Local Bloke… Andrew Marsh from Bondi
Local bloke Andrew Marsh is a meditation teacher with his own studio in North Bondi. He shares his local favourites with The Beast…
How long have you lived here? Just over 18 months. I’ve spent a lot of time in this area during my life, so it was only a matter of time before I settled here.
Why do you live here? Surf. I’ve surfed since I could walk. My family surf. We spend a lot of time in the water. I’m always salty.
What’s your favourite beach? Bondi. I love Tama and Bronte and all the way around to Maroubra. What can’t you love about this coastline? It’s a remarkable, majestic and historic piece of Sydney. Totally sick!
What’s your favourite eatery? The Bucket List. It’s not just a great location and a cool place, the food is next level. I take Dad there a lot. He’s fussy but he loves it. He’s a great barometer.
Where do you like to have a drink? Bondi Beach Public Bar. Great vibe. Go in, sit and have a drink, and you’ll see what I mean. The food’s awesome too.
Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs? The natural beauty of it. The surf, the cliffs, the walks… it’s endless when you get out and explore.
Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs? The Eastern Suburbs has a tendency for certain pockets to fall into a ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ mentality. We’re Aussies, let’s keep it simple.
Do you have a favourite sporting team? I have a few. Eastern Suburbs U12 Rugby team. I’ve been a massive Roosters fan all my life. Rugby is actually my game, so I’m loving watching the Beasties, and school boy rugby is next level now. Just recently I’ve been introduced to AFL and so the Swannies.
What music are you into at the moment? Everything. Music is always around me. I grew up on Midnight Oil, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, but right now I’ve got Splendour Live on Triple J playing in the background.
Who is your favourite person? Tom Carroll. Tommy was one of my heroes growing up. I’m teaching him to be a meditation teacher at the moment. Not only is he one of the greatest surfers of all time, he is the most amazing human being. Do yourselves a favour and Google ‘Tom Carroll and Bob Hawke’. He is going to be the most incredible meditation teacher.
What do you get up to on the weekends? Surfing. After that, we tend to be at the SCG watching stuff. I also walk my sheep dog Spook twice a day to Bronte and back. He’s a legend!
What do you do for work? I’m a meditation teacher. I have a studio in North Bondi. It rocks! I was a winemaker for 27 years in the Hunter Valley. I grew up in a winemaking family. That was pretty cool.
What’s your favourite thing about work? I get to wake up in the morning and make people happy. I teach love. Then I go to bed. I’ll do anything to see people happy and frothing and having the best life.
Do you have a favourite quote? “Radiate life for all to enjoy.” That sums it all up.
Any other words of wisdom? Meditation is a simple, natural, effortless technique that will change your life in every way. It’s f*cking gold!