EDITION 36 - June 2011

PEI Newsletter
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Eat, Pray, Love Welcome to the June
2011 Newsletter.

For those of us who have any sort of issues with food, our weight and our body image we know all too well that diets are not the answer yet we continue to try the next one searching for some sort of answer.

In her groundbreaking book; "Women, Food and God" Geneen Roth states the following;

"The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive.Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and yes, even God!"..

If it is true that it's not about the food we eat then what if there is some truth to the statement above. What if there is truth in exploring not what we eat but how we eat, our relationship to food and to ourselves? 

After years of struggling to find answers for myself I believe that we can transform our relationship with food through turning our gaze inward and exploring our innermost thoughts and beliefs around these issues. 

I am very excited to offer this EAT, PRAY, LOVE retreat for the first time in Newcastle. See below for more details on the retreat and if you feel drawn to it please join myself and Lani as we explore these new possibilities together.



             EAT, PRAY, LOVE
                          8 -10 July, Stroud Residential Retreat                   

How a woman can transform her relationship with food, love, god and the sacred temple of her body!

Precious Woman, what are you “REALLY” hungry for?...
(here’s a hint… it’s NOT food!

Most women that struggle with food, weight and disordered eating find it hard to believe that food is not the issue. The truth is that when you turn to food when you are not physically hungry, you are simply diverting your attention away from something other than the needs of your body, and food is being used to fill a different kind of hunger. These deeper hungers are craving your attention, aching for your love, waiting to be seen and they are longing to ‘be enough’. By simply concentrating on food and weight control as the problem, you can misinterpret your body’s cravings for love, misread intuitive gut feelings, ignore the inner voice that calls you to move your attention inward and miss the opportunity to feed your heart and feed the deeper hungers of your soul. These “real” hungers get buried deeper and deeper inside of you and you never learn to feed, nourish and take care of them. Hence food can become..…

·         a friend and your companion
·         a substitute for love, connection and intimacy
         distracts you from dealing with life’s challenges
         suppresses uncomfortable feelings and past memories
         weight becomes your security by keeping you safe from unwanted attention
         can become your excuse to avoid cultivating the inner power and the          
       courage to fully live your life
         food becomes your drug of choice to self medicate and take away your pain,       (just like alcohol and drugs)
         and so much more….

The real challenge is to move beyond food itself to discover what it symbolises - the “real hungers” that drive your relationship with food. Your real hunger lies on emotional, psychological and spiritual levels. You’re starving for the deeper sustenance and nourishment that comes from self love, self worth, the touch of a tender lover, personal freedom, a vision that holds the purpose of your life, authenticity and a deeper connection to your feminine essence. To do this it is important to acknowledge and recognize that you are starving, then you must name your hunger and understand its symbolic nature and learn how to truly nourish yourself. Your greatest hungers are the hungers of your soul, and to not feed these hungers, is to not want to live!

In this 'Eat, Pray, Love Retreat' you are offered an invitation to explore your relationship with food and nourishment and you are given a safe, loving space to....

  • learn how you use your relationship with food to hide from your feelings, numb out and suppress your appetite for life
  • when food becomes love the key is to heal the feelings that drive emotional hungers that lie behind secret food binges and 'forbidden food' obsessions
  • begin to explore the possibility of conscious, soulful eating
  • be attentive to the 'real hungers' that your heart and soul yearn for
  • Learn the value of self love. When you make changes in your life out of a desire to love yourself and respect your body as the temple that it is you will make positive choices that will lead to the results you desire in every area of your life
  • discover the peace, happiness and sense of self that fills you when you connect to the deep nourishment of your feminine spirit
  • be present with the deeper realms of spirit and the sacredness within life and begin to eat, pray and love!

This work is designed to turn your focus inwards, to begin the process of learning to love and re-trust yourself. When we embrace our pain, (instead of pushing it away with our addictions and eating issues) we emerge into the essence and design of our true, authentic selves.

Facilitators: Lani Neilson and Tracey Mullen
Date: 8 - 10th July, Stroud
Venue: Stroud Monastery
Price: $425.00 (includes meals and accommodation)
Early Bird- $375.00 register by 19th June

Registrations- Call Lani; 0423 845918 Email 
Tracey; 0414 724542 Email

Cinema for the Soul

Movies that Inspire Truth



starting 13th May. That’s right, you will be able to view an inspirational movie every Friday accept the 1st Friday for the rest of 2011.

Fri 10th INFINITY: THE ULTIMATE TRIP - JOURNEY BEYOND DEATH What happens after we pass from this world? Is there a life after this one? Or do we just disappear forever? These are the questions asked in this powerful and poignant feature documentary. Many may be surprised by the answers.

Fri 17th OCEANS OF PEARLS this movie depicts the universal quest for identity. It is seen through the eyes of Dr.Amrit Singh, a Sikh living in North America.

 Fri 24th DO YOU WANNA DANCE down on his luck, Billy finds himself teaching dance for the seniors at a Greek Orthodox church.  He becomes friends with the kind hockey loving Father Chris and smart beautiful Alexis.  Will Billy find the faith in himself that they have? 


starting 13th May. That’s right, you will be able to view an inspirational movie every Friday accept the 1st Friday for the rest of 2011.

 Fri 8th The CELESTINE PROPHECY Based on James Redfield's worldwide best-selling novel, it is a

spiritual adventure film chronicling the discovery of ancient scrolls in the rainforests of Peru. The prophecy and its nine key insights predict a worldwide awakening, arising within all religious traditions, that moves humanity toward a deeper experience of spirituality.

 Fri 15th PLAY THE GAME In this romantic comedy David a self-described ladies’ man shares his dating tricks with Joe, his heartbroken widowed grandfather.

Fri 22nd ENERGY CROSSROADS This award-winning documentary exposes the problems associated with our world wide increased energy consumption. It also offers concrete solutions for those who want to educate themselves and be part of the solutions in this decisive era.

Fri  29th SOMETHING UNKNOWN IS DOING WE DON’T KNOW WHAT after experiencing a series of inexplicable events filmmaker Renee Scheltema goes on a quest to understand the science behind psychic phenomena.

Cost $5.00 unless stated otherwise. Starts 7.30pm Open discussion after every movie           
The Royal Exchange, 32 -34 Bolton St, Newcastle.
For more information on the movies or to book online click here

Social Events 

Picnic in the Park 

Each month we will meet in a different park and we'd love you to come along!

Date: Saturdays
Time: 12 Noon for BYO picnic LUNCH
: Contact Sharon for more details.

ContactSharon 0425313309 (In case of rain or wild winds, picnic will be cancelled)

Interesting Resources

True Food Guide Download
(Support GM Free foods).

Powerful inspiration, stay with it until the end

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