Luminate Festival 2015

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A wide range of circo-arts sessions is scheduled each day, many are suitable for all ages, please check the website and festival schedule for full details. Workshops include: Juggling with clubs, balls and other objects; Poi; Contact and Dragon Staff; Unicycling, Acrobalance; Hooping; Aerials (silks, hoop, rope, trapeze); Slackline; Devil Sticks; Fans; Rope Dart; Bugeng.

Click here to check the circus workshops!

Workshops 2015

Xanthe Naylor - Firebugs

Posted on 11/12/2014 at CIRCUS WORKSHOPS

Xanthe Naylor - Firebugs

Xanthe has performed professionally both nationally and internationally and has been involved in circo-arts for 5 years. Based in Dunedin, she often performs with Firebugs at festivals around NZ, including Under the Spinfluence and Circulation. She has a beautiful pixie-like spirit and is very excited to be returning to Luminate.

This multi-talented miss will be teaching workshops in hoop, poi and juggling from beginners to advanced!

Kundalini Yoga - Anna Lundqvist

Posted on 06/01/2015 at MOVE WORKSHOPS

Kundalini Yoga - Anna Lundqvist

Welcome to experience the yoga of awareness, one of the more spiritual styles of yoga.

African Rhythm - Elliott Orr

Posted on 21/01/2015 at SOUNDZ WORKSHOPS

African Rhythm - Elliott Orr

Rhythm is primal and a birthright to all, it is a universal language that transcends boundaries. Sometimes it takes a little coaxing to draw it out of us. Allow Elliott to help you find the pulse inside.. Come and learn to communicate without words.


The Unified Field Theory of Nassim Haramein & beyond... - Jamie Janover

Posted on 06/01/2015 at THINK WORKSHOPS

The Unified Field Theory of Nassim Haramein & beyond... - Jamie Janover

Jamie Janover will guide you through Nassim Haramein’s lifelong exploration into the geometry of space-time, which has resulted in an exciting comprehensive Unification theory based on a new solution to Einstein’s Field Equations. This award-winning Unified fFeld Theory brings together many scientific disciplines with the teachings of spiritual masters throughout history into one elegant theory of an infinite fractal geometric universe.

Sacred Sounds Kirtan - Anahata Yoga Retreat and friends

Posted on 16/01/2015 at SOUNDZ WORKSHOPS

Sacred Sounds Kirtan - Anahata Yoga Retreat and friends

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

Suitable for all ages, children welcome.



Home grown Herbal Pharmacies and Growing Organic Spirulina - Tyson Hammond

Posted on 17/12/2014 at ORGANIC WORKSHOPS

Home grown Herbal Pharmacies and Growing Organic Spirulina - Tyson Hammond

Learn about the different herbs and native plants you can grow at home, helping you create your own medicine chest in your own garden. The herbal pharmacy growing in your back garden, personalised to you and your family’s needs, becomes more complete with the growing of super-food - Organic Spirulina.

You Animal - Connect with your inner creature - Sage Joy Forest

Posted on 06/01/2015 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

You Animal - Connect with your inner creature - Sage Joy Forest

Journey through dance, sound and deep imagination to connect with what is known in shamanism as your power animal. Our power creature supports an aspect of ourselves - a quality we want to nourish in our own evolutionary journey.


The Work of Byron Katie introductory workshop - Dr. Sam

Posted on 16/12/2014 at THINK WORKSHOPS

The Work of Byron Katie introductory workshop -  Dr. Sam

Eckhart Tolle says, “Byron Katie’s Work is a great blessing for our planet.” Identify and Question your stressful thoughts with 4 questions and turnarounds. This interactive, practical, and fun workshop teaches you how to do The Work on your own.

Couples Massage - Elizabeth Stein

Posted on 16/12/2014 at HEALTH WORKSHOPS

Couples Massage - Elizabeth Stein

(PG-rated / clothes on). For Adults and young adults age 14+.  Come learn what really makes a massage feel good. Hint: It’s not about the technique, however, a few techniques will be shared.

Workshop suitable for loving partners, friends, and parent’s with interested older children.

Hormone Rebalancing - Dr. Sam

Posted on 16/12/2014 at HEALTH WORKSHOPS

Hormone Rebalancing -  Dr. Sam

Reclaim your hormones, reclaim your life: How to reduce fatigue, body fat, sugar cravings, low mood, mid-morning energy crash, and pain with this simple morning routine.

These 5 morning strategies are designed to be quick and effective for those that have limited time in the morning. 

The Twisty Twinz & Tobias Castelli

Posted on 11/12/2014 at CIRCUS WORKSHOPS

The Twisty Twinz & Tobias Castelli

The Twisty Twinz have been rejoicing the Luminate goers with their stunning acrobatic acts and fun workshops for many years.

