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.

Mid-year Mela, 10 – 12 June, 2016

This year we’re introducing some changes to the Mid-year Mela. The first is that, due to the Queen’s birthday weekend being moved from June to October in Queensland, our Mid-year Mela will be shorter by a day. We’re also changing the program to make the experience more like a spiritual retreat. There’ll still be the great food and creative inspiration, but the overall flow will be designed to deepen spiritual awareness. The 2016 Mid-year Mela will be from Friday, 10th to Sunday 12th of June. You can view the program and register here.

4 – 10 January, 2016 – A Memorable Mela

The new format 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.

After all the planning that began immediately after the previous Mela – the re-visioning of the Mela to embrace its Southern Downs locale, working through the grant process and managing the ever expanding roster of artists and health practitioners – the Mela seemed to flow seamlessly as though created by the collective dreaming of all the participants. 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.

Jurassic Joe engaged the kids in his show, organising a ‘Tyrannosaurus Rex’ chorus and with boundless energy and repertoire he seemed like the Wiggles and their dinosaur all rolled into one.

A positive vein runs through Murray Kyle’s songs. Whether dealing with life’s challenges or more upbeat themes, he speaks with refreshing originality and authenticity.

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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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Tenzin’s cool workshop with Indian flute maestro, Taro Terahara and accomplished tablist, Shen Findell

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​The Foody Kitchen Elves caught on camera

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WOW!!! Pokoras for lunch!

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​Ananda Palli potatoes harvested by 4 – 8 year olds

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Yummygazzummy!

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​Penny and Roger enjoying their return to the Mela after many years

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​Indian Raga with Taro and Shen

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​Tenzin moved us with his soulful singing

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Building and demolition skill on display at the Kids’ Space

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The vibrant Sam Okoth performing

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Health Expo Day: Pradeep on ionic energy in biology

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Health Expo Opening Ceremony by Yulu Mob

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Bahil Ethopian Dancers prepare a traditional Coffee Ceremony

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Artwork from Francis’s creativity workshop

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Announcement of Sound Sculpture, Mela publicity event at Stanthorpe Art Gallery

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Border Post Ad, Dec 10. Ads also appeared in the Byron Echo and newspapers of the Sunshine Coast and other areas.

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Mela feature in the Border Post, Jan 12

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​Ramakrsna and Rainjan captured the twilight in Girraween National Park

The Ananda Mela Music and Wellbeing Festival

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 the Southern Downs 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

Our New Mela

The Ananda Mela festival has been running over a week in early January at the Ananda Palli community in Stanthorpe, Queensland for 33 years. We would like to thank everyone who has participated over the years for making the Mela the blissful event that we all love. Over the past year, Mela regulars from far and near have been conferencing weekly to hone our focus and raise our profile as a unique event that enhances cultural and community life in the Sourthern Downs. The result is The Ananda Mela Music and Wellbeing Festival that has some new features. The format remains largely unchanged except for the second last day on which we will have a Health and Wellbeing Expo and Evening Concert featuring well-known local and outside artists. Local health practitioners will exhibit from 10 AM to 3 PM, along with a number of workshops and community creations. We’re thrilled with the enthusiasm from local people many of whom have come forward to participate and help with publicity. We’re enjoying this new energy and are looking forward to the 2016 Mela. Hope to see you there!

News from the 33rd Mela!

The 2015 Ananda Mela was a fun and uplifting week of new and old connecting, deepening spirituality and engaging workshops. Presenters drew on a wide range of experience and expertise to express the theme, Dancing with the Universe.

Aboriginal activists, Wiruungga Dunggiirr and Terri-Anne Goodreid, opened the Mela with a traditional welcoming ceremony. The festive atmosphere was quickly set with the help of lively games led by the well resourced Doni Gannon.

Education and Futures specialist, Manorainjan Bussey, began the workshops by engaging participants in imagining the day to day reality of life in various stages of civilization from hunter gatherer to industrial, and the views of life that evolved out of and sustained them. The exercise posed the same challenge for the post-industrial age into which we are transitioning, and a remarkably high level of consensus formed around the conclusion – that we need a whole other session for this at the next Mela.

Dr. Bussey also presented on Neo-humanist Education. The workshop began with ‘presencing’, an exercise that helped participants’ attune to the stories of all things from simple objects to the heart of humanity. This was followed by ‘imagining’, where the bridges we are crossing on our way to Neo-humanist Education were presented in a thought provoking poem. Finally, in ‘thinking implications,’ the group divided to discuss and debate the implications of change that reach back to us from our future visions. What all agreed on was that education today was in need of a considerable dose of spirit to help it achieve the broader goals that planet and community require of it.

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