Freelance & Content WriterAs a professional digital and print writer, I create text that evokes a shared sense of meaning and connection. Writing is a nuanced process – it takes breath, perseverance and the capacity to ache for the right word.
You can engage my help at any stage of your writing process. I can also link you with useful partners in graphic design, website development/hosting and other marketing services for project management that is relevant and fuss-free.
Freelance writing/copywritingAs a specialist copy and content writer, I know the right words are an investment and I work with integrity to develop effective copy that is full of life.
I can offer a well-written response for you when demands on your time outweigh the resources, ability or inclination you have to bring your ideas to the page. My client list shows my versatility and the organic nature of how I work.
- Articles and Blog pieces (including SEO)
- Social Media Content
- Newsletters and Email campaigns
- Press releases and Media Packs
- Grant/Sponsorship Applications and Campaigns such as Pozible, Kickstarter
- Writing for Advocacy – campaigns with heart
Websites & Digital ContentA professionally written website is a necessity for every business. I can write original copy or collate and edit existing materials. Writing for the web is a specialist writing skill so it’s worth getting it right.
Ghostwriter/commissionsYou’d be surprised how often all kinds of people use ghostwriters – both professionally and personally. My words, your name, your brief – outsourcing at its finest! From articles to books, and anything in between.
Biography, Journaling – short and long form journalismIt’s a privilege to document another’s life story. Every story needs to be told – not only for publication but also to record and honour a life. Personal story telling can also honour significant life events such as birth stories, eulogies, parenthood, milestones and rites of passage – from short articles to full length tomes.
Write to Heal, Writing From the FieldWriting can be healing and I can facilitate and support you through the process . I also offer a 1:1 writing coach service and specialist writing coaching in nature with horses. Unlock, create, Be.
“Lindy is a rare commodity – articulate, highly creative and imaginative but also grounded and able to blend solutions that reflect commercial realities and business imperatives. She is emotionally intelligent and strategic, able to convey complex concepts with ease to a diverse audience and comfortable in a range of settings. Lindy is also values driven and passionate, embibing her work with energy, passion and soul. I miss working with her.”
Samantha Young, Director – ClinPsych Psychology Services
“After some initial discussions on requirements and style for articles in The Owner Builder magazine (TOB 165 June/July 2011), Lindy provided us with a piece that reflected the artistic nature of the home owner beautifully, while still providing the information and detail our readers enjoy. Lindy’s professional approach meant that very little rework was needed, making our layout and editing process much easier.”
Lynda Wilson, Editor/Publisher, The Owner Builder magazine
Read article here: Lindys cover story for owner builder feature Sioux
“Lindy Schneider is a unique individual – caring, highly intelligent and with a rare ability to look at a marketing situation and come up with original solutions.
Above all, Lindy gives 100% to everything she undertakes. In the course of evolving Blessed Earth over a 5 year period, there were several people who put in more than we could ever have asked.
Lindy is one of them and we are eternally grateful to her.”
Rai Handiman – Blessed Earth
“Lindy’s contribution to the Soft Loud House Architects website was invaluable – her intrinsic understanding of what our needs were and her easy communication skills made working with her a pleasure.
Lindy’s extensive marketing background was a blessing as she was able to guide us in the right direction as our website developed – the end result being a beautifully written site that reflected the tone, quality and aesthetic of our company.
We will look to Lindy for our future copy writing needs and happily recommend her services.”
Bianca Rich and Alvyn Williams – Soft Loud House Architects
Master of Arts
“This is a very moving tribute to your friend. I’ve read much great writing in my years as a teacher but nothing has ever moved me to tears – this piece did. It is powerful, profound, affecting and very well constructed. The audio and visual material supplied adds much to the work, although the writing certainly stands alone as very strong work. This piece certainly should have wider distribution than family and friends. It could potentially offer great solace to others who are grieving.”
Jacqui Ross – Tutor in the Master of Arts writing program – Swinburne 2011Contact Lindy
From This Place
FROM THIS PLACE – INSPIRING WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE UPPER YARRA VALLEY
BOOK AND EXHIBITION by Lindy Schneider and Angela Rivas
(Official Project launch: Friday 1 September 2017)The From This Place project reveals the unique stories and images of fourteen incredible local women that will inspire the artist in everyone. There are painters and poets, potters and scenographers, sculptors and authors and artists that have so many layers it’s difficult to hold them in any one definition. These women are important, their work matters.
Lindy and Angela started this project more than two years ago in a moment of shared inspiration. They were curious why they lived among so many talented women artists and wanted to find out why. They also wanted to elevate fellow women artists, to raise their profiles in a world where it is often hard to cut through. One of the most telling statistics they found was that only 5% of artists hanging in permanent galleries worldwide were women. They decided to do something about it, and where better to start than in our own beautiful region?
FROM THIS PLACE BOOK – is approx. 128 pages hardcover (25 x 20 cm landscape) in full colour.
This is a book of stories told in words and images – one could not exist without the other. Stories of courage, hope, love and togetherness. Stories of finally saying yes, of heartfelt longings set free to shape new lives, regardless of age, or stage, or medium.
FROM THIS PLACE EXHIBITION – THE ESSENCE PORTRAITS
Launching on Friday 1 September 2017 (confirmed) – the first day of spring!
