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Luminate Festival 2015

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Friends recommended Luminate to me and I went as a volunteer in 2013. I had an amazing experience and will be back next year. The place is magic, the people are incredibly nice and helpful, and the workshops and presentations really broadened my perception of myself and my environment. On top of that I made great friends who will stay with me for the rest of my life :)

See you in 3 months!
 
Date of Posting: 24 August 2014
Posted By: Paul
long term traveller
Planned my visit from Canada, I biked throughout S.I. to Takaka...it was so freakin' great being there...so many nice folks....coming back 2018..hope you have it that year...........So to sum up the best for me of Luminate 2013 in two words...DRUM CIRCLE!!!!!
 
Date of Posting: 10 July 2014
Posted By: Mike Milne
born traveller, canada
dunstan-times000.tripod.com
Thank you for Everything!!!
 It was such an awesome experience to be at the Luminate 2013! 
I would love to build up a better society with all these amazing people, who shared these peaceful days of love and harmony at the LUMINATE with us!


I hope that everyone of us takes a peace of the spirit of Luminate out into the world to make things become a little better.
 
Date of Posting: 13 August 2013
Posted By: Clara Josefine
Thank you so much to the Luminate Festival organizers and everyone who was involved to make this wonderful uplifting event, its touched my life and I’ll never forget my experience I had there, and will hold on to the energies and knowledge I gained for the rest of my life.

First of my many years of Luminate, thanking everyone once again, peace love and harmony to all, see you next year :) :) :)
 
Date of Posting: 12 August 2013
Posted By: Te Ra Omenz York
We have been at the hippiest, free-est and in our opinion, one of the loveliest festivals in Aotearoa. Luminate - Very enlightening indeed...

The location, biblically named Canaan Downs on Takaka Hill, could not have been more fitting for this week-long ‘creative meeting of souls’...

Arriving was akin to reaching our very own hilltop paradise. The downs are covered in tufts of yellow-green grass (think Russell Crowe in Gladiator) and dotted with forests, handily separating the various areas. As if having a festival on a mountain wasn't quirky enough, the whole site is covered with random sink holes. Some might view this as irritating. The Luminators (can we say that?!) made them into features of the festival; for example, the epic (for that is the ONLY way we can describe it) opening ceremony took place in a giant sink hole – think of it as a natural amphitheatre.

Oh, and did we mention the crystal clear bubbling mountain stream about 10 minutes walk from the campsite. Most refreshing shower facilities we have ever experienced. FACT.

So we’re all set for our idyllic, at-one-with-the-earth, hippy fest. To be honest, we approached it with a little bit of trepidation. For a start, it was a strictly no alcohol no rubbish get up. As in NO ALCOHOL. AND NO RUBBISH. AT ALL.

Yeah, we were a bit confused too. In fact, it was utterly brilliant. The no rubbish thing was definitely something that we could use more of in the UK. Instead of wading through used noodle boxes and crushed Strongbow cans by day three, the site remained pristine for the duration of the festival. Each person was advised to bring their own mug or plate or bowl or fork or spoon or chopstick or whatever suited their culinary needs. Whenever you wanted something to eat, you merely handed over the required piece of crockery and it was promptly filled up.

The no-alcohol thing was a bit different. As confirmed beer-wine-whatever’s-going-we’re-not-fussy drinkers, we never thought we’d say this, but it actually wasn't so bad. Although we definitely lost the ability to dance until the early hours (we just got SO TIRED so QUICKLY!), waking up each day without a sandpaper mouth and a brass-band headache was absolute bliss! Also, we remember the WHOLE THING. The names of each act, what we learnt in our Yogic Sleep and Mbira classes, how to do contact juggling – we REMEMBER IT ALL.

Read More - visit the bigclimblittleclimb blog for a full account of the intrepid traveller's experience of Luminate 2013.
 
Date of Posting: 10 August 2013
Posted By: BigClimbLittleClimb
not all those who wander are lost
http://bigclimblittleclimb.com/tag/luminate-festival/
I want to thank you so much for our experience at Luminate. We had a great time and connected with many beautiful people. Thank you for what you do. You and the festival are amazing!! I know how much work organizing is and I appreciate your commitment!! I hope we are able to do it again next year or in years to come!!! Cheers.
 
Date of Posting: 09 August 2013
Posted By: Jorge, The Underscore Orkestra
The Underscore Orkestra plays a blend of Balkan, Klezmer, Gypsy, Jazz and Swing, USA
www.TheUnderscoreOrkestra.com
Thank you so much for having us!!!
It felt like home! Super awesome vibes, super awesome time, and grrrrreat people. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU ♥ ♥ ♥
 
Date of Posting: 07 August 2013
Posted By: Love and Light
usa
www.facebook.com/loveandlightmusic
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!
 
Date of Posting: 06 August 2013
Posted By: Luisa Ribas-Cadle

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