zested, segmented and roughly chopped • 1 grapefruit zested, segmented and roughly chopped • Radish finely sliced • Chilli finely sliced (seeds removed unless you like a sweaty brow) • Olive oil First things first: Mash potatoes. Most people have this sorted but if not then here we go. Peel and cut potatoes into large chunks generally the same size, place in cold salted water and boil. When cooked through drain and leave to steam for 3-4 mins. Mash together with butter and cream until smooth. Now this is done: Fish Cake Allow mash to cool for a while till you can handle it then mix through all the other ingredients. Taste for seasoning (it should generally taste yum by this stage) Shape into cakes and allow to cool fully in fridge.

While the cakes are cooling down: Salad Grab a peeler and peel zucchini into long ribbons and mix with other salad ingredients,. Squeeze the rest of the segmented lemon juice over the mixture. (I know you are thinking really raw zucchini but it is beautifully crunchy and the lemon does help to knock it back). Season well and leave. This needs to be done before cooking the cakes, as the zucchini needs the time to soften. Now get yourself 3 bowls: Crumbing Put the flour in one, the egg in another and the breadcrumbs in a third. Coat the cake in flour then egg then the bread crumbs. Repeat but skip the flour this time. Get yourself out a high-sided pan or pot and fill half way with oil: Cooking Bring oil up to heat and place in the fish cakes. Fry until golden all around. Don’t have the oil too hot, otherwise they may burn. (Be careful here, we don’t want any accidents with hot oil). Place in oven at around 180˚c for about 5 mins just to finish it warming through then serve. Eating This goes nicely with a tartare sauce, a beautiful runny poached egg, or both. Grab yourself a knife and fork and get to enjoying your work!!! Let’s get in to spring – it’s going to be good fun.

Chris Williams Head Chef, The Vic Brew Bar, Nelson 75

How to make...

Hearty Warming Soup

light meal

The evening meal at Anahata Yoga Retreat is usually soup and bread. This keeps it light for the digestive system when going to sleep. You can be quite creative when making soup, using the vegetables you have in seasons and any leftover grains. It is good to start with a base to enhance the flavour of the soup. This soup uses a tomato base and the following ingredients. Ingredients:


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1. Saute onion, garlic, celery, and seeds in the oil until soft. 2. Add tomatoes and herbs and continue to stir. 3. Add water or stock depending on quantity of people serving. 4. Simmer gently while preparing the vegetables you wish to add. 5. After adding the vegetables bring the soup to a boil, and simmer gently for up to an hour. 6. Season with salt. 7. At least 30 minutes before serving the soup add grains. 8. Towards the end of cooking add the parsley. 9. Serve with a smile and lots of love!

Chopped celery stalks Oil for sautéing 1 can of tomatoes Bay leaves Pinch fennel seed Pinch cumin seed Chopped onion and garlic cloves (optional) 1 t oregano 2 t basil Stock or water Chopped vegetables you have available such as carrot, potato, beans, kumara, parsnips, cabbage, broccoli ½–1 cup cooked grains (such as leftover rice). Salt to taste

Strong Mustard

hot & spicy

by René Archner,



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Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender into a thick paste. If necessary, fold carefully with a rubber spatula while blender is running.

1 c soaked mustard seeds, yellow and brown 2T fresh peeled & grated horseradish, optional 2 T light agave syrup 1/2 t HCS 2 T apple cider vinegar 1 T raisins, soaked for 4 hours 3 T sesame oil 1/4 t turmeric powder water for right consistency – use soaking water from raisins


For a variation add spices and herbs of choice to this basic mustard. Tip: Stored in a tightly sealed glass jar in the refrigerator, this mustard will keep almost indefinitely.

vegan & sugar-free

Panforte di Siena Everyday should be a celebration, and for all those who want to have a mid-year Christmas meal this cake is just ideal. Made with Christmas spices, the densely packed Panforte is a real treat. Don’t blame yourself if you scoff this in a day or two!

