GEOMANTICA magazine no. 63


Geomantica 63

Geomantica is an international web magazine of geomancy, dowsing, esoteric agriculture and landcare and eco-sensitive living, published three times per year.

Editor: Alanna Moore.

December 2015

Contents –
News – German edition of Stone Age Farming book
Tree Communication – why we need to keep the Grandmother trees in the forests, not log them.
Electro-Sensitivity in mainstream media in Australia
Wireless & Science conference report – Will science save the day?? Don’t hold your breath.
Dowsing Classes in Victoria: Public Power Towers, a friendly Rainbow Serpent and Earth Vortex
Features: Mystery Irish Holy Well by Alanna Moore
The Sensitive Permaculturist  by Alanna Moore. The story of why the book Sensitive Permaculture was written.
Obituary: Pat Coleby, natural farming authority.
What’s  On: Upcoming Geomantica & related events in Malaysia (January), Ireland (March & June) and Switzerland & Germany (May & June).

Editorial – December 2015

Dear Readers,
Writing this from parched summer landscapes in Maldon, central Victoria, where I now stay only as a visitor, before returning to wintry wet Ireland next month. It has been a memorable trip to Australia this summer, with several interesting workshop weekends being held. Reports of some highlights are in this issue. Workshop organisers are keen to get me back to do the same again (but different probably) in two years time (November 2017), when I plan to return.
Enjoy all the news and features this issue,
Alanna Moore, editor.

Photo above is a local lake, Loughtown, near the new Geomantica homeland. Sacred mountain Sheemore is in the background on the left.

Letters G63

Dear Alanna,

Thank you for your Geomantica from Ireland.  Very interesting.

I have used copper tools for cutting through the earth, specifically for working the small planting sites for tree seedlings in the very compacted wheat belt soils of Western Australia.  I believe their usefulness was advised by Rudolph Steiner and Alex Podolinski.    But where the ground is not so hard we have always followed the thought… be kind to earth worms, and so a fork has been the preferred tool.  And I’ve yet to find a fork of copper strong enough to last a season.

Your story of the polytunnel and the ghost of the woman in grey is very moving.

Barrie Oldfield

Hello Alanna
….I find that my Apple sometimes won’t play nice :-), although having said that
when the new system updates were done (6 years out of date) & I was told my Mac
was ‘fried’ & I’d lost everything, I tried what I’d read in your magazine & spoke to the Mac Deva.
I received the ‘notion’ to hold the shift key down for as long as it takes.
Which I did & suddenly it fired up & has worked wonderfully ever since.
So thank you.



Stone Age Farming – Neue Impulse für Permakultur und Hobby-Gartenbau

2001 book by Alanna Moore now in German, published December 2015.

Mobiwell Press Release Dec. 2015:
Alanna Moore’s cult book “Stone Age Farming” is now available in German language

“Stone Age Farming” is a unique guide to esoteric farming and gardening techniques. Learn how to utilize subtle energies for your farm and garden to enhance plant growth and animal health. Be inspired by a philosophy based on love, justice and natural harmony.
“Stone Age Farming” has been released by German publisher Mobiwell in December. More information on the book (in German language) can be found at

The book is available directly from the publisher and through all popular online traders.

Alanna Moore: “Stone Age Farming – Neue Impulse für Permakultur und Hobby-Gartenbau”, Mobiwell Verlag, 2015; € 19,80; ISBN: 978-3-944887-22-7

Alanna Moore’s Kult-Buch „Stone Age Farming“ nun auch auf Deutsch erhältlich

„Stone Age Farming“ ist ein einzigartiger Leitfaden für esoterische Landwirtschafts- und Gartenbautechniken. Erfahren Sie, wie Sie feinstoffliche Energien in Ihrem Garten und auf Ihrem Hof nutzen können, um das Wachstum Ihrer Pflanzen und die Gesundheit Ihrer Tiere zu verbessern. Lassen Sie sich von einer Philosophie inspirieren, die auf Liebe, Gerechtigkeit und natürlicher Harmonie basiert.
„Stone Age Farming“ ist Anfang Dezember im Mobiwell-Verlag erschienen. Mehr Informationen zum Buch finden Sie unter

Das Buch ist direkt beim Verlag sowie bei allen bekannten Onlinehändlern erhältlich.