The exhibition will feature 14 portraits from the ‘essence’ shoot. They are images you will fall into, and feel from the inside. They are creative, visionary and capture the uniqueness of each woman. They reveal a beauty that is essential, unequivocal, a gift to the world.
The exhibition will run for 5 weeks at the Upper Yarra Arts Centre Warburton and the book will be launched at 7pm. The exhibition will also run at the Yarra Valley Regional Museum in Lilydale in December and January (2018)
Belinda Rogers, Sioux Dollman, Marlee Nebauer, Jena Bedson, Maya Ward, Adrienne Kneebone, Kate Baker, Shlomit Moria, Indigo Perry, Gillian Farrow, Lucy Pierce, Jo Rothwell, Jenny Davis and Jeminah Alli Reidy. Profiles on www.fromthisplace.net
The project has generous funding from Yarra Ranges Council and the Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Bank® Branches.
Links https://pozible.com/project/from-this-place-book-exhibition (live June 1)
Lindy Schneider and Angela Rivas are now available for media interviews. Please contact Lindy on 0417 365 697. Images can be supplied on request.
The project was conceptualised and developed in Warburton where Lindy and Angela live.
This Place explores the inspirations and work of fourteen unique women artists and how the natural beauty of the Upper Yarra Valley grounds their practice.
With thoughtful prose and insightful images, this book is a touching immersion in the challenges and delights of giving in to the beating heart that lives in us all, regardless of age, medium or history.
Be inspired to explore the artist in your own life. The force of creativity in these women is a force in us all and every story has the potential to reignite a forgotten part of your own creative life.
See website for more details or like for updates on our Facebook page.
Visionary Man, Visionary Medicine
Available via the National Institute of Integrative Medicine or via theoriser form below.
‘If I had to choose between what was right for the patient and what was right for the establishment then I would always choose for the patient.’Professor Avni Sali
In a medical system burdened by illness, one man has spent his lifetime demanding change. This is the story of Professor Avni Sali, pioneer of lifestyle-based approaches to health and wellbeing, and founder of the National Institute of Integrative Medicine.
It reveals the challenges and achievements he has encountered in his quest for a new future for medicine – integrative medicine as the key to optimal health.
Artist's StatementI am interested in revealing the untold tales of women and their souls.
In freeing a woman’s voice.
In elevating the feminine.
To craft and be wholly of the feminine in way and word. To ride on the back of instinct and to write.
I look for the spaces in which we may seek our rest.
Where words provide pause.
Where beauty cracks us open.
This is what my own heart seeks most – to be broken by beauty and for words to become the imperfect veins of gold that allow us to weep and let us truly be.
Communications ConsultantI can write the right message, with the right words to connect with the right kind of people. Engaging writing brings words to life and life to words, especially in the digital world where cut-through is important. Your copywriting project deserves the best.
Want to know more about how to plan, how to write and how to edit? I can help you become self-sufficient or provide regular direction and/or copy.
- Develop Social Media Content campaign strategy
- Write and publish digital content across a variety of platforms
- General Social Media Management
- Develop brand identify – a style guide of bespoke text to use in all your communication activities
- Get you started in WordPress for self-managed content development
Adapting/repurposingThe web is a unique reading environment so information needs to be adapted so users stay tuned. Developing effective web content is more complex than uploading existing brochure content online. Information needs to be easy to find, quick to digest and straight to the point – all in half the time.
Digital writingThe internet is a new frontier in publishing, full of opportunities that have never been available before. We now have the ability to connect with new readers via new technologies – we can even create entirely new ways of writing! Self-publishing made easy.
Professional editingGood editing doesn’t show… it removes the distractions from text so that your message comes through clearly and concisely. Editing is an investment in maintaining a professional brand or personal image. It provides a polish to copy that brings words to life and says you care about your reader’s experience.
I can provide editing services at any stage of your development process: proofreading and final draft reviews, copyediting or structural editing.
RepurposingRepurposing is taking existing copy and adapting it to different environments. It is particularly important when preparing material for the web where messages need to be succinct and fit different reading patterns.
Digital editorQuality content and editing go hand in hand, yet we often see copy on the web that is poorly written. Editing is a specialist skill and a fresh pair of eyes will illuminate how your copy can be taken to the next level. In the digital environment, editing also relates to navigation and user experience, conciseness of text, readability and site architecture.
ProofreadingI provide a comprehensive proofreading service, with quick turnaround, on all written material from newsletters, digital content to full length books. A fresh set of eyes makes all the difference. ent/overview[/list_li] [/list]
Published WorksThe author in me is a never-ending stream. I have several manuscripts in process and delight in stewarding them through the many stages of writing until they are born. I find myself diving into interesting collaborations with others, and enjoy exploring the possibilities of the digital era.
My books include:
The Chemical Maze Bookshelf Companion
‘Visionary Man, Visionary Medicine – The story of Professor Avni Sali and Integrative Medicine
I am currently working on a collaboration ‘From This Place – Inspiring Women Artists of the Upper Yarra Valley’ due for release 1.9.17.
Upper Yarra Writers Group – Co-Convenor – create a communityAs a response to the solitary craft that is writing, I created a writers’ group to share resources, build a sense of belonging and support each other in our writing process. Now we are many, we are dynamic and we are connected. A foundation built on a network of others – that’s the ultimate consult.
See our Facebook Page
Transforming Writers – Co-FounderAs co-founder of Transforming Writers Inc, a not for profit organisation, I am delighted to create this ongoing series of events to serve all writers who focus on writing as an agent for change.
