Archive | October, 2013

How To Find Cheap Flights to the Bay of Love

31 Oct

An oldie but a goodie…And it all still applies!
I’ll be posting information about ferries and trains soon, too…

Shiny, Happy, Healthy.

A few years ago, when I first started jetting around all the time, a frequent flyer friend of mine taught me a few little tricks to save on airfares. This can sometimes take longer than flying directly to where you want to go, but for me, it has been a great way to see more places on my transits and I’ve saved thousands of dollars in the process. 

You want to find the cheapest way to get to the other continent and then use local carriers to get around within that continent. 

Using Melbourne to Koh Samui for the retreat as the example, here’s how I do it: I use a flight search engine like, or to check first how much it costs to fly directly. 
Right now, Malaysia Airlines have flights from Melbourne for around $690 to Koh Samui. Usually, flying directly to Samui will cost at least…

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Good Morning!

31 Oct

I never met this morning.

Sunset at La Jolla

We’ve never shaken hands.

Or hugged awkwardly. Or looked into each other’s eyes.

I’ve never experienced this very hour.

Or felt this very sunshine touch my skin.

Golden. Healing. Warm.

The birds. The breeze. My breath.

All are new.

Each ushers in never imagined intentions and never dreamed of possibilities.

So… I choose to live this day while also honoring tomorrow.
I will live, laugh, love, and practice without leaving a trace.
I will ground my feet on my mat.
I will stretch my palms to the sky and I will say: Hello day! I like you.

I’m so happy that we’ve met.

– Adapted from a Manduka Yoga mat advertisement

Shiny Song #15

25 Oct

How kind have you been today?

Sometimes I think we forget that kindness can be simple and easy…

And less effort than cruelty or snarkiness.

Time to Learnalilgivinanlovin…

Walk With The Dreamers…

23 Oct

Walk with The DreamersBy Wilferd A. Peterson


Yoga Retreat Thailand Dates Announced!

22 Oct

It’s happening!

We’re returning to the Bay Of Love…

The Sanctuary Beach.

..for the Shiny Happy Healthy Retreat 2014!

30th March to 5th of April, 2014. 

7 days, 6 nights of yoga…

This could be you...

This could be you…

Fresh, healthy food & juices…

Why, yes, that is the view...

Why, yes, that is the view…


And how to, if you never have before...

And how to, if you never have before…

And workshops…

How to be Shiny 101

How to be Shiny 101

Oh, and did we mention
“Tropical Island Paradise”?

Thailand Retreat

The Bay

The Bay 3

Find out more on our RETREATS page…

Places are limited and our earlybird offer expires on November 30th, 2013

So book now!

Meeting Yourself…

22 Oct

Love After Love
Yoga in Bagan, Burma

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror

and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.

Sit. Feast on your life.

– Derek Walcott

How to Find Inspiration…

19 Oct
The Great Sugarloaf, just outside Dublin, Ireland.

The Great Sugarloaf, just outside Dublin, Ireland.


Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create
a clearing
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world
so worth of rescue.

by Martha Postlewaite