GEOMANTICA magazine no. 65

Geomantica magazine no. 65

July 2016

Contents G 65

Editorial – Northern Mid-Summer Magic!

* Feedback from seminars held recently in Germany and Ireland
* Austrian basalt anyone?
* Bhrugu Aranya – An update from Poland, where homa farming, with Agnihotra fire ceremonies, creates an amazing oasis of growth, healing and rising consciousness.

* Saga of a missing Sea-God in Northern Ireland.
* Australian Aboriginal Cultural Revival – Wadawurrung people perform centuries-old corroboree in Ballarat.

Feature Articles
* The Magic of Bronte Beach,  Sydney, Australia, by Alanna Moore

* Geomantic Zurich and a Swiss ‘Miracle’ of Electro-Smog Busting, by Alanna Moore.

* Irish River Blessing, Mid-summer Solstice, 2016, by Alanna Moore

Obituary – Barrie Oldfield, Western Australia’s finest ‘Man of the Trees’.

* What’s On  –  Workshops coming up in Ireland and Germany this year; in Wales, April 2017;
and Australia & Malaysia at the end of 2017 (tbc).

Editorial G65  –  Northern Mid-Summer Magic!

Ireland might be a tad cool in it’s mid-summers, but it’s compensated for by the abundant Earth magic that is everywhere, especially in hidden corners off the beaten track. The long days make for great activity and intensity. Unfortunately the proposed mid-summer dowsing tour of sacred sites wasn’t able to eventuate. We still went to some sites and celebrated the land and season of abundance, as you can read about in the River Blessing article. And in the piece on Bronte Beach you will discover that sacred sites where profound connections with land and spirit are possible still today and even on the edge of a busy city like Sydney, Australia.

Geomantic workshops recently held in Germany and Switzerland were well received. ‘It fits well with the alternative culture here’ I was told. ‘Stone Age Farming’, having just been translated to German, is getting popular! Here is some feedback from workshop participants, a common sentiment:

It was great to do all the hands-on practise
and a perfect compliment to reading Stone Age Farming.”

More workshops will be held in Germany on the first weekend of September (near Dusseldorf) and then again next springtime, probably in beautiful Bavaria.

Last issue I asked for contributions to my forthcoming book ‘Plant Spirit Gardening’ and received several interesting stories/snippets that will be included in the book. There’s still time to submit a few more and potentially receive a free copy of the book in exchange. Would love to read, in particular, of peoples’ encounters with tree and forest spirits. We met several during recent workshops in Switzerland and Germany recently and some participants were blown-away by the power of these beings, while some received clear messages of environmental import from them. But you will have to get the book for all the details!

Thanks go out to helpers and contributors Parvati and journalist/author Paul Clements, for the Mannanan link, which connects nicely to the River Blessing piece by having shared divinities.

So, happy reading and fabulous feng shui to you,
Alanna Moore


Feedback from Germany

Dear Alanna Moore,
I read your book Stone Age Farming (German translation published 2015) and I really appreciated it, because it is the only contribution referring to ancient approaches towards sustainable and nature based agriculture available in German.

All the best from Germany

Feedback about the June 26th Irish Workshop

Hi Alanna,
…I really enjoyed the day. I got such a buzz out of it! Thanks very much, L.

Austrian basalt anyone?

Hello Alanna,
I hope you are well, again I will say thank you for giving us all the knowledge .
Last week I bought  some Rock Dust´s, for messuring the cgs [strength]. Gottfried was so kind to take my samples to test.
The one from Michael Wüst is called Eifelgold this one is 680 cgs.
I bought 1 Tonne of the Pauliberg from Austria, this one is 3000 cgs.
If someone need Rockdust from Pauliberg let me know, I can send it .
Also happy dowsing
email – alfred.steidle @

Bhrugu Aranya
An update from Poland, where homa farming, with Agnihotra fire ceremonies, creates an amazing oasis of growth, healing and rising consciousness.

Dear Friends,
“Bhrugu Aranya is a blossoming International Ecovillage in the foothills of the majestic Tatra Mountains in southern Poland. Over the years, numerous people have visited our centre and had life-changing transformational experiences. Here, visitors and guests can receive healing, learn about spiritual ecology, connect with Nature and experience conscious community living.

