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.

Site Details

The Ananda Mela Festival is held at the Ananda Palli community in Stanthorpe, Queensland. This section gives you information on what to bring (and not to bring), and how to get there (including the site phone number and access to google maps for the Stanthorpe Festival.)

The Mela begins on the evening of the first day with dinner and an opening ceremony, but you may arrive any time in the afternoon to get set up. The Festival ends after lunch on the last day.

A Camping Holiday at the Ananda Palli Community

The Ananda Palli community has 100 acres of bush, fields and orchards with an ashram, school building, and organic vegetable farm and a few family homes. It is located 2.5 hours south west of Brisbane and 40 kilometers north of Tenterfield on the New England Highway. It is about ten minutes from Stanthorpe. The address is 463 Back Creek Road, Severnlea.

Accommodation is mainly camping with limited indoor facilities for women and families.

For women there is one large open cottage with bunks that can house  around 20 women, girls and younger children.

There are also seven rooms on the property, some with bunks,  that can  be used for families. All indoor accommodation needs to be booked in advance, and is determined largely by first come, first serve basis (with  some adjustment for special needs.) There is a small additional charge.

If possible, bring your own mattresses, although some are available.

Toilets and showers are provided on site.

As Stanthorpe is a popular tourist destination, a variety of commercial hotels and cabins are also available (and will need to be booked in advance.)

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What to Bring

        • Modest summer clothes (it gets hot, but keep in mind that it is a community that includes monks and nuns) and warm, evening clothes (it can get cold!).
        • A tent and camping gear (if you’re staying indoors, bring bedding and a mattress if possible). Some mattresses are available.
        • Swimmers – there is no place to swim on site, but you may want to go to a nearby river or pool if it gets hot. Children may go swimming on an excursion.
        • Meditation cushion, yoga mat or blanket.
        • Toiletries, towel, torch, hat, musical instruments, notebook.

No pets

NO: Alcohol, tobacco, non-presciption drugs, and preferably, no junk food for children.

If children bring electronic games, they are to be used only within your own tent or room.

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CLICK HERE to go to Google Maps to see how to get there.

If you are arriving by bus, we can pick you up in Stanthorpe bus station.

You can receive calls, or contact the site on: (07) 4683-5207. For  information or inquiries email Didi or call – 0434253611

If you are driving, look at Severnlea for the sign at the New England Highway for Ananda Mela, which is right near the company E. E. Muir & Sons Agricultural Supplies. Turn here at Back Creek Road and follow it (through some turns) five kilometers until you see Ananda Palli on your left. The address of Ananda Palli is 463 Back Creek Road, turn in and drive along the dirt road until you come to the signs for the registration table (near the meditation hall.)

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