in May 2016…..
I'm very grateful for my
experience at Heartland & for meeting you both. The time
there has certainly changed my perspective so much. Thank
you once again! I hope you're both well! Big love,
in July 2016…..
you're both such a gift to
came in June 2016…..
Just wanted to say hi and
let you know that i think you’re an amazing bloke and the
week i spent at heartland was great….listening to you speak
and hearing the things you had to say was life changing. It
still blows me away now - thanks for everything….
came in June 2016…..
I had a lovely week with
you all. Thank you for assisting me on my journey. I felt
loved, nurtured and safe.
Josephine came June 2016…….
Thank you and all others
who helped make my journey to Heartland so memorable. I had
no expectations when
I arrived - this is the very first thing I learned - open
mind open heart - ready to meet challenges. And I met so
wonderful people who all had an individual reason to be
there as I did.
There is nothing that I could attempt to tell you was the
highlight of my week - every new activity blended so
with what came next.
I now have a totally magnificent 360 degree view of grief
and have a happy heart once more. One day I shall return to
your uplifting energy high on the hills at Chatsworth. Love
and light, Josephine.
Sydney) wrote in February 2016…….
You helped me heal after
difficult losses and you supported me through numerous
excursions of self doubt and self sabotage. Your kindness,
your love and your constant lessons of positivity and belief
have guided me and guide me still. I'm still journeying on
but always with you guys in my heart - THANK YOU
wrote in January 2016…….
I had many wonderful
revelations after my retreat at heartland - love how
everything heals when the time is right and the person is
wrote in January 2016…….
The highlight of the year
was definitely Heartland retreat. It changed my life
completely. I often reflect back and think how much I learnt
and grew as a person. I am certainly much stronger and have
peace in my life……….
wrote in December 2015……
I want to thank you for
your part in my transition……...I am so blessed to have found
heartland and am forever grateful for your Wisdom
wrote in December 2015…….
Thankyou for the fondest
memories I have of my healing journey. I always want to come
back as your home was the most peaceful and magical
wrote in November 2015……
Initially I was unsure
because I knew that I was stepping out of my comfort zone.
After a day I started to feel comfortable and safe. One of
my issues is trust as you know. I found that being at your
retreat was like being in a protective bubble. Also the food
was delicious. I am putting into practice the tools that I
Christine came in October 2015…….
Thank you for a wonderful
week at Heartlands. I commend you and Trudi on the wonderful
food that was served to us all it was delicious. The whole
atmosphere at Heartland has a beautiful vibe. There is a
divine spirit that lives in every corner Again I thank you
and Trudi from the bottom of my heart for giving me a
came in October 2015…….
I want to thank you for the
most amazing tranquil revitalizing experience at
Heartland……you give time to everyone, always joyful, full of
love and life………Heartland is such a blessing for all that
need guidance in any area of their life's journey. By the
end of the retreat we all felt Vibrant, Blessed and Powerful
as we were all leaving.... a little sad to leave... but
ready for our journey ahead ……
Thank you to all your amazing staff we always felt welcome,
every assistance was given to make our stay comfortable and
the food and accommodation was fantastic ... home away from
came in October 2015.......
I just want to say a huge
thank you for everything last week........The retreat truly
exceeded my expectations and more. Last week was the best
experience of my life and I have had a huge shift in my life
and finally at peace within myself.Thank you for the love
you showed to us all. I learnt more in a week than I have in
a lifetime - it has given me hope, inspiration and a new
direction in life.
Once again thank you thank you thank you
came in August 2015…….
How wonderful you all are
at Heartland. I cannot express my admiration for you enough.
I arrived at Heartland a shell of a person and left feeling
whole again. My one request/suggestion is to publish a cook
book. I believe it would be a best seller. The meals were
extraordinary………Kindest regards and love always
came from Adelaide in August 2015, her second visit……..
You have helped me more
than you will ever know…….
wrote in August 2015……
I came to your retreat……and
have very fond memories of the experience! I hold the belief
that one aspect of my life was changed for ever in a very
positive way as a result of….Heartland.. I am forever
grateful to you for this!
came in August 2015…..
Thank you so much for a
wonderful week. It was such an amazing experience……thank you
for everything, I feel privileged to have met you. I think
Heartland is amazing…….
came in August 2015……
I had a great time at
Heartland and have returned home with a whole new
perspective on life. Even my diet has been affected after
becoming pretty comfortable with the delicious vegetarian
spread we enjoyed during our stay. I had much fun with the
group and made many lifelong friends.........Thank you,
Thank you, Thank you.
back in July 2015……
thank you for such an
enlightening and loving experience……..how grateful am I to
have followed my instinct to revisit you this year...I am
wishing some brochures to hand out on my way down as I have
been recommending the retreat to my friends
Thank you again to you, Trudi and Trudy and all the
came in July 2015…..
Your consideration for
people's feelings and genuine love for your fellow man were
something I'd never seen before….. Thanks so much for the
advice you gave me. I've put it into practice and have found
much more love in my reality…….
came in July 2015…..
Thank you! I wanted to
express my deepest gratitude to the Family at Heartland. I
also would like to say thank you to you all for the honesty,
love, support, laughter, tears, joy and happiness I shared
with each of you. Cassie (Hugs and Hugs and maybe a couple
I am sincerely thankful for
the opportunity to have visited Heartland and experienced
such a warm, spiritual and life finding experience......You
are exceptional people who have offered so much to so many
people and being one of them I am forever grateful.
You & Trudy are a true blessing to everyone you touch & I am
truly grateful for both of you being in my life.
Jenny J Sydney, Australia
It started out as a present for my birthday but I gained a
whole new perspective on my inner self.
Now I feel on top of the world, every morning…….everything
around us has changed, we have become closer, like we used
to be. I'm truly grateful that I met both of you, and can't
thank you enough for helping me find my inner child. I am
planning to come to Heartland again and bring heaps of my
I just wanted to say a huge heartfelt thank you for the time
I spent at Heartland recently. It was a beautiful emotional,
mental and spiritual experience and I have carried the
memories with me since. Everything about my experience was
so gentle, honest, loving and encouraging, as were you both
and the lovely women I got to share it with. Even when I was
dealing with the tough stuff, I never felt judged,
overwhelmed, scared or like I wanted to run the other way!
The support from both of you and the love of your kitchen
staff really helped me to turn my life around in 5 days!! I
have never seen food have so much love literally wafting out
of it. The joy and kindness your kitchen staff showed to
everyone and each other, the love they obviously have for
preparing good, healthy meals for people was so evident. I
could taste the love in absolutely everything – that was
quite a remarkable experience in itself and has certainly
made me more mindful in my own kitchen now. Thank you again
for opening up your beautiful home to me and for all the
knowledge and experiences you offered and shared. I give
thanks, I give thanks, I give thanks!
