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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 exhilaration 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, India, and my hometown of Perth, Australia.


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


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 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 sea 12 years ago in beautiful East Bali.



2023 opens with a series of Creative Living Retreats in Bali

and in November 2023 my Spiceries Sea Safari for the adventurous and curious lovers of all-things-tropical-islands.

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