Ordinary acts of every day violence ~ a prayer for the bullied.

This is on behalf of the fat kids, the black ones, the weak ones, the women, the boys who didn’t like rugby, the girls who weren’t pretty enough. It’s for the young men hazed as apprentices, the workers bullied by bosses and rivals, trapped by their mortgages and fear. It is for everybody who is being made to feel shamed, anxious, sad and lonely by the thousands of ordinary people who know how to get away with it.

It is for the ones who were sniggered at, teased, left out or laughed at. It is for all of us, isn’t it?  Is it time yet? Can we stop this curse of silence as we stand by and watch bullies and meanies crush our own good souls!

I have been forced to edit this post, and to remove images and names by administrators of local sites who have been threatened, or fear legal action.The yoga teachers involved refuse to comment or to allow any mediation. I remain banned from classes.

How many of us know that feeling? It is somewhere between shock, shame and anguish. The feeling of being singled out for punishment, or made an example of. Of being hunted down by the pack, which works its way in silence, or of being king hit by a person with power – it feels something like grief. .. it is like a part of you dies.

There is an epidemic of bullying, and of suppression of the stories of the bullied and abused. In Australia, you could argue that depression, suicide, domestic violence and misery are amounting to a national disaster. From the top to the bottom rungs of this society there’s no secret that bullying is costing us happiness, safety and lives. But still, in general, we agree to say NOTHING.

The WA State Police revealed in 2009 that one out of five officers who leaves cites bullying as a reason. In the same year, The Daily Telegraph warned that Australian schoolchildren were heading neck-first into a national epidemic of bullying.  The paper reported that

Aussie “kids were at greater risk of more intense and frequent bullying, as well as psychological problems including anxiety and depression”

in an article that showed our children cried out louder than any other kinds in the world about bullying!

International research shows that at least 200 million people young people are bullied a year, but the figures on adult bullying are much harder to find, because adult bullying is a social taboo. What we do know is that bullying leads to depression, anxiety, suicide, crime, isolation and drug addiction.

We also know that one person kills themselves every day in West Australia!

We know that, according to health outreach project, Beyond Blue, “Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In Australia, it’s estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.”

In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety. And we know that bullying is a key player in this distress and suffering – but we are still afraid to talk about it.

Here in remote West Australia the big shouting matches are all conducted by tv and facebook. People get very hot over the race debate, the immigration issue, sports dramas and whatever is served up as the outrage of the day, but when the problems affect us directly? When they are on our doorsteps? The medicine here is called ‘suck it up’.

When I arrived in the small surf town of Denmark a year ago it was the town CEO and the Senior Engineer who were wrestling in public over bullying and campaigns of ostracism and intimidation. As if they were the only ones! What I’ve seen since is that where power, money and influence are concerned, mud wrestling is allowed, and I want to know what a village of good, educated people are going to do put an end to homegrown acts of meanness and pack war.

So far, this little story of mine has been allowed to fester, and I have been shunned for airing it. But it’s time we said NO to social violence, and I am hoping that this example might open a way for us to get there together, and for a new reality of openness, leadership and COMMUNITY HELP toward peace.

On May 9 this year I was banned from yoga classes in the little town of Denmark, West Australia.

I was accused of spreading evil, of undermining society, spreading malicious lies and working covertly to pour a ‘poisonous cup of toxicity’ around town.

How could this happen? What was this all about?

I had been in the remote southwest Australian surf town for a year, visiting my mother, writing, hiking and quietly offering two gentle yoga classes a week by donation at the Surf Club. I had met a few yoga teachers there as a student in their classes, raised almost $400 for their charities by volunteering on a roster to teach Saturday Community Yoga, and was writing occasional up-beat stories for the local paper.

Other than that, my life in Denmark was extremely quiet.But on May 9 I was included in a thread of emails that knocked me sideways and has taken me weeks to digest.

By telling this little story I want to put a voice to one of the thousands of tales of every day violence dished out by ordinary adults in communities everywhere. I want to speak out on behalf of all of us who are bullied, intimidated and ostracized by regular people, who get away with it.

