What’s On

 Curate your own perfect day from a our programme of wellbeing talks, movement sessions & yoga classes, guided meditations and performances. Over twenty sessions each day, access to all of which are included in your ticket. Plus Friday and Saturday candlelit evening picnics by the river with live performances.

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Thursday 19th September

10am-5pm

 

Please note that all of the following sessions are included in your ticket*but are based on a first come basis.

* Activities marked with a (£) may incur a small fee or donation. Please note that we reserve the right to make changes to the festival programme content and timings at any time

 

EXPERT TALKS
Various wellbeing topics


10.45-11.45 Main Stage
“LOVE YOUR GARDEN & IT WILL LOVE YOU BACK!”
Expert Panel Q&A in Wellbeing & Gardening
A panel discussion for any budding or enthusiastic garden designers on the incredible power of plants and how to create a garden that supports your wellbeing. Featuring award winning garden designer Richard Rogers, Head Kitchen Gardener at Sculpture by the Lakes Claire Pullinger and Horticulturist and founder of Project Nurture Hannah Hobbs.


11.30am- Kitchen Garden
The No Dig Garden

Head Kitchen Gardener Claire Pullinger

Enjoy a stroll around our kitchen garden and catch a walking talk on how best to grow your own vegatables with the No Dig tecnique. Our very own Kitchen Gardener Claire Pullinger will explain this very simple and effective practice that both saves time and energy and provides excellent and tasty fresh produce.


12.15-13.00 Main Stage
The Energetics of Dis-ease, Creating Balance
Herbalist and Naturopath Rachel Shackleton

The body is a finely tuned system that operates as a whole. In our societies today, this system is being challenged by internal factors, such as stress and diet, as well as external factors, including electromagnetic radiation, pollutants in the air and water as well as toxic ingredients found in plastics, household chemicals and others. Singling out and treating any one system, because it integrates with other body systems, has the capability to affect overall balance of health, either positively or negatively. When taking a holistic approach to healing and wellbeing, health practitioners cannot ignore the energetics of the body including emotional and spiritual elements of dis-ease. In this talk Master Herbalist and Naturopath Rachel will look at the structure of dis-ease, including physical, emotional and spiritual and provide naturopathic tips for creating and restoring balance, health and wellbeing.


13.00-13.30 Marketplace Stage

CBD for Health & Wellness
Gary Easter, Hemp Legacy

An informal presentation by Gary Easter on the Endocannabinoid System, the largest self regulatory system in the body and the role CBD has to play.


13.15-14.00 Main Stage
Creative Writing for Healing and Meaning
with poet, author, radio dramatist, journalist, award winning filmmaker Caspar Walsh

Why do we write? Who do we write for? How do we best tell our story? Tracking our inner lives through the written word can reveal aspects of ourselves hidden, denied or ignored. Author of The Mindful Man Words from the Earth, Caspar Walsh discusses a lifelong journey through the healing power of creative writing.

This will be an interview with audience interaction and discussion being a integral part of the talk.


14.30-15.15 Main Stage
Mindfulness of Nature: Towards a happier, more peaceful world, with a sustainable future.
Author Claire Thompson

Claire Thompson, with an infection passion for 'aliveness', authenticity and wilderness, explores how a greater mindfulness of nature within us and around us is not only essential for our well-being - but is also at the heart of bringing forth a happier, more peaceful and more sustainable world.



15.30-16.00 Marketplace Stage
Creative Journalling & Wellbeing

Writer Kate Hall

That journaling is good for you is often quoted as the reason to do it and there is a growing body of research to support the premise. So what is it all about and how can it contribute to holistic wellbeing?

The aim of this session is to explore the contribution of creative journaling to physical and emotional wellbeing.


15.45-16.45 Main Stage
Essential Oils for Mindfulness & Meditation

Author Heather Dawn Godfrey

Experience the scent dynamics of Serenity Essential Oils with best-selling author Heather Dawn Godfrey who will explore the use of essential oils to support meditation. She’ll be explaining their influence on the limbic system, on concentration, memory, mood and emotion, as described in her book Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation.


MOVE & FLOW TENT
Yoga, Pilates, movement classes

10.30-11.15 Move & Flow
Fusion Sivananda Yoga (45mins)
Nicky Friend

Nicky’s fun and dynamic class is a powerful fusion of styles based principally on Sivananda but incorporating Asthanga, Jivamukti and Hatha. The combined methods in these ancient philosophies will help you achieve an alignment of the body, mind and breath. 


11.30-12.15 Move & Flow
“Connect with your Core” Pilates (45mins)
Kate Cadbury

A varied fun Pilates class to suit all abilities with Pilates instructor and Chartered Pyhsiotherpist Kate. This class can either introduce you to the wonderful world of Pilates or if you’re already an avid Pilates goer come along to challenge your core a bit more.


