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Sayonara Interview with Basia Lipska – Ashtanga Yoga Teacher – and Artist

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Tokyo is losing Basia Lipska, superstar of the Tokyo yoga world. Basia is following her heart all the way to Miami, USA and is completing her Master of Fine Arts Degree.

Q. It seems like you create art on every available space, walls, tables – everywhere! Where did your artistic journey begin?

A. My mother often reminds of a time when I was 4 years old in Poland (my birthplace) where she would often find me squatting under the wooden dining table drawing various hieroglyphic-like symbols on the inside of the table. She said I could spend hours in solitude burrowed in my interestingly chosen art spaces. She speaks of this with a smile, however there is another memory which brings on a frown to her face. My other preferred canvas was her passport. Within were numerous meticulously drawn symbols arranged in a neat fashion.

Q. You seem divinely inspired, could you tell me a little about that?

A. Although it’s something difficult to define. I would think that being raised by a devout Catholic grandmother who survived the work camps in Siberia and Kazakstan during the war, a wise and steadfast priest for a father and spiritually inclined Mom who made the practice of holistic thinking into a practical art form ….would bring one to appreciate the notion of “faith” and the habit of revealing a natural beauty and wisdom in everything.

Q. You are also a yoga teacher as well as an artist, how does the yoga influence your artwork?

A. Actually it was the revelations in my yoga practice that led me back to my art. Aspects of yoga i.e. the deep philosophy, the beauty of postures, the methodology, the ritualism, then became the main subject of any of my art projects, you could say the hub of my wheel of life.

Q. Almost all your artwork has a spiritual theme, how did that come about? Could you tell me about that?

A.Since college I was drawn to the images in different cultural myths as well as in alchemical texts. Many of the topics were elements i would come across and attempt to decipher i.e. time, purity, evil, transfiguration, dreams, genesis.

Q. You have built a new website to show your artwork to the world, can you tell me a little about your new website?

A. It’s called Sacred by Design.
Sacred by Design. It’s basically a reflection of my lifestyle that strives for health, balance, comfort and inspiration. it hopes to remind one of the details in their own lives that are worth singling out and replenishing with meaning, colour, decor.

Q. What else inspires you? I hear you are a raw foodist? Could you tell me about that? Where did you come across this idea? Isn’t it hard to eat raw food all the time? What do you eat? How do you get protein?

A. Stories of transformation in people’s lives, ways, thinking…inspire me. Heroic stories, myths, adventures will always interest me. I heard of it through the yogic grapevine. It led me to David Wolfe’s rawfood.com. I eat fruits and veggies that make sure the little amounts of protein I eat are absorbed properly. It is not hard to maintain this diet if it ties in with a yogic practice/ lifestyle. I load up on veggies, avocados, nuts, seeds, fruits, dried foods and at times will throw in some simple grains, lentils, peas. The hard part lies with the need to shift belief patterns.

Q. You visit your yoga teacher/master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois each year in India at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute. Could you tell me about him? How long have you been studying with him?

A. For 4 years now. I have been to his Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute 5 times. After each visit I would experience a paradigmatic shift in consciousness. Values and priorities would shift and unnecessary habits challenged. It was magic to be witness to the wisdom and clarity he repeatedly demonstrated through the simplest of words, gestures. I am honoured to be authorized to teach Yoga by the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute.

Tsunami Stories Thailand – Interview with USL Code Mariner Bill O’Leary (who has lived in Phuket for 18 years).

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

Q1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m an Australian professional USL code mariner who arrived in Phuket Thailand in 1987 onboard the famous racing yacht “Stormvogel”, after working on the movie “Dead Calm” staring a very young Nicole Kidman with Sam Neil and Billy Zane.


Bill at Amanpuri, Phuket.

I joined Amanresorts at Amanpuri on the west coast of Phuket back in 1988 working with Adrian Zecha to set up the cruising arm of Amanresorts called Amancruises. Since then 19 more Amanresorts have been built around the world. The company has become famous as the top boutique resort chain in the world catering to haute monde guests. Amanpuri is by far the number one celebrity hideout in asia.

I married my Australian girlfriend Carolyn in 1992 and we have four
children. One boy aged 12 and three girls, 11, 7 and 3. We all have Thai resident status as expats living in Surin Beach near the Amanpuri. During the 18 years here I have pioneered development of the Thai marine leisure industry as a founder, director, manager and shareholder of many Phuket based companies both with Amancruises and outside. These company’s include Amancruises, Thai Marine Leisure, Phuket Yacht Services, H20 Sportz, Phuket Water Taxi, Steppa Boats, Hot Surin, Hospitality Contracts and Emerald Isle.

As a part time writer, I’ve co-authored (with my friend Andy Dowden ) ‘Sail Thailand’ through to the 4th editions and recently published the very popular sailing guide to the entire Andaman Sea called “The Andaman Sea Pilot.”


