Helping a customer2007
Anthiam & Tynon 2005
Today is Saturday 28th April 07. Its been about ten years since I updated my page. Anthiam and my girls are 16 & 21, we've recently moved into a home we built while living in caravans for three years, and we've been running Heartland for 13 years now. Nice number!. I still love playing and making didgeridoo and I'm still passionate about growing Heartland over many years to come. Its classic to read my1997 version below, and whilst it certainly isn't how I express myself now, the sentiment is still very alive for me. I thought of wiping it, but nah, that was me and was the foundation of Heartlands journey. Long haired visionary. I love that part of me, lifes for living and dreaming. As we used to say in my skateboarding days GFI...Go For It...a motto for life.
Running a business, being in relationship, bringing up children into teenagers and supporting them becoming adults are big ingredients that bring a more pragmatic part of me forward. There's been ups and downs, times when I wondered whether it was time to do something else. Its been a challenge working something I love, that ties in with my spirituality in the business world. I like that challenge though and its working better all the time.
These days I still love going bush finding didgs and making them. After building my home, I am getting more time once again to focus on didg creations, and I have such a nice build up of cured logs to work from.
Love the stoke people get when they buy one of our didgs. Just love it.
I also get much enjoyment from teaching didg, I have developed some techniques teaching that are so effective and my success rate getting people circular breathing is a 100%. DVD coming out soon.
Another big part of my life the last 3-4 years has been grounding rites of passage programs for teenage boys and also supporting local women doing the same for the teenage girls. This feeds that part of me that knows the old ways, its cellular, I believe we all have it. I have felt drawn...well compelled to be part of seeing teenagers supported in their transition from boy or girl into young man and young women. In Australia we now have an organization called Pathways and we run 5-6 day bush camps, and whilst it is contempory in how it needs to be related to our millennium it brings age old ways back into being, young men and women hearing stories from their elders, them being challenged and growing in what its is to step into adulthood, being honoured by their peers and elders and welcomed back into their community as having taken the next step in their life's journey. Awesome, every time, for every one at some stage tears are shed. Core human needs being fulfilled.
And one bonus for me is I get to incorporate didg playing into ceremony, which is a privilege and a pleasure. Playing in places where I cans support a shift in energetics through playing, is great, it is what didgeridoo does with ease and grace. There's no pretence that we are anything but modern people sitting down sharing stories of our life and having fun the way that any 50 men and boys do when together isolated in the bush for close on a week. The didg, or a particular setting or the way we do something, creates what we call ritual drama, and supports a different headspace, or a deepening of an experience, even though what we do is simply creating the space as I said above for fulfilling core human needs...connection, brotherhood, challenge, learning, true listening, being honoured and supported. Doing it in a light way, we manage to take people who may live very conservative lives and at camp end both father and son for example realize they are deeper, more accepted, more empowered, more connected and more accepting of anyone and anything, and consciously or unconsciously the indigenous or tribal part of them is alive.
I am a leader on several camps every year in my region and in other states, and the gift of being able to bring didgeridoo playing and clap sticks into this realm, has only further deepened my relationship to the instrument, and tribal ways. Its all about bridging the worlds, ...... These days I love to dress up when I go and give a talk at a school for parents about raising teenagers. I live in a modern world but I can bring many worlds into today's world. I have in the past and I hear many folk pine for tribal culture now fragmented or gone, and yet culture is alive today we just need to water it, and definitely music and rhythm are a big part of giving life. When I play with friends or play with an intent for others or for myself. I love how didgeridoo can be such a bridge of worlds and support balance.
Back in 1997/8
Didg has been a major force in my life since 1990 , the bush has all my life .Bush adventures were fed via my family,school outdoor leadership programs and scouting.After growing up in Melbourne City , I left to travel Australia at 21,with my best friend Anthiam
.Friends -Lovers -Family was the progression .We lived and worked mostly in country Victoria and have been settled in Northern New South Wales since 1995 and the next progression -clan unfolds.
Being awakened to exploring alternatives has drawn us along the path from ,turning Vegan , environmental activist,Rainbow/ Down to Earth gatherings,Massage,Healing Work , being part of a group establishing a Multiple Occupancy Community and exploring all forms of circle space from mens./ women's to couples circles ,anything that draws us towards greater healing and wholeness.
Having both had strong grounded families has meant we've also got a strong worldly part that brings through a passion to find the balance of a spiritual and enriching community life and experience abundance and groundedness.
That passion encompasses our relationship to this beautiful land and how we relate and live as caretakers.Unfolding relationship with the earth is a life long process . Its full of highs and learning's from the slip ups along the way.