“Now has come the time for major expansion in order to accommodate the many who wish to come here.

“These are exciting times for our community. On May 17th 2015 with great joy, we began construction of the ‘Centre of Light.’ This large healing Centre is being built with local sustainable materials of wood, straw and clay. It includes twelve guest rooms, a vegetarian kitchen, a creative arts studio, a large seminar hall, and therapy rooms.

“As of today, we have nearly completed the foundation and first floor. Now, we urgently need your help to continue building and complete construction of this important venue.The Centre of Light is a project of Homa Therapy Foundation, and is a totally non-profit venture.

Please visit our Indiegogo campaign page and help us realize this wonderful project. Share this link with all your friends and spread the word!

Help us manifest this vision into a reality.

With gratitude and love,
Parvati and the Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya Family.


Saga of a missing Sea-God in Northern Ireland

A grand, Jesus-like, statue of Mannanan mac Lir, the Irish/Celtic pagan sea-god is erected near Derry, causing some consternation amongst conservative Christian folk. One night it is steathily sliced off and removed, and later found dumped in a forest. Read the full story of March 19th 2016 in the link below.


Australian Aboriginal Cultural Revival –

Wadawurrung people perform centuries-old corroboree in Ballarat
Aboriginal culture has suffered greatly by the invasion and colonisation of Australia, but it is also resurging in great leaps and bounds in many parts, as the following story from Victoria shows.

“On a cool winter’s night on the site that represents Ballarat’s gold rush, the steady rhythm of clap sticks could be heard. Both young and old gathered beside the lake at Sovereign Hill to rehearse a dance ceremony that had not been performed since the 1850s.”     Read the full story in the link below.

By the way, if you want to find out about Aboriginal culture, throw away your copy of ‘Mutant Message Downunder’ by Marlo Morgan – it is a fabrication far removed from reality. Instead be informed by the insights of a Swedish professor who teemed up with an Aboriginal elder to produce the excellent book ‘Treading Lightly – the Hidden Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People’, by Karl-Eric Sveiby and Tex Scuthorpe, published by Allen and Unwin, Australia, 2006. Sveiby is especially good at explaining the many levels of understanding Aboriginal stories, that present to the world an invocation of profound environmental responsibility, and ’A tantalising path towards sustainability from Aboriginal life and culture.’ If you want to know how to sustain a land and a culture for around 50,000 years, this is the book you should read and re-read!  Editor.

Feature Articles

The Magic of Bronte Beach,  Sydney, Australia.

By Alanna Moore

I’ve written about a magical Sydney beach in the past. The story about Coogee Beach, with its modern sacred site on the north headland, prompted positive feedback. Tim Strachan (now deceased) subsequently wrote a piece about it for Geomantica also. His ashes were spread there, at the ‘Our Lady of the Fenceposts’ site last year, to fulfil his wishes. I’m sure the nature spirits residing at this magical site will help his spirit along the way too. The being known as Mother Mary makes regular visitations there too, especially around the time of the anniversary of the Bali Bombing, when commemorations are focussed on the monument there at the top of the cliffs every October 12th.

While Coogee and nearby Bondi beaches are thronged by sun and surf worshippers, I always prefer the quieter places. Between those two well known beaches lies another two, more compact beaches, Bronte and Tamarama. Bronte has a leafy park that is a popular picnic and play spot shaded by large Norfolk Island Pines. And a gully leading to the beach is being carefully regenerated back to natural bush, with invasive feral plants removed and natives reinstated. Now the native plant blossoms there attract flashy bright parrots that leap and frolic in the branches, feasting on nectar. Bronte’s delights are more tucked away and hidden, more yin, you might say, than the other ‘out there’ beaches. A good place to meditate in nature.