The Transforming Writers event is the first event in Australia that uniquely focuses on writing as a tool of transformation and social change. Through a series of presentations, workshops, experiential and practical writing programs, interactive panel discussions and performance, we will bring together writers from the community and Melbourne to work with well regarded, world leaders in the field of writing for change, such as mystical scholar Andrew Harvey and indigenous storyteller Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona.
See our website for more details
Workshops and 1:1Writing from the Field
Cultivating a writing practice in nature, inspired by horses
Writing from the Field is a unique and experiential program that explores how being in nature and partnering with a horse can bring richness and renewed self-awareness in our writing life.
Writing from the Field will take us into nature and the surrounding bushland of Wedgetail Rides Equine Therapy in the beautiful Yarra Valley, but it will also allow us to write from our own personal field and the vast experience of who we are. It will support us to discover how abundant our personal fields are, and how partnering with the field of another sentient being – a horse – can enrich our writing practice. So we write from many fields – including our field of dreams.
The program draws on the wisdom of The Tao of Equus, Mindfulness meditation, Art Therapy, yoga and the transpersonal fields of human flourishing as explored by Carl Jung.
You do not need to ‘be a writer’ but only to have an interest in exploring how nature and the steady presence of a horse might unlock the unexpected and the delightful as you put pen to page.
You may come to appreciate how horses can help us more deeply:
- Connect us to a deeper source of inspiration – discover our muse
- Utilise our breath more fully when writing
- Unlock the static/deskbound nature of writing and bring movement and body awareness
- Take cues and writing prompts from the natural world
- Feel a sense of renewed freedom in our writing practice
- Find delight in the word and in the presence of a horse
- How ‘technology free’ time can bring ease in writing, on ‘horse time’
- Explore how writing, horses and life in general can mirror one another.
- Bring gratitude to your writing practice.
You do not need any prior experience with horses to participate and will be fully supported in your horse time based on the philosophy of Natural Horsemanship.
BOOKINGS and ENQUIRIES: Lindy on 0417 365 697
Horses and writing are natural companions. The sensitivity, power and freedom we witness in horses is deeply embedded in human longing, and horses are generous in their sharing of these qualities. Horses are non-judgemental mirrors and provide us with clear feedback, helping us grow. Nature, and in particular horses, have been shown in research to be beneficial in everything from managing anxiety, to building self-confidence and awareness. They influence our respiratory, emotional and mental fields in positive ways.
Lindy Schneider is excited to bring together the things that matter most to her in this workshop – horses, writing and healing. She is an author who delights in writing from the soul. She has a lifelong love for horses but has dived in deep in recent years to let them show her how not just her writing, but also her life is enhanced by their wisdom. She is also an instructor in Equine Facilitated Learning and an art therapist/counsellor.
Co facilitated by Kim Wren – Owner of Wedgetail Riders, EFL Instructor and Arts Therapist.
“Writing is a full bodied, delightful, soul expanding experience. This program will help you juice up your writing and more fully appreciate horses and our words as gifts from nature.”
This is a program that will help you find additional resources to feed your writing rather than a workshop about practical writing skills.
1:1 WRITING COACH
Personalised sessions to cultivating your writing practice.
Explore, be, flow and see new ways to write
Can be held in nature, and inspired by horses, or in cafes, offices and lounge rooms. Writing can happen anywhere and if you are searching for guidance, inspiration, and feedback, or looking to deepen your connection to your writing and find your voice then a 1:1 session might be a valuable investment in setting your writing heart free.
Sessions from 1-3 hours depending on what you need. Im not into ‘packages’ and subscriptions – I want to support you in the way you need!
Im all about collaboration and I want to see you shine!
I am a writer with the courage to make a story real. Actually, I am many forms of writer – author, biographer, freelance writer, ghost writer and editor, creator and communications consultant, content writer and digital specialist.
My personal writing interests are vested in exploring the healing power of story and the authentication of personal mythologies and experiences. I am influenced by Jungian philosophy and hold meaning and purpose as essential writing values in my genre, creative non-fiction.
My mission in writing is the pursuit of meaning and passionate action – meaningful words are the essence of a meaningful world. My writing has an inspirational quality, an emotional integrity that stems from a narrative based on personal experiences and deep reflection. I am mindful of the details that make life rich, gathering the threads that weave the tapestry of human experience. I value the poetic and see writing as a beautiful way to connect and elevate life. Through our words we stand for what we believe.
I work glocally (global/local) and am a part of the new era in self-created, balanced living. I live with a mountain and a river in the pristine Yarra Valley – writers’ bliss on the outskirts of Melbourne – but my virtual office takes me everywhere.
As a freelance writer who would love to write for you, I have learnt that:
- Lived experience is great research – It’s no secret that we write best about what we know.
- Real words connect real people to you (or to your business endeavours).
- Meaning, clarity and conviction are essential writing values.
- An understanding of how people think and be means I can write straight to the heart (and mind).
- What you need is a job done well, but isn’t it great to know you are working on a relationship as well as a task?
