This one is called “Somewhere between Byron Bay and Nimbin”.
Let me explain 🙂
is a famous town (One hour from Byron) in NSW . Nimbin is surrounded by lush green hills and valleys as is Byron. Nimbin however is inland and is filled with rivers and creeks and rainforest and Byron is a beach side town.
It is full of rich Aboriginal history and sacred story – it is the land of the Bundjalung people and this is respected by most of the locals that live here.
Nimbin is an alternate town, with original hippies moving there in the 70’s on the forefront of trying to create a utopia, a society that lives consciously with the land. It’s a down to Earth rural town with a twist that promotes liberation;being free and true to your true self – whatever that may be.
With a huge advocacy for legalising cannabis, it prides itself on environmental initiatives such as permaculture, sustainability and self-sufficiency as well as the cannabis counterculture.
Hence, I call it ’Australian’s accidental Amsterdam’. It has the raw Aussie working class vibe to it!
And the Famous Byron Bay
is a thriving beach side town that has a vibe of liberation with an underbelly of Aussie locals and spiritual seekers and some charlatans – its a mixed bag of materialism an freedom.
But, the beach and the vibe have something magic that brings people from all around the world back again and again.
I recently (spontaneously) took a week off to regenerate. I took my tent and bare minimals and camped by the river in Nimbin for three days. With no one around I meditated by the river in the thick of the rainforest, eating Bunya nuts and wild tomatoes and brewing my tea on the fire.
I then caught a bus to Byron, an hour of winding roads amid sweeping valleys, rivers and hills of lush green with the occasional duck on the back of a cow in meadows and farms galore.
When I arrived home i grabbed the paintbrush and an old canvas. And, this arose from my subconscious within 10 minutes. I called it ‘somewhere between Nimbin and Byron’ as I has merged the two together. The peace and tranquility of the rainforest and the beauty of the beach, a happy medium.
So, As the Buddha says ” The middle way” 🙂
Also, notice in the middle of the forest there is a mystical scene. It represents the non-local world – that which goes unseen. The magic of both places is in this scene 🙂 Byron Bay art 🙂