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If you want to keep getting my emails, please read this.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by Marianne Elliott

Hello friends, 

It has been a very long time since I wrote to you and I’ve missed it. I’ve missed the reflection of sitting down to write thinking ‘What have I seen or learned that might be useful’? I’ve missed the messages I get from you in response to my writing. I’ve missed the conversation.

So I’m going to start writing again (though no promises about how frequently), and I need to know whether you still want to get my writing by email.

After I send this email, I’m shutting down my existing mailing list and starting afresh, so if you want to come with me, you need to click here to opt in to get my writing in the future.

Why? Basically, I’m closing down my current mailing list and starting a new one. It feels time for a fresh start. When I started writing this blog in 2005 I was living in Afghanistan, and writing about what I was seeing and experiencing there. More than a decade later, I’ve written about coming home, and finding a new identify for myself outside of humanitarian work. I’ve written about the process of writing, and publishing my memoir. I’ve written about yoga, and the importance for me of developing practices of self-awareness and self-care.

What I want to write about now is how we can create the change we want to see in our communities and our world – through activism and advocacy, through storytelling, through self-awareness and practices of conscious action, through connection and collaboration.

So if those conversation interests you, I hope you’ll click here to keep getting my writing delivered to your inbox, and hopefully we’ll continue this conversation for another decade!

I’ve also closed down all my online courses, although you can still get instant download versions of my 30 Days of Courage course, and of the Beginners, Busy People and Standard versions of my 30 Days of Yoga course. If I ever create any new courses, the best way to find out about that, or about retreats and events, is to sign up for my new mailing list.

If you don’t want to get my writing delivered to your inbox anymore, I totally understand. Email can be pretty overwhelming these days. You might prefer to get updates either on Facebook or on Twitter. If getting less information would be the most healing and nourishing choice, this is a great moment to opt out. I promise, I won’t mind.

If you are sticking around, look out for some new writing soon! Either way, lots of love,


The crime of being an unapologetic woman

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by Marianne Elliott

I found this post this morning in my ‘drafts’. I wrote it in 2012 and when I read it I wondered why I had never finished or published it. Because I am as convinced now as I was then that a woman who dares make herself central to her creative work, and does so without shame or apology, is […]

Thoughts on tragedy, peace and justice

Monday, March 28, 2016 by Marianne Elliott

Like many people, I woke this morning to the devastating news that more than 60 people had been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a park in Lahore, Pakistan. The attack appears to have targeted a playground park on the Easter holiday specifically in order to kill Christians, and with the obvious intent of killing […]

Shall we start 2016 with some yoga?

Friday, January 1, 2016 by Marianne Elliott

It’s New Year’s morning in New Zealand. I’ve just finished doing the dishes from our New Year’s Eve party last night. I have a little bit of a headache, caused by a combination of too much bubbly wine and too little sleep, and a sore foot, caused by a combination of too much running and […]

On listening to Mary Oliver in the morning

Monday, November 30, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

There was a small blue and grey backpack hanging in a tree on Hornsey Rd. It’s zip hanging open, as though it had something to say. I noticed it, perhaps, because I’d been listening to you this morning, because you remind me to notice, to trust that noticing is worth my time and my attention. […]

Do you love a good story? This is for you.

Saturday, October 3, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

I’ve become someone who secretly looks forward to travel delays. If I get stuck on a train for an unexpected hour, no sweat. If my flight is delayed by a few hours, or I can’t find a good connection so I have to spend half a day in an airport in the middle of who-knows-where, […]

A story of change, Part IV

Saturday, September 26, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

This is the fourth and final part of a the story I told at the Extraordinary Tales event recently. You can read the first part here, the second part here, and the third part here. After Afghanistan, I came home again. Home to Wellington, where I wrote a book about my experiences in Afghanistan, opened a restaurant […]

A story of change, Part III

Friday, September 25, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

This is the third part of a the story I told at the Extraordinary Tales event recently. You can read the first part here and the second part here. After five years at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission – with a new foundation of family and friendship to keep my feet on the ground, and bind […]

A story of change, Part II

Thursday, September 24, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

This is the second part of a the story I told at the Extraordinary Tales event recently. You can read the first part here. So – as Kim Hill put it – I walked off my divorce in Africa – what next? The walk ended in Jerusalem, where I stayed in a hostel run by […]

A story of change, Part I

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

Recently I was invited to tell a story at this extraordinary event. This is the first part of that story. More to come in the next few days.  What I wanted to tell you today was the story of how change happens. Because it’s the story I’m obsessed with. Because it’s a big important story. And because […]

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