Young Wellingtonians make zero-waste for 2 years – they hit BOP to tell their tales with a FREE fun workshop with tips on how to reduce household waste.
On Saturday 19 August from 3.30pm until dinner time you’re FREE to join the No-Waste Nomads Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince (from Wellington) with a FREE workshop on: Reducing our Household Rubbish The Zero Waste Approach.
The 90 minute FREE workshop is held at The Scout Hall, 13 May Street, Mt Maunganui.
All are welcome to this warm up event for little YOGA festival happening at the same Scout Hall and neighbouring May Street Reserve 15-17 September
Here’s an opportunity to learn about how to minimise the waste we make, in our homes, in our families, in our lives.
This warmly delivered workshop is an introduction to the practicalities and philosophy of waste reduction.
Young Wellington couple Liam and Hannah have lived for over two years creating zero waste. Through their own experience and research they will guide you through the whys and the hows of life without a rubbish bin, including:
– What is the zero waste movement? Why is waste reduction important?
– How zero waste principles can revolutionise your perspectives on living and lifestyle, beyond your rubbish bin.
– Innovative examples of waste minimisation policy, practice and thinking from around the globe, and how these might inform community-level waste reduction.
– Tips for how you can reduce the rubbish in your life (including fun DIY household products, cosmetics, and other life hacks).
This talk is part of our travelling project, The Rubbish Trip, taking the zero waste message around Aotearoa New Zealand.
For more information on the FREE workshop click here.
For more information on The Rubbish Trip tour or Liam and Hannah click here
Written by Emily with wild & grace
Yoga Immersion with Pragyadhara Yogini
Tauranga Yoga Centre
A 6 hour Yoga Immersion with Pragyadhara Yogini. The transformation through personal evolution is one of the most rewarding aspects of a consistent yoga practice, however, to maintain growth requires steady perseverance and from time to time an infusion of inspiration, expert guidance and space to explore further.
Opening Mantras -setting intention, holding space.
Asana – deepen practice through inner reference points and mantras
Breathing techniques – different forms and their effects
Pranayama – Integration in asana/postures and as a stand-alone practice
Meditation – Anchor in the body, mechanics of sitting, how to observe the mind, yoga psychology and philosophy.
Yoga Nidra – access more energy, less stress.
Infuse your days with more yoga. Learn to tap into states of awareness at various moments in your life. Gain take home practices.
Yoga is a constant study of the Self and requires us to be forever students. Yoga asks us to ‘see’ our reality clearly and be willing to do the work to heal and better ourselves.
Epic Yoga 2.0
Hamurana Springs Reserve
Western Bay of Plenty
Come and join Zeenya for an awesome adventure where we hike together to an epic location, then stop, drop and yoga making the most of the beautiful spot.
Yogi’s of all (or no) ability are welcome. The class focus will be moving together and enjoying the great outdoors. The class will be given by Real You‘s Nix McCheyne.
Meet: Hamurana Springs Carpark – next to Hamurana Golf Course (Lake Rotorua)
Time: 10am meet to walk through the bush, around the Springs to our epic location.
Cost: $30 per person. Price includes the Yoga Class, Exclusive Zeenya Headband and other goodies
Bring: Warm, movement appropriate clothing, yoga mat, drink bottle and walking shoes
We are really positive for one of those stunning winter days we get here in NZ, but a wet weather option will be advised.
Tickets: To register fill out the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/K0GizeQ2ntJXjWTp2
A Weekend of Workshops with Nikki Ralston
1 – 2 September
House of Yoga
Nikki Ralston is the owner of Urban Ashram in Auckland, featured teacher at Wanderlust festival NZ/Aus, she is the yoga teacher to the NZ Warriors, an Ecostore ambassador, mother and wellness powerhouse.