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125 g (¾ cup) wholemeal spelt flour 2 tbsp unsweetened pure dark cocoa powder/ pure carob powder 1 tsp cinnamon powder 70 g each: almonds (6 tbsp), hazelnuts (6½ tbsp), walnuts (6½ tbsp) 300 g (1½ cups) chopped mixed dried fruit, e.g. prunes, figs, sultanas, cherries, apricots 90 g dairy-free bitter chocolate (85%) / vegan carob buttons 2 tbsp rice syrup 1 tbsp apple syrup / date syrup 70 g (5 tbsp + 1 tsp) vanilla-infused grapeseed oil / camellia tea oil / rice bran oil

Glazing: • 1 tbsp apple / date syrup • 2 tsp cinnamon powder • 1 tsp nutmeg • 2 ml ground cloves • 4 tsp unsweetened pure dark cocoa powder

Image: Laurinda Erasmus Recipe provided by Laurinda Erasmus, from her vegan recipe book BENESSERE well-being: vegan & sugar-free eating for a healthy life-style. Quinoa Publishing.

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Line a 1 L baking tin with non-stick baking parchment, or use a silicone dish. 2. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the nuts and dried fruit. Stir well to combine. 3. Heat the chocolate or carob buttons with the syrups and oil in a bowl set over boiling water until molten and smooth. Pour onto the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. 4. Spoon into the baking tin, pressing down to remove air pockets and level the surface. Place a sheet of tin foil over the baking tin. 5. Bake for 50 minutes. Remove the tin foil for the last 5 minutes. 6. Remove the Panforte from the oven and cool in the baking tin. 7. Glaze the cake: brush the syrup all over the top. Combine the dry ingredients and sprinkle half over the top. Press down with a spoon to seal in the stickiness. 8. Remove the cooled (and now very firm) Panforte from the baking tin. Peel off the parchment. Roll the sides of the Panforte in the remaining half of the spice mixture to seal. The cake should last in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks – but not in our household! Cut the cake into 16 slices, as it is quite rich. 77

fancy salad

Living Caesar Salad

Serves 4 with leftover dressing

Dressing: • 1–2 cloves garlic • ½ c olive oil • 2 T lemon juice • 1 t hot mustard (see own recipe) • ½ sheet sushi nori, ripped into small pieces • 15 peeled and soaked almonds (about ¼ c after soaking) • 1 t natural sea salt • 1–2 T maple syrup or 3 medium dates • dash of cayenne pepper • dash of kelp powder • ½ c water or almond milk • Salad: 1 head of romaine lettuce cut into bite size pieces

Method: Blend all dressing ingredients until creamy. You may need to add a little more water as dressing will thicken as it sits in the refrigerator. Extra dressing will last up to 10 days stored refrigerated in a glass bottle. In mixing bowl combine the salad ingredients. Pour dressing over and toss well. On a small plate arrange tomato slices around the rim and put the salad on top. Place linseed cracker shards around the salad. Crumble pine nut parmesan on top and drizzle the minced parsley around it. Serve immediately.

Garnish: • linseed cracker crumbles or shards • tomato slices, quartered • 1 t pine nut parmesan crumbles • 1 t minced parsley Lydia Miller & René Archner,

What is KEGS? You may have noticed the name KEGS appear in a newsletter of your school or may have even heard of it before. Kegs stands for Kids Edible Gardens and was set up in Nelson in 2009, and is operated by the Nelson Environment Centre. A Christchurch Trust started the Kids Edible Garden programme in 1995, developing a growing guide for teachers through grants and sponsorship. The Nelson Environment centre with the generous support of Marlborough District Council, as well as their sponsors, have developed the first resource kit and now have kits for both teacher and facilitators. It is currently running in 6 Nelson schools and is supported by a registered teacher who acts as a coordinator and also supports Lead Teachers and their facilitator. KEGS aims to teach children to grow organic edible gardens and to eat the produce they make. Why edible gardening in schools? Edible gardens are a great way to get kids interested in the natural world – how things interact, where our food comes from, where our waste goes. When children are involved in growing their own food, they are more likely to take an interest in eating more healthily, plus they get the benefits of the physical activity. Gardening links to all areas of the curriculum and can provide a real life context in which children can learn literacy and numeracy skills in a practical way which will appeal more to some learners. It is hoped that students will take their interest in gardening home, where families can also experience the many benefits involved. Also there are wider benefits in growing our own veggies; we are able to control what is put on them. We are able to

