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									                                                                                                          Residents of Billen Cliffs were
                                                                                                          hit by an intense 25 minute

        ee a snake and not                                                                                downpour of hail up to the
        know what to do? Te-                                                                              size of golf balls at around
        Iwa Bedggood says                                                                                 3pm last Tuesday.
leave it alone and phone him.                                                                             Many houses took a pounding
  “You learn to respect a                                                                                 in the onslaught and suffered
snake,” Te-Iwa says, recalling                                                                            damage, gardens were
that over the years he has been                                                                           flattened and trees stripped
“nipped” by a black snake,                                                                                of their foliage (there goes the
and a brown snake spat on his                                                                             crop).
                                                                                                          The hail appeared to focus
daughter’s leg.
                                                                                                          on the 800 acre community,        The blizzard
  The heavily tattooed,                                                                                   with the nearby Cawongla
friendly Maori gentleman has                                                                              Store being spared from the
26 years experience handling                                                                              rampage.                          of Billen                           Photo: Anthony Neenan
snakes and knows how to care

                                                                                                          While some residents were
for and sensitively relocate                                                                              kept busy keeping the hail out broken windows, others had        get into some alpine style
them. His experience was                                                                                  due to smashed skylights or      time to take photos and even    recreation with boogie boards.
hard earned, keeping his house
safe in far north Queensland
and working out how to be
good at it – by learning how
                                                                       snakey                             More practical wisdom for challenging times
                                                                                                          We are very fortunate to see                                     is:
they behave. “In the mornings                                                                             another visit to the Northern                                      9.00am – 11.30am
they’re sluggish, but once they                                                                           Rivers by Lama Choedak                                           Buddhist Teachings on
warm up they can be pretty         Don’t try this at home. Regina                                         Rinpoche.                                                        “Health and Vitality”
lively – well into the evening,”   getting up-close and personal with her first snake - a diamond           Lama Choedak Rinpoche                                            1.00pm – 4.00pm
he said. “It’s best to deal with   python. Picture: Graham Batterbury                                     is an internationally                                            Empowerment and
them in the mornings.”                                                                                    respected Buddhist scholar,                                      Meditation Practice
  He deals with venomous           a collection of locally-caught     Peter from the Kebab shop           translator, author, teacher                                      of Healing Goddess
snakes with a jig, involving       specimens in jars, which           appeared at the Oasis café          and meditation master, who                                       Parnashavari
a taut piece of string on the      confirm that our valley hosts      holding a 3-metre python,           has been living in Australia                                       Goddess Parnashavari is
forked end of a pole, which        snakes on the move from            found near Mulgum creek. A          for the past 20 years. He is a                                   a healing goddess: a form of
is looped around the snake’s       other regions, so advanced         quick phone call and Te Iwa         clear, skilful communicator,     “Since most people              Tara in the Tantric Buddhist
head from a distance. The          skills in identification are       appeared, soothed the snake,        and a humorous and               are not aware of the            pantheon. This practice is
most dangerous snakes              definitely a pre-requisite         removed a tick and took the         entertaining speaker. His        relationship between            reputed to be particularly
common here to watch out for       before any intervention with a     snake away, draped around his       special wish is to make          good health and its             effective against epidemics
are the brown snake, which         snake is contemplated. “Most       shoulders.                          the practical benefits of        fundamental causes,             and all forms of contagious
can drop from trees, and the       snakes will keep away from           It’s good to have a               Buddhist wisdom and              they may be creating            diseases. In the afternoon
death adder, which coils up in     you,” Te Iwa said.                 professional like him around.       meditation practice more         the very causes of their        workshop participants
foliage.                             Because snakes are               Snake mating season is before       accessible and available to      own ill health through          will receive the unbroken
  By comparison, the red-          territorial, having a non-         winter, which is when they          communities throughout           negative attitudes,             transmission of a more than
bellied black snake and tiger      venomous snake take up             make such a racket throwing         Australia.                       unhealthy habits and            thousand year old lineage.
snake are relatively benign for    residence at your place has        themselves around above the           His last three visits to the   spiritual neglect.”             A practice manual will be
venomous varieties. Rarely,        its advantages, making it less     ceiling, then they hibernate,       Northern Rivers have been        - Lama Choedak                  provided, as well as know
a coastal taipan also gets far     likely that other venomous         and give birth to up to a dozen     at the invitation of Marylyn     Rinpoche                        how instruction on the
into the hinterland, and they      snakes will move in.               little wrigglers in spring, right   Pett, one of his long time                                       healing meditation practice.
are one of the deadliest and         According to Te-Iwa, the         about now.                          students and a member of         to a meditation workshop in       Cost is $40/$30 for both
most aggressive snakes in the      diamond python is the house-         So jot down Te-Iwa’s              the Nimbin community for         Nimbin.                         workshops, or $25/$20 for
world.                             guest of choice. He was soon       number, 6689 1889, just in          more than twenty years.            He will be giving a public    one workshop, and space is
  Charters Hardware displays       to get a new tenant, when          case                                  Interest in what Rinpoche      talk How to be your own         limited so those who book
                                                                                                          has to offer is growing          therapist” on Friday 14th       will be seated first.

