Spring Equinox was such a beautiful day for me: packed with memorable moments that, while not extraordinary perhaps, were bookmarks due to a delicious depth of presence that stayed with me the entire day. A sleep in, followed by a morning play with Akai (who chases toes around the bedroom while we are getting dressed), a river ‘misogi’ (purification) and a hot brewed coffee on the deck overlooking the river when we got back. I spent most of the remainder of the day bringing the first things down to the cob cottage that we are very soon to move into Books and drums, paintings and helping Russ fit stained-glass windows around our bed-head. And lastly, a shiatsu for Russ in our shiatsu room with his turn to receive the weekly swap.


In just a few days’ time I am off to Sydney to share Broomstick Martial Arts with the School of Shamanic Womancraft on behalf of the Amazonian Arts. As part of the playful side of this project I enlisted the help of one of our Medicine Women to create a detachable-head besom broom. Traditionally they are made of birch twigs with a hazel wood broomstick. Given there is no such tradition in the southern hemisphere to follow, we opted for a flooded gum broomstick and bamboo besom head. I was really happy with how it turned out. The real test will be to see if it provides transport to the venue! I am currently working with one of our Artisans to get a new website up and running that will cater for the greater vision of this project. It should be up by the end of the week if you would like to see what we’ve been up to! www.amazonianarts13.com

Then we have a visit from our Aikido Shihan planned for October and envisage about 20 people coming to train in our dojo – that will be the greatest numbers we’ve yet hosted there to date Such an exciting thing to be able to offer this on the land that we are privileged to be custodians of for this little moment in time… And as for the fires, we are safe and well. They came a little closer than we would have liked but with more than 50mL of rain this last week we feel we are back in safety for now.

Much love to you all,

Russ & Akhalita



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