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"MUCH TRAVEL IS NEEDED

BEFORE THE RAW MAN

IS RIPENED"

Idries Shah, Caravan of Dreams

As a passionate traveller, I really enjoy the challenge of adapting to new cultures. 

I'm happier still, when I can share this exhiliration with others.

Architecture, religion and culture fascinate, and as an art historian, I've always collected textiles and tribal artefacts. Food is its own adventure, and in recent years I've divided my time  between Bali, Morocco, Perth and India.

 

I was in Sri Lanka when Covid struck and I'm still here!

Settling into life here is an adventure in itself, and exploring new places when possible is a bonus  my Sri Lankan blogs

ART and TRAVEL

My first travel experience, setting off for India for ten weeks, turned into a year. It set the benchmark for roads less travelled, the exhilaration of heading off without a guidebook and seeing what happened.   

I taught school in Kathmandu, sailed the Maldives in a dhow before it was a 'destination', wandered over most of India and eventually returned home - Perth, Western Australia - to finish my studies and get a ‘proper job’ as a medical technologist, always hoping that these skills would take me back to the Himalaya as a volunteer.

This sensible behaviour wasn’t to last long. A growing interest in the art history drew me to the British Institute in Florence for a year, thence to the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London for two years, where for my MA, I specialised in Early Sienese Art.

After several years in London working in publishing, much more travel, a stint teaching in Portugal and a couple of truly hedonistic years living on the Greek island of Hydra, I again returned to Perth to throw myself wholeheartedly into the world of artists, setting up a commercial art gallery

Every year I returned to India for several weeks, until, discovering a collection of old wooden hand-printing blocks in a farmer’s loft near Jaipur lead me to create ‘Woven Cargo’ textile designs. My passion for all-things India evolved into designing small group tours and since 2007 I've  lead my own tours to India, Ethiopia and Morocco.

Creative Living Retreats in Bali, are painting and yoga holidays at Villa Nilaya, grass-roofed villa I built by the sea10 years ago in beautiful East Bali.

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS YEAR?

Well, I just love Sri Lanka!

It's the perfect place for the new Art Retreat I've created in collaboration with acclaimed UK artist Este Macleod:..