I want to pull back the curtains on routine meanness that has become so normal in life that the most common response from those who witness it is to sigh, flinching from their own wounds, and pretend it isn’t happening. And then distance themselves from its casualties to avoid catching the infection.

This is a mundane violence that depends on the shame and silence of its victims, and the refusal of others to step in, speak up and say no. It is the root of much greater evils we love to get upset about; racism, sexism, domestic violence, animal cruelty, corruption – things we can conveniently blame on ‘other people’ but which we constantly nurture as a fact of ordinary life.

I want to say what we all already know: that bullies are not only in the tower, in government, business, schools and sports – they are very much at the table. All our tables. And it’s time we threw a light on this, and said no.

As it turned out, well before May 9 I had already been quietly deleted from the roster of volunteers for the town’s charitable Saturday classes by another teacher, who has threatened legal action if I name her, so let’s call her N.
Secretly, N had been writing emails for months to most of the yoga teachers in town, trying to achieve a quorum to have me banned from teaching and also from being able to practice yoga in Denmark. She was accusing me of many things, and avidly working to turn the town’s teachers against me. Why she was doing this is still unclear.

By May 9, another teacher, (who refuses any help to solve this issue and has been on the war-path threatening legal action against me for blowing this whistle, so let’s call him T) who calls himself an ‘intuitive healer’, decided to join the hunt. He sent an email message to high profile yoga teachers in town – all women – announcing he had banned me from the yoga page he administers, blocked me from facebook and accused me of being evil, toxic, divisive, undermining and ‘not worth his time’.

I was then blocked from the Denmark Yoga facebook page and restricted from being able to advertise my own classes. I was banned from attending the community class I had been practising at each week beside my mother as she took her first steps onto the yoga mat.

T was also on a crusade against yoga outfitter, Lululemon, and refused to teach
students wearing the brand or using their mats. He forbid them in his classes, made strong claims about racism and ethics, and was expelled from the local Recreation Centre – for discrimination.

At my own classes, the topic was raised and I took the position that I would teach yoga to whoever turned up, in whatever they turned up in. This was sometimes difficult, because as my classes grew N had taken to randomly removing the yoga mats and props from the hall to undermine my sessions.

When I posted online that I had no clothing bans at my classes, and had enjoyed teaching, despite the obstacles, T saw his chance to ostracise his competition, make an example of his critic and display his power.

He wrote this message to most of the yoga teachers in town about me…

Hello all,
I have had to block 11 people so far and will continue to do so, it’s not rocket science to be nice!
Not gonna drink from that toxic cup of negativity!
Jade is causing division and has hurt people along the way, I will not waste anymore time on her or her toxic web of words.  “..
I don’t want any more to do with her as I don’t have the time to waste with her lies and deceit.Got better things to do with my time.

T, Intuitive Bodywork, Yoga ~ Dance ~ Healing

He has never said what I did that was so negative or hurtful. But he said his ostracism of me was an act of Yoga.

He received this reply from one…

I completely DISAGREE with you blocking her from facebook, T. If it is a space for folks to share different aspects of yoga, I feel Jade has ever right to express both her love and the barriers she has experienced in our community. She did not call people out specifically and ridicule them to the public. She was simply expressing the lessons she learned through her practice – yoga is not always pretty, as we know. I am not saying that I agree with what she wrote – we know that some referred directly to you, T. HOWEVER, we don’t have to agree in order to support one another. I don’t agree with all the actions you all do and I am sure you all don’t agree with me, but I love and support you all – no exceptions! I would NEVER unfriend or block you for expressing how you feel (although I do hope you would call me instead of writing it on facebook).
If there are people, like me who feel this strong ripple happening in our community – let’s plan a time to get together and discuss. Emails can only go so far and can often lead us down a path of misunderstanding. I propose a sat after the community class to meet up in the next 4 weeks. Let me know what day works best for you.

It came to nothing. The writer was told that T could block me if he liked, and that this was non-negotiable.

N, finally having an ally in her campaign against me, publicly admitted what she had been up to for months, feeling no doubt, validated in all her sneaky efforts.

