13 Unusual Facts about Me

In the spirit of honesty and openness (and to let you know a bit more about me and my world) I’d like to share these 13 weird and wonderful facts about me that you might find entertaining.

I grew up off-grid in the 90s…

I grew up off-grid on a little farm in the Australian bush. No TV, washing machine or electricity. We had to collect sticks, chop wood and make a fire every day just to cook food – just like the old days! At the time I complained about it because my life was so different to other kids at school, and I blamed my crazy hippy mother for raising my brother and I like that. However, looking back on it as an adult, I’m grateful for the experience of growing up in such a natural way.

So I can’t really handle violence in movies…

I can’t watch MANY movies due to the violence and scary bits. As I didn’t grow up with TV, and I’ve never really watched violent stuff, I’m incredibly sensitised to violence when I do see it. I’m learning to breathe through it and still watch certain things if I want to, but I can feel my whole nervous system bracing and my body contracting and tensing. I even struggle with some scenes in Harry Potter!

I went through some crazy bullying during most of my school years…

For quite a few years, I was THE kid at school that almost everyone hated. Seriously. That one kid who couldn’t do anything right – that was me. I had thick glasses, braces on my teeth and spent most of my time in the sweet embrace of my favourite books in the library. After all the hardcore bullying for so long, I can still struggle to receive feedback at times – I easily perceive it as criticism.

I had my first orgasm on a bicycle…

I had my first orgasm on a bicycle (and now tens of thousands of people know about it!). It happened while riding my bike down a bumpy dirt road on the farm I grew up on. I didn’t know what it was until months later, but I got quite addicted to riding my bike down that one particular hill again… and again… and again!

I can be ridiculously clumsy at times…

Like seriously clumsy. In the Dalai Lama’s temple in Dharamasala, India, I somehow managed to catch my foot on a holy-white-sacrificial-prayer-scarf on the altar and drag it around the central temple chamber for a while without noticing. Suffice to say, I got a lot of dirty stares at my dirty feet! Oops! When I do bodywork though, I feel so graceful and flowing… why is that!?

After years of not wanting to be ‘feminine’, I actually love to wear pretty dresses now…

There was a time when I would NEVER wear a dress – I remember complaining about having to wear one for my best friend’s wedding in my early 20s. However, now I wear dresses most of the time and love how feminine I feel in them. I’m definitely still not a girly-girl by any means, I own about 3 pairs of shoes (and one pair of heels), I’ve never worn nail polish and my idea of full make-up is mascara and tinted lip balm!

People think I’m extroverted because my work is so ‘out there’, but I’m actually an introvert…

Despite what many people tell me, I’ve recently realised that I’m an introvert. Such a relief! That explains EVERYTHING – Like why I don’t like bumping into people on the street generally and why I sometimes feel confronted in large groups. As well as why I crave alone time, why I thrive on connecting one-on-one with people, and why I often want the ground to open up and swallow me when I’m on a stage!

I LOVE to dance and move but it’s also challenging…

I’m fascinated with the potential of being in a body and do my best to move and dance regularly. There’s no hiding from myself when I dance, it often brings up my unprocessed emotional stuff! Even though I resist it sometimes, it feels like medicine for me. I’ve never learnt any structured dance so I just put some music on and move my body however I feel like. Ecstatic dance, sensual dance and natural movement classes have all been amazing for my embodiment exploration.

And it brings me great joy to cook for large groups…

I love cooking nourishing food (especially Indian-style vegetarian curries) but I’ve NEVER used a recipe in my life. I just throw things in according to what feels right and it usually turns out to be quite edible. I’ve cooked at gatherings in the forest for hundreds of people and I realised that I’m way better at cooking for 500 people than 5 people (spices by the cupful – never too much!) There’s something extremely satisfying about using a shovel to stir a gigantic pot (big enough for 2 humans to sit in) over a big fire… and then serving it to a massive tribe of hungry people!

Some people would say I’m ‘out of touch’…

I don’t watch TV, read newspapers or listen to the radio. I vaguely keep up with general news online… but I actually don’t believe it’s beneficial for me to know every detail of what is going on in the world. I have a pretty good idea of the extent to which things are kinda screwed up, and I do my best to keep abreast of the issues that I feel are important for me to know about.

And it’s true that I HAVE done a lot of weird spiritual stuff…

My mid-late 20s was a time of much exploration. Although my life is not quite so adventurous these days, I have had some fascinating experiences. I lived for about 8 months (on and off) in the bush in various parts of Australia with temporary intentional communities called ‘Rainbow Gatherings’. I stood in a spiral shaped meditation of 5,000 yogis on the Black Sea in Romania. I worshipped the sun at an ancient Nordic Sun temple on the island of Bornholm. I lived at a Tibetan Buddhist retreat centre in Australia and also lived in Copenhagen for 3 years studying Tantric Yoga. I drank Ayahuasca (legally) in a church in Amsterdam and created a sweat lodge inside a cave in the Blue Mountains near Sydney.

To be honest, I still get ‘homesick’ for India…

In my mid-20s, I travelled though India and Nepal for almost a year (often alone). A lot of crazy stuff happened there that sometimes feels like a dream. I attended the biggest gathering in the history of humanity (the Kumbh Mela in India), walked around the base of Arunachala (a sacred mountain) at full moon with 30,000 Hindu pilgrims, volunteered at a reforestation community and spent a month walking 250km through the Himalayas – high on altitude in a beautiful land where there have never been cars or roads. I basically did lots of yoga and ate endless spicy food. It was heaven.

But there’s no place like home…

Having spent a few years back in Australia (after nearly 3 years in freeeezing cold Scandinavia!), I’m so grateful for this land where I was born. When I was living in Europe I remember fantasising about how amazing it would be to see the sun regularly again! I love exploring the rainforests, the mountains, the hidden beaches and rivers, waterholes and waterfalls. I’m most at home near water or amongst trees and love to bushwalk and camp in wild places when I can. It’s deeply nourishing for me on so many levels.

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