Infinite Love Is All There Is

Sydney Summer Spiritfest

 


FRIDAY  9 – SUNDAY 11 JANUARY 2015
Monday 12th Extra Retreat Day

Celebrating 12th Year Anniversary with the theme of “Commitment”
Baden-Powell Scout Centre, Pomona Street, Pennant Hills,
by Lane Cove National Park.

Download the 2015 Sydney Summer Spiritfest brochure here.

Since 2002, Sydney Summer Spiritfest has brought together people from many paths including pagan, quaker, buddhist, goddess, shaman, and a range of eastern guru-based traditions. This unique, easy-going festival celebrates inclusiveness, and combines the sharing of practical spiritual wisdom with warmth, fun and everyday experience. Everyone is welcome.

We are so very happy to welcome you (back) to Spiritfest, which this year honours the theme of commitment. We invite you to spend a weekend reconnecting with divine love, in a safe and supportive environment that will encourage you to live deeply in your feelings, appreciate the beauty of life and discern what is true for you as you walk your path.

Our journeys to be here at this beautiful site on indigenous Cameraygal land, and in this community of seekers are varied and meaningful. We come for rejuvenation, celebration, healing… to sing in the meditation hall, dance joyously, see old friends, meet new family and to let ourselves be changed by the loving experience of being here together at this spiritual gathering.

At this, our 12th Spiritfest, the programme is as wide ranging as ever. As always, all spiritual paths are welcome. The magic of kiirtan / chanting and collective meditation are at the heart of Spiritfest. We offer you time to be immersed in a soundscape amid live guitar and percussion, exploring spirit in sound and movement and discovering the healing potential of our own voices chanting Sanskrit mantra and sacred songs.

Meditation is the gift of letting go of preconceptions and knowing the unknowable: to know ourselves as one, not separate. If you don’t have your own practice, we’re happy to share some that will guide you to your own direct experience.

In this non-profit event we co-create a communal village. It works because we use good sense and cooperative effort. Community guidelines have evolved to help things run smoothly. To keep costs low, we’re all happily rostered for one kitchen related task.

Cost is all inclusive: nurturing food, accommodation, inspiring activities, an engaging children’s festival. Please bring cash as there is no pre-registration or credit card facilities. Adults $220/200 or Saturday $90/80, Sunday $80/70.  Monday Retreat additional $50/40.  Children up to 5 free, up to 14 half price. Concession rates include students, low waged and travellers > 150km.

While one day attendance is welcome, we find the most benefit is to be gained by committing to the full weekend as an integral part of a loving community. We look forward to seeing you in January!

Contact Georgina JD on  mobile 0406 372 142
or email sydneyspiritfest@gmail.com with any enquiries
and to register your interest in attending.

* * Sydney Summer Spiritfest 2013 * *  Download the 2013 brochure here for the programme details of our 11th year, with the theme of “Passion”.

* * Sydney Summer Spiritfest 2012 * *  A very BIG THANK YOU to our fabulous crew and everyone who made the 2012 Spiritfest amazing! We especially thank Michelle & Carolyn for being our wonderful Chefs for 6 years!  We celebrated the theme “Gratitude” in 2012, to see what happened download our 2012 brochure here.

If you have attended Spiritfest in the past, please feel free to join the Sydney Summer Spiritfest Facebook Group here for updates and to connect with others.

Monthly Meditation

Spiritfesters enjoy a monthly meditation group held in Tempe, inner west Sydney on a sunday night 6pm-9pm. Delicious vegetarian pot-luck shared dinner included. All welcome. Dates for 2014:

February 2
March 2
April 6
May 4
June 1
July 6
August 3
September 7
October 12
November 9
December 14

RSVP – Please ring Aparesha or Reva on 02 9591 2288 or Jayadiipa (JD) on 0406 372 142 so we can coordinate our shared dinner after kiirtan, meditation,inspirational readings.

“May all beings see the bright side of everything. May all beings be healed. May all beings be at peace.” Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

All welcome at the annual Winter Spiritfest Retreat held in Ballina.  The next one will run from 22 – 26 May 2015. There will be plenty of kiirtan, meditation, yoga, great and varied workshops, and lots of time for getting together with old friends and new.

What is Ballina Spiritfest? More than 2 full days of celebration: yoga, meditation, great music, new friends, creative workshops, dancing, drumming, concerts, children’s activities, swimming, bushwalking, accommodation and fantastic vegetarian food. As always, all spiritual paths are welcome. Collective meditation & kiirtan (chanting to live guitar and drums) are the heart of Spiritfest. Don’t let lack of meditation experience keep you away. We’re happy to show you the basics. This is a wonderful gathering to share with your kids. We provide an engaging children’s festival with lots of interactive indoor & outdoor fun.

Ballina Spiritfest is a smaller, slower, cosier version of Sydney Summer Spiritfest. With a usual attendance of 25-30 plus children, we have plenty of kiirtan, a couple of philosophy workshops, morning yoga, some other workshops (e.g. music healing) and two evening concerts. The afternoon soccer game is a highlight as are Bratati’s stories and the devotional flow. There’s plenty of time for catching up with old friends and lots of opportunities for making new. It’s a chance to re-create, re-focus and re-connect.  Join us in paying respect to the Arakwal people, the original owners of this area, and keep your eyes open for passing whales, resident dolphins and other wildlife.

Visit the website for details and to contact the wonderful organisers http://spiritfestballina.weebly.com/

Join the Ballina Spiritfest Facebook group here for updates.

Dada Prana 1943 – 2012

Dada PranaOur wonderful Dada Prana died this afternoon our time (Sunday 18 November 2012 at 9.50pm USA Eastern Time), surrounded by kiirtan and a heart circle. He will be missed by many, all over the world, and certainly at Spiritfest, which he loved. Dada gave so generously and his hearty laugh, sparkling eyes and wise counsel gave us all an opportunity to better understand spiritual philosophy from a loving and inclusive perspective. See you next time round Dada – or maybe not. No doubt Baba has big plans for you.

Six weeks ago he rang and asked us to share with you that “we are infinite beings and we all have an appointment with infinity. The universal mind is formless – it is the pure energy of love, beauty, kindness and creativity and it can’t die.” In a card he wrote after Spiritfest this year: “I’m very glad to be of service to you all and I am thankful for your service to me as well. Be the love you want to see in the world.”

During Sisters’ Retreat this weekend, 33 of us sent a loving kiirtan heart circle to Dada. There is so much love around the world for Dada Prana.

We love you Dada and your welcoming smile and knowledgeable ways. Thank you for loving us and embracing our tribe over the last 8 years. And for dancing with glee across our ‘Eurovision’ stage this year. You are irreplaceable. Blessed Be.

Jayadiipa, Gabe, Jai and Sofara xxxx
19 November 2012

Visit Dada Prana’s Memorial webpage (select Dada Prana from the list on the left after clicking)

Read Dada Prana’s Graduate Paper on Heart Circles

View Dada Prana’s short series of 15 youtube video interviews

Listen to a 1 hour blogtalk radio interview with Georgina Abrahams about Spiritfest with thanks to Connie & Charly at “Stretch Your Mind and Body” (21 October 2009).