has been a few times….
I really cannot thank
yourself and Trudi enough for having Heartland for us to go
who has been twice lives in the Middle East……
I think that it is amazing
that some of the things I learnt from you and Trudi and
only just becoming realizations now.. one year on!
It’s the retreat that just keeps giving!
Love and Laughter xo
an interstate Australian business leader, wrote….
I am truly blessed for
having met you and having spent time with you. I will
forever be grateful and give thanks for that. The inner
strength you have guided me to over the years is a true
blessing. Even though I don't see you often I do reflect on
my time with you and talk about it with others.
Love and Blessings
in November 2012; and later wrote…….
I attended your amazing 5
day renewal program back in November and absolutely loved
I have been using many of the techniques you taught us and I
think of you often.
visited late 2012.
Dear Les and Trudy, I have
a big thankyou to you both as my life has changed so much
for the better since spending my 5 day retreat with you
both. Trudy I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful gift
you gave me of painting. When I came home all I could do was
paint and I had to paint everyday. I have sent you two pics
of my latest painting to show you what I am doing and how
far I have come over the last few months. My love to you
both and once again Thankyou so much for the gift you gave
Love and light to you all
My perspective and attitude
have remained fresh since last week , life is wonderful and
I count my blessings several times daily , thank you thank
I now have a clear head and happy heart, bless you both for
your love and connection . I am setting off on a new journey
today, a little frightening but I will be fine . Thank you
for encouraging me to be me, I'm not bad after all!
With love and grace,
came from Sydney in October 2012…
Hey Les and Trudi
I had a wonderful time and I am so grateful for my time
there and for you both. You both give so much of yourselves
and your time.It was a fantastic experience. And thanks to
Oliver i am looking into getting some more horse therapy!
also came in October 2012….
I'm still feeling amazing -
and seem to be getting better and better every day. I feel
so happy and grateful that I could burst!
Thank you for helping me to get to this beautiful new place.
Love and light
Thankyou for the wonderful
few days I enjoyed at Heartland recently. It was just what I
I really appreciate your wisdom and kindness. I felt very
rested and happy when I left the retreat and those feelings
are still around which is great.
I’ve applied many of the learnings already and I’m seeing
some very positive outcomes as a result. Thanks also for
Trudi’s brilliant art workshops – I really hope to see you
all again in the not-too-distant future.
came September 2012….
Thanks again for such a
wonderful break. I enjoyed myself immensely and now feel
ready to start a brand new phase of my life.
My new affirmation is:
Loved and whole, happy and free
I am complete, and I choose to 'be'
came October 2012…
Been singing your praises
loud & clear!
Thanks for 5 days where I was able to make quantum leaps!
Love & Delight
came from South Australia….
All of my being thanks you
for the truly beautiful gifts you have given with so much
Thankyou Les for sharing your wisdom and profound teachings.
Thankyou for your insights and giving me the key to healing
my relationships. Thankyou for the key for changing negative
programs playing over and over in my mind. Thankyou to both
of you for sharing your love. I have experienced myself
truly laugh, smile and feel love. Thankyou, thankyou,
came from New Zealand……….
Dear Les & Trudi
Thankyou so much for opening your home and hearts to me
during my stay at Heartland. The care, love and energy you
shared with all of us will stay with me forever. Les, your
stories were inspirational, funny, true, profound, and
meaningful – and your laughter, infectious. Trudi, thankyou
so much for sharing your passion for art and enabling me to
see that I can express myself easily through this medium.
Your very gentle and sweet nature shines through every day –
and combined with Les’s exuberance, your loving family and
wonderful helpers, the beautiful food, inner sanctum and
library, the animals, birds, plants, sculptures and
everything else that makes up Heartland….it is the strong,
positive, loving energy of Spirit working through both of
you that I carry with me back to New Zealand. Love and
blessings to you both,
came September 2012…..
I had an absolutely awesome
time at Heartland, and I have so many great things to share
I will be spreading the word about Heartland to everyone I
can because you guys are just what this world needs.
Unfortunately there are not more people out there like you
The whole experience has been life changing so I have to
thank the Universe for allowing me to go there at this time
in my life. I can honestly say that I am truly Happy & at
peace with everything in my life, for the very first time in
my 46 yrs.....
Blessings to you all
Genevieve came in October 2012….
Thank you once more for a
wonderful retreat. I think that the group of women of which
I was fortunate enough to be part of ~ I'd call the
"cross-roads group" because we all felt that we were in a
cross-road of some kind, meeting a fork in the road of life
so to speak, needing guidance and insight to move forward.
I am going back to work rejuvenated and relaxed, full of
positive vibrant energies, and well topped up with ‘hug
credits’ which will sustain me in my work environment…..
One person who wished to remain anonymous wrote….
I want to say a big thank you to both you and Les for
opening your hearts and sharing your love and wisdom with
me. Heartland has changed my life! I feel such love, peace
and joy everyday.
Words are cannot adequately describe the gratitude and love
I feel - so I will simply say "Thank you".
Thank you for the work and time you and Trudi give to
others. You are two beautiful souls and I feel blessed to
know you both.
AnnaMaria came in September 2012…..
Oh how I miss Heartland.
I have to tell you when I arrived home and when I went back
to work on the Monday I felt so different.
I can describe it as pure inner peace! I felt no negativity
inside me, I felt so warm, humble and loving and peaceful, I
really felt complete. I don't think I have ever experienced
this inner peace quite like this before.
came early October 2012…
I really enjoyed staying at
your retreat. I have my carved Om on my desk as a reminder.
I am working on changing my perception and the way I view my
world as well reminding myself to be grateful for the gifts
in my life.
came September 2012….
Les, Trudi and the
Thank you for the wonderful experience of Heartland. The
week of reflection, relaxation and spiritual engagement is
inspiring and has illuminated my path to self discovery.
Since returning from Heartland I have been in a state of
blissful contentment and have trouble keeping a smile off my
face. Technique's learnt and changed perspectives during the
week's retreat, combined with ongoing reading have given me
the confidence to know who I am and an ability to tap into
the love within.
Yes it really is a "bran nue dae", namaste and best wishes
visited in September 2012….
Thank you for your warmth,
generosity and extraordinary hospitality. For the 5 days it
was indeed a home away from home....and without the
distractions of home here, family, work etc it provided a
wonderful opportunity to experience more deeply my internal
The food, the artwork, the talks, meditations, humour....all
of it contributed to an environment where the soul felt
nurtured. God's blessings to all of you.
came in August 2012…..
Thankyou for the way you
have opened my eyes to know I am truly loved.
My inner truth is shining brightly as my perception has been
Trudi, I was blessed to share time in the Art Shed with you.
Les, I have awakened to see my inner truth – thankyou both.
came from NSW in August 2012….
It was a privilege to be
part of Heartlands for 2 weeks and being in a team of
friendly and like-minded people.
You, Trudi and Nicholas, do a wondeful job there and long
may it continue.
I thank you for your kind hospitality - I feel refreshed and
ready to make some changes in my life.
came from NSW in August 2012, too….
I have been telling
everyone about the retreat. Yesterday I got up in church and
lit a candle of joy and told them about the retreat and how
your philosophy was much like Unitarianism in that you don't
accept any dogma but value all religions and philosophies
for what they can teach you and that Love is your only creed
- thankyou for everything!
came in August 2012 and later wrote….
Just a note to say i really
enjoyed my time at Heartland, it was a very special time for
me thankyou .
i was so glad to spend my time with such lovely people. I am
practising my 3 minutes every day, and am feeling better
about things - - thankyou so much for the wonderful work you
do – it’s good to be alive regards
came from far north west Queensland in August 2012……
Thank you so much. The time
we have spent together is so precious…
Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
came in 2012 and later wrote….
I remember my week with you
last year- what a gift!
came August 2012….
I feel I have made some
very substantial steps forward, many thanks to you and
Kindest regards to all
came from southern NSW in August 2012…
First of all I want to say
I still miss Heartland and the special time we had there
together, and I mss you all and the special love you all
brought to my life both in that week, and since then it
continues on xox
visited Heartland August 2012….
I have to acknowledge how
beautiful is the love you share.
I am happy to know that even in the moments of loneliness,
guilt or grief I experience in my life, I discover more and
more that we are love beings, and therefore find just
amazing how I can call out to our universe, and be reassured
whenever I ask.
It’s like growing a plant of wisdom, so hard to do, yet so
fulfilling, and for that I feel I need to acknowledge that
to you as well.
Cheers, and many good wished to you!!
from Adelaide in July 2012…..
A big thank you for all
your work putting together the week I have just experienced.
I have been to a few retreats over the past 30 years but
never one that was in such beautiful surroundings and with
so much variety of occupations to choose from. The
accommodation, food, comfort could not be bettered. However,
the loving kindness in which you two offered yourselves in
every way to make us happy and comfortable was what
impressed me most Blessings as you two would say
came in July 2012…..
I feel Heartland has really
impacted on my life and have recommended the retreat to many
of my friends.
in July 2012…..
It's been 2 weeks since my
life- changing week @ heartland . Every day i have felt
blessed- I feel so wonderfully well, my soul feels alive and
my heart very peaceful . I have had so many people say I
look different!!! I was hoping they meant I look like Elle
McPherson , but unfortunately they didn't !!!!! I had my
monthly treatment today, the nurses @ oncology unit also
made comment about how well I look......and my haemoglobin
has gone up! They were all very interested in my week at
Thank you for all your love and support
for her second visit in July 2012….
Thank you again for just
being. This, my second visit, is having the most profound
affect on my life. I have become so much more present and am
really taking the time to think about perception and am
spending time (mentally) walking around situations and
asking myself what would love do now? I can't thank you
enough for what was an amazing 5 days. I feel the music has
come alive in my body and really feel it is here to stay
now. Les your insights and the love you show to all is
outstanding. Trudi your calm beautiful creative nature oozes
into your work and your art guidance. I now believe I am an
artist (although not quite to your level). I thank you also
for the glorious artwork of yours that I now admire
daily...my piece of Heartland.
2012, Beverley wrote…..
Thank you, once again, for
the spiritual gifts you bestow. For me, they are an infinite
treasure to be shared.
came for her second visit in July 2012……
With sincere gratitude I
would like to say that my 2nd visit to Heartland Retreat was
even more of a blessing than my first..
Upon my arrival, I was quite fragile from my car accident
and somewhat a little lost after allowing life's challenge's
to get the better of me.
After 5 days of what I can only call Bliss, I left the
retreat with a Body well on the way to Healing after being
Nourished and Nutured with Unconditional love.
A Mind full of Clarity, an Open Heart, with so much Love and
Light, and my Soul with a real sense of Inner Calmness.
Thankyou les for sharing your life experiences with
everyone. This truly allows us to sit with, acknowledge, and
accept our own truths, ready to embrace life from a
In turn I know that my spirit is ready to fly and may all my
new founds friends, who I spent valuable and special times
with at Heartland also Let their spirits fly high and enjoy
Love, Joy, Peace and Happiness in their lives.
