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L E T T E R – Our Repeated Actions

In Zen, the tensho is the monastery cook. Every moment, every meal is seen as an opportunity to experience truth, to experience satori (enlightenment). It sounds kind of dramatic, but in truth, it is love and reverence for every grain of rice, for the lighting of the stove, the growing and chopping of vegetables. For…
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L E T T E R – Let’s Not Be Lunatics

I’ve never met anyone like Arran, he literally doesn’t ever consider what anyone thinks of him. He’s incredibly neat and stylish and takes great care of himself, and on occasion slightly vain, but worrying about what others think of him, means nothing, it doesn’t enter his awareness. I think I might have literally exited the…
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Los Angeles March 2019

We are coming to Los Angles to teach a special course in Integrated Meditation! If you are interested in sitting the Meditation Course the details are below, and you can sign up right away. This course will be hosted by Jacqui Lewis personally. For further detailed information on Integrated Meditation, which is the foundation of…
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L E T T E R – The First Day Of 2019

It’s the first day of 2019. If you woke today bright and alive, brilliant. If you woke hungover as hell and in shame spiral, or perhaps like I used to like to see in the New Year a long time ago, without having slept at all and on a dance floor, that’s okay too. Maybe…
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L E T T E R – Happy New Year!!!

My absolute goodness what a year. For Arran and I, it was beyond what we imagined. I travelled to London, Los Angeles, New York, India, Melbourne and Byron Bay to teach and host Retreats. We redesigned all our branding and rebuilt our website and upgraded all our existing programs. We launched The Classroom, our online…
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L E T T E R – Conditions on Behaviours

Being only a few short days to Christmas, I thought this quote was utterly perfect, as soon most of us will be on a holiday of some sort, that usually involves family or friends that surprise, surprise, we can’t control. We’ve all been there, the Big Promises… “I vow to be patient and not let…
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L E T T E R – Pouring Out Patience

Conscious and Patient are not two words I have always been excellent at embodying in my life. I have been known to throw little tantrums, huff, swear, sigh, roll my eyes, and Arran’s least favourite, stomp my foot in a rage. Yep, stomping my foot like a little child, except with all the humiliation I…
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L E T T E R – Pioneering Your Future

I absolutely adore this quote and have had it pinned above my desk for years. When I am stuck, feeling brittle and frustrated with trying something new that is in a moment not working, I turn to it. Just because it’s easier to continue old patterns and behaviours doesn’t mean it’s the best thing to…
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L E T T E R – The Chasing of Perfection

When Emily or I teach Integrated Meditation, we both drill into our students to not chase perfection. You will never have a perfect meditation practice. Nor will you be a perfect human being. We practice Integrated Meditation as it aligns us more with nature, and our most natural selves. This is why students love it…
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L E T T E R – Planning Means Presence

This is the time of year we all sit back and start to either feel incredible gratitude for the year that has been. Or are exhausted and anxious about the year that was problem riddled. Or perhaps it’s a combination of both for you? Would you say you had a well-executed plan, that was conscious…
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L E T T E R – Conscious Conversation

I really wish to use The Broad Place to share important messages. Erin Lovell Verinder who was recently interviewed at our Gathering is a brilliant nutritionist, herbalist, and naturopath and a dear friend of ours. And when I was in Byron Bay, Erin and I discussed the topic below at length. It hits a strong…
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L E T T E R – The Two Wings

As an enthusiast (someone with obsessive tendencies coupled with deep excitement), Arran is always nervous when I start getting into something. It’s been a year of my dabbling with tea ceremonies, after first having a mini one with my friend Mel in LA, and then learning more in a beautiful tea house in New York.…
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L E T T E R – Constant Clinging

I am up in glorious Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia preparing for our Retreat, studying tea, spending so much time with friends, writing and literally living the dream. Part of the fun of being here is that we come all the time so we know it inside out yet there’s always something…
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L E T T E R – The Creative Path

Charles and Ray Eames have been an endless inspiration to me. When I was 19 and studying interior architecture, one of my favourite lecturers introduced me to their philosophy, collaborations, and work. Their thinking, passion, innovation and dedication to living creatively, and Charles’s seemingly constant insistence that Ray was his equal (in times where women in…
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L E T T E R – Excuses Keep Us Small