Thank you for such a great week at Heartland. I greatly
appreciate and value all the insightful tuition and wisdom
that you kindly shared with us all. You are a great
inspiration to me and have re ignited; my previously dull
flame; to be someone who gives love to others , no matter
what they do.
You have also allowed me to see life from a greater
perspective which is a far more productive way of being.
I feel spiritually replenished at a core level. What a
wonderful man you are.
Thank you very much
I’ve been a bit slack on the computer since coming back from
heartland, something about enjoying my life, living in the
moment and doing what I love each day has got a hold of me
and the computer doesn’t seem so important anymore!!
Well once again, I can’t thank you enough for a wonderful
experience. It has opened my eyes to seeing things in a
different perspective for sure! And a special thank you to
Trudi for making such a pretty painting – it really is a
‘joy’ to look at it and it makes me smile thinking about
heartland, love, happiness and this incredible journey were
Have a fantastic day
Take care and keep spreading your kindness and love, it is a
real treasure in this world.
Best place on earth xx love it
Spent two wonderful healing weeks at this beautiful
retreat.my life will never be the same again.love you Les
It was a fantastic retreat, something I will remember for
Thank you again for your warmth and caring whilst we were
there. I will be spreading the word about Heartland!
I wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for all of
the help that you have both provided over the years. It has
been so wonderful knowing that there is a safe, healthy,
happy place to retreat to when things get rough.
Connie, North Qld.
You are my angel of common sense and good learning Les, you
always have the right information to pass to me and I always
choose to open and read at just the time that I need the
exact advice you are sending me.
Thanks les, you’re an angel
Charlie, New York, USA
A big heartful thank you for a wonderful week on retreat at
I thoroughly enjoyed my time of soulful sharing, tears of
joy and connecting again in sacred community.
Blessed to feel a connection with new friends ,
Warm hug, Namaste, Heather
I would like to thank u for a beautiful experience, we are
blessed. Hugs to all, love and blessings ,
Thank you so much - you have changed my life and for the
Love to you and all the other wonderful people up there.
Sussan, Stanthorpe, Qld,
I'm writing to say thankyou for your beautiful generosity
over the last week. I can only feel positive about
this…..Thankyou again so much for your kindness and love
over the week.
Thankyou for the beautiful opportunity to come to Heartland
and to heal and to have peace with myself.
I have absorbed as much as possible in the last 5 days.
You truly are a wealth of information and someone I hold in
the highest regard.
Trudi you are like an angel that makes us all feel warm and
I can’t thankyou both enough for this experience and for
opening your heart and home to me.
Ive learnt to slow down, appreciate life as a gift and also
have a new perspective on the way I eat and exercise.
Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou from the bottom of my heart!
I feel alive!!
came in March 2014 and wrote to us…..
Thank you Les and Trudi for a wonderful week of learning and
loving. I have come back home as a more positive and happier
person and feel like I can achieve anything.
Katya wrote us in March 2014….
Wow, I have known you for about 20 years now!
And although I disappear and reappear at various times, you
are never far from my thoughts, and are always in my heart,
as you have shared so many invaluable teachings and given me
so much support when I needed it most.
Tracey came in March 2014 and later wrote……
I would like to thank you both for sharing your beautiful
retreat. I had no idea what to expect but I found myself
embarking on a very emotional journey. It was challenging.
The words 'life-changing' are overused in our society but I
can honestly say that this experience has truly changed my
life, my outlook, my thoughts and perceptions. I felt
nurtured, nourished, valued and truly loved. I came to you
hurt, angry and cynical. I won't pretend that everything is
now rosy, but I feel that I am on a path that will help me
heal. I met some amazing people and shared some incredible
experiences that I will carry with me. To say thank you
seems inadequate. Namaste,
One guest (name withheld) came in March 2014 and wrote……
I just wanted to write to you to express my gratitude. I
never expected much from this retreat to be honest. It was
this or hospital after deciding again in the past few weeks
to take my own life. I don't know what has happened here in
these past 3 to 4 days. In the fullness of time I may be
able to analyse it better and see, but something wonderful
I don't know if it is the mere thought that a place like
this exists, created by people who care enough about others
to share it with them. I don't know of it has been working
with the many beautiful people here who are all healing in
one way or another and being inspired by their courage. I
don't know if it is has been the teachings of Les, teachings
which give me hope I can rewrite my own "programs" and live
a better future. I don't know if it is all the love and
warmth I feel in this place, just it's positive energy.
Maybe it is the fact that I seem to have finally mastered
the ability to meditate, even a little, to find some inner
peace through your guided recordings. Maybe it is that I
have finally been able to connect, at will, with my hurt
inner child and hold her, comfort her. Maybe a combination
of all of these things and more. All I do know right now is
that a switch has been flicked in me here in this place. One
that has me thinking differently, from a different
prospective. I have been working hard for many years to try
and flick that switch, it has happened here, this week.
Maybe it's all the hard work I have done before I come as
well, combined with the wondrous feelings, discoveries I
have made here and the love shared in this place. Mere words
cannot express how grateful I am the this place was created
by you and that I was led here right at this moment in my
I know I have a way to go in rebuilding my life now, I have
some more healing to do but I will now be healing from a
positive place, one where I can feel love and compassion for
myself, one where I can embrace life and see the joy in it
desire any hardships I face - I will certainly not be trying
to heal from the negative space I was in when I arrived.
So thank you both, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Maree came in February 2014………
Just a note to say thank you for a wonderful week. It was
like sharing with family and friends.
I loved the diversity of the week and the very informal way
it was run.
It has certainly helped me in many ways. I am more accepting
and much calmer.
Mandy from Sydney wrote in February 2014….
I feel it’s my second home in Australia……. I’ve been to
heartland 3 times now, and each time i visit, it’s just
bliss, Les and Trudy and the rest of the team are beautiful
Denise has come twice in 2014……and has written…..
I have just be blessed with 2x5 day, separate journeys at
Heartlands. In my life I have made some pretty good
decisions, well, of all my decisions this has got to be top
5 of my decisions that have totally changed my life . I will
be forever grateful to Les for helping me have a more
beautiful understanding of what love on every level, right
to the depths of my heart and soul can do with gratefulness
and being thankful for all that is, has and can be in my
life. The Heartlands Retreat is one of the best journeys you
can have and your life will be transformed to a place of
enlightenment that you will never be able to believe. Thank
you, thank you, thank you Les and Trudi."
Alice came January 2014…..
Thank you again for an amazing week and going the extra
I appreciate everything you have done for me and am sure
more wisdom will continue to unfold over the coming weeks.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
With much appreciation, love, hugs and light,
Melinda came during 2013…..
Thank you for being YOU - please create some clones.
Andrew also came in 2013…..