Alanna Moore: „Stone Age Farming – Neue Impulse für Permakultur und Hobby-Gartenbau“, Mobiwell Verlag, 2015; € 19,80; ISBN: 978-3-944887-22-7

Something excellent from the Media:

Scientific Justification for why we must leave the Grandmother Trees in the Forests being Logged

Extracted from ABC News-

Do trees communicate with each other?
Big old trees – dubbed ‘mother trees’ – are hubs in a mycorrhizal fungal network
Do trees communicate with each other? Surprisingly, the answer is yes.

Forest ecologist Dr Suzanne Simard, from the University of British Colombia, studies a type of fungi that forms underground communication networks between trees in North American forests. Big old trees — dubbed ‘mother trees’ — are hubs in this mycorrhizal fungal network, playing a key role in supporting other trees in the forest, especially their offspring.
“If you’re a mother and you have children, you recognise your children and you treat them in certain ways. We’re finding that trees will do the same thing. They’ll adjust their competitive behaviour to make room for their own kin and they send those signals through mycorrhizal networks,” says Simard.
“We found that the biggest oldest trees had more connections to other trees than smaller trees. It stands to reason because they have more root systems,” she says. “So when a seedling establishes on the forest floor, if it’s near one of these mother trees it just links into that network and accesses that huge resource network.”
Sharing resources
Fungal networks don’t just operate between related trees, but also between trees of different species in the same native community, says Simard.
In a landmark experiment, published in a 1997 issue of Nature, Simard used radioisotopes to trace carbon, nitrogen and water moving between a Douglas fir and a paper birch tree, which are both native to the inland forests of British Colombia. When she shaded one tree, carbon-based sugars would flow into it from the other tree. So rather than competing for resources, these two trees were using fungal networks to share them, says Simard.
In another study, they showed that every tree in a 30 by 30-metre forest stand was connected to every other tree, with an estimated 250 to 300 trees being connected together in this single forest stand.
Defence signals
Other evidence shows trees use fungal networks to warn their neighbours about impending attacks from pests.
“When trees are attacked, they increase their defence against the invaders by upregulating their defence genes to make defence enzymes,… and they also send chemical signals down into their roots through their mycorrhizal networks to their neighbours, which then detect these signals and upregulate their own defence genes.”
Lab studies have recorded defence signals travelling between trees in as little as six hours, says Simard.
She says when fungal networks are intact they allow a greater diversity of trees, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, to survive in the forest. This diversity is the basis for forests that are resilient to disease, pests and climate change, says Simard.
Above-ground communication
Plant physiologist Professor Hans Lambers of the University of Western Australia says scientists have known for 20 or 30 years that plants communicate by giving off chemicals above ground. Above-ground chemicals can also attract predators that eat pests, and more recently this chemical communication has also been found to occur below ground, says Lambers.
But whether mycorrhizal fungi networks are used or not depends on the particular ecosystem. The Western Australian ecosystems, where Lambers works, are dominated by banksias, grevilleas and hakeas that on don’t rely on mycorrhizal fungi.
However, eucalypt forests do have mycorrhizal fungal networks, says fungal ecologist Professor Ian Anderson of the University of Western Sydney, although no research has been done looking at their function.
[In their conclusion] “We need to leave these legacy trees and let them send their messages into the soil to surrounding plants,” she says. “This will help the recovery of forests following disturbance such as logging or fire…[and] could also prevent invasions by exotic species, which often compete with the endemic networks”, she believes.
Dr Suzanne Simard, Professor Ian Anderson and Professor Hans Lambers spoke with Anna Salleh

Electro-Sensitivity in Mainstream Media (Australasia) Recently (New Zealand) and the same article (Australia)
Also there is this Triple J radio interview on EHS
“Unfortunately Australian Scientists (psychologists) are still ignoring evidence and continue to try and pin this condition to a nocebo effect. The positive side of this is the public is going to become more informed. SMH has national readership in the millions”, says radiation activist Steve Weller.
[Nocebo is sort of the opposite to placebo, i.e. it’s the idea of something that makes you sick.]



