Be Here Now – Sri Lanka
11th August 2017
Don’t think about the future, just be here now.
Don’t think about the past, just be here now.
Our latest film shot in and around our jungle retreat in south west Sri Lanka.
Camera & Edit – Mati Quinzio
Shop Talk – Venita from Surfskinoil
31st July 2017
We love working with people who do things differently. When setting up our shop in Sri Lanka we wanted to make sure whoever we stocked had an interesting story to tell.
When we met Venita and she told us about her 100% natural skin oil, Surfskinoil , we had to find out more. This stuff is seriously amazing, it acts as an antibiotic, soothes sunburn and heals up pretty much any skin issues we’ve had the misfortune of encountering.
What is your name?
My name is Venita
Where is home?
My heart and my home is on earth, I really don’t believe in borders or barriers between people.
How did you first get into creating potions?
My Mother was a practicing aroma therapist for many years, so I grew up around natural plant essences. Mom trained under Patricia Davis who was a field leader and brought aromatherapy to Europe by founding the London School of Aromatherapy.
I was never sent to a doctor, instead, if I ever got sick or encountered disease, Mom would go to her wooden box full of different plant essences and treat me using those oils. So I know first-hand how effective they are.
Who or what inspires you to do what you do?
It is my mission to show people that you don’t need pharmaceutical drugs to be well. That you can come to mother earth who provides everything we need to experience true health and healing on all levels. Plant essences don’t just affect you on a physical level, they positively affect your emotions too via their scent.
When people tell me that they used my oil in place of anti-biotics and it worked much better, or that sore, irritated or broken skin was healed in super quick time, that makes me very happy and inspires me to continue!
What sort of projects are you working on next?
I am currently developing my first aromatherapy brand called Skin Nectar into a full range for the Sri Lankan market place. Skin Nectar uses precious flower oils to beautify the face and body.
I am also working on a retreat which will be held at the stunning retreat centre: Rukgala, set on the rainforest covered slopes of the Sri Lankan blue mountains.
This retreat will teach people how to clean up their subconscious minds, releasing memories and beliefs which are not serving the higher purpose, discover or solidify what their true purpose is and also connect the conscious mind to the super-conscious mind.
Where is your favorite place to eat in Sri Lanka?
I live in Galle and when there I love to eat at Bedspace. It is right by Una beach and serves up food that is fresh and delicious. Whether you are vegan, veggie or a carnivore the menu delivers! If I am in Colombo Kumbuk Café is a regular spot, it is also connected to the wonderful Prana Lounge.
What does soul mean to you?
For me the soul is the eternal part of the human nature. It is our piece of the Godhead or the part of us which is divine. Another way of putting it is, that the sum of all souls in existence equals God/Nirvana/Universal spirit – whatever you’d like to call it. In this way we are all one.
Stuff We Like – Florescence
8th July 2017
A 2 minute underwater exploration in the Indian Ocean brought to you by Morgan Maassen.
Vesakha – Sri Lanka
14th May 2017
On the full moon of May, Buddhists commemorate the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Gautama Buddha. Simple offerings of flowers, candles and joss-sticks are brought to illuminated and decorated temples, where the celebration is an opportunity to reiterate their determination to lead noble lives, to develop their minds, to practise loving-kindness and to bring peace and harmony to humanity.
The Soul & Surf family took a trip down to Uthpalawanna Sri Vishnu Devalaya to celebrate Vesakha and take in the magic of this special day.
All images: Mati Quinzio
Soul People – Siona
27th April 2017
Next in our Soul People series is our Head of Vibes Siona who has been with us in Varkala for the last year and a half. Today is her last day working for Soul & Surf so we caught up with her to see how the last 16 months have been…
What’s your name?
What do you do?
I’m Head of Vibes at Soul & Surf, India. Yes that is a legit job title.
Wherever I lay my hat? It’s been Varkala for the last 16 months but I’m from Cambridge originally
How did you come to be at Soul & Surf?
Perseverance. I was doing a job in London that I really didn’t enjoy. Everything was fine, ya know, but it didn’t make my heart sing. I don’t want to live a life that can be described as “fine”. I decided I wanted to work here and called Raff once per week for about 7 weeks until he agreed to give me an interview which must have annoyed the hell out of him! I then went down to Brighton to have dinner with Ed and Sofie (Ed’s a mean cook don’t you know) and a couple of months later I was here and I’ve just refused to leave!
What does Soul mean to you?
I believe that you are a part of everything and everything is a part of you, we all come from the same star, we’re all made from the same matter. To me your soul is what connects you to every other thing that exists and the more you connect with your environment and what’s around you the better an understanding you have of your soul.
What inspires you about your work?
My absolute favourite thing is that I get to meet so many amazing people from all over the world who come to stay with us. Everyone brings their own energy and has their own story to tell. And I am endlessly proud of my team, my India family. They are the most hardworking, generous, inspiring, hilarious people and I count myself lucky to have been a part of the best team in the world. It’s 100% the people who put the soul into Soul & Surf.
What’s next for you?
I’m going spend the summer in Cornwall this year. It’ll be the first time I’ve been in the UK for any amount of time in two years and I’m so excited for bacon sandwiches, jumpers and pub gardens! I am sad to be leaving though, being here has been such an incredible part of my life and I’ll carry the people and the place forward with me to my next adventure.