Thank you for all you be and do. You make a difference to so
many people, day in day out, touching lives unto the outer
reaches of the solar system and beyond, like ripples on a
You have made a difference to me and for that I am truly
Mandy wrote on Facebook……
Blessings to you and Trudi. I love your humor, your lessons
and everything you talk about, because it comes from the
very heart of you, or soul.....Most of us, have met you and
your family, and know everything that you say is not to be
taken as gospel, it's like take what resonates with you and
leave the other bits to contemplate or work on, because
sometimes we aren't at that stage of acceptance……
Chris came back from NSW to be at Heartland in November
THANK YOU for being such an inspirational part of my life.
Over the years you have always been there when I have been
struggling on this journey.
You have always lived with 'the spirit' in your heart ,
thank you for teaching me that..even though I do forget at
came October 2013……
Back home almost a week now, I have thought of little else
but the amazing time I spent at Heartland. This place is so
perfectly named it sends shivers down my back. For me it
truly is a place where my heart did open and I found a peace
and joy I didn't know I could feel.
Since being home I have talked of little else also to my
friends, my son and anybody else who will listen. My
hairdresser will probably get to hear all about it today
when I go for my appointment.
Finding the words to express my gratitude is difficult.
Saying THANKYOU just doesn't seem enough. I hope to express
my gratitude by living as much as I can in a loving way and
keeping my awareness on continuing to spread the message of
Heartland to others that we are not what we seem to be ( our
faces our bodies, our jobs etc.) We are LOVE!
Fliss came October 2013…….
Hi Les & Trudi
I haven’t stopped telling family & friends about Heartland &
the two of you. I have never in my life met two people I had
so little time with who left me feeling so loved. You have
touched my life in ways you cannot imagine. Thank you, thank
you, thank you.
I myself am calmer, taking longer to react, thinking before
speaking & generally happy, living in the now. When I feel
my mind racing I chant to myself & find myself calming down.
Everything seems a lot easier.
I have been thinking & praying for you both.
Please thank Wayne & the girls for taking such good care of
our food intake!
Looking forward to keeping in touch.
Kylie came September 2013…..
I had the absolute pleasure of coming to Heartland Retreat a
few weeks ago.
My mission was to relax, to start finding out who I was and
to determine the life I wanted to lead and what that would
I received SO much more from my week at Heartland, then ever
expected. The friendships, the stories, the chanting and
dancing all made for a week I will never forget. The
fabulous food, willingness to share and be part of my
journey is something that Heartland is outstandingly so
committed too, that I would love to think that I can make a
trip to Heartland on an annual basis. An annual refresh,
recharge and refocus is something I think everyone could do
From the moment I arrived to the moment I left, I felt
completely in awe of the comforts and generosity of
May your efforts to bring such joy, simplicity and
rejuvenation to others like me, lasts for many more years to
Wishing you all the very best,
Terry came September 2013…..
Just a quick note to thank you for allowing me to spend the
week with you both it was such an honor, you both are
amazing people and I feel blessed to have met you I also
thank you for helping me see things from a different
perspective you have helped me get in touch with feelings I
have not felt for myself and others in a long long time, if
Claire wrote 30/9/13….
I can't thank you enough for changing my life…..
September 2013 Sophia wrote…..
We often remember Les & Trudy and smile with a total feeling
of soft peace & love
Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou
Diane commented on our August 2013 Newcastle ‘outreach’
There is no doubt at all that all thoroughly enjoyed it &
more importantly it will give birth to new perspectives. A
couple of them said it blew their mind. They were gob
smacked would probably be more accurate.
All talking at work & telling those that asked what an
amazing weekend it was & they did not want it to end &
neither did I.
Lots of Love always & deepest appreciation for your sharing
Gail has come from NSW several times. In August 2013 she
I just loved the workshops and got such a lot of peace and
calm from participating.
Thank you for everything. Perspective is everything!!!
With much love and gratitude
Lucia had limited English but wrote……
Thank you so much for the retreat!
I returned to the life with a different vision and feeling
infinite love, peace and gratitude.
Narelle wrote in August 2013….
Hi,thank-u for opening up your home and your hearts. I feel
I'm a better person and have a understanding of what my
life's journey is to be. I thank u for that and feel so
blessed to have met u and u both will always play a huge
part in my journey. Enjoy life and have beautiful days. xo
Bianka returned in August 2013….
Thank you for a wonderful week at Heartland. I felt I gained
so much from being there.
Robyn came in August 2013…..
Thank You -Les & Trudi for your Love & Support .I'd just
like to share my Feelings
As my Friends & I drove down your driveway -from Heartland
-I could feel a weight lifted from my shoulders -I now know
that I will be able to "handle" what has been placed in
front of me …….
Moira came from NSW in August 2013 (her second annual
Les and Trudi
Thank you for the wonderful retreat. We think we enjoyed it
even more this year than last year. I hope we can keep on
coming annually for quite a while.I loved the new additions,
particularly the percussion night, the chakra dance that
Trudi did with us, the channelling of Mordechai even though
I missed it but will enjoy reading the book. I did quite a
lot of journalling which I found very useful as I came up
with some new insights.
Thank you for all the hard work you put into maintaining the
property and for what you both do to keep is such a
It was great fun to do the art with Trudi. She is a very
good teacher. The mantras and meditation were lovely Wayne's
food was gorgeous. The Tai Chi was amazing with Rob and I
think he will be hard to replace. I loved walking around
your property and just enjoying the peaceful feel of it.
It's a bit of heaven on earth so thank you both for offering
it to the world. :Love and Light for ever
Kerry has been many times. In August 2013 she wrote…..
Thank you to you and Trudy and everyone at heartland that
makes our time there such an incredible experience, for
mind, body and soul. Spending time at Heartland helps me to
grow spiritually. I am so grateful and want to spread the
word about your amazing place. I have to say it does not
matter how much time I spend there every time Im there I
learn something new that helps my spiritual growth.
So Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou
Michelle wrote about our August 2013 Meditation weekend…..
Thanks for a lovely weekend at your beautiful retreat.
A very special place to relax, unwind and take a break from
the usual pressures of life.
Lots of laughter, interesting conversation and great food.
I will be back.
Graham also came to the Meditation weekend.....
Good morning Les,
Thank you for a wonderful weekend of engagement,
enlightenment and meditation. The sanctuary of Heartland is
a special place and to share that experience with a diverse
group of new friends, creates a bond of oneness.
With Many Kind Thoughts
And so did Ellie…..
An absolutely magic weekend. Scrumptious vegetarian food, a
variety of interesting and powerful meditation techniques,
the company of like minded people and of course the love and
care of Les and Trudi. All this at such an affordable price.
I highly recommend it.
Love and light
And so did Mara……
The meditation weekend gave me the opportunity to have time
out, relax, see things from a fresh perspective, meet new
and interesting people, and above all to reconnect to
myself. It enabled me to hit a reset button if you like and
commit to my health and well being...again....with renewed
energy and love. I have so many more tools to help me
achieve this. I have been recommending Heartland Retreat and
all it has to offer. Thank you.
