Blessed by Bali

Bali retreat

As I sit here in Mexico sipping Bali coffee and munching on Vegemite toast (having been up since 3AM due to jet lag), my time in Bali almost seems like a dream. A beautiful, blissful dream. I’ve hesitated to write about the retreat due to not having anything other than hyperbole to describe my experience. Magical. Life changing. Blissful. Abundant. And yet, it is all true. It was all that, and more. So much more. Nothing could have prepared me … Keep reading…

A Moment of Clarity in Bali

Bali thumb

The following is an exerpt from week two of my ‘Journey to Shine’ e-retreat, titled ‘Moments of Clarity.’ Six months later I was on a yoga retreat in Bali. I had done yoga on and off for years, but mostly for the physical benefits and had never delved into the spiritual side much.    The retreat involved long periods of meditation and I had never sat still like that before. For five days we meditated and practiced light yoga for … Keep reading…

Announcing My Bali Meditation and Yoga Retreat!

Buddha Bali retreat

I am very excited to announce my meditation and yoga retreat in Bali, Indonesia, next year. And you’re invited! This retreat combines so many elements which are close to my heart, and will take place at a secluded location which is very special to me. I first attended a retreat at the Bali Mandala resort on the north coast of Bali in 2010, and returned the following year because I loved it so much. Words cannot express how special this … Keep reading…

My Most Memorable Travel Moments

I’ve been reflecting on my most memorable travel moments. Those moments abroad that shaped the way I viewed myself, travel and my life forever. Who am I kidding, there have been heaps of those moments over the years, but here are just a few…   1. My First Trip to Bali When I was Twelve It seems fitting to start here, as this was the first time I ventured out of Australia. My love of air travel was already firmly … Keep reading…

An Over-Eater’s Guide to Ubud, Bali

12hr Smoked Duck

I met my Mum at our accommodation in Ubud. I had been on a yoga retreat for a week, and Mum was flying in from Perth. I had booked a home-stay in a small village just outside town, called Lod Tunduh, and though my driver had assured me that he knew where that was, he didn’t. I was a ball of anxiety when I arrived at Pondok Langon (meaning house on the rice field), mainly because it had taken me two and a half hours to make … Keep reading…

Turning 30- A Search For Meaning in Varanasi, Part Two

You may find it helpful to read yesterday’s part one… Later that night, we met up with Raju, who rowed us down the river again, never seeming to tire of explaining the sites along the way. He was taking us to see the Aarti ceremony at the main ghat, where we would watch from the river, as the performers chanted, rang bells, played drums and danced with large candle sticks (I’m sure they have a special name). The ritual is … Keep reading…

Turning 30- A Search For Meaning in Varanasi, Part One

This is the first installment of a four part series about my journey to Varanasi, where I celebrated my thirtieth birthday… I turned 30 in India. In the holy, chaotic, colourful, and surprising city of Varanasi. It’s not a coincidence that I celebrated this milestone in a place where pilgrims flock from all over India and the world. I suppose I was on a pilgrimage of my own, though  refused to admit it for fear of sounding clichéd. It was a time … Keep reading…

The Death of My Twenties in Varanasi, India

Varanasi Holy Man

I said goodbye to my twenties in Varanasi. India was somewhere I had always wanted to go, but was terrified of. Stories of filth, poverty and chaos filled me with anxiety, and yet, I was drawn to the place. So, instead of throwing a party, and paying for other people to get drunk, I decided to face my fears and experience this mysterious, crazy country first hand. When I told someone I would be spending my 30th birthday in the … Keep reading…

Confessions of a Hammam Virgin

Last night Tyrhone and I went through some of our old travel photos. That set off some reminiscing, and has definitely strengthened our resolve to change our lives and set off into the world to see where it takes us. I thought I would share an experience I had in Istanbul a couple of years ago.  It was the end of a two month overland-and-sea journey through Greece and Turkey. I was in desperate need of some pampering… … Keep reading…