Much of my childhood was spent not far from Coogee Beach (-the name means ‘stinking seaweed’ in Aboriginal), but I didn’t go there much. The bright sun on white sand was too glary and could give me headaches. I’ve always loved the greener Bronte Beach. It’s usually peaceful and lovely early or late in the day and on the quieter week days. Plus my favourite aunt and uncle lived there. And in one week in November each year there is a highly popular Sculptures by the Sea exhibition, with artworks displayed along the cliff top walk that connects the beaches together. Some are also on show on Tamarama Beach, as in the photo of the most popular sculpture of 2015.
Women’s sacred site
In 2010 Parvati came from Brugu Aranya centre in southern Poland to Australia, after being guided to do sacred site activations using Agnihotra fire ceremonies there. This is an extract of what she wrote of her experience at a sacred site at Bronte Beach.

February 11, 2010 at Bronte Beach

“Lil led us to an ancient Aboriginal women’s birthing site by a river. The day before, I had been told in meditation that there should be four women to activate this site. However, there were only the three of us! We decided to go anyway. Lil, Anne and I brought an Agnihotra kit, five Narmada lingams and my crystal singing bowl. We set the lingams in indentations in the rock surface surrounding the copper pyramid. As soon as we sat down, one lingam literally leaped up and rolled all the way down the rocks into the river below! It remains there now.
“As we lit the fire, suddenly I had a vision of an Aboriginal woman elder, wearing simple earthy garments and a large necklace, made of seeds or shells. She sat in our circle and spoke the following:
‘I am your fourth sister. Receive our hands in your hands. Our hearts in your hearts’.
‘I am the elder of all the women whose spirits still remain in sacred communion at this sacred site. We are many’. (I saw them all around our circle.)
‘You have come to find your voice.
Beyond the earthly world you live in.
You are aware of the realm above it, calling you, ever calling you…’
The full story of Parvati’s visit to Sydney, the Blue Mountains and other special places in Australia is at:
Visiting Bronte Beach in 2015
With a sincere heart seeking, you can find the site that Parvati helped to activate. I don’t need to tell you where it is. Such sacred places are potentially accessible to all. They can reveal their magic to honest seekers. But you have to be ready for them.
In November 2015 I flew back from Ireland to Sydney. I went straight to Bronte Beach and stayed a few days there with my uncle Jim (my dear aunt having passed away in 2014). Crowds attending the Sculptures by the Sea were dense, but on that Monday morning light drizzle was falling and only a few were braving it. Perfect!


I wondered how many of them realised that there is an old, but clearly visible Aboriginal carving of a whale on the cliff top that they were marching by, when heading north towards Bondi? (It’s pictured below.) It must have once been a site for connecting into the spirit dimension of the whales that pass by here every winter, also heading north. Whale carvings are often found on the sandstone cliff tops of the Sydney area. There was one such carving, now vanished, that was near my childhood home at La Perouse, on the shores of Botany Bay. One day in the mid 1960s a large whale shark (the world’s biggest shark species) was caught up in the bombora / whirlpool just out from the Bare Island where we lived and it ended up beached on the island’s rocky shore. Many local Aboriginal people enjoyed feasting on the carcass and it made front page news in the media!


A few days later I returned to Bronte Beach and had my own experience of profound spirit connection at Bronte Beach. I had been teaching dowsing for the New South Wales Dowsers Society in Hunters Hill all day. I was still recovering from the long flight, was electro-stressed and had a lingering cough. Luckily I got a lift straight back to Bronte on that Sunday evening. Light rain was falling again, it was warm and humid, and a storm threatened. Feeling worn out, I grabbed an umbrella and walked down to the sea shore barefoot, looking forwards to a session of earthing in the sea water.
Amazingly, the beach was almost empty of people. Down at the natural rock pool, where sandstone boulders afford protection from the surf, a colourful Indian couple waded quietly in the water with a little child. Standing in the shallows in a meditative state, I found myself staring out into the great Pacific Ocean, going into a restful space of deep reverie. (I’m told I used to do this, staring out to sea, as a child.)  After teaching the art of dowsing and devic connection through the day I was in a highly sensitive state.
Out of the blue I clairaudiently heard a voice making a grand announcement, that woke me from my dreamy space and surprised me. “The Great Spirit is coming!!” it said. I sensed an excited anticipation in the air. It felt like something grand and special was happening in the invisible realms.
On the horizon a great dark thundery cloud bank was coming this way from out to sea. It was emanating enormous energy. It seemed to be the vehicle of the approaching Great Spirit that was so exciting to the local devic life. When it was closer, I saw the Great Spirit of this part of the Pacific Ocean stretch out two ‘arms’ to briefly touch me with its energy. We thus connected and it felt totally exhilarating!
Then the mighty deva was gone, all too quickly. (I imagine the mobile phone tower close by was not to its liking.) But the  blessing stayed with me and I treasure the memory of that thrilling, though brief moment of devic connection.