Teen VIP day We advertised it as an “Oxygen Skincare Teen VIP day” the teens got to come along and spend an afternoon with the Oxygen team and the promo girls and learned about applying skincare correctly, makeup lessons and

harvest and eat them when they are at their best and most healthy for us. We eliminate the need for packaging. We eliminate the need to travel to buy, saving time, money and reducing CO2 emissions which contribute to global warming. We eliminate transportation costs so no ‘food miles’ are associated with our food and we use nature’s systems and do not pollute soil resources. By doing so we build resilience and make our communities sustainable. The KEGS programme follows a seasonal growing guide which includes activities which can also be used in the classroom across the curriculum. KEGS operate slightly differently in all schools to best meet the schools needs. This year there is a stronger emphasis on facilitators and teachers working alongside to see the learning opportunities from KEGS used both inside and outdoors. A facilitator training scheme is now in place. The programme is also making links to the Nutrition and Physical Activity programme and Enviroschools. This term we have had great fun cooking the fruits of our labors. Auckland Point School made delicious Beetroot Brownies whilst pupils at Victory School enjoyed their purple potato crush. For more information please contact Lindsey Fish at the NEC: 545 9176 or Lindsey Fish Kids Edible Gardens Coordinator, Nelson Environment Centre / Te Putahi Taiao

Skincare personal presentation and a chance to have a go on a catwalk and learn to walk correctly. The enrolments where very high and we had to cap it at 60. The feedback from the teens was really positive and they all went home with a goodie bag of free products and yummies. This is the first of a series of Teen VIP days that we will be running throughout the country, we loved delivering the afternoon as much as the teens enjoyed participating. Alana Riley, B.Com, Dip NVP 79

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This sophisticated cookbook reveals the key elements to good living and great honest food: seasonal cooking. Chef and gardener Laura Faire takes us back to our roots with her original recipes made from locally and seasonally sourced produce with temptations such as Warm Duck and Black Grape Salad from the Autumn menu, and Grilled Nectarines with Vanilla Mascarpone and Almonds from the Summer menu. Broken into seasons with sample menus for each, this rustic cookbook includes recipes for starters, sides and lunches, mains, puddings, stores and tisanes. There are also ideas for homemade staples and tips for growing herbs, fruit and vegetables through the year with advice for purchasing the best quality local free-range meat and seafood. This book of soul-warming and flavour-filled recipes made from natural wholefoods is charming, fully rounded and holistic - an inspiration for cooks and gardeners alike.

THE AUTHOR AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER Laura Faire is a trained chef and a keen gardener, who lives simply with a small garden in Auckland, New Zealand. As a food writer she has contributed to a number of books, including Shop Local Eat Well, also published by New Holland, authored two books for Nestle, and she writes for several food and lifestyle publications. She appears monthly on the Good Morning television show making delicous, attainable food with flair. This is her first solo cookbook. Laura has worked extensively with Kieran Scott, an award-winning New Zealand food and lifestyle photographer and regular contributor to Cuisine magazine and over 25 cookbooks. • Rustic, evocative photography complements the focus on natural food. • Minimal ingredients produce gorgeous, sophisticated food. • Simple recipes and gardening advice will appeal to both cooks and gardeners. • Original recipes from this seasonal chef will appeal to the growing market for garden-to-table cookbooks. Publication: October 2011 ISBN: 978 1 86966 316 2 Price: $45.00 Format: 270 x 215 mm Extent: 160 pages

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