Of the dozen women invited into the discussion, 11 watched on in silence, providing the tacit approval for these actions, and one blew the whistle by adding me in cc. When I wrote to the group asking for a reprieve, an explanation, assistance – I was met with that deafening silence that is the curse of the pack.

Here is my appeal to them all, to which I received No reply. While this is a minor story in the scope of things, I am determined to air this, to stand up and say what we need to put a voice to – that bullies thrive on silence, and in order for true peace, we need to agree that this stuff needs to be mediated and harmonised for ALL OUR SAKES.

This has all been very sad.
Last week’s emails and bans and exclusions of me from activities and group forums were very upsetting, but I learnt last time, in December, that not much was gained by trying to communicate and ask for peace.
This is the bleak flower of the way things have been since I first reached out to make friends with those of you on the yoga path here, to introduce myself, and join what I thought was a community. I truly hope this dark bloom will bare wonderful fruit, as this has been a year of very strange energy to cope with alone in a new town.
Since I arrived under-handed, mean and now outright nasty public communications from some of you who present yourselves as leaders in this yoga circle have been my main experience of those who teach ‘yoga’ in Denmark.
I have taken consecutive group hits from those of you who have spoken out against me, even though I still don’t understand my ‘crimes’. And a very loud vote of No Comment from the many others who watch but have said nothing.
In the beginning, when I was under the impression that there was so much to gain by sharing, and was excited to meet and learn from so many yoga teachers in one place, I reached out specifically to N and T, who were pointed out as the go-to people for new arrivals.
I started attending classes in May, and introduced myself to N with this message on facebook on August 19, 2015
Hello! Good morning : ) Hope you’re having a happy pregnancy? I saw you all at the beach on Sunday – what a beautiful few days we’re having! I just wanted to touch in with you, and let you know that I am planning to offer some yoga classes in town now that I am staying on longer. I really hope that will be ok with the yogi crew, and am looking forward to adding what I can to the offerings here in Denmark. I don’t want to go ahead without agreement and a blessing from those already offering here, so am asking if this would be ok with you and the crew, and if I need to make a request to join in?
We met, she said everybody was free to teach, and told me there were some deep issues between the yoga teachers. Apart from offering to sub and to host a friendly gathering if that might help, I kept a low profile.
I met T and his wife not long after. We had tea at their place where I suggested perhaps the collective could host a movie to build goodwill in town and encourage students, or perhaps we could meet in a relaxed way to build good spirit between us. T told me not to bother, that the ‘community’ had never been a community, and that it was every man for himself. He made a comment about magic being a problem, and I still wonder what he meant by that.
There was an upset in December when I subbed some spots and lead the two Christmas classes which were previously canceled. Despite agreeing that this was a good idea, and giving the go-ahead, N apparently was very unhappy about this and caused a serious upset over it, into which she dragged many others, who I thought made strong comments very inappropriately. Nobody at this or any time since attempted to solve this or any other issue that arose.
As a result of all this, and in order to avoid further bitterness from teachers, I did not offer classes of my own in Denmark until 10 months after I arrived.
Apart from attending several other teachers’ classes, and being able to practice alongside my mum at the Saturday class with other teachers (which has been a great joy), I have spent very little time with any of you. Which is sad, really.
I have had a far more generous welcome here and been shown greater kindness by the fishermen and the surf dogs than by anybody who teaches yoga in Denmark.
As such, I think it’s fair to wonder if some of you who have strong opinions of me may be projecting more about your characters than mine.
In response to this latest round of negative actions toward me by T and N, and a second wave of public attack and criticism, I am making this reply to try to clarify how we got to here from my point of view.
I am taking what action I feel I must to protect myself and soothe what ripples this has caused around me, my family and those students who may choose to practice with me.
To T, I suggest with respect that you might consider, perhaps, reflecting with a mentor? We met only once. I practiced perhaps 3 times in your class last winter at the Rec Centre, and have had no contact with you in any meaningful way for more than nine months. Your comments and actions against me are either invented or based on a case of which I am unaware, and your recent actions and emails have been, frankly, violent.
