On the grounds of the beautiful Ingelara Farm in Michelago less than an hour south of Canberra, on the 17th of March from 9.30am-9.30pm, a brand new day-long festival will occur to offer people of all ages the opportunity to build community, share culture and foster connection.
The inaugural Awakening Ancient Futures Festival is set to be a transformational event celebrating country, culture and community. It promises a lively programme including music, sound healing, performance, art, food, dance, song, yoga, meditation, tree planting, bush food and much more. Festival-goers have the opportunity to experience a full day of cross-cultural immersion and learning from leaders, healers, elders, performers and speakers.
One of the organisers and co-creators of the festival, Heidi Kiekebosch-Fitt says, “The festival was inspired by each of us being on our own journeys to take time out and connect to nature and discovering the powerful benefits of this. Recognising, and paying respect to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have done this for over 65,000 years, we felt called to create an event that brought people together to experience this for themselves.”
“The timing and theme of Awakening Ancient Futures, in Truth and Harmony, aligns with and celebrates Harmony Day (21st March). Harmony Day began in 1999 coinciding with the United Nations International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination and is marked by people coming together and continuing the message that “everyone belongs” – which is why we have brought together a range of presenters from across cultures.”
Heidi continued, “I’m most looking forward to having fun and learning! Learning from the deep wisdom of our presenters and experiencing some of their traditional healing, dances and food!”
As for the location of the festival, Heidi revealed “Ingelara Farm is actually one of our co-creators’, Gini’s, home! She lives there with a small community of people – her partner Pete, her son Tom and his girlfriend Sammy, Beatrice and Tobias and their son Laurence (who are biodynamic farmers), Sharna and Phil who live in a bush block out the back with their gorgeous daughters. Phil works on Scotsdale Reserve taking care of the land regeneration there. Gini and Pete put a lot of work in to restore the land on the farm when they bought it and Gini has felt called to opening it up to learn more about the Country that she lives on, to give back to it and share it’s magic with the community.”
On the day, you will be welcomed and guided by Ngunnawal and Ngambri Elders and youth through song and ceremony. You will have the option to flow in and out of sessions of your choice, enjoy quiet time in nature, or make a cuppa and have a chat with an Elder.
The festival tribe of presenters include:
- Tina Brown, Ngunnawal Elder and bridge builder between cultures,
- Daniel Williams, Ngambri Elder and Musician will be performing traditional dance and sharing his culture,
- Rod Mason, Ngarigo Elder and Traditional Land Manager,
- Greg Powell, the Horse handler will be sharing his whispering way with horses. Greg has had a lifetime love and affinity with horses and has discovered the powerful ways in which horses can help us to connect, explore and heal. Greg is a man of many talents and will also be sharing some of his soulful tunes around the fire,
- The incredible Padma Menon, of Moving Archetypes, is running a workshop session that will guide you through a range of empowering and expressive dances that combine both Indian and western dance practices – leaving you feeling free!
- Dr Didge and Sharmana Tara, behind WhaleDreamers Yoga, running sound healing and yoga workshops – suitable for all ages!
Awakening Ancient Futures Festival 2018
17th of March from 9.30 am-9.30 pm
Ingelara Farm in Michelago
Visit www.awakeningancientfutures.com for further information and to purchase tickets.