Heather has been many times. Her email after the August 2013
Meditation retreat said…..
I wanted to express my deepest gratitude to yourself and the
whole Heartland team for the awesome meditation weekend I
The meditations were amazing and despite having enjoyed the
benefits of meditating for many years, this weekend took my
experience to a whole new level.
The food was absolutely delicious (as always) and the rooms
were warm, cosy and comfortable – I always get the best
night’s sleep at Heartland.
I’m looking forward to visiting again very soon, to soak up
more of the revitalising energy and relax in the calm,
Keep spreading the word and holding the space.
August 2013, Jenni wrote…..
I have been many times to retreats run by Les and Trudi and
always come away revitalised and calmer.
Sue wrote about an August Meditation weekend….
A nurturing weekend for yourSELF! In beautiful surroundings
you are cared for lovingly, allowing you time to be still
and to venture within, learning age old methods of
meditation to assist in that journey. For me it was a
wondrous gift. Thankyou Les and Trudy, with much love,
And so did Helen…..
Hi Les I would like to say how much I enjoyed your
meditation weekend. I love to meditate to maintain my calm
and peaceful lifestyle. It was interesting and refreshing to
learn other ways to meditate. I would recommend this weekend
to both new & experienced meditation fans . Thank you for
the opportunity to join you at beautiful Heartland.
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 !
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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Heartland in July 2012 ...
I would like to provide some feedback on my stay
with you. Today I was driving up the "Goat
Track" towards Mt Tamborine from Canungra. My
little boy who is 3 said to me "Look at the
bewfiful (beautiful) trees". I looked and they
were indeed amazingly gorgeous, the dawn
sunlight was reflecting off them in brilliant
yellow flashes and combined to create a bouquet
of free and readily accessible art. I knew
immediately that I had brought home an
incredibly special gift from my stay at
Heartland Retreat. I had accumulated JOY! The
reason I knew that I had accumulated this joy
and retrieved it from my stay at heartland is
because neither of us probably would have
noticed the trees or how beautiful they were
because we were such unhappy people, or rather I
was unhappy and asleep in my life and this
emitted from me to my son.
Before I went to stay at Heartland, I was an
emotional and mental tragedy in desperate need
of repair. Les taught me techniques which helped
me see I didn't need to be repaired, I just
My relationship with myself changed. I have
since become kinder and gentler to myself. I
appreciate everything that is happening to me
right now, rather than dwelling on unhealthy
obsessive thoughts from 20 years ago.
Now, thanks to so many spiritual epiphanies
brought on by discussions with Les throughout
the week, and the intense nurturing I felt
throughout the process, I have
gratitude..Everyday! I have so much gratitude
for everything around me, and in discovering
that gratitude, I now have immense joy.
People at work are amazed at the difference in
my attitude and how happy I am, people always
comment: "Why are you so happy and smiling all
the time". I tell them "It's simple, I have
joy!" Not many understand, but I am slowly
trying to spread the joy around my workplace
through the use of happiness and smiles and
guiding other people to have gratitude. When I
see an unhappy person, I smile at them as
largely as I can and whether they return the
smile or not, I send them joy from my heart
energy and wish them well.
I am now allowing myself to be more vulnerable
and let down walls which I had built as a child.
I am surprised that once I didn't have such a
stone wall around me how much my social network
expanded and how rapidly. Everyone I see walking
in the halls wants to stop and chat. I think
it's because of the happy summery vibes I put
out to the world. I am forgiving wrongs and
looking at them from different sides and
thinking, wow, why did that upset me so much. A
lot of pain in my body has now subsided due to
having less dis-ease inside.
I have continued eating in a vegetarian style,
as it pleases me to think I may be reducing the
footprint of the innocent animals who are
needlessly slaughtered in fear and horrid
Oh yeah, and I have exploded with creativity. I
put one of my paintings on the wall and my
little boy said "That's so pretty mummy". I also
felt brave enough to send one to my friend for
I wish I could hold the world inside my soul so
they too may feel the amount of joy which emits
like a sun from the love I have for myself, my
son, my world and earth and universe. Thank you
Les and Trudi, thank you thank you thank you.
And I thank you also for Nicholas, who is one of
the purest and kindest human beings I am yet to
meet, many people could
learn so much compassion from your young man.
In gratitude and joy.
Amanda (south east Queensland)
Kylie came in April
"To Les and Trudi Dyer and the whole
Heartland team, thank you, thank you, thank you.
I have recently returned from 5 days of being
pampered, catered for, fed in every way thought
possible. Mind, body, spirit....
I have come away feeling reconnected to me, my
essence. My expectations were met and exceeded.
Thank you for reminding me of who I truly am.
How WONDERFUL to know that there is a sanctuary
out there-far far far removed from the madness
and chaos of this world-called Heartland.
Thank you Les and Trudi for believing in and
nurturing your dream and making it a reality for
so many of us to enjoy. And as Les has taught
me.....'thank you, thank you, thank you.' "
Much love and light.
Kylie Sunny Coast Qld
Kathy came in April 2016……
wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the
retreat. I loved everything from the delicious
food to the singing, chanting, yoga, tai chi, as
well as the trip to Tin Can Bay to see the
dolphins. I also loved the daily discussions in
the library and connecting with beautiful, heart
centred people and sharing. Trudi, your art
classes were amazing ! Thankyou both so much for
creating such a beautiful retreat where people
can come together to renew their energy, share
their love and heal their body mind and soul. I
will be telling all my friends about what a
truly special place Heartlands is. Namaste
Rosaria came from
Sydney with her husband for our New Year 2013
Words are not
enough for thanking you both for such an amazing
New Year’s Retreat at Heartland. Once again,
everything has been simply perfect, like a
symphony played by an angelic orchestra (of
course you do have quite a few important
connections up there).
Looking after such a big number of guests is not
easy task – and we are so grateful to both of
you as well as Nicholas and Wayne for having
done “miracles” in being sure everything was
just perfect. A huge thank you for driving us to
Carlos sand blow in time to welcome the first
rays of the sun this year - what a memorable
experience - and for the magnificent early
morning picnic on Rainbow Beach! Wow! You are
truly Angels on Earth!
I do believe Heartland is changing our lives –
in a way no other place or therapy could ever
do. Since our April visit we have already seen
major changes in our lives, but we are also
aware of how important it is to get some
Heartland injections from time to time, as every
time we learn new things and we keep growing
along our spiritual path. We are now fully
recharged, and our hearts are beaming with love.