I had a catch up the other day with someone and it was like I was in overdrive. I left feeling uneasy and I really hadn’t been myself. As I drove away, I couldn’t put my finger on this slippery feeling. The only way I can describe it was that I felt like I was on…
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L E T T E R – Working With Fear Part 3; Overwhelm

If you haven’t read the first and second part of this Letter series, you can check Part 1 and Part 2. It was raised at our Gathering that fear and overwhelm seem to go hand in hand. We agreed. We spoke about options to deal with overwhelm but didn’t go into too much detail, because…
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L E T T E R – Working With Fear Part 2; Bravery

If you haven’t read the first part of this Letter series you can do so here. Continuing on from yesterday! We chatted also about how to conquer fear. Sometimes this is a nice idea, but fear cannot be conquered directly at times. I loved a story Emily shared, where she said she went rafting in…
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W E E K E N D E D I T I O N 21

Photo from our India Retreat in Rishikesh Oh my lord is it excellent to be home! So emotional! So wonderful! So many delicious meals created and eaten in our kitchen. So much doting on the dogs. And, sooo much that we are creating, so a hell of a lot of time in front of my…
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L E T T E R – What Spirituality Means Part 2

Yesterday, I wrote in the Letter about re-framing spirituality and you can read it HERE. It’s a big topic and one that two Letters won’t do justice to but I really want to stimulate thought on this. I had some interesting responses, ranging from ‘my God I haven’t been enjoying a glass of wine with…
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L E T T E R – Ceativityr, Love and Hate

I love this quote. Because the ego will tell us otherwise all the time, and ensure we are terrified of being hated. When we allow ourselves to be gripped by the ego, we water down our creativity, we stifle it, we muffle it. So we must truly understand this. Creativity is about standing in our…
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Melbourne October 2018

COURSE IN INTEGRATED MEDITATION We would love to invite you to join our wonderful course in Integrated Meditation this October with all the support we offer long-term as your bonus and our gift to you!  If you wish to learn more in person, on the Monday 29th Jac will host a free introductory talk so you…
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Diwali Evening at The Broad Place

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that” Martin Luther King, Jr.Diwali is a special celebration in India, celebrated with light – to  symbolise when light wins over darkness. For me personally this can mean many things including love and compassion overcoming fear, higher self prevailing over lower self, creativity succeeding over contracting.…
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Course in Vedic Knowledge with Jeff Kober – SOLD OUT

NEW INFORMATION – SOLD OUT We set ourselves the immense task of hosting a massive nine month long program for expansion and engagement unlike any other with a dear friend and respected meditation teacher and Vedic Scholar Jeff Kober. The first part of this 5 part Course was sat by 40 students in the intimate setting of…
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Winter Alumni Workshop

  The Broad Place Winter Alumni Workshop will involve a collective of likeminded people exploring Vedic knowledge and meditation. The purpose of the Alumni Program is to take your personal practice of Vedic meditation to the next level, create more personal awareness, gain insightful knowledge and take part in wonderfully unique and enriching experiences. This Workshop…
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Winter Rounding Workshop – SOLD OUT

Rounding is an ancient practice, a sequence that lifts stress and tension from the body and deepens our practice of Vedic Meditation. You must be a Vedic Meditator to attend, although you will not have had to learn with The Broad Place specifically. Join us at The Broad Place Paddington School for a philosophy talk…
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The Gyuoto Monks at The Broad Place

Join us for a profound afternoon of peace and ceremony with the Gyuto Monks of Tibet.  Experience the transformative ceremony of the deeply hypnotic and purifying chanting of these beautiful souls. Join us on Sunday May 8th from 3-4:30pm. Tickets are $95 per person and $55 for ages between 10-16yrs. This is going to be…
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The Broad Place Mothers Gathering

Join The Broad Place Co-Founder, Jac Lewis and author of the recently released, Mothers Mind Cleanse on Tuesday February 16th from 6:30pm for a wonderfully supportive evening of practical advice and wisdom for Mothers. The night will be joyful, with teas and sweet treats as well as a goodie bag including your free copy of The…
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The Broad Place Be Your Best Self Program

“Every time you’re tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past of a pioneer of the future”- Deepak Chopra A carefully curated 7 day online program for you to begin the process of releasing yourself from being a prisoner of your thoughts and learn…
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The Broad Place Gatherings

