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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 – There’s Always Something Better Happening

For our recent India Retreat, I had it all mapped out. Tightly organised, planned to within an inch of its life. I could breath when it was finally all taken care of. We had 36 people booked in the beginning and one disaster struck after another for people and so many had to cancel. This…
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L E T T E R – What Spirituality Means Part 1

There is so much confusion when we decide to live ‘spiritually’. It’s really a nonsense idea because everyone is trying to live spiritually whether they brand it that or not. Spirituality is simply an exploration of living through ‘the spirit’ which means the true essence of ourselves, from love, to find the universal nature in…
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L E T T E R – What Might You Be If You Just Let Go

Before I left for India, I sat with my friend and student, Uyen, in Whale Beach drinking tea and we discussed the teachings of St Francis of Assisi, and some of my teachers of Indian lineage, from America and Japan. They all teach the same thing; that there is one consciousness/God, that we must live…
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L E T T E R – What The Heck Is The Lesson In That??

Have you ever had an experience where you just cannot fathom in the moment what the lesson is? Or why it’s happening? That’s been me this trip.  Last week I travelled to Okinawa with some friends from our dojo, and our Sensei to compete in a global karate tournament. This experience has been on my…
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L E T T E R – Every Small Act

I’m heading this morning from Sydney to a karate tournament in Okinawa. It has been a dream of mine since I started studying Shorin-ryu karate with my Sensei to travel with him to Okinawa and I added it late last year, to the things I wanted to bring into my life for this year. And…
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L E T T E R – Collaborate For Clarity

Sometimes one of the challenges of being self-employed is that you are always working to a degree. Even if you’re ‘off’ for a little while, that still involves checking emails and monitoring staff and dealing with emergencies that might come up. I’m always fascinated when people get to take 4 weeks off work, no emails,…
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L E T T E R – A Different Daily Grind

Clarity is an interesting concept when it comes to learning, as the more we learn, the more we realise there is to learn. The more we know, the more it dawns on us we don’t know. Grappling with this is the thing that I have found our meditation teachers in training take the hardest. The…
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L E T T E R – When Two Waves Collide

When you stand on a sandbank in the ocean, on certain tides, the waves wash in from the breakers and then sometimes hit the banks in such a way that they create a wave that returns back and smashes up into the wave coming into shore. It’s a huge amount of fun to get right…
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L E T T E R – Squeamish

When I am traveling, I really dislike airports. I wish I was more cool and Zen and what not, and didn’t have these kinds of things bother me, but, the reality is, they do. And so I distract myself, and get slightly anxious and usually eat my emotions. This trip though I decided to take…
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Free From The Known – The Truth Of Things

“If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation” Krishnamurti We are currently in luscious Kerala, and I’m leading a group through our Indian Retreat. There is talk daily of the processes that occur when we have the capacity to let go of all…
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The Futility Of Plans – What Choice Will You Make?

We have been soaking in life in India with its every detail since we arrived. Literally soaking, as it hasn ‘t stopped raining since we arrived in Kabini, which is on a huge river two hours from Mysore. There have been pauses where we have ridden old clicky bikes through the local towns, with little…
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Our Daily Work

‘Living a Non Monastic Life (with emails and other dreaded tasks)’ Memories back to my recent time in the redwood trees and forests of Northern California… It seems so easy to be present when immersed in nature on a meditation retreat. When each crunchy step in a forest brings piercing sun rays through giant trees.…
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So Many Things

Hello my friend, I have only just 36 hours ago returned from the most incredible 6 weeks away. I can barely capture the trip and the experiences so I wanted to within this email share with you some of my most lovely takeaways and also share some things I’ve been coming across for you to…
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It’s All Spiritual Work

Travel is my spiritual work. I detest car travel and air travel. I find it pushes all my buttons. The feeling of being trapped. The mechanical nature of it all. Mostly everyone is tired, grumpy, including me. Too hot or too cold. Utterly dehydrated or busting to go to the toilet. All the humans get…
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The Broad Place in Los Angeles and New York

We are coming to Los Angles and New York in April 2018 to teach a special course in Integrated Meditation as well as co-host a Workshop with Jeff Kober! 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…
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No Complaining, No Explaining

In the West, and particularly in well-off societies, we complain a lot. Whine, whinge, and in general lament the demise of everything. In the East, where Arran and I travel frequently, we never witness the level of complaining we see in the West. Ramp up the poverty, and usually the happiness increases. The level of…
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Brisbane Integrated Meditation Course February 8th-10th