Women rejoice                                                          with old friends.
                                                                         As numbers will be strictly
                                                                       limited this year to ensure
                                                                                                          throughout our rainbow
                                                                                                          region. Rinpoche’s last
                                                                                                          visit in April attracted an
                                                                                                                                           October, at 7.30pm ‘at the
                                                                                                                                           Fountain Room, Lismore
                                                                                                                                           City Hall Cost at the door is
                                                                                                                                                                             For bookings or enquiries
                                                                                                                                                                           phone 6689-7334 (Marylyn)
                                                                                                                                                                           or 6622-2785 (Alison)
By popular demand there will         Catering is by Ka-toush who       the catering can be accurate,      audience of 100 to a public      $10/$5                            Rinpoche’s recently
be another Nimbin Women’s          will provide delicious Middle       bookings are essential. This       talk in Lismore, 90 to a           He will also be conducting    released book, Healing
Dinner this year, so get ready     Eastern food which will be          event is for adults, but babies    public talk in Nimbin, 60        two workshops in Nimbin         Relationships, which was the
to enjoy good company, food,       delivered to tables. Wine will      in arms welcome.                   to a meditation workshop         on Saturday 15th October at     topic of his talk in Nimbin
music, dance, comedy, poetry       also be available at the hall.        Tickets will be available from   at Byron Bay Buddhists in        Birth and Beyond, 54 Cullen     last year, will be available for
and art.                             This event is an initiative       13th October from Marie at         Brunswick Heads, and 40          St, Nimbin. The programme       perusal and purchase.
  It will be held on Wednesday     of the Nimbin Domestic              the Nimbin Family Centre or
2nd November in the Town           Violence Committee, with            from Perceptio’s Bookshop,         UK to host 2006 Global Marijuana Music Awards
Hall. A sit-down meal is           the aim of strengthening the        costing $10 conc, $12 waged.
included and will be served at     social networks of women            If the cost is prohibitive,        Get ready to rock & roll at the 2006 Global Marijuana
7pm. An exhibition of women’s      in Nimbin and celebrating           Mandie at the Neighbourhood        Music Awards
art will also be part of the       the strength, resilience, and       Centre will have a small           Being held at the 2006 Cannabis Law Reform Rally in
evening.                           creativity of Nimbin women.         number of subsidised tickets       London, the 2006 GMMA is open to all music across
  The great line up of             It will be an opportunity to        available. Tickets for the         the globe with a marijuana theme.
entertainment includes Mandy       meet, talk, laugh and share         entertainment only (after          Entries accepted in English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch,
Nolan, Hip Hop Fusion, The         common ground. If you are           8pm) will be available at the      German, Japanese, Greek, French, Hebrew & Arabic.
Frocks, Janie Conway, Val          new to Nimbin, or have been         door.                              With 14 music categories to choose from and a cash prize
Hopkins, Mereki, Tap Bitches       isolated, come along and meet         To display your art, ring        for Pot Song of the Year, marijuana is something to sing
and Christine Strelan.             some new people or catch up         Mandie on 6689 1692.               about! Wanna be a Potstar? Check out to enter the 2006 GMMA.

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