Join Indiajiva for the Festival opening honouring an intention of love, gratitude, health, wellness and harmony for our planet and its citizens. They will be singing songs of peace and healing from their musical repertoire and will demonstrate how the therapeutic power of singing mantras can be used as a form of deep meditation and has enormous power to change brain physiology, raise consciousness and positively contribute to our life experiences.
“IndiaJiva” are Shire based multi-instrumentalists and composers Ron Ragel and Vicki Hansen, who have carved a niche for themselves in the field of world fusion music – creating a new synthesis in sound, transporting their audiences and listeners beyond the borders of both East and West. They perform an array of traditional and modern instruments that appeals deeply despite its contemporary feel it still succeeds in keeping the meditative nuances of its traditional roots and sends the listener effortlessly spinning into states of bliss
Nic is a yoga and meditation teacher, and teacher trainer. She is passionate about sharing the blessings Yoga has gifted her over 27 years of practice and making Yoga accessible to everybody. Her boutique studio and online offering are a realised dream of sharing all the wonderful benefits Yoga delivers both on and off the mat. She specialises in core conditioning, breath work & meditation coaching, developing and living in a Yogic mindset, Yoga therapy and rehabilitation.
Not confined to a mat you will discover movement and control through all ranges of motion.
Get strong, unlock tight joints, gain control back of your movement patterns. Re-connect with your total body, through activations, breathwork & syncronised motion. You will learn a 3 piece flow sequence you can take anywhere.
Nikki has been an Animal Flow instructor & Personal Trainer for 3 years. Coming from an office background she felt her body getting tight, sore and forever feeling stiff. Weight lifting programs were getting tough and the body was just not moving well - at only 33 she went in search of other forms of movement. Animal Flow bridged the gap between the mobility and flexibility she needed and the strength and endurance she craved from a session. Overcoming hip, shoulder and ankle injuries from other forms of training, Nikki is now moving pain free and able to control her body in ways she had never dreamed of. Going through the process she is excited to help others unlock their own movement potential.
Aboriginal elder, speaker and National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Aboriginal community liaison officer, Dean Kelly loves to give back to the community. He received an Australia Day community services award for his work conducting cultural camps and passing down his intergenerational knowledge to indigenous youth. He speaks about the three pillars of learning in traditional Aboriginal culture – respect, patience and observation – and how knowledge was passed from generation to generation following these pillars. Also the importance of all people’s mental, physical and spiritual connections with the land and between elements of the land and their own health.
He regularly teaches on the land with youth, and says he passes on stories that “old fellas told me” to younger generations and taught them about traditional bush food and bush medicine that their ancestors had been using for tens of thousands of years. “Nature is the greatest teacher of all”.
Join us at Bianchini, Elouera, for an informal chat between two good friends and important local figures and in the Shire.
Join Madame Foodie for a fun and engaging cooking demonstration
- Asian Chicken Noodle Ball Soup (perfect for this time of year!)
- Dukkah Sesame Tofu
- Turmeric Coconut Fish
All meals are gluten, dairy and sugar free.
Raquel Bosustow is the proud owner of Madame Foodie, a wholesome meal delivery service operating for over 7 years in the shire. Raquel started her healthy food journey over 20 years ago by creating My Personal Chef catering for Sydney Swans, Channel 7 and many, many functions to then creating her second business, Organics Only, which was a delivery service of goodness all over Sydney. Raquel’s expertise comes from her own personal health challenges and found a niche in the
market for excellent quality gluten, sugar and dairy free meals. Her drive, determination,
passion and love of serving others are the key factors to her success.
Kim Girdlestone, is a Sydney based singer/songwriter. Distinguished by her rich, distinct and emotive voice, Kim hits the crossroads of Soul, Blues and Folk. Her music alternates between highlights of daisy-chain yellows and lowlights of battlefield blues.