COURSE IN INTEGRATED MEDITATION We would love to invite you to join our wonderful course in Integrated Meditation this February 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 Thursday, February 7th, Emily Snape will host a free introductory talk so…
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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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Asia Tour – Hong Kong May 2015

We are proud to have The Broad Place traveling to Hong Kong Thursday May 28th – Sunday May 31st, then onto Singapore Monday 1st through to Friday 6th June 2015. Vedic Meditation teacher Jac Lewis will be teaching a program in both cities including courses in Vedic Meditation, private One one One Mentoring, teaching Rounding…
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Asia Tour – Hong Kong May | Singapore June 2015

We are proud to be traveling to Hong Kong Thursday May 28th – Sunday May 31st, then onto Singapore Monday 1st through to Friday 6th June 2015. Vedic Meditation teacher Jac Lewis will be teaching a program in both cities including courses in Vedic Meditation, private One one One Mentoring, teaching Rounding and hosting workshops…
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The Art of Travel

We travel a lot, and we love it. For me traveling is an extension of the exploration of the self, in the outer. We cannot experience new, wondrous things and not shift our perspective and attitudes and thinking. Arran and I travel completely differently. For him, it’s a time to meditate a little, and smash…
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Exploration Manual – Ubud, Indonesia

The Broad Place is a brand centred around tools for high grade living. At The Broad Place we have an absolute love of exploration and travel. Is there a richer experience than being pushed outside your comfort zone and your daily routine, being faced with the unknown that a day abroad holds, absorbing all the…
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The Broad Place Travels India – Part Two

To celebrate our upcoming announcement of our The Broad Place Retreat in India, here are some more images I took from my last trip a month or so ago…

Hong Kong Course in Vedic Meditation

We are thrilled to be running a course in Vedic Meditation this March in Hong Kong, one of our favourite cities in the world! Vedic Meditation is the most effective and simplest meditation techniques you can learn, and everyone from 5 – 85 years can learn it with ease. It’s considered to be the game…
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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 Travels India Part One

This is a photo documentary of my recent travels through India, Part One. Part Two and Part Three to come soon! This trip was to research our upcoming Ayurvedic Retreat that will take place in October/November of 2015 and will be open to everyone. This life changing retreat will involve travel through India to explore…
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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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The Power Of Taking Time Off

We love this Ted Talk by Stefan Sagmeister, for many reasons. The guy is a design genius so Arran and I respect him immensely. He is standing up in front of millions of people staying ‘hey I can admit my design work was getting stale and boring’ and he had the balls to actually take…
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Want No Jetlag??

Want to rid yourself of jet lag? Who doesn’t! As a Vedic Meditator you have the world’s best tool for eliminating jet lag – your meditation practice! Flying is very aggravating for our nervous systems and our Vata Dosha can go out of balance very fast. There are lots of other little tricks to keep…
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May Stress Release Retreat – Killcare

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. Did you know that we now experience in one day, what people used to experience in a lifetime 250 years ago? THE RETREAT This retreat is an incredible opportunity to gain…
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The Broad Place Travels – Lombok

After travelling for almost three weeks through Lombok, one of Indonesia’s islands, I strongly doubt we will ever again visit Bali. It’s everything Bali was over 20 years ago, rural, raw and real. It’s hard to find someone wearing shoes outside of the main towns, the roads are rough and ready, chickens rule the sidewalks,…
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The Broad Place Travels – Jeeva Klui, Lombok

We can’t speak more highly of Jeeva Klui. It’s the sister hotel to Jeeva Beloam. Travelling as much as we do, you become rather fussy with details when it comes to accommodation. Jeeva Klui, we could barely fault. Let’s start with the design. It is stunning, sympathetic to its surroundings, private and spacious. Individual one…
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The Broad Place Travels – Jeeva Beloam, Lombok

We had seen in a few travel and architecture magazines this beautiful boutique resort, Jeeva Beloam. Jeeva Beloam is the smaller hotel to Jeeva Klui. It only has 11 ‘huts’ that are ultra glamorous and positioned on their private beach. Now the downside is the getting there. When we say remote, we mean it. The…
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The Broad Place Travels – Sempiak Villas, Lombok

 Sempiak Villa’s are beautiful and isolated. Situated in Selong Belanak, they hug a small hill, overlooking a vast amount of farmland and an isolated beach. The villa’s themselves (of which there are only 12) are well designed and we stayed in both the two bedroom and the three bedroom villa which have their own infinity…
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