A Year of Yes, Week 7: The Gift of Bread

This week I had my kids join me in a “new experience.” It was school term holidays and for some time we had been looking for a way to be of service together as a family. Our kids need to know how lucky they are, how there are many who are not as fortunate, and…

A Year of Yes, Week 5: Nitaai Breathing

Today I visit the St Helen’s Community centre in Glebe not quite sure what to expect in the advertised “relaxed breathing” class. At best I guess it will be a lesson in something like pranayama. I have practised different types of meditative breathing techniques before but I think this is still a “new” experience for…

A Year of Yes, Weeks 3 and 4: Beginner’s Pottery

In week 2 of my pottery class we smooth, shape and prepare our bowls for painting and firing in the kiln. Again, two hours flies by as it takes incredible focus to trim and shape my dishes. Once we receive our instruction on the process it’s all up to me to finish my projects and…

A Year of Yes, Week 2: Beginner’s Pottery Course

Today I begin my first of three, beginner’s pottery lessons, at Silky Shapes Pottery Studio in Crow’s Nest. When I arrive, there are several ladies finishing up their work and a few others on a sofa chatting, waiting for the next class to start. The room smells strongly of curry and earth. The space is…