I’ve built a foundation over twenty-five years:
- Graduate Diploma of Arts in Writing – Swinburne University (Masters in progress)
- Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Management) – Deakin University
- Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling – Ikon International Institute for Healing Arts and Sciences
- Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy – Ikon International Institute for Healing Arts and Sciences
- Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing – GippsTAFE/CAE
- Writing for the Web, InDesign, Digital Photography, IOS Photography
- Certificate in Integrative Medicine – National Institute of Integrative Medicine
- Level 2 Instructor – Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL)
I’ve worked for multinational corporations (that was the 90s after all!) where I was Marketing Manager Asia Pacific, and with blue chip advertising agencies. Then I listened to my soul call and in 1998 started my freelance life bring value to small and medium business that matched my moral and ethical compass. So far it’s working!
My daily ‘research’ encompasses health and healing, story making, motherhood, cooking and nutrition, conscious business, the art of dancing, yoga, reading voraciously, a good red wine, advocacy and positive social action, living authentically, philosophy and a lifelong commitment to learning.
And of course there is writing…
Lindy respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of this land, the Wurundjeri people past and present of the Kulin Nation. She also pays respect to all Aboriginal Community Elders and people, past and present who have held this land sacred and cared for it over generations.
Photo Credit – Angela Rivas of Lunasol Photography for all portraits.
Copyright All material on this site is subject to copyright. Blogs may be shared, but at all times a credit to Lindy Schneider as author and link to this website (www.lindyschneider.com.au) are to be shown. Thank you.
June 7, 2017
For the past two years, Angela Rivas and Lindy Schneider have been working on a project together and it’s now time for us to show you a little of what we have been doing. It’s such a joy to work with creative, amazing women – We’ve learnt so much and can honestly say this is our heartwork and we’re so proud to bring it to the world with our dear friends.
June 7, 2017
I appears I’ve outgrown this website and its time for a freshen up, which I have happening as we speak. Rather than take this site down completely I’m going to leave it in place until the changeover. Please forgive the gremlins that live inside…
June 28, 2016
What a pleasure it is to combine so many things I love in one setting – horses, writing and healing. Here is an article I wrote for Yarra Valley and Ranges Country Life magazine about Equine Therapy in the Yarra Valley. Enjoy.
April 19, 2016
It was a great privilege to have Jana Wendt officiate the launch of my book Visionary Man, Visionary Medicine in April 2016. She is undoubtably one of the true role models I have in life – and to share the room with so many talented, brilliant and heart-full people on the night was a rare privilege.
November 4, 2015
Write about what you love! Health writing has been a wonderful part of my writing life for many years now, so it’s very satisfying to see this project launch online.
May 6, 2015
A very exciting announcement today with the launch of the new OFFICIAL website for the Warburton Valley. Informative, beautiful and local – www.visitwarburton.com.au is now live for the world to see!
November 15, 2013
My short play ‘Pablo’s Muse’ has been awarded Best Script by Michael Veitch and Guy Rundle at Theatre Shorts 3. And I couldn’t have done it without Pablo.
June 13, 2013
Books as a map of my life – each one meaningful, shaping, forever a friend. What books would you say made you who you are?
April 21, 2013
Annual unit sales for digital books now exceed that of printed books. What does this mean for children’s literature? What is ‘good’ digital publishing? In this feature article, I explore the influences and share the favourites I discovered researching books for ‘digital natives’.
March 22, 2013
Walking and writing are essential to each other. Here is a 2000 word meandering of words that capture what that means for me. Enjoy.
February 4, 2013
Are we now so trained by our busyness and 140 character posts to read everything so quickly that we have lost the ability to read deeply, with presence and openness to juicy words that we can savour?
January 16, 2013
Ebooks can be very useful marketing tools. Here’s a free offer for the Chemical Maze I wrote. Short and to the point, it’s full of easy tips for a chemical-free lifestyle. Find out something you never knew and enjoy.
January 8, 2013
I’ve just ‘taken delivery’ of the most rewarding and exquisite published version of my work that I could ever imagine. It was a deal that elevated both the writer and the ‘publisher’ into a creative, heartful space – together, unified, equal, ONE.
December 8, 2012
The best logos are rich with symbolism and truth. They are more than marketing strategies – they are emanations from the soul and tell our stories in so many more ways than words convey.
November 29, 2012
Congratulations to author Georgina Hobson. I edited her gorgeous words a few months ago and am so proud to have played a small part in a book that will be of such sweet solace.
November 25, 2012
What does it mean to be a transforming writer? Here’s what inspires me as co-founder and festival organiser of Transforming Writers.
October 25, 2012
I’ve never liked the term ‘writer’s block’ but it is true some days the words just seem to flow more readily than others. To me a block is only a sign that the writer needs to shift states or perspectives – here’s how a simple postcard takes me places.
October 14, 2012
With technology so readily able to come with us everywhere into the world, the way we capture, reinterpret and put words to our world is an ever-changing phenomenon that is limited only by our ability to stay open and explore the new writing tools that bring possibility to the page…and the screen.
June 23, 2012
The Chemical Maze Bookshelf Companion is a comprehensive guide to chemical additives in foods. Make informed decisions for a happier healthier life.
June 14, 2012
My short story ‘Juice’ was recently shortlisted in the Cancer Council Arts Awards. It’s a reflection on the first year anniversary of the passing of my ‘brother’ Paul.
October 4, 2011
Do you whack things up on Facebook? Are your posts meaningful exchanges designed to create community, or thinly veiled attempts to sell more product?
August 30, 2011
Why engage a professional content writer? In the words of content master Brian Clarke – the writer runs this show. Here’s why…
May 31, 2011
Lindy’s Owner Builder Magazine cover story – ‘Living Sculpture’ – showcases a magical home that is quite literally at the bottom of her garden.
