Testimonials

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.

WORKSHOPS & PERFORMANCES

Workshops and Presentations for the 2018 Ananda Mela.

Much more to come. CLICK HERE to receive program updates.


Emma BrindellEmma Brindell – Deep Ecologist

Emma Brindell is the founder of WiseEarth Education, which works to nurture and build respect for our planet. She believes that understanding the interconnectedness of all life through experience is key to bringing about a thriving and sustainable world. She has drawn inspiration from the principles and practices of Deep Ecology, Bioregionalism and Place-Based Education. Emma is also a graduate of the School of Shamanic Womancraft and loves holding women’s circles and workshops, which she believes are an important part of healing ourselves and our relationship with Mother Earth.

Workshops:

Deep Ecology: Discovering Ourselves as Part of Nature

Deep Ecology: Healing Our Separation from Earth

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YoySnap 2017-08-16 at 10.57.10o Tuki – Rapa Nui Musician

Rapa Nui is the birthplace and homeland of musician Yoyo Tuki, an acclaimed musical figure throughout Polynesia, Chile and Australia. Rapa Nui (Easter Island) lies 3700 klm off the coast of Chile and 4000 klm sotheast from Tahiti. The official language is Spanish as the island is part of Chile, though the islanders also speak Rapa Nui – a Polynesian dialect similar to Tahitian and New Zealand Maori.

Yoyo credits his grandfather, Mana Roa (Great Wisdom), a respected elder, for nurturing his deep respect for his land and traditions. Mana Roa was regarded as a keeper of ancient wisdom and was also one of the islands greatest carvers.

Sung in Rapa Nui, Spanish or English, the message in Yoyo’s music is universal. He draws on life experiences, the sometimes tragic history of his people, awareness for the environment, spiritual reflection, stories passed down from his elders and of love and celebration. He plays music for the pure joy of expression and understands this as the underlying success of his career. Yoyo’s captivating voice, eclectic guitar style, clever arrangements and innovative world sound is unlike anything created before. He combines moods & flavours from traditional Rapa Nui to Reggae, Afro, Folk, Latin, New Age and more, with an impressive line-up of emotive ballads to upbeat dance tunes.

Workshops:

Rapa Nui Culture Talk Workshop

Traditional Polynesian Rapa Nui song

Traditional Rapa Nui Polynesian Hoko (Haka) dance

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Feraliza – Singer / Songwriter

Feraliza is like a fresh burst of life sprouting straight from the roots of the folk movement. Take a young woman with a       raging fire in her belly and a history of passionate environmental activism, add a powerful and mesmerizing voice, a guitar style all of her own, and a lyrical genius inspired by the colourful experiences of a drifter, a freedom fighter, a student life, and you have Feraliza.

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Snap 2017-08-16 at 13.41.55Shunya Bell, Amrita & Sun Bear

The Shunya Trio are a heartfelt delight…spacious songwriters with a grounding in the spiritual, their music relaxes and inspires. The live trio with Shunya on beautiful nylon acoustic guitar and vocals, the angelic Amrita Devi on vocals and Gaelic harp have a loyal fanbase in the Byron Shire and Sunshine Coast. Their three albums, This Vast Mystery, Moments Between Thoughts and Rescue Flares are now joined by Amrita’s stunning solo album “Message from My Heart”. The show journeys from peaceful mantras, through reflective songs, an upbeat finale to dance to and space for something spontaneous to arise.

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Snap 2017-08-16 at 14.08.16Tony Rice – Kite Maker

Tony has been a Practicing artist for more than 30 years and a Kite Maker for 20. He began his art career in Adelaide at the South Australian School of Art in the 1970s. As a Potter and a Kite maker Tony found inspiration in the traditions of Japan. Working with kites came about as a direct response to the limitations of exhibiting his work in galleries. Wrestling with Limitations of Space, he found in the kite a liberating vehicle for his painting and sculpture. He now exhibits in the great gallery that is the sky, amidst wind, clouds, birds, sun, rain, and deep blue space.
He is a member of The Australian Kite Flyers Society and has become a major influence among Australian Kite Artists for his use of traditional Asian kite making techniques and materials.

In recent years Tony has found a new medium and a new concern in the plastic waste washed up from the sea. Replicating Dolphins and Turtles, he reminds us of the life that is being destroyed by these pollutants.

Workshop:

Make and Fly Your Own Kite

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The Graniteers

The Graniteers are a group of Granite Belters who love to play and share the bright gentle sound of the Ukulele. Their repertoire shows the versatility of the instrument that has found a place in popular music as well as its most permanent home, the Pacific Islands. The Graniteers meet weekly and are always happy to welcome new members with no previous experience.

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WiruunnggaWiruungga Dunggiirr – First Nations Activist

Wiruungga has dedicated his life to educating non-indigenous and indigenous people about First Nations’ culture through story-telling, dance, music and other arts and crafts. Wiruungga has a special commitment to the well being of Aboriginals in remote communities, making an annual supply trip in his colourful bus. He is also a qualified Permaculturist and works for better health and well being in Aborigianl communities though establishing small scale agricultural projects.

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dadajDada Jitendrananda – Yoga Monk

Dada Jitendrananda has been a yoga monk for over 30 years. He has worked in the Far East and Europe before coming to the South Pacific. He currently manages the Ananda Palli center in Stanthorpe.

Workshop – The Heart Circle

Superconductivity is the ability of a medium to offer little or no resistance to the passage of electricity. Its equivalent in consciousness is bliss.

Read More about Dada Jitendrananda’s workshop

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