On the Couch with Tara Jade Samaya

Tara Jade Samaya AAR On the CouchWho is Tara Jade Samaya?
An Artist, dreamer and adventurer.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
If dance didn’t grasp me as a career I would probably be a designer to some degree, something that unites form and function. Most likely in visual arts, architecture and/or energy healing.

Who inspires you and why?
My biggest inspiration is my wife and collaborator Pippa Samaya, she never ceases to amaze me. After thinking I’ve got to know her after 12 years of friendship and 4 years of marriage, it seems she remains a perfect mystery. Constantly surprising and inspiring me with her insight and inquiry for the deeper soulful questions of the human condition. The way she lives, connects and makes art is sublime.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Endeavour to be the truest version of myself I can be and inspire and facilitate others to do the same.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Leh, Ladakh (India) because of the adventurous journey it takes to get there. Culturally and spiritually awe inspiring, surrounded by other worldly mountainous peaks and heart warming people.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Terra Madre ‘Tuzza Muzza’ the best most comprehensive sustainable health food shop I’ve been to and a big reason why I am grateful to live in such a conscious community in Northcote.

What are you currently reading?
Women who Run with the Wolves (Clarissa Pinkola Estés), The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (Sogyal Rinpoche), and The Museum of Modern Love (Heather Rose). My wife and I like to read aloud to each other so we generally have a few on the go.

What are you currently listening to?
A lot of Baroque Cello – it calms me and it literally sounds like my heart strings.

Happiness is?
Fleeting and contagious so feel it fully! Haha… dirty dancing feet, an outdoor bath, a cup of tea, a mountain range, an offshore breeze on the coast of curling blue waves.

What does the future hold for you?
In the near future a road trip across Australia with puppies and wife, to Adelaide and Alice Springs, with a few ‘drop-overs’ on the way to Holland, Scotland and Japan. Art making with my collective The Samaya Wives and hopefully many delightful encounters with anonymous humans.

Tara Jade Samaya performs in the world premiere of Common Ground at Melbourne’s Chunky Move Studios: 26 April – 5 May 2018. For more information, visit: www.chunkymove.com for details.

Image: Tara Jade Samaya (supplied)