If you are angry because I posted that I have had challenges as a teacher here, and that I have learnt from these, it makes me wonder about you ~ is it your position that you will tolerate me as long as I am silenced? As long as I never dare speak even a whisper of my actual experience? If so, this verges on creepy, and I wonder why you care so much about the evils of LuluLemon, while you happily enable discrimination and nasty politics under your nose right here in town.
I am aware that your conflicts are rippling out wider than just whatever you think is wrong with me, and have had students join my class very upset about your behavior lately. As a yoga teacher, you appear to be projecting an example of intolerance and arrogance that is not in alignment with the philosophy, and doing more harm to your causes than good. I support your ideas about LuluLemon (and Apple Mac, Nike, Nestle, GE, Haliburton, etc etc) but am sad that your approach is so unilateral and hard edged that you do not inspire support.
N, you have been nipping at my heels and looking to turn as many people against me as you could from the start. I have quietly taken your ongoing small acts of sabotage, your constant undermining of my class, and your gossip. I have tried to call a truce many times. I have emailed you with no reply. I have called you, but you do not answer, and I have been to see you, at which times you have assured me that as is well. You show one face to me and another elsewhere, and you have spread dark stories and misinformation about me, but now you are going too far.
Blocking me from the Denmark Community Yoga page and then pretending it was a technical error (which you did not fix) was a good example of how you seem to have done things. Cutting me from the volunteer list to teach the ‘community class’ without telling me was mean. Giving me permission to use the props at the Surf Club, then removing them without telling me put me in a very awkward position, and put my students at risk.Agreeing I should buy blocks, straps and some additional mats to add to the Surf Club props (which I did) in exchange for using the existing mats and blankets was a positive note, but you reneged on that arrangement and took your props anyway.
Banning me from activities at the Surf Club, and publicly announcing it is not only malicious, it is illegal.Unless this is retracted and there is a public apology, I will be contacting you through my lawyer and the Surf Club’s anti-discrimination charter about this shortly.
Both of you may need to consider why – really why – you are taking these sorts of actions, and ask yourselves why even the ordinary Civil Law does not allow teachers or organisations to exclude, ban or ostracise others for their choice in clothing or over personal grievances in this country. In such cases there are penalties for individuals and fines for the venues who host them. There must be a better way!
How and for what benefit have things been allowed to go this far?
I am sad for you both that you seem to need to find and publicly persecute ‘an enemy’ for whatever reasons you may have. This is the opposite of the ethics of yoga. It is an abuse of your position in the community, and has resulted in widespread unhappiness. It reflects a deep unevenness of mind and emotion that is sad to observe and for this I offer compassion.
For those who have watched these two rounds of very nasty emails, and been party to the trickling out of mean gossip and said nothing, you could consider the words of Martin Luther King, who said,
all it takes for violence to flourish is for good people to say nothing.
Peace is the heart, the soul, the way and the fruit of the practice. There are times when we are all a long way from that, as part of our journey. I think quietness, refuge in the texts, reflection on the Yamas and Niyamas, are more powerful choices at those times than the impulse to lash out and harm others. This is not the same as the ‘deep commitment to staying out of it’…   to leave others to fight their own battles.
This is why our society rejects bullying and discrimination as a way to respond to conflict. This is why, after six months of stewing, this problem has surfaced again, and we have all been dragged into it, again.
As Iyengar writes in Light on Yoga, the great treasure of the practice is Santosa; contentment, harmony, joy. The essential ethic of Yoga is that we reach this bliss through peaceful action, and not through war or the satisfaction of harming others.
The basic first step for that is a tranquility of mind, a poise of soul that transcends conflict with others and is founded in ahimsa – the deep commitment to align to our graces and do no harm.
I had mistakenly hoped that, as a yoga teacher in Denmark, there might be opportunity to share, connect, learn and give along the higher branches of yoga ethics. If I made an error, it was perhaps in over-estimating what was possible and what was welcome among the teachers.
I truly hope that somehow all of this will provide the grace for a beautiful shift, for peace and unity to emerge between us all. If there is anything I can add or do to support that, and which does not harm me further, or damage my practice and my relationship with my students and family, then I respectfully welcome your requests and suggestions.

