Stirring up your own pot of creative soup!

Creative output requires creative input.
It is that old principle- what goes in, must come out.
So, it makes sense that we must refill our jugs, our mugs and our soup pots, don’t you think?
One of my favourite ways to ‘fill up’ is to immerse myself in festival worlds.
But not just any old festival.
Whilst the music festivals I have been to in Australia and overseas have been, at times, life-changing and inspirational, what they sometimes lack is ‘interaction’.
And I do think interaction is the key to getting the most out of a festival.
Interaction involves all the senses, and feeds all learning styles.
And one can’t help but be nourished and fed by such a thing!
My favourite festival of ALL is the Woodford Folk Festival , held every year from Dec 27 to New Year’s Day in a little hill enclave christened ‘Woodfordia’, about a 90 min drive north of Brisbane.
To call it a ‘folk’ festival is a bit limiting actually, and might actually put some people off, but if you can get past the name, this festival is truly one in a million!!
This past Tuesday, my friend Simone and I took a ‘child-free’ pass from our husbands and joined the throngs for the big event.  What a thrill!!!
Even in pouring rain and a mud bath, it was so worth the cold, the flat tire and the 3am tow out of the mud before we could even leave to get home!
(For those who are wondering, 6am was the time I finally made it to bed!  Thank Goodness for a loving husband on holiday who kept a certain little boy entertained for a second day!!)
Here is some of what we got up to!
  • Appalachian Flat foot dancing with the Whitetop Mountaineers-  a big highlight!!
  • Dancing to “MamaKin” and listening to the groovy tunes of Danielle and her band.  Check out this band.  Do yourself a favour!!  The songs “Colour” and “My friend” have induced tears for me at least 3 times today!
  • Eating organic dark chocolate filled doughnuts
  • Imbibing delicious mango lassies
  • Dancing to “Colourfide”, a band of young guys from the Gold Coast, truly worth a look!
  • Getting funky with Baalo Baajo and their African dance tips
  • Immersing ourselves in street theatre
  • Devouring delectable Govinda’s food and learning more about sacred cows
  • Drinking up hot chai to the sounds of Music for the Spirit
  • Spending time with the stories of Rob Longstaff, Stringmansassy and Lior
  • Getting drenched under a showery sky for Arrested Development
And there was so much we didn’t even get near!
  • Zumba workouts
  • Kecak chanting
  • PsychoBABEL; the talk fest
  • Burleque life drawing
  • Sketch the rhyme game show
  • UV wonderland
  • A vintage hair and makeup workshop
  • Stand up comedy workshops
  • Magic of the mind
  • Birdmania
  • Puppet shows
  • The children’s festival
  • Team poetry slams
  • Yalks on treating illnesses naturally, healing through diet
  • Shamanic drumming
  • Film reviews
  • Scottish fiddle workshops
  • yoga
  • fire play
  • aerials for beginners
  • crystal bowl meditation
  • clowning
  • balloon blowing
  • acro balance
  • hit song writing
  • body percussion workshops
  • and talks on: ‘being the change’, the population growth myth, renewable energy and cooking with your own home-grown food.
Are you tired yet??
I’m a big believer in filling up with all kinds of variety, and particularly stuff that I wouldn’t encounter in every day life.  A fabulous festival like this one, gives each and every one of us, big and new opportunities for personal growth and change.
Who knows where something might take you??
Why not make a pact to immerse yourself in a local groovy festival sometime in 2011?
It might be pushing past your comfort zone, it might mean getting big-time muddy, it might involve time and a little money but the payoff is so worth it!!
Have you got a festival favourite??
Or one you’d like to visit??
Share your stories here!!
I’d love to add them to my ever-expanding bucket list.
Perhaps you would too!

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