Phuket has fully recovered.

To buy the book (all funds donated to educating children orphaned by the Tsunami) and read some of the incredible stories Bill O’leary has collected see his website:www.TsunamiStoriesThailand.com

Q2. Where were you when the Tsunami hit?
I was onboard “Blowfish” a 38 foot speed boat I built ten years ago. I
was with Anil Thadani, the owner of “Blowfish” and an investor and director of Amanresorts. On board we had Anil’s family with wife and 2 teenaged kids, the Need family with 2 kids and myself with three of my own small children.

We were motoring slowly out of the Boat Lagoon, a marina on the east coast of Phuket when my mobile phone went off. It was Richie, our Australian beach boy back at the Amanpuri Resort on the west coast.

He was down on the beach and explained his terror that all the water had receeded out hundreds of meters very suddenly. All the boats were dry, the swim platform was dry and fish were stranded on the sand. I knew immediately we were about to be hit by a tsunami. I only knew these warning signs because I had narrowly missed being hit by a 26 meter tsunami on the north east coast of Florres on the December 12, 1992.

We were suppose to be in the bay on that day but had cancelled because Adrian Zecha could not join us. I studied about tsunami’s and we put in a tsunami warning system in our Aman hideaway hotel “Amanwana” the tented camp on the north end of Moyo Island. The two occurances that gave warning were the shake of an earthquake then the receeding of the waters. If these happened together then it meant trouble. Even if there was no shake but the water receeded past it’s lowest low tide quickly then that was also another warning sign.

We went to sea, because the deeper the water the safer during a tsunami. We could have turned back but we didn’t know when it would hit and we may not have had enough time to get to high enough ground. So we went to sea and found shelter between Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi Islands and jumped the wave there in deep water after it had hit the north end of the islands.

More info on this event and people I’ve never met writing about the
tsunami in Thailand see my website: www.TsunamiStoriesThailand.com We jumped the wave and were safe.

Q3. What was it like? How did it affect you, your family, friends and business?
The wave wiped out my entire office and workshop in the south end of Bang Tao Bay. The wave came through that area at about 4 meters, retreated then came back about 15 minutes later at 5 meters and stayed up for about 45 minutes like a washing machine. It came in about 1.5 Kilometers stopping 12 meters from the back of our family home. Between the waves a few of the local villagers who were safe on the mountain went back to their homes to collect money and land title deeds etc.

There was this terrible smell at the back of our house a few days after and they found one of these ladies bodies stuck under some rubbish (she was the mother of one of our captains ). She had gone back to get money and land title deeds between the waves. There was over 120,000 baht and 2 land deeds still stuffed down her panties when they found her. She was so bloated and black the documents were the only way to identify her body.

The effect on all of us has been like a low grade depression. You know, irritable and restless, sullen and lazy then over emotional. Pretty much run of the mill PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many of our boat captains have been ‘spooked’ and now they can’t go to sea anymore.

Business was terrible but it’s coming back. You can’t keep Phuket down for very long. It’s just such a wonderful place and easily the best beach destination in Asia. Everyone who has traveled a lot knows this.

To buy the book (all funds donated to educating children orphaned by the Tsunami) and read some of the incredible stories Bill O’leary has collected see his website:www.TsunamiStoriesThailand.com

Q4. Why did you decide to write a book about theTsunami?
I was stuck in my own head for the first few days, weeks after the
wave. Consequently, I didn’t do much for anyone in need. I was more interested in fixing up all my own responsibilities etc. But then the depression started to sink in and most of my businesses were really going to the dogs because of the zero tourism.

I was stuck in this lethargic depressed state for most of the year.
Writing is the only way I every seem to gain any clarity in my life. I don’t have many concrete thoughts going on. If I really want to know how I feel I have to write it down. I started to write my own tsunami story and asked friends to write theirs too. Soon there were a few really good stories and I got the idea to keep collecting and make a book to help all those kids who lost their parents in the wave. I knew that people would be interested in the stories because it was such an amazing and rare phenomena. Possibly never to be repeated in our lifetimes. This would make any collection of stories about it timeless. The idea took hold and now the end product is even better than I thought.

To buy the book (all funds donated to educating children orphaned by the Tsunami) and read some of the incredible stories Bill O’leary has collected see his website:www.TsunamiStoriesThailand.com

Q5. What is in the book/e-book?
It’s called “Tsunami Stories Thailand” and is a collection of 16
personal stories of the wave from people in Phuket, Khao Lak and Phi Phi. It’s also an e-book in PDF file which can be downloaded from http://tsunamistoriesthailand.com for $5 or ordered in hard copy from there to ship anywhere in the world.

The stories, by necessity follow the same format with activities prior
to the wave, then courage, despair and hope during and after the ordeal.