 

This is the medicine of social violence; the dark meditation of the bullied.

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8 thoughts on “Ordinary acts of every day violence ~ a prayer for the bullied.

    1. Oh, I think we know this goes on everywhere, don’t we? It’s all of our mean and shameful little stories. I find myself in the intriguing position, as a yoga teacher and a writer, to be able to voice one example of how it works in hopes that it might create courage for a change in the weather.

  1. And because this can only be seen on my wall, here is the thread of comments made by others on this elsewhere…
    Comments

    Luh Manis stay strong and keep shine.love you sister Jade Richardson

    Eric Wainwright Have you been hanging out with the ‘Cool Crowd’ again? The same sorts of losers that gave you such a hard time in Evilcabamba. I guess there was still some sort of lesson to be taken away from the company of posers and petty egomaniacs. I hope it is behind you now, have a beautiful day without those drama kings and queens. 🙂

    Rory Perkins Dear me, what can i say. These are the ‘Om’ people, the centred ones, the balanced ones. Or so they would like us to believe. But beneath the facade of harmony lies the nasty poison that erupts at the least provocation. The world is full of charlatans and as we learned from our time in Velcrobamba. Be strong girl. Will write you soon via email. X

    Layne Richardson There everywhere Eric you can’t escape them.

    Eric Wainwright True but you can do your best to avoid them, the way a smart person avoids the monkey cage at the zoo because he knows they are liable to throw their shit at you for their petty amusement. 😉

    Andrea Fernandez-Salvador Shurtliff Greed and ego..horrible combo..take care Jade, I love you and I love the way you are.

    Layne Richardson Denmark’s a small town but I get your point.

    Eric Wainwright Same nasty monkeys, just a different town. 😀

    Cédric Margotteau Come to Koh Phangan to my beautiful yoga place doing what you are the best at, teaching and spreading the love and beauty, dont let this people touching you, u r to good for them. Im waiting for you my favorit toxic evil liar. stay strong Jade, im here if you need.
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    Carly Bache What?! Seriously?! All I can comment on is what I know…and what I know is that I loved your classes and always made an effort to get to them when in town. You even did a special yoga nidra for me. Mostly, I really resonated with your vibe, manner and kindness which strongly yet effortlessly seeped from you in your classes. I’m genuinely baffled xxxx

    Jade Richardson Hi Carly, thanks for the message, sorry about this story, but I think it will do more good than harm as things even out and people perhaps back off from whatever is driving this. You saw the post that got me banned – it was the last one I made, the one where you commented that the highest form of yoga is friendliness 🙂 and that really is true. x have a beautiful day, it’s so lovely in Perth!

    Tom L Lombaerts whuut!?
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    Mary Temelovski Oh you are so right Jade – so many great people and so many crazies! I never bother with what people say but just reflect on what they do. Just be you – don’t fight fire with fire – I know you wouldn’t anyway – find your tribe or let it find you xx

    Delwyn Napier We love u Jade & ur classes take care & see u when I return 🕉😘✌🏼️

    Tassos Anastasio Jaydee! Thanks for the true educational stories.
    I love whistleblowers!!!
    You need some pitta bread with heaps a Tzatziki me thinks! …See More

    Debra Grogan Wow. I pity the fools.

    Salika Lamour Holding magic and spreading courage – The fools are certainly freaking out. The boom will ring for sure.

    Matthew Pepler Knowing what little I do about you, I can say without prejudice that you Jade Richardson, are one of the most integral & authentic persons it’s been my pleasure to have met in the journey of this life. What I see, is that you shine a light on the deepe…See More

    Layne Richardson Yes !
    well said my man 👍

    Jack Nelson Among those who believe your side prima facie on your own merits, I am not surprised at this tale. I have heard so much about yoga abuse, yoga profiteering, yoga phonies, like it’s the latest venal cult. Nonetheless, yoga is still yoga, but people unfortunately are still people, corruptible and able to corrupt anything.

