Five things walking a pilgrimage taught me

Being uncomfortable is OK. When was the last time you were uncomfortable? I’m talking actual physical discomfort, not sadness from a break up or nervousness before an exam or meeting. Chances are if you are a modern, indoors working urbanite like myself you probably have rarely, if ever, experienced it. I hadn’t. Being on pilgrimage taught me that it’s completely OK to be uncomfortable. To be … Continue reading Five things walking a pilgrimage taught me

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Deserted island camping in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia

Travel helps us to understand that disconnection can lead to the most beautiful reconnection. This is a lesson learnt from the adventures of two girlfriends and I through the north of Sumatra, Indonesia’s largest island. Before going to Sumatra, I had fantasies of dense jungles, wildly exotic people and places, rare animals, unknown territories and rugged quests. After having visited, these fantasies turned into reality. A … Continue reading Deserted island camping in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia

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Get detoxed! But what exactly does that mean?

Detox. One of the buzz words of the now. Along with sustainability, eco, green, mindfulness, fair trade or carbon neutral the word has the ability to attract unsuspecting minds from all kinds of peripheries. We are inherently attracted to the idea of ‘detoxing’ and being ‘toxin free’ despite not usually having the faintest idea of what toxins are afflicting us in the first place. Food … Continue reading Get detoxed! But what exactly does that mean?

How the audience becomes the artist during festival celebration

“Much before Science extended our vision onto the material world, it’s been the Arts that helped man reach out beyond the mundane and the ordinary. The mission of the artist has always been to delve into the immaterial ineffable mysteries and bring back tangible forms that could stretch people’s vision beyond its default limited mode.” Ferdinando Buscema     After a recent four-day festival adventure … Continue reading How the audience becomes the artist during festival celebration

Turning 30 is just the beginning

Turning those ‘turning 30’ myths on their head  I recently changed decades. I can no longer say I am “young” but I am certainly not “old” either. 30 is one of the milestone birthdays, one where a giant fuck off celebration is an absolute necessity and where a bunch of myths start to circulate about where you are in life and what you should be … Continue reading Turning 30 is just the beginning

How criticism can set you free

Criticism is a bitter pill to swallow—any kind of criticism. But criticism of your creative expression or outputs isn’t just hard to take—it can be slicing, demoralizing and potentially soul destroying. That’s if you allow your creative productions to be identified as an extension of yourself. Which, I’ve come to understand, is not always the wisest approach to take. Let’s just say there have been some tough, … Continue reading How criticism can set you free

Yarn: reigniting our storytelling traditions

My hands are shaking. My heart is racing. My lips are trembling. My head is spinning. The storyteller pauses to catch her breath. Silence floods the room. The larger than life clock ticks, echoing the heartbeats of all in the space. I am an alcoholic.  I’ve been sober for nine years and this is exactly how I remember waking up on the bathroom floor after … Continue reading Yarn: reigniting our storytelling traditions

Adventure is a state of mind

I used to think that travel was all there was to look forward to. Any job, situation or meeting held promise, situated as it was as snugly imminent to an upcoming travel adventure. Sometimes I still feel like that. That without cultural adventure and constant movement, life will somehow become too dull and predictable. That the lens of perception will start to wane from a borderless planetarium to a 6 … Continue reading Adventure is a state of mind