Our 2023 Artists and Facilitators
Looking back over Xavier Rudd’s stunning career, one could easily ask what is possibly left to achieve. Already one of Australian music’s all-time greats, he has touched people’s lives worldwide. He has earned accolades of every kind, Gold and Platinum certification, multiple ARIA nominations and legions of fans who love him with an inextinguishable passion. Yet, with each new release, Xavier Rudd continues to surpass expectation and produce his finest work to date.
Beginning his career with 2002’s definitive To Let, Xavier Rudd put his message out into the world and was answered immediately. Fans from all over the globe were drawn to the distinctly Australian-looking musician, activist and surfer. It was the start of a journey that would span over 20 years (and counting); taking Xavier to almost every continent on the
planet where he has connected with people from all cultures and walks of life.
There are no borders that apply to Xavier Rudd’s music.
Today, Xavier's relentless upward arc is among the most astounding success stories of our time. Countless acts have come and gone like fireworks as his campfire steadily grows: a beacon to the kind of music fan that seeks sustenance in a fast-food world.
A Ceremonial gathering in deep loving connection and rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit with sacred vibrational medicine! Inviting one to use your conscious attention to renew and anchor in new ways of being, replacing old patterns that no longer serve us. As ancient wisdom is remembered, we recognise and ignite the power of sitting together in ceremony to focus our attention, elevate our emotions and call in a New Earth together.
Our bodies are a construct of vibration. Every part of the body has a healthy, signature frequency and when they are all coherently communicating in harmony, this is sound health. Disharmony is dis-ease - a lowering of vibration from its natural, harmonic, resonant state.
Constructive interference is when coherent sound waves (energy entrainment) are used during a sound healing to reharmonise and tune up the body back to its harmonious high vibrational nature!
S a c r e d H e a l I n g S o u n d s
- Quartz crystal bowls.
- Yadaki (Didgeridoo)
- Bansuri & Native American flute.
- African dundun.
- Ravast pan.
- Earth gong.
- Vocal toning and mantra in sanskrit.
- Music of the plants synthesizer.
Australia’s own Internationally renown Mantra Artists Sacred Earth (Penny & Jethro Williams)
Uplifting. Expansive. Music from the heart. Ancient Mantra's, soaring flutes, beautiful soothing melodies & harmonies that transport you to a state of deep peaceful bliss. Penny & Jethro travel the world with the intention to share music that touches the heart of the listener in the deepest place and to offer a space in which we can all listen deeply to the wisdom of our hearts and remember our purpose on this beautiful earth.
Having sold more than a quarter of a million albums, they’re Australia’s top-selling artists in the ambient music genre.
Anyone who’s ever experienced Sacred Earth perform live knows it’s something special. It’s more than just an ambient music concert – it’s an exceptionally moving event. Tears flow, smiles spread and a profound sense of peace pervades the entire space. It’s a rare occurrence in today’s stressful society, which is why Sacred Earth’s concerts are often sold out.
People return again and again to be transported back to that place of tranquillity, to feel a connectedness with the deepest aspects of the self and all things through the expansive nature of the music.
Sacred Earth’s music truly is like balm for the spirit.
Melissa is the bestselling author of Comparisonitis, Mastering Your Mean Girl, Open Wide and PurposeFULL, as well as a TEDx speaker and entrepreneur.
Named a 'self-help guru' by Elle Magazine and winner of ‘Best Self-Esteem eBooks of All Time’, Melissa inspires YOU to unlock your full potential and live the life of your dreams.
The Melissa Ambrosini Show is her #1 podcast; which has had 23.1 million downloads and rapidly rising.
We are all miracles. We are all so unique and have big beautiful hearts to share with the world. We all matter and that choosing love over fear is the best fun ever!
I'M NOT ABOUT
Gossip, sweeping things under the rug, long emails (I like to get straight to the point), not taking responsibility for my actions and rushing.
So, my darling - do you love yourself? I sure as hell didn’t! But I learned to fall in love with myself, how to look after myself and how to feed my mind, my body and my soul the best, most nourishing things Mother Nature has to offer. I learned how to master my inner Mean Girl and become Wildly Wealthy, Fabulously Healthy and Bursting With Love.
My intention is to empower you in all areas of your life, your health, wealth and love. To step up and to help you fall head over heels back in love with the Goddess staring at you in the mirror.
I WANT TO HELP YOU DO THE SAME...
One of Australia's most dynamic touring artists, world electro soul act Dubarray are troubadours of song alchemy when it comes to entertainment through creating a sonic musical bliss. Uplifting, Soulful & Euphoric, Dubarray combine a fresh fusion of boundary bending world music that infuses such styles as trip-hop, funk, reggae, downtempo, drum & bass, house and tribal grooves layered on a bed electronic ambience and organic undertones.