    Mathilde Tougaard Hansen You have been my Best yoga teacher ever jade! Even if it was only a couple of times in vilcabamba i am sure Carolin Marie Lehle agress! Xxxx

    Carolin Marie Lehle Carolin Marie Lehle does agree! Beautiful times back then!♥️

    Johnnie Chester Lewis Love to you my friend

    Lesley White hold that gorgeous head high & keep walking with pride!!..know exactly how ur feeling….Im in the firing line from “lovelies” in Bali… who let the dogs out!!…

    Janet Houen Bloody hell. If people put as much energy into doing good things as they do to being nobs … Lambsie, you have risen above as usual. Proud of you.

    Jeffrey Payne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAzESJ62irI

    Sally Clegg Jade, you’ve always been beautiful on the inside and the outside… and some people find that intimidating – especially women who aren’t comfortable in their own skins. It sounds like your lovely persona resonated with those who enjoyed your classes an…See More

    Michele Seminara How ridiculous and small minded their actions sound. It makes you wonder who is actually practising yoga. It’s saddest of all for the students, who come to class seeking inner peace and stumble into ego-driven politics. Good on you, Jade! Rip the lid off it. Been festering for long enough by sounds of it.

    Roberto Melendez It would be a great magazine cover Jade . Or your future book !

    Jade Richardson Sonia Dezius – you can let your friends know that if they keep going with this behavior, I will not take it quietly.

    Chris Taylor Well written Jade. A pox on their houses.

    Patrick M As you discovered long ago, the communities of hangers-on in the spirituality industry serve as a garden ripe for picking by the world’s most enterprising self-deluded, megalomaniacal, budding cult leaders – from yogis who love Rolls-Royces and receivi…See More

    Virginia Rose Kristofferson I have always found you to stand strong in your direction Jade which is a great thing, but it confronts those less secure in themselves .. Good on you for exposing the bullies… Unfortunately it is a bit of an Aussie past time to cut down the tall poppy . .good on you for speaking up.. much love..

    Kodie Batchelor Spending some time with you Denmark Jade and I had no idea that your little battles would turn into something like this. But then I’m not surprised – I have witnessed this again and again in Albany. It’s terrible behaviour. You’re a gentle open woman, and strong as a tree for voicing this! I wondered if you’d mind if I shared it, or maybe not? Thinking of you.

    Richard Laidlaw Reads like Vilcabamba Redux, Jade. You do lead an interesting life. Love ya.

    Marilyn Bolton I am Jade’s mother. To say I feel ashamed of some of the men and women in the beautiful little town I call home is an understatement. She came with arms outstretched to offer some of what she had learned over many years and from many situations, some o…See More

    Michelle May Adele Lovkis Hi Jade,
    A many headed green eyed monster is a terrifying thing to behold. It is a rather black-magical creature that can shape shift and delights in deluding itself of its veracity. I’m so sorry that you have fallen victim to tiny minds wearing the oh so alluring mantle of the spiritually enlightened.

    Michelle May Adele Lovkis Accidentally pressed post!!
    I hope you can get your heartfelt, well written post published where it would be read by the green eyed monsters.
    It’s a continual challenge to make any sense at all of what it is to be human!…See More

    Nadine McNeil She.Has.Written. And.So.It.Is. #Truth

    Jade Richardson Thank you Nadine, as a soul I have thrown this story around with, and a woman dealing with storytelling and issues of power, it really means a lot to me that you commented. xx

    Layne Richardson Look at all these amazing people standing up on behalf of my sister. She is an angel sent down from the stars to help us move towards love, acceptance and is an inspiration. Who makes a huge difference for me in my life. I love her with all my heart and anyone who really knows her does too. Time to wake up people !

    Layne Richardson I encourage dialogue from the Denmark Yoga community on this forum to present there case as to why this behaviour is justified and acceptable.
    Let’s us know what’s she’s done to deserve this, maybe you have a valid point it would be a gift. really !

    Wendi Watson Silence consumes bully shit in time– at first it seem like accepting oppression, but it’s the behavior otherwise, the effect otherwise of the silent that, for all, consume the delusions of running culture with bully rituals –even slander, gossip, and violence. Be well, peace be with you…and who you touch–who are many!

