Thursday, 28 October 2021
Gillie Sutherland Gillie Sutherland

When we change the way we look at the world, the way the world looks to us changes

Written by  Gillie Sutherland Apr 25, 2021

The Time Is Now

I’m feeling a little buzz about Dubrovnik at the moment.

Partly it’s because some cafe bars have opened, albeit just until 7pm at the moment, but catching the sunsets down by the water in Cavtat feels like such a treat now.

I think we’ve all started to appreciate the little things in life again, and gratitude is always going to be a healthy state of mind to adopt, especially after such a long hard slog in lockdown.

The real buzz however has been starting to really make the most of the area again, and that’s been down to the connections I’ve been forming with like-minded souls in the area, who like me, are starting to just get on with living again.

We can do things safely, especially when the weather is good, and by working together, we can co-create some magical experiences right here, right now.

It came about a week or so ago when I decided enough was enough, I couldn’t sit around waiting for when and if the tourist season might begin, and when and if my guests may be able to fly in.

In the same way I couldn’t wait around for my cat to come home, I had to get out and about again, and at the same time increase the chances of me finding him, if he is still alive.

It’s just a lot more empowering to focus on what we can do, instead of waiting around for circumstances to change, or to rely on factors outside our control.

With the locus of control within us, we can start to feel a sense that we are “master and commander” in our life once more, rather than being a victim of our circumstances.

That changes everything.

When we change the way we look at the world, the way the world looks to us changes.

This week, for instance, I wasn’t able to get back to the UK to run my usual Earth Day event, but instead I managed to connect people from all over the world via Zoom and at the same time invite a group of people already here in Dubrovnik to enjoy a yoga session at the stunning Lazereti.



The outcome was a huge number of people who were online saying “I can’t wait to visit Dubrovnik now”, “I’m coming out there as soon as I can”, “I need to see that place”. The ones that were here in person were requesting more yoga sessions in gorgeous outdoor spaces like this one, something I will be happy to oblige with!

It’s a win-win for everyone, and it has inspired me to “just get on with it”, I don’t need to wait any longer.

I’ve partnered up with a local Watersports centre in Cavtat to do some stand-up paddleboarding, and getting a group together to do some hikes, including up Mount Srd. I’m also looking forward to attending other people’s events, for there is so much to do, and it’s always better to do it with others.

There are plenty of us here in Dubrovnik right now, ready to get out there living again after being couped up for so long, and eager to meet like-minded souls for new adventures.

The added benefit is that, through the power of social media, we are going to be naturally showcasing all the fantastic activities that Dubrovnik and the surrounding areas has to offer.

As people are starting to decide where they are going to choose to go on holiday, we are going to make Dubrovnik the most attractive proposition we can!

My personal aim is to make it an area for those who are interested in well-being and being outdoors. In times where we are more conscious than ever about our health, I believe Croatia to be one of the best places to visit. It’s a place to come and heal and renew the weary covid soul. It has some of the most stunning natural surroundings, and as we know, nature is the best healer.

What’s more is that those people who do come out here for wellness will be doing more than just spending a few hours buying no more than an ice cream before getting back onto their cruise ship. They’ll be trying out the healthy local food, some new activities, maybe even a fitness or yoga class, an authentic cultural experience, and they’ll be coming back for more.

For people that look after themselves tend to look after each other better and they also tend to look after the planet better.

If we want to give Dubrovnik the best chance of recovering this tourist season, without the hoards of “fast tourists” it had before, then there are things we can do here to make a difference.

As Gandhi said “we need to be the change we want to see in the world”. I want to see people come here and go back feeling healthier, happier and like their passion for life has been renewed.

So I’m starting with me, I’m focusing on what I can do, not what I can’t do, and I’m going to go out and start making the most out of every naturally healthy opportunity I come across.

Together we can heal.

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Gillie Sutherland grew up in the north of England, before settling in Devon, but has now swapped her UK address for one on the Adriatic in the very south of Croatia, in Molunat. A professional Wellness Consultant she now runs retreats and online courses from her Konavle base. She also writes a weekly column for the Devon newspaper, The Express and Echo.

To find out more about Gillie go to


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