My Italian house is Ready for Guests and Yogis

Space for Yoga retreats

Last September, I posted here that we had started the process of transforming our old home into a venue for holiday rentals and Yoga retreats in Italy. We were back out in Umbria over the Easter break to continue that process. When we arrived, it seemed quite impossible that we could get everything done in time!…

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Spring Clean – 10 Tips to Unblock Your Creative Energy

Detox your Liver in Spring

Spring Clean – 10 Tips to Unblock Your Creative Energy Whether you suffer from distressing seasonal symptoms or would just like more of Spring’s creative upsurge within you, there is plenty you can do to align your internal world with nature’s vibrant energy of renewal. Many people suffer from ‘Spring’ symptoms, including hayfever, other allergies…

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International Women’s Day 2018 – What’s Changed?

International Women's Day 2018

International Women’s Day 2018: What has Changed in the Past Year? On the face of it, it seems like a lot has been happening on gender equality since International Women’s Day 2017! I wrote then that the time had come to bring real and lasting change to redress the world’s deep-seated gender imbalance so that…

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Happy Chinese New Year of the Dog

Chinese Year of the Dog

Happy Chinese New Year of the Dog! Xīn Nián Kuài Lè 新年快乐! Or Happy New Year! On February 16th, we said goodbye to the Chinese Year of the Rooster and hello to the Year of Dog. In China, the Lunar New Year – which falls at the January-February new moon – is a big deal.…

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Eat yourself well this Autumn

Chinese Metal Element

Autumn gives us a great opportunity to adapt our diet to help to clear stagnant energy from our body, to heal our Lungs and Large Intestines, and to nourish ourselves and strengthen our immune systems ready for the Winter. To help you choose the best foods to heal yourself this Autumn, I’ll start with a brief…

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Equinox: balance is always fleeting

Equinox: balance is always fleeting My husband (ever the cynic) loves to tease me whenever I am ill or have some niggling pain. “You should try doing Yoga or Qigong”, he says. “It might do you good.”   Today, as nature passes through this moment of balance between light and dark on the Equinox, she…

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Yoga Retreats: a New Life for my Italian House

Italian House for Holidays and Yoga Retreats

Yoga Retreats: A New Life for my Italian House It’s been quite a summer. In the course of a month, my Italian house has taught me a lesson and found a whole new life for itself. I left for Italy in early August to bid farewell to my old home in Umbria and to undertake…

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The Five Elements and our Inner World

Five Elements and Our Inner World

This is Part 2 of my ongoing Five Element series. Read Part 1. How am I today? I’m feeling a bit energetically wobbly. My eyes are mildly stinging, my insides feel contracted, I’ve got a lump in my throat, I’m a bit stuck in getting started on writing this, I’m sensitively tearful and I noticed…

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China’s Five Elements: a Map for Good Health

Five Elements Cycle

The 5 Elements: a Map for Good Health How do you make any sense of the constantly changing states that move through you? The fact that some days you wake full of energy and some days you feel drained; that some days you perhaps feel inexplicably tense, sad, distracted or hopeless, but on other days…

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Why is it So Hard to Step into Spring?

Spring blossom

Why is it So Hard to Step into Spring? Spring is the season of bursting forth from cold, dark months of Winter stillness, the season of upsurging energy, of vibrant activity, of new beginnings, of growth, of hope, of optimism, of exuberance, of creativity and clear vision. Right? So why is it that, with the…

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