Love & Blessings Always
Karen J -
in July 2012 from Newcastle…..
Words cannot express my
gratitude for the most joyous, loving and compassionate week
at Heartland. To be immersed in such loving & healing energy
was the best gift. I was so blessed to be able to share the
week with very loving and beautiful people all of whom
touched my heart and spirit. My heart is still singing and
my spirit still dancing !!!
thank you Les for your divine wisdom and humour and thank
you Trudi for your loving encouragement during the art
As Arnold Schwarzenegger said......I'll be back !!
living in the Middle East, visited early 2012…..
i wanted to thank you for
helping me to achieve a lot of the goals that I NEEDED to
achieve for my mental state before I turned 30... so THANK
YOU WITH BIG HUGS AND KISSES!
visited July 2012…..
Many thanks for creating
such a beautiful retreat. Coming to heartland was one of the
best decisions that I have ever made and I feel totally
blessed to meet you both. Thank you for your kindness and
The whole group of people at the retreat were all amazing
all with beautiful spirits with so much to share. I am so
glad I met you all!
I have come back home and I feel so much lighter, calmer and
overall a much greater sense of peace. I have so much more
energy and my spirit has been energised!
I will be spreading the word of how fabulous you both are
and what heartland can offer
Take care and many thanks
early July 2012….
I just want you to know
that the week that I spent with you at heartlands was a
wonderful experience. You were so right, there were no
immediate bells and whistles but I am now in a great place
in my life- I am just so content with myself and others
(most of the time). I am loving my job, enjoying living by
myself and just getting on with life..
I feel that great sense of
peace and presence I found at heartland - I will see u again
Much love, I hope ur lives are wonderful.
come regularly from North Queensland…..
Thankyou Les Trudy and
everyone at heartland. Coming to your beautiful place and
learning your knowlege has hastened my wanting to find inner
peace and awareness and I don't feel so helpless anymore
going around and around in circles. Thankyou
in June 2012….
Dear Les, Trudi, Nicholas,
Will, Calves and Donkey's, in fact everyone and everything
Thank you all so much for giving Kate such a wonderful
Heartland experience, she absolutely loved it and has come
back with a smile on her face that I haven't seen for a long
time. She is so much more open to so many things after her
visit to you all, she had been resistant to coming
previously but the timing was of course perfect for her.
Seriously, Les you did wonders with her, she is so much more
confident, anxiety has all but disappeared and if it starts
to reappear she feels that she has the tools to deal with
Her ankle, she no longer sees as an issue, something her
naturopath, and her psychologist have been trying to help
her with for a long time. She is even strutting around in
heels again, (not ridiculously high ones of course, that's
not Kate) something she hasn't done in so long, she is
feeling a lot better about herself generally and her options
for the future.
has been before. She wrote……
Love to you both!!!
And my approval for your enterprise, your way-of-living,
your support of so many!
And my gratitude for your teachings, and cooking, and
courses you offer.
And, my looking-forward-to-revisiting when we can.
And, my admiration for your roles at the front of the new
wave of conscious evolution.
Southern NSW has come many times. He reflects on his first
That was a day that changed
my life, because you gave me the gift of unconditional love
and told me that I was already whole. That was also the
start of my awakening into a spiritual consciousness. There
have been times when I have loved you, trusted you, believed
you, and other times when I have not. I realise now that you
are always a reflection of how I feel about myself..
LOve Always, Simon
the letters we received during the first few months of
Dear Trudi and Les,
You have created such a wonderful sanctuary at Heartland and
I am so grateful to have experienced a magnificent week
Your kindness, love and compassion is truly infectious - and
I have not enough words to fully convey how many wonderful
experiences I had during my visit.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Lots of love,
C. N. (Mackay)
Well, it's been a while now
since my amazing week with you guys, and I'm already trying
to plan another retreat with you…..
Hi Les & Trudi
Thank you for allowing me to stay at your beautiful
I am already spreading the word
Thank you both for giving
us both the most wonderful experience during our stay at
Heartland. We have been telling our friends what an awesome
place you have and how the week there has affected us in
such a positive way. Hoping we can all come back in the near
future. I will be telling everyone at work what a great
experience it was and would recommend your retreat to
Thank you so much for your
common-sense and humor. I love your outlook. It is easy to
get a little swept along with the hype sometimes. I pray for
change as more and more of us get more and more conscious,
and your work in the world is no small part of that shift.
Much Love, Ella
to late 2011 Heartland enjoyed many full houses, and many
very happy guests.
People came from every state of Australia, the US, New
Zealand and the Pacific Islands….
Here’s a sample of some of their messages to us over that
I have returned home with a
renewed sense of my spiritual self and some more tools to
stay the course in my soul’s journey. Navigating grief is
more peaceful and I feel more able to let go of that which
no longer serves me and to embrace my greatness. Les your
counsel and group practice has been motivating, loving and
helpful in offering opportunity for me to see more of who I
am. Trudi your gentleness and creativity has re-opened my
heart, mind and soul to the gentleness and creativity that
resides within me.
Hi Les & Trudi
I want to thank you both for opening your home and heart to
myself and others.
My spirit was certainly renewed and I have regained that
calmness within myself again.
The food was amazing and nurturing, I have continued eating
this way at home, as It really inspired me.
I will definitely be back…..
My time at heartland has
made a huge difference already in helping me to awaken to
the truth. Love is all there is and peace is possible if we
could just let go of all the illusions in life. I love you
and Trudy like my family even though we don’t see each other
often. I carry you in my heart always.
My time at your centre 2
years ago was THE BEST and the love I felt was EVEN BETTER.
I enjoyed my stay with you
Thanks from the bottom of my heart.
It's been 6 weeks since my
return from Heartlands, and I wanted to say a belated Big
Thank you for the Wonderful Week I spent with you all.
From the very first morning, being woken up with Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
to the kindness of Les and Trudi and delightful food from
Viv and the forever joyful Nicholas and of course Will the
dog, my companion who waited and walked back with me on my
I have learnt so much from you both in ways I can’t explain.
The singing was a delight (I've missed it), the Meditations
the Mantras the insightful talks from Les to name but a few.
Since returning home I’m still feeling the effects that I
hope will continue to see me through on my own journey, and
the decisions I need to make in the next chapter of my own
My fellow Heartlanders were strangers when we met but by the
first afternoon I felt that I'd known them all my life
(quite remarkable). Trudi's gentle encouragement that flowed
through us all in Artland every afternoon was so much fun,
and my suitcase bulging with all my handmade pride and joy
pieces will be with me for the rest of my life.
I hope to be back soon to my new family for some more fun
and joy and love
“Heartland is just that… a
land full of heart! Les and Trudi’s energy is so warm and
loving that you just don’t want to leave. The loving
environment assisted me to connect fully with myself,
allowing for such clarity and vision for my future. I
received all that I hoped for and more out of my retreat at
Heartland. I would recommend a stay at Heartland to anyone
who wants to get closer to the truth of who they are.”
Thank you Les, Trudi and staff
I just wanted to thank you
all for your warm love, light and energy. Each and every one
of you touched me in a very special way.
Les, Trudy, thank for your gift of Heartland and Art land...
what a beautiful experience.
Thank you again for a wonderful experience.
Peter, United States
I was recently there for
your healing retreat September 2011 and I must say I'm
loving myself and others a whole lot more. I am thanking the
Lord every morning I wake for the air I breathe, for the sun
that shines, for the wind that cools me down and for the
food I eat. Before your retreat I seemed to be on auto pilot
and never appreciated my existence, now I certainly do. I am
more calmer with my children and in return they are giving
me more love than ever before. U have passed onto me your
words of wisdom and I'm now passing it on too, how good does
this feel. Again, thankyou so much - each day that passes I
May you both be continually
blessed with an abundance of good health, good friends,
happiness, prosperity and whatever else you have on your
Bucket / Wish List!
I truly am grateful for the time I spent at Heartlands with
Heartland provided a safe
space for me to look within and rediscover myself. The
absolute joy for me was spending time and connecting with
new friends to share stories, laugh, cry and explore the
challenges of our lives together. I will forever value such
a supportive environment! I have learned to notice the
beauty in every day and to give thanks to those I have in my
life. Les, your guidance was simple but has made such a
significant difference to how I view my situation and my
personal (daily) vision. I thank you both for creating a
place and space that enabled me to gain insights and make
discoveries about myself at my own pace.
I have already spread the word about Heartland and my
experiences amongst colleagues and friends. I hope to make
an annual trip to see you.
Warmest wishes and heartfelt thanks,
When I first arrived at
Heartland, we had a chat and I mentioned that the one most
important thing for me was that I would have a greater
appreciation of what and who I had in my life! It was about
me opening up to the ‘places’ where Heartland could or would
take me. I decided that it would have been silly for me to
go to Heartland with any other frame of mind. So off I went
to the most magnificent retreat I could have ever expected.
The people were wonderful. The food (please thank Viv) was
superb. But most importantly, the ‘places’ that Heartland
took me were challenging, tiring, rewarding, exhilarating
and most of all loving.
I learned a love that is deeper than the deepest ocean. A
love that is warmer than a mothers hug. A love that is
clearer than the clearest water. A love that is happier than
an innocent child’s giggle. A love that is brighter than the
Each day I wake, I thank God for what I have in my lucky
life Les. I thank God for all my amazing family & friends. I
thank God for Heartland, for you, Trudy & Nicholas. The
words below you hear every day so please read them very
‘Thank you and God bless you’
Because of my stay at
Heartland I now have found my inner strength once again and
am grateful for that opportunity.
Thank you so much for such
a wonderful time at Heartland. I learnt so much and had such
fun, and I came home with a different perspective on things.
Thank you for being such a beautiful family and for
spreading your love, light and wisdom. I'm already looking
forward to coming again next year!
Wishing you health, peace and happiness always.
Love & blessings,
Dear Les and Trudi,
I just wanted to write and thank you so much for an amazing
and fullfilling week at heartland.
Whilst there, I truly felt an inner peace that I was craving
and looking at my perspective of the things in my life.
Since being home and certainly having challenges with my
family's health, I felt better equipped to take things in my
stride and also focus on making time for meditation in my
life. There is still lots work to do but hopefully I am on
my way to finding that inner strength I am looking for. I
enjoyed the time with you Trudi and enjoy my Artwork that
came home with me and when I look at it this reminds me of
my amazing time away.I thank you both so much, I hope to see
you again and would and have been recommending Heartland to
my dearest friends.
in July 2011
Heartland was the most
amazing experience and I have definitely told friends/family
of my amazing week and how highly recommended Heartland is
for its self help and healing, relaxation and amazing
atmosphere not felt anywhere else!
I hope to see you again soon, and my deepest thanks from the
bottom of my heart for the love and guidance (and amazing
food) - it will always be remembered.
and blessings, Haidee xx
also came in July 2011
I can honestly say I felt
like a new person. The time spent at Heartlands was perfect
in every way, I loved every single minute of it and will
definitely be visiting you again to refresh and gain some
more inspiration. Thankyou to you all for making my stay a
magical experience. I have told everyone about Heartlands
and they all said I looked absolutely radiant!!
came in June 2011
Thank so much for the
wonderful time that I had at the retreat.
