The wind blew shrill and smart,
And the wind awoke my heart
Again to go a-sailing o’er the sea,
To hear the cordage moan
And the straining timbers groan,
And to see the flying pennon lie a-lee.

 

 Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 – 1894

Whatuwhiwhi Beach

In 1997 our family headed to the beach for the summer, to a place on the Karikari Peninsula called Whatuwhiwhi—pronounced Fatufeefee—not the way you may have been thinking.

Our ridge-top rental possessed views of the sea in two directions. To the east—the long slow arc of Tokerau Beach and the sweeping curve of Doubtless Bay. Legend has it that when Captain James Cook arrived here on the Endeavour in 1770 he said: “This is doubtless a bay.” Hence its present name.

Puheke Hill

To the west, across knobbly, grass-covered dunes, lay a series of reed fringed, sapphire-blue, finger-shaped lakes—haven to heron and gull, and glimpses of the white sand of Rangiputa Beach. The rounded, pyramidal volcanic dome of Puheke stood guard over the west coast of the peninsula, north of the entrance to Rangaunu Harbour.

Our home for the summer was a two storey Kiwi bach, a functional, if not fancy, house designed for visits in the summer and on weekends throughout the year when the weather was favourable. The absentee owners maintained the basic garden of rough lawn and a few hardy evergreens that withstood the incessant winds of the hilltop.

The vista was superb, like a prince; the garden drab and colourless, a pauper in comparison. We loved that summer, swimming and walking every day. The girls would play on a makeshift swing suspended from a large, Pohutukawa—New Zealand’s red-flowering Christmas tree—overhanging the beach. We ate our evening meals on the windy deck on the north side of the bach, struggling to keep kelp powder in the salad rather than on our clothes. The sky would colour majestically as the day waned.

By autumn we knew we had to move on. The wind grew increasingly chilly, and found refuge inside our dwelling, like an unwanted guest. The house had no insulation or woodstove. It was not really an all-season home.

By the time we took refuge in what was to be our sanctuary for four years in nearby Peria Valley, I was craving a garden with colour. It was during that summer by the beach that I discovered the importance of flowers in one’s life. Their absence made my heart fondly long for them.

It is acknowledged in today’s technology-dominated world that many people are not getting as much green time as they need for optimum health. One beautiful summer by the beach in Whatuwhiwhi showed me that green is not enough. A full spectrum of coloured flowers feeds my soul. Do you have enough colour in your life?

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In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

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My recent guest on Voices from the North,, Ian Cambourn, has taken huge steps in his life—from surveying, to international project management, to running an organic wholesaler to energy healing. His advice? See the beauty in all things and all people. Wise words. Enjoy this interview:

Some topics covered in our discussion:

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  2. The Therapeutic Goods Act
  3. Taking responsibility for your own health
  4. Need for change in the current business model

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Dear Friends, Family and Fans,

Prepare to have your breath taken away! For over two years I have traveled
to many of the world’s most pristine locations—Greenland, Patagonia,
Hawaii, Iceland, Peru, Alaska, The Caribbean, New Zealand, and the Canadian
Rockies—capturing the earth’s beauty in ways that are rarely seen. Inspired by
decades of National Geographic specials, the BBC Planet Earth series and the
majestic beauty of our terrestrial home, Earth Songs gently guides the viewer
on a journey of ageless wisdom, inspiring poetry and stunning footage of
Mother Earth at her finest.

As a first time filmmaker, I was extremely fortunate to have legendary
actor, Michael York (Three Musketeers, Logan’s Run, Cabaret Austin Powers
—Thanks Michael), narrate the documentary for me and equally fortunate to have
Academy Award winning composer Brian Keane arrange the film’s musical score.
Brian also enlisted the help of Ira Spiegel to do sound effects (Brian and
Ira are consider THE “A Team” of Ken and Ric Burns PBS fame) and needless to say, they are now my “A Team” as well. What began as a documentary film
has now become two (2) movies. The first is a 45-minute documentary film,
narrated by renowned actor, Michael York and scored by Brian Keane. The second feature is a relaxing (healing) 55-minute meditation experience through an alchemy of breathtaking scenery set to an enchanting musical score by Grammy Award winning artists including Michael Hoppe, Secret Garden, Brian Keane, Keola Beamer and Craig Armstrong.

Earth Songs was created as a unique relaxation DVD for these troubled times
we are now living. Like Seasons of the Heart, Earth Songs will be made
available to hospitals across the country for in-house cable programming for cancer patients and the chronically ill. And… one dollar from the sale of each DVD will be donated to the American Cancer Society. I am also in the
process of lining up some premier events across the country next year including Omaha, Jacksonville, Columbus, and Boulder (please see my the upcoming events page of my website for more details).
There is also talk about airing Earth Songs on some PBS affiliate…Fingers
crossed on that one!

As so many people who have seen demos and rough cuts have said, “EARTH
SONGS will take your breath away.” You can preview the first chapter for both the documentary and meditation features on YouTube.com links by going to:

• Earth Songs Documentary Introduction
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0gGVPxlJio

• Earth Songs Meditation (song: Prairie Moon by Michael Hoppe)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swE5aYurZcg

• Earth Songs Movie Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_ktYuzEv8E

Total Running Time: 105 minutes

Cost: S25.00 (plus S&H) Enclosed is an order form and soon, on my website,
there will be a means to purchase EARTH SONGS through Paypal as well .

Brian Luke Seaward
Producer/Director: EARTH SONGS: Mountains, Water and the Healing Power of Nature

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