I entered the new year of 2014 with a heavy and hurt heart, freshly sliced open with the sword of unrequited love. Or some illusion like that. Healing became my main focus, as I nursed my wounded spirit in the sacred space of my own little home, set in the luscious green and free lands of outer Sydney. Protected and safe in my cave, I began to heal. Deep in my heart I had always know that Sydney wasn't my real home. Sure, I grew up there, and yes indeed blessed with a supportive and inspiring family who I love more than anything in the world - but Sydney always felt like a foreign place to a Faery like me. Early in the year, after much healing had already taken place, i put my wings back on and once again leapt of the cliff of dreams and possibilities. The big world beckoned me back after a couple of years aimed at "settling down" . The truth was that there was nothing settling about my static life. My heart was restless until the day I flew away. A new decade of life had just begun.
In retrospect, I have had the most rewarding and enriching year of my life. Through the darkness comes great light, and I have a deep sense of gratitude to those who contributed to those dark times and those who supported me to find my way back to the light. We can never know the reasons for the happenings until they reveal themselves, and our gratitude lies in lieu of trusting spirit. Easier to say in retrospect yet always important to remember. Trust is a good friend that I get to know better every day, who loves me more and more as I surrender to the unknown.
This year, I have felt the blowing wind under my growing wings, wings that develop one feather at at a time, and have become more powerful and defined than ever before. I continue learning to love myself again and again, whilst journeying up this spiracular experience of being human. Our perfection indeed lies in our divine imperfection. The world reflects infinite amounts of beauty into my realm and I am in love with the fact that happiness is infectious without reason... The poor still smile more than the rich as I learnt long ago in my days wandering and wondering about India. It is no surprise that i love to live simply. Knowing all my possessions fit in a bag on wheels that fit in a car with wheels that has a mattress in the back - is the highlight of my life! Reflections of all the exquisite people that I have met affirm the identity of my soul reflected by theirs, light and only light in a world of illusions.
Creation is our natural state and 2014 opened the door to infinite inspiration of an unending passion within my art: merging the sacred feminine with Mother Earth, encouraging men to support and hold space for creation as is their divine role, recognising the healing potential of body painting and putting my life's teaching into words has become my journey and a story that will continue for the years to come. Combining my passion for travel over the last 12 years with my anthropological training, words art and graphic design have merged together in a beautiful mandala of my professional life. I couldn't have dreamed of a more aligned way to spend my days. Gratitude overwhelms my being when I am present to this magic, and so i continue in full trust that abundance is my destiny and service to this beautiful sacred world, is my lifelong mission, the journey of giving a secret beacon to overwhelming sensations of contentment.
Though there have always been few and far between, my intention to partner with a soul like mine is engraved deeply in my heart. Scar tissue seals the deal with much clarity since my last run in with a man I loved more than he loved me. Lessons are good and learning them is better. Grateful to have given myself the space needed to morph into a butterfly. I celebrate love around every corner, recognising when love is lost to fear, and knowing the importance of mutual enthusiasm in every relationship. In studying the ways of the world and the dances of the heart, I am showered with insights as I manifest a masterpiece of life.
After two months in Israel, two months in Peru, three months in the US and one month in Costa Rica, I am flew to Guatemala to welcome in the new year with my conscious community, celebrating our devotion to Pachamama, our magical mama earth. Together we danced in the dirt and indulged in sweet yummy moments of earthly pleasures, we shared our hearts and stories and blessed one another with happiness for the new year. My first body painting project of the new year signified the mountains that we climb in life and in love, the volcano of our heart. Though I intended to paint two beings, man and woman, into the volcanic view of lake Atitlan., the man was enough as he encompassed much of the volcanic energy, calm yet potentially erupting, full of destruction and creation and magic. Throughout the years of following my heart I have learnt that declaring our dreams is already half way to manifesting them. And so it was! Magic happened very quickly and my first piece of 2015 was born.... So grateful for all the beings I come into contact with, all the diversity of spirit's manifestations and all the beauty of creativity.
May 2015 be the awakening of our spirit's calling to reach higher towards the light, to impact the world with our hearts through the arts, to speak up for what we know feels right as the light and stand up fearlessly in the firing line for those who cannot stand anymore.
