Fundraising with Warm-Hearted Yogis


We did it!

Today, collectively, the community that supports the NZ Yoga Centre raised enough money to buy a new heat-pump for our yoga studio in Marton. We raised $3050 in 10 days! Around 45 people pledged to the ‘Warm-Hearted Yogis’ Give-a-little page.

The amazing people from Wellington were among the first to give. These people know me personally, and we have shared in affection, laughter, and overlapping friendships for many years. 4 family-members/ old neighbourhood friends also pledged early, heeding the call to give.

Then, once our pledge board went up in the yoga studio, class members also started to give. They continued to give in a groundswell of generosity and sharing. 7 pledges came from local businesses. 5 people gave anonymously. Was one of these people you?

All of these people have something in common. They care about collective good, and they are open handed and openhearted. They might know me and know how much I give to others. However, they are not uninterested, or self-interested, or even tight-fisted.  They are the true yogis, true family, and my heart flows with gratitude towards them.

You can see their names on the Give-a-little page

Some people feel that being asked to make donations is a personal burden. Yet, some enlightened people see that giving a is a blessing because it allows generosity to flow.

Thank you to everyone who gave to this project. Each of you will be invited to our Matariki/ mid-winter Xmas party in late June 2019. I hope some of you will come to share in the fun and warmth.

… And, for those of you who did not give, or who regard yourself as a true yogi, it is not too late to make a pledge. The Give-a-little page is still open till Wednesday 15th May. Any extra donations will cover the installation fee.


That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.      

Simone De Beauvoir

Autumn 2019

The NZ Yoga Centre turns 2 on May 5th! The garden is growing and the centre is flourishing.


Thanks to everyone who supported the yoga classes, special events, art Space developments, and excursions. Let hope the following year is even more exciting!

new podcasts about Western yogis in India

Ali talks candidly about everything you need to know about moving from being an ordinary yoga tourist in India to being a real yogi with yogic wisdom.

These free podcasts are part of a series, preparing people for a forthcoming trip to India. Ali thinks you can take people out of the West to India but can’t always take western attitudes out of their yoga practices … listen and find out more!


Easter opening hours


Yoga classes will run at the NZ Yoga Centre, Marton, during the school holidays and over Easter:

  • Monday 15th April – 9.30 am & 6 pm Hatha Flow
  • Tuesday 16th April – 7.15 am Gentle & 9.30 am Gentle & 6 pm Active 
  • Wednesday 17th April – 7pm Gentle
  • EASTER SUNDAY – 9.30am Restorative
  • EASTER MONDAY – 6 pm Hatha Flow 
  • Tuesday 23rd April –  9.30 am Gentle & 6 pm Active 
  • Wednesday 24th April – 7pm Gentle

No booking required. See you there!

Yoga over boulders

This Sunday, the yoga group and I ventured out to the Whitecliff boulders just north of Ohingaiti (SH1). This incredible world class site offered us the perfect place for deep yoga retreat and contemplation.



To get to Whitecliff boulders you have to follow Peka Road to the very end, and walk across farm land for about an hour. After a steep descent you arrive on the banks of the Rangitikei River. The boulders are just on from there.



There is such a magical air about the forest, with trees growing in and around moss covered rocks. IMG_3007.JPG


Keraru, Tui and fantails created a beautiful soundscape for our yoga & meditation. Berries and leaves covering the forest floor were multicolored and soft underfoot.IMG_3026.JPG


The rocks have such a presence about them and the sanctity of the place reminded me of amazing temple sites like Kamakya Temple in Assam. Awesome day. Awesome group of people!


Artist’s Open Studios weekend II

We had a great turn out of people for the second weekend of the Artist’s Open Studio (Whanganui). Over 80 people came through the doors of the Iconic Art Space in Marton and many more visited the other 5 participating studios.


Ali Hale Tilley pictured with Micah Rickards who bought the painting ‘Dia Del Muertos’

Resident artist Ali Hale Tilley showed some amazing people around, explaining works and having interesting conversations about topical events. Out of the 160 people who visited over two weekends, around 40% of people came from Marton, 20% from Whanganui, 16% came from the surrounding Rangitikei, with others coming from Wellington, Foxton Beach, Taupo, Palmerston North, Auckland, and from as far afield as Canada!

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Pictured Raina Potoka, and Di and Laurine

Lots of amazing locals dropped in to say hi. While some looked around and engaged in conversation, others were happy to just relax and soak up the atmosphere. IMG_2964.JPG



Some very special friends from Wellington coming up specifically to support the event. Special thanks to Micah who bought a painting, and Mary and Gillian (Wellington) for offering your support, love and delicious fruit bread. Special thanks too to Gillian (Marton) for giving a special gift for the shrine.


Ali pictured with kumo-kumo given by the Potakas of Rata (thanks Raina!)


Gillian from Marton gave a wonderful African statue of the Virgin Mary and child


Talented architect Micah Rickards bought the Day of the Dead painting

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The beautiful Mary Watson and Gillian Christian visited from Wellington

Lastly, thanks to a myriad of helpers (Luca, Raina, Micah, Shirley, Fran, Bridget, and Sarah) for holding the front-line over the weekend. Some of you even had time to produce some fun artwork – well done!




If you are interested in buying original pieces of art please call Ali on 06 327 4108.

Artist’s Open Studios weekend

A great turn out of people came through the doors to view art at the Iconic Art Space (Marton),  stop #72 on the Artists Open Studios (Whanganui) trail.


Artist in residence, Ali Hale Tilley (pictured above), spoke with over 70 people, explaining her works and showing visitors around her Art Apace. 5 pieces of art have already been sold so if you are thinking of investing in art, now is the time.




Local artist Daniel Williamson (pictured below) also exhibited his sharpie sci-fi sketches and dropped in to make an appearance.


Lots of amazing locals gave their time,  relaxed and played games, adding to vibrancy of the day. 

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Participating artists from around Marton added to the festivity of the weekend, which continues next weekend as well.


Whether you are interested in viewing or buying art, or discussing creative topics, Marton is a great place to descend on next weekend. the Artist’s Open Studios will continued  Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March with participating studios open from 10.30 am – 4.30 pm.


Iconic Art Space is situated on the corner of Stewart Street and High Street, Marton.


 Look forward to seeing you!

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