So many sweet memories even though it was only a few days,
it shows that quality is far better that quantity.
spent a week with us in June 2011
Just thought I would let
you know that Lee and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your
retreat. I am still on a high from the experience.
Thanking you again.
wrote to us…..
You were a changing point
in my life and I am now on a very different journey. Many
and Paula came in May 2011. Narelle wrote…
Thanks also for an
enlightening and soul reaching 5 days. I have honestly never
felt so good. You and Trudi are both amazing people and I am
so grateful to you for your help, understanding and
guidance. I will never forget my time at Heartland.
came for 5 days in May 2011.
You advertise in your
brochure - "Are you searching for inner peace? Do you need
support to heal or space to de-stress and refocus?"
Those were the words which stood out for me, and the reason
I visited Heartland, together with my friend Lorraine. I
would like to thank you both personally, for the wonderful
experience, and assure you that what you are attempting to
do is, in my opinion, something VERY WORTHWHILE and no doubt
rewarding. I am very happy that we had a small group, as it
would have been harder for me personally - to achieve the
above aims - and I am confident that with your help and
gracious support, I certainly can feel the benefit.
I would like to congratulate you on the welcoming and
pleasant surroundings, the healthy, nutritious and delicious
meals, the uplifting music, as well as the chance to meet
with the professional visiting team which you have
available. It is with pleasure that I shall pass on my
recommendation to many friends and relatives to visit you in
the near future.
God's richest blessings in your work,
also came in May 2011
Hello Les and Trudi,
Well I am home and trying to put into practice all the
things that I learnt on my stay with you.
I did really enjoy it, even though I came with a closed
mind, thinking I am ok, but found out a few things about
myself that should help me live a more fruitful and happy
life, so for that a big THANK YOU.
I am spreading the word to those who I think could benefit
from a stay with you.
I do feel like a different person and look at a lot of
things in my life with a greater understanding since my
lovely stay with you both, You WILL see me again.
Love and happiness always.
came and stayed with us Easter 2011….
Hi Les and Trudi,
I have just come down from the Heartland cloud and hit my
reality. Many Thanks to you both and all your great people
for the wonderful 5 days over Easter.
came in April 2011. She wrote….
I am very thankful to have
met you and experienced the amazing retreat you have created
at Heartland. You have created a wonderful place -- a
peaceful, warm, caring space where guests can explore their
inner world and see things with a new perspective that will
empower them to recognise and share their gifts. Living in
each moment with awareness, mindfulness and gratitude. You
have helped me create a vision for my life that I can
embrace and I will always remember your kindness, warm
welcome and hugs.
I've returned home with my pieces of art, a peaceful heart
and renewed spirit. Thank you.
also came in April 2011.
Dear Les & Trudi,
Thank you so much for the wonderful 5 days I spent with you
both at your lovely retreat.
I had a very enlightening time, met some more wonderful
people and learned so much more, returning home feeling
totally relaxed and rested. I'm just trying now to hold onto
that wonderful feeling as I return to the (un)real world and
back to work.
However, I most definitely will return in the future for
Thank you to both of you for allowing people like me to have
the opportunity to experience what you both believe in and
for providing just the most perfect setting to achieve this.
My best wishes
came in February 2011....
I went to Heartland in
February 2011 for some R and R, a bit of meditation and
massage. However, I came away with so much more than I
Heartland is a homely retreat, well run, friendly and
everyone is so helpful and supportive. The spiritual
teachings and meditations given to us by Les were amazing.
He loves what he does and is extremely knowledgeable and
enthusiastic. You can always get him to relate past
anecdotes----he is the most superb story teller.
Trudi is so artistically creative. I felt I had no artistic
ability at all but came away from Heartland with painting of
a sunset I painted myself and it looks pretty good to me !!
Trudi also helped us with a collage and hebel block
The kitchen provided us with wonderfully tasteful vegetarian
meals especially lunch outside
For a week of spiritual upliftment go to Heartland and
pamper the body and soul
Cheryl came in March 2011
I just wanted to thank you
and Trudi and the gang at Heartland for the terrific week
spent there. Over this week I have been noticing, thanking
and changing my perspective, and I must say I'm feeling so
much. So thank you for putting me back together, now my next
trick is to maintain it.
Misty came from interstate in March 2011....
Hi Les and Trudi,
Thank you so much for everything.. I was on such a high
after leaving Heartland
This week has completely changed my life in so many ways. I
am still on a high. I have been talking about Heartland all
day at work and I will definitely be back to visit in the
near future. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart,
you both have made an incredible impact on my life.
Christophe visited from France….
“I did not choose
Heartland, it chose me like by accident, and now I
understand why, I needed to reconnect with myself, I did not
realise I was so disconnected. Heartland is an Amazing
lesson of love, a great guide to find the inner within me.
Almost Magic with no mystic. I fly like a bird and feel
Quote “ heartland does what it says”
Many thanks for Les, Trudi and all the team, for the
spectacular experience and sharing their knowledge."
Sally wrote to us…
Dear Les and Trudi,
Thank you both so much for the wonderful experience that was
my week at Heartland Retreat. I enjoyed myself and learned
so much. I feel like I found a new me (or the true me) in
many ways. I felt so good at the end of the week, that I've
adopted some Heartland-inspired elements into my daily
routine back home. The effect these new habits have had on
my health and mood are amazing!
For instance, before Heartland I was NOT a morning person at
all. Desperately tired every morning, on a work day I'd stay
in bed as long as possible and then rush, barely eating any
breakfast; on a day off I'd often find myself unable to
really get moving until midday. NOW, I'm getting up earlier
(to the sound of a singing alarm I recorded) and preparing
some fresh watermelon juice before going for a pre-breakfast
walk around the block. When I'm not working, I am loosely
following a schedule inspired by Heartland, but in true
Heartland style I'm following "ish time". Basically, I'm
managing to fit in some exercise, healthy meals, some
meditation and some art most days. I am feeling very
inspired again about my art! (I'll let you know when I've
loaded my QLD images to Flickr.)
I'd really like to complement you all on the amazing food
and accommodation. All the small creative touches throughout
the cottage and the gardens made it such a restful, magical
place to explore and relax. The imaginative, delicious menu
has inspired me to cook healthier food because I was able to
notice a definite improvement in how I felt over the week.
I also want to thank Will for bounding over for a pat after
my early morning read of Og Mandino before you, Les, came
around with your bell. That was the most animated I'd seen
Will the whole time, and his support warmed my heart.
Thanks so much again.
has visited Heartland several times. In March 2011 she
Hi Les and Trudi...
How fantastically blissful it was to be in the embrace of
the Heartland home, it is difficult to find words to express
the depth of my gratitude. My soul was long overdue for the
nurturing embrace that she received, and the hugs!!!!! so
My last few years have been
most challenging as we all experience at some time in our
lives. I was gifted the opportunity to take a much needed
break. Heartland is a beautiful healing retreat in QLD.
Thankyou Les and Trudi for your care and kindness. My soul
and energy is back and ready for another year of doing what
came January 2011. Later she wrote to us....
Dear Les and Trudi,
Thank you so much for making my stay at Heartland possible.
It has been a real turning point in my life, and I intend
coming back again, probably next year. I came home with a
new lease of life! Before I went, I spent all morning on the
computer, living everyone else's life and not my own. Then
I'd have a sleep after lunch, and start watching TV about
4.30. Now I make a list in the morning and tick off what I
have done during the day. It sure makes me feel good to get
things done that I haven't done in a long time. A simple
thing like making my bed every morning brings me joy! And no
computer until late afternoon!
One thing about feeling sick, you feel so grateful when
I just had to go and buy Susan Boyle's album "I Dreamed a
Dream", as I couldn't get "How Great Thou Art" out of my
head all the way home and for days afterwards. I have always
felt close to God, but felt even closer after Heartland.
Anyway, thanks again, for all the love and support I
received during my stay. God bless you both. You are truly
in September 2010
I want to thank you both for
the wonderful time I had at Heartland.
I have learnt so much in my short stay; it has inspired and
changed my life for the better.
Thankyou so much,
Steve, South Australia
September 2010, Shaleen wrote:
Hello dearest Les and Trudy
and all the Heartland folk!
Oh- just watching the Heartland You Tube piece made me
'homesick' for that 'peace that passeth all understanding'
that is Heartland.
Jane visited from Brisbane
in September 2010…..
It has been a week since we visited and everyday I feel
peace and love emanating from within my being. I have
reflected on much and know that my experience at Heartland
helped me to reconnect to my source as well as lift the veil
on some of my illusions. (Another layer of the onion!) Thank
you for the lessons and kind words of wisdom. (I am doing
the temple meditation daily and it is helping me immensely.)
Trudi - I must let you know
that when my daughter, Poppy, age 3 saw my painting her
words were: "Mummy I love your picture!" She had to put it
up in her bedroom and everytime I see it, I am filled with
joy, (tears - good ones) and beautiful memories. Thank you.
Everything was WONDERFUL.
Can you also pass on my gratitude to all at Heartland who
made the weekend so magical - they are all amazing!
I hope to visit again next
year and will definitely pass on your flyers to those I
Thank you again for
Love and Brightest Blessings,
also came from Brisbane in September 2010….
What a wonderful weekend we
shared with you all
The delicious fresh healthy food was always delightful
The company, the talks, the meditations were life changing
I can’t thank you all enough and particularly Les for your
wonderful knowledge and healing.
Trudy for teaching us some
I would not have believed that I could learn and grow so
much in just 1 weekend
I am looking forward to coming back for 1 week next time
Love & Light to you all ,
visited in September 2010 for 12 days from Sydney’s Eastern
What a relief that there
are actually people like you guys still in existence! There
are no words I could adequately choose to describe how
grateful we both are for the opportunity for Rose to have
spent the past 12 days with you. So simply Thank You.
We are both ready to
embrace positive change in our lives, as individuals and as
also came from SE Qld in September 2010.
Dear Les and Trudi,
Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and the fantastic
time I had with all involved at the retreat.
Firstly to Les, thank you
so much for the valued gift of your meditations. I did not
realise how much I needed those three days to bring me back
to within and to feel the deep sense of peace I felt during
my time and for a long time after leaving the retreat. The
chanting was wonderful and always tends to fill my heart
with such loving vibrations Thank you for being you and for
what you give to so many. I cannot wait to come again and
hopefully for longer next time and maybe do another
wonderful psychological meditation. That was eye opening.
Once again Les, thank you for the gifts that you give.
Secondly to Trudi, thank
you for the time we also spent. Thanks for the painting.
Actually everyone I showed really liked it and that is
saying something as usually I cannot even draw a stick man.
So you can imagine my "ego" when they said my painting was
great. Thanks also for the wonderful scones. They were a
treat. I also look forward to seeing you when we come again
and hope next time to spend more time with you.
Thirdly to Bev and Janet,
thanks so much for the wonderful meals. The eggplant
surprise was the best thing I have tasted for a long time.
