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Qi Gong

Inner Alchemy Energy Practices for Harmony and Happiness

This short 30 minute workshop will give you a brief introduction to the ancient practice of Qi Gong in three ways:

  1. A description of Qi Gong.

  2. Qi Gong warm-ups • sharing some ways to energise yourself for optimal daily function.

  3. The Inner Smile • an inner alchemy energy practice to:
  • bring internal harmony,
  • put you in touch with your major organs,
  • help you to develop more subtle awareness of their functions,
  • and understand, feel and develop the power of the mind to influence the processes of the body.

Workshop Facilitator: Sarah Divine

Universal Healing Tao Qi Gong Instructor

Sarah began her journey into alternative healing modalities, meditation and energy work over 25 years ago in the UK, where she grew up. Zen meditation, yoga, massage therapy, Body Electronics, and Vipassana meditation are among her list of practices and qualifications from her time in the UK and her subsequent five years in Germany. After suffering a slipped disc while training for a marathon, she was prompted to reconsider her relationship with her body and her knowledge of its workings, and was encouraged to delve more deeply into understanding the interconnection between the physical form, the subtle energy body and the spirit body, and all of these in relation to the external forces of the world and the universe. Seven years ago, while living in an Adelaide community dedicated to learning about and practising the healing & alchemical arts, she was introduced to Qi Gong (pronounced ‘Chee Gong’) and Taoist practices & philosophy, quickly discovering potential there for taking charge of one’s own vitality, health and temperament. In early 2015, she studied intensively for one month with one of the world’s most foremost Qi Gong Masters, Mantak Chia, becoming a certified instructor, and has subsequently offered workshops and classes in the Adelaide area. Sarah will be returning to the Tao Garden in Chiang Mai, Thailand, later this year to continue the learning process, so she can introduce a wider variety of practices to people of all ages who are keen to discover how they can improve their well-being from within.

 
Qigong is the art and science of refining and cultivating internal energy.
— Ken Cohen, The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing

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Free your Feet

The 5Rhythms® Flowing Staccato Chaos Lyrical Stillness

Free your Feet and the rest will follow

A dance map to everywhere we want to go, on all planes of consciousness - inner and outer, forwards and back, physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual. They are markers on the way back to real self, a vulnerable, wild, passionate, instinctive self. Each rhythm is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening us to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative.

Workshop Facilitator: Kat Worth

A Community Dance Artist

Kat Worth has over 20 years experience facilitating community dance with all sorts of humans, of all ages in diverse settings. Her practice is creative, expressive, intuitive and shamanic. She holds space for people to dance their own dance in collaboration with other people and the earth we inhabit. Kat has been teaching 5Rhythms® since 2014.

 
 
My experiences dancing with Kat have been wonderful. Her authentic and grounded presence immediately creates a space of holding, where I feel I can drop deeply into my dance. Her music is gutsy and fabulous, and never fails to take me on a journey.
— A participant of Kat's dance class
 

Meditation

Find the Bliss Within Yourself

Meditation is the process of centering yourself on your inner self; of connecting to your true self.

It's about finding the essence of yourself within yourself and realising that essence as the inner self of all beings and the entire universe. It results in the deep experience of peace, love and bliss within, and a loving meaningful connection with all people and all things.

 

Workshop Facilitator: Dada Gunamuktananda

Tantric Meditation Trainer

Dada Gunamuktananda trained in meditation, yoga, philosophy and natural health sciences in Australia, the Philippines and India. He has been a qualified meditation teacher since 1995 and has taught meditation in Australasia, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and North America.

Dada's website

www.youtube.com/Gunamuktananda

www.facebook.com/Gunamuktananda


Fruit of Yoga

Cultivate the seed of connection with your body and taste the fruit of peace of mind

Paula discovered yoga in 2014 when she was looking for a way to express and move her body. She loved the way it made her feel, especially the sense of peace. Her curiosity guided her into a Yoga teacher training journey.

From Industrial engineer to Yoga Instructor challenged her rational mindset until she made the connection that yoga is inner body engineering and is all about the mechanics of how the body works. This revelation is now a life quest, she created Fruit of Yoga which is about providing opportunities for everyone to experience what yoga can offer but through a lens of compassion, love and respect.