Dubarray are a unique story of an Australian act who kicked off their journey in Europe 5 years ago, building solid foundations thanks to an abundant and busy live touring schedule. During that time the band have released four albums, returned to tour Europe five times & have hit the Australian road for numerous national tours. The band have been nominated for various Music Oz and Queensland Music awards and featured on Triple J's 'Roots n All', plus huge amount of community radio support. Normally known for their high energy festival appearances, The band have been including something a little different in the form of live music yoga session performances called 'Prana Sessions' which are becoming rapidly popular on the festival and touring circuit.
Dubarray have collaborated with yoga instructors to deliver a live music yoga experience at venues, retreats and some of Australia's most renowned music festivals such as 'Splendour in the Grass', 'Woodford Folk Festival', 'Nannup', 'Wanderlust', 'Luminate' as well as there spectacular high energy live show. Incorporating the live music yoga sessions has proven to be a real feature of Dubarray's versatility and will continue to compliment their boundary-bending world music style.
Erin is renowned for weaving big
life intentions into yoga asana, pranayama and meditation, in honour of awakening this way of operating in everyday life.
She is the founder and lead trainer
of The Mindful Yoga School and author of the recently released The Little Book
of Big Intentions.
During her PranaFest sessions you’ll
feel cared for by her gentle and compassionate approach, whilst being powerfully led to courageously lean into the bigger picture of your practice - and life.
What matters most to your heart?
Unveil your highest potential as you learn how to take each step and breath of your yoga practice with presence, wisdom and lightness.
Erin’s classes are suitable for
beginners through to advanced yoga practitioners, with modifications offered to suit all levels of fitness and ages.
Fat Picnic is a soul-ska explosion that preaches punchy horn lines and bangin’ reggae beats - culminating in an energetic and infectious live show! Corrupted by an unquenchable lust for groove and outstanding noises, their music ranges across dub, funk, soul & ska. Simply put, there just ain’t no party like a Fat Picnic party!
Fat Picnic’s highlights include playing at Caloundra Music Festival 2 years in a row, Splendour in the Grass and being featured heavily on Roots and All for their single “Best of You”. “I think this Fat Picnic song epitomises what people love about roots music…It’s also a little reminiscent of early Cat Empire.” (Nkechi Anele, Triple J) [About single ‘Best Of You’]
Hailing from a Brisbane street bearing his family name, Hughie Doherty started Fat Picnic in 2010. Nearly 10 years down the track, Fat Picnic are an Australian festival favourite with an energetic live show and super catchy, dance-able music. Their spiritual home and meeting place is in Brisbane’s vibrant West End, an inner city suburb full of arts, culture and music venues.
Stay tuned as Fat Picnic are due to release their debut LP in the later part of 2019. Featuring many fan favourites, this LP has been a few years in the making and is something the band and producers, Paulie Bromley and OJ Newcomb are very proud of and excited to be releasing.
As a man of Maori descent, my physical, spiritual, and ancestral connection to Mother Earth exists at a peaceful and arresting place called Ranana, found along the Wanganui River, on New
Zealand’s North Island. As a boy growing up, I struggled to understand the world and what was expected: my heart was quieted and coarsened at an early age.
Today, the underpinning for all that I do is love. It is the bedrock for which I have built my unique and sole Spirit Breathwork practice; weaving and layering world instruments with their
enigmatic and concealed frequencies — there is no other like it.
My Spirit/Wairua Breathwork is a multifaceted weaving of conscious connected breathing with instruments of the world, intrinsically using Native American Flutes, Didgeridoos, Nepalese
singing bowls, Rav drum, guitar, and Taonga Puoro traditional Maori instruments. The looped and layered energy created has undeniable acoustic therapy properties; the result is a sound
theatre like no other you have experienced.
Allowing you, my patron, to achieve an altered state in which you can purge yourself of what doesn’t serve you and connect back to your inner being
with intention and affection. I am merely a guide though - a conduit if you will - who can lead those who seek to rediscover
themselves, bring forth awareness, and evoke the ever-present intrinsic wisdom within eachone of us.
Blistering electronic bass driven grooves with world class live musicianship improvisation, ‘Raw Ordio’ have been gathering a reputation as one of the most exciting and entertaining live electronic acts to come out of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
In their first year they managed to make memorable & huge appearances at Elements Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Thrive festival, Under The Trees & Pranafest. The act have been repeatedly selling out their own shows up and down the QLD coast. The raw energy of this act is infectious and is evident as they send dance floors into ballistic frenzies where ever they perform.
