As promised, I wanted to share a blog purely devoted to our experience of the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens in Byron Bay since there were just too many photos to devote to social media space alone. Although what is felt and experienced in person can never be fully grasped in any one or even 100 photos alone, at least these will give you an idea and feel for what this magickal and potently sacred place is like. It was one of my top three favorite experiences of the trip, although they can’t be compared. It felt incredibly important to be here when we were, which wasn’t planned, but happened to align with the New Moon, as well as timely and important to supporting the manifestations of goals and dreams in our lives.
We visited the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, getting there right when it opened and we’re so glad we did, as it provided a wonderful time of day and a much clearer space with not many people to share it with. And, as shared, seemed perfect right at the precipice to the New Moon. Incredibly super-charged activation galore took place too! I had no expectations of what we’d find or experience, but it exceeded imagination, as well as ignited it.
We were greeted and embraced by stunning botanical gardens, rainforest, World Peace Stupa, views, Aboriginal mural, labyrinth, enchanted crystal cave, crystal fountain, sound healing, music of the plants experience, crystal matrix, amazing statues, fossils, Damanhur spiral, rose quartz reflexology walk, the biggest and most beautiful natural crystals in the world, and more… all found here.
Everywhere you turn there are crystals galore and I love how they are integrated naturally into the grounds and nature, as if they were always there and which merges Earth and Cosmos so beautifully.
Even the pathways are encrusted with crystals, geodes, and stones in patterns and sporadically, but all intentfully. The labyrinth path is also laden with rose quartz. The whole place is a huge crystal grid and energy center that sends a beam out into the etheric realm for manifestation.
A Faery’s dream world!
Each step taken was with great intent and everything we came upon along our wandering through this enchanted place received a “wow!” from both of us. We engaged every experience pure of heart and full with love and gratitude. I was in such reverence of these crystal giants, ancient ones, Earth and Cosmic historians and record keepers, master beings, sentinels and guardians. And with each labyrinth or spiral walk, turn of a prayer wheel, and communion, I blasted out energy to the collective, as well as more intimately for personal intentions, hopes, and dreams.
I used to only engage in energy focused out to others, but have come to equally voice my own desires for the highest good of all concerned knowing that they are one and the same.
I was amazed, but not surprised, to see the energy captured in the photos (and glad we took them), especially when Dave and I stood between the different sets of Amethyst guardians, as it felt like we were in a vortex, activating a portal, and experiencing the crystal matrix of creation. We were being guided through portal after portal, traversing the Cosmic dimensions, one world into the next, and the next.
I was surrounded by beings of light and I felt the giantness of my own being. I felt as tall as the Amethyst guardians by my side. And they were there to remind me of this actuality.
Chills after chills ran through me and I knew everything was not only possible, but happening now. I felt the incredible love and support surrounding me, and how it is there for us all if we open to it despite not seeing it at times in our lives.
I felt at home. Yes, this was home. These beings were my family….my memories….my heart…my spirit.
I engaged my imagination, creativity, and let myself go wild with dreaming. We both imagined big and were full with inspiration and belief in what we imagined.
Alongside each activation and what also felt like more initiations into the next phase of the journey at a new level, I experienced three manifestations of support and gifts.
While walking the labyrinth, soft, sweet feathers showed up along the path, one after another and another, and as I circled to center and back. Angelic support was all around and the feathers reminded me of letting my heart be free to fly as love guides me to soar on toward my joy and dreams and not be held back by the past, nor dwelling on it. I loved the Buddha and giant Amethyst being that resided over the labyrinth. I spent time after with the both sharing the love.
Then later while walking through the bamboo path, which was like this amazing tunnel opening to doorways at both ends and a statue of Vishnu riding on the shoulders of Garuda – both feeling potent as Vishnu is one of the three most important Hindu gods that supports, sustains, and governs the universe. His role is to return to the Earth in troubled times and restore balance of good and evil…to restore justice and order when they are threatened. And Garuda is the bird-god (birds are so prominent in my life and always gifting me feathers) who represents courage and our higher spiritual aspirations. He is said to have brought the nectar of immortality from heaven to Earth.
Just as I entered this tunnel I looked down and this beautiful bamboo creation appeared on the path directly in front of me. It was woven natural and green bamboo with bamboo woven flower that is like a case to hold pens or pencils. That felt to support my writing and the weaving of words and inspirational ideas into a story, not to mention writing the story of my life’s journey in general.
And the third manifestation was a crystal.
Just after I’d spent time between the two most giant Amethyst guardians (you can see more of their amazing energy manifesting in the photo below), I went to walk in the grass, away from any crystals and suddenly I was called to look down and saw something partially hidden in the grass. I reached down and was amazed to find a quartz crystal cluster. It was nothing like any crystals within the vicinity or even any I’d seen along our wandering throughout at that point. But there it was. And it feels so ancient and Cosmic. It appears to be part of a much larger crystal, as if it was taken from one to be connected to its energy and channel it, but for me to have as a gift. I was in deep gratitude of this gift and it feels like it will be assisting me with things to come.
