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

These are some of the wonderful Workshops and Presentations for the 2017 Ananda Mela.

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


alexanderrobey2Alexander Robey – Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist

Alexander Robey is a talented, intuitive and gifted person committed to health and wellbeing within individuals, workplaces and communities. As a practitioner he has spent tens of thousands of hours of individual consultations, facilitation and presentations. With a commitment to personally develop and spiritually evolve, Alexander has a unique approach to connect with people from all walks of life.

Opening Address – Wisdom Circle

Workshop – Emotional Intelligence

Quietening a Busy Mind

Men’s Circle

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dadapDada Paramatmananda – Yoga Monk

Dada Paramatmananda has been a yoga monk for 29 years. He has worked in many countries – India, South East Asia, Europe and is currently based in Melbourne, Australia, where he runs classes and workshops, teaching the art and practice of meditation and yoga.

Dada uses his engineering background to delve deeply into the esoteric and mystical science behind Yoga to show us yogic secrets hidden in plain sight and how we can apply this knowledge in our life.

Meditation and Yoga (Part 1) Amplifying Our Potential

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das1Didi Ananda Shamita’  – Yoga  Nun

Didi Ananda Shamita’ has been a yoga nun for 31 years, during which she has taught the philosophy and practices of meditation and yoga; and coordinated social service activities in more than 15 countries. She is currently based in Brisbane.

Didi uses her vast many year of meditational experience and teaching background to take us further down the rabbit hole to a profound yogic experience of body mind integration and how we may use this knowledge for personal Transformation

Meditation and Yoga (Part 2) The Biopsychology of Personal Transformation

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BenKashiBen Kashi – Naturopath, Musician, Healer

Ben Kashi is a well-respected naturopath who is passionate about utilising nature’s restorative power.

With over 35 years of clinical practice, he has proved that for every disease there is a solution and

that Mother Nature has provided us with that solution.

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Ben is also an accomplished musician who has performed at many state and interstate festivals, including numerous appearances at Woodford Folk Festival. Having discovered the healing power of music while navigating through a dark period of his life, Ben has developed his own unique style which he will share through performance and workshops.

Presentation – Learn the secrets of longevity and well-being

Performance – Let yourself be transported back in time through the mystical sound of the Persian santoor

Workshop – Explore the magic sounds of the Persian santoor, along with the haunting beats of eastern drums

Read More about Ben’s performances and workshop

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lulu and misch snipLulu & Mischka

Lulu & Mischka are artists who have gathered a collection of prayers from around the world and are able to share this in their own unique way.

They have toured throughout Europe, Asia and Australia, holding Chant Concerts and performing at Festivals, Retreats and Health Resorts. Using yoga, chants, singing and resonance they remind us of our inner light.

Come and play. No previous singing or yoga experience required.

Performance – Yoga Chants of the Heart

Workshop – Voice Your Freedom

Read More about Lulu & Mischka’s performance and workshop

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nyoumanNyoman Suma – Balinese Musician

Nyoman Suma and his family have been active in promoting Balinese culture in Australia for 30 years from their base on the Gold Coast, entertaining & educating audiences of all ages & backgrounds.

Learn the ringing tones and Gongs used in Balinese temple music from a genuine Balinese cultural expert…

Workshop – Gamelan

Performance – Ministers & Monkeys Kecak Dance

– Mask Dance

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shamani-krisna-soft-2Shamani Nair – Indian Classical Dancer

Shamani Nair is an accomplished Indian classical dancer, having learnt this sacred art form in her teens.

Her dancing provides a means for expression of deep universal, devotional sentiments and to channel them towards the timeless, mystical, cosmic Essence.

Shamani will give a performance as well as run workshops on Indian Classical Dance.

Read More about Shamani’s performance and workshops

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francisgylfedderFrancis Gilfedder – Versatile Musician and performer

Francis is a multi-talented artist performing in a variety of genres, from ambient shakuhachi compositions to didjeridu combinations with other unusual instruments from Japan, Laos, India, Indonesia, Thailand, North America and the Phillipines.

He has performed at the Indonesian Music and Mask Dance at the Chinatown Multicultural Festival in Fortitude Valley. He presented at the Australian National Gallery with “Life is a work of Art” directed by Liz Lea, and in 2013 he toured Schools in NSW and QLD with “Colours of the World” multicultural programs in Schools.

Performance – Music of the Heavenly Spheres consists of a short discussion of this topic by FG, followed by a musical rendition beneficial for relaxation, absorption and meditation using musical instruments from many cultures….

Read More about Francis’s performance

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Taraka – Yoga Teacher and Healer

Taraka is a teacher of restorative yoga. Taraka has been teaching Yoga for 20 years. Through Community Health she has been running weekly classes as well as teaching  children in Public Schools and Adult Restorative Yoga Workshops. Taraka hopes to share in  a class experience.Good health to you through restorative yoga.

Restorative Yoga is a  deeply relaxing and centering practice consisting of a series of floor poses supported by props such as blocks, pillows, blankets and straps.

It is designed to allow you to slow down the mind, breathe and get a gentle revitalizing stretch.

Read More about Taraka and her workshop

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percy_pillai_-_pic1Pradeep Pillai – Accredited Homeopath, Radionics Practioner, RBTI Consultant

Pradeep is a accomplished homeopath and radionics practioner for over 15 years. He is also a RBTI Consultant.

Health is defined as “a state of optimal physical, mental, and social well-being.” The human body is remarkable structure capable of self-healing provided we create the conditions to allow the body to heal.

Workshop – The Self Healing Body

The aim of this workshop is to explore indicators for optimal bodily functioning and providing you tools to make the choices necessary to enhance both the quantity (longevity) and quality of your life.

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sarahbuckleyDr Sarah Buckley  – GP/Family Physician – Obstetrics and Family Planning, Author

Dr Sarah Buckley is trained as a GP and currently works full-time as a writer, speaker, and PhD student. Sarah is also a mother of four children, all naturally born and naturally raised now in their teen years and beyond, and she brings her now experiences to her writing and speaking. For more about Sarah see www.sarahbuckley.com

Workshop 1 – Gentle Birth, Pleasurable Parenting
workshop 2 – Natural Baby Care

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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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alisongaffneyAlison Gaffney – NIA Dancer

Alison Gaffney had been dancing Nia for 5 years and has 4 Levels of training.

“I love connecting to music and moving for greater health and well being not just in the body but in the mind, the emotions and the spirit are also lifted by dancing”

Workshop –  NIA Dancing

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The Graniteers – Stanthorpe Ukulele Group

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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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