The ‘Raw Ordio’ formula is deep electronic grooves with mashups of classic remixes. Crowds will sing along, then are drenched in the fatness of the signature ‘Raw Ordio’ sound keeping them coming back for more.
‘Raw Ordio’ DJ is DJ/Producer Brett Gadenne & as 'Raw Ordio' Live he is joined by the amazing talents of 'Andy V' on Sax & Keys, & the fire energy of 'Damian Campbell' on Percussion. The sound is phat & the act put on a show of improvised musicianship that is mind blowing.
This is a must see live act.
Kate Little walks with over 25 years of experience in embodiment practices, healing arts, conscious events, and group facilitation.
With a diverse career both as a creative producer with some of Australia's leading festivals including Splendour in the Grass & Falls Festival and also a respected healer with Gaia Retreat for over 15 years, Kate seeks to seed conscious awareness wherever she finds herself!
Kate co-founded Byron Spirit Festival in 2012 and has been a key player in the emerging conscious festival scene in Australia over the last 12 years. Kate has worked with some of Australia's leading facilitators, athletes, musicians and actors to support them to fulfill their dreams and leave lasting impact.
With a passion for awakening the divine potential within each of us for the greatest good of all, Kate will guide you to awaken your divine potential and clear energetic blocks so you might embody your unique power & purpose!
Connection, healing and presence…Franko Heke is on a mission to raise consciousness through his music and workshops.
Franko Heke is on a mission to raise consciousness through his music and workshops. Drawing on ancient mantra in combination with his own cultural roots, Franko’s devotional sessions are bound to coax your own divine voice into the open with his distinct fresh sounds for today.
With years of touring rock music under his belt, Franko’s compass has drawn him north toward a movement, which brings people together, celebrating our unique gifts, our connection to one another and to mother earth. Sought after for yoga, meditation and transformational festival events, Franko’s boundless energy for the betterment of all beings.
Having opened for Xavier Rudd and Nahko & Medicine for the people as well as sharing the microphone with Donavon Frankenreiter, Franko Heke is poised to have his message heard far and wide.
Jandamarra is a Sunshine Coast Indigenous Artist and Art Teacher with his origins being the Yorta Yorta People in Victoria.
With an art career spanning 25 years, he began visually documenting stories from his tribal area and over time has evolved to become primarily a portrait artist. He uses a variety of styles and mediums, favouring oil on canvas, and uses his art to express messages of unity and unconditional love.
Jandamarra is a pioneer in Aboriginal Portraiture and in 2012/2013 toured his solo exhibition throughout metro and regional Victoria and Queensland. He regularly enters the Archibald Prize, and has been a finalist for Visual Artist of the Year in the Deadly Awards.
With multiple People’s Choice awards in various exhibitions, he has fast become a much sought after Artist for portrait commissions as well as to run workshops at annual festivals such as the Woodford Folk Festival.
Painting has been a way of life that has enabled Jandamarra to express his creativity and the universal truth of connection. In many of his paintings of the human condition, he seeks to be a peaceful voice for the oppressed and minorities.
His focus is to use portraiture in a way to allow the viewer a glimpse into the depths of humanity and the expansive expression of the individual soul.
Chris Lane with his captivating melody on slide guitar, harmonica & woodwinds is known for his amazing melodies with artists such as Oka, Xavier Rudd & Kevin James. Chris has always been the ethereal melodist when it comes to conscious roots music. His flute sings the sublime melody of connection and solace.
Recently Chris has branched out into his solo project performing his own original music and backing some amazing yoga collaborations such as Gwynn, Erin Lee & many more. Chris brings a calming energy with his music that resonates love & harmony.
Nirvair Devi is devoted to pioneering a new way of Being in this Aquarian Age. This is what led her to the teachings of the ancient technologies such as Kundalini Yoga, Mantra, Rebirthing, Breathwork and Meditations which have provided her the foundation and methodology to hold safe spaces for
Nirvair & Kavalya’s workshops are a galactic mix of modalities, a blend of multidimensional teachings infused with ancient tools extrapolated from technology as per Kundalini Yoga - Meditation, Tantric Breathwork, Rebirthing & Mantra, which all assist in linking you back with your Soul to remember your Destiny. Live music throughout our workshop allows you to drop in deeply to a higher frequency.
Transformation comes from within, and we are here to guide you through your alchemical process.
Andy V is a live looping multi-instrumentalist that performs across various U.K bass music styles, including Drum and Bass, Dub, Latin and Reggae styles. With his saxophone, keyboards, vocals and signature loop stations, Andy brings a highly dynamic ‘one man band’ show that’s full of live energy and creative imagination.
Highly influenced from acts such as Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Cat Empire, Dub Fx, The Black Seeds, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Andy’s live show takes his audiences on a truly memorable listening and dancing experience driven by his passion to perform and connect.