But we will come back and visit again soon…
With immense love
and gratitude, Rosaria
S. also came for
New Year 2013……
Thank you so much for the retreat. It was truly
a healing experience and the very best way to
start the new year. It was uplifting and life
affirming. At some time every day since I was
about seven I have wished I was dead at least
once a day and quite often it was throughout the
day in darker moments. I did not act on this as
I had this sense there was a reason I was here
despite my inner voice telling me repeatedly I
had no reason for being. You have shown me the
reason. At peace, I am. Trust and faith, I have.
Together with the divine. A knowing. Intention.
Confidence now to step into all that I am,
without fear and with love. Thank you.
Love and light, S.
Kathy also came early 2013….
What an uplifting, wonderful 5 day
retreat and to witness the sunset was
magical and I would like to say Thank
You. Since I have come home I find I
don’t need to re-act anymore all I have
to do is come back to presence and know
it is as it is. There is peace and
understanding now with me instead of
arguing. I am filled with so much JOY,
nothing else matters. Thank you, Thank
you, Thank you both.
Today while I was (out) ladies I know
said to me, Kathy you look amazing what
are you doing? I told them I went to
Heartland Retreat but that was all I
said ……to describe how I felt well I
just can’t because they probably would
not understand fully what I was saying!
However I suggested to them that they
have to experience the Retreat
themselves. All I could be is a Beacon
of Light to whomever and that is what my
intention will be. Love and Light
Thank you also Trudy for those beautiful
photos I am going to hang them proudly
in my home and every time I look at them
I will be sending you lots of love and
Namaste and Blessings
Kate came in January
Our daughter, Katherine (Kate) arrived home last
night after spending the last 6 days with you.
The difference in her is amazing – the furrows
on her forehead have gone and she seems so much
more relaxed and, what is so wonderful to see,
happy and smiling.
We have spent the last 27 years trying to obtain
help for her unsuccessfully – in fact a lot of
the treatment prescribed by the medical
profession has made her much worse. The last few
months have been unbelievably bad and we have
feared she would not survive. We had been told
nothing more could be done for her and she would
never get better. Many medical practitioners
would not even return our desperate calls for
help. You, however, seem to have given her a
purpose for the future and hope.
Obviously one cannot erase 27 years of struggle
in 6 days, but what you have accomplished in
this short time has been nothing short of
miraculous. We know that she will need to come
back to Heartlands again for further visits and
it is wonderful to know that she has your
support and guidance going forward.
We wish we had known of Heartlands all those
years ago. How different her life would have
Our sincere thanks to you both for giving us our
daughter back and for the wonderful work you do.
MARIAN AND GEOFF
Kate herself wrote ...
Heartlands was an amazing experience for me. So
much more helpful than anything I have done
before. Thanks to you, Trudi, and all the other
Adele came in March 2014 ...
Hi Les and the Heartland family,
Wow ... what a week at your amazing retreat can
do...I have finally found what I have been
searching for all my life ... Myself , my spirit,
happiness , peace and love....
I have been running through life, trying this
and that, new jobs , visiting new places ,
meeting new friends , doing new things ,
travelling the world , trying to feel content ,
loved, secure , needed.....
All this time I just needed to find my
It's like being born again , I am getting to
know me , just me....
I am learning to be tolerant of others, to just
give love, to give help to others when I can and
not spread myself so thin that I have no energy
for me...my perception of life has changed so
I don't worry anymore , everything will be fine,
I will deal with events as they arrive not a
moment before...this brings so much peace it's
I thank the Divine every day for directing me to
The rest of my life is going to be peaceful,
fulfilling and happy...
Thank you both from the bottom of my heart...
Adele Davie - Laidley Qld
(Please publish my comments on your web site and
anywhere else you feel might encourage others to
under-go a life changing week)
What a fantastic life-changing week it was. I'm
still thinking over lots of it and rejoicing
that I 'stumbled" across Heartland at the
time I really needed it.
Thank you both for the work you are doing - it's
Thank you again, my week at Heartland has
Love and Blessings,
Doreen visited us from
Melbourne in July 2012 ...
I recently spent 5 days at Heartland through one
of those synchronistic moments where the time
became available, and the dates worked within a
week of booking to go there !
I have been through a challenging time over the
past couple of years, and I have been 'trying'
to 'deal' with it all, and 'doing' lots of
things that would hopefully help me to reconnect
to the joy within which I was afraid had left
I found so much peace, joy & love at Heartland
that even in writing this I feel the emotion
rising. There was no 'trying, dealing, doing'
but just simply 'being' ... first time in years
I had allowed myself this gift in it's fullness,
and I even painted a beautiful sunset with
Trudi's loving guidance and soft loving heart !
(I so thought I was not creative or arty !!! Boy
was I wrong !)
My mind got to be quiet, my heart opened like a
beautiful flower and my joy found me again.
I found the most beautiful Soul family there
too, and in all the places I have been and
people that have helped me in my 49 years, I can
honestly say that Les and his very open and
loving heart changed my perceptions of life,
with his humility & willingness to share his
healing & very entertaining life with us, plus
his incredible general knowledge of life itself.
Now I am home, I am incorporating more love into
my everyday life, and am trying to be in more
acceptance and not to get so caught up with
things ... my time at heartland was priceless
... I really cannot compare it to anything of
material value in this world ... it had, for me,
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Les, Trudi and
came in June 2016…..
I want to thank you again
for a wonderful week. It has changed my life not only with
my relationship towards food but also my relationship with
myself. I feel so much calmer now and can recognise when I'm
heading back into old habits, which is not me anymore.
placed on Google in July 2016….
“Best retreat ever”
came July 2016…..
What a beautiful space you
provide. I am soòoòooò very grateful for you, Trudi and the
Thank you for ALL that you do.....thank you thank you thank
came August 2016…..
Hi Les I just wanted to say
a big thank you for the amazing week you and trudi and the
rest of the people at your retreat gave me. I thought I
would send you this to say a big thank you. Your retreat has
been the best thing to happen to me at the right time and
meeting you all and all the other people that attended has
given me such joy and hope for the future and I truly hope I
can return again Take care and thank you thank you thank
came in August 2016…..
Thank you Les. I fully
enjoyed the experience.
came April 2016…..
Thank you again for an
amazing week which truly brought me enlightment which I will
carry with me throughout difficult times
came interstate in April 2016…..
Thank you for your
inspiration and to all at Heartland for a beautiful and
wrote May 2016…..
I love your horses &
donkeys. At Heartlands I experienced for the first time how
wonderful it feels to hug a horse. ❤️
wrote May 2016….
I came to Heartland and I
am still sooo grateful and glad I made the decision to do it
- thank you for my experience at Heartland I feel so lucky
to have found you up there. Lots of love Kathryn
Christine came April 2016
THANK YOU! What a Wonderful
week at Heartland! I am so very grateful
has visited from Adelaide 4 times in 4 years……
I am so grateful I came
this year……. It has been wonderful to come 4 years running
and enjoy so much that you offer……
known Heartland since its beginnings…….