She has applied her knowledge on the connectivity between mindfulness, breathing and physical movement within the individual’s capacity, to people with disability, older people and those who could be considered disadvantaged.  She now wants to take yoga to prisons in Australia. This passion for empowering others to feel well and connected with their body through breathe is what differentiates Paula from other more commercial yoga instructors. She is authentic and non-judgmental and believes deeply that she has found her path in life

Paula believes that the best teacher is the lifelong student and also enjoys nature walking and trying new things like playing erhu (Chinese violin) or painting.

Saturday 11am - Hatha Yoga (60min), Workshop Area / Top Deck

Classical yoga asana (postures), breath work, and gentle warming movements to build strength, flexibility and relaxation. Focus on standing poses and basic seated work that is suitable for all levels. This is both for those new to yoga, as well as the experienced student who enjoys a gentle approach to their practice.  No experience is required. Wear comfortable clothes (Yoga mats will be provided) to experience yoga at its grass roots best.

Sunday 10am Chair Yoga Class (60min) Workshop Area / Top Deck

Yoga for everyone! Really!

YES. Do you need to build muscular strength, improve balance, inspire tranquillity, and generally feel better about yourself? This class is not limited by age, body shape, or any other perceived restrictive condition. Here, in a safe and caring environment, you can focus on alignment, breathing, and relaxation. Chairs are provided.

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Each class has amazing benefits, pick the one that suits you and your body and enjoy a new yoga experience.

Paula's website

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Acroyoga with Za!

Saturday 6-7pm (Top Deck/Workshops Area)

More than yoga

Have you ever dreamed you could fly? Come learn the basics of AcroYoga with Za. We will learn to lift and be lifted, to connect, and to play! We will learn the roles of base, flyer and spotter, and explore brand new ways of moving. AcroYoga challenges strength, balance, endurance and flexibility, while also showing us what is happening with our focus, ability to communicate, and intention to connect with others. Acroyoga can be both acrobatic and therapeutic, and is a real-life illustration of the constant dance between strength and support. No experience necessary! No partner required! Just bring an open mind and a willingness to have fun!

Fusing yoga, acrobatics, dance and massage, AcroYoga opens up a world of possibility for exploring what's possible in terms of moving our bodies. It challenges strength, balance, endurance and flexibility, but also shows us what is happening with our focus, ability to communicate, and intention to connect with others. Acroyoga can be both acrobatic and therapeutic, and is a real-life illustration of the dance of balance between strength and support.

Workshop Facilitator: Za

Za has been teaching yoga for six years and on four different continents. It has been her experience that the body and mind are one and the same, and for her, yoga has been the perfect vehicle for exploration of this oneness.

Za endeavours to teach yoga that uplifts and enlivens. In her classes there's a sense of being both challenged and cared for, and she aims to support her students to be inquisitive and test the edges of their possibilities. Herteaching is imbued by a grounding in movement, knowledge and embodied experience. Perhaps most importantly, Za's classes are light-hearted and taught with love and laughter.

Za's skills range from teaching powerful, dynamic vinyasa flow sequences, to nurturing and restorative yin classes. She leads her classes that incorporate hands-on adjustments, breathwork and meditation. Za teaches both dynamic and therapeutic AcroYoga to individuals and groups.

What Za does:

  •  Teach Hatha, Yin, Hot Yoga, AcroYoga, and Vinyasa Flow Yoga
  •  Ambassador for lululemon Adelaide
  •  Former ambassador for Be Free Yoga
  •  Teach at yoga, wellness and fitness retreats and festivals in the UK, Canada, Portugal and Spain
  • Teach individual, small group and workshop classes

Find her on instagram!  and website http://www.zayoga.com.au/

 


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Eye gazing experience

Let's connect.

Saturday 4-6pm, Top Deck/Workshop Area

They say the eyes are the doorway to the soul. Come and experience eye gazing at the Vegan festival this year and see for yourself how profoundly transformative it is. Human connection is what's missing in our busy daily lives with fast paced living, social media and less time to connect in person.
You can eye gaze for 1 minute or 5 minutes but either way something happens deep inside when you do it. See you there

Workshop facilitator: Lucy Phillips

Eye Gazing Experience Facebook Event Page


 

For CHILDREN'S WORKSHOPS check out the KIDS ZONE

 

COOKING demonstrations are detailed on our Cooking Demos page