May 26, 2011
How a series of 500 word well-written articles can use keywords to create compelling content that people want to read.
May 17, 2011
SEO content writing is a skill that combines the ability to write engaging relevant, content balanced with maximised search terms or key word phrases. See how this is working for The Chemical Maze.
April 27, 2011
Koha Community Café is an inspiring example of the benefits a ‘pay what you can afford’ menu can offer a community. Did you know 6% of Australians will go without a meal today? That’s more than a million neighbours.
February 22, 2011
Bite-sized chunks of very useful information – The Chemical Maze hosts over 150 blog posts that I have researched and written to help people live healthier, chemical-free lives.
January 5, 2011
An article I read recently suggested Facebook would replace websites. Is word of mouth still the best advertising strategy and what works best?
December 20, 2010
I wrote the foreword for the recently released book “The way of the Natural Therapist’. My past experience as a counsellor and art therapist truly informed this work.
October 1, 2010
Published in Autumn Issue of Yarra Valley Experience Magazine. I admit to some bias about Warburton – it’s my village and my community and I feel blessed to live between her mountain and her river.
August 8, 2010
Sioux Dollman is an artist who brings a whimsical quality to the grandest of works – she’s an inspiration to everyone she meets and as I writer I find her enthusiasm for a life of art infectious.
August 1, 2010
Lisa Takdare is an emerging children’s writer who has, what I think, is the perfect job for her genre! She’s a librarian – surrounded all day by books and children. Brilliant…
July 15, 2010
This short story was published in the Jetstar ‘What’s your story’ online magazine. Fresh is best…in most circumstances.
July 8, 2010
The latest food trend to hit Australian shores is not new at all. Regardless of the current hype that surrounds native foods, we cannot escape the irrefutable truth – these foods have existed for at least 40,000 years and we have ignored them for most of that time.
June 8, 2010
Review writing is an art. You typically need to say more with less words so it really helps when you have a passionate interest in a topic – caffeine!
May 8, 2010
A well-written review can earn you business. There’s a special magic to writing a review that is short, meaningful and effective.
April 3, 2010
Inspired with the task to write a vignette in the time it takes to drink a latte, I wrote this piece about the first thing I saw one sunny afternoon in Degraves Street, Melbourne.
February 14, 2010
Today I paid my first visit to the hallowed halls of excess consumerism. A strange warehouse style monolith filled by pallets of people all on the ‘give me, give me, give me ‘ hunt for a bargain, a special bonus or at the very least an extra kilogram of something they don’t need at no extra cost.
January 31, 2010
It is the business that lives its principles and believes in them from the core that doesn’t need to tell the world what they are doing in the hope of a positive rub off on sales.
January 27, 2010
It started innocently enough. When I first became pregnant 4 years ago, I was surprised at how quickly I became overwhelmed by negative birth stories. I made a very conscious decision to embrace only positive and life enhancing stories about birth…
January 12, 2010
Lets not get too caught up in brevity at the expense of beauty. Lets slow down as we read and savour the selection of words. Lets slow down and savour life.
December 7, 2009
Coffee cupping was once the domain of the growers, merchants, brokers and roasters of the bean industry. With the increasing sophistication of all things bean, it is now possible for latte lovers like you and I to learn about aspirating, slurping, and bean appreciation, in much the same way as wine tasters revere their grapes.
November 28, 2009
Warburton is the superb location for Australian film ‘Surviving Georgia’. One of the crew shares a nugget of ‘film’ wisdom with me. ‘It takes Art, Chance and Chaos,’ he says, as yet another retake is called.
November 19, 2009
Deep inside every woman is her own unique song. Candid, juicy, sometimes impatient, her song reverberates with the beat of her own heart, sending its roots into river stones and whispers. This is sacred, transforming writing.
November 6, 2009
Since 1984, my favourite artist has been Lloyd Cole. Now in his mid 40s that angst and melancholic disposition that provided the literary fodder for his lyrics in earlier years, has been refined to something that is more reflective and somewhat amused at the plight of middle age.
November 2, 2009
My fascination with Pompeii started when I was eight years old. This article exposes the enormous lengths I will go to for a passionate encounter – even with toddlers in tow.
