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Laingholm Eleven is a home studio where I offer classes and workshops focused on Tai Chi, meditation and personal growth. It is located in a natural setting of the Waitakere Ranges (West Auckland, New Zealand) surrounded by native forest and overlooking the Manukau Harbour. The following classes and workshops are open to newcomers:

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This web site is also my personal blog for various articles related to my practice, worldview, community involvement and the local area. You can read the latest articles below, or choose from a category on the right to filter articles by subject.

Online Self-Kindness Meditations

Kindness, compassion and acceptance can be difficult to give to others, especially in challenging situations. But it is often even more difficult to give kindness, compassion and acceptance to ourselves. For many of us, myself included, it is like an ability we didn’t get a chance to learn at school, or even at home, because our parents may have been too critical or distant or too focused on themselves. But regardless of what we missed out on earlier in life, we are now capable adults who can learn new skills.

Motivated by the pandemic lockdown, I am now offering online sessions focused on what is probably the most essential life skill during difficult times – self-kindness. In these sessions I take participants on an inner journey with guided meditations that help you to: Continue reading

Sat 13th April – Emotional Processing Workshop

This workshop is an opportunity to dive into deeper emotional work. We will engage with specific themes brought by the participants, such as unresolved dilemmas, past hurts, fears about the future and relationship struggles. This work involves compassionately and constructively engaging with inner challenges and difficult emotions in order to gain emotional and intellectual clarity, to process life experiences and where possible to create an experiential resolution. Continue reading

Sat 23rd March – Meditation Workshop: Cultivating Inner Peace

These days it’s easy to get caught up in external pursuits – education, career, money, family, beauty, possessions, admiration – when we are bombarded with countless messages of “buy this or attain that and it will make you happy”. Even when the pursuits are noble – helping others, protecting the environment, bettering society – one’s happiness can still depend on succeeding in changing the world. Could the pursuit of happiness itself be robbing us of something more fundamental? Continue reading

Sat 16th February – Emotional Processing Workshop

This workshop is an opportunity to dive into deeper emotional work. We will engage with specific themes brought by the participants, such as unresolved dilemmas, past hurts, fears about the future and relationship struggles. This work involves compassionately and constructively engaging with inner challenges and difficult emotions in order to gain emotional and intellectual clarity, to process life experiences and where possible to create an experiential resolution. Continue reading

Sat 15th December – Meditation & Personal Growth Workshop

Let’s gather for the last workshop of 2018 to practice meditation, enjoy like-minded company and work on whatever unresolved questions and inner challenges remain at the end of the year. This will be the first L11 workshop without a set theme – the themes we engage with will be determined on the day by the needs of the group. You can either bring a question or inner dilemma to work on, or come with an open mind and see what emerges for you on the day.

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Sat 27th October – Meditation Workshop – Relaxing Deeply

The pace of modern life is becoming more stressful – more projects to do in less time, more people to keep in touch with via more communication mediums, more choices to consider, more activities to do… and less rest.

Having lots of things on the go can make our minds very busy – constantly solving problems, evaluating options, trying to predict the future. This results in stress, which in turn causes the body to tense up and enter the physiological state of “fight or flight”. Being in this state for too long can cause irritability, exhaustion, low moods and negative outlook on life.

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Sat 8th September – Meditation Workshop – Rolling With Reality

A great deal of life’s upsets have to do with things not going how we want them to go. It is common to have a desire for control – desire to influence reality to be the way that we think is best. This involves many positive and fruitful aspirations. But things don’t always go our way and some aspects of our reality are very difficult if not impossible to change. In this workshop we will explore ways of using meditation and movement to peel one layer of our suffering – the inner resistance to parts of our reality that we want to change but can’t. Continue reading