Report of the Science & Wireless Conference

held at RMIT Melbourne, December 5th 2015, organised by ACEBR (Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research) by Alanna Moore
Will science save the day?? Don’t hold your breath.

People attended this afternoon conference from Australia-wide and some from Europe. We got to hear about trivial sounding experiments trying to find health advantages from using mobile phones and the like… Some presentations were interesting but mostly at 8 minutes long, way too short. Examples of some recent studies that were described follow.

* Brain exposure to mobile phones has been shown to affect high frequency alpha brain waves.
* Cell membrane integrity is undermined by 18 gHz fields.
*Bio-effects seen on certain enzymes in yeasts and cells were particularly affected by 2.1 gHz frequency waves.
* Radio-frequency waves beamed at mice bred (GM) for Alzheimers showed brain improvements in some experiments and negative effects in other studies.
* Migrating fish and birds have been found to have specialised neurones in their brains, three types that can detect the intensity, direction etc of magnetic fields. The human brain has magnetite nano-particles, but they weren’t going to concede that we might have migrational type abilities and sensitivities because of this!
* Studies of EEG changes in brain wave activity confirm that REM sleep is affected by RF exposure.
* Pulsed signals (e.g. smart meters and mobile phones transmitting) reduce neuronal activity in live brain cultures and generally, they increase the amplitude of bio-effects.

At the start of question time, an elderly gentleman, Mervyn, spoke out. “You people need a reality check” he said, and went on “I was sleepless for 10 years until I got rid of my cordless phone…. We need people to study the actual health effects….”

Another questioner wanted to know why it’s all so slow for scientists to get anywhere. The answer – the scientists have to establish things on the micro level (cells etc) before they can go ahead and test more general things, plus they have to establish an acceptable theory of why something is happening. It can take 20 years for the first step! In other words, it would be several generations in the ‘proving’ of any causative links between wireless technologies and health effects (not just ‘bio-effects’). And there would have to be the will and the funding to get there, when currently, we were told, the global funding for wireless and health research is drying up.

When asked why had the French government banned wifi from kindergartens and primary schools in France if it was safe, we were told it was just a “political decision”. Rodney Croft piped in with “there is no evidence of harm on children”. Yet the ARPANSA standards state that the Precautionary Principle should always be used when all affects are still not known. Croft said that “it was not their responsibility how the standards were adopted”.

Despite the many studies referred to during the afternoon conference that show ‘no harmful effects’, there are 386 people who have registered health effects from radiation on the ARPANSA  (regulatory body) website, we were told by Stop Smart Meter activist Steve Weller, who moved to Brisbane to escape from Victoria’s notorious ‘smart’ meters.

This was my third such conference, but nothing has changed. The same questions were made and same ducking-and-diving answers given. No wonder attendance was down from previous years! The scientists are stuck in their little boxes. None here were warning people about high frequency electro-smog.

So don’t hold your breath! It’s up to the consumer to navigate their way…
In the meantime, take precautions and switch off your wifi when it’s not in use, at the very least!



Dowsing Classes in Victoria:
Public Power Towers, a friendly Rainbow Serpent and Earth Vortex

by Alanna Moore, December 2015

In November 2015 my dowsing class in Warburton, near Melbourne, erected a new public Power Tower, as the previous one made several years before at the back of a cafe had been vandalised. The new one, painted beautifully by a local artist, is at the back of the Warburton Community Garden, in the main street. (It’s actually in the backyard of the adjacent Warburton Wellbeing premises, there is no fence however.)

So anyone coming to admire or work in the gardens can now enjoy an enhanced energetic zone as well. Hopefully it will also attract a few more gardeners so that the place is better utilised.