So I encourage the readers, women in particular, to visit Bronte Beach in an open and sensitive state of mind, and to see what you might find there in the invisible realms. You just might be as surprised as I was on that stormy Sunday evening.


Geomantic Zurich and a Swiss ‘Miracle’ of Electro-Smog Busting

by Alanna Moore

Before spending one week in  Switzerland last May, an internet search appeared to find no sacred sites except for Christian ones. However it turned out that two of the most important churches in Zurich were founded by ancient geomantic means, the location being ‘chosen’ by deer, an animal with mystical connotations. Both Grossmunster and Fraumunster churches, which are on opposite sides of the River Limmat, at the end of Lake Zurich where the river emerges, enjoy an illustrious past . They were certainly situated in places of power, from a strategic point of view.


Fraumunster is the last building remaining from a Benedictine Abbey that was founded in the year 853. The women’s convent and church were built outside the town on a slight elevation in the marshy lakeside location, in the area where the town’s two saints, Felix and Regula, were martyred by beheading. It was founded by King Ludwig 2nd and signed over to his daughter Hildegard.

According to a second founding legend, “a stag with flaming antlers sent by God is said to have led the founder’s two daughters from the royal castle of Baldern to the bank of the Limmat. The stag then showed them the place where their father was to build the convent,” the guidebook states. A carving of the stag is situated above one of the doorways, as seen in the photo. As well as the stag episode, “a rope sent from Heaven to mark out the boundary of the building site of the first convent had been preserved until the Reformation.”


Only ladies of noble birth lived in the royal convent and they numbered around 17 or less. The abbess, as the king’s representative and one of the de-facto rulers of the town, held great power and she could even mint their own coins. The last abbess led the convent from 1496 to 1524, until the time of the Reformation, when she handed the church over to the Council of Zurich. At that time the town authorities removed the altars, their ornaments, the organ and other decorations.

These days tourists flock their to view the gorgeous choir windows made by Marc Chagall in the late 1960s. Another fabulous window by Augusto Giacometti was installed in 1945. And three bosses on rib vaults in the ceiling sport fabulous faces, ‘leafy masks’, these days known as Green Men.

Across the river is the bigger church Grossmunster, which was always a rival. In fact it was also said to have been associated with a deer that had been hunted and chased there by King Ludwig. When his horse reached the spot it fell to its knees because of the presence of the two martyred saints’ bodies buried beneath it. But perhaps they just made that bit up, methinks, because they were jealous of the power of Fraumunster!

A less unnatural city
For a city of some 400,000 people, Zurich has some pleasing natural elements. Many of the flat rooftops have been grassed or sport wildflowers. In green areas and on city roadsides, grass has often been left to mature. Miniature wildernesses of flowers and seedheads blowing in the breeze were a breath of fresh of air to behold.

Water birds and fish abound in the lake and river, and some 30 species of fish are found in the crystal clear water. However, on the downside, smokers light up in public places and restaurants, but at least their butts are binned. And it is very rare to see rubbish on the streets.

Meanwhile, ancient Swiss wisdom is manifest in several carvings of the serpent of wisdom seen around the city, such as the one in the photo,z'serpent outside Zurich University.


Electro-smog busting
Switzerland has much stricter regulations on electro-smog and exposure levels that are much lower to what are allowable  in Australia. So the ambient atmosphere for an electro-sensitive is much more bearable. No sore head!

However in a couple of towns in a rural area near St Gallen, several families began to suffer terribly from the ill-effects of nearby mobile phone towers following their installation over ten years ago. A successful exercise in reducing the electro-smog there was conducted by Dr Ibrahim Karim, an Egyptian architect and maverick inventor. (Electro-smog being a common term used in Europe for electro-magnetic pollution.) Karim implemented his unique ’BioGeometry’ approach and not only were the human sufferings eliminated, but also the departed birds and bats returned!  He corrected the mal-effects by creating special geometric shapes that were installed in certain locations.