12.30-13.15 Move & Flow
Akanda Yoga (45mins)
Gail Taylor

Work through a sequence of accessible postures practiced in a slow and mindful way in conjunction with Brahmaree Pranayama (honey-bee breath) and concludes with a natural meditation.

Brahmaree is a safe, easy-to-learn and joyful breath practice, with tremendous therapeutic potential. The physical vibration of sound waves can be experienced across the entire body. Performing Brahmaree during postures supports inner wellness by helping to lengthen the breath and releases stress at a cellular level. The postures chosen influence the pineal and pituitary glands of the brain, which balances the hormonal system


13.30-14.15 Move & Flow
“Release your Prana”
Vinyasa Flow
for all Abilities (45mins)
Saira Francis

Release your Prana with a flow class led by Yoga teacher and Holistic therapist Saira who hosts award winning Dorset retreat. Yoga is a pathway to peace and healing, the postures have been handed down to us by Ancient Yogis who lived thousands of years ago and we are now blessed to have yoga to use as a tool to help us cope with modern life. Yoga stretches and warms the body to allow release of blocked energy, called Prana. Prana is life force energy that runs through every living thing on Earth.


14.30-15.15 Move & Flow
Makko Ho - Meridian Exercises
Tony Chodrak

Makko ho or Meridian Exercises stimulate the Energy/Qi flowing through the Meridians/Channels. Traditionally there are 12 Major Channels relating to the 12 Major organs in the body.

 The Set of 6 stretches are usually done daily in one session. Sometimes, after receiving Shiatsu one may be given one or two stretches to help with the Energy flow related to your current Energetic pattern.  After becoming familiar with the exercises one can experience the location of the Meridians and how the Qi circulates. These exercises are suitable for anyone as they are not focused on being physically fit or flexible beforehand. Performing the exercises in a gentle relaxed way encourages free flow of Qi which can result in increased flexibility, health and wellbeing.

This session is suitable for anyone who is looking for gentle exercise combined with a deeper understanding of the body’s natural rhythms which relate to the circadian body clock.


15.30-16.30 Move & Flow
Kunda Yoga Dance (60mins)
Beverley Welch

A blend of Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Dance - Kunda is a heart pounding, deeply moving one hour fitness class with a difference! Bev will take you on a journey through the seven main Chakras in the body using creative dance inspired movements to music composed by Maya Fiennes specifically for Kunda Dance. Breath work and Mantra will energise you, while at the same time leaving you calm and relaxed. Kunda is a combination of powerful asana, breath and movement, shaking away all fears, insecurity and bringing, peace and vibrancy back to your life!



LIVE MUSIC

10.30-11.15 Marketplace Stage
Rob Hulford
Sit down, take a break and sooth the senses with beautiful ambient perfroamcen from the master of instrumental chill out music

11.45-12.15 & 14.15-15.00 Marketplace Stage
Incandesceno Jazz Duo
Incandescendo blend hypnotic and intriguing cello played to concert standard with highly imaginative stellar Latin percussion As British musicians who have worked extensively in many genres and travelled far and wide with their music, they maintain their roots whilst bringing to all of their work a kaleidoscope of musical influences between Classical, World and Jazz idioms.

THE RETREAT
Guided meditations, gong baths & more

11.00-11.45 The Retreat
Guided Meditation

Lama Chodrak
In this session you will learn aspects of posture and a variety of techniques which will help you to work with your thoughts and emotions, enabling you to deal with the challenges and stresses of modern living. This session is suitable for complete beginners or people who would like to revisit meditation.


12.00-12.45 The Retreat
Lightness & Laughter- Laughter Yoga (45mins)
Lou Dutch
The session will start with gentle warm up techniques which will include stretching, chanting, and clapping and body movement. The main session will then consist of various “laughter exercises” which will lead to childlike playfulness and laughter!

The session will finish with laughter meditation which is very cathartic and will release Joyfullness.


13.15-14.00 The Retreat
“Breath Your Life Purpose”
Breathwork Jo Cruickshanks

Who are you really? Why are you here? What do you desire your life and work to look like?

We all want to feel more aligned, to feel and know our purpose and to have more clarity as we move through this world. But it’s hard to find the answers to these important questions, especially through the thinking mind that makes things very serious, confusing and/or overwhelming.

Time to breathe and break out of the cycle.

In this Breathwork session you’ll learn a dynamic and powerful technique that will move your energy, bring you out of your thinking mind and into your body and energy. You’ll basically get a instant access to deeper clarity, universal energy and knowing about who you really are.



14.30-15.15 The Retreat
Sound Healing Gong Bath
Preet Kaur

Preet Kaur is a Sound Healer, Sacred Singer, Kundalini Yoga Teacher & Trainer, Gong Trainer and Karam Kriya Consultant (Spiritual Counsellor). She has over 20 years of experience in sound healing and it is her passion and joy to share this transforming vibrational medicine to nourish you deeply, bring healing to your body, peace to your mind, deep relaxation and harmony in your life.