Already the energy inside the Wellbeing centre has been dowsed as really buzzing! And the energy field we generated that day went all the way to the banks of the Yarra River! Many students had their pendulums helicoptering as they monitored it ’s spread. This was especially satisfying for the beginners who hadn’t felt much up until then.

Another highlight of the weekend workshop was the trip to the nearby banks of the Yarra River, where, in the vicinity of the bridge, is the traditional home of the local Rainbow Serpent. We had met this mighty water spirit on previous visits and organiser Ralph has gone on to develop a good relationship with it.

Ralph was amazed at how the river spirit came to be admired and stayed there motionless on the river for us to perceive it, with such unflinching presence. I observed it occasionally flicking it’s eyes open as it basked in the good energy we were sending it. It seemed so content and happy with our honouring of it.

The photo shows us making the Power Tower, Alanna is 2nd from the left.


East Brunswick
At the environment park CERES, in East Brunswick, Melbourne, the old Power Tower made during a dowsing class around 1999 – and written about at the end of my book Stone Age Farming – continues to radiate good energy around the productive market gardens. Located beside an old row of bathtub water gardens (now wormeries I think) and a plum tree dripping with a massive crop of ripening fruit, it has a dreadful wobbly lean and it’s amazing that it’s still standing!

Sited directly underneath huge power lines, it is a challenging location. But the Tower’s presence had improved the vibe there for workers I’ve been told previously. (There normally isn’t public access to those commercial gardens, but you can ask a worker for permission to enter.)

On November 29th my dowsing class raised the energies of the Power Tower with a simple ceremony of intention, including singing a song to the Earth. Extra energy flooded out of it after that, dowsing indicated. (It’s pity that no-one from CERES attended the workshop in order to know how to maintain the thing!)

Class participants were also intrigued to discover a strong source of energy on the Village Green, in front of the stage. It turned out to be a 2 or 3 ringed Earth vortex, perhaps something to do with dancing? Such a vortex is a dowseable feature of Aboriginal dance grounds (bora rings etc) around Australia.

All of these great energies can be accessed publicly, so I encourage budding dowsers and geomancers to take a look and feel for themselves. Don’t just take my word for it!

Happy dowsing!



Mystery Holy Well in Ireland

by Alanna Moore

My neighbour Fred in County Leitrim often visits us, dropping in spontaneously, which is usually just before the kettle boils for a cuppa. (The Irish being strongly psychic.) He tells us he’ll soon be 81 and that he has lived all his life on a hilltop farm with beautiful views, surrounded by his sheep, ponies and the odd donkey.

With my interest in local history and sacred sites, Fred can be a mine of information. When he mentioned a Holy Well that’s near to his home, I was intrigued. Would he take me there? I asked on two occasions. The third time, I just turned up at his home on an impulse and waited for him to get back from town.

It was a bright sunny autumn day and it felt like the right time to go. Yes, it turned out to be perfect!  Fred had not visited the well for many months, as he’d had a health problem and was not so robust now. But he was keen to re-aquaint himself with this sacred place.

We headed off to the mystery site via a slow walk through farm fields edged by deep drains, a drained river meadow, with buckets of clanking mini wine bottles to be filled. Trying to find out more, I asked ”Would you be the guardian of this well then?”  “I suppose I am,” he said, as we criss crossed boggy meadows, and edged tentatively across a wobbly metal plank spanning a deep drain of a river, Indiana Jones like.

Eventually we made it to a small fenced off area on neighbour’s land. Completely nondescript from even close up, the site had been protected from cattle and a ring of trees planted tightly around it, thanks to funding for environmental works on farms.


We navigated over the barbed wire fence, squeezed past the young trees and found ourselves in another world, all cool and shady with dappled light. Two old Hawthorn trees stood guard beside a muddy hole in the ground, the ‘well’. “Those trees have been there all my life…and this place has always been the same, going back to my grandmother’s days,” Fred told me proudly.

With the many bottles to fill,  I stood in the hole and dipped them into a bigger void unseen, off the side of the hole, where the water body lay. Not wanting too much weight to carry back, I only half filled them, to Fred’s slight annoyance later on!

