Our new course in Melbourne: Spiritual Partners

Shiva+ShaktiOur upcoming Spiritual Partners one-day course is excellent for singles and couples. It will be held from 10am-4pm on Sunday, 23 January 2011 at 172 Noone Street, Clifton Hill, Melbourne (Melways: map 44/E3).  (Map)

The course comprises four sessions and incorporates meditations, lectures and group discussions:
1. How to find your ultimate partner
2. How to keep them
3. How to reach happiness with them
4. Review/discussion/Q & A

We will explore a few key ideas and learn some important spiritual principles derived from ancient Buddhist and Yogic texts.

Registration is essential. Please contact Nes+Ed – phone: 0458 612 277 email:ednesau@gmail.com

Or please go to the course website: www.spiritualpartners.wordpress.com

Refreshments will be provided, but please BYO lunch. There is no fee for this course, however contributions are appreciated to help cover costs.

Plenty of free parking is available in the streets nearby. The venue is a five minute walk from Clifton Hill train station.



First Meditation Class at Richmond, Tasmania

Richmond Meditation Series

First Class - Richmond Meditation Series

This is the first class from the Richmond, Tasmania meditation classes. The classes were conducted over the weekend of 23 and 24 October, 2010 at the Richmond Town Hall. Everyone had a nice time.


Learn to Meditate in Richmond, Tasmania


Learn to Meditate flier

Learn to Meditate, Richmond, Tasmania.


We are running free Learn to Meditate classes in Richmond, Tasmania. Classes start at 10:00 am on Saturday 23 and 24 October in the Richmond Town Hall.

The purpose of meditation is to make our minds calm and peaceful. Currently our minds are used to roaming around from one thing to another, constantly moving. We have very little control. It’s through learning to meditate that we can gain control of our minds and our lives. We become better people, more able to help others, and ourselves.

In addition, meditation helps reduce stress and anxiety, which leads to better health and higher levels of happiness. A daily meditation practice enables new ways of thinking, insights, and genuine creative thought.

Come along and join us, it’s FREE.

To register, phone 0458 612 277

Richmond, Tasmania

Missy the Smithfield from Richmond, Tasmania

Missy with Nes and Ed

We are in Richmond Tasmania, about 30 minutes from Hobart. Richmond is an old colonial town with many stone buildings from the early to mid 19th century. Its a popular tourist destination because people like to connect with the past and many of the buildings have been nicely restored and made functional. The oldest Anglican and Catholic churches are here and the oldest bridge, which was built by convicts in 1823.

We are house and dog minding for six weeks while the owners, Jan and Marjan are in France for a holiday. Missy, the pure bred Smithfield, gets two walks per day and loves to swim in the river and round up the ducks. Its the beginning of spring and Wattle is in blossom all over, creating a beautiful fragrance in the air.

Diamond Mountain Retreat For Peace

Diamond Mountain Temple

Diamond Mountain Temple

At the end of June, we completed the last semester at Diamond Mountain University, located two hours east of Tucson, Arizona. For Nes, it was six years of travel and study in the hot, stony desert supported by her Teachers, Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally and by a sublime band of angels in the student body.

About forty of the Diamond Mountain graduates commence a three-year retreat on 30 December this year to put into meditative practice the entire path to Buddhist enlightenment. The word enlightenment sounds vague and mystical, but Buddha taught that it is achievable by deliberately following a series of steps. The retreatants have been studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism very seriously for the last six or more years, and aim to apply their studies by going into the laboratory of solitary retreat.

The website for the retreat has some inspiring blog posts discussing why people will undertake the retreat, and also some really nice photos of the crew, construction of the retreat cabins and some awesome images of the beautiful desert valley at Diamond Mountain: http://www.retreat4peace.org

Arizona+New Mexico

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

After a Chew family reunion in Dallas, TX, we undertook a road trip from Tucson, AZ, to New Mexico. The highlights were the town of Truth or Consequences by the Rio Grande, established on a hot mineral spring. Taos is very nice, especially the Rio Grande canyon and the Indian Pueblo. Drive to Santa Fe via Georgia O’Keefe studios at Ghost Ranch. Santa Fe is cute, but just south is the old coal mining town of Madrid. A unique village tucked away in a rocky valley containing a number of retreat hermitages. We stayed at the Samadhi Cave, superb.

Driving through Albuquerque to the Grand Canyon is hundreds of miles of flat desert with a meteorite crater and a Flintstone’s theme park. The Grand Canyon… just go.

Hobart to Dallas

Autumn morning flying into Sydney

Sydney clear morning

A long day flying from Melbourne to Sydney to Los Angeles to Dallas, TX. While in Tasmania we secured a house sit in Richmond, for when we return to Tasmania in September. Busy two day schedule in Melbourne meeting friends and secured retreat site for Ed in July. Nes returns to Melbourne in late August after a month in Europe with daughter ShantiMirella. Currently enjoying Chew family reunion in Plano, Texas.

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