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Creative/Arts Director/Resident Artist
The quiet creative strength behind Heartland. Artist, sculptor, potter, writer,
carer, healer, therapist.
When I was a teenager, if
someone asked me “what do you want to do when
you leave school?” I remember saying “I don’t
know, but I just want to help people”. Then
after the suicide of my brother Mick when I was
16 and he was 24, I went into the pits of
darkness for a few years. I took drugs and
alcohol to numb the deep anguish inside myself.
Then, when I was about 19, I recognised that I
hadn’t actually grieved for my brother. The
years I spent trying to numb the pain I had
simply avoided really feeling it. At this time,
I began my search for understanding…. about life
and about death and the possibility of
reincarnation and spirit. I read everything I
could that helped me to learn. No-one around me
at that time understood my need to learn the
truth of my existence. “What’s it all about?”
was my mantra!
My life now is simply an unfolding of myself….
like the petals of a flower coming into its own
beauty by gently unfolding layer upon layer. I
have learned lots of wisdoms from many teachers,
but always my best teachers have been my family
and friends! One of my son’s has asperges/autism
and I have to say that it has been a gift to me
to have raised a son who thinks differently to
me. He has challenged me – and helped me to
learn many different lessons. Having a step
daughter has also been a wonderful gift and has
taught me many things too. I am SO lucky to have
our 3 beautiful children in my life! And I am
proud of each one of them. It is so wonderful to
watch them grow into their own selves!!
Most afternoons you will find me in Artland,
teaching art and hopefully inspiring others to
express themselves using different art
techniques. Art has been healing for me in my
life and I hope to pass that on to others.
our Tai Chi instructor
Darren has been studying
this art for over 10 years & is an Accredited
level 2 Instructor in Dr Paul Lam’s Tai Chi For
Health Program under instruction from master
trainers Elva & Denis Arthy at Redlands Tai Chi
School in Brisbane.
Tai Chi for Arthritis - Qigong breathing
Exercises - First Aid & CPR Certified
The best movements from Yang, Chen and Wu styles
were taken to form SUN style tai chi with a
higher stance and flowing movements, cater for
people of all ages, with many medical conditions
and is gentle but effective. Helps with memory
through focus, balance through co-ordination and
also oxygenates the blood. Tai Chi has a long
history in the east some say it’s the secret to
longevity, Tai Chi is a lifestyle.
Yoga has been a part of my
life for over ten years and has helped me
through many challenging times. The power of
Yoga has helped me overcome and heal significant
sporting injures, serious health conditions and
the tragic loss of my husband from cancer.
These events in my life,
along with my passion to care for body, mind and
soul as a whole have redirected my working
career from the business sector to one in the
health arena. I teach Pilates and Yoga, sharing
my insights of Yoga to help others take care of
their bodies and to create space for them to
discover their own inner healing power and
strength to cultivate a greater sense of peace,
calm and clarity.
Yoga has been a gift to
me and I look forward to sharing this gift with
Ali Conroy-Doust is our Welcomer and
Ali has been associated
with Heartland for several years now. We are
delighted to have her on our Team! She’ll make
you feel extra special when you arrive and
answer all your questions about your stay.
knows Heartland from both sides of the fence and
you’ll find her an indispensable font of
know-how and gentle wisdom!
Kylie and Millie – Therapists
Millie is a fully qualified
professional Remedial Therapist who supports our
guests with her finely attuned massage
techniques. No matter how difficult your
condition may be, Millie is sure to be able to
Other therapists may be
available at the time of your visit – please
enquire when booking.
passed away in November 2012. We no longer have
a special 4 legged friend in charge of “meet &
greet” at Heartland. Sadly, no-one can fill his
The sculpture of
Trudi created sits proudly at the front entrance
so our guests can at least know he’s always here
(Trudi and Will
with his look-alike sculpture a few weeks before
Heartland’s Healing Horse
Oliver - Arriving here just 3
weeks before Will passed away. Oliver has helped
heal some of the grief we have all felt with the
loss of Will. We are blessed to have “Ollie” as
our newest member of the Healing Team – a new 4
legged friend (and a big one at that!) He’s a
beautiful thoroughbred horse that we were lucky
enough to be chosen to take care of. His role
here is being the loving presence that he is!
There is really nothing more he has to do.
once a racehorse (although the couple of times
he raced… he came last…) but after a leg injury
his racing career was over. So, he came to us in
November 2012 so Ollie had some horsey-company.
Phil is so quiet and docile & loves a good
scratch around his head! Phil used to be the
lowest on the “pecking order” before he came to
Heartland, but now he’s gone up in the world and
is “2ic” to Ollie – ahead of the donkeys and
cows!! He’s in horsey-heaven!
WWOOFAS - That’s “Willing Workers On
From time to time, we have
the most wonderful wwoofas who come and stay
with us & help with the many jobs around
They help out in a variety of ways depending on
how long they stay with us. Heartland is very
appreciative of the helpers we attract.
If you are looking to volunteer here, join the
wwoofas organisation & then let us know.
We would love to have you!
Wildlife - Heartland is the home of
the Red-Necked wallaby.
We see them in the early morning and early
They are shy of people – but are getting more
used to us and at times we can get quite close
Pastures Maintenance Team
Yoshoda is the white & grey
donkey and her offspring Mani was born at Easter
Patty is the oldest
donkey & Aggie is the most timid.
The donkeys have a very
important role here at Heartland, as they are
the ones who eat the grass! They’re always happy
to oblige you if you are holding a carrot or a
banana and always love that little extra bit of
attention (don’t we all!).
Our donkeys are a constant
reminder that love heals all (Aggie has recently
healed from a serious eye cancer through the
loving attention of many of the guests!)
Enjoy Our 3 Photo Galleries
by clicking the links below.
- Gallery TWO
Let us find peace and delight in it!
Let us find tranquility and keep it!
Let us find patience and own it!
Let us find empathy and share it!
Let us find honour and commit to it!
Let us find selflessness and become it!
Let us find tolerance and express it!
Let us find joy and thrill to it!
Let us find worth and value it!
Let us find Love and be it!
Let us find Real Self and live it!
Let us truly find the Divine and rest there!
Please Enjoy Our 3 Photo
by clicking the links below.
- Gallery TWO
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