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.
My email inbox is full to bursting with press releases containing statistics on everything from what most people want for Valentine’s day (dinner, apparently) to the number of people who find their washing machine too noisy (33%). I don’t hold much truck with surveys but this one I couldn’t resist.
Remember that chewing gum ad with the rocking soundtrack by Free and the implausible love story? Well, new survey results have demonstrated that it could be closer to truth than fiction. Buses are now recognised as one of the best places to find romance! A poll by First Bus, which surveyed 3,000 people in the UK, has found that in many UK cities more people find love on the bus than through online dating sites or on holiday. Topping the lists of places where a bus ride is likely to lead to love is Wolverhampton with 13% of people finding a partner on public transport. Passengers on the buses in Belfast, Newcastle, Brighton and Bristol are also likely to get lucky.
Notably, of those surveyed, 59% of men (34% women) said they’d previously spotted someone they fancied on a bus, with 36% of men (19% women) saying they had flirted with a member of the opposite sex during a journey (that figure can also be taken as 15% of women getting cheesed off at unwanted attention from the opposite sex). And for those who went on to ask someone out (23% men, 9% women) 4% of those tentative travelling enquiries led to marriage. Marriage hotspots (percentage of people who married following a meeting on a bus/at a bus stop) are: Aberystwyth, Norwich, Glasgow, Oxford and Wolverhampton.
So if you are looking for love, take the environment into consideration, get on the bus and you might just meet the fellow greenie of your dreams. Happy travelling!
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