Andy’s introduction into the international music scene begin in 2014 when he joined bass music and beat box legend Dub Fx on several world tours as his right hand man, performing as a saxophonist, keyboardist, backing vocalist and live looper. Since then Andy has been based in the U.K and has shaped a unique sound and live show of his own. Fast forwarding to present day, Andy has relocated back to his home country of Australia and is now based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Having recently supported fellow Aussie artists The Cat Empire and nearby neighbours The Black Seeds, Andy has his sights set on making big waves at upcoming Australian festivals in 2021 and beyond!
Nick Grivas is the creator and emcee of Liquid Lyrics, the sunshine coasts only monthly poetry slam.
Nick has been writing and performing spoken word since 2010 when he was a finalist in the Australian poetry slam at the Sydney theatre company. Since then, he has gone to perform at various festivals, house concerts and stage productions.
Nick is also a professional Emcee hosting Liquid Lyrics for 5 years, main stages at festivals, weddings and community events.
Nicks main passion is spoken word with a style that is rhythmic and punchy drawing on his love of rap and RnB. His work covers a wide variety of topics but what really inspires him is writing uplifting inspirational poems that touch people’s hearts with positivity and joy.
Nick is passionate about bringing people together and inspiring them to step out of their comfort zone and into their vulnerability and nothing warms his heart more than seeing someone break through their fear of public speaking and perform their work in front of a crowd for the first time.
Joydah’s music began when she picked up an acoustic guitar at the age of 12.
It was her uncle bobs rustic guitar. She was determined to learn the basic chords from an old song book. From then she’s been on and off singing and playing at family and friends events.
She’s composed her own music but kept it close to her heart. Her music comes from her journeys, from struggles and happiness. She was discovered at spirit fest singing at her POP stall.
Unknowingly one of the directors of the festival heard her play. She was asked to sing the closing ceremony. She felt the timing was divine, as she shared her voice and her heart the community responded with so much gratitude and love.
From then she made a decision to continue to share her music, her voice and her heart for the greater good of all.
Lyndon Davis is an internationally acclaimed artist, educator and cultural performer. Born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, Davis' arts practice represents his deep connection to Country.
Most recently, Davis has been making work that visualises the calls of different species on Kabi Kabi Country using cymatics, the science of visualising acoustic energy or sound.
His first major solo exhibition, Lyndon Davis: Djagan Yaman, brought together painting, objects, moving image and sound to consider the way Davis’ practice is grounded in communicating the importance of custodianship and caring for Country.
He is a direct descendant of the Gubbi Gubbi people, founded the Gubbi Gubbi Dance troupe in 1996, bringing together family members and local young indigenous people to celebrate the dances of their homelands.
They have gained a strong rapport throughout their community taking great pride in their culture and feeling blessed to share their knowledge. Gubbi Gubbi Dance provides an unforgettable cultural experience. Their magical presentation of song and dance leaves the audience spellbound.
Born with music running through his veins, Josh is a soulful singer, songwriter and live looping artist who has dedicated his life to sharing messages about love, personal expansion, travel and resilience. Josh brings his full self to his art and basking in his music leaves you feeling like you’ve arrived home to yourself.
The raw honesty he infuses into his music invites his listeners to reflect, open their hearts and journey inwards. Hailing from the East Coast of Australia, Josh travels far and wide sharing his passion with the world. He believes deeply in the healing powers of music, nature and vulnerability and is passionate about using his art to spread awareness about the power of authenticity.
Why live looping?
'It is the perfect pairing of beauty and chaos,
music and technology. It's the perfect opportunity for me to create something spontaneous and beautiful in front of the audiences eyes. There's nothing better than that.' - LOVEGROVE
'I've always found it pretty hard to put myself in just one category, I immerse myself in the music of artists i admire and find inspiration in it. I'm always trying to cross the borders of popular genres to create something memorable - including Soul, Pop, Folk, RnB, Reggae. Some of my favourite artists include Mike Love, John Mayer, Jarryd James, Childish Gambino, Ed Sheeran, Bernholft..'
Jackson is a performing artist, renowned facilitator and founder of Transformational Dance (TD). He has facilitated over 250 dance workshops internationally for retreats, festivals and companies.
TD stands for authentic expression, inclusive acceptance, inner transformation, and freedom to be yourself while sharing our stories through dance. Through a partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects, TD has planted 8,070 trees and provided 108 days of work to local indigenous tribes.
Through the art of facilitation, he has had the privilege of curating experiences that delight the human spirit. This includes facilitating team building, human connection, men's work, dance and inner transformation for corporate companies, high schools, festivals and retreats.
