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Heal Thyself: The Wisdom of the Jungle Physician

We all need health professionals at times – for diagnosis, treatment, prescription reviews, and scans, as well as in times of acute illness or injury. We are grateful for their skills and dedication, while also being aware of the limitations of biomedicine and the lack of resources in the health system. For large numbers of people living with chronic health conditions, it can be challenging to find the right kind …

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Forging a path through the forest

Navigating life with the heart’s compass In this season of late forties reckoning, I am re-considering the narrow path of my career in integrative medicine. Two decades of effort have brought a measure of worldly success but have not prevented having my heart broken nor protected me from cynicism as peers and leaders have fallen, compromised, sold out, burnt out, or faltered. It is tempting to look for leadership, to …

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Losing Pretty Privilege

What it’s like when your appearance changes suddenly Like all forms of privilege, if you have pretty privilege, you probably don’t realise it, until it’s gone. Research dating back decades finds that physically attractive people consistently receive preferential treatment, across a wide range of contexts, from preschool to the job market. From fairytales to social media, the world is generally biased to associate clear-skinned, symmetrical faces with goodness, talent, social success, …

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Mushrooms: A Friend or Foe?

When it comes to versatile and nutritious foods that also have medicinal uses, mushrooms are having a moment! The psychedelic renaissance is upon us, and we are thrilled to be part of the first clinical trial in Western Australia investigating the use of synthetic psilocybin for people with chronic pain. However, in their natural forms, these fungal wonders deserve more recognition for their incredible health benefits to the soil and …

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5 Reasons to Hire a Cancer Wellness Coach

  Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a life-changing experience that often brings many challenges and uncertainties. Coping with the physical and emotional toll of cancer treatment can be overwhelming for patients and their loved ones. That’s where cancer wellness coaches come in. Cancer wellness coaches are trained professionals who provide support, guidance, and education to help individuals navigate their cancer journey. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits …

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Satyam’s Meditation Reflections: How it started in 1986 and how it’s going in 2022

It was the winter of 1986 when my older sister frizbeed 15 year old me a cassette tape her friend had given her. As she passed my bedroom door, my sister presciently commented that I was probably going to be more into it than she would be. The cassette was labelled ‘guided progressive muscle relaxation’. I found a quiet space where I wouldn’t be disturbed, lay on my back in …

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Stepping into Self during Times of Suffering by Satyam Brown

How do you cope in difficult moments? What happens to your primary relationship, the one you have with your Self, during the hard phases of your life? In my role as a counsellor and social worker, I have observed a common tendency of people to brace themselves physically, emotional, mentally, and energetically based on the belief that they will ‘feel it’ and ‘deal with it’ after the crisis has passed. …

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Body Acceptance and Self-Compassion

Spring has well and truly sprung and it’s natural to feel inspired by the longer, lighter days to enjoy the warmer weather, get outside more, and hopefully blossom and bloom. However it’s also the season where diet culture ramps up and sales of detoxes, and restrictive nutrition plans (diets by another name) explode. No matter how much you have practiced self-acceptance, there is still likely to be a ‘shame story’ …

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Why Trauma Sensitive Yoga Matters

As we softly re-open the studio, we recognise the collective and individual trauma experiences our community has been, and may continue to be, experiencing. Not only the pandemic which has altered so many lives, but the social fallout that has ensued as multitudes become unemployed and the cracks in societal infrastructures show up under pressure. However you are feeling, it’s valid. Whatever your experience has been, we want you to …

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Sweet Dreams; The Life-Changing Power of a Good Night’s Sleep

Maybe it’s the Coronavirus, or maybe this is something you deal with normally, but many people report finding their sleep cycle disrupted. Insomnia can be experienced as either difficulty falling asleep, or trouble staying asleep. For some of us it’s ruminating thoughts or restless legs at night, while for others it’s the early morning anxiety wake-up call that comes around 3am or 4am. Some people find themselves engaged in a …

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Retreat with us

Enjoy delicious plant-based meals and experience gentle yoga on a retreat curated to celebrate your body, honour its resilience, and foster a kind and accepting relationship with yourself. Join us from May 17th – 19th in Capel and October 11th – 13th in the Avon Valley.