That night I also had a dream that felt important. Not only did it come after the Crystal Castle experience, but on the New Moon. I haven’t had an extraterrestrial dream for a while (at least that I remember), which in actuality are never “dreams,” but my journeys with them when I’m most able to travel interdimensionally and freely. As a Pisces, my “dream” journeys are potent and where everything important takes place. Much of why sleep is actually a chance to do my most intricate work and why it’s so essential to me to have that time.
Anyway, part of the dream was about my engaging with a group of ET’s…different than ones I can remember working with. I had decoded something that they needed and had been trying to decode themselves for a very long time, but couldn’t figure out. I created symbols that embodied the energy of what I decoded and put them into a ring that reflected this. I can still see the symbolism that was created. And this acted like a portal opener or key to something. I also had images on an old recorder or something that they didn’t want others to get a hold of and see, and although I would never tell or show anyone I knew that meant they wanted me to relinquish them and so I did, to keep it safe. It felt much like I was doing some bridge work that felt important on a Cosmic level. And not surprising with the Cosmic activations of the day.
Also, what I found interesting was that I never feel called to do any sort of physical cleanses anymore, as it just doesn’t resonate and I’ve basically been making shifts on all levels without the need for them anymore. At a couple of junctures along my journey I had done some, especially this one time period of some of the largest shifts into my current path I’ve been on when I did a 180 in my life kind of overnight (but not really if you look at the build up before of work done). That time period also coincided with being 100% raw vegan and feeling I needed a complete reset and boost up several levels, so along with the raw I did several major cleanses. This took me to a new level of experience and clarity. Then over the course of time, since, I balanced and harmonized out.
But for some reason I received the message of one cleanse being supportive at this time, right after I left the Crystal Castle. My sense is that is tied to another sort of reset and anchoring of this new journey I’m on and inviting in/being invited to/stepping into.
I wondered when it would take place, thinking perhaps right when I returned home, but in fact I received that it will begin on Summer Solstice, which also happens to align with when the new bunny love is entering my life and also timely with how the project I’m working on with my writing is lining up in terms of its process. Not to mention, some other things taking place in our lives.
I’m normally not interested in these kinds of things anymore – cleanses that is – but to receive that message when I’m not focused on it, seems like I shouldn’t ignore it and so I embrace this and will begin as instructed. It will be a 10 day cleanse and reset.
So, yes, a lot was ignited and took place with this experience, but also wouldn’t have happened if we hadn’t been in Australia when we were and how it all aligned.
And we also discovered a most amazing, enchanted, magickal mushroom in the gardens that was hidden. Did it manifest just for us like these other gifts? Was it indication of this vortex we’d entered? Was it reflective of our beliefs creating what we see?
I believe it is all of these and more.
I have never actually seen one of these in nature ever – a Faerytale mushroom come to life! If you washed off the dirt you’d reveal more of its white polka dots. What an incredible discovery. There was definitely a portal here, as I actually didn’t even know these really existed except in the magickal realms. Well, I guess I was in one! And it felt to indicate that I’m literally, more and more, living in the world of my own creation and that isn’t the same for everyone although perfect for each of us, as it’s based on our vibrational alignment with belief meeting resonance and reality.
Incredible doesn’t begin to express it all. And gratitude doesn’t either in terms of what I feel toward it all.
These aren’t even all of my photos. I didn’t even capture half of what you can find here. Imagine that!
I imagine everyone has their own individual experience here at the Crystal Castle, just like we all do with everything in life, but I do believe that it will bring to the forefront, reveal, and amplify things for you in terms of your beliefs and has the potential of presenting doorways of experience for you to enter if chosen and ready.
I said yes, again.
We just arrived back home late last night from our adventure Down Under and it’s wonderful to have this holiday weekend providing today as a day of integration, rest, and reverence for all. It was a fantastic trip in every way and was more than either of us imagined it would be. This created both a bitter and sweet farewell, for now, as our hearts were sad to go, but also love our present home in Tahoe and the many new things we have set in motion to return to. Like with all things it’s about trusting and embracing the next part of the journey and where it leads, as that’s how we continue to move forward and receive the most out of our experience of life, rather than grip tightly to it. I’m grateful to have more within me to bring along the journey because of the adventures we’ve said yes to and grateful also for the soul retrieval integrated in Australia. This adventure has been both inspiring and invigorating for sure!
When last I left off we’d just arrived in Byron Bay and enjoyed our first immersion at the sacred Aboriginal site of Ti Tree Lake. Our next two days were full of the beauty and high vibes of Byron Bay’s beautiful beaches, nature, views, amazing vegan food finds, gorgeous and potent sunsets – one filled with orbs – powerful activations and initiations at the Crystal Castle (with light beams and energies galore showing up in the photos), and New Moon celebrations.
It was amazing that I traveled to Australia on a Full Moon and we were there for the New Moon as well. Felt like a perfect cycle to experience there and support for intentions in our lives. I also loved how things aligned with what we were doing on these days, without planning. So yes, being amongst giant crystal guardians for the New Moon energy was indeed no accident.
I will do a separate post to share a bunch of photos from the Crystal Castle, so you can get a feel for it. Definitely a must experience in my opinion.
After we reluctantly said goodbye to Byron Bay, we then had two days in Brisbane, but along the 2 hour drive we stopped on the Gold Coast in Mermaid Beach so Dave could do an in-person radio interview on ABC Radio combined with a local lamb farmer to discuss the economics of meat production.