Thank you all as I know that the food was planned by all to
be enjoyed and enjoyed it was.
In love and light,
arrived in September 2010 from NSW….
I want to thank you for an
amazing 5 days. It was wonderful to be a part of the whole
experience. I cannot believe how comfortable and comforting
it was, right from the moment I arrived. I am still feeling
the inner glow that I left with.
Thankyou also for sharing
the tools which I can put into practice in my life.
I have already gained more
peace of mind.
from Sydney, came in October 2010….
Hi Les & Trudi
A very belated thank you
for a wonderful 5 days with you @ Heartland early October -
it was beautiful & wonderful and rejuvenated my soul.
came in October 2010….
Dear Les, Trudi and all at
Thankyou all so much for
such a wonderful, caring, fun, creative scrumptious and
cleansing week with you. It was all and more than I had
hoped for and I truly thank you. I have given your name to
many already and I really hope that they will all go for a
week of what I got and anything else they need or you can
dish up. I have listened to the meditation tapes and enjoyed
the journey they have inspired so thanks for that too. Love
and hugs to you all
up to Heartland in October 2010….
Dear Les and Trudi
Thank you!! I am so
grateful to everyone at Heartland and I thank you for the
most amazing time I had.
With much love and
came to Heartland in August 2010….
A huge thank you to Les,
Trudi and all the team at Heartland Retreat for the amazing
space you have created to allow all those who visit the
love, support and wisdom to grow and embrace the magic of
who they are. I spent 5 days of pure magic enjoying the
delicious, healthy food, spiritual re-connection and getting
back in touch with my creativity. I arrived stressed and
tired from years of running a busy demanding business and
left relaxed and at peace with who I am and the future
direction of my life and business ventures.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank
I will be back again and
Much love to you all.
Helen also came in August 2010. She wrote:
I often think of the time I
spent with you all at heartland with great pleasure.....
I will be back next year
love & hugs
in June 2010; and later wrote to us….
Hi Les & Trudi,
Well its almost two months since I spent that amazing week
with you both and I feel so different and moved so far from
the person I was when I was at Heartland.
I am so much more self aware than ever before and when i
notice myself falling back into old patterns i quickly shake
myself out of it.
Since my return to work i am really enjoying what i am
doing. this excitement and re-energizing of life is flowing
into so many areas of my life. My acting is having many
opportunities to flourish this month and i have 4 projects
on the go.
Im not finding the time to meditate very often but i do play
your healing garden every night as i go to bed, i may not
get to hear the whole thing but i know it is still doing me
good as i feel so much better when i do as to when i dont,
but think ive only missed out on one or two nights.
Ive also done something different in that i have given
myself permission to be the best i can be. Its definitely
making inroads into the self worth/self love area but i know
this is where i need to concentrate some efforts to move my
excess weight, but i know this will come as i am kinder to
myself each day, a little bit more.
I sing more freely and readily since ive come back and
willingly say to people i am a singer. Ive done a bit of
drawing since ive come back more colour swirls than anything
else and have drawn and cut out words of promise or
positivity on my wall to inspire and remind.
im also finding time to sit and breathe even if only for a
short time, to sit and let thoughts settle whether on a seat
in the park, the tram stop or wherever but it gives me time
to listen to my inner voice.
Love to you both
came from Victoria in July 2010. She wrote to us…
Dear Les and Trudy
What can I say about my
time at heartlands…. It was an experience which I will never
forget. I have never felt so at peace with myself.
Your words of wisdom have helped me put life in some
perspective. You have inspired to me some much that I would
love to get involved in spiritual retreats. To be able to
help people and leave an impression on them to me is such an
I just love the program. It enlightened my soul and helped
me to create as well explore my inner self. I just love to
sing and to able to do that every day with a group of people
was such a blessing. My favorite part was the hugs.
What can I say about the food but yummy yummy yummy a very
big thank you to Viv. To you and all your staff I say thank
you. I would love to come and visit again. I would also love
to do some voluntary work with you.
Love and hugs
came from Melbourne July 2010 and wrote:
Hi Trudi and Les
You are in my thoughts
constantly as my clients want to know where i have been and
how it was.
It is with much fondness and a smile on my face that I give
them all a wonderful description of the week at heartland.
I am amazed at the response (but then maybe not) it has
opened a more amazing energy throughout the salon.
Thankyou for the wonderful loving energy you have provided
at heartland as i have come home feeling so centered.
The whole program was
fantastic and the art workshops were so relaxing and
creative, thanks Trudi. (What a view)
Thanks Les for the tools, talks, drumming, singing and
inspiration you gave everyday in so many ways.
With love in my heart and a smile on my face.
spent three months at Heartland this year. She wrote:
I knew coming to Heartland
was going to be life changing – but ,i had no idea that it
would be to the extent that it was. .My light is shining so
Thankyou ever so much for
giving the opportunity for people to go heartland and for
being the love that you are. Also for your lovely supporting
I loved every minute that I
came in July 2010. It was her third visit!
It is 10 days since the
Heartland retreat and I am living in a
beautifully serene space. I kept expecting it to fade but
talking to you, Les, I have moved perspective and now expect
that is who I am and my natural state. So sweet!
Words fail to express what I feel, however, suffice it to
say that being with you two (and all who are part of
Heartland) in Heartland's atmosphere of unconditional love
and peace, has added a beautiful dimension of expansive love
and heightened awareness to my everyday living. You have
unlocked portals to my higher self that remain with me - far
reaching in the humility and love I feel for being part of
Thank you, thank you so much, please try to understand the
deep gratitude and love I feel for you both and for the
abundant blessings I have received from being with you in
your space. May you always be bathed in the God light that
Bountiful blessings for your continued well being and the
wonderful generosity of spirit that is the essence of
Huge loving hugs
Geraldine ran a program at Heartland late 2009…..
“It was the small touches, the flowers, the artworks, the
ample food, the candlelight and the anticipation of what we
might need, which made the running of my “Public Speaking
Goddess” retreat so effortless. Holding the space for 5 days
for participants who’ve come to face fears and learn
challenging skills, requires considerable energy. I was able
to do it with ease, knowing I could trust Heartland to keep
us all fed, watered and on time with the ringing of a brass
bell! Heartland provides a unique, quirky, sweet and gentle
place for guests to relax. It does not provide marble
bathrooms or chardonnay at dinner! Heartland is ideal for
facilitators working with small groups looking for a down to
earth, “home” type space with comfy lounges and a bulging
library. It also offers reverence for nature and the spirit
and a chance to slow down and unfurl your deeper self on a
banana chair under the bouganvillia. Thankyou Les, Trudi and
Geraldine Barkworth, Director, Cool,
Calm & Connected, http://www.geraldinebarkworth.com/
Sending you blessings and love
that Heartland and all those involved in it will continue to
blossom and thrive as a place of love and growth.
Much Love Ella, USA
entire hair studio visited us in February 2010…
I would like to thank you for such a wonderful experience.
The girls and I have learnt so much from both you and Trudi
and we are all planning our return visit.
Justine visited us in February 2010…
Firstly I would like to thankyou for your generosity, love
and support. When I first arrived at Heartland I truly felt
comfortable and at peace.
The journey I embarked on over the 5 days was one of
enlightenment, discovery, sadness happiness and most of all
very mixed emotions which I have subsequently found to be a
good thing! As you guys saw, I cried when I was leaving as I
was sad to leave Heartland and the "safety". I felt being
there was something I haven't experienced for such a long
It’s only been a week since I’ve been home and I am trying
everyday to put everything you have taught me into practice
on a hourly daily weekly and lifetime basis and have already
started making the changes. Both of you and your team are
the most positive uplifting people I have met. And I can
sincerely say you guys practice what you preach. If only the
entire world could have your perspective on life it would be
such a better place.
My outlook on life has changed and I value the "simple"
things much more than I used to. I also hope to have formed
some lovely friendships from the Retreat also. I will be
back for sure. Thank you once again for everything.
came in 2009….
You provide thought creation and motivation to apply your
teachings in a non confrontation way that doesn’t single any
one out and then you follow up/debrief with individuals and
fine tweak/tune to suit each person and what they are trying
to sort out. Which in turn, I believe gives people some
confidence in there own abitilities.
You provide the tools and it was up to the individual to
apply. You don’t force any thing onto any one and you
respect each person for the individual that they are. There
is no stereotyping, no judging. Every one had something to
offer and you recognized that.
Everyone at Heartland was welcoming and always had time to
answer any questions. No one was ever fobbed off. I found my
stay at Heartland a most rewarding and enlightening
Thank you very much for your support and teachings.
Lot of Hugs
Barbara came more than once during 2009. This is what she
has shared with us…..
Hi. I'd like to share some thoughts with you about my
journey over the last few years and to tell you that coming
to Heartland was important. I was meant to find you to find
my way. So I thank you with great love for the gifts you
have given me. I pray that Heartland continues to flourish
with love from many committed clients and partnerships.
The first healing retreat at Heartland helped me get back
out of a dark tunnel that was threatening to engulf me. I
started to feel stronger and healthier. Despite the messages
from the retreat, there was a niggling uncertainty about how
to proceed. Like a child, I was excited about the new things
I had learnt but wide-eyed and nervous taking my first
steps. Falling back to old practices I looked to others (and
books) for answers instead of looking inside myself.
The second retreat helped reinforce the messages and helped
me understand that I need patience...patience for many
things including my meditation. It also helped reinforce
that I need to love myself to love others. I now meditate
almost every day. I'm still a beginner but I don't push for
'perfect' anymore. I try, I wait, I pray, I try again, I
Slowly the puzzle has been coming together. I've realised
that my journey's purpose is not to find me or God but to
allow my spirit and the divine to shine - to love and to
serve. I am not alone - the divine is me and becomes my
partner with the physical me on this earth. In the difficult
times, when I'm faced with angry, hateful, critical people,
I find I am stronger when I remember that those spewing
hatred are feeling hated so I send them love, if someone
gives me a gift of criticism I don't have to accept that
gift I can leave it with the giver, that the 'difficult'
people are my teachers. It is easy to love when you are
loved, to love when you are hated is the way. I have also
realised that 'I' am not depressed, I just had depressive
thoughts - change the thoughts and change the experience.
Now, I don't linger on any depressive or worrying thoughts.
It is getting easier to flip to the positive loving side.
Thank you again for helping me find my way. I still have to
learn on this journey but I am no longer afraid. Have a
wonderful blessed day
Shaleen came early 2010…..
Thank you both for all your love and inspiration.
I look forward to another visit to Heartland in the future.
Love and hugs
I feel honoured by the Namaste
experience at Heartland! Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank
You!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for the celebration of life at Easter
WOW! The Divinity of the God light presence at Heartland
always leaves me feeling like the very important person that
we all are but, not in an ego sense but God sense! Thank
Alison, Qld, March 2010
a fantastic time with you
all.....you have really changed my
life in many ways.
2010, from western NSW.
"I have had the absolute pleasure to
spend a week long healing retreat at
Heartland Retreat for the third time
in 3 years in March 2010.
