Archives for July 2017
Luck fell upon us with no rain forecast, all weekend the sun shone as the clouds rolled on past.
The whole site top to bottom is an absolute trek, 40 minutes atleast - thats ignoring the rest. (On Saturday we wandered 28 kilometres)
Before the first day my voice was all gone - The Healing Fields happened to be where we're drawn.
But Alas - we were stuck at a fork in the road. Holistic First Aid, Homeopathy or Apothecary for my throat? More choices than I would find back home in the Bay, but we made the right choice, by donation we paid 😉
Here we found ourselves lost among workshops - wood workings, silversmithing, staff making, felt crafting. Yoga, Osteopathy, Massage, Meditation, Little Bands, Parades, Jam Sessions, weaving, sewing, painting!
Overwhelmed and hungry we look for some grub. Astounded that everything was dangerously lush. Vegan Mexican, Organic juice, Smoothies, Soups stalls ...
and Sushi and Samoas! Wait, this is out of control! Hare Krishna buffets and Nourishing Bowls? Fallafels, Elixir Bars ! .... I think now you know.
From the healing space to the drum and bass... there is something for everyone.
and Ive never seen so much Glitter before - beards, moustaches, boobs, butts and more.
With a line up so vast there was too much to see. Anderson Park, Henrick Schwarz and Josh Caffe were my favourite three.
Rolling hills decorated with Tipis, Tipis hand painted. So detailed and bold.
Through small woven archways in suspicious bushes we peered in, curiously encountering mirrored forests, tea parties, tiki bars, comedy shows....wonderland.
Flowers, Towers, delicious foods... interesting dance moves...
P.s it was ever so Wonderful to see, an outstanding presence of many charities! Huge areas of the grounds occupied by leading NGO's; Green Peace, Water Aid and Oxfam provided stalls, tents, recycling stations, interactive experiences, op-shops and even composting urinals.
Slightly (purposely) lost, with our heads in the clouds, we find ourselves at the Love Temple now.
We made a good friend, A local Glastonbury fella. His name was Eternal, He could eat chocolate forever.
Cacao balls and Brownies, even Coca Leaf tea! Maca, Ashwaganda surprises to thee.
I Really must say, They had it all! How much energy can you fit in one little Bliss Ball!?
I can't even count on two hands and both feet, how many stages there were to go see. They were small, big , humongous, unimaginably tall, But the one shooting fire was the best of them all
Off-site on a hill, from our camp we could hear, By far the most impressive stage of the year. Built from Old War machines, recycled and reformed. Arcadia Spectacular was a spectacle for sure.
Nightfalls and Down to the South-West corner we suppose, by midnight its always too packed to get close. Every grimy city nightlife all mashed into one. Block 9 is like nothing that had ever been done. Amongst the Immense abandoned concrete jungle, built up around us as the crowd sway and stumble. Hidden inside the bass-heavy oven. Mimicking the underground - Berlin - New York - London.
We found some moustaches (don't ask) and waltzed straight on in - to a Vortex, of Dancing, Drag, Sequins and Sin.
5 hours later on a hill very tall - we watched sun rise and that was practically all.
In this crazy, whacked out, fast paced and ever-changing life we lead - we tend to get a little caught up with irrelevant issues. I know, myself that i tend to get lost and forget that Simplicity is Key - the less i have, the happier i am. For example, when i head out on camping trip away from the big city - with just a car and whatever I may find on the road...the possibilities seem endless! My mind runs free and I have not a care in the world! This is what I'm talking about...
NATURE IS SUBLIME
Impressive in her power and grandeur! We all marvel at the mountains don't we? I find myself calm, centred and effortlessly experiencing a higher sense of self awareness when I have spent some time just breathing, and observing my immediate surroundings in nature. From the grains of grit amongst my seat, to the singing of birds in trees. The waves and rustles of the leaves amidst the clouds that swirl and sweep across the sky.
MOVEMENT & CREATIVE RELEASE
I dance. This is my outlet. I believe that once you find that movement or creative drive within you that acts as your release: be it emotional, physical or both - you have found something that will make you happy for the rest of your life. Whether its dancing, running, swimming, playing violin, singing, painting - do whatever feels right to express your feelings and work through whatever it is that does not serve you.
When I find the down time and I happen to be in the right frame of mind to read… Not only do i feel inspired, to delve deeper into the knowledge studied by others and educate myself in fields other than my own - but i feel a brighter sense of being wash over me. Reading enriches a higher sense of understanding, most importantly - from another point of view. This outlook from another person not only teaches you - but perhaps shows you another way of looking at things, people, places or events… you can then take this perception of whatever it may be and put it into practice in your own reality. Mind blowing i say! I find myself reading the most random things. Novels to Textbooks, Thesauruses to Encyclopaedias. Articles, other blogs, poems, art critiques and more. Self Study is very important... use that noodle!
STILLNESS and SOLTITUDE
This one speaks for itself, and no - I'm not telling you to sit on a cushion, light candles, count your breaths and tell your mind to hush. Just take some time to enjoy being still. Most Importantly spend some time to be alone, with yourself. I find my alone time, whether it be a few days, or a few weeks is when i really grow and evolve as a person. Even if it means a short while away from your best friend or significant other. I find you can loose your sense of self ever so easily in a relationship, so this is my fourth and final key - Solitude is Bliss.