As a rapper, he loves weaving meaningful messages through his music to share with the world. As his good friend, Kung Fu Panda would say…
"There is no secret ingredient. It's just you."
There’s a new girl on the block and her name’s Rachel By The Stream.
Well, actually she’s a live electronic duo; created through the combined talents of British-born singer-songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Rachel Clutterbuck and Melbourne beatmaker / producer Mattriks. Effortlessly transitioning between deep skank, cutting edge pop and synth drenched hypnotic dance, RBTS are masters at delivering evocative songcraft in a bass heavy postcode.
Performing alongside artists as diverse as Fat Freddy’s Drop, Transglobal Underground and Marc Almond, their sound is highly versatile and their onstage energy a force to be reckoned with.
The power couple formed in 2012, releasing debut EP ‘Smooth Like Butter’ (No.2 Amrap Charts) and garnering widespread support across radio (ABC, BBC, 3RRR, PBS) and blogosphere.
The pair released debut album ‘Situation Positive’ at the end of 2016; “deep messages .. balanced with a lot of pure, unadulterated fun” (Beat Mag), and are regulars on the Australia and UK festival circuits; playing at world-renowned festivals Glastonbury UK, Boomtown Fair UK, Pleasure Garden AUS, Rainbow Serpent AUS, EarthFrequency AUS and Island Vibe AUS.
Counting progressive social commentator Charles Eisenstein and consciousness-raising activist Rak Razam as fans, RBTS are the thinking person’s pop music: evoking universal stories through poetic lyricism, ecstatic melodies and a reliable bottom end.
“100% fresh” Discobelle
“friggin sick” Vulture Mag
Prepare to be enchanted by the awe-inspiring Virginia Salas Kastilio - a force of nature and magical visionary. Beyond being a humanitarian, web0 gamemaker, serial entrepreneur, and influencer with a total following of 220k, Virginia has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the "Top 27 Women to Change the World" and by Hackernoon as "One of the top 16 Women in the NFT space."
As an internationally acclaimed speaker, marketer, activist, and founder of "Humans I Trust" - a global community of soulmates and entrepreneurs - and "IHumans" - a media channel & community dedicated to the love of humanity and our planet - Virginia is a true beacon of light. Her gift for experience design is legendary, and she delights in bringing like-minded people together for extraordinary adventures in castles, penthouses, yachts, and beautiful natural settings for business masterminding & collaboration.
But it's Virginia's heart-opening transformational experiences that truly set her apart. A champion for climate solutions, she's a master connector of people who make a difference. Through her social channels, Virginia spreads awareness and hope, inspiring others to join her in making the world a better place. She's a true fairy godmother, using her powers to create wonder and delight wherever she goes. Prepare to be enchanted by the magic of Virginia Salas Kastilio.
Karmic Journeys Founder, Art of Connection Founder, Facilitator and Leader.
Zen Thai Shiatsu Therapist, Entrepreneurship & Wellbeing Mentor, Yoga & Movement Facilitator
Lauren Cuthbert (She/Her) ~ values inclusivity, connection & wellbeing.
Her practices are grounded in wisdom, devotion and care.
She celebrates individuality & autonomy, whilst recognising our fundamental sameness for needing safety, growth, love & connection. To her, yoga is a way of life.
Lauren is an experienced 1000RYT yoga teacher with a wide range of styles.
Including: All Levels Vinyasa Flow (YogaBeyond, Dice Iida-Klein, Briohny Smyth, Mathieu Boldron) , Restorative/Yin & Meditation (YogaBeyond), Tantric Hatha/Himalayaan Kundallini Kriya (Sattva Yoga Academy) , Bhakti Yoga (Krishna Village) Mat Pilates (Studio Pilates) and Partner Yoga (YogaBeyond, Rainbow Yoga & Gwyn Williams).
With further studies in Somatic Stress Release (with Scott Lyons) & Trauma Informed Yoga (Yoga for Humankind) ~ Lauren brings to her teaching a depth that traverses from strength to deep vulnerability, sincerity to playfulness and alignment to freedom.
Lauren's sessions are unique & creative from the way she weaves yogic philosophy, mythology, embodied dance movement, & TCM knowledge 5 Element Theory. As a devoted environmental and social change maker, Lauren holds a nurturing yet transformational space in her workshops, 1 on 1 mentoring programs, environmentally conscious retreats, groups and has had the privilege of holding space at some of the biggest festivals in Australia (such as Splendour in the Grass, Bluesfest, Woodford, Earth Frequency, Elements Festival...)
This soul is driven by connection. You can expect to explore the landscapes and the physiology of the human body; which that unify us with the symbiosis of nature, in a fun, meaningful and transformative way.