To quote directly from his 2007 book ‘Back to a Future for Mankind – BioGeometry Solutions to the Global Environmental Crisis, New Energy Secrets of Ancient Egypt and the Great Pyramid Revealed’, published by BioGeometry Consulting Ltd:

Electrosmog Harmonisation: Hemberg, Switzerland, 2004 (page 260)

“A pilot research project under the patronage of the Swiss Mediation Authority for Mobile Communication and Environment (MAMCE), and in collaboration with leading telecom provider SwissCom, implemented BioGeometry energy-quality balancing to alleviate symptoms of electro-sensitivity in the rural town of Hemberg. BioGeometry was successful in alleviating electro-sensitivy ailments among the residents, and increasing overall quality of life and wellbeing indicators, as well as positively impacting the overall ecology of the area…. dubbed The Miracle of Hemberg’, in a Swiss television interview with the mayor and residents of Hemberg almost two years later, the sustained energy-quality balancing effect of BioGeometry was confirmed.

“Following the success of the first Swiss BioGeometry project in Hemberg, Dr Karim was commissioned by the local government of the Swiss town of Hirschberg to implement a similar solution there. The project was documented by Swiss TV Channel SF1 and the documentary aired on prime time TV in Switzerland. It showed how BioGeometry was successful in alleviating electro-sensitivity ailments among the residents, as well as increasing overall quality of life and wellbeing indicators. The overwhelming positive impact of the BioGeometry energy-quality balancing effect on the health of livestock in the area, which are an important economic factor to this rural town, was especially impressive. The documentary referred to the successful project as ‘Electrosmog: The Miracle of Hirschberg.”

(Dr Karim has also successfully applied BioGeometry principles in agricultural research. In a poultry breeding project with the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Suez Canal University it was “effective in significantly reducing mortality and increasing growth and quality of the chicken”. In a 3 year study with Holland’s University of Wageningen, BioGeometry in an organic apple orchard “was effective in eliminating certain parasites and significantly increasing yield.” See

Delighted to read of all this in his book, I asked around in Switzerland if anyone was familiar with Karim’s electro-smog ’Miracles’, during my week there, but drew blanks. The wish that it might be implemented country wide obviously didn’t happen. No information about any newer projects of this kind was found online either.

Dr Karim’s clever approach was not to blame the mobile phone company itself for the peoples’ problems, but to suggest that electro-smog was ubiquitous and that the phone towers were just another stress added to the sufferings of the electro-sensitives. Thus nobody had to accept liability for the problem, haha! This win-win approach had all parties contented in its outcome. But why hasn’t the BioGeometry approach been extended to elsewhere? I would like to know!

However, considering the more enlightened attitudes towards the problem of electro-smog by the Swiss government, it remains a great country for an electro-sensitive to visit!


Irish River Blessing, Mid-summer Solstice, 2016

by Alanna Moore

It was cool and drizzly as we arrived at the carpark of the Shannon Pot, up in the far reaches of the north of the Republic of Ireland. We were heading for this traditional source of the mighty Shannon, longest of all rivers in Ireland and the British Isles, that rises from the circa 20m2 diameter pool. Signage alerted us to the geological realities that created this spring hole of emergent waters, but the lure of the non-mundane was what brought us here. This would have been a sacred site for thousands of years.

Legends say that Sionnan, the grand daughter of Mannanan Mac Lir, Celtic god of the sea, came here searching for wisdom, which came from a combination of the nuts of the hazel trees that were eaten by the sacred salmon, who informed the waters that seethed with ‘bubbles of inspiration’. But Sionnan was overwhelmed by the waters and lost her mortal life, to become the presiding water spirit, goddess of the river. It’s a story very similar to that for the source of the Boyne River, with its goddess Boann, so it’s is a kind of generic Irish legend that connects water ways with ancient gods and goddesses, and water with wisdom and inspiration.

