Collyn Rivers - Broome WA
Believes in minimalist and simplistic living? ............................Yes!
It is hard to know where to start when describing
the enigma that is Collyn Rivers although the Sydney Morning Herald
probably came close in describing him some years ago as "one of few remaining
Collyn now lives with his wife Maarit in Broome Western Australia, on a secluded 10 acre property, in an environmentally friendly house which they partly built themselves. Their home is open plan, with glass everywhere to take full advantage of the incredible views to the Indian Ocean. Maarit even went and got her Welding and Production Engineering Certificates, so she could participate in the building of their new home. It really threw contracting tradesmen when they wanted something cut and Maarit brought out her angle grinder and did it for them.
Collyn has enjoyed a life which has been incredibly varied. He started work as a research engineer with General Motors, later founded a worldwide chain of electronics and other magazines, and eventually became Technical Editor of The Bulletin and also of Australian Business magazines.
His major loves other than his home and wife are self-sufficient travel
in the outback and yoga. He gained a full certification as an
Iyengar Yoga teacher in the 1980s, and together with Maarit,
teach this very physically demanding form of the art.
|In more recent time he has married his journalistic
abilities to his love of the outback and travel. The first child is a
book called 'The Campervan and Motorhome Book'. It is rapidly becoming
the bible for any motorhomer or caravanner who wants to be as efficient,
safe, and cost-conscious as possible while travelling. His second book,
'Motorhome Electrics - and Caravans too!' is also gaining similar status.
A third, a totally down-to earth to making solar really work in caravans
is due in a few months time. More on these two books later - for now let's
explore the character of the man.
"Why self publish?" I asked when I first met Collyn and a very straightforward reply came back, "So I keep control and make sure everything is accurate. Also I can run off very small print runs and update them as Australian standards and other matters change". So all that makes very good sense, especially after you have spent some time just sitting in the back of Collyn's OKA with several stubbies for company over a couple of hours, as I did one afternoon at the CMCA Barcaldine Rally.
To say Collyn calls a spade a spade is an understatement
- he calls it a bloody shovel in no uncertain terms! But it is this
sort of directness and total lack of facade, that makes him an even
more interesting personality. There is no misunderstanding his opinions
on any subject. Ask any question and be prepared for a very definite
well researched response.
Bertha is Collyn and Maarit's trusty OKA four-wheel-drive all-terrain truck/motorhome. She safely rumbled from Broome to Barcaldine straight through the centre of Australia in just five days - and back in four and a half.
Bertha at Barcaldine
|It was amusing to see people 30 or more years younger
than Collyn have problems stretching to get up Bertha's two very high
entrance steps. In comparison ask the 72-year old master to show you
what his yoga flexibility allows him to do. He can virtually do the
splits vertically with his foot up on the OKA's window sill from ground
level. Try this at your own peril - watch out for that hamstring!
Collyn's books are currently available directly from our own book sales section and can be purchased online here on this site via our secure server.
This little story is meant to show people what happens when you attend a CMCA rally - the different people you can meet - I had to promise faithfully to come and stay when we get to Western Australia or he would put a spell on our travels to get us there. Nothing will keep us away Collyn!