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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Back To Reality and Giveaway Winner

Well after being cossetted away up on a misty mountain for the weekend it has been very hard to come back to reality but come back we must.
I had a great weekend with a great group of like minded women. The Yoga sessions conducted by my 3 very special Yoga sisters pictured here with me, Janeen, Helen and Dawn were wonderful.
The theme of the weekend was "Ahimsa" (non violence to self and others) and "Self study and Self awareness" including nourishing oneself. Mind, body and spirit.
Janeen who is a beautiful artist, art teacher as well as a yoga instructor conducted two fantastic on 'creative journaling' (my new pretty journal) Did you know that all you beautiful bloggers out there are the best journalers especially if you get them printed.

and the other a watercolour, pen and ink art class. We were asked to include several elements in our piece....our version of the The Tree of Life, Our Favourite Yoga Pose, a Mandala and the Paisley Motif.
No pencils could be used. You had to draw your design in permanent pen...eek! Very hard for the Eraser Queen here. But once I got over my terror and adapted my oops! into the design I just loved it. There were some wonderful pieces created. In case you wondered my favourite Asana is Pigeon Pose!
Want a little peek at mine???
I had such a good time I am going to play with these techniques some more in the future.
Just down the path from my room was the meditation room...
and with all manner of bird calls including the beautiful Whip Bird to keep us company and these beautiful grounds to wander around in...
it was serenity in the extreme. So huge hugs and gratitude to Janeen for being the creator of such a fabulous retreat xxx
"Giveaway Winner"
Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway and as I said before I had many No Reply Bloggers but I did include you all in the draw...OK Drum Roll Please!!!! the winner is .....From across the ditch in NZ
JULIE FROM A THREADBEAR LIFE!! Congratulations Julie! Please email me with your snail mail address so I can send your parcel to you. I hope you enjoy it.
I thought I would finish today's post with the meaning of my sign off at the end of each of my posts..
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx


  1. what an awesome weekend Michelle,it sounds perfect,love your drawing and congrats to the winner,hope you have a lovely day my friend.xx

  2. Oh your weekend sounded just divine , you must feel so refreshed . I love your tree of life , fantastic drawing , Congrats to the winner . Hugs Sheila,

  3. What a fabulous relaxing and creative weekend.
    Congrats to Julie on winning .your giveaway.

  4. Looks like a beautiful weekend, relaxing and creative too.

  5. Oh My Michelle ... I very nearly fell off my perch when I read that I had won your gorgeous giveaway - How exciting & wonderful :-) Thank you SO much for the chance to enter. Looks like you had a most magical retreat over the weekend. So glad to read you sound so refreshed. Will email you my address .. thanks again x0x

  6. Sounds like you had the perfect weekend :-)

  7. What a lovely weekend! Your art work would make a great textile piece, too.

  8. What a beautiful place in the Misty mountains, Michelle. Whip birds are great: I haven't heard one in ages!
    Love your painting, definitely a framer.

  9. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Hugs, xx

  10. It looks like you had a wonderful time with wonderful people in a wonderful place!

  11. Your weekend sounds wonderful Michelle, love your journal and painting. Hope you are refreshed and happy.

  12. Looks like a restful time you have had. Yippie for Julie!!

  13. Sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed it - what a beautiful setting, and lovely creativity :-)

  14. Sounds like a lovely retreat. Looks beautiful and serene pleased you had a wonderful time.

  15. sounds like a lovely weekend to refresh and invigorate... I love your drawing of folding up like a pretsel.....
    beautiful pictures and well done to Julie..

  16. Sounds wonderful and restful Michelle. Love your gorgeous painting and journal. Congratulations on a lovely win to Julie

  17. Wonderful relaxing and peaceful come to mind after reading this post. It was just what you needed by the sounds of it!
    Congrats to Julie too! :)

  18. Sounds like the most beautiful retreat

  19. I am glad you had such a lovely weekend Michele,
    Your journal cover and art work are fabulous.
    Thank you for sharing the beautiful meaning of Namaste', I have now copied it into my scrapbook.
    Hugs R.


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