Entries by SC

SAORI at Shizuka

There is something mythological about Prue Simmons—one senses that if you spent enough time in her company you might rise like a phoenix from the ashes of your boring office job. Prue is the founder of Dyeing to Weave, a SAORI weaving and natural dye studio based out of Clunes in the Central Highland of […]

One Year Anniversary

It is one year since Catherine Defina took over Shizuka Ryokan from Peter and Margaret McConvill. Pictured here is Yuri, Margaret McConvill and Catherine Defina.  

A farmers’ market, a picnic and some wallabies at dusk.

You might be in for a treat—your visit to Shizuka Ryokan may coincide with a local farmers’ market. Here is a plan: Start the day at Shizuka with a traditional Japanese breakfast then pop down to a farmers’ market to purchase some delicious local provisions. Next take a picnic rug (and some empty bottles for […]

SAORI Japanese weaving workshop

Shizuka Ryokan will be rife with creativity and sustainability this November during a three day SAORI Japanese weaving workshop. The philosophy of SAORI is an interesting one. The word SAORI comes from ‘sai’ meaning individuality, and ‘ori’ meaning weaving. SAORI is markedly different from other forms of hand weaving because the weaver is encouraged to […]

Words in Winter

A wonderful writer’s festival is happening right on Shizuka’s doorstep next month. Words in Winter is an annual literary and arts festival held across Daylesford, Trentham, Clunes and Maryborough. This year marks the fifteenth year of Words in Winter with a theme of Origins. Daylesford guests include award-winning author Don Watson, investigative reporter Louise Milligan, […]

It’s QOSY here!

Travel bloggers QOSY visited Shizuka Ryokan. “Although our stay was only one night, we left breathing deeper, thinking slower, and much more mindful. The atmosphere of the retreat coupled with the bushland setting made for one of the most rejuvenating get-aways I’ve ever experienced.” Read the full review here.