Many have said “her touch is like a felt prayer”. Melt into softness through the spaciousness, her space holding offers.
Nienke is a professional musician, nada yoga teacher, and art & sound therapist.
She combines her unique skills to create one of a kind experiences, that incorporate anything from music to mantra, movement, and meditation.
Her mission is to empower individuals and groups to connect with their authentic selves. By providing a safe and supportive environment, she encourages people to express themselves in an artistic and musical way, and unite people from all walks of life, through sound and silence.
She plays a wide variety of instruments from guitar to harmonium, drum, singing bowls, flute, gong, chimes, and her voice, that facilitate the inner journey towards the self.
She is currently recording her long awaited album, fusing traditional mantras with English and Dutch lyrics. Her gentle pure soul, open heart, and angelic voice, combined with sweet but powerful melodies will touch your core and nourish your inner being.
Gabriella is a community leader in the acroyoga scene and has refined her own practice through training with internationally recognised teachers and the acro community at large.
With 13+ years experience in group facilitation, her creative and professional adventures have travelled through theatre, physical percussion, song and vocal expression, and creative writing and performance poetry, before leading her back to one of her first loves - Human Balancing! (As her very first circus instructor used to call AcroYoga!)
A life-long student of personal growth (and degree qualified counsellor), Gabriella is highly experienced in helping people find more creative, joyful, and loving ways to dance with life!
Lee is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist who has been touring the world with music for the past 15 years.
His music is honest and lovingly heartfelt, focussed around his great love of his wife, his daughters, his garden and his community.
Weaving a tapestry of instruments including; saxophone, flute, keys and nylon string guitar into happy music, Lee takes us on a journey of styles from flamenco-esk to house to folk and back again.
Saxophones, guitar, keys, kalimba, flute and wholesome vocals; Lee Hardisty uses live looping to weave together intricate dreamlike tapestries of happiness and simple living.
Lee is a music therapist and a yoga teacher and after winning an open age saxophone championship when he was 16 has spent his life travelling and playing with bands and as a soloist.
His main instruments include saxophones, guitars, ukeleles, flute, tin whistle, recorders, kalimba, and keys. He is also begun to discover the banjo...
As we all know laughter is the best medicine! It has a positive and powerful effect that laughter has on overall health and well-being.
I have enjoyed being a professional comedian for over 20 years now and totally understand the power laughter has on your mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing.
I was deep in depression during many years of being a comedian and I believe that if I didn't have a laugh during that time I would not be here today.
I feel blessed to be still able to induce laughter in people to help them forget their worries and troubles for a while and hopefully pull them back from the edge they are standing on.
Michael Bennett is charismatic, captivating & hilarious as an award-winning stand-up comedian of 20 years of entertaining and engaging audiences on worldwide stages delivering original concepts that have ignited the imagination and had large crowds of all ages and nationalities laughing out Loud…
What’s unique about Michael’s presentation style is that he has masterfully blended his comedy with inspirational storytelling, the allure, and curiosity of magical illusion and believe it or not, balloon sculpting which totally uplifts people's spirits in a positive, humorous, and powerful way.
Damian Campbell is a prolific handpan player from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia. With a passion and love for all things rhythmic, He sings his melodies through the beauty of this enchanting instrument the handpan.
He has been playing drums and percussion professionally now for 30 years and absolutely loves and embodies everything about it. It continues to be an incredible and passionate journey he is so blessed and grateful to be on.
From performing at major festivals like Splendour in the grass, Woodford folk festival and Bali spirit festival to name a few his enthusiasm and passion is unwavering. His more recent love and passion for handpan - a beautiful angelic instrument- has seen him perform in India, Bali the US and also run numerous workshops and retreats back home here in Oz.
Being naturally of a more energetic and fiery player on drums and percussion, the handpan allows him to drop into a more gentle, subtle and relaxed flow state which creates a great balance to his otherwise fiery playing. The yin to his Yan so to speak.
Asked what is his why for performing? It’s easy he says - ‘for me it’s all about connection. Connection with ourselves and each other. It’s about bringing everyone together, coming back to our hearts and getting lost in a beautiful moment. A moment where we transcend all the barriers life can put on us (or we put on ourselves) and just smile, have fun and have the time of our lives. When we are in that moment and the music is cooking we realise we are all one and all in this life together. And damn does that feel good’!
Miliwanga Wurrben is an elder, law woman and traditional healer of the Mirratja clan of the Rembarrnga people from Central Arnhem land.
She is an artist, weaver, educator and cultural ambassador who has travelled around Australia and the world. She has represented her Indigenous people on the world stage and reconnected
Aboriginal people around the country with their cultural roots.