That just happened to align perfectly, as he’d just received a call for the interview two days before and we just happened to be passing through on our way.
Then of course I had to step foot on Mermaid Beach…a Pisces MerFaery needs to anchor her fins and feet officially. Hehe! We enjoyed lunch we picked up for a picnic on the beach before continuing on to Brisbane.
And then we had a lovely time exploring the best the city had to offer, being gifted a free guided tour of Brisbane by our gracious Airbnb hosts, Ken and Vicki, who wanted to help us see as much as possible.
We couldn’t decline their sweet offer and were so grateful for all they did for us above and beyond in accommodating and making us feel at home. The tour ended up being 3 hours including walking, free bus, and City Hopper Ferry, which allowed us to experience the best of things and the total experience. So wonderful the city has these free services.
And then a little donut adventure happened….had to happen some time, if you know Dave’s love for these and his being a magnet for them everywhere he goes. He’d already enjoyed a bunch of vegan donuts before I arrived to Australia, but now he got to share the love. Dave showed us his vegan donut skills by diverting us momentarily to stock up on a half dozen specialty, super-sized donuts. We gave some to our hosts to try. Many giggles were had over this.
The tour was better than any tour we could have paid for and our hosts were incredibly sweet, stocking their beautiful place with vegan toiletries and food just for us. They asked us our dietary needs before arrival sending us tons of helpful info, and even though we said we’d be fine we found a home away from home awaiting us. They also put fresh roses in the place from their home that filled the place with sweet aroma, and stocked tons of fruit and fresh watermelon, supplied picnic basket, soy milk, breakfast items and more and made sure there wasn’t anything non vegan…all just out of consideration.
After getting the lay of the land with them, we set off walking the streets and exploring the restaurants to find some yummy dinner and the next day we immersed fully in the culture and beauty of the city visiting the Roma Street Parkland gardens with a free tour there as well, got to see the amazing Water Dragons (dragons on this last day were a big theme showing up a lot), tons of other birds, brush turkey, ibis….
The Wanderlust event just happened to be going on on the event grounds connected to the gardens so we got to soak in the high vibes that were just getting kicked into gear as we explored. This is a triathlon event of yoga, meditation, and 5k, with lots going on and unity energy being blasted out. We stopped to breathe it all in with them.
Then we explored the Brisbane Clock Tower at City Hall and Brisbane Museum of History. On our way to walk to lunch we then synchronously ran into Anonymous for the Voiceless, which is an animal rights organization specializing in direct street action. We stopped to chat – they seemed excited to meet us, especially Dave – and their photographer wanted photos they’ll post later to their Facebook page. This is one we got.
And off we went to another fabulous lunch (for all the amazing vegan food finds and photos, please visit my Instagram or Facebook page, as I’ve shared tons of details on this and more from the adventure there), and then went to the GOMA – Gallery of Modern Art, which is one of the most highly regarded in the world and had incredible art installations, took a 12 minute ride on the Wheel of Brisbane (giant ferris wheel), sat in the Nepalese Peace Pagoda to absorb the harmonious serenity there, and then finished things off with another free ride up and down the Brisbane River on the City Hopper Ferry before taking a rest and enjoying our last yummy meal at a fun night spot in the city.
That rounded out the end of our adventures before we had a full day of travel to return back home. Our flight between LA and Reno had a huge layover of about 12 hours, so we even had the chance to visit Dave’s family for the day when we got back, which was really nice not only to see them, but we got to take in a two hour nap, showers, a lovely lunch, and enjoy their oasis garden to ease back into the energy of the U.S.A., as well as meet the new member of their family….a 3 year old, rescued Greyhound named Judy. They already have another Greyhound named Tammy that’s 12 years old and Harley, they’re young rescued Coonhound. I so love and resonate with Greyhounds and am grateful to them for learning so much about them and being able to experience them firsthand, as they resonate the most of any dog with me – reminding me much of the sensitive and intuitive disposition of rabbits, ironically, since live rabbits are used to race them.
But back to our trip – it was just fabulous all around and the highlights for me were definitely the animal connections (love, love, LOVE them all especially the koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and incredible birds), gorgeous coastline, nature’s beauty, the energy, the warmth of the people, the amazing vegan food,and of course getting to meet my family. Synchronicities and magick were around every corner and everything just flowed beautifully. There was a sense of ease and gentleness, as well as a relaxed energy of presence and the moment everywhere we went. There is a huge – at least to us – and noticeable difference in the people and ways in Australia, which is such a warm welcome. The people are all so incredibly nice and helpful, the cities are so clean and without graffiti, we noticed a sense of trust that doesn’t happen here in the States and greater sense of well being in mind for all, and presence. We noticed immediately upon arrival to LA the contrast in our people interactions.
The cities in Australia were very cool, fun, and with tons to do and everything very convenient, but it was the smaller oceanside, sleepy and quieter towns that really felt like home.
My favorites were Byron Bay, Tathra and the Eden area, and Port Macquarie – likely in that order.
My favorite and most memorable experiences, overall, were visiting the Koala Hospital and the Crystal Castle, as well as walking Lemon Tree Passage with all the tropical birds swarming around and the koalas in the trees to find.