Andrew Moverley a singer songwriter originally from Wales, he has spent many a years playing in the pubs and clubs of the Welsh valleys where the Welsh take up every opportunity for a good old fashion sing song. He ventured to Australia in 2015 in search of the sun and surf. He can be found playing music around Cronulla where he hosts a monthly Open Mic at Mia’s Cronulla and plays in the band The Neighbourhood. Andrew ‘Sundance’ Moverley has a playful covers approach to have you tapping your feet (maybe even dancing) and singing along.
Part 1: Microbiome for general health, the Master System Part 2: Microbiome and prenatal care, your microbiome is your babies microbiomeWe’re living in an exciting time! Modern science and ancient wisdom are coming together to prove the link between our digestive or gut health and our overall wellbeing. So many illnesses start in the gut and the good news is that if we can take targeted action to support our gut health, we will start to experience significant improvements in our energy, our mood and our overall vitality.
'Of all the areas of wellness, there's more conflicting information in the areas of nutrition and digestive health than anywhere else.
Join us live and get your questions answered by our expert panel'
This is a golden opportunity to cut through the hype and discover how to upgrade your own gut health.
Places are limited: register now
Your expert panellists
We have brought together an amazing team of experts, led by Zhenya Gerson, a Cronulla local who has been working in the field of gut health for the last 17 years.
Our Host: Zhenya Gherson
Zhenya, an I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, Wellness Consultant and Yoga Instructor, is driven to empower people to be aware of their own bodies, to live a healthy life and make conscious decisions about their own health and for their personal wellbeing.
Professor Emad M El-Omar, the Director of the Microbiome Research Centre/UNSW, St George Hospital
Naomi Strout, BNurs GradDipMid(Dist) MACN MACM, the Executive Officer & Project Manager for the MothersBabies Study
Isabelle Ibrahim, BNurs, the Research Officer at the Microbiome Research Centre and the clinical project manager for the Healthy Optimal Australian Microbiome (HOAM) Study.
Heather Elliott is a Naturopathic Physician and Licenced Chinese Medicine practitioner.
Heather has a wealth of knowledge and experience. She Possesses a Bachelor of Health and Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the University of Technology, Sydney: she has an Advanced Diplomas in Naturopathic Medicine, Bio Medical Herbalist, Clinical Nutrition and Homeopathy
Sharon Hespe aka The Good Gut Girl is a degree qualified naturopath who specialises in gut health.
Kalli Fardoulis is the founder of Blown Away Hair Spa, Souther Sydney’s Low Toxin & Holistic Salon. Kalli is passionate about inspiring, educating and empowering individuals with health solutions naturally. Holistically improving women’s lives for a happier and fulfilling life. After overcoming fertility challenges of her own naturally, Kalli broadened her knowledge and skills studying Holistic Health Coaching and Reiki Healing, which enables her to further help individuals that visit the salon and attend her workshops.
Michelle Hyslop - Owner and Master Skin Technician
Michelle has been treating in the beauty industry since 2002 and during that time has
expanded her knowledge and expertise within a range of areas including experience within
Sydney's 5 Star day spas, laser hair removal and photo-rejuvenation and even specialised in training and recruitment for some of Sydney's top hair and beauty salons. Michelle is also a qualified Life Coach and NLP practitioner. Her passion for the industry thrives from the happiness of the people she works on and with.
This practical workshop develops and promotes the importance of having a voice – using your written words to connect with nature and your creative self.
After a dozen years as a teacher and leader in schools, Phil worked with the NSW EPA where he developed, managed and reviewed a wide range of environmental education initiatives. Then, in 2002, as Manager Education at Resource NSW, Phil collaborated with the Department of Education to develop the NSW Sustainable Schools Program. This involved extensive review of early, regional and international approaches, and the exploration of possible frameworks and models for sustainable schools. In 2005, Phil oversaw the first major evaluation of the NSW program. He has been working as an independent education consultant since late 2005. During this time, he has worked with Save the Children on Nauru, taught part-time in schools, conducted professional development for schools and community groups, worked part-time in teacher training programs at WSU, and kick-started a number of initiatives, including Speaking 4 the Planet – an Arts-based approach to sustainability education.
