Meditation is a beautiful kind of social activism. Often the people that come to meditation are disatisfied or disillusioned with their way of life and seek change. I was no different!
My meditation journey began as a teenage girl, when I was struggling to cope with inner insecurities and fears. These often manifested as anxiety and depression, so I sought to change my unpleasant inner experience to a happier one. I found a local meditation teacher whose compassionate and loving spaces supported me during this difficult time and this work led to my love and fierce passion for spiritual connection.
Now, 6 years later my desire to create change for my community is strong. This drove me to create Looking Inwards, a meditation project in outer east Melbourne. I love weaving creativity, philosophy, and healing group work into my classes. This allows me to create a warm and sacred space for students to look inwards, blossom, and be themselves.
Theming: All my classes are themed with the philosophy of oneness. The content I share are mostly readings from artists and philosophers, stories and anecdotes, and exercises for creative self-work.
Sequencing: Moment of silence, group check-in, guided meditation practice/creative work, silent stillness, reflection and discussion.
The need for supportive and nourishing spiritual spaces in my outer eastern community. People are calling out for real discussion and a desire to be truly heard. Looking Inwards’ classes are about bringing gritty and life-changing meditation to people and less pretty yoga.
I practice no-focus stillness meditation each day, and that’s no different since I began teaching. There is a natural deepening sense of love for the world within and without, that’s for sure.
Larissa Haramis, my first yoga teacher.
Jess Huon, whose talks always touch my heart.
Jack Kornfield, his guided practices were some of my first as a young girl and have seen me through difficult times.
Love, love, love!
My restorative meditation class, just to see the beautifully tender, inner-child innocent faces of my students at the end of each session.
I love weaving creativity, philosophy, and healing group work into my classes.
Gardening, as I’m a horticulturist by day.
The Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda.
Nigella Lawson, Jane Goodall, and Nai Palm; to soak up their feminine strength and authenticity.
I’m having tea in my garden with the plants and my 2 puppies.
African elephant (‘cause I’m South African!)