Of course meeting my family was heart enriching and is it’s own special thing outside of it all. Since that I’ve been nearly daily in touch with my 3rd cousin since. And good news! My parents have booked their trip in October to Melbourne (just happened a few days ago) to visit our family there and explore that area. All of this put into motion with my being there as the bridge…so that’s a wonderful gift we all get to share.
In terms of a balance with nature and city, we loved Bondi Beach as our fav.
And of course the cities – Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane were incredibly rich with a different kind of vibe and experiences with one of the highlights being the symphony at the Sydney Opera House that we got to go to, which is a fav memory. And the food…oh the food!!
We didn’t even scratch the surface of what you can experience in this incredible land, but did get a good lay of the land and feel for things, with the best of the time and worlds we were in. We traveled about 1300 miles over the course of 2 and a half weeks, which I drove mostly to give Dave a break after his whirlwind tour the 2 weeks previously traveling to the 7 capital cities. I enjoyed driving on the opposite side of the road, having it feel natural actually, likely because my brain works bilaterally and I do things backwards always anyway. But it became second nature so much so that driving home yesterday was what started feeling foreign. LOL! It’s all balanced out though.
We fell in love with Australia for sure and felt deeply connected there, so much so that we could see ourselves living there as well as the other places we’ve rooted our energies in, and can potentially see a future of us having a home there when that presents itself in aligned timing along the journey. But we do know the city that called to our Bohemian hearts and I feel, like with the other heart homes we’ve discovered on the Magick Bus adventure, that we’ve anchored in these places with our presence and energy there for things to light up when the time is right. What has been important is making those connections literally and in all ways, so that our essence signature is at one with the lands we feel called to and then the rest will unfold in divine timing.
Also, I do know why I hadn’t finished that last part of my book before going (if you recall I completed it all except the end), as I was definitely right about the last energies to put it to closure were needed to retrieve and experience in Australia. So many signs and messages came through on this journey, including very specific tie-ins to the story I’ve been writing that showed up literally, messages from Cosmo (which continued up until the last day before leaving), inspiration for the final pages, and even a dream of the new bunny love coming to me soon connected with things I loved in Australia, as well as messages and alignment to support the bigger dreams I’m working toward.
So perfect in all ways.
As I sit here writing this, overlooking the portal of beautiful Lake Tahoe, I can feel the connection via it to Australia and to every doorway of experience I/we am/are opening and about to enter.
I love Australia and am grateful for being embraced by the energies there and the welcome extended beyond just this adventure we’ve returned from. I also love the continued surprises that keep being revealed, the more we embrace saying yes and remain open to the highest good evolving that takes our hopes and dreams to a new level without limitations to what that needs to look like.
Anything and everything is possible and what appears to “be” right now, constantly shifts into what is most nurturing and aligned for the next now moment, as long as we remain open, flexible, and detached from any fixed definition of experience.
I’ve been feeling so in my element here in Australia and grateful to have found another heart home. Such a special and magickal place for sure. As mentioned, I’ve not had any transition difficulty with the time and day difference, no jet lag, no issue with the driving on opposite side I’m used to (I’ve been doing all the long distance driving here on our journey up the east coast), and feel completely invigorated and inspired, not to mention, nurtured by the land, animals, warm people, and yes the yummy food.
Also as shared, I’m just posting some short updates to give you a glimpse into things, but if you’re on Instagram, I’ve been posting a plethora of photos to give everyone a full idea of what it’s like here in all ways (these photos reshared to Facebook as well). I like to provide insight to places in ways you might not experience, for those who may never get to travel or who are interested in traveling and may find resonance to inspire you to follow that dream.
I find sharing on Instagram to be easy and quick, without intruding upon my time and can be done easily when I have some down time. This is why I’m not sharing a huge blog post on this journey, but snippets when I have the time, along the way…like today. I have some time in the mornings here and there while Dave does his work before we head off on the adventures of the day. Good thing the work day ends in the U.S. in our mornings, so that he can be free to enjoy the day. Perfect alignment.
I’ve had so many nudges from Cosmo here as well, with his name showing up right where I am and have dreamed of the new bunny love coming into my life too, as well as had signs from him. I’ve been blessed in finding tons of feathers (yes, that continues here), and even wallaby and koala fur on our hikes in the wild nature reserves.
Anyway, since my last post of Tathra and Canberra, we were in Bondi Beach/Sydney, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, and now Byron Bay where we’ll be for three nights before our last destination of Brisbane. I even had the chance to meet the incredible staff at Voiceless, the animal organization in Sydney that hosted Dave for his lecture tour at the most amazing vegan Italian restaurant ever, anywhere – Gigi Pizzeria in Newtown.
We’ve stopped along the way also in beautiful Lemon Tree Passage to walk a Koala Reserve on the Mangrove Boardwalk and Woolgoolga for lunch and seen so many beautiful port and coastal towns along the way. Dave has been in his element too as you can see above of him searching for koalas in Lemon Tree and here at Ti Tree Lake below.
It’s all been amazing and perfect, really giving us the lay of the land and getting to enjoy the best of each place even though for a short time. We even had the chance to go the symphony at the famous Sydney Opera House, which was a wonderful treat, seeing the amazing, blind-by-birth, solo pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii play Chopin. I also gifted myself a beautiful black Australian opal ring there – led to the perfect place to find it in The Rocks historic district – which is the rarest of opals. I wanted something truly special and that would energetically bring the energy to my life even while not in Australia.