Heartland is an awesome
place that is great to visit and the most important thing is
that its life changing ! You come away with family who cares
wrote in July 2015……
Hi Les and all you
wonderful people! Just wanted to say thanks for another
awesome retreat, and acknowledge how much I enjoyed the
company of everyone in the group. I feel blessed to have met
you all and spent a fabulous five days with you
came in July 2015……
Thankyou for a great
week......thanks so much for changing my life......
came in July 2015.......
My stay at Heartland
Retreat was one of the most unique and beautiful experiences
of my life. I went with an open heart and was deeply touched
by each aspect of the retreat. Everything from the nurturing
food prepared with such love and care, to the moments of
sharing between each of us (both visitors and staff alike)
left a profound imprint on my heart. I found the healing
programme beautifully thought through, with plenty of time
for rest and integration between events. Exploring our
innate creativity through the art workshops, the stunning
environment and the sharing of space and love with the
rescue animals was truly memorable. Thank you Les, Trudy and
all your beautiful staff for the sacred five days and for
your wisdom in reminding us we are already whole and have
all we need within. Much love,
Juanita came in July 2015……
Thank you to you and your team for my time at heartland. I
have taken on my experiences……the week was life changing for
me and I look forward to coming to stay with you all in the
near future again…….
Nikki came in June 2015……
I wanted to send you a
quick email to sincerely thank you for my time at Heartland.
You have created such a beautiful and unique space and you
should be so proud of what you’ve built, I feel so blessed
to have been able to be there, even just for a few short
days and I genuinely look forward to coming back many times
in the years to come……
Although I was only able to spend 50 or so hours at
Heartland, I feel as though I have been changed in a very
beautiful way! Having the freedom to sit quietly in a room,
to meditate, to eat a meal with such beautiful people, to do
something new like paint or learn tai chi without worrying
about anyone else’s needs was such a gift for me and I
cannot thank you enough for the opportunity.
There are a lot of retreats out there Les, but I very much
doubt that there is a single one that is run with as much
love as yours. Your (non-soppy) love shines through in
everything you do and I believe that you truly care for
everyone who comes into your life. I am so grateful to have
met you, and met all the wonderful women (and Rob!) who were
at Heartland when I visited, and I look forward to visiting
you again very soon…….
visited in June 2015……
You have saved my life for
me to save my life…….
Mike came from Tasmania in
Thank you to you all for making our retreat, at least for
me, a very memorable one. I really enjoyed the time and
experiences that we went through together, especially the
meditation and sharing times………I will just have to return
sometime in the future to get more of the 'real' thing.
came in June 2015……
I want everyone to know
about my stay at Heartland and how it changed my life..so
anyone who will stand still long enough, I will tell them
about the workshop…..Thankyou again for all you and your
"angels" shared and did for me and my mates during our
Blessings and hugs
came in May 2015……
Thank you for a wonderful 5
days. This is the best “holiday” anyone can have!
I really appreciate being shown different approaches to
life’s travails and the different insights they give.
I have just finished listening to your two Children’s
meditation CD’s and look forward to my grandchildren
listening to them. Just wonderfully delightful! I can see
how helpful and calming they are, while also bringing an
understanding of where the “other” person is at and how to
help them! Love and thanks to everyone at Heartland for all
that you do.
from Shanghai early 2015……
You're definitely 1 in
came December 2014……
I wanted to let you know
that many things have changed since attending the December
retreat in 2014 ……every thing I included in my visual board
has come true!......... the right university, the right time
and all the other things!.........
came May 2015……
Thanks to all of you for
the most welcoming, wonderous Heartland retreat experience!!
I am still reaping the love-rewards and hope that all of you
are doing well!
wrote in April 2015……
Thank you Heartland!! And
thank you to all those that I spent the week with at
heartland - what a magical place!
I truly feel we had the exact people there that we needed to
connect with at the time and my life is better for it!
came in April 2015……
It was really great to meet
you all and........ it was the best break I’ve had in
years…still off the smokes and alcohol!!!
came for a further visit in Easter 2015……..
Easter was a fantastic
experience. Every visit I bring away so much. The best thing
is the aura of love that surrounds Heartland and the way it
infuses into everyone who visits. Love and Heartland
Thank you so much for last week. I felt like it was the best
week of my life. I got so much out of it. I got to work on
Monday so happy and a bounce in my step.
Thank you sincerely for the time I spent last week. I truly
enjoyed the time to relax and rejuvenate.
I greatly enjoyed my time and significantly strengthened my
sense of self worth and self love, which was great…..
I am writing to thank you for the wonderful experience your
retreat gave me.
When my friend asked me what I had learnt I couldn’t really
put my finger on it…. but I told her to listen to “Why
Sufi’s Whirl” by Kirtana…and I said that just about say’s
it….. the feel of that song and the lyrics . I suppose as
time passes I will be able to identify more concrete aspects
of my growth but I suppose spiritual growth is not always
neat and tidy and evolves in random ways according to the
individual and in ways that are not always easily expressed.
Hope you are both well. I suppose you are getting ready for
another group now.
Thank you again for such an amazing week, I have been raving
to everyone about you and the retreat and how wonderful it
My friends and family have even noticed that I am different
and more relaxed.
You are both the most amazing and beautiful people I've met
and I will always remember this time I had with you both.
Thanks again for a wonderful weekend. Previously I thought
that coming to Heartland was like an injection of love; I
think I now feel like it’s rather an extraction… I have all
the love inside I just need periodic removal of barriers to
let it flow!
A lot of people ask me what the retreat was like and it's
hard to sum up in words but I've recommended people go and
experience it for themselves, such a life changing week.
I've been singing my heart out in the afternoons with the
mantra cd -I ordered after trying it at Heartland, hopefully
I don't get a noise fine lol. Also ordered Chakra Dance and
have been sharing that around lots of friends and they love
I've been loving Les's meditation CDs in the mornings, such
a nice way to start the day!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you & Trudy
for everything you have done to help me open up to the
person I truly am. I keep saying that what ever it is you do
it works, especially for me. Each time I come back from any
retreat or weekend something is different & change continues
long after. I feel very blessed to have been guided to you &
your counseling. You are both one of the great treasures of
this world. I look forward to returning to Heartland again.
Just want to say thank you again for an amazing journey, I
feel blessed to have had the opportunity to experience
heartland retreat. You are both inspirational people and I
hope to meet again one day.
I cannot thank you enough for your kindness & gifts of life…
I absolutely loved your retreat…. It was just what I needed
to put me back on the path to where I want to be & go.
I am hoping to keep this great feeling going by walking your
talk! I would appreciate to receive your newsletters too
Off to do some meditation….
