Sitting on the pristine sand in front of what we lovingly named "The Driftwood Castle" on the island... Iwrote this poem watching the waves roll in and out one evening:
The cycle that consumes me....
This compressed emotion finally screamed out in turquoise waves
A frothing aftermath that rolls forward to kiss the untouched white sand where I sit like the Buddha. The eternal witness.
Not a single imprint from a foot in sight
Until I zoom in and find lessons from a hermit crab
I find that in fact, millions of footprints sprinkle this beach
Shells moving. Camouflaged white sand crabs scuttle sideways towards the water. My gurus, the hermit crabs cruising by me.
The weight of these soft serve swirly ice cream cone shells carried by tiny bodies
Bodies that yearn to move forward though they don't know why.
There is no final destination
Just a desire to forge new tracks in the sand
To persevere without destination
Walking a path without knowing quite where it leads
Bravery and courage
And a tear timidly leaves my eye stuttering along my sun-kissed cheek as it rolls earthward
The sun yawns and starts to think about descending for the night behind this endless blanket of blue laid out before me
And I am held.
I don't know exactly what brought me to Togat Nusa Retreat but there I was.
it was worth every single moment of the long journey from LA and I am so eternally grateful for the experience. From practicing yoga on the sand... to scuba diving ten steps away from my bed... I was so inspired. All I wanted to do was write, and draw, and paint, and sing and I don't know that I have ever truly been happier then I was on the island.
I dream about going back there almost every night.
Beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear tropical ocean, great food, friendly staff, and a comfortable artistic accommodations make Togat Nusa Retreat Heaven on earth! A truly relaxing and inspiring sanctuary with amazing surroundings!
The snorkeling around Togat Nusa is beautiful, on one trip I saw a school of 6 spotted eagle rays! Afterwards I got to lounge on my own white sand beach and watch the sunset. Then it was time for a dinner of gormet island cuisine at the beachside restaurant. Thank you Togat Nusa for an amazing time!
I had my 31st birthday at Togat Nusa Retreat.
"Crazy hat party"
Every body created own hat from things only found on the beach.
Daaaaamn, it was sooo fun.
Memories were made that will stay with me the rest of my life.
I only wish i could still be in "Toga Nusa Retreat"
Thank you and Love you guys...
Over the past year I was lucky enough to clock up some serious hours on the spectacular island of john and ainsley's. Waking up in the serene jungle setting, birds singing up the sun. Breakfast overlooking a perfect left, and rushing out to find myself out there alone wave after wave for hours on end! ahhhh, barrels and surfing till u cant surf no more!!! Then when your arms turn to jelly snorkeling over the most breath-taking underwater garden of corals and tropical fish..... watching the sunset during a relaxing walk/ shell collecting around the island.... the perfect life and perfect holiday! John and Ainz and all the wonderful mentawai people, thank you for sharing your amazing world!
I ventured to TNR last year not really knowing what to expect, and what I found is my idea of paradise. A remote tropical island, fringed with the most perfectly clear water I've ever seen - which happens to pop up all around the island as the most perfect surf. With way more staff than guests, the hospitality, the service, the food - it was all outstanding and made us feel like we were at home - albeit, the home you would dream about!! Where the hardest decision you need to make is surf, sleep, play or eat.... We scored perfect waves, met new friends, and most of all found paradise... See you guys next season...