Maria’s Blogs

Swap your skills!!

skill swapI know we need a certain amount of the paper money to pay our rents/mortgages etc but over the last couple of years I’ve massively enjoyed swapping skills with others, usually time for time instead of money.  It really works for me, but there’s one thing that you have to overcome – you have to be willing to ask the other person you are approaching if they’d be up for swapping energy rather than money.  They might say no but who cares, at least you tried and if they say yes then its a great feeling.  It works better with individuals rather than huge business empires and is also a great way to connect with another creatively.  There’s a feel good factor that comes from knowing you can get by without relying always on money.

I’ve swapped treatments for treatment, treatments for carpentry work, raw chocolate for software, astrology chart readings for treatments. The things I swap are all connected to my work but they don’t have to be.  I’ve probably swapped much more too that I can’t think of now.  Its a great habit to get into especially in these weird economically changing times.

If you use facebook – a local group JiT Skill Swap is a great thing to join. Once you state your skills to the group, you get added to the ‘Swapping Doc’ that anyone in the group can access.

Don’t be shy, be proud of your skills, let yourself shine and share them out

Maria x

Dancing for a new name …

trance_danceIn a few weeks I’ll be resuming a dance class that I have held for the best part of 4 years here.  I’m very excited.  And I can confirm that it will be in the location where I gave the first ever class – First Tower School! It will be held once monthly on a Friday from 6:30-8:15.  I have had so many people ask me when I’ll be starting again, so its amazing to be able to tell people that it’ll be really soon.

In the meantime, I’m looking for a new name.  Bare Feet Dance Community wants to be called something a little simpler and with a name that encapsulates what my classes are all about.  I’ve had so many amazing names posted on facebook for me, I’m not sure how on earth I’ll decide.  Thank you so much for all your ideas! I’ll let you know very soon what the decision is.

If you’ve never been to an ecstatic dance class such as 5Rhythms, Movement Medicine nor Bare Feet dance classes before, you’re in for a treat.  This is strictly non-structured and inevitably life and joy enhancing!  See Ecstatic Dance Classes for more info and watch this space for details on the first class. Peace n love to all x

Guilt-Less Raw Chocolate

As I was eating a heart-shaped piece of Kali-Ma yesterday


I was filled with a gratitude for something that tastes so so good also being so beneficial.  Eating it made me happy! I then thought it would be good to remind myself WHY WHY WHY is raw chocolate the way to go and why is it better than mass produced ordinary chocolate.   The chocolate we usually eat is roasted – neutered of its nutritional powers. Raw chocolate is nutritionally “intact”. One  chemical found in abundance in raw chocolate is tryptophan, a neurotransmitter which creates serotonin, the feel-good chemical that courses through our blood.  We think of serotonin as being a brain  chemical, but 80% is produced in the gut.   Raw cacao is the number one food-based antioxidant  – much higher than blueberries or strawberries (oxidation  is what naturally happens to cells, and over time this wears out your body, and contributes to disease.  There is strong evidence that  consuming anti-oxidants helps to control this.) Dark chocolate has gotten a lot of attention as a “health” food in past years, but raw dark chocolate is in another league.

And did I mention how delicious it is?? It is rich but retains a creamy sweetness that makes it unique. Kali-Ma is sweetened with Coconut Palm Nectar and contains no dairy products.  It is indeed vegan, raw and organic. You can find it in The Chocolate Shop in Conway Street, in Health Essentials in New Street, in Curiosity Coffee Shop and in Bay Stores in First Tower.

Bags start at around £4.50 and boxes are around £11.50. Click here for more information on Kali-Ma.

Enjoy  ❤


The Healthy Anti-Aging Benefits of Acupressure Face and Scalp Massage

Forget Botox, Needles, Pain, Expense …..

The simplest and most relaxing way to rejuvenate your skin and yourself is by having a scalp and face massage!

I love giving face and scalp massages.  They are so therapeutic and on so many levels! Not only does the mixture of Swedish and acupressure techniques I use help send clients into dreamland, leaving them totally renewed and completely blissed out at the end of the treatment, this massage also creates many lasting and continued health benefits long after the treatment has ended.

It reduces stress, increase blood circulation and nourishment to all the cells, helps to cure sinusitis, headaches and any stress related imbalances. The lymph nodes present in the chin and jawline areas are stimulated to release lymph fluid that can detoxify the facial area and as these are also reflex points that connect to the whole body, the detox effect stretches far beyond the face.

Having a face and scalp massage alleviates the mood by releasing a whole load of feel good healing chemicals.  It boosts chi through the Chinese meridian lines and helps to balance the health of the whole body.   It also can also help strained facial muscles to loosen up and relax, thereby reducing wrinkles too 🙂

How is it done?

A face and scalp massage at Earth Beauty involves being in a deeply relaxing and dim candlelit room, lying on a couch with gentle drift-away music in the background.  During the massage, I take time to relieve tension in the forehead, eyes, nose, ears, mouth, chin, jawlines, neck, behind the ears, top of the shoulders and all over the head from the back of the neck upwards.  Heaven and bliss for the body, mind and spirit! Its time to treat yourself.

