Kia Ora! My first discovery of the wonders and joys of Tipi Life was through the European Rainbow Gatherings 15 years ago. I travelled for some years throughout Europe with my first hand sewn Tipi, from Spain to the Arctic Circle and from Ireland to Poland. My travels took me further afield to the US and India, where I also stayed in and made Tipis, and eventually to New Zealand. I have incorporated designs and practical experience over the years (and continue to do so) and believe that we make the highest quality product whilst maintaining low overheads and a home business philosophy. It is still a constant source of joy to live and work with these beautiful and sacred spaces... each one that leaves the workshop does so with a satisfaction of knowing the joy that it will bring to the many who will share in its energy, whether it be a home, a healing space, gathering place, etc. Alongside my passion for tipis, I am a mountaineer, acrobat, juggler, farmer, and father, and sometimes I get a little rest!!!
Learning to make tipis some years ago, I discovered a wonderful new application for the skills I had learnt as an engineer. I had always enjoyed the thought processes involved in working as a precision engineer but the industrial environment was a constant challenge. I have always loved these structures and feel extremely fortunate to be able to make a living from working with them. Witnessing people's excitement when they take delivery of a new tipi or yurt is always so rewarding.
Greetings...With many skills in computer design and a sound business knowledge I have been overseeing the administrative and graphic design side of Jaia; ensuring that the website stays fresh, brochures get sent, and the energy continues to grow in a harmonious and balanced way. When i'm not behind a computer I spend time in the garden, practicing yoga and I enjoy just being in our 6m tipi.