15.45-16.45 The Retreat
Cosmic Consciousness”
Yoga Nidra and Sound Energy Bath

Lola Lhamo

Yoga Nidra and Sound Energy Bath with Lola is an expericence like no other! Enjoy ancient celestial sounds of Tibetan Singing Bowls during Sound Bath for deep relaxation, releasing physical and emotional tensions. Led by Lold there will also be overtone chanting, ancient sound healing technique practiced by Tibetans. Graduates from Sound Energy Medicine courses will walk the room, placing the bowls on your body for deep vibrational massage, releasing the tensions in the body.
Yoga Nidra is yogic sleep, state of awareness, bringing ultimate relaxation and brain rejuvenation.


ART & BUDDHISM

10.00-10.15 Barn Gallery
Morning Prayers

Each morning from 10.00am -10.15am the Tashi Lhunpo monks will be offering their morning prayer next to the Chenrezig Mandala in the Barn Gallery. All are welcome to join them.

10.15-17.00 Barn Gallery
Tashi Lhunpo Sand Mandala Creation Day 1

This ancient Tibetan art form is exquisaitely intricate and takes millions of grains of sand which are painstakingly laid in place over a period of days. After the creation the mandala will be destroyed and the sand, which is thought to be very blessed, will be put into the River Frome Day 3, where the waters carry the healing energies throughout the world.


11.00-12.30 Tibetan Tent - Marketplace
Buddhist Art workshops

The Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery will be running a 90 minute daily workshop to introduce you to the unique traditions of Buddhist monastic art. These include sand mandala making – ‘painting’ with coloured grains of ground marble – the printing of prayer flags and the delicate art of butter sculpture. You can learn some Tibetan language and make a dukar wheel which will be blessed by the monks to offer protection from negative influences.

Workshops cost £25 and are bookable in advance by festival ticketholders only


11.00-16.00 Art Barn
Drop in Art Workshops with Creative Clay (free)

Create your own Botanical Tiles inspired by the ever changing scenery at Sculpture by the Lakes. Using leaves and flowers from the area we will build up layers of textures to create a three dimensional tile, colour can be used to capture the season and feel of the day. Your tile will be a lasting memory, a snap shot in time of your day within this beautiful venue.


 

 Friday

 

10am-10pm

Main Stage Friday

17.30-18.30 Tibetan Dance performance Tashi Lhunpo monks
19.00-20.00 Live music with singer songwriter Lyla Foy
20:00-22:00 Candlelit sculpture park

Buy a picnic from the cafe, sit back and enjoy live performances by the river, and then take a magical walk through the candlelit sculpture park

 


 

Please note that all of the following sessions are included in your ticket*but are based on a first come basis.

* Activities marked with a (£) may incur a small fee or donation. Please note that we reserve the right to make changes to the festival programme content and timings at any time

 

EXPERT TALKS
Main Stage, Marketplace & Kitchen Garden

10.45-11.45 Main Stage
WELLBEING IN THE WORKPLACE
Expert Panel with Serial Entrepreneur Lara Morgan, Chris Finn of Poole Mindfulnesss and International Speaker and Changemaker Mac MacCartney
Wellbeing is everywhere and the workplace is arguable one of the most important environments to contribute to the support or detriment of our wellbeing This expert and varied panel will be discussing what you can do as an employer, a leader or HR professional to create the best possible ways for your employees (and business!) to flourish.


11.30am- Kitchen Garden
The No Dig Garden

Head Kitchen Gardener Claire Pullinger

Enjoy a stroll around our kitchen garden and catch a walking talk on how best to grow your own vegatables with the No Dig tecnique. Our very own Kitchen Gardener Claire Pullinger will explain this very simple and effective practice that both saves time and energy and provides excellent and tasty fresh produce.


12.00-12.45 Main Stage
You Are Not Your Thoughts : The Secret Magic of Mindfulness
Author Frances Trussell
There's a quiet revolution going on, people everywhere are beginning to wake up from the daydream of their thoughts. This talk explores how mindfulness can shift our relationship to thought and transform our experience of reality. Frances is a Mindfulness teacher, bestselling author, speaker and therapist who will share practices to experience this directly and bring it into daily life


13.15-14.00 Main Stage
Advice, Inspiration and guidance on MODERN CAREER BUILDING
Serial Entrepreneur Lara Morgan in entertaining conversation with Careers Coach Sophie Clyde-Smith  

Whether you’re already in business and looking to scale,  a parent looking at a launching a start-up or a millennial unsure of your next career move, this world class pair will share lessons learned and offer valuable insight to help you build the working life you want! Down to earth, full of energy and wholly approachable this session will give you clarity and a boost of confidence


14.30-15.15 Main Stage
Stepping forwards and Leading…..words from a Changemaker’
International Speaker, writer and changemaker Mac MacCartney

These are turbulent and uncertain times, yet while we continue to develop our cleverness, wisdom remains elusive. Learning from indigenous tribal people, and drawing on his extensive experience working with individuals and organisations, Mac invites each of us to step out of the shadows and become the leaders we have been waiting for. He has delivered four compelling TEDx talks and regularly consults to large organisations on purpose, values, and business as a force for positive transformation in the world.