“Would you drink the water for a cure then Fred?” I asked him. “Oh no, you generally just bless yourself with it, or just take sips of it when you’re sick” he explained. “If it doesn’t cure you, it won’t harm you!” he said, hedging his bets. Apparently lots of local people will seek the water when they are ill, even young people he told me. “They’ll try anything when they can’t get better!” Fred can rattle off many tales of healing, following the taking of these waters. He even calls it ‘St Brigit’s Well’.

Yet the curious thing is that this well is not marked on any map, and mapping started in the 1830s in Ireland, so it’s seemingly unrecorded.

The most extraordinary object at the site was the carved stone that had fallen into the side of the well, looking like an ancient cross from a cemetery. Yet there was no church or ruins of such in the area, not on the maps anyway. Fred had no idea where it came from. “It’s always been there… I once dug it up and put it on the surface, but flood waters washed it back down into the hole,” he explained.


Perhaps the carved stone indicates that it could have been used as a site for clandestine Catholic rites, in times when they were outlawed? Perhaps the locals were suspicious of the Ordinance Survey crews and didn’t want their sacred site known, so they kept it a secret. The original purpose of early British and other such mapping has been to know the lay of the land that was being stolen from the natives, after all! Australian Aboriginal people have done the same thing,  knowing it best to keep important places hidden and secret.

At least the site is protected now, but whether Fred’s descendants keep up the tradition of guarding the well is another thing.

And what of the energies of the site?
When Fred suggested I do some prayers on my one in the little well grove I used the opportunity to look into the other-dimensional denizens of the site. An underground water spirit, serpentine in form, and happy enough, became apparent to my perception. I was not surprised. Perhaps this spirit could be the actual agent of healing, via the medium of the waters… But I would have to spend more time here in the future to appreciate it better.

So, who said that St Patrick banished all the snakes in Ireland, or chased them elsewhere? A propaganda team! Most of the medieval ‘history’ of Ireland was skewed to bolster the chiefly patrons of the arts and church of the time. Or it was just plain fiction, more about the politics of the times. Medieval tales of serpent banishing are found to be fallacious when one can tune into the presence of these spirits that still abound in the Irish landscape of today, especially around water features and in the wilder parts. (Of course, they also have universal manifestations and I have written about such at length in my book ‘Water Spirits of the World’.)

Dowsing Water Serpents – 2016 Irish workshop

In summer 2016, June 25 – 26 to be precise, I intend to be introducing people to energy dowsing and taking them to meet a mythic and dowseable river serpent, as well as other energies and beings of the Irish landscape in the region where I am now based.

County Leitrim is a very watery and beautiful region, well off the tourist track and very peacefully enchanting! Hundreds of ancient monuments and special sites dot the landscape, since it has been heavily de-populated from the times of the Great Famine and is generally not considered good land for agriculture – much ancient heritage is still intact there, yet it’s only a couple of hours drive from Dublin.

( Email for expressions of interest to attend well ahead of time to make sure that this can happen please. Car pooling will get us around, lunches but no accommodation will be provided. More details will be generated in late January.)



The Sensitive Permaculturist

by Alanna Moore, August 2015.
This article was originally written for the premature principles website, where it has some lovely photos too,

Thirty years ago I did a ‘quickie’ course in acupuncture in Sri Lanka. With this brief introduction to the subject, we generally used a popular locally produced text book to determine where to needle people. It was known as the ‘cook book’ approach and it helped a great many patients get well. But if you really wanted to know what was going on with an individual, you needed to manually feel their pulses – a slow and sensitive procedure that took much patience and practise to master.

And so it may go with permaculture. You might start to think there’s something wrong when the ‘designer’ suggests that everyone around the planet plant eucalyptus trees (or Olive trees in Ireland, etc). There’s a strong public perception that permaculturists are people who want to introduce potential weeds, just because these grow well where they come from.

Feel the pulses
But, on the other hand, we can take our permaculture design process slowly and really ‘take the pulses’ of a site during a full year of thoughtful observation, as in the ‘classical’ approach. Watch what works on a local level and do it even better.