A fun way to activate body awareness while developing fine and gross motor skills, self-expression and coordination skills.
Based in the Sutherland Shire, Renée has been a professional musician for over 10 years. Renée has a love for playing her most primary instrument, the bass guitar, she has been playing bass guitar for over 15 years. After completing her Master's in Creative Music Therapy at Western Sydney University at the end of 2018, Renée decided to continue sharing her creative music expertise with the world whilst passionately incorporating her interpersonal and intuitive skills to help others. Renée has a wide range of experience working with children and adults with disabilities alongside professional RMTs and Allied Health Practitioners. As a Music Therapist Renée is dedicated to contributing to her local community to create a safe therapeutic space for children, adults and elderly with a wide range of abilities. Renée mindfully works in the present moment to intuitively connect with clients, giving them space to self express, develop communication skills, enhance social engagement plus much more through music and music related activities.
Heather Mitchell is a director at Raw Energy, which encourages Resilience, Authenticity and Wellbeing through a life of balance or EQUILIBRIUM. She is also a highly experienced kombucha maker, having made over 5,000 litres in her time! She knows all about the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to making kombucha. She is going to take you through her key learnings when it comes to making kombucha, to be able to get you started on your own brew of this highly nutritious gut elixir.
Inner work, meditation are all pathways to deepen our relationship with ourselves, the
world channel, nature’s natural knowing and life. Welcome to the inner journey of allowing
and using the breath to assist in diving deep into the known and unknown of yourself. This
gentle guided channel is for everyone at every level as an experiential opportunity to know
yourself and what moves you in these times.
Melinda has over 25 years’ experience as a holistic wellness practitioner. She is an Accredited
Counsellor and holistic Psychotherapist, a Reiki master and teacher, practises clinical Hypnotherapy,
QHHT and is a remedial sports massage therapist.
Melinda’s mission is to support individuals and families to connect with themselves and find resolve
using one’s body to discover what they don’t know about themselves, resulting in pathways toward
self-healing. Melinda’s ability to stay present and empathic in a healing environment that is inspired
by nature, helps to create space for and weave a little more happiness, zest and connectedness into
Combining gentle and supportive movements with creative sequencing. Nicolene enjoys a spirit of heartfelt playfulness, meditative moments and a dose of inspiration to help deepen your practice.
I have worked in the wellness industry for 8 years and it had always been a dream to teach Yoga & I now share this joy with others. I am continually drawn to work with seniors and my passion is to see them healthy, flexible, strong & I love bringing fun & laughter to their classes.
I completed my 200-hour Vinyasa Flow training 2 years ago with HYA and have continued to do other trainings this year, to grow and stretch myself in the lifelong Yoga journey of learnings.
Yoga has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat and always inspires me to live each moment more mindfully.
In my classes, I love to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of heartfelt playfulness, meditative moments and a dose of inspiration to help deepen the practice. I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga, and my hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced as you move your body through life.”
I am a mum of 4 and am kept busy with 8 grandchildren, so life is rich and always full of surprises. My other passions are music, relationships, ongoing learning and dance."
John was drawn to China in a quest to study Kung Fu and Martial Arts, where he went on to spend 9yrs learning also about Qi Gong and TCM. He became one of the first westerners to graduate the 6yr course from the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has lectured in Acupuncture, and offers Chinese medicine healing, natural health support, qi gong and martial arts training, as well as educating people on how to use Taoism, Buddhism and other disciplines to greatly improve their life. He has appeared on TV ‘Mornings with Kerry Anne’, radio interviews, had articles in the Sunday Telegraph and various radio interviews. John holds regular workshops, seminars and courses worldwide.
At the early age of 14, she won the USA Long Distance Championships, and then at 15 became the youngest and fastest Australian to swim the English Channel. Considering Susie began swimming as a young child to case her symptoms of asthma, it is easy to understand why she has become an inspiration to young swimmers everywhere.