She will be offering some beautiful opportunities to connect in a profound way with the her Indigenous Culture in the most possible authentic way. She was raised in Central Arnhem land by her people’s traditional ways, knowing no other education system. Later she studied English and became a school teacher making her extremely qualified to share culture and build bridges in a
cross cultural way.
She speaks 5 traditional languages and is a living treasure trove of cultural knowledge that is disappearing together with the law people that hold that knowledge, as certain things can only be
passed on to younger generations when they are fully ready to receive it.
Her offerings are a unique opportunity to connect with the culture, lineages and spirituality of the people of Central Arnhem land.
The peoples of that country and the surrounding areas are the genuine custodians of the didjeridu. It is only there that we find the song-lines, dreamings and lore of the yidaki, mago, kenbi etc.
Connecting with this culture more directly will also deepen meaning in your journey with didjeridu.
Mago Menla (Marco Debie) is an extraordinary didgeridoo player committed to inner work and meaningful work in his community. As a Sound Healer he blends didjeridu with a variety of
instruments, ancient chant and electronic sound production.
He has been playing the didgeridoo for over 24 years and spent extended periods of his life with his indigenous mentors, connecting deeper to country and people. He has worked with Indigenous
Peoples in Europe and Australia for over two decades and continues to do so.
Including his family from the Rembarrnga and Mayili peoples (NT) and Kaurna peoples (SA), Yamitji man Mark Atkins and others. It is with the encouragement and blessings of these connections that he uses the didgeridoo in his work in the way he does. Marco believes it's his reverence for people, country and culture and his devotion to the divine and the Path of growth and liberation that takes his didjeridu work to that place that often people say they experience.
The connection in sound healing with his female Buddhist teacher Khandro Trinlay Chodon, a great Yogini and holder of the divine feminine, has been extremely empowering and has deepened his
work significantly. Over more than two decades he performed as a sols artist, collaborated with bands, theatre, DJs,
Australian progressive-roots and folk troubadour Jordan Mac has fast become known for his honest voice and virtuosic ability on the twelve and six-string guitars, performing Middle-Eastern and Celtic infused riffs over live and electronic percussion.
Shows in recent years have seen him open and tour with such heavyweight acts as Pete Murray, Neil Finn and Angus & Julia Stone to name a few
Dr Gupta is a vocationally registered general practitioner who runs an integrative medicine clinic on the Sunshine Coast.
His main passion relates to finding the underlying causes and innovated approaches to managing chronic illness. Dr Gupta graduated from medical school at the University of Queensland 1999. He has received specialized training in integrative medicine, and was awarded a Fellowship of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine in 2008 and a Fellowship of the Australian College of General Practitioners in 2010.
He also has a physician training certification with Dr Ritchie Shoemaker in biotoxin illness and Masters of Nutrition with Dr Gabriel Cousens in diabetes and living food nutrition. He is currently a board member of the Australian Chronic Infectious & Inflammatory Disease Society (ACIIDS) and also the International Society for Acquired Environmental Illness (ISEAI).
He has a broad range of interests including environmental medicine, management of cardiology and cancer cases and mast cell activation syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity and management of chronic infections.
California-born and Australian based roots artist Manoa brings the summer vibes by weaving uplifting reggae grooves that inspire audiences to move and soothing folk melodies that calm the mind and inspire a contemplative flow. Manoa creates a powerful dynamic and unquestionable presence through his music as audiences are inspired by the positive messages of re-connection to nature, personal growth and transformation.
Create The Space, the new single by Manoa, is a collaboration between Manoa and his partner Lilla, written during COVID isolation. Too often we are rushing forward in our lives without taking a break to pause, reflect and connect with nature, ourselves and others. Create The Space is a reminder to close your eyes and breathe, feel the sun on your face and feel the emotions that are in your heart.
Manoa has shared his music at a range of folk festivals including Splendour In The Grass (2016), Mullum Music Festival (2019), Earth Frequency Festival (2020/21), and Wallaby Creek Festival (2019). He has supported and played alongside roots artists including Dustin Thomas (USA), Caravana Sun, Oka, Nicky Bomba and Murray Kyle.
Manoa, a true world-bridger, completed his PhD in Environmental Education & Ecopsychology and shares his ecologic knowledge and his belief in the healing potential of the natural world through education, workshops and retreats. Music is intimately intertwined with nature-based reconnection work, and Manoa believes the more time we spend to slow down and listen to the more-than-human world, the more the songs that we have inside ourselves will have the space to express.
Manoa’s time lived at the Bentley Blockade in 2014 allowed him to experience the power of music to bring community together. He co-produced the album ‘Songs of the Bentley Blockade’ because he strongly believes in the magnetic power of music to bring healing, empowerment, self expression and to build and bond community.