Join The Broad Place co-founder Jacqui Lewis in a series of evening talks that will shift thinking, provide education and teach tools for better living. Jacqui Lewis is the powerhouse behind the transformation in so many people’s lives. She specialises in taking a regular, stressed, under the pump person and shifting them through accessible tools and…
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Guru Purnima Event 31st July

The word “Guru” in Sanskrit is translated as “dispeller of darkness.” The Sanskrit root gu means darkness or ignorance, and ru denotes the remover of that darkness. A guru is one who removes the darkness of our ignorance. On the day of Guru Purnima, the day of the fullest moon in July/August, we offer puja…
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Going With Nature’s Pull

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe; to match your nature with Nature” Joseph Campbell Over the many things that the universe has taught me, the key thing I have learnt that it is utterly wise to simply go with nature’s pull. I have had so many…
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Melbourne Tour July 2015

We are proud to be traveling to Melbourne to teach from the Art Series Hotel Group Larwill Studio Hotel. Vedic Meditation teacher Jac Lewis will be teaching a program in including courses in Vedic Meditation, private One one One Mentoring, teaching Rounding and hosting a workshop on High Grade Living. Details are as follows. We also…
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July High Grade Living Workshop Melbourne

“You deserve the best. Never feel unworthy or not justified in having the best. I tell you, this is your heritage, but you have to expect it; you have to claim it. To do so is not demanding too much”  Guru Dev One of our great teachers Guru Dev, his Divinity, Swami Brahmananda Saraswati spoke…
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An Afternoon of Ayurveda

This Sunday 26th April 2015, join Jac Lewis from The Broad Place and Ayurvedic Practitioner Dylan Smith of Vital Veda for a talk on the basic principles of Ayurveda. Dylan will chat about the principles of Ayurveda, what the three Dosha’s are; Vata, Pitta and Kapha and simple ways in which you can immediately incorporate…
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The Broad Place Retreat – Ubud, Indonesia

‘Yoga stah, kuru karmani’  ‘Established in Being, perform action’ (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2, verse 48) This is a powerful line from the Vedic teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. It explains that in order to take action, and to do anything with success, first we must establish in being. In today’s frenetic world, we are becoming…
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The Broad Place Weekend Immersive Retreats

Thurs 12th – Sun 15th November 2015  (Gerroa, beachfront, 2 hours drive from Sydney) We’re all leading incredibly busy lives these days. We have families, friends, careers and more demands are being placed upon us than ever before. The Broad Place Retreats are an incredible way in which to relax, purify and achieve the equivalent…
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October Melbourne Course in Vedic Meditation

The format  for our course in Melbourne, will be the Friday 10th October will have four initiation sessions 11am, 3pm, 4.30pm and 6pm for people to come and attend and receive their mantra, and this session takes an hour. Then on Saturday 11th October the times will be 9am – 1pm for Sessions 2 and 3…
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The Broad Place Immersion Retreat

THE BROAD PLACE IMMERSION RETREAT The Broad Place is collaborating with Carla McMillan of Love Juice to bring you a luxurious pre Summer Retreat with a focus on TAKE HOME TOOLS. It’s one thing to go on a retreat and feel fantastic and then come home to the regular grind and leave all your relaxation…
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Advanced Meditation Meeting

Community is close to our hearts, and The Broad Place are building, creating and contributing to an inspiring collective of meditators. Join us at 5pm sharp Sunday 31st August for an intimate evening of a Group Meditation, a Knowledge Session and afterwards a beautiful home cooked Ayurvedic dinner. This very special evening is for Vedic Meditators who…
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Learn To Meditate In Byron Bay

I am teaching an upcoming course in beautiful Byron Bay on Saturday 8th February and Sunday 9th February. Venue TBC. For more information about Vedic Meditation, read here and about the course structure here. To show interest or book this course in please email jacqui@thebroadplace.com.au

The Broad Place Holiday Hours

We will be closed from Friday Dec 20th until Tuesday Jan 14th. Our first free intro talk for the New Year will be held at 6pm at The Broad Place 28 West St Paddington on Tuesday 14th Jan, and all following Monday’s at 6pm.  If you would like to attend one of these insightful introductory…
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An Evening With Kinfolk

I was lucky enough to be invited by Luisa Brimble to be a guest at the Kinfolk Dinner this week. Set in the beautiful grounds of Glenmore House, 75 of us dined at huge long timber tables as the sun set over the property, among jasmine and tables laden with wild flowers and beeswax candles.…
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