The intention of celebrating a soggy mid-summer at a river source seemed to fit perfectly. The fertile waters of the sky caressed our cheeks as we carried musical instruments along a concrete path to the sacred Shannon Pot. And, undeterred by weather, we went on to enjoy the place all to ourselves, apart from one small family group that came and quickly left. The midges stayed away too. So, in perfect peace we began our ceremony.

Stationed at the top of the bank, we watched mesmerised the changing patterns of water in the Shannon Pot. It was so alive with energy, in the form of vortices and flows. Rain dappled the dark water surface as gentle wind gushes brought down sheets of drops beneath the edging trees. In response, we started to play spontaneous music and our gongs began to resound across the scene. We played them loud and long, filling the space with waves of intense resonance.gonging


Focussing my senses to the invisible dimensions of the Pot, I could see a large water spirit watching us with great curiosity. It looked, to my senses, like a regal fish-tailed merman, with a golden crown on its head. Or you might say – a water serpent with a human-like torso. The serpentine water spirit is also found in the oldest Irish legends of lake ‘monsters’, that seem to indicate spirit beings demonised by Christianity.

Having mentally connected with this water spirit, it then dashed off, telling me it would return with others. He was soon back and there were five of them then, all looking similar, like a royal family of presiding spirits, anciently accustomed to human interactions and ceremonies of connection. No wonder the pre-Christian legends speak of families of deities – that is how it is!

Words of blessing were next said in our ceremony. I sang my special water song, invoking the diverse forms of the sacred waters of the world. To gentle singing bowl accompaniment, we blessed the waters, then blessed each other.

Every cell now vibrating intensely within us, the drizzly rain cleared, clouds parted and a few rays of sunshine lit up the scene. But this only brought out the midges and our gongmaster, Sharon Quigley (ex-Western Australia and now of Cork) being allergic to midge bites, we packed our equipment and retreated.

The next morning I could still feel the gonging inside my body cells, deeply tingling. And as soon as I began my morning meditation I heard a voice within saying to the effect – “That was a very good thing that you did”. Yes, I hope to do more such ceremonies. And I see that another ‘Earth Singer’, English musician Danu Fox, is featuring at this year’s British Dowsers Conference, doing similar things, which is most encouraging!

Stay tuned for more. You may be invited to join us next time!






Photos – Top: Sharon, Alanna and Frankie on gongs and Tibetan bowl. Above: Alanna Moore dowsing.and singing a song to the waters, causing a pink orb to manifest in several photos, looking quite different from the rain drops also seen there.


Obituary – Barrie Oldfield

Western Australia’s finest ‘Man of the Trees’.

Barrie Oldfield died on 7th December 2015.
Geomantic readers may well be familiar with articles and letters from Barrie that Geomantica published. He was very active in the Perth based Natural Resonance Study Group, whose activities have often been reported on over the years in the pages of Geomantica. Barrie was an active promoter of soil mineralisation using basalt dust and he made a film about the SEER Centre in Scotland, where it is farmed with and promoted. (The NRSG group folded, after 19 years, although they still have regular informal get-togethers.) One thousand people attended Barrie’s funeral, I was told by an ex-Nat Res member.
The following obituary is from The West Australian. Extracts are below.

