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Mana is a Sanctuary nestled in the bush-covered hills of the Coromandel Ranges. 

It is a registered charitable trust, established in 1988 for the exploration and awakening of consciousness, the unfolding of our creative and healing potential and the realisation of our essential unity.

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Delicious Spring Salad Balsamic Beetroot

Welcome the rich flavours and vibrant colours of this spring salad to your dinner table. A perfect combination of soft, sweet and roasted beetroot topped with fresh rocket, rosemary and orange segments. Ingredients: 3-4 medium beetroots 3/4 cup olive oil 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary 1/2 cup pitted olives 1/2 cup walnuts good handful of fresh rocket Method: Cut the ends of the beetroots and scrub them clean. Chop into chunks and place them on a baking tray, sprinkle with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and olives. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius until tender, depending on the size of your beetroots this could be between 40-80 minutes. To speed up the process cover the tray with foil. Place the beetroot into a bowl and add the remaining  olive oil, balsamic vinegar, rosemary and walnuts - toss well. Marinate for lease a few hours - the longer the better. Before serving, peel an orange and cut or divide into sections. Lightly toss the marinated beetroot with the fresh rocket leaves and then scatter orange segments over the top.

Getting to Know Our Team: Meet Sarah

Every month Penelope Carroll writes a Mana Update that is shared with the Coromandel Chronicle and local community. We thought it would be nice to publish these online for our global community to enjoy too! There are a few issues to catch up on – so we will back date to June 2017. […]

Creative Expression:100 Art Therapy Exercises

Here is a popular internet list of art therapy activities originally posted up many years ago by the Nursing School Blog, recently updated by Shelley Klammer, of expressiveartworkshops.com. Emotions Deal with emotions like anger and sadness through these helpful exercises. Draw or paint your emotions. In this exercise, you'll focus entirely on painting what you're feeling. Create an emotion wheel. Using color, this activity will have you thinking critically about your emotions. Make a meditative painting. Looking for a creative way to relax?  Have trouble sitting still to meditate?  Meditative painting might be just the thing you're looking for.  No painting skill or experience necessary - only a desire to relax and become more creative. Put together a journal. Journals don't have to just be based around words. You can make an art journal as well, that lets you visually express your emotions. Explore puppet therapy. Puppets aren't just for kids. Make your own and have them act out scenes that make you upset. Use line art. Line is one of the simplest and most basic aspects of art, but it can also contain a lot of emotion. Use simple line art to demonstrate visually how you're feeling. Design a postcard you will never send. Are you still angry or upset with someone in your life? Create a postcard that expresses this, though you don't have to ever send it. Create a family sculpture. For this activity, you makes a clay representation of each family member-- mother, father, siblings, and any other close or influential family members to explore emotional dynamics and roles within your family. Paint a [...]