Nikki is a natural teacher who has been working with the human body for the last 18 years, her passion for yoga and understanding the human body and mind shines through and is infectious to others.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST, 6pm – 8.30pm
The Ralston Method Signature Flow
Seamlessly integrating The Ralston Method signature Strong, Centred and Inverted elements into a moving meditation deeply connecting to the rhythm of our breath to ride us through strong standing postures, arm balances, inversions, backbends, twists before we melt into delicious seated folds. A strong yet enjoyable flow to get you out of the head, fully embodied and present to the moment. Come with an open heart and ready to learn.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, 11.30am – 2pm
Break Through Your Hippy Myths
There is not one body exactly like yours on this planet, you are one of a kind baby. Together lets explore the myths you may be holding around the commonly misunderstood hip area. This strong, slow and steady practice will hone your awareness into your unique hip sockets and help to balance strength and flexibility so that you can expand into full possibility.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, 3pm – 5.30pm
Free Your Heart & Let Life Flow
The backbend communicates one of the deepest, most beautiful expressions of an open heart and mind within the yoga practice. Backbends are a paradox of constant oscillation and steady harmony. Because of their complexity, they can easily be misunderstood and poorly executed. In this workshop, we will discover how to achieve health and longevity for the spine through extension versus compression. Practicing basic backbends like upward facing dog and upward facing bow directs our pathway toward more advanced backbends like handstand/forearm balance, scorpion, and hollowback. Expect to open and strengthen your upper back, shoulders, side body, and thoracic and lumbar spine.
Tickets: Click here
little YOGA festival
15 – 17 September
May Street Reserve
home to Yoga Collective
80+ workshops, inspiring speakers, live music, food trucks in a Community Garden just a beach access away from Mt Maunganui’s main surf beach, and one path back from Mount Main Street’s bustling village.
YogaRhythms, Aerial, Acro, SUP, Vinyasa, Flow, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Naam, Laughter Yoga, Hot, Restorative, Yin, Sound Yoga, Kids, Family Yoga, Chakra Yoga you name it we’ve got it.
Teachers from here, there and everywhere giving workshops to warm-hearted people, young and not so, from around the world.
little YOGA festival is a weekend of wellness, arts & cultural workshops, speakers, music and food. Bring your family and get ready to be filled up with joy, relaxation, wonder and nourishment.
Weekend Workshops with Peter Sanson
22 – 23 September
Mount Ashtanga Yoga
3 Mysore-style classes and a Q&A sessions about the practice.
Peter Sanson teaches traditional Ashtanga Yoga, as taught to him over a twenty-one year course of study under late Yoga Guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915 – 2009)
With Guruji’s blessing, Peter holds Advanced B teaching certification issued by the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, Mysore.
Peter has been teaching the first four series of Ashtanga Yoga for over 20 years.
Classes and workshops are traditional ‘Mysore style’ – as taught by Pattabhi Jois and as it continues to be transmitted by Jois’ Grandson R. Sharath Jois, and Daughter Saraswathi Jois in Mysore, South India.
All students from absolute beginners to advanced practitioners welcome.
May the end of your Winter and the beginning of your Spring be filled with warm wishes.
Written by Emily wild wild & grace
Where to start?
Thanks to Tara Spice Creative we have a most splendid POSTER if we do say so ourselves.
The featured list of workshops, musicians, inspiring speakers is but a smattering, a wee taster to get you salivating.
Jumping up and down
Last week’s most exciting news was confirming R.I.A from Yoga Rhythms and Franko Heke.
Let me tell you about our confirmed Music line-up:
You’ll be able to lounge on the lush grass taking in the stilt walkers, the Community Garden’s honey coloured cat, and the hubbub of the food trucks whilst listening (or perhaps you’ll be dancing) to the soul-tuning melodies of: Sarah Spence (aka Premratna), Neil Crowe, Franko Heke, Alice Sea, Kāren Hunter,
We have teachers from Berlin, Tokyo & Byron Bay.
We’re just staying up late and doing a big upload of fresh photos and friendly, skilled, leading edge people who will be offering workshops, inspiring talks, nutritious food and beautiful products for our weekend.
Zeenya Clothing will be with us, along with the wonderful YOGATRIBE selling those gorgeous jute mats. We’ve got a Co-Op Shop happening offering little YOGA festival t shirts, some sustainable products from Paper Plane, and Sarah William’s (from Kowhai Yoga) adorable Children’s Picture Book will be up for grabs – Sunshine Yogis.