However, to truly do justice to a piece of land, one’s investigations can go much deeper than physical attributes plus the usual energies of sun and wind and water. We can also feel the pulses of the ‘feng shui’ of a place, in all its subtleties. We don’t need to know exactly what the ancient Chinese approach might have been. We can just use all of our many senses directly at a site to determine if it might be a happy, sad or troubled location; and then avoid the non-beneficial zones, or work on improving them.

The practice of pendulum dowsing is an amplification of these normal sensory inputs. Because – yes, we all pick up feelings about places. The pendulum can help to pinpoint or confirm vague sensations, such as discomfort in the belly, that are pointers to site energies. So dowsing can help us to avoid living or gardening at places where harmony is not possible.

Permie Police
I note that Bill Mollison was also interested in the art of dowsing, enough to include a piece on the subject in his Designers Manual. So it is odd when other permies question whether this subject is better made taboo in permaculture. I’ve copped a bit of flack over the years, and have been shut out/ignored, but I’ve stuck with promoting my esoteric approach, for those who want it!

Having introduced many spiritually minded people to permaculture ethics and design over the years, it was strange to find in 2009 that there were still ‘knockers’ out there ready to publicly decry my sensitive approach to permaculture, as if I was committing a heresy.

But I can only thank the high profile permie teacher in Ireland who chose to attack me on his blogs and to students etc. He made me pretty angry. I tried to counteract his words by responding with more words. But that only made it worse.

Eventually I stopped reading what he had written. Then I found I was able to channel the energy of my anger to write a book to explain my approach. I was on quite a roll, writing 1000 words each day. Before long I’d ceased to care what he felt or said and I had produced the book Sensitive Permaculture. Which is all very permacultural, to utilise existing energies of time and space. Even anger is an energy that can be fruitfully harnessed, it turned out. If I hadn’t been wound up, I may not have written the book at all!

Besides, I’ve more often than not had wonderful feedback of a positive kind, from people all over the world who have felt inspiration or gained a new understanding from my books and teaching. The sensitive approach, or call it spiritual or whatever you like, is all part of the rich tapestry of life after all. Not for everyone, but sometimes everything for some!

Towards an Earthy spirituality
Most new age or modern takes on spirituality have been lacking in groundedness. But gradually, over the last few years, the seeds of a new form of spirituality have been taking root, where people derive soul sustenance from their own backyards, where they garden with joy and reverence for nature. Their heads, hearts and hands are all involved.

Like the ‘Anastasia’ movement in Russia, people are gathering together to celebrate life and nature in their eco-homes, gardens and ‘kin domains’. They relish the sound framework of permaculture design to create their own productive heaven on Earth.

Meanwhile, mainstream society, so lemming-like poised on the brink of disaster, needs a new heart, one that is lovingly Earth centred and rejecting of consumerism. For permaculture to succeed requires a revolution in consciousness. In counteracting the evils of capitalism we need to return to our self-sufficient roots, growing and sharing food and seeds together as much as we can.

In the permaculture ethic of ‘Caring for Spirit’ we can address this need at it’s deeper levels and help to forge a way that is fresh and new, while drawing upon the strengths of the old ways. It’s all very exciting! And there can be no ‘cookbook’ for that, because everywhere will be different and things are changing from moment to moment. We need not just our wits to guide us, but our deep intuitions too.



Vale Pat Coleby

by Alanna Moore

Earlier this year the renowned natural animal health authority and author Pat Coleby died at the age of 87. She will be remembered with awe and fondness by many around the world for her wisdom and no-nonsense approach. She specialised in advising on soil balancing using minerals etc, to ensure livestock maintain health e.g., the low copper levels in Australia’s soils meant supplementation was required.

Pat was a friend of mine who lived her latter years in Maldon in central Victoria, where Geomantica now has it’s antipodean home. Malden is graced by fabulous old homes and gardens, a legacy of the wealth of gold mined there in the mid 19th century. Pat lived near a still active open cut mine, on the fringe of town with her many goats and poultry to keep her busy. She milked every day and gave the milk away to local friends and neighbours. At annual village agricultural shows she would often have a grand presence as a judge of goats. She ended up in the Maldon nursing home with dementia.