But for this post I want to focus on feeling in my element here and how Australia speaks to my spirit, which in large part is the energy, but also the animals and nature….my most cherished friends and nurturers.
I just adore the tropical birds of every sort imaginable….so exotic and the songs and voices they have are memorable and such a gift to hear, morning, noon, and evening. To look up and have them flying all around me and talking from the trees is magickal.
And the other animals like kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats, ring tailed possums, flying foxes, fox, and ocean life (the humpbacks are due to be where we are any moment, as they were only 32 hours behind us in their migration…following our path!), are just so special and dear to me both in their energy and messages, as well as their endearing qualities and beauty.
Unfortunately, I’ve seen more dead animals here than anywhere, as they don’t have fences to protect them from the roads and highways, so anything I haven’t seen in the wild, I’ve sadly seen on the road. We’ve made it a point to only visit wild nature reserves and real rehab facilities, as there are many zoos and even “reserves” here that are really zoos and not actually nature reserves. We don’t support those and prefer to see animals in their natural habitat or in places dedicated to helping animals that have been rescued and if possible, release them back in the wild.
One of these was the Koala Hospital, which I highly recommend visiting if you travel here. We just happened to be only a mile away from it in our Airbnb in Port Macquarie, unbeknownst to us, but such a gift! It was an incredible, moving, and heart warming experience. We enjoyed meeting the koalas and visiting and learning about the Koala Hospital, which is the only Koala Hospital in the world and is as old as me…founded in 1973. I thought that was a pretty cool synchronicity, especially since I feel so drawn to them and had a stuffed koala when I was a little girl. They take in, care for, treat, rehabilitate, and release koalas that are injured and have health challenges. Some come to have a forever home here because they can’t be released back due to their inability to survive because of their disabilities. We arrived right in time for their 3pm free guided tour, which included getting to see a couple of them getting their flavored medication, which they loved and were given so tenderly. Dave and I both picked up Koala Hospital t-shirt and tank to support them. You can also adopt a koala here for $50 to help support them. They take in 250 koalas a year and are not governmentally funded, so everything is donations. They have $500,000 worth of expenses per yer. If you want to help out you can visit:
So yes, I feel really aligned here and in my heart. So I wanted to share the highlights for me that have been most moving and meaningful and some of my favorite captures since my last post, which include me immersed in being me. You can visit Instagram for all the rest.
Dave has captured some photos of different aspects of me in my element…here more my mermaid self in these two.
I especially love this capture of me below by Dave that really reflects this and how I feel as one here and in wonder. This is me in the magickal Mangrove forest at sacred Ti Tree Lake, which is an Aboriginal area just over a mile hike from our Airbnb, which did upon arrival pre-sunset and at twilight. This used to be a sacred place where the Aboriginal women would go to give birth to their children. It feels significant to be here right now for all that is birthing in my life. I’m filled with gratitude and then some.
(Love that that end line was at 1111 words…I’ve been seeing 11:11 and 1:11 here every single day. Definite manifestation magick and portals)
Today in the States, as we’re already the 18th of May here in Australia, would have been Cosmo’s 11th Birthday. He’s as strong as ever in my heart and life and has been traveling with us here Down Under. I haven’t much time to post, as we’re heading to Sydney today and have a drive ahead, but wanted to honor him with some animal friends we’ve encountered in the last couple of days since I posted. Yesterday, the 16th, happened to be our family parakeet, Chuck’s anniversary of passing 6 years ago, and today, the 17th is also my 3rd Cousin, Nella’s 70th birthday (whom I just met for the first time in Australia), as well as my sweet friend, Hillary Schneider’s 34th birthday of Epona Rise (you may remember her from our Reiki and Horse Retreat a couple summer’s back). So lots to celebrate!
We had a tremendous time in Tathra seeing more black swans and kangaroos, exploring amazing Bournda Lagoon, Hobart Beach, and Moon Bay (providing us intimate private time with Nature, since it was all secluded except for us). And yesterday in Canberra we explore Black Mountain Nature Reserve, climbing the mountain and trekking some offbeat tracks, encountering us with wallabies and kangaroo in the wild. So amazing! And the gifts continue with feathers galore and even wallaby fur. Shamanic magick all around and loving having all my animal brothers and sisters with me close. A wonderful gift of love, harmony, and mutual reverence, as well as feeling of being close to my little ones who are off world, as they make me think of them so much.
I love you Cosmo! And I’m loving our time here in Australia. Enjoy these photos.
Faery Down Under Part 1: A Warm Welcome to Australia with Family, Food, Wildlife Magick, City & Coastal Explorations
I had a little time this morning upon waking before we head out on our hiking and explorations today and thought I’d share a little summary of things experienced on my four days so far while it’s fresh and also since I won’t be doing a big trip blog at the end – wow it seems like so much longer, as it’s all been so rich. My three-flight-connection journey went well and synchronous, as I traveled to Australia on the Full Moon in Scorpio and I haven’t experienced any jet lag, oddness with being a day ahead, or challenges in any way including driving on the opposite side of the road than I’m used to. It’s all been seamless and comfortable – a very easy shift that likely is in part due to my mutability, but may also speak to a resonance of being here before beyond this life.