“Manoa will be sure to bring an positive energy and uplifting groove to the stage!”
"A groover, a maker, a DR (PhD - excuse me!). Bring on the vibes of summer.”
Julia is a coach and facilitator of transformational embodiment experiences, Quantum Healer and Quantum Flow practitioner and body worker.
Her mission is to help others to come back into a natural state of freedom and flow so they can live a healthy, joyful life with ease, love, purpose, pleasure, passion and fun. Her passion and gift is to help others to create a deeper and more loving relationship with their body and soul and to find more peace love, harmony, ease and flow in their lives.
She is a gifted teacher using different embodiment practices breath work, yoga, dance, and energy work to take you on a playful journey to inner mastery and transformation so you can access your full potential, learn to trust your inner guidance and find true purpose and meaning.
Julia has been on her own personal journey of spiritual awakening as well as guiding others on their journey for over 20 years and truly embodies her teachings and activations.
Her teachings are generally light hearted, deep, intuitive playful and potent.
Curious cabaret musician, inventor, quirky songwriter & seed-saver Niq Reefman is a homeschooled divergent who performs with “Morpheus” (his digital accordion) & “Victor” (his trumpet) simultaneously.
Intervals of riddle-crafting and storytelling spin his madcapped klezmer-fusion tunes up the rabbit-hole.
A quirky bohemian music maker, NIQ has won the hearts of festival goers & families.
"A master class in performance art. Had all the wonderful ingredients: natural, warm, honest, edgy, mysterious, surprising, musically lush and dazzling, with ... The courage to live comfortably on the edge of RIGHT NOW. Rare is the artist today, who is bold enough to truly fly on the wings of the living moment."
- Sound Feast
NZ born Maori & Australian, Alex is Qi Gong Instructor, Acupuncture Student, Daily Muay Thai practitioner, Spiritual Spoken Word/Rapper, Poet & Musician all with a deep passion for life.
At 10 years old Sunni Holden is a gifted musician creating unique handpan compositions and rhythmic beats beyond his years.
“I first touched a Handpan when I was 9yrs old, it resonated with me like no instrument I have ever touched. I can hear it, I feel it, I live it, I breath it, but most of all I believe I’m here to share it.”
Around 7 years ago Leah had a health scare and that brought her on to the path of wellness. She has explored on alot of different paths and healing tools, to land with what feels alignment for her and to keep sharing the knowledge of 5 elemental theory through deep listening to our bodies, our environment, and each other.
Leah will teach you the skills and benefits of being present, focusing your energy, and reconnecting with yourself. Slow down your mind, bring clarity to your thoughts, and experience personal growth.
Tashka weaves Spirit into Sound using her body as the vessel.
With a gift for initiating people to their Creative Calling, her experience spans 20yrs over many Cultures & contexts.
Born & bred in Central Australia & winning awards for her music Australia-wide Tashka found that the true Key to her Musical Happiness & success was in forging her own path.
Creator of 'Release-like-a-Rebel' and 'Voice Dance' she Self-Produces Music on the East Coast of Oz & liberates purpose-driven Creators to follow their own Calling through online & in-person events.
Byron Bay-based singer songwriter Mark Ridout first performed on stage in 2002, becoming a regular on the London songwriter circuit, where he supported Ed Sheeran (before he got huge) and Kate Miller-Heidke while by day working in a psychiatric hospital.
Since then he has played tons of gigs across Europe, America, Asia & Australia - moving to live in Byron Bay in 2010, recording the album ‘Dive into the Water’ with Damian Campbell on drums (produced by Jordan Power - Xavier Rudd) and 'Bravery' (produced by Garrett Kato - Ziggy Alberts). "The emotional tone is stunning," is how music blog 'My Random Jukebox' described 'Bravery' upon its release.
In high school Mark played drums in sweaty rock bands whilst learning the guitar, writing poetry on the back of school books and finding his voice. His vocals have been described as "compelling and hugely expressive" by Hotpress (Ireland), and "atmospheric and elemental" by Acoustic magazine (UK). Mark and Damo have played tons of sets together including Splendour in the Grass and Mullumbimby Music Festival.
Expect a set of heartfelt, uplifting and rhythmic songs about following inner guidance and living in gratitude.
Adam Buchanan is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and therapeutic sound healer who believes in the unique healing power of sound. His chanting circles fuse traditional mantra, popular heart songs, meditation, and community engagement.
His musical background is vast and stretches decades, from singer-songwriter band leader and DJ to composer for indie computer games and leader of heart song and mantra circle chanting. His mantra folk music blends English and non-English, ethnic and contemporary, fluid movement and peaceful surrender.