Luminate Festival 2017

Workshops 2017

Yoga: Rise and Shine - Julie Stephens


Join Julie for Vinyasa Flow, which can be as dynamic as you want it to be, or if choosing softer options, can be as gentle as you choose. Julie’s classes are suitable for all levels as there are many options on offer. Each class will start with 10 minutes meditation which will then lead into the Asana practice. Bring a rug.



Dancing Freedom: We Are Nature - Richard and Lydia


Connect to your body as an extension of the earth and all of the elements. Dancing with the 5 elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether, intention and awareness allows us to engage and activate the innate intelligence of our bodies to access shamanic, somatic and ecstatic states for healing, self expression and a return to wholeness.

Three Soft Cheeses - Sarah Page


Be amazed by how simple cheese making actually is. Make a very simple cream type cheese, which is extremely versatile and can be used to make cheesecake or be mixed with various herbs and fruit for a delicious spread. Mix and drain prepared cheese and make a garlic and herb Boursin together with fully drained Curd.

We the World - Mik and Jacquie


Join an interactive journey of discovery into the world we all share. Through the eyes of the incredibly rich and diverse tribal cultures of our planet encounter peoples you never knew existed. Hear voices that speak across past, present and future generations. Experience views that will widen your horizons. Enlightening, informative and inspiring.

How to Determine Your Unique Diet - Dr. Sam Shay, DC


Want to make educated choices about your foods? Dr Sam explains over 10 major diet trends. Discover a clear, logical way to determine one's unique diet based on one's unique lifestyle, genetics, anthropology, personal beliefs, health needs, personal resources, and the environment. Identify your basic metabolic needs and which macronutrient profiles best fit you.

West African Dance - Annika Wagenhoff


Bring your comfy clothes, bare feet, a taste for trying something new and join in the fun of learning energetic and expressive dance moves to djembe rhythms from West Africa. West African dance is about joy and freedom through movement, celebration, and feeling our connection with the earth and a sense of community. Wontanara!

Conscious Relationships - Swami Karma Karuna (Anahata Yoga Retreat)


Life is full of relationships – professional, romantic, family, friends and community. Relationships can be the source of our greatest happiness or biggest challenges. Past conditioning, present views and the relationship with our selves influences how we connect to and communicate with others. Explore your relationship with yourself and yogic practices that assist you in positive communication skills and the ability to remain balanced even when faced with difficult relationships.

Guided Partner Massage and Meditation - Claire Thompson


Take the time to ground and connect at the festival. Participants pair up and are led through a simple and effective massage sequence (done through the clothes), while being guided to notice the mindfulness, gratitude, and interconnectedness that naturally arise while trading massages. Bring a friend to trade massages with, or find a friend at the workshop!

Simple Stress Reduction That Works - Dr. Sam Shay, DC


Learn how to positively change the 9 major factors that manifest as mental/emotional stress. Understand that not all stress in the mind is caused by stress in the mind. Discover a true, down-to-earth, model of a mind-body medicine that is practical and understandable.

Pounamu: Ascension Tool of Aotearoa - Mark McPherson


Learn about the historic importance of Pounamu in ancient cultures. Find out how Pounamu is formed. Learn how the stone is worked and how we can access its inner beauty. Discover how the stone interacts with human beings, namely its vibratory frequency and how it can embed into our heart chakra.

Wheel of Consent - Regan Pryor


Become aware of the energy dynamics when you meet someone and have an interaction. Who is taking, who is allowing, who is serving and accepting. These dynamics occur in every personal interaction and can be measured with the Wheel of Consent model created by Betty Martin. Explore gratitude, surrender, generosity, and integrity.

Face and Body Painting - AUMI


This is an opportunity to have a one on one face or body painting session, encouraging imagination and self-confidence. Throughout the process of painting, the children will be invited to embody their design of choice and use it to creatively influence their day. Painting is a form of meditation; it’s a happy place where everything else in the world falls away.

West African Drumming Meets Afro-Cuban Funk - Jimi Dale


Explore the techniques and differences between African and Afro-cuban/ Latin musical techniques and styles. Learn how polyrhythm works to create a different feel within music. Learn how to be creative in making your own music learning these techniques. No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn and have fun!

Creative Flax Weaving for Beginners - Maureen Harte and Beate Franke


Small 'Magic Kete’. Learn how to prepare flax, ready for weaving, and to weave a small two-corner kete. Come away with a completed small weaving having learnt some basic weaving techniques. Continue again later on when we make Small ‘Rourou’in the next workshop. We will open with a waiata and mihi/introductions for both workshops.

FreeDance: Connect - Nik Chung


Be guided to explore sensations, thoughts, emotions and spirit with verbal cues through 90mins of tantalising music. FreeDance: Connect is an ecstatic dance experience with carefully chosen music that invites you to connect with yourself, the environment and others to create a joyful collective consciousness, celebrating our synergy as one.

Sacred Sounds: Kirtan - Anahata Yoga Retreat, The GayaTree and Guest Kirtanists


Open your heart and clear your head with “kirtan”. Join Anahata Yoga Retreat and The GayaTree Kirtan band every evening 7-8pm for joyful singing and dancing in this uplifting Yoga practice of call-and-response singing of transformative mantras.




Perineal Steaming and Vaginal Steaming - Elizabeth Stein


An ancient medicine for modern times. Come find out what the hype is about and how to do a steam safely at home. Explanatory and clothes on demo workshop only. Feel inspired and confident in doing your own steams. Open to men and women.