I’ve shared all of this via Instagram and reshared to Facebook, so this will be a bit of a repeat to anyone on those platforms, but I felt to share it here too for my blog community and for my own sort of travel journal memories, so it’s all in one place. I will only be sharing a few fav photos, however. The rest you can see at those social network links, if you haven’t already.
Upon arriving we spent the day in the city of Melbourne (which is beautiful in Autumn right now), walking everywhere and really feeling the culture here and enjoying the great vegan food and entertainment.
We visited the Eureka Skydeck 88, which is the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as sat in on one of the very old churches at evening mass with the choir singing, which was lovely.
Vegan restaurants are plentiful and the amount of options and quality of food rivals LA for sure. We enjoyed TONS of yums for lunch and dinner at Smith & Deli, as well as their sister restaurant, Smith & Daughters, and even got to enjoy local, live jazz music at the jazz place next door to the restaurant, where we secured a reservation for a table while waiting for our dinner spot to open.
Our next day was an exploration of the Melbourne’s countryside, which took us on a vortex drive through eucalyptus, gum trees, and ferns, having us spiral in the forests and parks, which was quite interesting and landing at a beautiful hike through the bush, which was just gorgeous.
And after it was family time, as I mentioned, I have family here I’ve never met.
So we got to spend the afternoon, evening, overnight, and morning with my family just outside of Melbourne. This is family whom we learned about in the early 90’s for the first time.
My dad’s family is from Sicily and they had spread out to several areas long ago. Some staying in Sicily, others settling on the East Coast of the U.S., Argentina, and Australia. Family members never having met including brothers and sisters. My Great Great Uncle and his family were who I got to meet for the first time and just days before his daughter’s 70th birthday – my third cousin who shares a birthday with Cosmo, my bunny – as well as his 102nd birthday. My uncle’s wife is 95.
He is the Uncle of my grand father who passed recently at almost 98 I believe. They were only 4 years apart. They all speak Italian and hold memories of life we can’t imagine. It’s incredible how much they have been blessed to experience.
My third cousin’s daughter and family were able to join too – she’s my fourth cousin, as well as my third cousin’s brother and wife. Her daughters were so very sweet and even invited me to join them in the living room to have a tea party and color with them, which I thought was adorable.
I can’t tell you how incredible it all was and how much I love these people, feeling I’ve known them forever. It was emotional to leave. Feeling like I’ve retrieved another part of my soul and expanded my heart with parts I didn’t know were missing.
My third cousing, Nella, who will be 70 tomorrow (well tomorrow here) was just the best. She reminded me of my mom actually and I was so strongly heart connected to her immediately. We both said it was incredible how strong our connection was and picked up as if I saw her yesterday. We learned a lot about each other and shared a lot of intimate things in the short time together. We will definitely be keeping in touch and I’ve learned that my parents, because of my coming here, just like with our trip to Alaska, are now planning a trip to hopefully visit the family in October this year. I know they will have an amazing time and I feel my mom and Nella will be like two peas in a pod, like she and I were.
I learned that Nella has taken up painting and other arts and crafts, as well as volunteers a lot. So we have that in common. She gave me a pair of earrings she made, and I got to see all of her beautiful artwork she’s been making. She taught herself via Youtube videos. Her daughter Olivia loves gardening and has wanted a Garden Tower to add to hers, which I shared about having, and so we chatted about a lot of things we both enjoy and she and her husband, as well as the rest of the family were so interested in our being vegan, loved my tattoos, and everything I do. Such warm welcomes all around. Olivia and her husband Liam have actually watched films like Earthlings and it has shifted their own course of action with their food choices for them and their two little girls.
The whole family grows a lot of their own vegetables, as my Great Great Uncle has land four times the size of Nella’s and all vegetable and fruit garden. And Olivia has a garden as well where they grow much of their own vegetables.
My 3rd cousin Phil, Nella’s brother, actually attributed my Great Great Uncle, Carmelo’s being 102 to eating so many vegetables. Apparently, and I’m not sure if I’m remembering correctly who, but it may have been Carmelo’s Grandfather or Father who lived to 105.
I have relatives on both sides of the family who have all reached mid to late nineties, and some 100’s, so I guess it runs in the genes. When Nella saw she me was floored I was 44. She said, “I thought you were no more than 25!” LOL! She, herself, looks in her 50’s like my parents, despite them all being in their 70’s and she said, “it’s in the genes.”
Nella’s husband, Vic, is an artist in the garden. They have a lovely large yard with bonsai trees, flowers, fruit trees, and more.
I was so amazed by the incredible bonsai collection he has. He took me to tour their garden sanctuary where I found hundreds of gorgeous, nurtured and cultivated bonsai. So amazingly beautiful! I have never seen anything like it anywhere. Some he’s loved and cared for for 40 years! They are so incredible that someone actually stole 4 of his most prized bonsai trees. Luckily his insurance company reimbursed him, but sad to put all those years of love into your babies and have someone take them.
I was so incredibly touched by my family we got to spend time with in every way including how welcome they made us in making all vegan food for everyone to enjoy, picking up all kinds of things for snacks, and trying new recipes. Nella was amazing with her culinary skills. We were so spoiled and had more food than we ever have.
