Travel

A glimpse into my community in Koh Phangan

July 5, 2017

This beach has been the setting for so many beautiful moments of love and connectivity. Video footage courtesy of Arthur Moore.

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Who Decides What is Reality?

June 25, 2017

Of course I know that I am a stone in the wall of a giant echo chamber that is manipulated heavily by social media wizardry… and I know that I live in a tropical bubble, where truth seekers, rabble rousers and conscientious objectors come to find kin to live among…I know that the open heartedness [...]

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Sunscreen Chemicals to Avoid

July 27, 2016
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  Infographic courtesy of Odylique.co.uk. Odylique Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 is organic and fair-trade, and I will be testing this soon for review, so keep your eyes peeled.  

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Volunteering in Thailand – Samma Karuna Healing, Awakening and Yoga School

May 12, 2016
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For the past couple of months I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering at Samma Karuna School of Healing & Awakening, located on Had Cha Pao beach, Koh Phangan. With the energy exchange of 4 hours work a day, 6 days a week, I am able to participate in the school’s full Healing and Awakening programme, [...]

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14 Things I learned living in ‘conscious community’

March 1, 2016
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1. I’ve learned that wherever you go, there you are. No truer words have been spoken, there’s simply no escaping yourself. I naively thought that community living could be the answer to my problems, might soothe the lifelong solitude in my soul, but was rapidly disavowed of this notion. 2. In a similar vein, I’ve [...]

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Off the beaten track – Ko Jum, Thailand

February 3, 2016
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Ko Jum Island, 25 miles south of Krabi, is just a short ferry ride away (350 baht, departing Krabi port at 11.30am daily) and is still something of an off-the-beaten-track paradise. Mercifully free of late night bars pumping out cheesy house music along the shoreline, it still has a sleepy, laid back vibe, punctuated by [...]

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What is EMDR Therapy? A Personal Experience.

January 24, 2016
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One of the many great things about New Life is the number of different therapeutic modalities on offer, ranging from refuge recovery for addiction, the Hakomi method, TRE, Dance Mandala, EFT, Art therapy, core process psychotherapy and more. We are currently very fortunate to have Ani Konchog on the Life Coach team again this year. [...]

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Photo blog of Vientiane, Laos

January 23, 2016
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Last month I made a short trip to Vientiane, Laos to renew my Thai visa so that I could return to the New Life Foundation to resume volunteering. I’d heard that there isn’t a huge amount to do in Vientiane and this proved fairly accurate, but it does have its own charm. Once a French [...]

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The Wilderness Reserve, a Luxury Bolt-Hole from London

January 15, 2016
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 My abridged review of the Wilderness Reserve for the February issue of Absolutely Magazine   Sibton Park  The Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk, once a great Palladian estate dating back to the 18th century, now consists of 4,500 acres of land purchased over a number of years by a private investor. This privatisation of national assets that the [...]

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An Upmarket Stag Weekend in Morocco

January 9, 2016
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With the rise in budget airlines there has been a huge increase in pre-wedding tourism (stag and hen holidays to you and me). In fact, as many of my 30-something friends began tying the knot, I received such a slew of hen holiday invitations, that navigating the unenviable minefield of which to accept and which [...]

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How this committed rule breaker learned to find comfort in structure

January 6, 2016
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  It’s safe to say that I am somewhat of an anti-authoritarian. Perhaps one of the reasons I am so attracted to Buddhism is that it invites you to “see for yourself”, to test out this set of guidelines for living to see if they work for you, rather than buying into some ancient dogma. I [...]

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Part Two – Listen to your heart

October 28, 2015
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“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say.” – Paul Coelho, The Alchemist. The 40′s can often be a time of great transition for women, especially those childless as I am. I’ve found myself questioning many of my career and life [...]

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The Moorings, Islamorada, Florida Keys

May 6, 2015
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Image Copyright – Aly Hazlewood Review of The Moorings Village & Spa, Islamorada Discovered by Spanish explorers, Islamorada (purple island in Spanish) is thought to have been named such thanks to the astonishing purple hued sunsets that grace the skies. One of the most enjoyable location shoots I’ve had the good fortune to experience was [...]

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The Elemis Spa at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel, Excel

February 13, 2015
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The Sunborn Yacht Hotel is something of a floating gin palace, a 420ft motorless yacht, with 135 rooms moored in the docks near ExCel, a mere 15-minute taxi ride from London City Airport. A spa on a moored yacht sounds impossibly glamorous, so I was happy to drag myself out into the freezing cold weather [...]

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Ethical Clothing Adventures in Bangladesh with Rebecca Pearson

April 11, 2014
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Last November, I had the insanely exciting opportunity of travelling to Bangladesh with my favourite fashion label, People Tree. They are leaders in the field of ethically made clothing, and a large amount of their cotton is organic, also – so they’re are undertaking two mind-boggling huge tasks at once. 

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Casa Mosquito, Rio a chic, boutique stay if you’re Brazil bound for the World Cup

April 1, 2014
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Rio de Janeiro is on everyone’s lips this year. Host to the 2014 World Cup and the next Olympics, the global media is watching in earnest as the city cleans up its act in preparation for the sporting calendar’s most widely-viewed events. Rio is the 2nd largest city in Brazil, with a heralded reputation as [...]

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Can a hipster hotel be cool AND cheap?

March 30, 2014
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  In November 2013, a brand new concept hotel opened its doors in one of London’s most vibrant areas. Located close to the foodie haven that is Brick Lane and The City, Qbic Hotel London City offers a cool, affordable, urban experience for business travellers and hipsters needing a crash pad after a messy night in the [...]

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