Visiting Gurus2019-03-14T10:39:05+00:00

Inspire & Be Inspired

Nihi Sumba Island is a place to inspire and be inspired. We invite world class talent from around the world to share their passion with our staff and guests including culinary arts, outdoor adventure, entertainment, spa therapies & healing modalities, photography and much more!

View our upcoming lineup below. Activities offered by Visiting Gurus may be pre-booked with your hotel reservation in order to guarantee a spot.

Augusto Vegas

Survival Apnea

Waterman (Surfer & Freediver), Augusto spends his year sharing knowledge in the practises of breathing & breath bolding, and healthy living. Augusto is the Co-founder of Survival Apnea, an education system that shares Surfer´s and Freediver´s insights with the aim to help individuals increase performance in all types of stressful and challenging situations through the development of Self Awareness & Self Control. Parallel to the above, he is a Head Coach at Wildfitness. Which allows him to share knowledge & skills on how to live a healthy and balanced life, based on the observation of Nature and Human Evolution.

INSTAGRAM | @augustovegas

Carol Sharpe

Horse Whisper  & Equine Connective

You have timed your stay with us perfectly to participate in some profoundly unique experiences with our magical Sumba horses.

For a limited time Nihi Sumba Island own horse whisperer Carol will come to do her training program, this gives guests the opportunity to experience her specialized Equine Connective Programs. Carol is the founder and developer of Nihi Sumba Island’s Sandalwood Stables and horses have been apart of her life for over 40 years, she also has a passion for and been a dedicated student and teacher of self awareness and personal development for over 10 years, however, she will attest that the past 3 years of working with the “On the edge of wildness” Sumba horses have offered the richest of all equestrian and self awareness learnings.

INSTAGRAM | @equineconnect

Tânia Araújo


Part of Nihi’s team for the last 4,5 years, Tânia believes that images have the power to condense the full beauty of a journey and adventure of destination. Capturing the unique and real moments, sharing stories of the people and places is what inspires Tânia, a Portuguese designer and dive instructor. With work published in over 50 top internation magazines and website, she’s been colaborating with big brands of the hospitality world and landed the cover of Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Departures Magazine and on Nikon Asia website. Join her to discover the best places of Sumba or have her capturing your memories on Nihi Sumba.

INSTAGRAM | @taniasmagicaltravels

Jason Wolcott


Freelance photographer Jason ‘woolly’ Wolcott has been behind the camera for the better part of 2 and a half decades. With more than 60 magazine covers and 10,000+ images published in the water sports and travel genres. He is one of most accomplished photographers in the action sports world. From surfing to kitesurfing he is known as one of the best in water photographers there is. Jason has now added publisher to his credits becoming an ownership partner, international editor, and chief photographer of Freedom Kitesurfing Magazine.

With Jason’s keen eye for visual perfection and innate ability to write a story just as well as he can photograph it, he is a true creative Swiss Army knife. He is also an acclaimed landscape, travel, and fine art photographer as well as cinematographer. Let Jason create your memories at Nihi Sumba from land, sea, or air.

INSTAGRAM | @jason_wolcott_photography

Jason Childs


Jason Childs is a world famous photographer with a long association and history with Nihi Sumba, from both a personal and professional perspective. He is currently considered to be one of the most respected and prolific photographers in surfing and his photography can be seen in every major surf magazine working with the best in the world: Kelly Slater, Jon Jon Florence, Mick Fanning, Rob Machado, Dane Reynolds and Dave Rastovitch to name a few.

He offers a unique tailor made photographic experience. Available to document all water sports, family portraits, adventure travel imagery and lifestyle during your stay in Sumba.

INSTAGRAM | @childsphotos

Shawn Heinrichs & Sarah Lewis

Filmmakers & Environmentalists

Sarah and Shawn are both key members of the team that has been creating marine protected areas in the Indonesian archipelago of Raja Ampat, the heart of the Coral Triangle. We were fortunate to have Shawn and Sarah visit Nihi in June to assess present conservation threats on Sumba and recommend preventative measures to mitigate future issues. Shawn Heindrichs is an Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, photographer, scuba diver, and marine conservationist. Key areas of Shawn’s conservation focus include ending the global slaughter of sharks, protecting manta and mobula rays, and establishing marine-protected areas. Sarah Lewis is project leader at Save our Seas Foundation and has been working on the Indonesian Manta Project to create a nationwide knowledge base of manta ray distribution, population ecology, and threats.

INSTAGRAM | @bluespherefoundation

Lara & Benny

Yoga and Live Music

Join international touring couple Lara Zilibowitz and Benny Holloway for a sensory yoga journey of Full Body Listening. You are invited to listen, not just with your ears, but as if every cell of your body was an organ of perception, awakening to the symphony alive inside you as we move and breathe with awareness.

Through a combination of slow-flow vinyasa and yin yoga, paired with a transcendental live soundscape of Benny’s voice and guitar, we will savour the texture of every sensation as a gateway towards moving meditation and deep restoration.

Daily classes on the Yoga Pavilion at 7:30am and 5pm | Private bookings available upon request

INSTAGRAM | @larazilibowitz & @benny_holloway

Past gurus

Chef Andres Morataya

Owner of Panga Restaurant | Oct 9th – 30th

We are big fans of a bush-cooked meal over an open fire, so we are honored that Panamanian Chef Andres Morataya is setting up his renowned rustic-grill approach to fresh seafood here at Nihi.  For travelers not familiar with Morataya’s restaurant, the farm-to-table Panga, this recent New York Times review should entice you to join us for his Sumbanese pop-up the month of October.  The dining experience will follow true Panga form:  watch as he works his culinary magic using his signature grill, engineered of local stone and driftwood.  Combined with simple ingredients from our organic gardens and staples from the island, your ‘catch of the day’ will receive a special twist from Morataya’s creative touch, since he refuses to let any detail go to waste.  “I like to serve unpretentious, fun food that feeds the soul.” 

INSTAGRAM | @andresmoratayacooks

Do you have a special gift you’d like to bring to the Edge of Wildness? To apply to be Nihi’s next visiting Visiting Guru send your CV and cover letter to info@nihi.com