Taking time out + SWELL festival

Every now and then I feel a pull. When things feel unsettled and nerves are jangled, I need something to ground me. And I always find it at the ocean. I call it my vitamin sea.

Swell festival

We are about an hour away from the beach but I never regret the drive. Even with two little boys in the back. Last week the kids and I decided to take the day and head to Currumbin and the SWELL festival. 

There were other things that we could have been doing. A list a mile long filled with housework and work. But then there always is. And it’s not what any of us needed.

Instead we headed to sand, sea, vast skies and vast artwork. SWELL hosts large scale feats of creativity and engineering. They adorn the beach and pathways. Structures big enough to explore. Abstract art where the meaning is not entirely clear but paves the way for conversation. Conversations with children being particularly enlightening. Art that makes a political or environmental statement. Which is an excellent launching point to get the kids to talk about these issues and their potential solutions. Art that makes you think and talk and feel. An outdoor classroom.

All set against the cerulean tones of ocean and sky.

The beach is muse to many. Balm to more souls than my own. Awesome and inspiring. I think the sheer size and space of it all puts other things into perspective and allows greater things to grow. There is something cleansing about the ocean. A sense that everything will be okay. My husband likes to joke “Everything is better at the beach”. And it is.

It’s the perfect backdrop for art. For restoration. And for creativity to bloom.

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Did you go to SWELL?
Even skivved off because your soul needed it?

 

Linking up with Kylie Purtell – Capturing Life and IBOT 

 

 

 

32 thoughts on “Taking time out + SWELL festival

  1. Renee Wilson says:

    The ocean is my vitamin sea too and Currumbin is our favourite beach to visit. I haven’t been to Swell for years. It always sneaks up on me. I’m disappointed I missed yet another year. I’m glad you had a wonderful time and nourished your soul x

  2. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid says:

    I didn’t go to Swell but I follow some people on Instagram who did and it looked spectacular – I love that giant deck chair! I don’t know if it’s because I’m a cancerian but I always find the sound of the sea soothes my soul – your sandy sojourn sounded like just what the weekend doctor ordered!

  3. Emily says:

    Love your pics. Absolutely love them. I’ll generally choose mountains and trees over sand and sea, but either way, it’s about outdoors and not home, isn’t it? Sometimes you’ve just got to ignore the to-do list, because the to-live list beckons. #teamIBOT

  4. Hugzilla says:

    Oh we flew over that on the way to ProBlogger! It was the coolest thing to see this massive turtle on the beach. I saw it in person last year when we went to visit Mum and Dad for a holiday. The kids absolutely loved it.

  5. Maxabella says:

    I reluctantly go there (so much sun, so much sand), but never, ever regret having been. My kids adore the beach, so we are there regularly. It takes about 25 minutes to get to quite a few different beaches from our house, so no excuse. SWELL sounds absolutely brilliant. I think there is a similar kind of festival on the Central Coast, not too far from us. x
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    • Robyna says:

      SWELL is just gorgeous. We look forward to it every year. My boys aren’t too keen on the sand either (well, fine for sand castles, drastic when it clings to wet feet!)

  6. Jodi Gibson says:

    Oh I’d love to live closer to the beach. Our closest beach is 5 hours away! I do find though, that walking is a great escape for me, even if it’s just a daily thing. I do love getting out into nature, it really grounds you.

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