Susie captured the world’s attention in June 1999, when she completed the world’s longest open water swim, from Mexico to Cuba, swimming almost 200 kilometers over 38 hours; the marine equivalent of climbing Mount Everest. This feat was achieved a little over a year after she undertook the world’s first swim from Cuba to Florida, a distance of 180 kilometers, following her non-stop swim from Cuba to US Territorial Waters in 1996.
Never has there been more focus on ways to support our immunity, join Greer from Naughty Nutrition Co for a half hour of simple, nutritious recipes designed to help support your bodies healthy immune system response.
- Salmon Laksa
- Butter Chicken with turmeric rice
- Anti-inflammatory smoothie
Dylan Wright is a singer/songwriter brought up on Sydney’s southern beaches. Still only in his 20’s, Wright’s lyrics and vocals deliver a uniqueness and maturity well beyond his years. With a unique way of articulating lyrics and creating catchy melodies, Wright’s songs express genuine emotion that leave audiences finding themselves instantly immersed with Dylan’s mellow and awe inspiring tracks at his live shows. Dylan has a vocal and songwriting depth beyond his years in his laid back folk blues pop style.
Being the best version of yourself in the HSC year and in these times of change and uncertainty – for parents.
Katrina Mulcahy has been supporting parents to help them navigate options to find the best support for their children. Katrina has been working with some of Australia’s top athletes and their parents to best manage themselves and achieve their goals in their high-performance elite environment.
This presentation explores positive options for parents of children in their HSC year. This HSC year is a time in a student’s life that becomes demanding for high performance behaviour and a continual ability for positive mindset, emotional intelligence and wellbeing management. This presentation will explore how elite athletes sustain their high performance behaviours and in particular in this challenging period with COVID -19. Katrina will discuss the theory behind change, transition and useful techniques and strategies for HSC students. The objective is to share frameworks and insights to help you to find good in this challenging period and be the best version of yourself as a parent. The focus is on how to sustain a positive home environment and a positive parenting options.
Katrina Mulcahy of careerconfidence.com.au is a Wellbeing and Performance Coach with over 20 years’ experience helping people to break through unnecessary road blocks to achieve their personal goals. Working with some of Australia’s leading organisations and sporting institutions, Katrina promotes high performance behaviours and wellbeing management frameworks. She understands the importance of creating learning opportunities for people to become self-aware and be accountable for their own development. Katrina believes that the process towards achieving a goal needs to be enjoyable and this process enjoyment is as important as achieving the actual goal.
Mind Body connections
Join hypnotherapist Hollie and Naturopath Ky to deepen your understanding of the two way communication between your beliefs (mind) and biochemistry body.
Hollie-Berri and Ky will help deepen your understanding of the two way street of the mind and body, That one can not be separated from the other. The power that our conscious and subconscious mind, thoughts and beliefs have on our body and overall health. And how our physical wellbeing, gut health and biochemistry feed back to our brain and nervous system function.
Founding member of the ‘Hypnotherapy Council of Australia’ Hollie-Berri is a clinical hypnotherapist, owner of Shire Hypnotherapy Clinic and Yogi, Hollie-Berri has a foot in both worlds and a deep appreciation for the connections between the mind and body. An expert in her field and with extensive training Hollie-Berri has been medically endorsed Sydney wide by GPs and health care professionals. Achieving balance with her practice she weaves the sacred knowledge of eastern philosophies, she is a 600hr accredited yoga and meditation teacher, and life coach.
Naturopath, medicine woman, healer and guardian of the ocean and earth. Ky has been attuned to the natural rhythms of our bodies and the earth since she was a child. Her experience in health and wellness spans over 25yrs, she has been involved in elite sports coaching, has lectured in health at universities and colleges, and manages her own wellbeing business for the past 11yrs. Ky has studied formally in Health Sciences, Naturopathy, Ethnobotany and Complementary Medicines and on the ground with Indigenous Australian, Maori Healing and also Amazonian shamanic teachings.
A fun look at how children learn to draw and develop their creativity. Proving we can all
develop our drawing skills as we scribble cartoons and portraits revealing we have far
more talent than we think.