Love & Like ya....... Carolyn
I can’t believe it’s nearly 2 weeks since we left beautiful
Heartland! Thank you both so much for making our stay just
as pleasurable as when we visited 5 years ago. I always have
and always will take Heartland with me wherever I go. I feel
the peace and love so intensely whenever I think of
Heartland and you both. It’s funny how it hadn’t faded from
our thoughts at all over that period and there were once
again new learnings to be had, new people to connect with
and new levels of myself to free from suffering.
Thank you to all of you for making this last week so
inspiring and transformational!!!
I've been raving on about how wonderful it was to anyone
willing to listen to me, haha, and giving thanks nearly
non-stop to everything and everyone around me😍
It truly can be a wonderful life if we allow it to be.
Just a note to say thank you for the wonderful weekend
retreat I shared with you and the other participants. The
weekend certainly is still helping me to keep perspective
and keep in touch with the light within.
I attended one of your retreats back in July 2014 and I have
been meaning to write and express a heartfelt thank you to
you and Trudy for the wonderful, peaceful experience at
heartland. I had been struggling for years with bouts of
depression and anxiety. Heartland Retreat allowed me to
really feel and experience a very peaceful and serene energy
that I have not felt before.
Dagmar came November 2013 and emailed us…..
Waited until the week retreat was over as I know how busy
you are when guests are at Heartland. I hope you and Trudi
are enjoying a short breather after what was an absolutely
amazing weekend, and certainly a fabulous week as well.
I loved the weekend – although brief in time, it felt like
much longer (in a good sense). It was like filling up a cup
that had been emptied over time. The teachings were
insightful and this stay the favourite one yet. Not sure how
others feel about weekend retreats, but I would love to be
able to attend one quarterly – just to keep that cup flowing
Heartland is such a special place - more than a retreat,
more than a healing. The ‘more’ is individual and that is
what makes Les’ teachings so powerful – there is something
for everyone to learn, something that touches that
uniqueness in all of us. I speak of Heartland to my patients
in clinic and give them the brochure – some find their way
there, others may in time. I do my best to impart the wisdom
I bring back but stress that “Les just knows….”
All my love to you and Trudi
Kerry came November 2013 and later wrote……
Hi Les and Trudi
Thankyou again for an amazing weekend. I am so grateful to
have you and heartland in my life and can come there to just
be. I feel spiritually stronger and grow within myself each
time I come. Heartland is to me a place of unconditional
love and peace and what a great place to meet other like
minded beautiful people. I make new friends every time I
Thankyou so much for bringing Sacred Earth to Heartland they
were just amazing to listen to them live. Thankyou.
Oh and the food is amazing. Looking forward to my next
Much love and Hugs
David came in November 2013…..
Thankyou from my heart to the hearts of both yourself and
your wife Trudi .
Since departing from Heartland Les I have missed you and
Heartland , all the friends I bonded with on such deep
levels . I can hear your voice , i am still listening to you
speak your words of encouragement and wisdom . I feel this
deep sense of gratitude and blessedness for finding my way
to Heartland . You are simply a beautiful human being Les
Dyer , this world so desperately needs good men , men like
you to gently guide us all like baby lambs to our own
spiritual safe pastures within and I simply say Thank You
for listening to me and for sharing the life experiences
that has lead you to the place of worship yet grounded-ness
you are now in today so as to help others with theirs.
I am already reading Eckhart Tolle's 'A New Earth' and I
will strive to keep my spirit nourished by feeding it love
and gratitude .
It's quite a challenge to block the cold harshness of the
world out here out as it can be quite contaminating if we
lose focus and faith in the world around us but I will be as
a shepherd also and gently nudge the spirit inwards and
upwards of others because I know I must be strong within
myself first to make the world a more loving and safer place
to be and live in .
I speak highly of my experience at Heartland to others
already and I will send as many in your direction as will
listen and wish to come to you . Personally I feel re-born
and more aware then ever before. You are the wisest , most
loving , funniest , extraordinary human being I have ever
journeyed upon and I can’t express enough how grateful and
blessed I feel for everything I received and was able to
give in this week just past .
Julie returned for another retreat in November 2013….
Les, this past week was truly inspiring, so thank you to you
Gloria came in November 2013 and had this to say…….
“The 7 days spent with you and Trudi were such a treat. You
both embody happiness, joy and calm, all of Heartland does,
as do the staff and the surroundings and yet, it’s truly
alive and real. Nothing was too much trouble, you
accommodated each of our needs as we needed to have them
discussed with warmth and caring, yet without fanfare. The
accommodation, where we could have private moments as we
needed them, was extremely comfortable. The meals…delicious
The times we had for contemplation were so necessary. At
first, I thought they would be too many but, in reality,
they were just right, just what I needed. We were all able
to take from these contemplative sessions exactly what was
right for us as an individual, we could swim, go for walks,
chat with each other, sit and read, or just BE with the
magnificence of the location. It was perfect before we came
together again and enjoyed the “teachings” you shared.
The outing to Tin Can Bay (dolphins) and the beach was also
organised with us in mind, not to an agenda. It was
unhurried and yet, with an awareness of time.
From the depths of my heart, many, many thanks. I’ll be
Love, Gloria Hamilten, Brisbane,
Mara wrote in November 2013….
Dear Les and Trudi,
I just had to email you...Last weekend was AMAZING! ALL OF
The Sacred Earth performance was magical and uplifting ! It
perfectly complemented Heartland.
To see the transformation in others, and feel it
I hope you can both sense the depth of my love and
gratitude...on so many levels and for so many reasons...
THANKYOU for your love, guidance and understanding,
Kim wrote in November 2013…..
Thank You seems inadequate for what Heartland gives us ... I
love being at Heartland, to me it is always challenging but
so rewarding, it feels like an essential part of my journey.
Kasturi came in November 2013…..
Thank you both so much again for looking after me at
Heartland and for running such a retreat. It was a truly
amazing experience. I benefited and enjoyed every moment!
I will be back next year for sure...Thank you so much.
Julie came from Victoria in October 2013…..
I'd like to thank both yourself and Trudi for the amazing
retreat you have and for making my birthday so special.
Thank you for my gifts and thank you for being you, you are
perfect the way you are.
Take care and I look forward to returning to Heartland one
Janine, a Business Leader, wrote in August 2013…..
As a relatively new comer to the exciting world of Self I
cannot give enough gratitude to Les for this wonderful
experience. I have a scientific background, so to feel the
depth and connection that this weekend of meditations
provided me was like finalising confirmation results in a
laboratory experiment. I got it! The variety of meditations
and the ease with which I can now apply them by myself at
home has made this connection so much more relaxed to make
Corinne from NSW also came early August 2013….. she later
Hi Les and Trudi
Thank you for a wonderful week of relaxation, enlightenment
and lots of fun… I didn’t want to go home!
Marian came early August 2013 and later wrote…..
