Mark this date on your cal­en­dar

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The or­gan­is­ers of a cel­e­bra­tion at But­ler Point, across the har­bour from Man­gonui, have given early no­tice of the Far North Joyfest, which will take place on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 27, in the hope that peo­ple will mark the date on their cal­en­dars.

Ad­mis­sion will cost $45 per per­son, chil­dren un­der 12 free.

Co-or­di­na­tor Hari Bans Kaur, from Taupo Bay (phone 021-570-126) and com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Diane Simp­son (phone 022-625-5289, email [email protected] hot­mail.com) are also look­ing for spon­sors and po­ten­tial stall hold­ers who can of­fer whole­some/or­ganic food, lo­cal crafts and well­be­ing prod­ucts.

The al­co­hol and drug-free fes­ti­val will in­clude a heal­ing zone, with places for those who prac­tise the heal­ing arts, along with live mu­sic, a chil­dren’s zone, con­scious liv­ing, yoga and dance work­shops, and a wis­dom talk area.

Hari said it would be a fam­ily-friendly event with the em­pha­sis on health and well­be­ing, and con­scious liv­ing.

“The Far North is blessed with an abun­dance of beauty, but also with an abun­dance of peo­ple of­fer­ing ser­vices that can really help us all to live our best life,” he said. “Life can be a chal­lenge, but the key to liv­ing our best life is in meet­ing that chal­lenge, trans­form­ing that chal­lenge, and mak­ing that chal­lenge a spring­board into a fu­ture filled with more joy. This event will pro­vide peo­ple with a range of tools to do just that.

“Rates of sui­cide, self-harm and financial dif­fi­cul­ties are in­creas­ing through­out New Zealand, and the Far North of­ten gets very bad press out­side the area. Let’s cel­e­brate all the amaz­ing things happening right here in the Far North. Let’s learn from the ex­pe­ri­ences of oth­ers.

“As Jacinda Ardern has re­it­er­ated re­cently, ‘They are us’; we all have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to be the best we can be, to live the best life that we can, so that it in­spires oth­ers to live out their dreams, to change their re­al­i­ties.

“As Gandhi said, ‘Treat peo­ple as you would want to be treated.’ If we look af­ter our own health and emo­tional and men­tal well­be­ing then it becomes much eas­ier to do this. When we are bal­anced and com­ing from our true self then we ra­di­ate pos­i­tiv­ity, we can see that dif­fi­cul­ties are bless­ings in dis­guise, and we can lead by ex­am­ple.

“This fes­ti­val will share ex­am­ples of yoga, dance, mu­sic, art and song, with the aim of help­ing us to bet­ter see the light that lives within us, to see what we are ca­pa­ble of, to make us stronger, phys­i­cally, emo­tion­ally and men­tally.

“If we want to cre­ate a more sus­tain­able world, as well as nur­tur­ing our­selves, we need to nur­ture new ways of pro­duc­ing, of build­ing, of feed­ing our­selves and oth­ers. We need to build and strengthen com­mu­ni­ties.

“This event of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to learn from the wis­dom of oth­ers, to find out about prac­tices or methods we have never heard of be­fore. It will al­low us to ask ques­tions and to be­come more aware of what’s pos­si­ble as we move to a more sus­tain­able ex­is­tence.”

Sub­jects and ac­tiv­i­ties would range from holis­tic beekeeping to eco-con­struc­tion, from zumba to yoga, from chil­dren’s drum­ming to plant-based food.

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