I have felt the drawing of this
sanctuary, which is like a second
home, for the healing of my
emotions, mind, body & spirit and to
create a more sacred relationship
with myself, others and the
Universe, and each time my
experience of Heartland has been
nothing less than incredible.
The environment is so peaceful, calm
yet energising, the Dyer family
welcoming, warm, accepting, treating
all as their own family.
I thoroughly enjoyed so many things
... my private room with comfy bed,
the fresh organic fruits & veges,
tasty & healthy meals, relaxed pace,
inspirational talks, meditations in
the temple, singing, laughing,
connection, peace, tranquility ...
the list goes on ... all at very
I really appreciate Trudi's
God-given gifts to create so many
beautiful artworks, especially the
huge Buddha on the outside of the
newly painted Temple.
They create a so much beauty and
serenity of Heartland.
Trudi takes the time and effort to
teach a whole bunch of people how to
express themselves through the
medium of art and gives them the
pleasure creating something
beautiful that they can take home.
Les is a wise spiritual leader and
guide, an inspiration and a very
loving and warm person who welcomes
and treats everybody exactly the
same, with love and kindness.
He has a very deep understanding of
people, and is truly walking his
talk ... living his truth and
purpose in this life. Bless you all
for being a part of my journey."
With lots of
love, Debbie H, Hornsby NSW, March
Blessings to you and the
wonderful work you bring into the world !
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With the beautiful surrounds, Viv’s wonderful
meals, warm friendly people who made me feel
like family and the opportunity to step outside
my comfort zone through creativity, meditation
and inner work, I can’t thank Les and Trudi
enough for the experience at Heartland Retreat..
I never thought coming back to my everyday life
with work, the rush of the City and
responsibilities would be any different, but I
can honestly say the benefits I gained at
Heartfelt have followed me back home. I take
extra time each day to slow down, appreciate
life as it is, have compassion for others and
things that distress me, and my work as a
psychologist is taking on a much more spiritual
direction. I think everyone’s heart needs a
Senior Psychologist, Sydney, NSW, Australia"
came from North Queensland Easter 2013
Easter was amasing and I
feel very blessed to have been with such a wonderful group
came from Brisbane for Easter 2013
Thank you once again for an
amazing few days at Heartland, it was a great experience for
me and very healing.
came from Sydney at Easter…..
Words are not enough to
express the way we feel leaving Heartland ... It is a mix of
emotions…positive but also a bit of sadness leaving our
Heartland family we deeply love.
Once again, thank you thank you thank you for another
amazing retreat, for all your love, guidance and support.
With much love and gratitude,
came from interstate in March 2013…..
Just a word of thanks and
gratitude for the awesome week at Heartland.
My life was touched in many ways and I shall recommend you
to all I meet. I left a better person than when I arrived.
came in March 2013….
Thank you so much for a
wonderful week - I miss all of you already! And I am
definitely coming back to stay again in the future ……so
thank you for allowing me to open up the light in my life!
from Sydney came March 2013 and wrote……
Just wanting to thank you
both for an amazing week!
visited in February 2013…..
thankyou , thankyou to you and Trudi for a truly wonderful 5
days at Heartland……
came from North Queensland February 2013……
Thank you for a wonderful
week, I got so much from it, I am looking forward to
utilizing and taking on board the tools that l have learn
this past week.
has come several times from Sydney. She wrote…..
Without you love and
support and wisdom I would not be the woman I am today
came early 2013 and wrote to all the other participants….
It's been such an uplifting
and healing experience and this is thanks to the incredible
wisdom, love and generosity shown by Les and Trudi and
creating such a marvellous centre for healing and learning.
And allowing all of us to share our experiences through this
medium. I picked up that one common thread for a number of
us is pain. Something we unfortunately all experience some
time in our lives. And I thank you all for opening up and
courageously sharing your stories, it has helped me
immensely. In light of this I would like to say thank you
thank you thank you…..
I attended one of your
retreats at Heartland and it was such an amazing experience
and turning point for me. With the clarity I got I
absolutely plan on returning to Heartland so Thank you. With
much love xxx
came for New Year 2013…..
We wish to thank you again
and again for the most beautiful and uplifting New year’s
Retreat. We both enjoyed every moment of it and are very
positive about our future. The teachings and workshops are
just what we needed, the love purred in and special moments:
“ Sunset & Sunrise” absolutely mind blogging. The food and
speciality tea’s sooo yummy.We are looking forward seeing
you again in the near future.
also came early 2013…..
THE BOTH OF YOU ARE SO REAL
SO GIVING, SO KIND, SO GENUINE, SO SPIRITUAL, SO MENTORING,
SO TRUSTFUL, AND ALWAYS LOVING!
(again) in early 2013….
My last visit was a
wonderful experience. I am so grateful to have met you both.
The experience with you helped me to get through…..learning
to accept and acknowledge my feelings.
Thank you both so much, from my heart.
late 2012 and wrote to us….
Thank you both for giving
me back to me ... Thank you , thank you , thank you . Love ,
light n happiness .
came a few times in 2012….
I give thanks for you and
Trudi making your place and your knowledge available to us
to grow and learn; and I am loving the new
growth and lessons I get from you both at Heartland.
also came to a few weekends in 2012….
Thank you for listening,
challenging my beliefs, helping me grow spiritually and
reminding me of who I (we) are.
I am so very grateful to both you and Trudi - you really are
healing the world with your love and teachings.
came to a spiritual weekend program, late 2012
Thank you from the bottom of our Hearts for the wonderful
weekend we have just had with you and Trudi
came in November 2012…..
Thank you dear Trudi and
Les for a very special week. Meeting you was a real
pleasure. I watched you both giving everything, and
appreciate and admire your love and generosity. I also felt
very safe and cared about. :)
It's a long time since I aspired to that sort of faith,
before painful crises that I couldn't handle pushed me into
fear. I started to move back into that place of trust
recently, when I finally listened to the inner voice
pointing me back to a more genuine surrender. Now you've
inspired me towards truly 'letting go and letting God'.
came from Sydney late 2012….
Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou for a 5 day Healing Renewal
program, that has a Never-fail lifetime guarantee!
Sums it up as I drove home that's what I came up with.
I will makes changes in my daily life thanks to the two of
Trudi you are so Angelic and an inspiring woman – thank-you
from the bottom of my heart!
Forever grateful - Love and blessings to you both!
My world is a far Better place now that I have you two in it
came from Townsville….
Wow what can I say! You two
are some of the most inspirational people I have ever met &
it is really refreshing to hear genuine life stories & with
the positive attitude from the outcome. Thank you.
Trudi you have brought the inspiration back to me to get
back into art at least my sewing again. I bought herbs today
from the markets which I have planted & my son is keen to
help me build a vegi garden. Thank you so much for being
such a beautiful person with such an open heart.
Les, you have made me realise that there is love there for
me & that my past was for a reason which I have grown from.
I no longer feel angry or bitter about my partners, I take
it as a learning curb. My son is going to help me put your
inspirational cd's onto iTunes so I can listen to them
If I lived closer you would see me a lot lol.
Love and blessings,
first came to our retreat about 14 years ago…..
Thank you... for touching
my life in such a magical way...
from Newcastle wrote…..
I really enjoyed the
weekend and the space you both create - thank you for
everything. GRATEFUL Your effort and attention to detail is
terrific. It is a wonderful situation for some quiet
internal stuff and I am GRATEFUL for that.
been quite a few times…
I'm amazed at how much your
teachings completely resonate with me.
As I listen and learn from you, its as though I can finally
This is the best way I can describe it because words are
also been several times…
I wanted to thank you both
and all your amazing staff for a truly wonderful stay. I
know I will be back there again and always get so much from
my stays. I am in such a lovely place and so many beautiful
things are coming into my life and I know its because all
those years ago you helped me to see things from a different
perspective. Lots of love to you both always.
Dr Sam, MD,
hails from New Zealand. He wrote…..
Hi Les, Les,
Thank you so much for the time at Heartland, it was life
changing and I'm excited to be on this path.
visited in June 2012…..
Thank you again for showing
me where the real me has been hiding! I know I’m just at the
beginning of rediscovery!very!
came for a weekend in June….
Thank you for an absolutely
awesome weekend and I am looking forward to coming back
up in June 2012…..
Dear Les & amp; Trudi, this is
my testimonial to you.
After spending five days with you and Trudi, I feel like
shouting from the top of a mountain that I feel so grateful
to have been blessed with the experience of Heartland. Les,
you captivate your listeners through your abundance of
spellbound stories and deep found wisdom. Trudi, your smile
lights us up and I love your gentle encouragement to open up
to the divine masterful creativity that resides within each
of us. Also your repeated ability to indulge our senses in
inspiring nutritious creations.
Of course I will return, the only that remains is, when. It
will never be too soon to again experience this life
changing retreat. I thank you from the depths of my heart
for your love, your smiles, your singing, the small gestures
that have big impacts, Nick, Viv and for just being YOU.
Till next time, Namaste.
Love & blessings, Koti
p.s. feel free to use my
name and all or part of this testimonial on your website if
Pps I mean every word
in May 2012……
Hi ">Hi Trudi and Les
after arriving home yesterday from my week at Heartland I
felt like a new person. I miss the times spent listening to
all the great stories you tell Les and having to think about
the meanings of them. It has been a most enlightening and
interesting week, I enjoyed every aspect and thank you and
Trudi sincerely for the wonderful place you have made
If I am able to implement even a small amount of what were
heard and attempted to learn about, I will be a much
happier, contented and enlightened person. I feel I could
stay for several weeks just to be able to get a lot more
information and take the time to really put it into action.
I have already begun to think before speaking, come from a
more loving place and feel it is surely making a difference
to everyone around me as well as making my life more
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.
Did I mention the food was sensational and I look forward to
making some changes to the way we eat!
to Heartland in May 2012…..
Dear Les and and Trudi
I need to say thank you from the deepest part of my being.
When I came to Heartland, I was ready to lay down my burdens
and check out. I had put my affairs in order and was kind of
just waiting for it to happen.
The transformation that took place for me under your loving
care and guidance at your wonderful retreat, has been life
transforming to say the least.
I have a new sense of purpose and most amazingly I also have
the energy and will to move forwards towards my higher
purpose, and the tasks that are as yet incomplete.
Blessings on you both (and the team) and on the work that
in May 2012…..
Dear Lesr Les
I first found out about Heartland a number of years ago when
I came across an article in a magazine. The author had spent
some time at your retreat and spoke very lovingly of the
experience. It sparked my interest and soon I had signed up
for your newsletter which I would (and still do) look
forward to. Your words touched me and were often very timely
regarding my own experiences. They would turn up in my inbox
at just the right time and offer solutions to problems I was
facing. There were times when I battled with your words
however, once I relinquished the "human" and came from a
place of love, the problems would be resolved.