Nele and Jola Siezen have been doing acro-balance (partner acrobatics) since childhood and bring a wealth of experience in international circus performing and teaching to Luminate.

Road to freedom - Norm Collins

Posted on 27/12/2014 at THINK WORKSHOPS

Road to freedom - Norm Collins

To understand Common law and Human Rights and their legal application is to cut through layers of legislation and bureaucratic code. Become aware of the modes of deception being perpetrated upon us. Develop practical methods to assist in resisting them while seeking peaceful remedies to the erosion of liberty and freedom.

Ignite the Inner Fire - Energise the Body and Enlighten the Mind Swami Kriyaratna Saraswati and Mangalananda Saraswati Anahata Yoga Retreat

Posted on 18/01/2015 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

Ignite the Inner Fire - Energise the Body and Enlighten the Mind  Swami Kriyaratna Saraswati and Mangalananda Saraswati Anahata Yoga Retreat

Light your inner fire with movement, breath and energy locks.

Explore transformative ways to stoke the digestive fire, increase vital energy and turn up the heat to catalyse growth and evolution.  Within our bodies, the fire element is experienced as the governor of digestion, in our minds, fire brings qualities of initiative, drive, passion and confidence and a strong inner flame powers change, growth and evolution.


Songlines & The Planetary Grid - Deya Dova

Posted on 06/01/2015 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

Songlines & The Planetary Grid - Deya Dova

Explore the mysteries and your personal connection to the Great Mystery through understanding & awareness of the Planetary Grid and it's Songlines. Singer, Producer, Artist and Visionary, Deya Dova, shares her experiences visiting & recording live onsite at sacred sites around the world. Deya shares her knowledge of the planetary grid and her personal insights and ongoing exploration into ancient petroglyphs, star knowledge and...

Embodied Intuition - Christine Callanan

Posted on 25/12/2014 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

Embodied Intuition - Christine Callanan

The intuition of the New Age differs from the usual intuition which you already know. The earlier intuition was orientated towards your gut feeling. Now the intuition happens through the unified heart chakra. This may be less noticeable but through this it is ensured that the mind is switched off.


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.

The E-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 Flaming-Juggle-Poi-Toy-Zone 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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Live Stage 2015

  • Amani
  • Beats Antique
  • Beyondsemble
  • bioLuMigen
  • Carlos and Sybie
  • Carolina Moon
  • Chimuka
  • CirqueSanity
  • D-sens
  • Dark Nebula
  • dDub
  • Desert Dwellers
  • Deya Dova
  • DOV1
  • Dub Kirtan All Stars
  • Formidable Veggie Sound...
  • Galanjah
  • Ganga Giri
  • Henry & Makete
  • Hypnagog
  • Irie Vibes
  • Isaac Chambers
  • Janover & reSunator
  • Jon Sanders
  • Joshua Tree
  • JPOD
  • Kalya Scintilla
  • Knights of the Dub Table
  • Loose Connexionz
  • Matiu Te Huki with My Golden Soul
  • MudWood
  • My Baby
  • Mystic Beats
  • Nigel Gavin
  • Perfect Stranger
  • Redwood Reider
  • Sika
  • Spiral
  • Terrafractyl
  • The Slacks

Electronic Zone 2015

  • BlueFrog
  • Defazed
  • DJ Aleon
  • DJ Cib
  • DJ Hobo
  • Eukali
  • FreQ Nasty
  • Gabby Gunn
  • Galangah
  • Herman Saiz
  • Josh Tasman
  • Joshua Tree
  • Ladykerbs
  • Leorion
  • Luccid
  • Melt
  • Pino
  • Scent
  • Shantaraam/Tech Aid/NightShayde
  • ShinDig
  • Siliconbeat
  • Simon Deep South Audio
  • Solomon
  • Systm.Bypass
  • The Wisdom of Shankara
  • Treavor Moontribe
  • Waay
  • Warp
  • Wilderness
  • Wodjer Want
  • Wyldcard

Chillounge 2015

  • Beats Antique
  • Beyondsemble
  • bioLuMigen
  • Chris Butler
  • Defazed
  • DJ Cib
  • Dj Dazy
  • Dj Kamotion
  • Dov1
  • Galanjah
  • Isaac Chambers
  • Joshua Tree
  • Karena Koa
  • Lunaspice
  • Mamadafunk
  • Manu
  • Matt Coldrick
  • Mental Extensions
  • Nigel Gavin
  • Shantaraam
  • Tala
  • The Hallelujah Tribe
  • The Wisdom of Shankara
  • Waay
  • Wyldcard
  • Yeshe


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, 28th Jan - 4th Feb 2015. Luminate Festival Educational and Spiritual Trust. Registered Charity CC43938