Forum taps feminine creative talent← backBy Kath Gannaway An International Women’s Day Lunch in Warburton on 8 March provided a rare opportunity to tap into the inspiring wisdom and experience of three of the Upper Yarra’s most creative women. Artist, Belinda Rogers, photographer Kate Baker and writer Lindy Schneider were guest speakers at the forum titled Women Working Creatively. The forum was the latest in the series of Women of Interest luncheons, and according to joint organiser, Kerry Nichols, a highlight of the series. It is the first time the event has been presented as a talk-back forum with the women taking centre stage to speak about their experiences of what it means to be a creative woman, where they have come, where they are heading, and the challenges and rewards along the way. The topic, and articulate and passionate responses by the women, opened not just windows, but threw the doors open to explore notions of self-awareness and confidence, and lack of both, the role of pain and other emotions as a catalyst for art, isolation, stages of artistic and creative endeavour in the midst of other aspects of life such as motherhood and employment … and so much more. More than 80 people, men and women, attended the event held at the Warburton Arts Centre. Ms Nichols said the event was a huge success. “The quality of listening was exceptional … pin-drop stuff,” she said of the audience’s response. “There was real engagement with the speakers by the audience and from the conversations afterwards, there were quality outcomes.” Ms Nichols said she was delighted to hear of one of the audience members who wrote to her granddaughter encouraging her to be creative despite all the things that may happen along the way. “It hit a nerve in our community; people were comfortable with the format and ready to be engaged.” Source: Upper Yarra Mail
Creative Women at Work← backBy Kath Gannaway An artist, a writer and a photographer will take to the stage for the next Women of Interest lunch at Warburton on Wednesday, 8 March. Event organisers, Anne O’Shaughnessy and Kerry Nichols, have once again drawn together a very special trio of remarkable Yarra Valley women under the banner “Women Working Creatively”. The lunch falls on International Women’s Day, a time when women, and men, want to celebrate strong, interesting, creative women, and look for inspiration from them. They may just have hit the jackpot with Belinda Rogers, Lindy Schneider and Kate Baker. Belinda is a successful Yarra Valley artist who paints from a studio at the renowned artists’ colony, Monsalvat in Eltham. Her work, which could be described as “watery and dreamy abstraction” has won numerous prizes and she has exhibited in Singapore and is currently preparing for a solo exhibition in Los Angeles. Belinda has followed her passion for painting since childhood and is a published poet, an acupuncturist and student of Zen philosophy which is reflected in her painting and poetry. Lindy is a writer, freelance communications specialist and equine/arts therapist who has lived in Warburton for 15 years with her partner and two children. Her creative writing life brings together her greatest loves and is inspired by the search for meaning and the desire to ‘elevate the feminine’. A published author and award-winning script writer, she is currently working on the project ‘From This Place’ with Angela Rivas which explores the lives of women working in the arts. Kate moved to Warburton from Sydney seven years ago, leaving a corporate career to follow her vocation as a photographic artist full-time. A photographer who works primarily with black and white film, she has been a winner of the Warburton Visage Portrait competition and exhibited internationally. Kate’s book ‘Fridays at Oasis’, a series of portraits, was published in 2008 and she is currently working on a Yarra Valley based project ‘Seen and Heard – Boy to Man’. The event will have an added spark this year with a panel format in which the event’s organisers Anne and Kerry will interview the creative woman with opportunities also for the audience to pose questions. Women of Interest – Women Working Creatively is at the Arts Centre in Warburton from noon to 3pm on Wednesday 8 March. The program is supported by Warburton/Yarra Junction Community Bank Branches (Bendigo Bank) and Yarra Ranges Council – so entry is by gold coin donation. Participants are asked to contribute to a shared luncheon, and encouraged to invite a friend – or friends! For further information phone Kerry Nichols on 0439 039 171. Source: Upper Yarra Mail
Bellydance the Gypsy Way← backBy KATH GANNAWAY THE story behind the latest exhibition at the Waterwheel Gallery in Warburton is as rich and colourful as the exhibition itself. “Gypsy Trails to Warburton” revisits Zaar Bellydance, a troupe of Upper Yarra women who embraced a tribal style of dance that has its roots in the Gypsy dance traditions of the Middle East with classical Indian, Flamenco and modern dance influences. For around 15 years, the women, including Lindy Schneider who has worked with gallery co-ordinator Suyin Chan to curate the exhibition, were integral players in the cultural events of the region, and beyond. Bringing the striking and exotic costumes into the light once again has been an emotional journey for Lindy who, as a new-comer to Warburton, was captivated by her first encounter with the troupe. “I was standing in front of Earth Bazaar and watching Zade (Mackenzie), Bianca (Rich) and Ange (Flynn) and I was just so moved by seeing these amazing women,” she said. She joined the troupe that also included Sophie Corbett and Karin Ricketts. “The dance form appealed because it is about capturing the strength and beauty of the female form, and is something that is accessible to any woman,” Lindy said. “Despite body shape or height, you can step into it and feel wonderful and strong. “It wasn’t flighty … it has a strength about it, and a kind of mystique to it.” The traditions behind the dance, the moves, music and language of the dance, are documented in the exhibition, providing a context beyond the stunning pieces and photographs on display. Zaar Bellydance performed at local festivals and private functions as well as for charity events including Melbourne City Mission and Collingwood Children’s Farm. A performance that lasted just a 20 or 30 minutes could take hours to prepare for – and that doesn’t take into account the countless hours spent making costumes, gathering fabric and the adornments that bring them to life. All the costumes have been handmade by the women who have collected ancient textiles, coins, trinkets and artefacts from around the world to create unique pieces of art that reflect their individual personalities. “We would make costumes together and there was almost a craft circle feel to it,” Lindy said as the finishing touches were put to the exhibition on Friday. “Someone would find a piece of fabric and would be so excited to share it with the others.” Changes in the women’s circumstances saw the Zaar Bellydance era come to an end, but the friendships have endured, and are celebrated in the exhibition with amazing photographs. The exhibition at The Waterwheel Gallery in Warburton is on until 19 August.Source: Upper Yarra Mail