The stories are very different and show the unique characteristics of the wave and also a unique peek into the human condition.
The stories show us the myriad of human emotions at play during and after this rare natural disaster.

Q6. Where do proceeds from the book go? Where can we
buy the book?

To a charity fund set up to care for and educate a select group of
children orphaned by the wave. The book can be bought throughout Thailand at all Book-a-Zine outlets and Mariott hotels as well as over the internet from the website:www.TsunamiStoriesThailand.com

We’re still working on where best to offer the book without having to pay the usual 40% to the bookstores.We want all the proceeds to go to the kids.

Q7. What is the Minor Tsunami Recovery Fund? All this info on the Minor Tsunami Recovery Website

Q8. Is Phuket ready for tourist visits now?
Sure. It’s fantastic. Fully recovered.

To buy the book (all funds donated to educating children orphaned by the Tsunami) and read some of the incredible stories Bill O’leary has collected see his website:www.TsunamiStoriesThailand.com

Kate Brady, acupuncturist and Brennan healer interviews Rosalind Brown, Feldenkrais practitioner about the upcoming Illuminati festival.

Monday, September 12th, 2005

Day 7 – Q7: When and where will the festival take place?
Reply: On the third Sunday of this month (before the Circle of Light meeting), September 18th from 2pm to 5pm in the Museum 1 minute’s walk from Royal Host on the South side of Ogikubo train station on the 2nd floor of the same building as the International Yoga Center. See Museum Tokyo for directions.
Bring a friend!

For more details of events see the Illuminati Festival Website

Also see acupuncturist and Brennan healer Kate Brady’s Website
Feldenkrais practitioner Roz Brown’s Website and
The Circle of Light Website (The Circle of Light is being held right after the Illuminati Festival at the International Yoga Center in Ogikubo, Tokyo.)

Kate Brady, acupuncturist and Brennan healer interviews Rosalind Brown, Feldenkrais practitioner about the upcoming Illuminati festival.

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

Day 6 – Q6: What does the name Illuminati mean?
Reply: Illuminati is Greek for illumination and refers to enlightenment. Light and lightness of being have always been associated with higher states of awareness.

It was originally used to refer to people who were unusually knowledgeable or enlightened about a subject. So a group of individuals who have refined their researches to develop themselves and are sharing their knowledge with others should deserve such a name.

Kate Brady, acupuncturist and Brennan healer interviews Rosalind Brown, Feldenkrais practitioner about the upcoming Illuminati festival.

Saturday, September 10th, 2005

Day 5 – Q5: What kind of healers will be taking part?
Reply: This time there will be Brennan healing, Feldenkrais functional integration, channeling, Cranial Sacral therapy, top quality aroma oils on sale, an exhibition of healing paintings and special healing CDs on sale, ear candling, face-lift massage, Reiki and Reconnection healing. A spot for a healer or vendor is ¥2,500 and there are still a few spots vacant. Contact me at rozbrown@hotmail.com to book a space as we are filling up fast now that people are returning from holiday.

For more details of events see the Illuminati Festival Website

Also see acupuncturist and Brennan healer Kate Brady’s Website
Feldenkrais practitioner Roz Brown’s Website and
The Circle of Light Website (The Circle of Light is being held right after the Illuminati Festival at the International Yoga Center in Ogikubo, Tokyo.)

Kate Brady, acupuncturist and Brennan healer interviews Rosalind Brown, Feldenkrais practitioner about the upcoming Illuminati festival.

Friday, September 9th, 2005

Day 4 – Q4: What is the intention in reviving the Illuminati festival?
Reply: Tokyo needs a forum to stimulate and vitalize the international healing community. Healers and vendors can be supported in developing their skills and helped in getting connected to the public.

Kate Brady, acupuncturist and Brennan healer interviews Rosalind Brown, Feldenkrais practitioner about the upcoming Illuminati festival.

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

Day 3 – Q3: What was your first Illuminati experience like?
Reply: The next month I took part and met many interesting people doing healings, massages ear candlings,card readings, selling CDs, aroma oils, crystals etc besides my own functional integration handling. We exchanged information; handed out brochures; gave sessions in our various disciplines and generally had a good time.

For more details of events see the Illuminati Festival Website

Also see acupuncturist and Brennan healer Kate Brady’s Website
Feldenkrais practitioner Roz Brown’s Website and
The Circle of Light Website (The Circle of Light is being held right after the Illuminati Festival at the International Yoga Center in Ogikubo, Tokyo.)

Kate Brady, acupuncturist and Brennan healer interviews Rosalind Brown, Feldenkrais practitioner about the upcoming Illuminati festival.