This philosophy, of coming from a place of love, is the
greatest gift to have come in to my experience. It never
fails me. It diffuses anger, heals all negative emotion,
transmutes pain and really does make life so much easier and
The 'Love' experience has amped up this year as with ease
and grace I embrace this philosophy. Through every trial and
seeming problem, it has been the rock that gives me strength
and courage and has become second nature instead of
something to strive for. It overflows in to my healing
sessions and infects my wonderful clients who comment on how
loved they feel. For all of these reasons, Les, I am very
So a big, very big thank you for your gentle, loving
guidance over the years. I do feel very drawn to Heartland
2012, Steve from Adelaide wrote…..
A heartfelt thanks for
providing/assisting my wife with the opportunity to rest,
reflect, grow and most importantly heal. My gratitude simply
can not be explained in words. rds.
Tawnie traveled over 1000km to be with us early May 2012….
I just wanted to thank you again for such a fantastic week
at Heartlands. I still feel like I am on a high- I am so
happy and I see everything in such a positive light. I have
never felt so energetic and well before and I certainly
believe the food at Heartlands had a great deal to do with
that. Thank you so much to you and Trudi for creating such a
wonderful place and inviting people into your loving home
and sharing your wisdom. I had such a wonderful time that I
am determined to go back to Heartlands again.
guest wrote to us (May 2012) from the airport lounge…….
I am sitting in Maroochy
airport waiting for my plane...ne...i caught sight of myself in a
window & I was walking taller...& while I was in the
bathroom I saw myself in the mirror, smiling...a real look
of happiness, not pretend...Thank you again Les & Trudi for
helping me find myself in me! X
Sarah came April 2012…….
The week leading up to me attending heartlands was very much
unexpected by myself and i found myself feeling very hurt,
sad, confused crying more than i think i ever have before
and i was really at a loss of what to do or why i needed to
do it, i do have some friends that do healing and i went to
see them which helped but not in the same way yourself at
heartlands were able to, for the first time i was able to
understand what was going on, why and how to change/heal
myself and for that I am and will always be very grateful to
for Easter 2012…..
Hey Les, Les,
Just wanted to touch base with you and share my thoughts and
feelings. Since leaving Heartland at easter I have found a
real sense of peace and tranquility. A lot of things you
said this time seem to really hit home with me. I now live
every day with INTENT! I start each day with gratitude and
end the day with a meditation. I have found my way back to
yoga sheer bliss!
I feel that I am moving on and can move on. I can almost
hear you sigh from here!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
Thank you for your kindness
and generosity during the 5 day healing retreat It was a
life changing experience for me and I am so very grateful.
Dear Les, Les,
Thank you sooooo much to you and Trudi for my time at the
Heartland Easter retreat.
I wanted to say that I am so glad that I visited Heartland
and I really got a lot out of it. I think I realised a lot
of things about myself that perhaps I hadn’t beforehand. I
also knew that my heart was not well, but I didn’t know what
to do about it and I certainly hadn’t realised the extent in
which I had blocked out the world. Although I was cynical at
the beginning, I think I got it, and I saw my perceptions of
the world change. I felt new.
I have decided when I don’t feel love, to visualise my heart
as big and healthy and radiant, beaming from my body. I will
certainly recommend Heartland to anyone I think would
benefit from a visit.
Much love and gratitude to you and Trudi,
AW came in
completely exceeded my expectations of a health retreat. The
daily programs were tailored to meet the groups’ collective
needs. Our small group has made lasting bonds and
friendships. The food was tasty, hearty and nourishing. The
accommodation was homely and very clean. The skills that I
have learned from Heartland have enriched my everyday life.
Heartland has been invaluable to me in many ways. In the
past I suffered anxiety. Since Heartland I no longer feel
anxious because of the skills I have learned from the
meditation and relaxation sessions. Les and Trudi welcomed
our group as if we were their family members. They were
approachable, friendly and kind. The program allows you to
do as many or as little activities as you would like. I was
constantly kept busy by the variety and high quality nature
of the programs offered. Every one of our group members
stated that they were happy with the retreat and that their
individual needs had been met. Towards the end of the
retreat, each group member appeared youthful, refreshed and
relaxed. Heartland is the perfect setting for a relaxing
came from Western NSW. She wrote,
I came for a 5 day healing
retreat just over 2 years ago, I am still thankful every day
that I got to spend time with you and Trudy and the others
and how much you helped me.d me.
Thank you Les and Trudy for all your great work.
group Testimonial received from a group April 2012….
Thankyou for the wonderful
journey now – and to come!
I will always hold this
week in my heart and aspire to be the love I am! For this
lesson you’ve taught me I thankyou dearly
Words cannot truly express
how wonderful it has been to share this time together
Thank you so much for a
great week in a wonderful healing place
Thankyou for this
experience – your kindness will not be forgotten – your
humour has been refreshing. Hope to see you both again!
Thankyou for everything!
Thankyou for the learning
and peace and love
thankyou! Blessings always!
It was great!
Thankyou for your wisdom,
joy and laughter!
Lessons have never been
more important – and such a fun way to learn! The people you
draw together is also such a blessing!
Thankyou for this week – I
shall treasure it always!
Dear Les and Trudi
Thank you so much for the warmth and love that permeates
from yourselves to everyone who visits Heartland.
I have now been home 2 weeks and continue to see life with
clarity and sincerity. Meditation is now a new way of life
and I am feeling the benefits. You introduced me to food I
have never before eaten. All meals at Heartland were simply
I also enjoyed discovering more to my creative side in
Artland. I had fun painting and my family were quite
impressed with my art work. My Hebel rock piece depicting
the sign for Happiness sits proudly on the bookcase for all
to enjoy. Thank you Trudi for your encouragement during
I have recommended Heartland to friends and 1 has advised
that she is booked to attend in late May. I am sure her
visit will be as amazing as mine.
Love and heartfelt thanks to all at Heartland.
Blessings and Namaste
Hi Les, Trudy, Nicholas and
Will the wonder dog,
Thank you all for sharing your home and sharing so much of
yourselves with me. On the way home I didn’t just cry, but
sobbed, bellowed and blubbered all the way home in the car,
and when I got home and most of this morning!!! What a
wonderful release that was. A lot of sadness but some joy in
there as well knowing that what I was feeling was true. What
a wonderful gift that you have given me I will always be
Hi how are you, I'm good !
Things have been going well. More positive – amazing!
Thanks again for my life change!
Love to all
Thankyou for being who you
are. Thankyou and Trudy for that amazing peace of heaven
that you allow others to be apart of. I am sure many others
are so grateful for you and what you have to offer others.
Thankyou - I wanted to say how grateful I am for everything
you shared and taught and inspired within me...I am deeply
Thank you for another
awesome time at Heartland it was just what I needed right
Mid to late 2011 Heartland enjoyed
many full houses, and many very happy guests.
People came from every state of Australia, the US, New
Zealand and the Pacific Islands….
Here’s more samples of some of their messages to us
over that time…..
Thank you so much for a fantastic program, and for all the
I had the best time and I feel very positive about starting
to (or remembering to) work on unconditional love. I know
how to love, but it's the unconditional part that I have
forgotten. I know it will take time and persistence when it
comes to "negative" situations, but I'm very excited about
turning what would usually be a frustrated or negative
reaction into a loving response (not just a non-reaction).
I really appreciate your focus on love and gratitude. It
made me realise I don't acknowledge my gratitude enough.
I've always thanked people for the nice things they do, but
I've never really expressed my gratitude for being here
everyday, or for the difficult times in my life that have
helped my growth.
Thank you again for all the discussions, advice, learnings
and wonderful love! I'm very grateful to have met you all,
and to have experienced Heartland. I'm already looking
forward to next year.
Just a short email to say
thank you, once again, for a wonderful week.
Thank you very much for the
past week it was wonderful.
In love and light
Many thanks for a wonderful
week at Heartland with some very special people (friends) –
the sharing and learning’s have been immense.
I am practising the 3 minutes 3 times a day and trying to
maintain my “new perspective” although the mind and the
mouth still try to wander down well trodden paths so it’s a
bit of a challenge to remain focussed but well worth the
effort to remain centred on the work I need to do within.
Trudi, I have been proudly displaying my painting, soul
imaging, hebel stone carving and sketches to my family /
friends. Thank you for this special gift of helping me to
create such original pieces of art – I just love looking at
them all :>)
Les, your words and teaching are deep and still the message
of LOVE within and without is simple. Thank you for sharing
your life experiences and learning’s – you have helped to
pave the way for a smoother path.
It is a real gift and a blessing to be able to embrace this
knowledge and I look forward to a more peaceful and abundant
Sending my love and light to you all, Namaste
Thank you so much for
having me at Heartland Retreat (have already recommended you
to many wounded souls). I have returned home stronger and
with a new attitude.
So much more to thank you both for, especially for putting
the scattered pieces back together.
Dear Les and Trudi,
Thank you both for providing an environment which
facilitates healing, is uplifting to the soul and brings one
as close as possible to the energy of Mother Earth and her
blessed gifts to humanity. My stay at Heartland is never
long enough because my yearning for all the elements which
create this wonderful sanctuary is hard to satiate. For me,
it fulfils my need to connect with the source of all that
is...through the meditations, reflection and connection to
nature; my long time desire to walk softly on the Earth,
through the daily practise of mindfulness; my need to
express creatively, through the art and craft program; my
longing for space to be what I need to be at any time; my
social need to be with like minded people and share
experiences/jokes in a non judgemental environment
completely void of ego; and the capacity to release and heal
old wounds (for me grief I didn’t know was there) and feel
supported in the Spiritual energy.
I found the temple to be the Heart of the whole place and
felt privileged every time I entered it.
I have been telling everybody about my “week in heaven….”
Once again thank you so much for the 5 blissful days of
respite I’ve been able to enjoy in the haven that you both
have created at Heartland and thanks to Mother Earth who
drank my tears on the back paddock and transformed them,
asking for nothing more than gratitude.
Thanks so much for making
the week a very special one. Enjoyed every minute of it and
will do all I can to encourage others to come your way.
I'll keep in touch.
Thanks so much for sharing
your retreat with me. The experience I got was so different
to what I was expecting. I came looking for a detox, and got
it on a completely different level. I was very impressed
with your retreat. It really was like a second home where I
could relax and allow myself to open up. I was surprised at
the effect the chanting had on me. It highlighted my need to
speak my inner truth, and the difficulty I have in doing so.
It is inspiring to know that in the age of greed and
self-centredness that there are people like you that have a
genuine desire to help others. I am really happy to have met
you and spent a week in your company.
Thank you Les and Trudi
again for a most amazing 5 days. I can feel the difference
every day and look forward to coming back to visit you all
Thank you again and thanks to Viv and Nicholas and Grace and
Will and all the chickens.....
Blessings to you too
Thank-you for being there
so powerfully to allow me to re-connect with the true Me I
thought I had buried forever….I will be back! With love
Thank-you for a most lovely
Thank-you all for such a
wonderful experience which has enabled me to connect to the
Spirit Within All…..the Oneness of the Universe!
