A Good Thyme in the Herb Garden and some Sage AdviceAutumn 2018, Living Well Magazine by Mascha Florisson Herbs have been highly valued and used as food and medicine by humans throughout history, their use dating back to our hunter-gatherer beginnings. Early Greek and Roman civilisations had documented over 700 herbs and their uses, many of … Continue reading A Good Thyme in the Herb Garden and some Sage Advice
New Pathways through MindfulnessAutumn 2018, Living Well Magazine by Karen Hansen Every school morning as I entered the Primary School, I would take care to only step on floor tiles that were a slightly different colour to the rest. It wasn’t by choice – I HAD to do this! even though I was holding up a stream of fellow students … Continue reading New Pathways through Mindfulness
Plant-based Diet and Cancer – where is the evidence?Autumn 2018, Living Well Magazine by Maia Bedson This is a question often posed, and used as a deterrent, by people with a bias against the prospect of cancer being more than just a chance occurrence, bad luck, a punishment or solely from genetic factors. A bias that … Continue reading Plant-based Diet and Cancer – where is the evidence?
Meditation: persevere but give up the struggle!Autumn 2018, Living Well Magazine by Paul Bedson Watch yourself closely as you are preparing to meditate and as you are meditating. Notice how much of your time is caught up with the subtle hope that something should happen… something transformative, wonderful, magical, mystical, or spiritual, should happen. This … Continue reading Meditation: persevere but give up the struggle!
My Answer to CancerAutumn 2018, Living Well Magazine by Cathy Brown It is hard to imagine that in 1989, a tiny red dot on my arm could have changed my life so dramatically. I had always been very careful with my skin and very aware of melanoma. When a small pimple-like spot appeared on my … Continue reading My Answer to Cancer
Spirit of PlaceSummer 2017, Living Well Magazine by Elizabeth Melican In October this year, I attended my ninth retreat program at the Yarra Valley Living Centre – the new Meditation Teacher Training, Module 3 immersion - and, as always, I felt my heart expand with gratitude as I entered the grounds. There is a special energy, or … Continue reading Spirit of Place
Neuroscience and Mindfulness MeditationSummer 2017, Living Well Magazine by Paul Bedson It is always heartwarming when there is a convergence between science (neuroscience), psychology (mental health) and spirituality (meditation). These three areas of study are sometimes antagonistic but the new science of the brain is bringing them together, perhaps as strange bedfellows! The new technology … Continue reading Neuroscience and Mindfulness Meditation
Awakening Around RosesSummer 2017, Living Well Magazine by Michelle Endersby My first experience with the Yarra Valley Living Centre was as a support person for my husband, Brian - who has primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS). We attended one of the first Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) Retreats, facilitated by Professor George Jelinek and Dr Ian Gawler, … Continue reading Awakening Around Roses
Kitchen Bench MicroGreensSummer 2017, Living Well Magazine by Mascha Florisson While doing some research in my local library, I stumbled upon a book by Peter Burke, ‘Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening’. The book describes Burke’s technique for growing, as the title suggests, year-round salad leaves on your kitchen bench, simply and easily without the need for any … Continue reading Kitchen Bench MicroGreens
Soiled Soils - Heavy Metal Contamination in Garden SoilsSpring 2017, Living Well Magazine by Mascha Florisson The health benefits of growing your own vegetables are well researched, and many people dig up their lawns in favour of a backyard vegetable garden. There is nothing nicer than doing your vegetable shopping in your own backyard and nothing … Continue reading Soiled Soils – Heavy Metal Contamination in Garden Soils