Say No← backBy KATH GANNAWAY THE group which led a successful campaign against Narconon’s relocation to Warburton township has welcomed a recent finding that the organisation has made false claims about the effectiveness of its drug rehabilitation program. Get Off Drugs Naturally (GODN) which runs the Narconon program in a remote location at East Warburton was fined $3000 by Consumer Affairs Victoria on 7 May and ordered to remove false claims from its website that its detox treatments could cure drug addiction. Say No To Narconon spokesperson, Lindy Schneider, said the issues responded to by CAV were issues they raised throughout the Yarra Ranges Council permit process, and the resulting VCAT challenge by Narconon. Ms Schneider said while the issues around claims made about treatment effectiveness, and other non-planning issues were not part of the consideration process, they were nonetheless issues that were of concern. “From the perspective of Say No To Narconon (SNTN) Warburton, we are pleased that this investigation by CAV has occurred and believe the outcome is a fair and considered response that has touched on the many issues we knew were of key significance for the community,” Ms Schneider said. “It is a useful adjunct to the VCAT ruling and we are relieved that there has been action taken to rectify the misleading nature of the material we encountered as we prepared our community response, which will be of benefit to the general public.” Following the VCAT decision in December last year, SNTN called for a parliamentary inquiry into the continued operations of GODN at East Warburton, saying risks that came to light during the campaign, and during the VCAT hearing, demanded a response. “We fully support and welcome facilities located in appropriate circumstances and with the necessary accreditation, evidence-based practice and accessibility our community deserves,” she said at the time. “This has never been the case with Narconon/GODN.” In response, president of GODN, Dr Nerida James, said a parliamentary inquiry would be a waste of time and money and said anyone with concerns should contact the relevant government authorities and agencies charged with investigating the matters raised. The CAV notice was, in fact, issued in October last year and found that GODN was unable to provide evidence that 10 testimonials were genuinely from patients, or that all the claims made about the treatment program were supported by independently varified scientific evidence. Claims of their success rate were also discounted as unproven. “The CAV ruling should be encouraging for anyone in Australia who has been at Get Off Drugs/Narconon that has been aggrieved and feels like lodging a complaint with the Health Services Commissioner,” Ms Schneider said. The Mail provided an opportunity for GODN/Narconon to respond to the CAV rulings, but has not received a response.Source: Upper Yarra Mail
Complete Health project – Sanitarium← backIn February 2013, Sanitarium Australia launched a health promotion program called CHIP – the Complete Health Improvement Program – based on the principles of Lifestyle Medicine and preventative health.
I was fortunate to be involved as a contributor (of several chapters in the reference book Learn More) and as editor and proofreader of the companion workbook Live More and recipe book Eat More.
The program has been so successful the books are already in reprint!
For more info see the CHIP website
Owner Builder Magazine← back
Owner Builder MagazineThe Owner Builder Magazine featured Lindy’s seven page article ‘Living Sculpture’ in June 2011. Artist and Warburton resident, Sioux Dollman’s magical strawbale home also featured on the front cover.
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Living sculptureWith an affirmation that ‘all we need is in abundance now’ guiding the building process, artist and owner builder Sioux Dollman has used her contagious energy and warmth to inform an inspired building process, with remarkable results. Her eco-built straw bale home reflects her values of beauty, simplicity and functionality and is more than a living sculpture; it is a home that is a monument to artistic talent and self-belief.
As a working artist, Sioux has a defined ability to visualise and a deep reverence for beauty. As a first time owner builder, and first time home owner, she knew she needed the help and support of like-minded people to see her ideas articulated, and she knew she wanted to use local people and materials wherever possible.
Back Yard Farmer magazine← back
Back Yard Farmer magazineThe Back Yard Farmer Magazine featured Lindy’s three page article ‘Native Foods not New Foods, in June 2010. The article was also published in Herbology.
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Native foods not new foods extract
The latest food trend to hit Australian shores is not new at all. Regardless of the current hype that surrounds native foods, we cannot escape the irrefutable truth – these foods have existed for at least 40,000 years and we have ignored them for most of that time.
Native foods have been the foundation of an indigenous diet providing essential nutrients and sustenance long before they became the latest fashionable condiment for a restaurant menu or home pantry. The Australian food industry has finally discovered what our Indigenous neighbors always knew, and the food world is listening. The growing interest in native food, (or bush foods) could be considered long overdue, but it is our sudden explosion in demand that is both the challenge and the boon for native food producers.
Cancer Council Victoria← back
Cancer Council Arts AwardsThe short story ‘Juice” was shortlisted by renowned author Arnold Zable in the 2012 Cancer Council Arts Awards. Lindy’s moving account of the first year anniversary of her dear friend’ passing is an example of her passion for the creative non-fiction genre.
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BeanScene Magazine← back
BeanScene Magazine‘Fuel of the day’ is a review piece of Warburton’s concept café, Café Meccanica. Featured in Beanscene, a magazine devoted to coffee, in October 2010.
Coffee is hero a Café Meccanica, a tucked away café that can proudly claim to brew the best caffeine in Warburton. Genovese Coffee is the preferred bean and perfect crema the fuel of the day.
Once a garage, owners Sam and Kyall have created a light airy space that is unique for its range of motorcycle memorabilia – from café racer to dirt bike, with an original Evel Knievel pinball machine adding to the cool nostalgic air.
Fill up the tummy from the range of light snacks – toasties feature local artisan bread and ‘Fat Mumma’ condiments – all reasonably priced from $4.50. Succumb to sweet treats with panforte, biscotti and home made muffins and loaf cakes which go the extra mile.