So to you my friends and family, my supporters and my observers, may the new year bring peace into our hearts and may this peace emanate outwards, may we be bestowed with appreciation and gratitude and learn the joys of simplicity. May the spirit of 2015 shine light where it is needed all over the world and may we practice to be better humans by loving, forgiving, remembering where we came from so that we may be ready to die complete that we have lived beyond the illusions of this world.
I love you!!!
Peace to all my bothers and sisters.
It only takes about 3 weeks to get comfortable in a new space. By the time I left VidaAsana I was super comfortable! My beautiful big room and wall of window that opened out to the lush green outside of Costa Rica was a pleasure to wake up in everyday. I had planned to leave a week earlier but I got sick, so nursed myself with ginger garlic onion and pepper and recovered super quick. Whilst I was getting better, I had a new vision with my body painting art- somewhat of an epiphany! And the Surfboard Series began to manifest in my mind. Synchronistic happenings flood our lives if we are willing to acknowledge them as more than coincidences.. and having wanted to make the journey with a sister, a friend from Israel spontaneously arrived in town wanting to go to the same place as me and voila, another instant manifestation. The ride was awesome, taking my little home on wheels on the ferry, cruising across the bay to the peninsula side. It was another hour drive to Santa Teresa, and arriving in this little slice of paradise has been action packed. Only a few days in and I have done a fire show, a live painting show, the first body painting piece for the surfboard series, new collaborations set in place for Indigo Yoga Retreat in Mal Pais where I will be staying for the next three days. My intention is to create 3 more body painting pieces before I leave, two yoga, one surfboard... and I will definitely get ON a surfboard before I leave here!!! Leaving for Guatemala in a week to perform and present at Cosmic Convergence festival. Its busy times. All my love, x
After an enriching three months painting and creating in the United States, I flew away the day my Esta Visa Waiver ended (thanks to pure synchronicity and no means due to my sense of organisation…)
Into new lands and unexplored cultures, I arrived in Costa Rica one week ago. I was generously hosted by a wonderful artist by the name of Rodrigo Piedra www.rodrigopiedra.com in his stunning glassed wall house. He helped me buy a little van to get around the country and showed me his wonderful warehouse workshop where he makes humongous butterflies amongst other incredible things. The time spent in San Jose also clarified that I am entirely done with the city worlds, except on the occasions of necessity. There is nothing appealing to me about concrete jungles and anonymous souls. I want to breathe her in and know the essence of who you are… Finally all was ready for me to step into a new world of creation: Painting the Yogis into Costa Rica.
Truth be told, I was very nervous to be driving my new/old, cute-but-rickity minivan. Having rented new and luxurious cars throughout my time in the States, and not having driven a manual for at least 10- years, arriving safely was met with much gratitude! And so it was that yesterday afternoon I reached my first destination, geographically close to Playa Hermosa near the city of Jaco, the first of many beautiful yoga resorts to be visited during my stay in Costa Rica, VidaAsana - www.vidaasana.com. Blessings showered me once again!
Not only is VidaAsana incredibly beautiful, tranquil, welcoming and fully equipped, It is being run by the sweetest family, Sean, Jess and 9month old baby Julep (JuJu) McDonald. The McDonalds have recently relocated to Costa Rica to live a dream life running this gorgeous space and it is of full credit to them that VidaAsana is sparkling with care, teeming with natural life, and open to all aspects of creativity - including me and my visions. I have a lovely clean room, with a sweet window that looks out to the jungle, a kitchenette and ensuite bathroom. The walls are white and blank for now but might be touched by my brush before I leave. It is, quite frankly, perfect. Mornings are met with fresh coffee next to the communal kitchen space, and one of the most wonderful yoga sessions that I have ever had with a master Yogi by the name of Laura.
As with all the resorts that I will be visiting, I intend to create a number of artwork with the local yogis, that take mimetic pachamama body painting to a whole new level. Incorporating asana poses and deep meditation will allow for a deeper resonance, both experientially and observationally, in merging humanity and planet earth. It is a collaborative challenge, an experience that neither the yogis, nor myself have ever embarked upon. No body ever knows how anything is going to come about, and so it is with complete trust that I surrender this process to spirit. Pleased to announce that Laura, the yoga teacher, will be the first model for this body painting series. Stay posted!