15.30-16.00 Marketplace Stage
The Habitat Affect

Author Anna Cherry

Have you ever asked yourself how the place where you live affects your life? How do the energy qualities of your home/workplace, the type of building, the rooms, the open spaces, the stuff you hold onto, impact the quality of your experiences? This insightful book suggests how you can use your home surroundings and your mental-emotional experiences to enrich your life and the lives of all those with whom you connect. The Habitat Affect encourages you to think about your current lifestyle and future aspirations. The book offers a challenging tool - the 9 Enrichments Experience – inspiring you ‘mindfully’ to create your personal choices-for-change. By way of support, you implement physical Focus Features around your home which act as positive prompts of your definite intention to make best use of your lifetime.


15.45-16.45 Main Stage
A Monk’s Guide to Happiness
Gelong Thubten

Best selling Author and Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten became a monk 26 years ago at Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Scotland. He has spent over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which was 4 years.

Thubten specialises in teaching mindfulness meditation internationally, in businesses, hospitals, schools, universities, prisons and addiction counselling centres. He works with major global companies such as Google, Accenture and LinkedIn, he teaches mindfulness to medical students at the National University of Ireland, and he collaborated with Ruby Wax on her book ‘How to be Human’. Thubten is the author of ‘A Monk’s Guide to Happiness’, published in June 2019


MOVE & FLOW TENT
Yoga, Pilates, movement classes

10.30-11.15 Move & Flow
Go Deep - Yin Yoga (45mins)

Lucy McCormack, One for All Yoga

Get in touch with your body’s Yin nature through a practice that offers instruction in posture, breath, mind-body connection and a variety of techniques to optimise health and vitality. To practise Yin Yoga is to practise postures with relaxed muscles and to hold for a few minutes in each pose. In this class we will take our time to work slowly and deeply into the hips and legs.


11.30-12.15 Move & Flow
Moving Meditation Hatha Yoga (45mins)
Mahesh Hayward

Life is all about experiences and Mahesh loves to shine a light for those looking to explore yoga for the first time, or just to sit and be in the present moment. Mahesh’s approach to Yoga is to live your life as simply and mindfully as you possible can, understanding that life can be very challenging for us all. But with a still mind and compassion in your heart life is a little easier. Simple living, higher thinking.
This class will build an awareness of the body and breath, the beautiful connection of this combination. Finding the stillness within, gentle session for all levels.


12.30-13.15 Move & Flow
Introduction to Pilates: the balance between flexibility/mobility and
strength/stability (45mins)

Jane Vatcher, Harbour Pilates

Ex-professional dancer Jane trained to become an instructor with the internationally renowned educators, Stott Pilates. In this class she will lead us in a controlled concentrated strengthening programme that tones, sculpts and lengthens muscles, promotes improved circulation by oxygenating the blood though full breath patterns and mobilises the spine in all directions.


13.30.14.15 Move & Flow
Flow Yoga (45mins)

Jesse Warde, One for All Yoga

Jesse will guide you through a Yoga Flow class to warm up the body and help you find the strength and balance you need to perform fundamental Hatha Yoga postures. This class will introduce beginners to the foundations of Yoga and will refine poses and transitions for the practising Yogi. Learn techniques that will take your practice to the next level - whatever that may be.


14.30-15.15 Move & Flow
“Wild & free”Quintessential Qoya - (45mins)
Sonja Lockyer
 

Movement to remember your essence is wise,Rooted in earth based mother cultures, Qoya is a womens’ movement practice that combines the teachings of yoga, dance, shamanic healing and tantra.   

Qoya brings the wisdom of your body, expressed through feelings, to the forefront of your awareness, allowing you to get out of your head and into your body.  Less head, more body.  This is a revolutionary formula in our current mind-dominant culture. By reconnecting to the wisdom of our bodies, we gain clarity and side step the tricks of the mind. Qoya is a moving meditation like no other.  It is simple, open to all women and undeniably life changing.

 Side effects of Qoya may include extreme joy, feminine sensuality, bold life changing decisions and unapologetic truthfulness!


15.30-16.30 Move & Flow
Chakra Yoga Flow (60mins)
Pip Taverner

Join Pip, Co-Founder of Tonic Retreats, on a journey through the 7 chakras using yoga asana, breathwork, visualisation and moving meditation to release and restore the chakra system. This flowing Vinyasa yoga style class creates a dance like movement practice as we tune into our body beyond the physical self.