She made things like sweet potato and squash patties, an eggplant, peppers and tomatoes dish, a chickpea and lentils dish, a vegan pot pie, fresh baked bread, (tons of sides), and a coffee chocolate cake. We also had huge spread of options for breakfast including cereals with rice milk, fruits, toast, jams, peanut butter, crumpets, coffee, juice, tea….my fav was the crumpets which I had about three of. One with avocado and walnuts, which she recommended as a tasty combo, and the others with peanut butter mostly and a little jam.
It was a fabulous time and celebration and so perfect that we were there for Mother’s Day with Nella, who reminded me a bit of my own mom, but such sweet timing to be with her to share the love.
It was challenging to leave. I just kept snuggling Nella as many times as I could. We will definitely be keeping in touch on Skype when I return home and I also got her daugher’s email to keep in touch with, as well as my Great Great Uncle’s phone number, as apparently he loves to talk on the phone. His accent is thick in Italian and Nella’s husband is thick in both Italian and Australian. So it really is both incredible and takes presence to listen, as it should be.
We are forever in each other’s hearts.
After visiting my family we had another wonderful experience visiting our kangaroo brothers and sisters. My family told us where we’d be able to experience them freely (not at a zoo) and they were right. It was such a magickal and incredible experience walking among them in the wild with cockatoos and other wild, beautiful birds flying around. What magnificent beings they are. And to be so close to them was such a gift. So human-like and powerful.
Until then we’d only seen dead kangaroo on the side of the road, as they are like deer who wander at dusk and cross the highways. So sad, but what amazing creatures they are.
I also love all of the wild, tropical birds here. The rainbow lorikeets, parrots, cockatoos, and the huge magpies. The songs in the morning are just beautiful and the cawing is such a nice feeling.
I’m sure locals might find some of this annoying, or simply the norm, but it is such a gift and I never tire of the wildlife anywhere, even in my own backyard. Everyday is a miracle and magickal whenever I see any animal, no matter how often. But to see new ones just adds to that magick for sure!
After our kangaroo introductions and connections, we set off up the coast, as our journey will be taking us to Brisbane. We’re taking the longer route along the coastline and stopping along the way. So far we spent time in Metung and are now in Tathra, with so many other seaside towns like Eden, in between.
All so gorgeous and we’ve just been booking places along the way, which has been incredible finding the most amazing Airbnb’s on the water.
Upon arrival in Metung, greeted by our Airbnb host, who was so sweet and helpful, we had the chance to explore the town and had an amazingly magickal sunset experience by the water surrounded by black swans.
It was surreal and they even gifted me 18 feathers, so I’m really feeling the enchantment and their medicine.
We also had a rare sighting of the ring-tailed possum on our way home, which is only seen at night, if at all. I think the animals are coming out to greet us, which I’m so touched by.
This current place in Tathra we’re staying in is stunning, reminding us of our place in Lake Tahoe with the expansive 270 degree view of the ocean all around. It sits atop a cafe and actually is for sale. Wheels turning…. 😉
We’ll be setting off for some hiking today, as we’re surrounded here by gorgeous beaches and National Parks…so we’ll have the best of both worlds here, exploring all day in this Heaven on Earth.
And that’s an update for now. Only four days so far, but all feels incredibly important and just as I suspected, a bit of soul retrieval going on here for sure, with heart and spirit nourishing, and definitely a lot of inspiration and heart expansion to infuse into my writing and life.
Feeling very grateful and blessed for sure.
Somehow I managed to get all I needed done, and am enjoying my last day with a short morning hike after errands to say bye for now to Lake Tahoe and set intentions for this trip and the Full Moon tomorrow, leisurely packing, a little pampering, and last minute prep. My flight connections begin tomorrow evening, so I even get to spend the day tomorrow with my family before I head off. Keeping focused but fluid, listening to your body, and keeping balanced sure pays off in flow. First time I’m not rushing around last minute before travels.
So I thought I’d leave you with this cool photo Dave sent me from his time spent at Brightside Farm Sanctuary in Tasmania. He said it was such an amazing place and apparently he has more cool shots that were captured of him I haven’t seen yet, but this one sure brings a smile to my face. Love seeing him in his element and enjoying a little down time Down Under, as he got the weekend off to explore Tasmania in between his busy talking and media tour.
Since Dave was featured in the movie, Cowspiracy for his book Meatonomics, this photo capture seemed more than perfect on many levels. Sharing the love in Tasmania and a little thank you from the cows Down Under.
Feeling refreshed and reinvigorated after my restful weekend and ready to explore! We have no plans or reservations except for our rental car we just got a few days ago and one night with my family I’ve never met including 3rd cousins and a Great Great 102 year old Uncle, which should all prove to be a super fun adventure. I’m not surprised my body has been integrating and recalibrating for all the upcoming energy and soul retrieval. Woo! and of course Weeeeeeee!
Sending you all so much love!
