I have long wanted to sample the delights of Buddhafield festival, having heard so many amazing stories about this family friendly event which takes place from July 13-17th in Somerset. This year we are finally going to get to experience it and I’m so excited!
The theme for 2011 is Abundance, which is cosmically timely, with the incredible heart opening, expansive feel of the spring and summer so far this year. The whole festival is about getting out of the head and into the body. A challenge for many Westerners but one that I am looking forward to fully embracing in a couple of weeks time.
Workshops, talks and demos fill the five day event and festival goers can learn everything from Buddhist chanting to how to make your own digeridoo. I am especially looking forward to the full yoga programme which starts at 6:30 every morning, singing workshops with the legendary Mahasukha and women’s sacred intimacy workshops with Jewels Wingfield. And of course, I won’t be able to resist a few 5 rhythms sessions and shamanic trance dance. Oh and Carolyn Hillyer will be there leading a sacred song workshop and there’s plenty of NVC workshops too. Squeal! Excited? Moi? Yep!
All this, plus there’s music from Undercover Hippy, Seize the Day and a poetry set from the brilliant Paradox, as well as lots of other inspirational sounds and speakers. When it comes to relaxation and eating, Pachamamas will be providing chai and crepes, Buddhafield cafe will be providing the best vegan breakfasts ever known to man and the on site health food shop, Sunseed will be selling everything else you might need.
I’m pleased to note many eco initiatives that Buddhafield are already involved in and look forward to discovering more as we explore the site. From compost loos to liftsharing policy, renewable energy use to a comprehensive recycling programme, the organisers have really thought about every aspect.
So, we’ll keep you posted and let you know how much fun we have, when we get back. And if you are interested in going, there are tickets still available – find out more here.
Yay – we are off to spend the weekend at the newest most exciting green festival this weekend – Sunrise Off Grid is going to be blowing people’s minds in Somerset from 20-23rd August. There is so much going on but these are a few highlights:
KIDS AREA complete with Forest School where festival pixies can learn to build dens, make fires and even create a totem pole!
LOADS OF DELICIOUS ORGANIC VEGGIE FOOD AND DRINK I’m looking forward to a vegan breakfast at the lovely Buddhafield cafe and chai at the Chai Chapel accompanied by a drumming circle. Mmmm – roll on the weekend!
FIREWALKING ceremony to be held on Sunday night complete with percussionists and firedancers.
ENERGY ALCHEMY A workshop from the lovely Natalie Fee about how to change everyday stresses into creativity and awareness. Come along and change your life!
GET CREATIVE with stone carving, stove building, herb walks and pottery workshops.
MIND EXPANSION WITH JONATHAN CAINER Discover how to build your own time machine and all your questions about astrology answered.
PERMACULTURE WORKSHOP with Patrick Whitefield, which is bound to go deep into the practical application of permaculture.
A CHANCE TO MEET WILD FOOD GURU Fergus Drennan who’s leading wild food walks around the site and showing how to make paper from mushrooms. yes, really!
AND US We’re going to be doing a workshop on sustainable parenting and why it’s so important.
Of course, there’s loads of other juicy stuff going on – check out the website here to find out why it’s the place to be this weekend.
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