Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Timetable Spring Summer 2017

­­­­­­­­­Wild Lotus Arts Classes    Spring - Summer  
 Teacher; Gerard Menzel    - 0407734479
1. The Forge in 341 Barker st Castlemaine  
2. Carisbrook         
3. Newstead Library complex  
4. Wesley Hill Market    
5. Botanic Gardens Castlemaine  
 For latest updates see; (click classes, timetable)    

Sumie -  Zen brush painting venue 1 (Note the venue number above)
Aikido - workshops building regular class group or private lessons. For kids / Adults . Aikido is a non violent martial art which focuses on the spiritual development of the person as well as martial skills.   Venue to be notified. Proposed start Feb 2017 Kids and adult class
Yoga – Hatha, Bhakti type, mantra, asana, bhajaan includes Bhakti devotionals  Venue 1, 2,
Tai Chi -  the Yang, Wu, Chen, style - Venue  5
Tabla & Indian drumming  Private class  Venue 1 Carisbrook or the Forge. $35 lesson

Healing Massage Shiatsu, Thai, Chinese, $35 per 30 min - Venue 1/2/3
I Ching (Chinese Book of Change) Readings, An ancient form of divination   

             Gerard Menzel


Tai Chi
Botanic Gdns

Chi Qong
& Tai Chi
Botanic Gdns


Acupressure  Shiatsu Healing  
Wesley Hill Mkt
0915 -1330


Shiatsu & Healing @ The Forge
11.30 – 14.30
Booking only

Shiatsu & Healing @ The Forge
11.30 – 14.30
Booking Only

Monthly Kirtan
1stSunday 11.00
Devotional singing
The Forge


Sumi-E Painting


Yoga (Carisbrook)
Start 1835

Tai Chi
Botanic Gdns

Gerard Menzel
Sumie Rooster by Gerard
Terms 4 or 8 weeks @ $15 or $12 con. Per class
Private classes Start @ Single $35    Pairs $50   Trio $60     Four @ $65   Per  Hour
Healing - 30 min  $35 details @
*Concession pensioner healthcare card card please bring on first class   #Single class $18

Gerard Menzel M.Ed has studied Asia arts since the 70’s and teaching in 1985. He has studied and worked in India, China, Japan and the Middle East. The Lotus school began in Adelaide in 1988.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Spring Kirtan October 1

 Kirtan Caravanserai in Spring

Thank you everyone to everyone who has contributed to Kirtan Caravanserai thus far and now it is Spring. Spring heralds joy, new growth and the burgeoning of  new breath and life into this journey.

Where Castlemaine @  The  Forge Yoga 341 Barker st

From the peaceful heart felt chanting to the divine exuberance of soaring ecstacy. Space limited secure your spot come 10.50
First Sunday Monthly 1100 -1330  Cost $5 Chai $2

How to practice Yoga Kirtan

1 The space where Kirtan is practiced ought to be quiet and free from clutter, have fresh air and aromatic.

2 When singing focus on the breath and the vibration of the sounds on the body.

3 Feel the emotion of the vibration coming from the body.

4 Feel the effect of the sounds of the dieties on the chakras or energy centres as you sing and allow the diety to flow freely with via the sound. For example Shiva will enter via the stomach region chakra and vibrate  within.

5 Allow the feelings and joy from from the lower chakras flow up the body into the heart and head region.

6 After singing sit quietly for some time and allow the prana to open the heart and flow freely throughout the mind and body.

7 Musicians ought to play for the music not oneself. Play as a spiritual practice, become an instrument of the sound in order to facilitate the expression of the love and joy within the sound of the bajaan. 

Kirtan Caravanserai Terms & Conditions

By asking to play with Kirtan Caravanserai you automatically agree to the terms & conditions.

1 To apply for a place to play contact the management one month before you are available and agree to a screening process to gauge your individual suitability and musicianship.

2 The aim is not for profit but any minor profits will be collected firstly for the management and secondly the running of future events, equipment, hire, office, advertising, one off sub contractor costs and any charity chosen by the management.

3 Kirtan Caravanserai has all rights to media coverage of the venue and contents. Media will not be  forwarded for profit to a third party. Media may be used for advertising  & the internet.

4 Any dispute or disagreements will be taken to the management first by email. The aim is to  resolve them within 30 days.

5 The management may cancel an event without with notice at any time. Notification will be endeavoured via the internet,  via the wildlotus web portals,or sms

6 Musicians volunteer their practice and playing time except on agreement in special once off events.

7 Children who are uncontrolled or distruptive should be taken out to play. For the benefit of the kirtan get a friend to care for the kids while you meditate and sing.

8 By auditioning or when admitted with Kirtan Caravanserai you the musician or event worker automatically agree to the terms & conditions.


Friday, 28 April 2017

Bajaans; Saraswati and Hari Krishna

The Forge Yoga Monthly Kirtan Preview for May 2017
11.00 Monthly the Forge 231 Barkly st (Gardens side end) opp The fish shop
Come and join in a spiritual singing community for 2 hrs Free Chai Door Cost $5 entry
This Month we sing to Saraswati and Krishna
Saraswati (Sanskrit: सरस्वती, Sarasvatī) is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning worshipped throughout Nepal and India.[3] She is a part of the trinity (Tridevi) of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. All the three forms help the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to create, maintain and regenerate-recycle the Universe respectively.[4]
The earliest known mention of Saraswati as a goddess is in the Rigveda. She has remained significant as a goddess from the Vedic period through modern times of Hindu traditions.[5] Some Hindus celebrate the festival of Vasant Panchami (the fifth day of spring) in her honour,[6] and mark the day by helping young children learn how to write alphabets on that day.[7] The Goddess is also revered by believers of the Jain religion of west and central India,[8] as well as some Buddhist sects.[9]
Saraswati who is revered as a goddess of knowledge, music and arts is also found outside Nepal and India, such as in Japan, Vietnam, Bali (Indonesia) and Myanmar.[10] (wikipedia)

Hari Krishna and George Harrison

George funded the first Krishna centre in London and was a huge follower of Krishna.
His autobiography tells it all.

Jagjit Singh does a nice Krishna version as always

Monday, 24 April 2017

Taoist Chi Qong for Lower back

Taoist Chi Qong for the lower back

full length 30 min

To see full video get the youtube link by emailing Gerard and paying Aus $15

For the full video contact Gerard
61 0407734479