LIVE PERFORMANCES & MUSIC

10.30-11.15 Marketplace Stage
Rob Hulford
Sit down, take a break and sooth the senses with beautiful ambient perfroamcen from the master of instrumental chill out music



13.00-14.00 Marketplace Stage
Mello Cello
Emily Burridge

Emily Burridge is a virtuoso cellist, composer and performer, whose deft improvisational and compositional skills create sublime music, fluidly crossing genres both classical and contemporary.      ‘Out of the Blue’ – A series of pieces composed by Emily for solo cello from her acclaimed double Album “Out of the Blue & Into the Amazon” Through employing the use of sampling and looping pedals, originally designed for guitar, she has developed an exciting program of original new music for the cello, enabling her to record and create multi-layered harmonious compositions. The result is a ‘spellbinding innovative performance’. 


17.30-18.30 Main Stage
Lama Dance Performance

On Friday evening eight Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery will peform a traditional and colourful dance to music : ‘The Power of Compassion’ presents chant, mantras, music and dance opening a magical window on to a world of reincarnation and Buddhist mysticism which has inspired audiences in theatres and festivals throughout Europe. From the contemplative, mesmerising chant of Buddhist texts to swirling costumed masked dances accompanied by ancient Tantric musical instruments, the Monks evoke the atmosphere of sacred Tibet: an experience of an ancient culture accessible to all, with introductory explanations offering additional insight into this endangered world.


19.00-19.45 Main Stage
Lyla Foy

Lyla Foy is a London songwriter and solo artist. She has shared stages with The National, Sharon Van Etten, Midlake, Phosphorescent and Fleet Foxes. Lyla also sings and plays bass with psychedelic 6-piece, Mono Club, fronted by Goldheart Assembly's John Herbert.

THE RETREAT
Guided meditations, breathwork & gong baths

11.00-11.45 The Retreat
Guided Meditation (45mins)

Lama Chodrak
In this session you will learn aspects of posture and a variety of techniques which will help you to work with your thoughts and emotions, enabling you to deal with the challenges and stresses of modern living. This session is suitable for complete beginners or people who would like to revisit meditation.


12.00-12.45 The Retreat
“Radiant Breath” (45mins)
Breathwork Sonja Lockyer

This beuatiful breath work session will take you through a foundational understanding of your own breath and how it impacts your feelings and state of mind.   

Gentle and meditative, you will explore breath practices that are the key to your ability to stand back and observe your internal landscape, without being lost in the circus of the mind. Suitable for complete beginners and experienced yogis alike.


13.15-14.00 The Retreat
Guided Meditation for Men (45mins)
Mahesh Hayward

Seeker and yoga teacher Mahesh to started a Meditation group called All Us Men in May 2017, this has been a great success in helping men from all walks of life discover the wonderment of meditation. He possees a unique down-to-earth approach to sharing his spiritual wisdom and wehtehr you meditate or now we encourage you to come sit with the brotherhood and learn the benefits of gentle stillness.


14.30-15.15 The Retreat
“Sonic Massgage” Sound Healing Bath
Preet Kaur

Heal your body… Calm the mind… Deeply Relax.

A Sonic Massage from head to toe, from inside to outside.

Deep nourishment for your Body, Mind and Soul!
Relax, release and rejuvenate with a sound healing bath combined with Sacred Singing. Allow the Yoga Nidra, healing vibrations of the Gong, Voice, Tibetan & Crystal Bowls and meditation to help you unwind, soothe any tension away and allow prana to flow freely, bringing you health, peace of mind and deep relaxation.


15.45-16.45 The Retreat
Cosmic Consciousness”
Yoga Nidra and Sound Energy Bath

Lola Lhamo

Yoga Nidra and Sound Energy Bath with Lola is an expericence like no other! Enjoy ancient celestial sounds of Tibetan Singing Bowls during Sound Bath for deep relaxation, releasing physical and emotional tensions. Led by Lold there will also be overtone chanting, ancient sound healing technique practiced by Tibetans. Graduates from Sound Energy Medicine courses will walk the room, placing the bowls on your body for deep vibrational massage, releasing the tensions in the body.
Yoga Nidra is yogic sleep, state of awareness, bringing ultimate relaxation and brain rejuvenation.


ART & BUDDHISM

10.00-10.15 Barn Gallery
Morning Prayers

Each morning from 10.00am -10.15am the Tashi Lhunpo monks will be offering their morning prayer next to the Chenrezig Mandala in the Barn Gallery. All are welcome to join them.

10.00-17.00 Barn Gallery
Tashi Lhunpo Sand Mandala Creation Day 2

This ancient Tibetan art form is exquisaitely intricate and takes millions of grains of sand which are painstakingly laid in place over a period of days. After the creation the mandala will be destroyed and the sand, which is thought to be very blessed, will be put into the River Frome, where the waters carry the healing energies throughout the world.


