Medicine Festival @ Wasing
“A rare festival that you leave feeling better than when you arrived". The Guardian
Indigenous leaders: Peu Nawa and Towahu of the Yawanawa, Brazil
Headline speakers: Satish Kumar, Dr Scilla Elworthy, Bruce Parry, Dr Rosalind Watts, Charlotte Du Cann
Music headliners: Peia, Fia, Nessie Gomes, Ajeet Kaur, Millicent Chapanda, The Turbans, Crussen
Returning to Wasing this August (18th - 21st), for its third year, is Medicine Festival - a unique remedial festival experience which invites people to come together and envision a more enlightened, peaceful and sustainable world.
During our times of environmental and economic meltdown, and health and mental health crisis, Medicine Festival provides a vibrant platform for indigenous Wisdom Keepers across the planet to share their teachings, ceremonies and time-honoured technologies, and invites people to be ‘the medicine’ for the Earth and all its inhabitants.
A C.I.C and not-for-profit organisation, funded by a council of social investors - with all profits from the event going to preserve indigenous communities and to regenerate the Earth - Medicine is about interweaving communities, bridging cultures and inspiring a deeper understanding of how to tread lightly and live harmoniously on our planet.
Ceremonies and rituals (for example sweat lodge, cacao and water) will be hosted by indigenous leaders Peu Nawa and Towahu of the Yawanawa tribe in the Brazilian Amazon, as well other indigenous elders from the British Isles and different global traditions, curated to support reconnection and to regenerate reverence for all life.
Music at this year’s event promises an eclectic mix of world music, electronic dance, folk, indigenous songs and sacred music representative of different global traditions. Headliners include ritualistic folk songstresses Peia (Oregan/USA) and Fia Forsström (Sweden); British-Portuguese singer, Nessie Gomes; world folk singer and yogi, Ajeet Kaur; Zimbabwean mbira musician, Millicent Chapanda (UK-based); legendary multicultural troubadours, The Turbans (London); contemplative sounds maestro Crussen (Sweden); and electronic dance wizard, James Monro.
At the festival’s heart, the Liminal Lake features talks and discussions with leading thought leaders and changemakers, such as eminent environmentalist Satish Kumar, peace activist Dr Scilla Elworthy, explorer/indigenous rights activist Bruce Parry, psychedelic research pioneer Dr Rosalind Watts, and cultural change writer Charlotte Du Cann, covering the critical issues of the day - social justice, our disconnection from Nature, chronic illness, increased polarisation and division in societies, and the ethics of technology including social media and artificial intelligence. Also covered here will be consciousness and spirituality, ancient and future tech, neuroscience and philosophy, myth and narratives, economy and localisation.
The festival’s Wellbeing Programme includes guided movement and ecstatic dance sessions, yoga, meditation, martial arts and nutrition as well as a blend of modalities to find balance and restoration, ranging from breath and bodywork, sound healing and meditation, to laughter yoga and forest bathing. The Healing Villages offers 1:1 body work through different massage styles, reiki and other deep healing techniques.
The in-house cafés at Medicine support regenerative and independent food production, nourishing our soil, our bodies and minds, boosting biodiversity, and creating healthier communities. The festival also offers a delectable cultural diversity of Street Food, and the cafés will serve warming chai, energising cacao, sublime elixirs and nutritious juices. All food offerings will be vegan and vegetarian to reduce environmental impact and promote healthy plant-based diets.
A Family area, geared around equipping the younger generation with skills and insights for creating a better world, includes activities like woodland adventures, games, bushcraft, music making, foraging, plant identification, storytelling and astronomy.
An exquisite diversity of entertainment, arts and performance designed to enliven the soul will include inspiring film and theatre, magical storytelling and uplifting comedy. The tranquil woodland, lakes and parkland will be punctuated with a colourful array of walkabout performers, fire spinners, immersive actors and silver-tongued poets.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming Medicine Festival back to Wasing. If you'd like to book tickets, please click here
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