Pat owned a meter to test for the paramagnetism levels of materials such as basalt rock. They weren’t cheap and I didn’t have one, so I would visit her and we’d play around with hers to get it to work and have lively discussions about all things natural. She would pass on pertinent tips and was a fabulous wealth of information!

It must have been 2000, the year when I moved to central Victoria from northern New South Wales when I held a memorable workshop at Junitta Vallak’s place in Maldon. It was attended by a large group of people that included Pat Coleby and also author Tom Graves, both of whom were born in England and experienced dowsers, I was to discover. Pat had used dowsing for many years and that was how she determined what levels of minerals, trace elements and supplements to give to animals. I remember how happy she was that I was passing on the skills.

But I was surprised about only now finding out about Pat’s dowsing. Though she acquired her knowledge via the school of life’s experiences, and as a country girl in England, dowsing was an acceptable thing, I had never read anything about it in her numerous animal health care books. Why was dowsing not in them then?, I asked her. “The publishers didn’t want any mention of dowsing in my books and they just edited what I had written about it out of them!” she told me. Ah! Australia’s sceptical cringe factor at work!

Pat had a good set of contacts around the world to exchange information about natural farming, including Mark Purdey, the English dairy farmer who worked out that ‘Mad Cow’ disease was caused mainly as a result of the application of a pesticide poured along the cow’s spines, used for irritating Warbler flies who would burrow in and lay eggs there. Pat told me that in her youth they would just physically remove these from the cow. With high levels of manganese in its system, a cow is more vulnerable to succumb to this disease, so free feeding of supplements could do this, or the application of crushed basalt dust to soil, if manganese levels were high. “Tell your students to always get hold of a mineral analysis of your basalt dust, so they know what’s in it!” she would say to me. She swore by the SWEP testing method for soils, done by a laboratory in Melbourne. For her, all health started from the ground/soil and went up from there.

Pat was so generous with her time that she had her telephone number on the back of her many books so that people could ring her from all around the world for free consultations! Not surprisingly, she would get lots of calls from farmers and I remember hearing her yelling down the phone at those who had not followed her previous instructions to the letter and were now floundering! She could be quite a dragon, but always a good meaning one! Pat was also very sharp, witty and fun too. In England she used to be friends with a son of Oscar Wild, Vyvyan, I’m told.

The obituary in Maldon paper the Tarrangower Times described her as an “intelligent, feisty and fiercely independent woman who achieved a lot in her lifetime. When the Times interviewed her 5 years ago she was still operating a chainsaw, milking her goats and writing books… [and] rode a horse until she was in her late 70’s.” She had an upper class upbringing in a “rather grand English family” and was “always tall and effortlessly elegant”.

Maldon and the world is a less rich place with Pat Coleby now departed. But her legacy lives on, in the form of many books, in several languages, published around the world, including Acres USA. With timeless information to keep farm animals and lands healthy without artificial chemicals, these books should be around for a very long time. The world needs them urgently still!



2016 Geomantica & Related Events



Energy Dowsing for Home, Land & Wellbeing

A weekend workshop with Australiaʼs most well known geomancer Alanna Moore

held near Kuala Lumpur,  and repeated the following weekend in Penang, Malaysia.

Saturday January 2nd 2016, 10am – 5pm

Geomancy is the ancient art of reading the landscape for itʼs influential energies and correcting them.

Pendulum dowsing is the ancient art of amplifying the intuition and harness- ing energy perception for improved wellbeing and problem solving. Anyone can learn to do it!

Sunday January 3rd 2016, 10am – 5pm
The second day will focus on more advanced methods of dowsing, such as deviceless dowsing (without a pendulum, using our body alone).

Alanna Moore, a professional dowser/geomancer for 35 years and founder of the New South Wales Dowsing Society in Australia in 1984, is returning to Malaysia to share her work. On the first day Alanna will teach tech- niques of pendulum dowsing for enhanced intuition and energy perception. It is suited to beginners, while experi- enced dowsers may also gain from attending.