11.00-12.30 Tibetan Tent - Marketplace
Buddhist Art workshops

The Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery will be running a 90 minute daily workshop to introduce you to the unique traditions of Buddhist monastic art. These include sand mandala making – ‘painting’ with coloured grains of ground marble – the printing of prayer flags and the delicate art of butter sculpture. You can learn some Tibetan language and make a dukar wheel which will be blessed by the monks to offer protection from negative influences.

Workshops cost £25 and are bookable in advance by festival ticketholders only


11.00-16.00 Art Barn
Drop in Art Workshops with Creative Clay (free)

Create your own Botanical Tiles inspired by the ever changing scenery at Sculpture by the Lakes. Using leaves and flowers from the area we will build up layers of textures to create a three dimensional tile, colour can be used to capture the season and feel of the day. Your tile will be a lasting memory, a snap shot in time of your day within this beautiful venue.


 

Saturday

10am-10pm

Main Stage Saturday Concert

18.00-18:45 Bi and the Amanas
19.30-21:00 Shama Rahman, electro-acoustic jazz sitarist
20:00-22:00 Candlelit sculpture park

Buy a picnic, sit back and enjoy our Saturday concert live by the river, and then take a magical walk through the candlelit sculpture park. Evening performances are included in your ticket price, along with daytime access to sessions in the Retreat, Move & Flow tent and Main stage.

 

Please note that all of the following sessions are included in your ticket*but are based on a first come basis.

* Activities marked with a (£) may incur a small fee or donation. Please note that we reserve the right to make changes to the festival programme content and timings at any time

 
 

EXPERT TALKS
Main Stage, Marketplace , Kitchen Garden

10.45-11.45 Main Stage
“Eat better, feel better, live better.”
Expert Panel on Nutrition

A discussion hosted by Tiggy Walker with Healthy Living James and Katerine Kimber from Nude Nutrition. What we put in to our bodies is a huge part of our overall health and wellbeing but there is an overload of information. From gluten free and plant-based to gut health and supplements it can be a confusing world on the internet. We want to help you navigate this tricky road so you feel empowered to take control of your health and nutrition once and for all. What works for some may not apply to others so you can expect talks from a range of experts supported by real evidence. Eat better, feel better, live better.


11.30am- Kitchen Garden
The No Dig Garden

Head Kitchen Gardener Claire Pullinger

Enjoy a stroll around our kitchen garden and catch a walking talk on how best to grow your own vegatables with the No Dig tecnique. Our very own Kitchen Gardener Claire Pullinger will explain this very simple and effective practice that both saves time and energy and provides excellent and tasty fresh produce.


11.45-12.15 Marketplace Stage
Emotional Intelligence for Mindful Living: How to achieve equanimity and flourish in today’s 24/7 frenetic world
Anna Cherry

The course of your life depends on the choices you make. Mindful choices about action or non-action create your experiences and enable you to serve your purpose in a successful appreciative way. Take ownership of your personal choices using a new Emotional Intelligence [EI] approach – Mindful Runes© - founded on the principle that EI is a prime factor for well-being. The 25 Mindful Runes Interpretations [in booklet or on website] provide thought-provoking guidance for you to find your own answers to your specific issues. The Runes represent science-based EI attributes as a source of inspiration foe effectively dealing with life’s vital issues and achieving equanimity in our ever-changing 24/7 hi-tech world. This is especially poignant when we mindlessly ‘allow’ harmful stress to denigrate our health and wellbeing – body, mind and spirit. Anna’s message is “envisage your truly astonishing self – you are a unique and beautiful person – think and act accordingly”.


12.15-13.00 Main Stage
The Power of the Pen
Emma Scattergood

There is a growing body of evidence pointing to the value of using creative and reflective writing exercises to improve our wellbeing and personal development. And the wonderful thing is that you don’t have to be a ‘good’ or even ‘average’ writer in order to reap its benefits!  Writing with a focus only on the process, not the final product, is an extremely effective way of helping us to understand ourselves and our world better, and thus learn what steps we may need to take in order to feel happier, more in control, and maybe even more successful – whatever your definition of success is. 

Emma will introduce you to some simple ways in which, by putting pen to paper, you can begin to listen to your inner voice, work through conflict, understand others better, learn from the past and look to the future with greater confidence.

This will be an introductory talk, rather than a workshop, but you may want to bring along a notebook in order to note down details of some of the exercises she suggests.


13.15-14.15 Main Stage
Women’s Wellbeing

Liz Earle MBE

Liz Earle MBE is a wellbeing entrepreneur, TV presenter and the number one bestselling author of over 35 books on a range of health, beauty and wellbeing topics, including her latest bestsellers The Good Menopause Guide and The Good Gut Guide. Covering everything from gut health to happier hormones, Liz shares her secrets for looking good and feeling better than ever.