Click here to see my summer special offer to receive one of these massages for FREE when you book a 30min back massage worth £33.00 – offer ends 31st July 2013.  Email or call me today on 744022 for your therapeutic time out.


An Amazing Weekend of Lucid Dreaming!

I’m so happy to have been lucky enough to stumble across Charlie Morley. It has been SUCH a pleasure to have him back over on Jersey soil to teach again. He has a very unique, open approach to teaching and makes learning about lucid dreaming such a fun and exciting experience.

A lucid dream is a dream in which you have an ‘aha’ moment and realise you are dreaming. My lucid dreaming started many years ago. I did not understand their potential back then. Its only since last October, when I first met Charlie, that I learnt I was nestling a true goldmine inside of me all this time!! Anyone can learn to lucid dream and tap into this goldmine. It has the potential to heal us and bring us closer to our true Buddha natures when we tap in to it. It also increases our ability to bring mindful awareness into our lives. We have the ability to work with unresolved issues, past trauma, psychological archetypes and even improve certain life skills in the lucid dream!! It is a creative and sensory indulgent mystic realm of wonder!!! No wonder Charlie, who is a very accomplished Lucid Dreamer, has a refreshing child like essence to him.

Charlie was asked to spread the teachings of Lucid Dreaming by his Buddhist Teachers so that the modern world could learn to use this technique for self-growth, healing and to engage positively with the universal one-ness that resides in all of us, in our unconscious. And night time, we learn, really is the right time to dive into this place where our imaginations can serve us to reach our highest potential. Charlie has a special interest in teaching us how to integrate our shadowy side through Lucid Dreaming and has also spent a lot of time understanding nightmares and what they mean. Charlie has also released 2 CD’s and has a book coming out in September. I can’t wait to listen to the CDs and get the book!!

We had 15 people who came for the ride …. and a few that had been to the last workshop in November also returned for the ‘Going Deeper’ 2nd Day. We were blessed to have ‘The Isis Centre’ as our teaching ground for the weekend and the weather was bright, fresh and springy! Perhaps we will have him back for more in September around his book launch? And maybe a sleepover too?? Watch this space!! See charleymorley300 Charlie has also released 2 CD’s. I can’t wait to listen to the CDs and get the book!!and watch his TED talk too. Great stuff!

Dance Break

So there is a void here in Jersey right now since our last dance in December, no ecstatic dance group has been happening.  I miss it, we all miss it! The break was needed and hopefully soon I will be able to start a monthly dance group.  In the meantime, if anyone wants to start one or hold one that would be amazing! I’m also looking for support for the monthly class.  Please contact me if interested!

Moving, changing, growing …

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Well, its been a while! I watched ‘Reversing Diabetes in 30 days’ yesterday.  So wonderful!! So inspiring!! And brought lots of tears to my eyes.  You can watch it on youtube, just save 90mins and get nice and comfortable.

With each day I am becoming more and more convinced that a raw wholefood plant based diet is our true health elixir. I’m letting go of the frustrations that doctors don’t promote this or even take diet much into account and just focusing now on how I can learn more, heal even more and then serve others by helping inspire and spread this news.  I’m also considering selling Kali-Ma so that I can condense my energies and deepen into fewer pursuits.  Raw chocolate making will always be a passion of mine, but bringing it into a business takes away time and energy from things which are seeming to be more important right now.

I look forward to the next clients I have into earth beauty that are open and wanting change through their diet, and I bow to those giving it a go in the face of adverse families and little support.  There does seem to be a mass engagement with this movement though, I am lucky enough to be seeing it around me, friends, clients, and groups on facebook supporting veganism.  The news about the detriments of dairy and meat and white food products is getting out.  The educating is happening now and the question is, are we open to hearing it?

Cosmos Dancing Season Finale

A beautiful finale to our 10 week series!! Thank you all who braved our sacred space with their movement and contributed to our healing journeys. Especially thanks to Carrie Scott for her stunning altars!!! Has been an epic series, above and beyond. I’m completely taken aback by how beautiful each person is and becomes even more when they move into their bodies and express their individualities. I personally have felt the power and the connection of the planetary archetypes in all parts of my life whilst running this – its been invaluable – and I wish for this for everyone else. Most of all its been fun and broadened my perspective which I’m very thankful for!! I’ve loved the sense of adventure and playfulness that has filled our room at times and also the sharing of the sweet tenderness of being human with our many colourful and textured parts. Thank you!! See you next week for “Body Magic & Quantum Light Breath Meditation”. Details to follow soon ♥ ♥ ♥

latest Dancing with Venus Session

Our dancing with Venus session went really well. Lots of partner work through the dance and strong venus/ishtar/aphrodite visualisations to open us up more to love. All in all a very powerful evening. Had good feedback on the ‘Dancing with the Cosmos’ facebook page – always good to hear how this affects us all personally. Looking forward to dancing with Venus’s ally Mars next week when we’ll be stepping up our warrior, assertive energy through our movement and meditations.

Thank you all who came and dared to journey deep into their hearts. “The cave you fear to enter, holds the treasures you seek” Joseph Campbell.