“Creativity is a muscle that needs to be stretched”
Brett Bower is a Sydney based cartoonist whose professional career has spanned over
30 years. Brett believes all people are innately creative and he enjoys the challenge of
fostering creative thinking on practically any topic. Highly sought after, Brett Bower has
spoken and illustrated his way around the world from his hometown of Sydney
throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK, North America, and Asia.
Brett supports several charities and has twice been the Ambassador for Autism Spectrum
Australia. His ongoing relationship supporting Ronald McDonald House has now
surpassed fifteen consecutive years.
One of the most accessible gateways into our centre is through the practice of stillness. This style of meditation, gently and simply guides a pulling inward of the sensory body. From here we can enter into deepening states of our already whole and complete nature. A state prior to a mind that thinks and defines its worldly experiences. ‘Yoga Nidra’ is a powerful practice that softens our outward reactions and relations to the world at large. This same awareness can then be redirected to the inner calm of true sight and even deeper insight. Come join this experience of discovering a journeying without distance. A direct link from yourself to the union of true self.
As we move through these changing times, Anandi works with you in releasing energy that is no longer needed to create the space to bring in the new. Harnessing the Gemini new moon energy that we have just passed through, with its focus on transport, education, communication and community. The twin energy brings in a time to set new goals, give up old habits, release karmic ties and energies. The moon then shifts on the festival weekend to Virgo and brings in routine, enhancement of skills and practical application of these realisations, creating personal and powerful manifestation.
A Holistic Therapist Anandi offers Energy healings, Crystal therapy, Energy meditations, Gestalt Therapy, and Facial Reflexology. With all of this you are offered tools, and information that responds directly to you, to assist you in your journey of Self Healing. Anandi is passionate about the work she does, and holds space, for each individual, or group with integrity, respect and love.
Louise is passionate about her practice and her understanding of yoga. Teaching since 2001 she currently teaches at the Masonic Hall in Cronulla with her own Business In Motion Lifestyle Centre, she also works with The YOGA Foundation supporting patients mental health at St Vincent’s hospital.
Teaching beginners, prenatal, seniors, mum’s n bubs, elite athletes right through to the general population, Louise offers a range of practices such as ashtanga, vinyasa, energetic sequences and meditation classes. Having studied Yoga at Nature Care College and India, Positive Psychology, Trauma aware yoga and Ayurveda Lifestyle counselling, has supported and enhanced her own yoga practices and teachings.
Her depth of integrated somatic knowledge is passed onto her students. Her journey in life has led her to study and practice yoga for the past 20+yrs. She gives thanks for the knowledge that has been passed along from the teachers and students before that have paved the way for the journey of yoga as it is in the west. She teaches from her heart with gratitude and love.
Join James as he demonstrates and discusses the benefits of martial arts and wellbeing.
James Sheedy started training in 1975 in the traditional art of Tae-Kwon-Do. Since that time James has trained and taught literally thousands of students with hundreds obtaining the rank of 1st Degree Blackbelt with some Blackbelts obtaining 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Degree ranks.
Currently we have a number of Senior Blackbelts / Instructors that have trained continuously for nearly 30 years, offering an excellent variety of experience.
All classes are taught by Master Instructor James Sheedy, 6th Degree Blackbelt, internationally accredited. With over 35 year’s experience,
James has trained extensively overseas with some of the best martial artists in the world.
His reputation for developing a dynamic and innovative fighting system has allowed his students to become some of the best and most effective Blackbelts in the country.
James established and taught Tae-Kwon-Do at Macquarie, Sydney and NSW Universities for 18 years. He has also taught the Australian Defence Force which included personnel stationed at Garden Island, Williamstown Air Force Base, 3 RAR Holsworthy and Reserve Commando Regiment at St Ives, as well as members of the police force. James has also conducted stretching programmes for prominent NRL football teams and other sporting organisations.
Prenatal Yoga incorporates safe, simple exercises, breathing exercises, relaxation, meditation and visualisation. You will develop strength and flexibility as you expand your awareness and communication between yourself and your baby. Prenatal yoga helps you to relax and enjoy this special time.
