Wellness – what does this mean in Dominica for me and others?

•September 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Well, a creative challenge has been set. What can you do,say, depict about wellness in Dominica in 6 to 8 minute film? Plus take some cool shots of some of the wellness practitioners on the ground.

I sought inspiration this weekend in the heart of Dominica. I was invited by the Forcinelli family to visit their organic farm and homestead – Gaidad Gardens, tucked amidst the mountains that fed and sheltered some of the bravest our island has ever know. The likes of Bala and Jacko.

There is a clue on the main road on how to find them. It is painted on the newly constructed bridge, just past Maxine’s Riverstone place. This 26 acre oasis soothes the soul. Weather was perfect. The water deliciously cool to the toes.

The spirit wraps enlivening on the palate.

Arrived just in time to taste the refreshing spirit wraps

Arrived just in time to taste the refreshing spirit wraps

We discussed many topics that day, community wellness, living simple, future farm tours, the trials of living here, and why it gets people to return to her forested shores. We left inspired by the family, the beautiful wood artistry and with a bar of the Neg Mawon coconut chocolate – 68% cacao!.

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Plant Rite to Eat Rite

•April 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

As spring is in full swing I start to get romantic thoughts about planting life in the soil around me. In a recent interview I spoke about returning to the soil. Is this the season to get my hands really in the grubs and bacteria that sustain life?

I have been umming and arrhing about planting more herbs in my garden since I moved hourse. My sporadic attempts so far have proven unsuccessful (a potent combo of too much rain and not enough attention..).

Well after visiting the Saturday Roseau market with my f riends Tom and Sybil, I may well have found some added support to have my own herb collection chez moi.

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Enter William Rolle, owner of Plant Rite. With an impressive array of plants, soil and fresh produce for sale.

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I bought a lettuce and started thinking again about being a herb farmer on a small scale. Not the type now legal in Colorado but less contentious ones. It also triggers memories of spending a lovely Christmas in Missouri where I was taken by my friends the Etelas to a diner called Eat Rite. White gravy all the coffee you can drink. A world away from my thought of planting parsley and another aromatic offerings.

Coming Soon – Primal Spa

•November 25, 2012 • Leave a Comment

In the years I have visited and lived on this primal isle called Dominica what has always drawn me in has been the mud and the waters. What you can do with them in and out of the body…

How they soften the skin.

Melt the stress.

Cleanse the soul.

Leave you singing in its waters.

Strip you of all pretense.

Nurture you til you sigh.

And leave you with an infectious smile.

My river pals Diann and Tiffany have been a great practical and creative inspiration in the past four years in offering some of what I personally enjoy with clients. It is time to make it a bit more visible..

The Baptismal Middleham Falls

•November 23, 2012 • 1 Comment

With rocket speed I climbed the rocks after bracing the strong winds as torrents of water descended into the pool. I was surprised at my agility. Had I been reborn with Supergirl powers? I have visited this Fall a number of times but I never fail to discover something new about the Falls or myself. Again I almost ducked out of bathing. I tested the contours of a rock with my feet as I moved into warrior pose.

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Higher at one end that the other, this proved to be a high risk pose given the gusts of wind and water pounding down.

 

Then I opted for crane pose, one foot was steadier than two it seemed…In balance I become wild, wild in the sense of natural, free, spontaneous. Awareness centered in the breath and body as the wind gusted on, I stood on rock, joyous, connected to my nature in nature.

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Domincan Waters An Indispensable Source of Renewal

•November 22, 2012 • Leave a Comment

A dip in Boeri Lake or a normal shower to revive a travel weary  body? I know which one wins hands down. After 5 weeks away from Dominica  in September I joined friends on a hike to immerse myself back into Dominican waters.

 

This started with coconut water once I had arrived after some delays, then a hike to Boeri Lake the following morning which accessed through the Roseau Valley, past the mountain village of Laudat.

 

It can be surprisingly tempting, especially after 5 weeks away, to be a spectator whilst beholding such sights. I ummed and arrhed before coming to my senses and revealing the bikini I had been wearing underneath.

 

This is a 45 minute walk from the main road so an easy morning expedition. You imbibe the cool mountain air and absorb the fantastic vistas into your spirit. It was good to be back.

Post Carnival Recovery with Yoga

•February 22, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Your mind feeling slow, body sluggish and bloated? Well, rather than wallow in regret over the one rum punch too many, come along to one of my class this week to get the circulation moving again.

 

Where?

Urban/Maritime Yoga

Fort Young, Roseau – Wed 22 Feb at 5.30pm-6.45pm and Thursday 23 Feb at 6.15am to 7.30am

25ec for locals, 15usd for visitors.

 

Rainforest Yoga

Papillote Wilderness Retreat,Trafalgar, respendent with mineral pools, orchids, bromeliads and humming birds in gardens cultivated over 40 years. Sat 25 Feb, 30ec for locals, 15USD for visitors/guests. Small class limited to 6. Booking required. Mats provided.

 

See you there? Call on 276 9455 if you need more information.

 

Finding Your Voice

•February 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I find the sad irony in starting to sing on the same weekend as one of the modern greats, Whitney Houston, departs with hers.

From famine to feast. A year in the making, since Free and I did an improv spectacle at the 50th birthday bash of Sam Raphael, of Jungle Bay fame, where I sang the poem I had literally written on a back of a napkin.

Last Friday, accompanied by Free Joseph, Dominican musical talent , I riffed, laughed, wobbled, yelled, crooned and went low…

 

Then later that same evening I did a variation with other very talented Dominican musicians, Nelly Stharre and Trevy.

Nelly drumming deep in th heart of Dominica

 

This is in addition to being asked to write for a Jamaican magazine called, NexGeneration, committed to providing a holistic informed view about the issues facing community and education in the Caribbean. My first article arrived in the post last week. I have a PDF copy if anyone is interested in reading it – “Dominica, The Wild West of the Caribbean”. Polly Pattullo a Domincan-adoptee, owner of Papillote Press (Publisher of The Snake King and other goodies) heads the feature in giving a regional overview about tourism in the Caribbean.


 

 
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