Learn about the many types of energies that influence places for good and for bad – this is similar to the art of feng shui, but the day focusses on direct perception and more modern understandings about geobiology and electro-biology. Find out how to be a sensitive human in an insensitive technological society. How to avoid negative energy impacts and what can be done to change them, from personal self-protection to Earth acupuncture.

Map Dowsing – Learn how to assess and correct or improve environmen- tal energies remotely from a distance, by map or plan, using dowsing and energy balancing techniques. Students need to bring a house plan with them (a simple one is better than architect’s plans!)

Discover the benefits of Earthing (also called Grounding) for improved health and wellbeing. Measure the effects by dowsing.

Practice dowsing for beneficial energies, including nature spirits, and learn how to interact with them for greater harmony in the land.

Practice pendulum dowsing for water, geopathic and other environmental stresses. These skills, including intuitive problem solving with the pendulum, will empower students to help themselves and others to live in a more healthy and happy environment.

Find out how to cultivate good energy in an area, by making a small Stone Circle and practice meditative Stone Circle walking and simple ritual that will help you to connect with Mother Earth and Nature.

Learn a song written by Alanna that honours the Earth.
Make your own tiny Power Tower to take home – this is an energising and harmonising device based on crushed volcanic rock.

Fee to attend one day: 190 RM
Fee for both days: 320 RM
(fees do not include food or accomodation)


Seri Kembangan, Selangor, MALAYSIA

For bookings and details – Alice Khuan
– for all things geomantic


For the weekend January 9th & 10th held in Penang,
Batu Ferringhi, Penang

For bookings and details – Lim Ewe Hin email:


Irish Events

From March 21st 2 016

Drumsna area, Co. Leitrim


Hands-On Workshops from, March 21st 2016, Co. Leitrim
Experience sheltermaking with Ireland’s leading exponent of conscious, natural, debt-free building, Peter Cowman. Also discover permaculture garden design with Alanna Moore.



Landscape Energies Dowsing Weekend,  June 25 – 26th 2016

Venue: Fairyfield, near Drumsna, south Co. Leitrim, Ireland
Visit sacred places of County Leitrim with Alanna Moore revealing their folkloric and spiritual aspects,  using dowsing, meditation and song to explore and celebrate the other dimensional realms.
Dowsing Irish Water Serpents Anyone?

Alanna says – “I intend to be introducing people to energy dowsing and taking them to meet a mythic and dowseable river serpent, as well as other energies and beings of the Irish landscape in the region where I am now based.

“It’s also intended that we create a small stone circle at a fairy hotspot in a field on this weekend, with some participatory help!

“County Leitrim is a very watery and beautiful region, well off the tourist track and very peacefully enchanting! Hundreds of ancient monuments and special sites dot the landscape, since it has been heavily de-populated from the times of the Great Famine and is generally not considered good land for agriculture – much ancient heritage is still intact there, yet it’s only around a couple of hours drive from Dublin.

“Email for expressions of interest to attend well ahead of time to make sure that this can happen please. Car pooling will get us around, lunches but no accommodation will be provided. More details will be generated in late January.”  Picture below is of Loughtown Lake, one place where we will visit.

Enquiries –

* Switzerland, Zurich region (venue at Steckborn, near Lake Constance)
May 21 – 22nd 2016
Dowsing, Sensitive Permaculture and Geomancy weekend
Hands on learning with Alanna Moore and fully translated to German & Swiss German.
More  info – Peter Renner:

* Germany, Bavaria
May 28 – 29th
Dowsing, Sensitive Permaculture and Geomancy weekend at Akams,  near Immenstadt, Allgäu region.
Hands on learning with Alanna Moore.
More  info –

* Lindenhof, central Germany
June 4th – 5th
Dowsing, Sensitive Permaculture and Geomancy weekend
Hands on learning with Alanna Moore .
Enquiries – Wolfgang and Sabine, email –

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