Luminate Festival 2015

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Workshops 2015

Embodied Resonance - The Melbourne Chant Collective

Posted on 27/12/2014 at SOUNDZ WORKSHOPS

Embodied Resonance  - The Melbourne Chant Collective

The Melbourne Chant Collective, Chakradhyan and Sun Hyland. Using the somatic practices of Yoga, Thai chi and other movement forms, rediscover the relationship of the body, breath and voice. The Melbourne Chant Collective will help you understand and fully utilize your voice to bring about deeper awareness and awaken the prana (energy) in the body. Techniques to expand the voice, 'Tuning' your body to sound, Chants to awaken prana in the body.


Belly Dance for Kids - Lisa Māia Ambrose

Posted on 06/01/2015 at KIDZ WORKSHOPS

Belly Dance for Kids - Lisa Māia Ambrose

All kids, girls and boys are invited to come along to learn the basics of Tribal Belly Dance, a dance with roots and movements based in many ancient cultures, which is well practiced today too. It will be fun and interactive for kids of all ages! 


Develop your Story / True and Personal Storytelling - Hans Strub and Chris Laing

Posted on 17/12/2014 at ARTS & CULTURE WORKSHOPS

Develop your Story / True and Personal Storytelling - Hans Strub and Chris Laing

Storytelling can be a valuable life skill. It is how we learn and share information, and transfer emotion. It is a great way for people to connect interpersonally and strengthens communities. Experience is the best way to fully appreciate the unique magic and intimacy story sharing can create.

Guided Partner Massage - Claire Thompson

Posted on 08/12/2014 at HEALTH WORKSHOPS

Guided Partner Massage - Claire Thompson

Take a break to recenter and relax in the middle of your festival! Participants pair up and are led through a simple clothed sequence of massage and guided meditation.

Experience the mindfulness, gratitude, and interconnectedness that naturally arise while sharing massages.

Female Sacred Anatomy of Arousal - Nina Powell

Posted on 06/01/2015 at HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS

Female Sacred Anatomy of Arousal - Nina Powell

De-bunk the myths to uncover what we should have learned about our wondrous sexual anatomy! A space for discovery with a supportive group of women, young and old, to ask questions about our girly bits and to create vulvas as art forms to display our beautiful differences.


Science of Spirit - bioLuMigen

Posted on 16/01/2015 at THINK WORKSHOPS

Science of Spirit - bioLuMigen

What is Spirit? Spiritual insights into the nature of our being and the cosmos are emerging from the unravelling of modern physics and consciousness research. Explore the workings of consciousness, quantum mechanics, the infinite potentiality of all things and more. Consider the parallels between cutting-edge science and mysticism, shamanism and spiritual teachings.

Sound Medicine Journey - Sika Rose

Posted on 17/12/2014 at SOUNDZ WORKSHOPS

Sound Medicine Journey - Sika Rose

Merging ancient & contemporary music to journey into other worlds. Experience the power of primordial sounds as Sika plays Didjeridoo, Drums, Flutes, natural objects and more. Surrender conscious thoughts, enter the dreaming pool and see reality from a symbolic, mythical perspective.

Karl Wulff

Posted on 20/01/2015 at CIRCUS WORKSHOPS

Karl Wulff

Karl is a Master Mask Maker. He's also one half of the dynamic duo that runs Community Artworks in Nelson. In addition to that he's one of New Zealand's best multi-prop object manipulators. Put all that together at Luminate and watch the creativity flow!

Karl has been busy in his workshop creating costumes, masks and exotic LED sculptures that will be illuminating and entertaining you throughout the festival site. He's also a wonderful teacher of poi, staff, double staff...

Combining Yoga and the 5 elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine - Michael Wynne

Posted on 12/01/2015 at HEALTH WORKSHOPS

Combining Yoga and the 5 elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine - Michael Wynne

A series of workshops designed to explore health management, Zen meditation and Yoga techniques. Experience practical guidance of harmonising energy to improve health or achieve mental clarity. All experience levels can benefit from the tools of Classical Yoga, the five elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chi Kung, Zen shiatsu and Pranayama breathing techniques.

Maori Legends - Matiu Te Huki

Posted on 08/01/2015 at KIDZ WORKSHOPS

Maori Legends - Matiu Te Huki

Matiu will tell several Maori myths and invite participants to act out the stories to help them be remembered and passed down forever. The stories are for children and adults are welcome too.

Matiu has 15 years experience teaching Te Reo Maori and kapa haka, and specialises in early childhood education.

Aikido and the grounded Spirit - Matthew Walker

Posted on 15/12/2014 at MOVE WORKSHOPS

Aikido and the grounded Spirit - Matthew Walker

A basic introduction to the practice of Aikido with an emphasis on experiencing the potential of this martial art as a practical tool for understanding the self relative to the whole.

Psychedelic Sound Design and Composition - BioLuMigen

Posted on 16/01/2015 at SOUNDZ WORKSHOPS

Psychedelic Sound Design and Composition - BioLuMigen

What is computer music and how is it made? How does one compose, design and construct a song? Take a comprehensive look into how to create and compose music electronically from the ground up by exploring the different elements, techniques and approaches that fuse together to create music that we love.

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.

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.

Tribal Belly Dance - Lisa Māia Ambrose

Posted on 06/01/2015 at MOVE WORKSHOPS

Tribal Belly Dance -  Lisa Māia Ambrose


Ylimayu Dance leads those keen to learn into the basics of Tribal Belly Dance in a dynamic cue based format. At the end of this workshop, we will join with Carlos Riegelhaupt’s Middle Eastern Drumming Workshop and dance in all fullness with live drummers!


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


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 20...

Mike Milne
born traveller, canada

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