In Love and Peace,
Thank-you so much for your
caring this week. The ‘Heartland experience’ has worked its
Love and Blessings,
Thank-you for a healing and
soul-nurturing retreat. My compliments on your integrity and
generosity of Spirit, two very important qualities that you
exemplify in all you do.
Love and Peace,
Thank-you, both, for all
that you do and all that you are. This week has been such an
awakening – thank-you, again!
Thank-you for your hearts,
wisdom, graciousness, tenderness, knowledge, creativity,
laughter and specialness!
I just want to thank you
all for an absolutely amazing time at Heartland! I look
forward to my next experience in 2012!
With much love and light,
Thank-you for the
beautiful, loving days I spent at Heartland on my recent
retreat. I’ve returned home refreshed, loving, loved and
loveable! I’m feeling awesome and appreciating my
Love to all,
I have felt joy, laughter
and deep connection with those I shared the retreat with –
and my gratitude overflows! Love and Joy is in abundance –
and I give thanks!
Thankyou Heartland for
being so aptly named
Thank-you for mending fences,
Thank-you for healing pain,
Thank-you for insights given,
Thankyou for putting us together, again!
Megan came in April 2011
Thank you again for a most wonderful time. I honestly feel
like the time I spent at Heartland has changed me deeply and
I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to experience
what you and Trudi have created. I have never felt so
accepted, safe and yet curious and challenged all at once. I
have been telling my friends I felt like I stepped inside a
rainbow, the energy was so sublime.
senior business executive, came from Sydney in April 2011.
He later wrote the following testimonial for us to use.
I have to say that
Heartland has been a huge eye opener for me. Not only have I
got to understand spirituality, I have found my soul and
gained greater balance on life - how to manage my thoughts,
feelings, consider others and "put in" as opposed to
focusing on outcomes..... placing the right perspective on
the things that change your life and affect your decision
making. Obviously I am still under ongoing development but
life seems so much clearer now and I am prepared for
anything - which is down to my renewed and vastly improved
I hope you choose to go for the week. You definitely won't
regret it and you may feel it is one of the most
enlightening experiences of your life. I do.
Heartland is a wonderful place. As a man of the world, Les
is the most inspirational person and life mentor I have met.
He holds several topical spiritual "talks" in a language you
can relate to and I certainly could relate to the various
standpoints he spoke of in life and it's challenges - wrong
turns and rationale behind what is termed as "right
thinking," inner self, love and oneness. Additionally he has
many real stories and anecdotes to share, especially about
his eventful past.
Your days will be filled with a forum of interesting
spiritually related "open" discussions, meditation (I'm
still at the guided stage), temple services and group
activities (e.g. art with Trudi). Not forgetting one2one
sessions with Les - optional. Plus there are around 3000
books to ponder and study. It is deep, very deep and
peaceful, very peaceful. I loved it. It is the perfect
setting to align your mind and outlook. You don't just get
the spiritual knowledge - it is the love within and the love
for others that really captures your heart and leads you
down a fulfilling path of wellness.
You won't get religion rammed down your throat either.
Throughout the retreat and within the temple you will be
exposed to spiritual awareness in a "down to earth" way. Yes
Jesus is involved and you will pray, also chant etc.. Other
religions will be brought up too like Buddhism, Hinduism,
Christianity (separate to Jesus as a man and what he stood
for) etc. It's like taking the best components of each
belief (whoever the God is), wrapping it into spiritualism
and combining it all with the overall spiritual way of
being. I never really knew this existed and for me, it was
truly like a revelation... and just what I wanted to have
faith in (yet never knew it until now).
P.S. Oh, and the surroundings are picturesque, tranquil and
naturally beautiful. Rather like everything else at
Heartland, the food too is also divine - fine dining.
Vegetarianism at it's best! Maybe it's a mixture of my soul
coming out and the food that has made my eyes change colour
and go bright green!
came in 2009 and recently wrote to us:
I came to Heartland for a
wonderful 5 days back in 2009 and though I haven't been in
touch, think of you all fondly and have found such glorious
peace knowing that such a place exists not only in QLD, but
I still remember the
retreat with a great deal of gratitude and appreciation -
you are all doing wonderful work and more importantly
teaching by example - it is truly a piece of paradise there.
came in March 2011.
Hi Les and Trudi,
Thank you both sincerely for a truly wonderful experience. I
was very hesitant at first, however soon realized what you
were offering is the only way forward…... To you both a huge
I cannot Thank you both enough. Truly inspired.
May God bless you both.
came last year; but wanted her Mum to also visit Heartland….
It's been a while since I
attended Heartland yet the experience remains strong in my
body and soul. I am still ever grateful for the experience,
and I must say my life has really taken off since I attended
the retreat last year……
came from Sydney Easter 2011….
I thought you should know
that when I booked Heartland Retreat 5 day renewal...I did
not know anything about you, your past, future, family, or
your books etc.
I received a wonderful experience for what I needed to
find...my inner Heart.
Thankyou and blessings,
Sandra came in January 2011.
My time spent at Heartlands
was brilliant as it was exactly what I needed to help give
me the direction I needed in my life. I would love to come
back as it would feel like coming home.
My gratitude and thanks to Les, Trudi, Viv, Nat, Alison,
Rob, Kylie and Will for making my visit so fulfilling.
I have been singing your praises to anyone who will listen!
Once again thankyou from the depths of my heart.
Renade came in January 2011.
PEACE, THANKS & GRATITUDE
to the BOTH OF YOU for the AWAKENINGS and LOVE that I feel
after leaving your UNIMAGINABLE RETREAT. It is hard to
believe how I NOW FEEL and also so HUMBLED. I AM IN AWE of
what I FEEL to be a TRANSFORMATION and the GIFT from THE
HEART (which you helped to awaken) to MY LIFE PURPOSE!!!!!!
LOVE, HAPPINESS AND PEACE
Beautiful 17 year old girl, visiting Heartland on her own
(early 2011) later wrote to us…
My heart is so very open to
the world and I've been connecting to people ever since I
got home. On the plane I sat next to two beautiful boys and
we had an authentic conversation.
I awoke excited about this brand, new day. I felt that there
was nothing I needed to remember, no routine or rules I
needed to adhere to, only a whole world to appreciate,
explore and enjoy.
I truly feel that the healing experience of Heartland was
magical and that this energy will continue to be felt in my
life and the lives of the other radiant women.
Jacqui came to our New Year Retreat….
Dear Les and Trudi,
I can't find enough words to thankyou enough for everything
on the retreat. I am feeling better in every way than I have
in so long and know that your retreat brought be back to my
truth within and deep connection to spirit. I am still
waking everyday and remembering to give gratitude and keep
giving thanks all throughout the day. I am so thankful I was
able to come to your retreat and feel the world is a better
place with you both as such amazing guides and teachers....
With thanks from the bottom of my heart....and yes a 120/20
for me - everything was perfect :)
Cris came to Heartland late 2010…..
I am writing to let you
know that one of the best things I did this year was to come
to Heartland – I hope to come again when I can – it helped
me so much and a remarkable change came over my life
following that time – I am also delighted that I have become
close to two of the girls on the course – we remain in close
touch. Love to you and Trudi for 2011 and to all at
came late 2010….
Thank you both so much
again for looking after me at Heartland (and for running
such a retreat in the first place). It was a truly amazing
Lots of love and best wishes.
Wolf came about a year ago. He wrote after some months….
….tears in my eyes now
thinking of all the things heartland brought me, love you
guys - thankyou.
Coleena came from New Zealand in
2010 and later wrote…
Firstly a very belated
THANK YOU for the wonderful retreat I attended July/August.
I benefited and enjoyed every moment!
came late 2010.
I loved my time at
Heartland and everything in that week really touched me. I
look forward to returning and referring others as well.
With love and peace,
came in 2010.
Dear Les & Trudi
Thank you for your email and thank you so much for opening
your home and hearts to us, allowing us the privilege to
share in the experience that is Heartland.
I felt as though I had come home – warm, welcoming, caring
hosts, your wonderful story-telling Les which had me
laughing and crying, Trudi’s beautiful smile, gentle nature
of your wonderful assistants, beautiful scenery, delicious
healthy meals, a comfortable warm bed, joy of companionship,
freedom to be me, inspired by creativity, heart-touching
insights, moving the body in new ways, sharing the joy of
music, delightful wildlife friends and so much more. I
thoroughly enjoyed trying Tai Chi and Chakra Dance for the
first time and intend to work with them regularly, and thank
you for helping me remember how I love meditation. I would
have been happy to stay at Heartland, and stay…..and stay.
Had I seen your email request for a new helper before I’d
left home, I very well might have asked Bernard to come back
to pick me up in six months time!!
I am planning towards visiting Heartland again as I enjoyed
sharing your company and yes, many lessons to learn – in
spirit, in body, in reigniting passion for life, in artistic
creation. I am grateful to have been reminded once again
that my little spark deep within deserves to be nurtured and
nourished so as to glow at its brightest.
came late 2010…
I want to thank you and all
the staff of Heartland for a memorable time I spent there a
couple of weeks ago.
I didn't really know I was in such a bad place until I got
there and the healing started.
I came away with a different perspective and things are much
better for me now. I now feel like I am ready to take the
next step of my journey into light.
came (again) late 2010….
I wish to thank you, Trudy and all the staff at Heartland
for an inspirational 12 days. It gave me the chance to
recharge my batteries and work through issues I needed to
I am feeling happier and more positive. Many thanks
Love and cyber hugs to you and Trudi.
visited late 2010….
Dear Les and Trudi,
Thank you for giving me back my heart. I can't begin to say
how grateful I am for having met you and the wonderful new
friends I have made last week. Heartland is magical. I wish
I could have stayed for longer and already asked my husband
to accompany me for a visit next year.
This has been a transforming week for me in more ways than
you can ever imagine.
I send you love, friendship and gratitude for doing what you
do and being who you are.
Monica also came late 2010…
The week was wonderful, very inspiring and uplifting. I have
been reviewing now some teachings of the Buddha, especially
Tibetan Master's Sogyar Rinpoche 'Tibetan book of living and
dying'. I had already started this journey, and the retreat
reaffirmed it in every way.
came October 2010
Hi Les and Trudi,
I wanted to thank you both very much for the wonderful
experience you provide at Heartland. I was somewhat anxious
upon my arrival, as I didn't quite know what to expect and I
had a feeling that my insides would get a little shaken up!
And I was right! But it all happened in such a positive,
safe and supportive environment. You provided such a great
range of activities to partake in and I particularly loved
the singing and chanting. I've created a 'Heartland'
playlist on my Ipod and I'm now woken by it each morning. I
then sing or chant for about 20 minutes. It's a great way to
start my day and I wouldn't be exercising my vocal cords as
much were it not for you. The art classes were wonderful and
I was especially hesitant to initially start the soul
collage but I persevered and I'm so glad I did, as it sits
by my bed and I can read all of the key ideas that I learnt
at Heartland. One of those is "Give thanks." I really liked
doing this each day after our chanting session and I've
noticed that when I now do it in the evening, my list gets
longer each time. On the first evening during your talk,
Les, you asked us if we truly wanted to be happy, and my
body and mind responded no. I was quite shocked. But over
the course of the week, I had a resounding feeling of
wanting to be happy and of taking your advice to assist me
on my journey. Les and Trudi, you both have such a lovely
presence and you make people feel at ease. I admire what
you're doing each day and I feel blessed to have been on one
of your retreats.
came October 2010…
Bless you and your passion
for extending Joy and Peace.
came from NSW in October 2010
Dear Les and Trudi,
I am sending this email to say THANK YOU so much for a most
inspirational weekend (29th-31st October). I am so full of
gratitude for your teachings, your warmth and compassion for
all of us who shared the time with you. I can't wait to meet
again. I felt I had come home.