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Day 2 – Q2: When did you first hear about the Illuminati festival?
Reply: About 4 years ago, I was teaching Awareness through Movement at the Yoga Center in Ogikubo and just as I arrived for my lesson, crowds of exhilarated people were pouring out of the Museum on the second floor. Frankly I was curious as to why everyone was looking so delighted. They told me it was the “Illuminati”. I didn’t understand what kind of party they had been to but I soon found out.

Kate Brady, acupuncturist and Brennan healer interviews Rosalind Brown, Feldenkrais practitioner about the upcoming Illuminati festival.

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

Day 1 – Q1: What is the Illuminati festival?
Reply: It’s a gathering of healers , introducing their various healing styles at a reduced price to the public and also to one another, and vendors selling their healing products.

Roz Brown

For more details of events see the Illuminati Festival Website

Also see acupuncturist and Brennan healer Kate Brady’s Website
Feldenkrais practitioner Roz Brown’s Website and
The Circle of Light Website (The Circle of Light is being held right after the Illuminati Festival at the International Yoga Center in Ogikubo, Tokyo.)

Tokyo Vegetarian Week Festival – Interview with Yoshihiko Miyazawa Representative Director of the festival. Day 6 of 6 – scroll down for more interviews.

Saturday, September 3rd, 2005

Day 6 – Q6: Are there vegetarian meetings throughout the year?
Reply: Yes, there are. JPVS members in the Tokyo area organize vege meetings every two months or so. Information on upcoming events are on the website. Events are on our website in English and Japanese.

For more details of events see the website which has an English section: www.tokyovwf.com

Tokyo Vegetarian Week Festival – Interview with Yoshihiko Miyazawa Representative Director of the festival. Day 5 of 6 – scroll down for more interviews.

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Day 5 – Q5: Are there many vegetarians in Japan? What percentage of the population are vegetarian in Japan?
Reply: There are no reliable figures as far as I know. If we ask people if they are vegetarian I would guess that less than 1% say they are vegetarian. Though, there are a certain amount of people who avoid eating meat in Japan, as meat is not a traditional food of Japan.

For more details of events see the website which has an English section: www.tokyovwf.com

Tokyo Vegetarian Week Festival – Interview with Yoshihiko Miyazawa Representative Director of the festival. Day 4 of 6 – scroll down for more interviews.

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Day 4 – Q4: Who runs the festival?
Reply: The TVWF Secretariat and its staff does. The TVWF Secretariat which I represent has 7 directors and 10 volunteers who help organize the event.

For more details of events see the website which has an English section: www.tokyovwf.com

Tokyo Vegetarian Week Festival – Interview with Yoshihiko Miyazawa Representative Director of the festival. Day 3 of 6 – scroll down for more interviews.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Day 3 – Q3: How long has the festival been going? Who started it?
Reply: It is the 3rd year of the event. But it is 2nd year since we fixed the name as Tokyo Vegetarian Week Festival (TVWF). The TVWF Secretariat which I represent started the event.

That the word Festival joins “Japan Vegetarian Week” has been advocated by Japan Vegetarian Society (JPVS) which is a member of International Vegetarian Union. I also planned the outline of “Japan Vegetarian Week” in 2003.

For more details of events see the website which has an English section: www.tokyovwf.com

Tokyo Vegetarian Week Festival – Interview with Yoshihiko Miyazawa Representative Director of the festival. Day 2 of 6 – scroll down for more interviews.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Day 2 – Q2: Which is the biggest event?
Reply: Commemoration of VEGETARIAN TAISAI on September 4th. Also lots of people may visit Tokyo Vege Market on the 3rd & 4th of September. You can enjoy food and drinks, and other goods and services which are good for vegetarian life. More than 20 manufacturers, restaurants , shops, organizations and individuals will be selling and displaying their goods. It is being held at the Culture Salon Aoyama (in Aoyama Book Center Aoyama shop). It is free of charge.

For more details of events see the website which has an English section: www.tokyovwf.com

Tokyo Vegetarian Week Festival – Interview with Yoshihiko Miyazawa Representative Director of the festival. Day 1 of 6 – scroll down for more interviews.

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Day 1 – Q1: Which events can be enjoyed by people who speak English and don’t speak Japanese?
Reply: The main speaker of Commemoration of VEGETARIAN TAISAI on September 4th is Ms. Sheri DeMaris from Philadelphia in the US. English speakers will definitely be able to understand that.

We are happy that people can enjoy the Grand Vege Party in the afternoon which will be joined by speakers and guests.

And I believe the Shoujin Ryouri Session will be helpful in understanding the Japanese mind (Japanese people often hesitate to waste even a grain of rice traditionally).

You don’t need much Japanese language ability for the Tokyo Veggie Bike Ride on September 4th.

I recommend not to miss Grand Vege Party on Sept. 4th. It is chance to get to know some vegetarian friends in Japan.

For more details of events see the website which has an English section: www.tokyovwf.com