Followed by a book signing at Dorset Books in the Marketplace


14.15-14.45 Marketplace Stage
Yoga, Sound & Vibrational Medicine: energy healing explained by science and sacred yogic texts
Lola Lhamo

Recently Dalai Lama said “Spirituality without Quantum Physics is incomplete picture of reality”. It’s true we live in unique time when science and ancient yogic science merge together, providing us with incredible knowledge for understanding our true nature, transformation of ourselves and human society.

In theoretical part Lola Lhamo will be sharing fascinating facts about Energy Universe as understood by quantum physics, Neuroscience, epigenetics, linking those to infinite wisdom of Supreme Yoga texts: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Yoga Vaasishtha, Tibetan sutras and Ati Yoga.

She will also talk about the whole world and our every cell being a Vibration, importance of Sound in creation of the Universe and why sound is such powerful healing tool. She will explain how sound, vibrational and resonance therapy are being used to heal physical and emotional disharmonies, including such diseases like cancer and Alzheimer, in post-traumatic work, for anxiety and stress release.


14.30-15.15 Main Stage
What can acupuncture do for you now ?
Charmian Wylde

Addressing the challenge of dealing with today’s chronic health problems such as headaches, insomnia, stress and anxiety, hormone imbalances, and fatigue, this talk explores why the modern practice of acupuncture has much to offer as a rational, personalised, evidenced-based system of healthcare.

Charmian has more than 25 years of experience as a practising acupuncturist, has worked and studied in China and was Course Leader/Senior Lecturer of the BSc Acupuncture Degree at The University of East London for 11 years. She is a member of the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board and is in the final stages of a Master’s degree giving her deeper insight into how we can best adapt and apply acupuncture to tackle many of today’s chronic health problems. 


15.45-16.45 Main Stage
Dark Skies: A Journey into the Wild Night
Tiffany Francis
 

Author and artist Tiffany Francis spent a year exploring our landscapes at night, travelling around the UK and Europe to see how we connect with nature after dark. Join her as she shares stories from the darker side of the natural world from her new book Dark Skies, and asks whether spending more time awake at night can improve our wellbeing and help us form a deeper connection with nature.


MOVE & FLOW TENT

Yoga, Pilates, movement & breathwork

10.30-11.15 Move & Flow
Fusion Sivananda Yoga (45mins)

Nicky Friend

Nicky’s fun and dynamic class is a powerful fusion of styles based principally on Sivananda but incorporating Asthanga, Jivamukti and Hatha. The combined methods in these ancient philosophies will help you achieve an alignment of the body, mind and breath. 


11.30-12.15 Move & Flow
Dance the Buzz - Dance for Fun, Fitness and Inspiration

Charmian Wylde

LEd by Charmian who has a background in dance and movement, this session is for anyone who would like to dance.  No previous experience required, just a desire to enjoy the creative, social and feel-good elements of dance. We’ll gently stretch and strengthen limbs and muscles, find a little rhythm, use some groovy tunes and make our very own small piece of dance together.  


Powerful You - Yoga Workshop (45 mins)
Pip Taverner

Dynamic yoga practices incorporating inversions and arm balances shouldn’t feel daunting or strenuous, but rather energising and playful. In this session Pip from Tonic Retreats will allow you to connect to your inner child as you play with postures that require you to trust and believe in yourself. You are stronger than you think, allow yourself to fly! All abilities welcome



13.30-14.15 Move & Flow
Breath In and Bliss Out (45mins)
Richie Bostock - The Breath Guy
 

Is it possible to achieve the same blissful states of no-mind, no-where and no-time that dedicated meditators take many years to achieve with just a few minutes of breathing?
The way we breathe is linked to every single system in the body, therefore we can use it to make instant changes in our physiology and change the way we think and feel. In this session, Richie will lead you through a series of breathing flows that will turn down the volume of your thoughts in a way like you’ve never experienced and leave you on a natural high with a sense of peace, clarity and blissful energy that you may have never experienced in your life.


14.30-15.15 Move & Flow
Pilates for Backs (45mins)
Sammie McFarland


A Pilates session to encourage movement and reduce pain in the spine, strengthening and lengthening the body from the inside out by working all muscle groups, with particular focus on the core postural muscles. With focus on precision, quality and control, joints receive less stress, & muscles can guide with ease. This class will not only improve body awareness, posture and muscle tone, but also movement patterns, encouraging grace and ease.


15.30-16.30 Move & Flow
'Resonance Yoga' with Nada Sound Therapy (60mins)

David Tipper

David will be teaching a ‘Yoga and Sound’ practice which will incorporate asana, toning and instruments such as singing bowls and gongs. The tradition of sound within yoga practice is not new and David’s approach will bring together both traditional yoga practice and modern sound therapy techniques. Through this session we may move towards a greater sense of peaceful awareness in both body and mind. The class is fully inclusive and adaptable to suit the needs of differing abilities, ages and cultures.


