“Through this one-on-one process over many years, I had not only learnt the knowledge being handed down into my head but also to personally evolve and grow until I lived in a constant state of love coming from the heart, as with all the Kapuna’s before me. Once this had been mastered, spirit guides dictated that it was time of transference of Mana between my Kumu and myself, my true work began. It is my great honour and responsibility to now be the lineage keeper of the secrets laid upon me and to hold and carry the torch forward, to share the light to as many people that have received their true calling and resonates within their heart.
This lineage was not learnt in a classroom or through workshops or courses, it is something very different that pulses inside me and can be physically, mentally and emotionally felt by those in tune. Each time that I have the honour to perform a treatment or teach new people some of these techniques they receive a fingerprint of the ancient teachings for them to use as a practitioner to be of service to whom they touch. The responsibility to maintaining the pure essence and strict methods prohibits others teaching Traditional Old Style Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage, in difference to other forms of Lomi Lomi here in Australia and worldwide. I am therefore the only teacher of this lineage form ‘Traditional Old Style Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage’. Uniquely in this genuine form of Lomi Lomi four levels are offered to therapists through training to provide a complete picture of a true Hawaiian massage and treatment, taking the students on a journey from the basics through to a deeper level of body work and inner self practices.
There will be no more apprenticed teachers in this way and from myself, as it ended for me when I passed it on to Dawn and until it is ready to be passed on again. The work itself will continue to expand and grow with each student carrying the torch, and this is how it should be.
This modality suits people that wish to learn something that is truly traditional unspoilt, unpolluted and in its purest form. Being a strictly Traditional form, I am not able to change or adapt the way it is and will be, and have no intention to do so, despite the commercial demands and challenges made upon myself as a true lineage holder and my responsibilities. Lineage holders are very different to those that have been allowed or given permission to teach, they hold and are responsible for all the secrets they have been ritually passed.”
– Dawn Charlton
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Dawn Charlton was born into this life gifted with a divine dispensation. We are all gifted at conception in different ways, and we go on to express these throughout our lives. Dawns gift is that she carries an ability “to see” beyond the façade. Her grandmother was a well-known medium in England who was very close to Leslie Flint, a very famous psychic and medium who underwent scientific study to test his abilities. No scientific explanation could be found for his gifts.
Dawns gifts also extend past “seeing” to a natural healing ability. She has frequently been called upon to assist people and animals in their “dying” process. To enable them to “pass on” with her presence. This is a very rare gift.
Her fascination with Hawaii began at an early age for her, and she developed a passion to explore the healing ways of the Polynesians. This also manifested into an interest in meditation, which ultimately leads to self-realisation, through this inner exploration. In 2002 she determined to devote her life to healing through massage, and she immersed herself in these studies completely. Then destiny became more insistent with her direction and she was guided to a course being taught by Sherman Dudoit, a world renowned Kahu or Master of Old Style Lomi Lomi. Upon their first meeting there was an immediate recognition. This connection fulfilled destiny in 2005, when Dawn travelled to Hawaii to train again with Sherman, who despite failing health, came out of retirement to teach once more, as he felt that he would find the apprentice needed to pass this work on in order to let it grow, and restore his health.
As it is written, when the disciple is ready, the Master appears. This last 2 week intensive course resulted in Dawn being chosen by Sherman to pass on this teaching. She dedicated herself completely to the apprenticeship with Sherman, and thus after a number of years received his formal permission and blessing to teach this “way”. Dawn is now dedicating her life to teaching this tradition, and in the most sacred way she is keeping it true. She feels honoured and blessed to be able to continue to pass a little of the knowledge and teachings to others. She is a true believer that life is always evolving and we all continue to learn until our end.
A WORD FROM SHERMAN…
“When I first met Dawn in Australia in 2002, I knew… this is the one… but not yet. Much needed to happen before she or I were ready. In 2005 I consented to one more training in Hawaii. It was a very large group of students from all over the world. Many previous students came again to study with me in this last training, and well, there was Dawn, all the way from Australia. Now it was time, and it began, there in its source, Hawaii. Since then, she has apprenticed with me effortlessly, smooth and direct transmission. Dawn carries with her all the essential qualities needed, absolute dedication, humility, patience, tremendous empathy and compassion, natural gifts of the hands and heart, and a willingness to serve beyond limits. This is selfless service.”
“The proof of her genuine ability is that without advertisement, more work comes to her than she can possibly handle. This is always the surest sign of one touched by God for service.”
In 2013, a life changing accident changed everything and complete life change occurred, which resulted in a completely new direction and way of being. After receiving countless Traditional Old Style Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage treatments from Dawn as part of his recovery and managing his health challenges, he became more and more connected and tied to the energy and healing that Lomi Lomi kindly provided to him.
Circumstances and divine timing brought him into Traditional Old Style Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, he become initially involved in a support role for the workshops after Cyclone Debbie, which has evolved into him wearing many hats and taking on various roles within the business itself. He has been involved with all aspects of the background activities ever since and now has provided his acquired skills and huge energy to help grow and nurture the business to extend its offerings, enabling us to move forward to where we are today.
Paul has been involved in business management from an early age and built a successful career in the corporate world concluding with the former ownership of successful companies in the UK, France, Germany, Russia and the USA.
Jayden began her Lomi Lomi journey at the tender age of just 15 years old. She trained alongside her mother Dawn with Kahu Sherman Dudoit both in Australia and Hawaii. She continued to work within Lomi Lomi until she took on a new direction which lead her to work in an administrative role in the Financial Planning industry. She was then blessed with two beautiful children and took the opportunity to fully embrace motherhood and enjoy their early years. As they begin to grow, Jayden has returned to us starting with a part time role, where she can utilise her gained knowledge and skills.
In the modern way of commerce and in the age of social media and increased need for marketing and advertising, her young, fresh and innovative approach brings the added qualities we need to continue to build a greater presence and growth of our activities and offerings. Having Jayden back into the fold has aligned with our vision and core values of family (‘Ohana) and lineage.