What they say about the Mela

I’ve been coming for 11 years, always a refreshing start to the new year.

The mela is a 1 week tension-free retreat, another world.

A great way to get in touch with my spirit.

I enjoyed meeting up with old acquaintances, don’t have to worry or think too much, its like hanging out with family (one I don’t have at home).

The mela provides a rare loving space for children to be with adults together in workshops, work and play and this is really appreciated.

You have inspired me to become a better person.

What they say about the Mela

I enjoyed meeting up with old acquaintances, don’t have to worry or think too much, its like hanging out with family (one I don’t have at home).

The mela provides a rare loving space for children to be with adults together in workshops, work and play and this is really appreciated.

You have inspired me to become a better person.

I’ve been coming for 11 years, always a refreshing start to the new year.

The mela is a 1 week tension-free retreat, another world.

A great way to get in touch with my spirit.

 

Welcome to the 35th Ananda Mela Festival

3 – 9 January

 

The Ananda Mela Music and Wellbeing Festival is an inspiring and empowering festival for all ages. The festival recognises the role of culture in creating health and wellbeing and provides a festive space for health practitioners, artists and activists to contribute to the vitality of community.

Enjoy:

        • Music and dance with local, national and international artists
        • Deep relaxation with twice daily meditation and yoga
        • Healthy gourmet vegan and vegetarian food
        • Fun and innovative workshops
        • The lightness of chanting
        • Entertaining creative activities for children and youth

The Health and Wellbeing Expo Day on Saturday 7th January enables local people to experience the workshops and friendly atmosphere, also benefitting from local health practitioners using various health modalities. The programme is being constantly updated. Check here for the latest line-up of workshops and performances. In addition, on the Expo Day you will enjoy an Evening Concert featuring well-known local and outside artists.

As a community event we’re always thrilled with the enthusiasm from local people many of whom have come forward to participate and help with publicity.

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Workshop – Restorative Yoga

A deeply relaxing practice designed to allow you to slow down the mind, breathe and get a gentle revitalizing stretch. Restorative Yoga consists of a series of floor poses supported by props such as blocks, pillows blankets and straps

We hope to see you there!

4 – 10 January, 2016 – A Memorable Mela

The Ananda Mela Music and Wellbeing Festival brought together songlines from far and near for a week of Mela fun and connecting. Local artists, activists and health practitioners, from Yulu Mob Aboriginal Dancers to folk duo, Penny and Roger, mingled with Bahil Ethiopian Dancers and Tibetan folk musician, Tenzin Choegyal’s masterful trio. Local community radio station, TenFM broadcast live all morning on the 9th from the Mela, intermingling music and interviews of the Mela artists.

We’re grateful to the Southern Downs Regional Council and the Queensland Government for the arts funding that enabled such a rich gathering of talented artists.

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Francis Gilfedder performing with Murray Kyle. Light creation by Partha

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Jali takes a break from her busy playing schedule

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Alison Gaffney doing the fantastic NIA workshop

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​Ramakrsna and Rainjan captured the twilight in Girraween National Park

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