We’re days away from confirming our programme and going to the printers! We’re wanting to ensure there is a range of workshops for you, we’re waiting to confirm a couple of special contributors who are on retreat ATM.
As soon as we know you’ll know, guides honour.
Go well sweet yogis.
New Zealand or as locals like to call it, Aotearoa, our land of the long white cloud, is made up for 3 main islands; Te Wai Pounamu (South Island); Te Ika a Maui (North Island); and Te Punga o Te Waka a Maui or Rakiura (Steward Island) which out of interest is runner up (after South America) to being the closest human-dwelling-island to Antartica (still a mere 4,000kms away but).
If we were to book a Maui Campervan and drive from Bluff (the Southern most point in the South Island) to Cape Reinga (the Northern most point in the North Island where our souls fly into the winds and across the seas after we’ve made a tiki-tour-visit of our ancestors throughout Aotearoa) it would take us 31 hours and we would travel 2222.1 kilometres (kia ora AA Maps). We would of course have to board the Interislander Ferry which crosses the Cook Strait. A most beautiful experience sailing through the Marlborough Sounds and arriving into Wellington’s Harbour (our capital and arguably voted the best city in New Zealand). Wellington is home to WOW: World of Wearable Art (happens September – October) and the New Zealand Festival (a biennial festival in February/March).
As a ‘kiwi’ five things i love most about our country is:
1) Coast. From anywhere in our green green friendly land it will only take you 2 hours to drive from the most inland spot to the ocean. This gives people an expansive experience of living, being able to see to feel ‘the edge’ the sense of possibility to keep travelling beyond our shores. Hence why we are great sailers – Go Team NZ – American’s Cup! The only exception is Milford Sound, a breathtaking location in the South Island which you can incorporate into a 4 day hike called Milford Track. This (one of many great walks) is open from late October until late April. You can be self-sufficient and trek carrying your own food etc, or pay for the more ‘deluxe’ version and get someone else to share the load and cooking might i add. When you choose to take on this walk you stay in cabins within the bush. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. Once you leave the splendour of the trees, that air, those bird calls, and waterfalls you’ll need to drive about 5 hours to get to the coast again.
2) Beaches. They’re everywhere and stunning. From the white squeaky sands of Rarawa Beach or Maitai Bay (both come complete with DOC Campsites in the Far North) to the golden sands of Golden Bay, or the long long surf beach of Mt Maunganui (home to little YOGA festival), or the black sanded beaches of our west-coast such as Karekare, or Raglan (a favourite surfing spot and home to Solscape Retreat). You’ll find a beach perfect for your needs. Surf? Off the grid? In amongst the action? Tucked away and only accessible via foot or water-craft? We’ve got it to share.
3) Food. I love our kai. We eat plenty of kai moana in Aotearoa which is no surprise really. Kaikoura (South Island) is famous for its crayfish. Bluff for its oysters. Our mussels are among the largest in the world and can be twisted off the rocks in the Coromandel. Our river fish is delicious too – Salmon and Trout. If you know someone who loves Trout Fishing send them to Taupo and the surrounding towns such as Turangi. Snapper, Terakihi and Gurnard are my young family’s favourite fish. I’ve personally caught a snapper off the rocks on Kawau Island – the only land here with wallabies (our neighbour Australia’s native animal). We adore our coffee, wine and most recently craft beer here in New Zealand. Everywhere you go you’ll taste fresh, innovative and wholesome food.
4) Nature. People come to New Zealand first and foremost for Nature. The North Island walks are beautiful such as Lake Waikaremoana (centre /coastal North Island), The Pinnacles Track (Coromandel), Tongariro Alpine Crossing (Tongariro National Park), Mt Taranaki Walk (which is also home to WOMAD festival which happens in March each year and features world music, camping onsite, and is a great festival to take kids to). In the South Island among the most famous are: Routeburn Track, Abel Tasman, Heaphy Track, Kepler. For an official list of the great walks click here. Our Maunga (Mountains) are found in both islands, which provide epic skiing through June – October (depending on the snow each year). Our lakes, rivers need our help to become clean again, but they still hold enormous wairua and beauty.
