A few years ago my Dad was WOF-ing (working on organic farms) up on Quadra Island, Canada. On a local bike ride he ran/biked into Sam and his wife Andrew. Dad discovered Sam was a custom bike builder and that he and Andrea were the fastest in the world (now former) man and woman on a bike! Dad loved Sam's work and was equally as fast to order a custom bike off Sam. However Sam thought dad was most likely low budget traveler and so he was trying to tell him to buy something second hands that he could afford. Dad said money wasn't an issue and ordered the bike to Sam's surprise/humour.
Shaka bra, hah, from laguna beach with Tim Senasi and yours happily. Tim is a local yoga teacher, surfer, standup guy and potential standup comedian with his own yoga youtube channel who I met on my travels and yoga mat in Laguna. He was nice enough to take me surfing, give me some yoga assists, buy me a burrito, introduce me to his family and give me some fejoas which i'll forever been in fruity dept for.
l was happy as Larry/Doug to pry Bryce away from his Living Big in a Tiny House life to sit down in his wonderful tiny house on wheels to chat about all things big and small.
Bryce Langston is a minimalist, permaculturalist, documentary maker, actor and musician who is a big voice in the tiny house movement as founder of Living Big in a Tiny House. His youtube channel has millions of views and is as slick as banana peels coated in coconut oil on a hot pan. It's also quite reminiscent of Grand Designs which I thoroughly enjoy. I Justin Bieber belive you will love this episode as we go into the art of building small, the changing housing landscape, all the tips tricks and pitfalls on building your own tiny house, as well as Bryce's philosophies, passions and work outside of his tiny house blog.
Namaste! And welcome to episode 26 of DOUGIT the podcast with Franko Heke.
Tune into some whispers and wisdom from Franko as well as a sample of his new mantra album "ENCHANT" from his band The Gaya Tree. It's a beautiful album of Ancient & New Mantra using Maori, Hindi, Sanskrit and English done with a futuristic twist. Let music be thy medicine and gather yourself a copy on iTunes or listen on Spotify.
Franko's had a fascinating life from the drug, sex, rock n' roll and depression days to playing mantra music, having a child, training to teach yoga and playing at festivals around the world, on stage with the likes of Xzavier Rudd and playing to 3+ million people at the World Culture Festival in India...
Welcome to episode #25 of DOUGIT - the podcast - with NZ first master of wines Michael Brakovich & his brother Paul who help run the family owned Kumeu River Wines - one of the world's finest Chardonnay producers.
“It would be hard to exaggerate the importance of this famous wine. Kumeu River Chardonnay played a vital role in the renaissance of winemaking in the Auckland region. Kumeu River is one of New Zealand’s great Chardonnays, with a rock solid, prestigious reputation. A distinctive wine with notable power and concentration, it is typically lush, harmonious, and creamy smooth – a sheer delight to drink.”
- Michael Coopers Classic Wines of New Zealand
Show notes to come...
"I am me and I’m really happy with me. And I’m comfortable with growing and sharpening and improving at my own rate. If it all ends today, i'm happy with...who I am, warts and all... That’s been a massive learning curve. Sitting in that. Resting in that. Making myself vulnerable. To step out and not worry about getting approval."
- Ido Drent
Welcome to episode 23 of DOUGIT the Podcast with Ido Drent and yours happily!
Queen D, aka Miss Personality (she actually won that award), aka Damaris is one half of the super sister Duo behind the dopest Italian restaurant in town - Coco's Cantina. Damaris and her Sister Renee grew up in Kaitaki and have a lifetime worth of lessons, travel, creativity and hilarity they have managed to fuse together, without killing each on the way, into the delicious melting pot, their home, Coco's Cantina...
Welcome to Episode 21 of DOUGIT - the podcast - with the myth, the man, the legend - Andrew J Steel!
Since leaving his mums womb and his former creative brand - BMD - Andrew has become his own man, forging a career as a full time creative painting some of NZ's most iconic murals amongst many other things.
I love Andrews work and the way he works. From his loose hands-drawn styles, to his messaging and symbolism, to the way he innovates and carries himself. The guy has a spark in his eye, a pen in his hand and a bigger purpose, to make people and the world better through art, and have fun and sex on the way...
