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People are surprised to hear that we don’t have any prices on our menu. As a spiritual retreat, we have elected instead to serve lunch to our guests and make our retreat facilities available based on the time-honoured practice of “dana”. Dana (pronounced “dah-na”) is a Pali word meaning generosity and an ancient practice in […]

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May 2016 – We have been celebrating the miracle of birth and the arrival of our beautiful baby girl Tara Skye … During late pregnancy she taught me about patience and surrender … during the birth about vulnerability and also about strength … during her first weeks, about absolute trust and unconditional love .. Our […]

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April 2016 – Our river is beginning to flow again – a beautiful reminder of the cycle of life and its ebbs and flows …. We are loving this new stage of our journey now The Garden is open every weekend. It has been so special to meet friends old and new over the past […]

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January 2016 – Happy new year! Wishing you all the very best for 2016 and we look forward to sharing and growing with you this year! We’re off to a busy start finishing up the teahouse in preparation for our opening celebration on 31st January! An important milestone in our journey after several years of […]

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December 2015 – The year is drawing to a close already; it seems to have flown by so quickly and yet simultaneously to have been so full, challenging, rewarding and expanding .. Our year is ending with a drought – The Garden is dry and the river lower than we have ever seen it. Every […]

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           October 2015 – It can be hard sometimes to face life’s twists and turns with grace and acceptance. The last few months have been a bit of a roller-coaster for us, high excitement followed by deep disappointment as unexpected events outside our control delayed our opening – for a while […]

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           August 2015 – I do hope you have all been keeping warm this winter – and are enjoying the first hints of spring! We love living here so close to nature and the seasons, enjoying the colours, textures, temperatures, sounds, smells and energies of each passing week and month ..  […]

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      April 2015 – It seems a long time since I wrote – and 2015 is flying by. This year, I committed to embracing the imperfect; truly accepting – and loving – all the “imperfections” in myself, my loved ones and my life – knowing that everything is already perfect in its imperfection. With this surrender, I […]

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              September 2014 – As a still-new mum, it’s hard for me sometimes not to talk about Kai all the time 🙂  I am still     overwhelmed by the miracle of his birth, and of his growth into a strong, determined and endlessly curious 8-month old! Sometimes, I […]

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Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure – George Eliot

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