5) He Tangata. He Tangata. He Tangata. It is the people, the people, the people. We’re a fairly relaxed country of people (especially those who live outside of Auckland and the larger cities). FYI: I have nothing against Auckland, I lived there on and off for 10 years and some of my favourite people on the planet still do. It’s a bustling city with terrific food, a thriving arts & film industry, glorious beaches and green spaces (parks and reserves) and it literally twinkles in summer, set against the harbour. The City of Sails is ‘her’ name. We have 3 official languages in our Antipodean land. Te Reo Maori, English and Sign Language. We consider ourselves of pioneering ‘stock’. We all ventured here to the ‘ends of the earth’ to the promised land, or to new possibilities and our people have that flavour in their bones. A sense of adventure, a sense of innovation, a sense of mucking in and doing it together. Aroha. Mana. Wairua.
Which segues smoothly into our festival season. A collection of events which have ‘possibility’ at the heart, and bring people together to experience transformation. Without further ado, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, people of Both-Genders, younger people and older people…
wild & grace’s:
Guide to Wellness Festivals in Aotearoa
little YOGA festival
15 – 17 September 2017
May Street Reserve, 13 May Street, Mt Maunganui (North Island)
Camping, cabins, caravans available 1 km from site – 10 minute walk along the beach
Aotearoa’s most handmade Arts & Wellness festival bringing people from around the world together to celebrate Spring. Hosted in Mt Maunganui, home to New Zealand’s most beautiful white-sanded east-coast beach, alchemy awaits you at little YOGA festival 2017. Bring you, your whanau, your bestie, whoever uplifts you to share our nourishing workshops, inspiring speakers, good food, and soul-ful music tenderly curated for you. Soak in the hotpools, make new friends, watch the sun go down, laugh with your children, come home to your whole self, acro yoga with your partner, however you wish to experience our festival we promise it will be one of the happiest weekends of your life. Welcome, Nau mai, Haere mai, thrice welcome to our weekend of whole-heartedness.
25-30 January 2018
136 Cooks Rd, Hunterville (North Island)
Camping on site (off grid)
Family Friendly? (i haven’t heard of many mamas and papas taking their kids feel free to comment below if it’s family friendly in your opinion OR not…)
Kiwiburn is a participatory festival, where we – the participants – bring and make the things that we want to have here. There are no central stages or headline acts, no queues and very few crowds, just a series of surprises. Every performance and art piece is there because somebody has decided to bring it and put in the effort to make it happen. If you want to listen to a particular kind of music or create some other kind of fanstastical experience you can get together with friends and set up a theme camp. If you have inspiration, you can make art or host an event. Kiwiburn is a collective experience. Everybody contributes, everybody buys a ticket, even people who have volunteered year-round to make this event happen. As there are no paid performers at the event, there are no spectators and what is shared are the passions and dreams of those who gift them. You cannot “attend” Kiwiburn, but you can be a part of it. There will be no money exchanged for anything at the event. We are co-creating a gift economy and a different kind of social reality to go along with it. Feel free to radically express yourself and please respect other people’s boundaries. Due to this collective nature we cannot offer you a program or featured artist list. You can check out the list of registered theme camps and art installations, but as to the true nature of what will be at Kiwiburn, we have no idea—and that’s half the beauty. There will be various kinds of music, art installations and people in costume, neon lights, fire spinners, drummers, random surprises, dancers, free spirits and healers… but that’s just us, and what we are doing… bring your passion and share with us your dreams.
26-28 January 2018
Founders Heritage Park, Nelson
Camping for tents and motorhomes on site
Evolve Festival is an annual celebration of old customs and new ways to transform the health and wellbeing of individuals, the community and the earth. Feed your mind, soul, heart – and tummy! Share knowledge about sustainable living, hear inspirational leaders and visionary pioneers – and dance, laugh and play. With so much on offer, there is something for everyone.