Love and Blessings,
Maria came from Sydney in September
Dear Les, Trudi and all the wonderful staff at Heartland,
Thank you so very much for all your wonderful hearts and
I had such a wonderful experience at Heartland In September.
I didn’t know what to expect apart from that I needed to
connect back to my source( my true self) after some of
life’s challenges and I certainly knew I was in a safe and
loving environment from the first moment I arrived. I am
truly blessed to have spent 5 days with such wonderful
people with whom I’ve connected with so well. I have never
smiled so much in 5 days. Also I continually sing’ Let Your
Love Flow ‘and it reminds me of the bonding of souls I was
blessed to be with and I will cherish those memories dearly
and keep them close to my heart through my life’s journey. I
certainly will come back for another visit and take a dip in
the new pool.
Kind and loving blessings
arrived in September 2010 from Victoria.
It was a wonderful lovely
experience for me to meet with you and all the beautiful
people of Heartland.
arrived from interstate in September 2010 for 12 glorious
Hi Les and Trudi,
WOW' what else can I say
but a BIG thank you. My time at Heartland was very timely
and I continue thanking the Universe for guiding me to your
wonderful Home/Retreat. Your patience, guidance and
understanding was very much appreciated. Before arriving at
'Heartland' (so appropriately named)at the time I know I was
very stressed and had gone off my Spiritual path, thank you,
thank you, thank you for guiding me back.
The food: who could enjoy
or want a better cuisine than we enjoyed. I was one of the
privileged to be able to sample both Viv's and Trudi's
individual cuisine. 'WOW' .
Trudi your playing of the
crystal bowls still reverberates around me whenever I
visualise them (daily) and the lessons and laughter in the
'art shed' how wonderful were they. The budding artist is
still coming out in me, I did not realise I could draw or
paint. My sculpture has pride of place on our front veranda
and my 'possum', well he is just beautiful and is on
prominent display and will accompany us on our trip around
Australia, (no more stressing about when!)
These days when people ask
me how I am going? my response is 'excellent and getting
better' (to quote you Les. Lots of great things have
happened since leaving 'Heartland', thanks to your teachings
I now have a different outlook on life (or back on track).
returned for another visit in October 2010….
Heartfelt Gratitude ~ To
ALL at Heartland
Words are totally
inadequate to express my gratitude for the enriching &
transformational experience at Heartland Retreat. From the
moment I arrived, I felt very much like I had returned home,
I immediately sensed & felt the interconnected living spirit
of Love & Acceptance that dwells at heartland, embracing all
who enter & naturally re-connecting one to their soul.
Les, Trudi & their family
are the infinite Well from which this spirit of
Unconditional Love, Acceptance & Wisdom flows! All of which
is also reflected through all that are an intricate part of
the heartland community, Viv, Jan, Nicholas, Grace, Kim & of
course, Will, the heartland pet & self appointed greeter &
guardian of All.
The ongoing support,
sharing, friendship, laughter, comfort, encouragement,
excellent nutrition, creative expression , and accommodation
ensured one was immersed within the nterconnected oneness
that is a paramount example of spirit in loving action and
which serves to inspire all who enter to embrace their true
nature an BE all that One IS.
visited from New Zealand in mid 2010…..
Even though a couple of
months have gone by since I attended the wonderful retreat
at Heartland, the positive effects of my time there are
So thanks ever so much to you both for sharing your time,
gifts and space with me. The way you adapted the food for
our individual needs was amazing and the nourishing of our
minds, creativity and souls was most appreciated. (My
painting hangs with pride in my house for all to see and
share.) The introduction to tai chi was a great idea, the
massage superb and I'm sure the new pool will also help to
add to the physical aspect of a very well balanced retreat
centre which I will continue to tell others about.
visited in October 2010…..
Hi Les & Trudi
Thankyou for such a
wonderful time shared at heartland at the beginning of
October. My kids didn’t believe i did the painting we all
did - they said it was excellent, i felt very proud of
Thank you les for your
guidance and love it has helped me view things from a
different perspective and i will continue healing with the
knowledge and support i now feel i have.
I will recommend heartland to everyone i meet.
from North Queensland shared with us….
I am so grateful that my
searching led me to your Heartland and it has certainly been
a portal for me to trust my instincts which lead me to where
I need to go next.
came to Heartland in October 2010. She wrote….
Dear Les & Trudi,
Many thanks to you both for
a very special week at the beautiful Heartland.
Your retreat has such a
nurturing energy and your many nuggets of wisdom are a tonic
to the heart.
I hope to return to
Heartland one day.
Thank you for the special
souls you are and for all you do, you are an inspiration to
Keep well, keep happy,
visited from Sydney in October 2010.
I feel so glad to have felt
the energy and found myself at Heartland when I really
Rita came from Toowoomba in July
Dear Les & Trudi,
I wish to extend my sincere thanks to both of you and your
wonderful band of helpers for allowing me to utilise your
time, energy and beautiful space during my week with you. I
felt safe and truly loved. I still can't get over the varied
and tasteful dishes made with just plain veges. There were
many "highlights" for me during the week but two stand out
for me as inspirational and profound,,, firstly when we
paired off and held hands while listening to a prayer then
gazing into the other persons eyes and seeing not only
myself within them but recognising the divine within both of
us.,,, the 2nd was the lighting the candles on the tree of
life,,, I feel so truly blessed to have been able to share
and witness such love.
Les, if I had any regrets during the week it would be to say
that I would like to have heard you play the singing
bowls.,, but I know there are only so many minutes (ish) in
each day so I look forward to hearing them next time I visit
your little piece of paradise.
With fondest memories and love,
came from WA and shared Heartland with us in July 2010….
hi Les, Trudie and all
Wow, what can i say- from
the moment i stepped off the plane to stepping back on the
plane, i was looked after-the friendliness, the information,
the patience, the view, the accomodation, the food, the
quietness, the people, the meditation, the art and the
dolphins, um what else, the other guests, the inspirational
talks and individual sessions with Les. Everything was
came in June 2010.
Dear Les & Trudi,
I had an incredibly healing
time with you, and look forward to coming back soon for the
12 day retreat!
from Brisbane in June 2010 In part she wrote….
just letting you know
that (…..) may ring you to see if he can refer people to you
for the retreat – he is my thyroid doctor and a very
interesting person – uses alternative methods and
understands spirituality – he was very taken with the fact
that I appeared in his office beaming and looking about
1000% on my previous visit – my b.p. was significantly
reduced also – he was intrigued! Good eh?
Also you may interested to know that (…….) shoulder is
beginning to move – he did so well during my absence – he
has tried to do this before and never succeeded this time it
is working – that in itself is a miracle.
popular businesswoman, came in June 2010.
Dear Les & Trudi
It seems somewhat surreal to be back at work today, only a
week since I arrived at Heartland. I have always had a high
energy level, but in recent times have allowed everything to
take its toll. However, I now feel energised, alive and I
feel like I have got my old self back again.
I want to thank you both for your love, support and guidance
and for creating such a wonderful environment for healing
lives in SE Qld. She wrote to us…
….my life has changed since
meeting you both and I look forward to constantly evolving
because of your love, kindness and teachings.
Love and blessings,
Read what one happy March 2008 guest experienced…
"Thank you for opening your
home and retreat to me, for your honesty, compassion
and pearls of wisdom.
Not only did you wake me up again to the love of
Self but you taught me techniques/understandings for
clearing blocks and connecting with my Higher Self
and the Divine through your simple, yet oh so
powerful mediations and healing exercises.
Your wonderful talks and exercises were light yet
spoke directly to my heart, and were filled with
opportunities to learn and open up to the love, joy
and delight which is Self.
I learnt to discriminate between “brain” (the
tumultuous mix of emotions, misperceptions, general
confusion!) and the mind which observes and is
unchanging. What a blessing and a wonderful tool for
a happier life. I appreciated the “big picture” of
our place in this universe, the relationship with
our own families and environment and your message of
how to interact within it in a more purposeful and
loving way. The exercises exploring relationships
were a revelation which explained much in my own
personal dynamic and opened my heart to heal.
A few days after arriving home, it is wonderful to
observe the subtle changes which I intend to honour.
Discontent and frustration has been replaced with
delight and gratitude. Truly a new perspective.
I feel more at peace. I have faith again. Blessings
indeed. I am so grateful for this opportunity
….Thanks and love to Les, Trudi and family."
Robyn spent a week with
us in November 09...
"The most amazingly positive experience I had
recently - from start to finish – was when. I
visited Heartland Retreat run by Les and Trudi
Dyer. From my first email contact to the moment
Les personally farewelled me, this couple and
this retreat under-promised and over-delivered.
Nothing was too much trouble. Everything and
everyone was gracious, giving and reliable (as
long as you understand that Les's time is oneish,
twoish... you are told that upfront and it suits
the nature and ethos of this gorgeous
International Conference Speaker &
“Creating Winning Habits” (www.robyn.com.au)
Ari came from southern
NSW in January 2011...
"My time at Heartland ...
As soon as I arrived I was in absolute awe of
the beauty all around me. The soulful gardens
that were filled with flowers, art and words of
wisdom, and the warmth and light of Trudi and
Les when they welcomed me like I was an old
friend. Heartland is a channel for the divine to
communicate through and everyone who visits
seems to get their own message or messages.
The little things that make Heartland special
are the 'Grace Mats', the names of the rooms and
cottages, the gifts of appreciation from
visitors that are scattered everywhere, all
these precious parts of the retreat were
contributed with tenderness and care.
To run this retreat would take patience,
dedication, physical, emotional and spiritual
strength, love, joy and kindness. Luckily Trudi
and Les have an abundance of these qualities!
They say their life work is easy as they are
''spending time with God".
Through the 5 day healing retreat, I realised
that this sentiment is true for every one of us,
all the time, as the divine is within us.
All we have to do is remember.
There was fresh and nourishing food, water and
air to heal tired bodies as well as delightful
rituals to replenish our souls.
Every form of creative expression is encouraged
there; singing, chanting, dancing, movement,
writing and creating art - but nothing is
At the end, every being seemed revitalised,
inspired, lighter, brighter and more connected
to their true selves.
We could see each others dreams reflected in our
own. When you come from the place deep within
your heart, you emanate truth, beauty and
Trudi, Les and all the souls who work at
Heartland radiate the energy of love, and being
immersed in this energy was a truly profound
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