The sun-filled outdoor seating area, also known as the ‘driveway,’ boasts a northerly outlook over the pristine Yarra River and the natural beauty of Mt Donna Buang. It’s a wonderful place to linger and check out the steady stream of motorcycles that drop in before tackling favourite rides such as the Reefton or Black Spurs. Café Meccanica has a friendly vibe that has everyone talking. And the locals love it.
Natural Therapist← back
The Way of the Natural Therapist bookAn example of ghostwriting from the heart. The foreword of this book about the lifestyle choices of natural therapists is personal and inspiring.
‘Know thyself’ – like many natural therapies, these words have withstood the test of time, across cultures and alongside the advances of modern man in a range of fields. For a therapist the words ‘know thyself’ are a mantra for authentic inner growth and effective therapeutic practice and today, with the increasing demands of modern life, natural therapies are an important part of any individuals health plan.
Leisa Miller and James Ketub Golding have assembled a range of therapists from different modalities to talk about their own practices and provide the reader with an insight into who and why they work the way they do. But more than that, they have created an all important sense of community, inviting the new practitioner into the stories and experiences of more experienced practitioners, providing links and insights into the similar, yet different ways that people work.
What makes a ‘good’ healer or therapist? This is a question worth considering and this book allows us catch a glimpse of the ‘calling’ experienced by some of the best. We witness how beyond the ‘calling’, deep authentic growth is an essential part of continued ‘good’ therapeutic practice. I see this in the people in our therapeutic team at The Gawler Foundation. They renew themselves again and again in their work, they are the living embodiment of what they teach and they take time to retreat regularly. They are therapists because their deepest instincts have called them to the work and there is a substance in them that stems from their life experience and the challenges they have risen to. In all of this, deep inner growth is the grist of a therapist life.
The Gawler Foundation is also a living example of what it is to work with a sense of community. Natural therapies are a pillar of our work, taking an integrated approach to health, healing and wellbeing. Many of our therapists have several therapeutic specialties, crossing modalities and integrating them into unique offers that benefit clients in the everyday encounter. Our programs are fundamentally based on a carefully considered mix of natural and traditional therapies: meditation, nutrition and counselling are supported by massage, Qi Gong, yoga and other client specific modalities offered in response to individual healing needs.
Leisa and Ketub are generously donating proceeds from this book to The Gawler Foundation.. They do this in recognition of the way therapists can work together to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to individual and collective wellbeing – this also the way of The Gawler Foundation. By offering this support, they are acknowledging our credibility in integrated health care, the value of multi modal therapies and the very real need for funded research into natural health care – research that is independent and without the influence of pharmaceutical designs. We acknowledge The Way of the Natural Therapist as a book that is of its time, and a special resource for therapists in their pursuit of excellence.
Uniquely placed, this book is one of the first to explore the value of deep authentic growth, and place it alongside technical knowledge and experience as key to therapeutic brilliance. This is as true for therapists as it is true for the individual. Knowing another’s story is way wonderful way to ‘know thyself.’
Private Clients← back
Private ClientsLindy values the many editing and proofreading clients that regularly seek her services. It’s sustaining and rewarding work helping all kinds of people bring their projects to a shimmering finish.
She is regularly asked to write articles, media releases and other materials by individuals and groups.
Eye On magazine concept← back
Eye On magazine conceptDeveloped concept and project managed, wrote and edited on a team responsible for the design and development of the inaugural issue of Eye On magazine for publisher and entrepreneur, David Miller. Key world events told in words and striking photos.
Blessed Earth← back
Blessed Earth marketing and launchOrganic and sustainable product developer Blessed Earth needed help establishing initial branding statements and materials when they launched their online retail business. A great example of how my marketing and writing experience combines.
Soft Loud House← back
Soft Loud House Architectswww.softloud.com.au
Eco and environmental architect Alvyn Williams of Soft Loud House Architects was looking for copy that spoke of the beauty of shape and form in his designs. Lindy wrote and edited together text for a beautiful site that conveys the values of the business in pictures and words.
The Chemical Maze← back
The Chemical Mazewww.chemicalmaze.com
As part of an integrated marketing platform supporting online readers and app users with quality information and links, Lindy posted over 150 blogs to the Chemical Maze website. Posts were SEO maximised and increased traffic to the site. They were also widely shared though Facebook and other Social Media. The eBook, a ‘Top Tips for a chemical-free lifestyle’ resource guide was offered as a bonus incentive for multiple app purchases.
Lindy Schneider - a précis
Lindy Schneider is an author, editor and professional writer living and working in Warburton in the Yarra Valley. In 2012, she co-authored The Chemical Maze – Bookshelf Companion and her biography on prominent integrative health pioneer, Professor Avni Sali titled Visionary Man, Visionary Medicine.
Her writing has gained her a special recommendation from Arnold Zable in the Cancer Council Arts Awards 2012 and the Swinburne International Literary Journal Bukker Tillibul. Her short play 'Pablo's Muse' was awarded ‘Best Script’ by Michael Veitch and Guy Rundle at Warburton Theatres Production Theatre Shorts 3.
She is co-founder of the Upper Yarra Writers Group and in 2013 co-launched the Transforming Writers Festival, a series of writing events focused on personal and social change hosting international authors such as Andrew Harvey.
Her writing interests are vested in exploring the healing power of story and the authentication of personal mythologies and experiences. She is influenced by Jungian philosophy and holds meaning and purpose as essential writing values in her preferred genre, creative non-fiction. Her professional writing career is marked for her stellar work in communications in health, community development and storytelling.