Show notes to come...:)
Welcome to episode #18 of DOUGIT the podcast with hand-balancing maestro Miguel Santana!
From Brazil to New Zealand to the World to this podcast, Miguel has been turning world's upside around the world for over 2 years now as one of the world's very best teachers in the art of hand-balancing. I have loved being one of his students and I love his story as it's so utterly unconventional!
It's so wonderful how he went from a gardner to a one of the world's best hand-balancers self taught from watching videos on YouTube and practicing in his room late at night while his friends were out drinking...
BULA! Welcome to a special sing along Kiritan and Kava drinking DOUGIT podcast with Franko Heke!
In this episode #16 of DOUGIT the podcast I am joined by Franko Heke, our brother from another mother and also an amazing singer, musician, and Wallah (leader of Kiritan). As well as Nick "Mr Avocados" Corliss and Raj "Bunjee Lemons" Joshi from the Organic Mechanic, Toshido "Tomatoes" our part Japanese part Chillian part enlightened shaman temporary flatmate and our neighbour Sylvia – silverbeet.
At our Organic Mechanic flat HQ we often sit down in the evenings for a Kava session led by Nicky Avocados. Kava is a special Fijian drink and ceremony where tribes gather to drink Kava, a sedative crop that tastes like dirt, together with an intention, clapping, much chanting of BULA, hilarious conversation and in this particular episode a dash of kiritan/singing!...
Hello friends and friends I haven't met yet. Welcome to an awesome episode #16 of Dougit the podcast with the man behind the flowers, beard, the charity Live More Awesome and a new book titled - A Guide to Live More Awesome Volume 1 - Mr Jimi Hunt!!!
Mental health is something we all have like constant cravings for chocolate and guacamole (and by all I mean me) physical health but somehow we don't treat it with the same enthusiasm, flash lycra and gym selfies, until now....
W-a-nderful welcome to episode #15 of DOUGIT the podcast with Jonnie Halstead! Jonnie and his wife Jacque are the Australasian business partners of Wanderlust worldwide. A formidable duo who combine their big smiles, passion for food, yoga, music and community to bring one of the most fabulous festivals down under to New Zealand and Australia.
To Wanderlust is to have a strong desire to travel. To go to a Wanderlust Festival is to experience an all-out celebrations of mindful living with a diverse range of world class yoga and meditation teachers to musicians, speakers chefs and everything in between, including three of my favourite activities, slack lining, massage circles and meeting beautiful people...
Hola amigos, welcome to episode #14 of DOUGIT the podcast with NZ's fittest athlete, Kevin Manuel.... show notes to come... :)
Welcome to Dougit episode #13 with Ben Warren - founder of BePure, one of NZ's leading nutrition and holistic health experts, former golf pro, permaculturist, and all round nice guy - see for yourself here.
This chat is my favourite yet! Lucky number 13 maybe? Or maybe just that Ben's such a kindred sole, his path so closely mapping my own that it felt like just catching up with a long lost very intelligent considered friend...
Show notes to come :)
"Careers are over now. I don't want to have a career. I want to have some kind of life. I want to be alive while working."
- Darren Smith
La bienvenida a gente guapa! Welcome beautiful people to episode #11 of #DOUGIT with Darren Smith. Truth be told, this is actually the first episode of the podcast. Darren was kind enough to sit down for a chat with me over a cup of tea and toast at the start of the year as a trial run/chat. Recorded this bad/interesting boy on the iphone off the cuff after a yoga sesh with the man himself.
D-Money, aka Darren, is a very smart dude of a dude and his story parallels mine quite closely. We grew up together going to the same primary, intermediate, and high school and spent much time battling on the chess board and cricket field. And ended up both transitioning to teaching Yoga at the same time after much time apart and corporate careers...
"If it doesn’t touch you. Then change it."
- Vincent Bolletta -
Welcome to episode #10 of #DOUGIT with Vincent Bolletta - yoga superstar and teacher to the stars and non famous people who are also stars in this crazy galaxy we reside in that has provided plenty more questions than answers which is a great theme for this episode - accepting the unknown and riddle of life.
This episode is so much more than yoga. It's a philosophy on life, art, eating chocolate, living out of car and everything in between. Vincent is a wonderful teacher, creative, comedian and artist and his philosophies and insights transcend far beyond the mat.