This weekend allowed me the opportunity, within a safe and
nurturing environment, to explore a variety of different
meditation techniques and to decide which resonated best
with me. The fellowship, great vegetarian food and
interesting discussions about meditation (and other topics)
were also an integral part of this weekend. Many thanks for
the opportunity to share in this experiece with a fantastic
and diverse group of people. It allowed me the wonderful
opportunity to take some time out and re-connect with the
Love to you and Trudi
July 2013 Michele wrote on Facebook…….
"Loved my time at Heartlands! Do yourself a favour……go for a
Carol wrote in reply…..
"I agree - if you need a break from everything or just need
to BE... it's the place to go!"
July 2013 Joanne wrote…….
"Heartland is exceptional value and an exceptional
Alli wrote a general testimonial in August 2013….
Les is personal friend of mine and I have known him for 20
yrs now…wow, that went fast!! I have gone to many of his
workshops and have been to both Heartland Retreat and his
previous retreat New Veda, both as stunning, loving,
relaxing, nurturing, healing, fun, uplifting etc etc etc as
each other. Les and his beautiful wife Trudi are two of the
most genuine, loving, gentle souls anyone could ever meet in
life and I simply cannot recommend them and their beautiful
retreat highly or lovingly enough. As Les states, everything
they do is done to assist others on their journey and done
at exceptional value for money considering the costs of
other retreats.(and we’ve all seen the ads and been to few
too) , Please forward this on to your friends and family who
may not only be interested but would benefit (everyone will
at some point of their being). There have been workshops
similar, but not the original and not anywhere near these
realistic, affordable prices. If you are genuine about
personal/spiritual growth and walking the walk, this is a
Love and light everyone.
Dawn, Tracey and Nicky came together in July 2013……
We had a wonderful time when we came to Heartlands, we went
home refreshed and relaxed.
Trudi you have inspired us to be more creative, Tracey and I
have continued with the painting and we are enrolling in a
course. Mum went to Bunnings and got a load of Hebel off
cuts so all 3 of us have been sculpting. Attached are a
couple of photos of our latest creations. It has been lovely
to do art together as a family.
Thank you for a lovely week, the food was fabulous!
Dawn, Tracey & Nikki
Renee came in June 2013…..
Thanks again so much for last week. It was truly an amazing
experience, I definitely did not want to leave the beautiful
peaceful, non-judgemental heartland. I am trying to stay
positive and connect with myself to see where to next.
Lots of LOVE
Yvette came from San Diego, USA in June 2013…..
Dear Les and Trudi,
To experience the loving, supportive, life enhancing
presence of your home and your open hearts is truly a
The friends that joined us for the week are such beautiful
souls. As I witnessed some of the transformations, I have a
renewed understanding of how perfect we can be when we
enhance our consciousness and give that gift to others. The
laughs, the tears, the dancing, the singing, the delicious
and nutritious food, the talks, the meditations, and the
sharing, all will be long remembered. Waking to Les' singing
made waking up early not too bad!
So, I smile each morning as I begin the day ,Zippidy Do Da,
returning to my ER with a lighter feeling. Expanding my
compassion and heart love and just embracing life. Les and
Trudi, you have become a part of me and I carry that with
pride. Looking forward to the day when we may embrace in the
physical once again.
Sending you love and chi from San Diego, California.
Nic came in June 2013……
Thank you for a wonderful and refreshing week. I got a great
opportunity to use my new perspectives and coping skills as
soon as I got back!
In all honesty Les if I hadn't just come back from Heartland
I would be a mess.
Thank you again and WATCH THIS SPACE!!!
Desley came in May 2013…..
Thanks Les and also Trudi
I can’t tell you enough how much I got out of this program.
I wish I had done this years ago. When you talk and connect
with the group it all just makes so much sense.... my
journey has only begun, and I intend to put in practice what
I have learnt and I am sure I will be back down the track.
Sharing my learnings with my husband as I reflect. I
congratulate you both on what you offer and I will certainly
share my experience. Many thanks
Maria came in May 2013……..
Words cannot express my experience of Heartland but I'll
start with a huge thank you to both of you.
I came home to the loving licks of my beautiful dog India
(photo attached!), and then later the warm and loving hugs
of my husband, I have so much to be grateful for. I often
forgot this before coming to Heartland.
My husband and I are on the way to creating some important
practices at home together to remind us what life is really
Heartland is everything - being pampered, spoilt with
amazing food (thank you Wayne!) and accommodation, the
beautiful animals (another photo!) but most importantly just
simply being allowed to just be which allowed the deep
healing to take place. I find I am now walking with my
shoulders back because my heart feels so much more open and
loving since coming back from Heartland.
What I really loved was the amount of fun and laughter with
the group, the art which was amazing to do, visiting the
dolphins, the singing and chats around the lunch/dinner
table. I felt like I had gone back to my childhood where I
felt uninhibited and full of joy - that has been a very
precious gift from Heartland.
Les and Trudi, you truly are two of the most amazing people
I have ever met and thank you for dedicating your lives to
helping people heal and remind them of who they truly are. I
would be happy for you to share any of this email as a
testimonial. Heartland has been one of the most amazing
experiences of my life and I am sure I will one day be back
Until then, much love
Ellen came in 2013……
Dear Les & Trudy
I can't thank you enough for the help & healing I was so
blessed to receive when I was there.
With much love
Paula came in April 2013…..
I would like to thank you both for a truly enlightening
experience at heartland. I met the most amazing women with
whom I have kept in touch with and will hopefully one day
unite with. Although some activities where not for me I
however still came away stronger and happier within myself,
all thanks to heartland.
Patty came in April 2013….
I'm thinking of you all at Heartlands with fond
memories...and a peace within and between us. I am planning
a return trip later this year and hope to bring some friends
along. Thank you both so much for the love you share...it's
certainly contagious...I look forward to seeing you again
Barbara came in April 2013…..
Hello Les and Trudi,
Here is the email that you were expecting - it is the usual
email that you get from your newly departed Heartlandians.
I miss the place terribly, had such a peaceful and happy
time there with you both and all the girls.
I am sure you have had many emails like this one. And there
will be many, many more.
Today - I give Thanks, for the search that led me your way,
the kindness of others, the ability to accept kindness and
the fact that we as humans are capable of making new
Love and Hugs,
Nancy came in April 2013….
What a wonderful five days I enjoyed at your amazingly
My immense gratitude to you both.
Thanks so much.
Much love and big hugs,
Kay came in March 2013…..
Thank you Les and Trudi
I think what helps the most is connecting to real people
with real problems and knowing the author of the books.
The need to release all the tears. The power or forgiveness,
the need to let go.
I give thanks, I give thanks I give thanks
Natalie came in April 2013…..
I really enjoyed a tranquil stay recently
The juices, art time, pool and meditation were just what my
spirit needed. Peace always,
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!
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