It’s been an incredibly busy month both in our personal and professional lives here and yet also incredibly rich with so much new sprouting, planting of seeds, anchoring of new cycles, and putting dreams into motion. This is a short update and words of inspiration before this Faery goes Down Under, as I’m immersed in things here before I leave for 19 days until 5/28 – traveling on Wednesday May 10th’s Full Moon in fact (known as the Full Flower or Big Leaf Moon) and will be in Australia for the New Moon of May 25th too, which is so cool. You’ll be able to follow along my travels via Instagram and Facebook, but I will not be available via text, phone, nor instant messaging. I’m keeping things simple with just wi-fi while away and will check emails now and then, but mostly only sharing quick inspirational photos of travels via social media.
I’m unclear whether I’ll put together any big blog when I return like I usually do from travels – maybe just a summary take-away. I will see how the moment moves me when things take place, but quick shares are much more conducive to my life these days than long recounts of experiences unless I really have the time.
The energy has felt very potent the last few days and I’ve felt to be in preparation for this trip energetically. My body seems to be recalibrating to a lot of new as well as has been channeling a lot of energy and downloads, so I’ve been resting when prompted, which is unusual for me who never takes naps. I continue to experience massive synchronicities, instant manifestation, and how everything I write about happens in the real world while I’m writing it.
I did a powerful Reiki Healing Attunement a few days ago and within hours everything I did it for came to be. (Another of my reminder nudges that if you have this as a tool, or any other tools you’ve learned, please don’t forget to use them, as they are powerful, but not only that, it’s your way of meeting intention with action and owns that you’re a co-creative partner who’s stepping up!)
Anyway, my writing has been going excellent, despite the full schedule of things, but also because of the full schedule and my honoring my body’s needs, the strong sense I had about a week ago that the last part would be written upon return from Australia has come to be. I got the message that there is something in Australia that will shift within me and open me to the conclusion of my book, so to just keep a healthy pace with writing and the timing would reveal itself.
Everyone has their own way of writing, but for me it hasn’t been an outlined plan, nor did I know the story until it wrote itself. So basically when I sit down each day, the material is channeled. I don’t try to foresee or start writing parts of it in my head. At the end of the day I let it be and start fresh the next…and then it flows when it is ready. So it’s very alive and has been a super fun process for me.
So I will basically have it all done before I leave except the very last part, which will conclude the week I return. I’m super excited! Again, this is only the first draft, which means I have much editing and what-not to do.
I’ll also be getting back to some Magick Crystal Wand creating when I return, but I’ve concluded my client work this week and will be immersed in my dreams, as well as welcoming in a new co-partner into my life when back! Yay!
Quick update on Dave’s speaking tour in Australia for Voiceless – it’s been going amazing. I’ve heard feedback from others in Australia and via social media on how awesome his talks have been. Very proud of him. He’s had quite a busy tour with just the first weekend he arrived in Sydney and this weekend off in Tasmania to explore (he said the MONA Museum there is the most incredible museum he’s ever been to and like a Disneyland for adults) before he completes his last four talks this week, back-to-back. He’s already done three for full rooms in Perth, Adelaide, and Sydney. He’ll be concluding with Hobart, Canberra, Brisbane, and Melbourne. In between talks he’s been in media interviews and been enjoying the local vegan food. An article he wrote came out in The Age last week, as well as an article in The Guardian was done on his talk and came out a couple of days ago, with another from The Guardian from a post-talk interview with him due out in a few weeks by them as well. Busy guy!
Looking forward to joining him in Melbourne shortly for our adventure exploring the area between there and Brisbane.
Until, then, here’s some last words before I go.
I posted these photos of my Selenite Spiral Unicorn Horn Wand because it’s been one of the supportive energies for me during my time alone and writing, along with my newly created Faery Succulent Crystal Gardens and some other magickal friends. But more importantly I’m sharing them for inspiration to ignite the dreamer within you to focus and act upon those dreams. Besides we could all use a little Unicorn magick in remembering who we really are.
Unicorns help make your dreams a reality – taking you on a freeing ride beyond limitations and beyond the wildest parts of your imagination.
They are masters of the light and transformation who can bestow the gifts of magick to those who are pure of heart, or who commit to a life of pure expression.
These mystical beings help us to believe that anything is possible and support us to do what is thought to be impossible.
Life is fleeting…a blink of an eye…yet many of us keep pushing off the things in life we know in our hearts we would love to experience AND came here to experience.
Tomorrow is no guarantee, but you do have this moment.
Express the things you’ve wanted to share with others, do something courageous toward your dreams, experience something new you haven’t, and savor what you do have.
It may make all the difference and begin to write a new chapter that begins the first day you really start living.
Time flies and our Australia trip is nearing quickly. My partner, Dave – aka the author David Robinson Simon of Meatonomics and lawyer – has been invited as guest speaker of the Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series this May. Very proud of him, as it’s an incredible honor, but also a collective gift of opportunity he will offer as seed to different perspectives to reflect upon.
This is a seven city tour to Australia’s capital cities of Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Canberra. The Melbourne event is already sold out!
If you’re in Australia and interested in attending one of these events, here is the link for more information and tickets:
For this exclusive Australian Lecture Series, Dave will challenge the current animal production system – and discuss whether a tax on meat could be the answer.
I will not be joining him for the two-week, busy speaking tour, as I have my own goals to meet with my current writing project, but will be joining him on the 10th of May for a 19-day adventure from Melbourne to Brisbane exploring along the east coast of Australia.