The year started off hot in Savusavu – although folk arriving from Australia were bringing stories of temperatures back in Melbourne and Sydney of over 40 degrees, which was way more that we were experiencing. The heat didn’t stop us enjoying the first yoga retreat of the year. Michele Jayne from Melbourne taught the class in the first week, bringing to it her customary blend of an intense sequence of asansas in the morning and a much gentler session in the afternoon when she explored the chakras and taught a mixture of Yin yoga and restorative poses.
She stayed on after the course and offered a weekend package to locals. It’s always good to welcome visitors from Suva and we’re often astonished at how many of them say they’ve never been to Savusavu before. We’ll keep trying to change that!
We had a couple of cruise ships visiting town. All the local craft shops set up their stalls; some of the most innovative and different offerings were to be found at the stall of local artist who are producing brightly painted original designs on masi (bark) cloth and coconut shells. They were also selling simple notepads beautifully bound in local fabric including of-cuts from saris, which looked very attractive. This group of artists originally came together under the auspices of the Savusavu Rotary Club who funded materials for their classes. They are now a self-sustaining group who make items that can honestly lay claim to being unique to Savusavu.
The start of February saw 4 or 5 days of high winds from the north which is unusual; the waves in the bay were huge and most of us took our boats into harbor for protection. Luckily it all calmed down with no mishaps – although there were no fish in town for a few days as none of the fishermen had been able to get out. But that problem also calmed down!