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Festival Time Brings Sustenance For The Soul.

Scottish strains infuse the air as the lightning flashes and the rain comes down, a passerby is captured by the urge to jig as she gambols along the path. Jalapeno pepper still warming my belly and my lips, thinking of my lover as a young couple canoodle in the shelter of the awning. One moment of so many and not quite even halfway through, so many riches to draw upon, legs still a bit sore from last night’s dancing. Another world, another time, family and community all wrapped up in one, world music, social issues, fun and frivolity, from the sacred to the profane it’s a well sauced sandwich that satisfies the soul.

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As I settle into the Woodford groove that is the magical merging of so much diversity, I find myself doing the strange etherial shuffle between no-time and the time that says that Ohm Shanti is doing their thing at the Blue Lotus, or the candle lighting ceremony at the Sacred Labyrinth is on at 6.30pm. I move in and out of varying threads from which I weave the tapestry of an experience too complex for just one image to encompass, it’s more like a film, the kind you can watch over and over again and still see new detail.

And then there is the address of my campsite, I am between Route 66 and Your own crazy way, just down from Absolutely the wrong way! To get there you go along the Long and winding road, it really is another world and one I would like to live in all the time. I am reminded of a Swiss woman who came into our stall when mum and I used to sell clothes and party stuff at the festival, she had been picked up from the airport by friends and brought straight to Woodford. It was her first experience of being in Australia and she was wide-eyed with wonder, she turned to us and said, “Is it like this everywhere?” We smiled and said, “Oh, how we wish it was!”

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That is my wish, that all the world may wake up to the beauty and wonder that is life on this planet, the diversity amongst peoples, plants, animals and everything else is quite astounding and fills my heart and soul with such joy!

Ohm Shanti, shanti, shanti…………peace, peace, peace.

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Weaving The Threads At Woodford: A Unique Experience!

Photo by me!

Photo by me!

When you’re at a festival that goes for six days and offers just about every kind of music you could think of, multiple stages with workshops covering politics, environment, body, mind, and spirit, dance and song, it just isn’t possible to see everything you’re interested in. I got a pretty good system going with my highlighter pen but you have to leave room for unexpected surprises too and keep your ear to the ground to hear what other people have been discovering.

It took me the first three days to really sink down through the layers and truly inhabit the state of consciousness that is the Woodford Folk Festival, I will do my best to convey something of what that means but in the end you probably need to come and have the experience for yourself to truly ‘get’ it. I saw it as all these different threads where each person takes the parts that they are drawn to and weaves their own unique and magical experience, letting your intuition guide you is a sure way of being in the flow and that’s how I found the impressive singer songwriter from Canada, Mo Kenney.

Mo Kenney.

Mo Kenney.

She is an androgynous figure, very quietly spoken but with a huge stage presence and a very dry sense of humour, since looking her up online I’ve discovered she is only 23 years old, makes her even more impressive! I’m sure I wasn’t anywhere as mature as that at the same age but then I can probably be safely classed as a late bloomer, better late than never I say! The first time I saw her she finished her set with a David Bowie song I hadn’t heard in years, “Five Years”, what a fantastic version of an awesome song, Bowie would love it I’m sure.

Here is the song in question as well as one of her own, hope you enjoy them as much as I did! “Five Years”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFAytrmxghs and “Sucker”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZfDKeYjct8

Who Will Save Our Waters: Kinnie Starr At Woodford.

shamanwhiteI often speak rather disparagingly of the attitudes within the current culture, the way in which nature is seen as a commodity and even human lives treated as having no value. But there are of course Peoples living upon the Earth who know better than that, Indigenous folk who have not lost their connection to the land and to all that lives and breathes upon it. Labelled as primitive by so-called Modern Man they have much deeper understanding of this world which is so much more than just the physical tangible dimension.

Blame it on the Byron Bay Donuts! Actually no, it was the raw chocolate raspberry cake that brought me to the Songlines venue as Kinnie Starr was doing her set, I needed to sit down and consume my delightful treat and it was the nearest place with shade on a hot day at the Woodford Folk Festival. She was doing a mixture of rock and hip hop and the songs that she writes are full of the language of social and environmental activism, I finished my cake and stayed to hear the rest of her set and there was one particular song that has stayed with me ever since.

Kinnie Starr.

Kinnie Starr.

It is about what is happening in Canada, where she was born, she is vocal about many issues but this one is about fracking, a big issue here in Australia too, and bitumen mining. I still find it completely bewildering that anyone would knowingly contaminate our water basin in the name of short-term profits, and when renewable energy could easily be producing not only cleaner energy but more going into the community too.

shamaniccolourfulThis song has the feeling of a chant about it, you could imagine Kinnie’s Mohawk ancestors singing like this in sacred ceremony. It is a plea really to see what is being done to the waters of the planet, and a reminder that those waters are all connected, just as we are to everything around us.

Enjoy this beautiful invocation to save the waters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAx7YDSTon8

Love, Festivals, And Being In The Moment: Woodford!

What a strange feeling to be mostly entering the future in thoughts that are focused intention, entering sacred space and ‘seeing’ my desired outcomes, performing healing upon myself. It isn’t that I have banished future and past from my awareness, but it is the present moment that dominates, it is the only reality from moment to moment. It does really feel a bit odd, not at all what I’m used to, no future soap operas being directed by my dear friend and ally Fay Fairytale, she has now taken over the movie that plays regularly in the temple and her imagination is a valued resource.

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And so much of the past has been shed, the charge has gone and messy emotional constructs have melted away or morphed into shining geometrical holograms. There are still bits of things that I’m not quite ready to let go of too, annoying but I know from experience that giving myself a hard time over it will not help the matter. I am a work in progress enjoying the journey, and doing my best to follow a spiritual path in the world as well as have a bloody good time!

The trick will be to keep some kind of focused meditation going through the holiday season, that’s where flexibility comes in as well as the concept of infusing everything that I do with spirit. Fill my cells with luminous light from the central sun, mix in the deep reds coming up from the earth with the green of the heart and you have the colours for christmas, base, heart and crown chakras.

Woodford Festival Poster 2013

Woodford Festival Poster 2013

You will have to wait for my inspirations from six days of hanging out at the Woodford Folk Festival: http://www.woodfordfolkfestival.com/,  fabulous for music as well as dance, talks , workshops and classes. I am not going to be sitting on my computer when I can be out there experiencing life in vivid colour, hanging out with my peace-loving gorgeous community, in fact as you are reading this I am doing exactly that!

Love, mung beans and community………..greetings from Woodford.

Here is a promo clip of the festival: http://www.youtube.com/woodfordfolkfestival