Standing at the crossroads: Last days (for now) in Melbourne

Houses in Melbourne
Tuesday morning, 6:30 AM. Luggage packed and ready by the door. One last breakfast in your kitchen, one last cup of tea in the garden. One last fur-ruffling for the house rabbit. One last walk to the train station. And off you go.

Artists at Supergraph in Melbourne

Larissa from 7/62 Contact yoga in Melbourne at the Wanderlust Festival

View of Melbourne skyline from the Yarra River
I would have liked to update more during these past six months in Melbourne, but my life quickly became consumed by work (a lesson learned: no weekends if you freelance), and the free time I had was spent away from the computer. In this city, I found what I was looking: somewhere rife with art, focused on community, peppered with permaculture blitzes and vegan cafes and poetry nights and friends’ gallery shows and crazy lively scenes ’round every corner. But even though I love it here, it’s time to move on.

Camping in Ballarat
While working on permaculture farms in Southeast Asia, I was introduced to a lifestyle that I hadn’t realised I’d been craving. To live presently, outside, playing in the dirt, growing your own food, breathing fresh air, striving to be conscious about the resources you use and your impact on the environment, and joining a community of like-minded individuals was eye-opening. But my time was always too short – two weeks here, three there – so I decided, someday, to spend at least three months on a working farm. Enough time to start gardens and see them grow, to learn something new and put it into action.

But just my luck! My Australian work visa requires exactly three months of rural work for an extension! A sign from the universe, maybe?

Yoga at the Wanderlust Festival in Melbourne
Thus, with the Melburnian winter looming, I’m jumping ship and moving to a farm up by Byron Bay. I heard about this well-known hippie town on Australia’s east coast before I even got to the country, and a common reaction when I told my Melbourne friends about the move to Byron was, ‘Oh, you’re so lucky, it’s so beautiful up there.’ But where I’m moving ain’t just a farm – it’s an ashram as well. There will be a daily meditation schedule, and a radically different lifestyle than what I’m used to. No, these three months probably won’t be easy, they could be transformative, but despite how challenging I know it will be, I’m ready for it. I’ve been absolutely craving it. And how excited am I to start this new adventure, while living in the countryside with kangaroos and koalas?

So it’s on the road again, my life folded neatly into a suitcase and a backpack, heading north on a two day train ride to the unknown. And after my winter stay on the ashram? Well…both Burning Man and India are in the works, so 2014 is looking to be pretty transformative. But, at this point, I’ve learned to not seriously plan more than a few months in advance. The road twists and turns, after all. Good thing packing has become second nature.

See you on the flipside, Melbourne. Thanks for being a home.

Melbourne Now at the NGV Sharehouse room in Melbourne

Melbourne CBD

10 Responses to Standing at the crossroads: Last days (for now) in Melbourne

  1. Flora || Flora The Explorer 2 May, 2014 at 02:21 #

    Exciting stuff Naomi! And I’ve got to say, you’re really making me think more seriously about that Australia working visa… if only to follow in your footsteps :) Have an incredible time at the ashram – I hope you get some of the change you’re craving xx

  2. Katrinka 2 May, 2014 at 03:41 #

    I second Flora– you’ve been making me think about it too. Been meaning to email you for weeks now. Also– when will you be in the Bay Area? It would be so much better to communicate over coffee than the internetz… :-)

  3. Kirstin 3 May, 2014 at 17:57 #

    This sounds like an amazing adventure! Also, house rabbit?!

  4. Elizabeth 6 May, 2014 at 15:35 #

    Oh Naomi! I am so happy (and super jealous!) for you! Sounds like such an amazing experience. I have also been desperately wanting to connect with nature and the earth. I hope you have the best time and can’t wait to hear about all your crazy adventures! xxxx

  5. Ekua 17 May, 2014 at 09:47 #

    Love your adventures, Naomi! Enjoy the farm life!

  6. jdigi82 21 May, 2014 at 23:34 #

    love love love your pictures!! youve got a new fan :) xo, jess

  7. Nicole 4 July, 2014 at 00:14 #

    Exciting things happening! Love this.
    Cheers, Nicole

  8. Olivia @ Olivia Explores 4 July, 2014 at 02:24 #

    Looks like you had an incredible time in Aus but I think the next three months is SE Asia will be an amazing (perhaps even life-changing) experience! Can’t wait to read all about it :)

  9. Michaela 22 July, 2014 at 18:10 #

    It sounds great! I wish I could go there as well! :)

  10. rebecca 8 April, 2015 at 02:22 #

    Hi there, I really enjoyed reading your past updates and most recent post :) I have just started on WordPress since I am just beginning my travels – not only to keep my own recording of the journey, but also to read other people’s recommendations and insights. I am 23 and my first post lists the places I will be visiting. Thank you for your post!

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