1- 8 February 2017
Canaan Downs, Takaka Hill (South Island)
Camping on site (off the grid and must bring own tent/camping equipment)
Welcome to Luminate, a vibrant festival of cutting-edge live & electronic music, visual & performing arts, inspirational knowledge sharing, and pioneering environmental initiatives. We celebrate the ancient summer harvest festival of Lughnasadgh, midway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. Luminate is a place to re-energise on the dancefloor, participate in workshops, be inspired about living sustainably, receive a massage, join in drumming around the fire, relax with a warm chai, watch an enlightening movie, be in harmony with nature, and celebrate a sense of conscious community.
New Zealand’s International Yoga Festival
22-25 February 2018
Kawai Purapura, Albany, Auckland (North Island)
Accomodation on site
We invite you come and join us in “Embracing Your Inner Mastery” amongst our finest teachers and practitioners here at the 7th annual festival. Our foundations for the Yoga Festival are now steadfast, and now we wish to extend our content to bring out more depth in experiences 2018. The number 7 in numerology, isn’t just a lucky number, it’s meaning is; spiritual, intelligent, analytical, focused, introspective, studious, intuitive, knowledgeable, contemplative, serious, persevering, refined, gracious and displays much inner wisdom. To celebrate and accentuate this auspicious number, we are giving the festival more time/space for a deeper immersion of practices and transformation. We are delighted to announce our festival will now start on Thursday evening and finish on Sunday afternoon, giving us an extra day to connect to our mastery in YOGA in the presence of more masters from different lineages; supported by more workshops that give the depth and width of the knowledge and teachings.
8-11 March 2018
Great Lake Taupo (North Island)
Accomodation on site
Family Friendly (but not as many of my friends have taken their kids as with other festivals)
Unplug from the ordinary. Adventure awaits. Wanderlust Great Lake Taupō is a 4-day celebration of mindful living. We bring together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists, and chefs for a transformational retreat in one of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural resorts. Your experience may start on your mat, on a mountain trail, or on the dancefloor, but Wanderlust will get into your mind, body and soul. It may start in your ears, whether from the inspirational words of a speaker or the pulse-pounding beats of a musical artist. It may begin in your eyes, as you drink in the surrounding natural beauty or learn to align a challenging pose. It may start in your heart, as you make new friends or experience the joy of trying something you’ve never dared to do.Regardless of what starts you on your path, Wanderlust is an experience that will leave you different than when you came — with new ideas, new friends, newly discovered abilities, and greater peace. Find your true north.
Voices of Sacred Earth
23-25 March 2018
Kawai Purapura, Albany, Auckland (North Island)
Accomodation on site
Indigenous cultures throughout the world have maintained a reciprocal relationship with the Earth, have protected the sacred sites and are wisdom keepers for the modern world. This wisdom and knowledge is being shared and remembered within many people. The foundations of a new consciousness is now birthed to a new awareness from these ancestral wisdom to evolve new solutions, to embody a more sustainable and harmonious world for the entire community, our Global Family.
It’s all about re-Connection with Self, Others and Mother Earth!
This is New Zealand’s unique chance to experience indigenous leaders, visionaries and inspirational speakers, healers, practitioner’s gardeners, artists and musicians, all co-creating and harmonising in one place at one time! Voices of Sacred Earth Festival provides the space for Indigenous healing from many cultures and perspectives. Sharing knowledge and the power of all the elements, how we are all connected to water, fire, earth and air. We will gather together and celebrate through the ceremonies being offered during this weekend festival. You will have the chance to journey into remembrance with vibrational healing sounds, ancient tones and teachings activating and transporting us into higher dimensions within our Being, to connect with Heaven on Earth. More than 100 inspiring workshops – leading international wisdom keepers, ancient earth based traditions, indigenous world music and healing ceremonies. Come and learn with us how to make a tangible difference in our personal lives and larger communities with insights and practical solutions for personal and social improvements.
We’d love to hear if we’ve left any Wellness Festivals off the ‘destination’ map. Feel free to write your comments below or visit us at www.facebook.com/wildandgrace.
Go well and come visit our Land of the Long White Cloud Downunder.
Written by Emily of wild & grace