The days all rolled into one for this week plus a few days:) I settled in easily to my room with a view and the daily routine of 8 am yoga and 2 pm ayurvedic massage treatments. Between these times I found myself sitting at oceanside restaurants taking in the salty air, painting water colours in my malayalam dictionary, swimming, reading, learning some new uke songs along with making new friends from France, Turkey, Denmark, Japan, USA, Wales, Poland and of course India. Went exploring one day with my Turkish friend up to the top of the candy cane striped lighthouse and over to the part of town where locals live away from the tourists. The fishing boats in the harbour and pulled along shore were literally every colour of the rainbow. The smell from all the different kinds of waste discarded at the water made it difficult to spend much time taking in the sights but it was still beautiful.
The entire length of the beach where I was staying is lined with shops and restaurants. I wasn’t to interested in doing any more money spending as I’ve bought quite a few pots but as the days pressed on....I couldn’t help myself. First it was a few pairs of ali baba pantaloons and then some sarongs and before I knew it....my bag was full to overflowing. I also had a few tops made in linen and cotton. Thinking I might get my seamstress friend Viji in Nilambur to make me some more with the same pattern and different materials. I’m imagining the shelves back in Dorset filling up with not only new pots but some brightly-coloured-summer-lounging-on-the-dock-attire. Shopping around made me think about home even more as I kept thinking about loved ones and who might like what as a gift.
Finally, a little about the place I stayed.... Wilson's Ayurvedic Beach Resort was a friendly, quiet and lovely spot to hang out for 10 days. 7 of them were spent doing 8:00-9:30 rooftop yoga and then 2-3 ayurvedic treatments of oil massage for 30 mins and then another treatment like Shiro Dara where warmed oil is streamed across your forehead by pouring oil into a suspended clay pot with a little hole in the bottom with a string. This oil is continuously streamed back and forth across your forehead as means to deeply relax mind and body. Helps for sleep also. I also received a traditional foot massage where someone stands on the massage table and holds on to a rope attached to the ceiling. They massage you with great amounts of oil with their feet and the pressure is incredible. As for the yoga, my teacher Varun had a great way of pushing you far enough to sweat really great but also enough relax time to come back to the next pose. It left me feeling stronger and more engaged going forward. The prices for rooms, treatments and yoga are all super affordable and the staff are super friendly. And they have a great clean pool too:)
Kovalum has been a great tara-time holiday and the perfect thing to motivate creative expression going forward. It will be interesting to see how I feel about returning to Kerala when I get back to Canada. RIght now I can see returning here for several months in the years ahead and building the kiln I want without the restrictions and cost like in Canada. I imagined fruit trees and spice gardens. I imagined evenings with candles on an open air rooftop with music, quiet and hammocks. Feeling in an inspired space right now. That being said....I hear it's snowing again in Dorset so sending extra warm vibes your way. Looking forward to this last week back in Nilambur to soak up the experience and tie up loose ends. I'm coming home soon:) xo t
About This Journey
Combining my love of travel with my love of creating in clay comes this newest adventure. After spending 10 days in Nilambur last year during a 3 month exploration of India....I am returning to spend 9 weeks. Talented and generous clay artist - Sherif Nilambur invited me to share his studio space so here I am to take him up on his offer. The plan is loose in terms of what is being made and what will come of it but hearts are open so we can't go wrong.