 

LIVE MUSIC

10.30-11.15 Marketplace Stage
Rob Hulford
Sit down, take a break and sooth the senses with beautiful ambient perfroamcen from the master of instrumental chill out music


15.30-16.30 Marketplace Stage
Soulcreek
An electric acoustic duo who mix a melodic blend of modern rock and blues with a wide variety of tempos and themes.


18.00-18.45 Main Stage
Bí and The Amanas

Bí with her band, The Amanas, create a blend of folk - pop, world, soulful music. A wave of Brazilian vibes melted with soothing yet vibrant and eclectic rhythms and harmonies from British, European and American music


19.30-21.00 Main Stage
Headline Act: Shama Rahman

British-Bangladeshi, UAE-born, Londoner Shama performs with her electro-acoustic band with live Sitar, uniquely taking it out of the traditional context, across genres including jazz, live electronics, psychaedelia, afro latin worldbeats & Indian/Western melodies. Her music has been championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Songlines, Wonderland, Arts Desk and the BBC

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THE RETREAT

Guided meditations & gong baths

11.00-11.45 & 13.30-14.15 The Retreat
Guided Meditations (45mins)
Gelong Thubten


Best selling Author and Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten became a monk 26 years ago at Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Scotland. He has spent over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which was 4 years.

Thubten specialises in teaching mindfulness meditation internationally, in businesses, hospitals, schools, universities, prisons and addiction counselling centres. He will be leading two guided meditations on Saturday based on Buddhist practices and open to all abilities.


12.00-12.45 The Retreat
Brahmaree ‘Honey-Bee Breath” Meditation (45mins)

Gail Taylor (Daya Jyoti)

Brahmaree is a safe, easy-to-learn and joyful breath practice, with tremendous therapeutic potential.  The physical vibration of sound waves can be experienced across the entire body.  Practicing honey-bee breath in a larger group raises the vibrational energy and the group sound is wonderful to observe!


14.30-15.15 The Retreat
“Journey Deep” Gong Bath (45mins)
Scania Price

Sound Therapist Scania will take you on a deeply restoring and relaxing journey with the Gongs and other specifically picked sounds. The Gong is one of man’s most powerful and oldest transformational and therapeutic instruments. It has been used for ritual, ceremony, prayer, and meditation since the Bronze Age. Its sound is relaxing and calming, centering and energising, transforming and healing. Gongs have been used in yoga, sound meditation, and vibrational therapy from the distant past to present.


15.45-16.45 The Retreat
Cosmic Consciousness”
Yoga Nidra and Sound Energy Bath (60mins)

Lola Lhamo

Yoga Nidra and Sound Energy Bath with Lola is an expericence like no other! Enjoy ancient celestial sounds of Tibetan Singing Bowls during Sound Bath for deep relaxation, releasing physical and emotional tensions. Led by Lold there will also be overtone chanting, ancient sound healing technique practiced by Tibetans. Graduates from Sound Energy Medicine courses will walk the room, placing the bowls on your body for deep vibrational massage, releasing the tensions in the body.
Yoga Nidra is yogic sleep, state of awareness, bringing ultimate relaxation and brain rejuvenation.




ART & BUDDHISM

10.00-10.15 Barn Gallery
Morning Prayers

Each morning from 10.00am -10.15am the Tashi Lhunpo monks will be offering their morning prayer next to the Chenrezig Mandala in the Barn Gallery. All are welcome to join them.



10.00-14.00 Barn Gallery Creation Day 3
15.30-16.30 - Destruction Ceremony, Barn Gallery
Tashi Lhunpo Sand Mandala

This ancient Tibetan art form is exquisaitely intricate and takes millions of grains of sand which are painstakingly laid in place over a period of days. After the creation the mandala will be destroyed and the sand, which is thought to be very blessed, will be put into the River Frome, where the waters carry the healing energies throughout the world.

Due to limited capacity in the Barn Gallery the Sand Mandala Destruction Ceremony may be attended on a first come basis. For more information please contact the festival organisers.


11.00-12.30 Tibetan Tent - Marketplace
Buddhist Art workshops

The Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery will be running a 90 minute daily workshop to introduce you to the unique traditions of Buddhist monastic art. These include sand mandala making – ‘painting’ with coloured grains of ground marble – the printing of prayer flags and the delicate art of butter sculpture. You can learn some Tibetan language and make a dukar wheel which will be blessed by the monks to offer protection from negative influences.

Workshops cost £25 and are bookable in advance by festival ticketholders only


11.00-16.00 Art Barn
Drop in Art Workshops (free)

All details to be confirmed soon