I am working on many new projects at the moment including this new body painting series, my debut art exhibition in Australia in March, developing a reader base for my blog, conducting seminars about Healing Through Body Painting, making contributions to upcoming festivals including Cosmic Convergence in Guatemala and Envision Festival in Costa Rica, figuring out how to translate my work into financial exchanges - and the list goes one! Having a holistic understanding of my life has lead me to create a few other focuses for myself during my time here in Costa Rica. Conveniently surrounded by conscious people, yoga, nature and art, it makes perfect sense that I take my sense of wellbeing and peace into my own hands and re-develop some forgotten practices. I have filled my little fridge with fresh fruit, recommitted to drinking 2L of water a day, practising yoga and meditating morning and night, remembering to take long deep breathes as often as possible and to dwell in gratitude no matter what the circumstances. This is what will help me continue to trust the unfolding of this journey and keep myself centred and calm and stay true to the overall purpose of my work.
The afternoon air is sweet and the sounds of exotic jungle birds and creatures are the background to the clicking of my keypad. I have an afternoon english session booked in with Socrates the grounds keeper from Nicaragua and I am eager to go and spend some time with Jess and JuJu up in the main house. Since the moment I arrived yesterday, I have been drenched with the familiar sense of being in the right place at the right time. Synchronistic shared connections have revealed themselves instantly and I know that this is going to be an incredible adventure.
Blessings and gratitude. x
And then one day, I turned 30. I looked at myself and what I had become as all the stories of my life melted together and trailed off into the past... and suddenly the cogs began to turn at a different frequency and the vibration of my being shifted into a new paradigm of creating… and the story changed forever. Again.
I have been a solo traveller for 12 years, and I have been travelling and living in various places around the world for nearly that whole time. I have spent 2 years maximum in any one place and built an enriching life in four different continents. I speak 2.5 languages and can recognise universalities of emotion enough to play my cards right just about anywhere I go. This wasn’t the plan of course, but life happens as it happens in its own unexpected perfect way.
As a traveller, the most common question that one is asked is “where are you from?”. This simple question once-upon-a-time had a simple answer - but as the years passed, the complexity of my answer deepened, to the point where this question became exhausting. A constant reminder of all the places I had come from, and communities I had loved and left. A long interesting story of travel that overlooked the "why's", and misrepresented the person that yearned to find her place in this world. Based in Israel for three years whilst i performed in Festivals around Europe during the summers, gave me a taste of settled life within a world i loved, and flying away was nothing short of devastating.
The fleeting faces and friendships paled in comparison to the experience and community I had become a part of in Israel - and when I left, I learnt what I wanted most of all in life: A home in the nature, a family, and art. But time and place remain the common issue... and so my story continued, this time under the guise of searching for a home, I travelled up and down the east coast of Australia for a year, until I fell in love, tried to make Sydney my 'home' and after only one year, closed the doors on my less than happy existence playing the Sydney game. Needless to say, there was only one thing for me to do - I yanked myself out of my cosy cave and flew back over the waters of dreams, head first into my international life again.
Since then, life has been nothing short of incredible each step of the way. In full flow of creating and becoming and expanding and sharing... not a day passes that I don't wake up saying thank you for all my blessings. Infinite stories to share of the most miraculous nature flood my existence... The once dreaded question, “Where are you from?” is impossible to avoid, but my clarity to have consciously chosen this path - to be on the road again living out of a bag (albeit on wheels rather than on my back, hallelujah!) - has me embrace my answer with a new found appreciation of my own story - the more I tell it, the more unbelievably awesome I realise it has been - and continues to be! It is in the wonder and awe of the eyes that look at me, combined with my four years of anthropological training, and 12 years of accumulated travel, that i am able to see myself through the people I meet around the world, and recognise the importance of sharing my story. To my family and friends around the globe, to all my new readers out there and to the peeps who might not be listening but have helped me become ME.. . THANK YOU & I LOVE YOU. Stay posted xx
17 years world traveller, internationally recognised award winning body painter with a background in Anthropology, Orly delves deep into the enquiry of what it means to be a human being and ceaselessly expresses her art whilst following her heart. , Specialising in mimitism (camouflage), Orly's current expressions are a moving living creative and expansive entity that represents her passion for re-merging humanity with the earth from which we came, sustainable conscious living, healing the sacred feminine as we learn to respect our mother earth and advocacy for balancing commercial gain with global and local contributions.