    Andrea Fernandez-Salvador Shurtliff wise words

    Richard Hull A spiritual practice of the physical and mental, clearly favouring the latter in downtown Denmark. Nuts! x

    Janette Poupel-Judge Thinking of you Jade; be strong mon amie Jxxx

    Jade Richardson Hi everybody, just traveled 3 days from Bali back down to Denmark (!) and wanted to write to say thank you to everybody here for taking the time to comment, send thoughts and uplifting notes to me on my quest here to blow the lid on a deep and nasty lo…See More

    Catherine Miller It is beyond my comprehension that people who have taken it upon themselves to lead others in spiritual practice could be engaged in actions that are so destructive, deceptive, manipulative and cruel. The most important ethical dharma is ahimsa (non-h…See More

    Jade Richardson 🙂 I’d love to know what they think I’ve done wrong to deserve all this himsa. But anyway, I am sure they are sadder, probably, that they picked me to dish out their nasty medicine to – it’s always so embarrassing when you get caught out being mean and cruel. xx
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    Jade Richardson

    Ralph Napolitano One word sums it up “JEALOUSY” they are not worth giving your energy to them. Best Wishes xx

    Lana Piercy Love you Jade Richardson xx

    Richard Hull Perhaps sharing a nice bottle of local Moombaki Shiraz might lighten the mood? x

    Paul Temple Hold the faith sister – all blessings for you.
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    Neil Lawrence Joy A new mover and shaker in town to a small country community is seen as an imminent threat.I see this bullying you speak of all around! It is shameful..and it’s now done full circle all the way back to practitioners of the ancient and spiritual yoga discipline: ( How sad..Sorry to hear of this Jade.. There are many deceitful people among us! Keep strong..Sending you some good karma;)
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    Jade Richardson replied · 1 Reply
    Peterandavril Marriott
    Peterandavril Marriott I don’t know you as well as your friends do……but to me you have a honest heart, integrity beyond measure and only want to share goodness around…. don’t waste your time and energy on their sort, they are nothing. The people who matter know the truth so keep on sharing your wonderful knowledge and infinite love
    Avril x
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    Jade Richardson
    Jade Richardson I have made the decision to air this story as widely as I can to start the dialogue about small town bullies, and to create the pressure for those responsible here to face up and explain themselves. BUT I am being silenced everywhere! I am putting this post up on my blog because it has been taken down everywhere else – please help me by SHARING, instead of SUPPRESSING my voice.
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    Jade Richardson

  2. The real issues in cases like this are usually greed and desire for personal power.

    My wife and I experienced exactly this type of community bullying when we opened a holistic center in India.

    The established locals were very threatened by our success and used every means, including physical violence, to run us out of town.

    Our answer was to put our services on the Internet. Now we work quietly anywhere we go and the locals know nothing.

    1. Yes, community bullying – that’s the word for it. An attack by the ‘established locals’. That’s right. Not that they are that well ‘established’ – most can only scrape together a class of 2 – 5 people. Wonder why that is. I am just disgusted with the caliber of the people who have taken over this dialogue in Denmark.
      It’s like a dog fight down here. Just vile!

  3. From the admin of a local facebook… Hi Jade,

    I have taken down your post due to being contacted by Theva in which he advised me that he is in contact with a lawyer and is moving towards defraudment of character. I don’t want my action of continuing the post to be a legal issue as I love the positivity of the group. Theva didn’t mention that he would take any legal action against the group or myself, it was directed towards you. I wish you much support, care, kindness & love and sincerely hope some type of resolve is found.

  4. Wo! I am blown away that all this has happened. How unyoga like it all is. Extraordinary!
    Hopefully Bali is mending the hurt?

    1. Wo! indeed. Yes, Bali was a great chance to recover, and to speak with my mentors and teachers – all of whom recommended coming out in public to air this story. Now I’ve done it, it feels much better, but it has unearthed some really dark thinkers and a deep contract to social violence in this town. Maybe everywhere? It’s pretty yuk.

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