From –
“He was born Michael Barrie Oldfield – always known as Barrie – in Rochdale, Lancashire, on April 23, 1933. Three years later the family moved to Oxford, where Barrie and his brother Tony grew up. He was a schoolboy and keen piano student throughout World War II. The boy was also fascinated by photography, which would serve him well when he came to make films in adulthood.
“A serious illness prevented school attendance for a year but he put the restriction to good use, listening to patients in the next bed. They could be “an Indian professor, organ builder, stonemason, itinerant worker from Australia, or London cab driver”. Everyone’s story was worthwhile. Regaining his health, he decided to live by values that included a “rejection of consumerism and materialism”.
“For nine years Barrie worked for the Nuffield organisation, established by Lord Nuffield (William Morris), founder of the Morris vehicle firm. Through the Nuffield Foundation the family wealth supported research and innovative projects in health care, education and social justice. Barrie, whose job included publicity, admired these tenets. His life’s course was set. In 1963 he and his wife of three years, Sallie, emigrated to WA, driving all the way (except for the water stretches) in the latest Morris model. They settled in Lesmurdie, near Perth.
“While working as publicity officer for the Archbishop of Perth in the 1960s, Barrie joined the campaign that eventually saved not only the historic convict-built Cloisters building in St Georges Terrace – the Colony’s first secondary school – but also the Port Jackson fig tree in front of it. This landmark victory against wholesale urban development encouraged the conservationist in Barrie.
“He was heavily involved in the formation of the WA branch of the international organisation Men of the Trees in 1979, becoming the group’s founding president. The lifelong identification with nature would pervade his films, activism, creative accomplishments and musical performances.
“A film for the Campaign to Save Native Forests in 1979 led to what Barrie considered a key environmental achievement – stopping the clear felling of old-growth forests in the South West of the state. The film was seen in England by Richard St Barbe Baker, forester par excellence, author and founder, in 1922, of the first Men of the Trees. He came to Perth to found a branch of the organisation. Barrie’s interview with Baker, played on the ABC’s Science Show, “marked the first awakening of the Australian population to its need to care for forests, lakes, rivers, range lands, coasts and fisheries”.
“Barrie and his close friend Peter Goodall, combined with British botanist David Bellamy to make a film called ‘Wheat Today, What Tomorrow?’ It exposed problems created by farming. An Order of Australia Medal in 1999 was given to Barrie in formal recognition of his enormous contribution to his community.”
May Barrie rest in eternal peace, contented in the knowledge that probably millions of trees have been planted as a result of his able steerage of WA’s premier tree planting group, while many people have been also greatly inspired by his impressive work to better care for the environment.  Editor.


What’s on?

Geomantic and related events:

Divining the Spirit of Place

Advanced Day of training with Alanna Moore
Sunday August 14th, 10am – 4pm Near Effrinagh, South Leitrim
Discover the invisible dimensions of landscape and learn how to enhance and re-balance itʼs subtle energies. Practise pendulum dowsing for energy surveys of home and land. Explore energies remotely by map dowsing; dowse for tree energies and the subtle anatomy of plants.
Learn to communicate with the intelligences of nature and how to work co-creatively with the fairies. Dowse a Tower of Power, meet and interact with fairies and water spirits, in a rural field, and on a field trip to a landscape power centre.

Fee to attend: 50 euros (which includes refreshments and lunch).treedowsing
20 Euro deposit (by Paypal) required to book.
For bookings – Email – for an invoice


Bookings close on August 7th.




Saturday August 20th 10am-4.30pm


A National Earth Building Day FREE Event with natural architect Peter Cowman.
Learn how to make and use clay+straw – amazing, ancient, traditional, low-cost people and planet-friendly materials to create beautiful, secure, warm, healthy, affordable and empowering buildings.



Friday evening 2nd – Sunday 4th September
Dowsing, Geomancy and Power Towers for Enhanced Gardening Weekend Course with Alanna Moore
Venue – Rheinberg, north west Germany.
Seminar information is online at
A contact form for seminar registration is there.


More workshops will be held in 2017 in Germany also.



Swansea, Wales, 2017

Discover and interact with the invisible realms via dowsing at two advanced workshops with geomancer Alanna Moore.

Saturday April 29th 2017, 11am – 5pm

Divining the Spirit of Water

Discover the energetic and spiritual potential of water. Learn modern techniques of water and energy divining (pendulum dowsing); dowse for water quality and water spirits in the landscape; enjoy a group water blessing ceremony, including singing a special water song.

Venue: to be advised
.  Fee: 60 euros

Sunday April 30th, 11am – 5pm

Sacred Tree Divining

Discover energetic and spiritual dimensions of nature. Practise easily learnt modern techniques of divining (pendulum dowsing) for the subtle anatomy of plants and their spirits. Find out about the energetic approach to enhancing plant growth. Sense the healing and re-vitalising potential of trees; communicate with tree spirits. Help to plant a new sacred tree (tbc) and sing a special song about this.
Venue: to be advised
Fee: 60 euros
For more information :



Alanna Moore returns to eastern Australia in November 2017 to run several more workshops,

also to Penang, Malaysia around that time or early 2018 (tbc). Stay tuned.


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