Get hands on! Whether you want to slow down or go wild, Vegan Festival Adelaide has the interactive workshop experience for you. From Meditation to Bodybuilding, Drumming to Vegan Activism.
The 5Rhythms of dance are Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, and Stillness. To dance through all five states is a Wave. As you enter the dance space, the teacher will be playing a Wave for you to warm up to. This is a time for you to warm up from the inside out. Take some time to tune into your body, surrender the day, and allow your body to guide you with what it needs as you transition through the 5Rhythms. After the warm up, the teacher will guide you through the 5Rhythms and more Waves will be danced. Please pace yourself where you need to be. You know your body best and you should dance YOUR dance, your body knows what it needs.
Created by Gabrielle Roth and practiced by tens of thousands worldwide, 5Rhythms® is a kick ass moving meditation practice. You will experience an open and permissive dance space to practice the Wave; Flowing Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, Stillness. Each Rhythm is interpreted in a uniquely personal way, opening us to new freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative.
Kat is a committed 5Rhythms® dancer and teacher bringing decades of dance and movement experience to her regular Adelaide classes. She works with all sorts of humans, of all ages in diverse settings. Her practice is creative, expressive, intuitive and shamanic. She holds space for you to dance your own dance in collaboration with one another and the earth we inhabit. Heart to heart, centre to centre, bass to bass, Kat draws on deep, medicinal, pulsating music to catalyse energy on the dance floor and transport your journey all the way.
Ananda Marga Meditation
Meditation is the process of centreing 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. Dada Gunamuktananda is a Tantric Meditation Trainer and has 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.
Dreadlock Drummers are exactly what you'd expect. With flowing dreds, their mobile djembe school delivers African Drumming workshops to schools, community groups, mental health groups and businesses. They have worked with educational establishments, charities, and private and public sector businesses.
Environmental Scientist and Yoga Teacher, Jo has been teaching African, Indian, and Irish style drumming and facilitating free form drum circles since 2000, working with womens groups, suicide prevention groups, cancer groups, special needs and mental health groups, and, since 2002, to children in hundreds of schools around the UK since 2002. She was the Djembe Tutor for Plymouth Music Services UK and trained with Arthur Hull of Village Music Circles CA.
"My favourite part is watching the faces of a group of people who are of common mind and purpose come together and harmonize with each other through singing and drumming, the room fills with smiles and uplifting energy and it creates a wonderful force that solidifies the group. We are natural creators and get so many benefits from drumming in a group and being allowed to make lots of noise and find our own heart beat. The beauty of the drum is that you don't have to be a "drummer" to play one! You don't need to read music either, and even if you have no arms or legs we can adapt a drum for you."
Joey Carbstrong is a reformed drug user and gang member. He now stands for and promotes a sober lifestyle, veganism, and animal rights. Joey has been an active member of the Adelaide animal rights scene and has recently been invited to speak in the UK. With his warm, compassionate manner, Joey has had a huge influence on so many he has met and spoken with. He is excited to include you as part of his journey of peaceful activism. After all, peace begins on your plate.
Dr Kaitlin Harkness
A ~60 minute yoga class that is welcoming to beginners. The theme of the class will be the yogic principle of ahimsa (non-harm) and how we can use the mat as a place to cultivate kindness we share with the world. Kaitlin has been teaching yoga for over a decade and recently completed a PhD exploring the relationship between a regular yoga practice and mental health. Her first degree was in philosophy, and she found ethics to be particularly meaningful and captivating. Perhaps, unsurprisingly, it has become clear to Kaitlin that leading a vegan lifestyle is the best way for her to ensure an ethical and compassionate existence.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mats along.
Sarah is a White Tiger Qigong & Universal Healing Tao (UHT) Instructor. She began her journey into alternative healing modalities, meditation, and energy work over 27 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. Eight years ago, while living in an Adelaide community dedicated to learning about and practising the healing & alchemical arts, she was introduced to Qigong (pronounced ‘Cheegong’) and Taoist practices & philosophy, quickly discovering potential there for taking charge ofone’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 returned to the Tao Garden in Chiang Mai, Thailand, last year to continue the learning process, certifying further in the UHT community, and also certifying with Master Tevia Feng as a White Tiger Qigong Instructor. She is returning to the Tao Garden this September to intensify her practices, as well as currently studying a Master of Science in Sport and Exercise, and will continue to share the benefits of Qigong by offering regular classes and workshops in South Australia.
Simone Collins is a graphic designer working full-time for Doherty's Gym and Arnold Classic Australia. In her spare time, she trains both herself and is a personal trainer for vegan clients. Simone is also a champion, winning the IFBB Victorian State Championships in 2014, and placing 1st this year at the Naturally Fit Games, Austin Texas, as part of the Plantbuilt Vegan Muscle Team. She began training in 2010 and became interested in competing in bodybuilding as a figure athlete, competing since 2013 in Figure, and since then have competed in 8 Figure competitors, 2 CrossFit competitions, obstacle racing, and Ninja Warrior. She uses this a platform to demonstrate that vegan diets are not a disadvantage, change the perception and stereotypes of vegans, and bust the myth that animal-derived foods are necessary for building muscle.