This workshop builds on the previous workshop by delving into the history and proper technique of an art form that is very beneficial for men and women, but especially for women as it...

Some 'Live' Stories and Learning About Survival Skills for a Challenging World Ahead - Brian Maskell


Brian M Maskell is a strategist and an organisation development consultant with more than 50 years of world-wide experience. He has a very broad background of experiences – in both public and private sectors. He has a particularly strong interest in areas of public law and associated government principles and ethics; in cases of government breaches of those principles and breaches of trust that people of a country necessarily reside in their government; and in the coupling of...

Herbal Pharmacies - Tyson Hammond


Learn which are the most important herbs to grow around your home and how and when to use them. The first half of the workshop is the presentation of information, the second half is interactive to help you remember the important points.

Introduction to Healing Using Ren Xue and Yuan Gong - Aiyanna Langemeijer


Welcome to a group healing. Learn a way to use your mind to improve your health and emotional wellbeing. Get to experience 'a healing' as Aiyanna gently guides you through it. Work on the whole body as well as on specific areas you like to work on to replenish your energy stores.

Sacred Relationships - Inki Tāne


This workshop will present the perspective held by many indigenous tribes worldwide: we, as humans, are not above the natural world but rather an intricate part thereof. An examination of our sacred relationship with varying plant and animal species through both physical as well as metaphysical lenses will be offered.

World Class Music

Luminate's Live Stage offers an authentic, world class line-up of talented musicians, spanning many contemporary and traditional genres and artists who merge live music with digital/computer technology to forge new and exciting, integrated pathways of musical creativity and performance.

TheElectronic Zone line-up at Luminate 2015 is packed full of amazing international and local talent, pushing the boundaries of contemporary electronic genres, and providing a world class experience of diverse, cutting edge dance music. it's the only dedicated zone for 100% electronic music at Luminate.

Tribal hosts acoustic drumming & other native instruments in a wonderland of organic sculpture and much barefoot dancing around the fire. Bring your percussion, your fire toys, your inspiration and join in this sharing space.

The Chillout Lounge offers a comfortable place to chill out, lounge around, and enjoy a mug of chai or a bliss ball, whilst soothing atmospheric soundscapes permeate your cells and encourage a heightened state of quantum relaxation.

The Village Stage's pitch will have a powered stage with a couple of mics and speakers and be located in the food zone.

Inspirational Workshops

Luminate Festival offers a  wide selection of workshops like Permaculture, Bio Dynamics, Yoga, Aikido, Jikyo Jutsu, Qi Gong, Holistic health, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Native plant medicine, Harakeke, Maori Legends, African dance, to Belly dancing and lots more. At night a selection of enlightening movies & documentaries are screened.

Music workshops include Celtic guitar, Irish low whistle, Irish bouzouki, African drumming, Didgeridoo, songs of medieval Spain, Indian Vocalisation, Kirtan, Stagecraft, Improvisation, and Electronic music production using Abelton Live and Logic.

The dedicated Juggle-poi-toy circus zone hosts sessions on juggling, poi, staff, slackline, unicycling, stilts, whip cracking, silks/aerial, acrobalance, hulahoop, and lots more; most are suitable for kids and adults. At night the zone transforms into spectacular choreographed fire performances, and look out for the many roving performers too.

Amazing Range of Activities

The Market is a colorful, spacious area; the central happening ‘home’ of the festival, offering quality, yummy healthy food, a range of wonderful products, and a open mic stage! It’s a great place to catch up with friends over a mouth-watering meal, coffee, juice or snack, and for parents to relax while the children enjoy a variety of activities.

The "Healing Hub – Hauora", offers a wide range of healing experiences from various styles of massage and other bodywork to channeled readings and light workers.

At the Circus Space you will find an extensive program of circus style workshops catering for all ages and abilities, and hosts a spectacular array of fire/LED performers each night throughout the festival.

When we say that the Luminate Festival is Kidz friendly, we mean much more than just 'allowing' Kids to be there with their parents... We actually try to make the event a memorable experience for all the children who come and to support their parents to enjoy being there with them.

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Festival Guide 2017

Live Stage 2017

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  • Desert Dwellers
  • Pitch Black
  • Ott & The All-Seeing I
  • Deya Dova
  • Dubarray
  • Kaminanda
  • My Baby
  • Ungus Ungus Ungus
  • Wild Marmalade
  • Formidable Vegetable Sound System
  • Zen Mechanics
  • Dark Nebula
  • Ryanosaurus
  • Unseen Dimensions
  • Interpulse

Electronic Zone 2017

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  • Zen Mechanics
  • Legacy
  • D-Sens
  • Twilight
  • Warp
  • Xsetra
  • Mr Squatch
  • Luna Orbit
  • Sub.conscious

Chillout 2017

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  • Conscious Comfort
  • Interpulse
  • Kaminanda
  • Matiu Te Huki
  • Mr Squatch
  • My Baby's Love in Tipi
  • Ott DJ set
  • Sixis
  • Ungus Ungus Ungus


What a great schedule of life learnings! I'm sure Luminate will send a buzz through the whole of NZ! Wish I could have made it to all of those workshops, and hope to make it another year. All the best to all!

Luisa Ribas-Cadle

Luminate: to shine light, elevate spiritual consciousness, put a smile on your face; earth friendly festival of music, art, culture, intentional community, sustainability, celebration and inspiration; celebrating the ancient festival of Lughnasadgh, midway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. Luminate Festival Educational and Spiritual Trust. Registered Charity CC43938