OPEN WATER DIVER

WORDS BY PORTIA LARGE 

The compelling urge of mankind to explore and discover has led him to go where no man has gone before. Whether it was the early pioneers exploring new territory, burning new trails, mapping new continents, surviving harsh wilderness or Kay Cottee circumnavigating the globe, it would seem mankind feels compelled against all odds to conquer new frontiers – on land, in the oceans and of course in what has been termed the final frontier – space. Few of us will explore outer space, but you can become a diver, feel weightless and explore over 70% of the planet underwater.

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Last month, I completed my Open Water Dive course with Gold Coast Divers and now I’ve a skill which will allow me to dive world-wide.

How can join the diving community? 

Join the Lets Live Large #SCUBASQUAD! For 25% off, call my friends at Gold Coast Divers and use the promo code: “PORTIA”.

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What does the course comprise of?

An SSI online course, classroom, pool and open water sessions.

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Images by: Clevel Media

How many days is the course? 

3-4 days flexible on your availability. On your final day you’ll get to experience the incredible Cook Island marine life. This place has an abundance of turtles and vibrant fish.

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The best part for me personally? 

Weightlessness.

I am still shocked at how comfortable and confident I was by course close! The most incredible part for me personally, was the speed at which I gained life skills…

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The sea, once it casts its spell, it holds one in its net of wonder forever

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I can’t recommend this course enough at Gold Coast Divers… what a team, what a time!!!

EDEN HEALTH RETREAT

EDEN HEALTH RETREAT | Currumbin Valley est. 1984
Photography & WORDS by Portia Large 

Imagine a world where the grass really is greener. A place where social status is irrelevant and deadlines don’t dictate our lives. Last week I found myself at Eden Health Retreat, without Wi-Fi or phone range, for the first time, in a long time.

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The retreat’s daily program is designed to start the day with energy and vitality, while afternoons are devoted to relaxation, education and self development choices. At the beginning of your stay, a personal consultation will assist in creating your daily schedule to reflect your ideal participation level and relaxation time. (Eden Health Retreat, 2016)

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 “Nestled in an ancient valley known for its healing energy, Eden is a very special place. A place to nurture your mind, body and spirit and find absolute seclusion from an increasingly busy world. @eden_health_retreat

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BIOPHILIA:

At Eden, I learnt a new word: “biophilia”; meaning, “love of life” or living systems. As humans we have a deep affiliation with other lifeforms. Although we unconsciously crave connection with green spaces and natural places; many of us struggle to find the time to ground ourselves. We must enjoy the little things in life, for one day we’ll look back and realise they were the big things… Biophilia = Happiness.

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“This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Important rules like don’t poison water, soil or air, don’t let the earth get overcrowded, and don’t touch the thermostat, have been broken”.  – Paul Hawken


EARTHING: FOR THE HIGH RISE HIPPY

If you’re feeling fatigued, it may be time to re-connect with mother earth. How? Remove your shoes. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Well, the practice of “earthing”, also known as “barefoot healing”, could change your quality of life. Physiology professor, Jim McFarlane, believes our bodies are charged by our environment. And as modern lifestyles continually build barriers, between our bodies and the earth’s surface, we have lost touch with human nature and the planet. Buildings, carpet and shoes, are just some of the culprits, preventing us from physical grounding, optimum sleep and wellness. Wander barefoot on the beach or across dew-moistened grass as I did at Eden below. Live large and feel the vibration!

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Leggings by Physiq Apparel

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NOURISH NOT PUNISH:
Harnessing healthy habits is easy at Eden. Surrounded by like-minded guests and staff, you too, can reach wellness goals and banish self-limiting thoughts. Oh, and you won’t go hungry! Eden’s Head Chef and Naturopath, Blair, sources seasonal produce to nourishing meals and reduce cravings. To maximise the benefits of eating delicious whole foods, alcohol and caffeine were not available. Often organic and always local, the array of food at Eden is impressive.

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SELF DEVELOPMENT: 

The Eden Philosophy: Our society has more leisure time than any before, so take time to develop yourself.

  1. Giving opens the way to receiving.
  2. It’s never too late, in fiction or in life, to revise.
  3. He who limps still walks.

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TRUST YOU ARE WHERE YOU NEED TO BE AND TRY THE BELOW AFFIRMATIONS EACH DAY:

1. I manifest magic in my life…
2. My head and my heart are aligned in making decisions…
3. I am grounded and connected with the earth…
4. I move forward in life with confidence and humour…
5. My energy is constantly replenished…
6. My heart is open…
7. I embody joy and self-love…
8. I speak my truth with love…
9. I courageously release the past…
10. I am full of vitality, endurance and stamina…
11. I enjoy abundance in my life…
12. I celebrate the cycles of my life…
13. I transform my limitations into gifts…
14. I am aware of life’s gifts…
15. I am open to higher consciousness…


FIND YOURSELF AT EDEN HEALTH RETREAT

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“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple. The philosophy of kindness.” – Dali Lama

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‘Labyrintha: a complex structure in the inner ear which contains the organs of hearing and balance.’

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