A 16 year background of RAD classical ballet and a fully qualified and accredited group fitness leader with Fitness Australia since 1993, Dana knew that yoga teaching was her destiny.
She began teaching yoga in 2001 and since that time has devoted her life to yoga teachings, having spent weeks away at the Sarasvati yoga ashram living and learning yoga. Dana completed her Diploma of yoga teaching through Sarasvati yoga association in January 2004. She continued her yoga studies, practice and teachings and in early 2008 Dana became a level 2 member of Yoga Teachers Association of Australia. Dana has full Teaching membership with International Yoga Teachers Association IYTA and Yoga Australia and holds a Post Graduate diploma in Pre and Post Natal Yoga with International Yoga Teachers Association IYTA. She has also completed Magic Monkey Kids Yoga Training and Zenergy Yoga’s Training for Kids Yoga including toddlers, children, tweens, teens and also Kid’s Yoga Therapy.
Dana has been teaching yoga for over 15 years. Her general hatha yoga classes are fun and energising, building strength, flexibility and healthy bodies and minds.
"Growing up in Grays Point, as a kid, I had the bush, rivers and creeks as my backyard and it was truly magical. As a teen - and like all teenagers I suppose - I found it hard to understand my place in the world. I wasn’t indigenous but felt connected to country - I wasn’t Irish but had strong ancestry and biological ties to a country I’d never seen. I was a new Australian, with a short, confused and unspoken history and I can still feel the subtle feelings of dislocation and loss.
Many years later, after a lot of travelling and soul searching, I began to understand my role. As an educator and musician I found the fastest way to to connect and illuminate another human to a new way of thinking - was through song - and so the deliberate focus of attempting to deepen that connection to self, country and to link our black and white histories began” - Luke O'Shea
Ever wanted to know the secrets of making delicious dahl (lentil curry) and Chai tea? Tune in to watch Vicki, a long time veteran of Indian and Sri Lankan cooking, making both of these mouth watering dishes.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful musical storytelling of Luke O'Shea, 11 times Golden Guitar winner
Connections to land and people, taking care of mother earth and our communities, sustainable living.
Vision Board Workshop:
We know it is critical to stay in the present - NOW is also a great opportunity to reflect & reset enabling you to consider more thoughtfully what your future ‘best case scenario’ looks like! In our workshop we will explore the process of creating a Vision Board - I have no doubt Vision Boards work! I look forward to our time together, gaining clarity and building a true sense of confidence & excitement about our future! Robbie is a facilitator & coach with over 25 years experience in Australia and overseas. Her specialty lies in soft skills development including sales, client service, leadership & coaching. In recent years she has diversified her corporate experience
Our closing ceremony includes; a guided shamanic journey of ancestry, country and community being guided by sounds of traditional flute, drum and rattle.
With a background and training in Social sciences, Literary performing arts in Maori Composition, Jackie has spent her life learning various Whare Waananga - Higher Schools of learning with Maori teachers and guides. She applies her ancestral and teachers guidance, in her face to face and online sessions and workshops, in Romi Romi - Traditional Moari Healing and Maori Mahi Tai - Arts & Crafts.
At the heart of all things, nature is the one thing that has always made sense to me.
I am a modern-day medicine woman, earth-based counsellor, shamanic practitioner, teacher and vision quest facilitator.
Pete's philosophy in his business ‘Hum’ with his wife Connie is that “everything in life is a vibration, an energy exchange, a continual Hum of sound vibrating at different frequencies creating life. You are born with your own unique fingerprint. You are also born with your own unique vibrational frequency of energy – a personal song, a deep inner wisdom if you like. When life flows freely, your frequencies are raised, you feel light, healthy and alive.” His healing work in Sound Journey Facilitation, Ambient Percussion, Biofield Tuning and Reiki is to guide you towards your inner wisdom and to reclaim your personal song through sound and energy – raising your Hum of Life.
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