Welcome to the 37th Ananda Mela Festival

4 – 9 January, 2019

The Ananda Mela Festival is a family friendly event offering yoga, meditation, an abundance of healthy gourmet vegetarian/vegan food, social development workshops and spiritual philosophy.

This is a unique, vibrant, spiritual festival which celebrates cultural diversity, encourages environmental sustainability initiatives and promotes health and well-being.

The festival is held near Stanthorpe, Queensland, located at the heart of the Granite Belt. The area boasts spectacular countryside, massive granite outcroppings, rolling farmland and an abundance of flora and fauna.********

See the 2019 Program!

Enjoy:

* Deep relaxation with twice daily meditation & yoga

* Music & dance with local, national & international artists

* Healthy gourmet vegan & vegetarian food  *  Fun & innovative workshops

*  The lightness of chanting  *  Entertaining creative activities for children & youth

*  Trekking & swimming in the national park

The festival’s theme ‘Seeds of Change’ focuses on creating a more sustainable future. Check here for the growing line-up of workshops and performances for the week. Saturday, 5th January, is Green Me Locally Day. This is an opportunity to mix with Granite Belt locals and have fun while engaging in issues affecting them.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland government and Southern Downs Regional Council to support local art and culture in regional Queensland:

Our previous Ananda Mela Festival

January, 2018 – Reflections on the 36th Ananda Mela

The past Mela hit the Mela spot with its blend of actividsm, Yoga / meditation and live music. Futures professor, Sohail, led workshops on creating the future you want. Using tools he developed, participants went deep into the story of their limitations and reimagined it in line with their best aspirations  A panel discussion brought together environmental activists around the theme of Green Me Locally. A picture emerged of a broad spectrum of engagement.

Workshops on Yoga philosophy focused on the connection between Yoga and social progress. In addition to the mind fare, there was ample scope to move the body and digest the gourmet vegetarian food, with NIA dance, yoga and an outing to Girraween National Park. As one participant commented: “I feel set for a great year ahead.”

We’re grateful to the Southern Downs Regional Council and the Queensland Government for the arts funding that enabled such a rich gathering of talented artists.

What they say about the Mela

I’ve been coming for 11 years, always a refreshing start to the new year.

The mela is a 1 week tension-free retreat, another world.

A great way to get in touch with my spirit.

I enjoyed meeting up with old acquaintances, don’t have to worry or think too much, its like hanging out with family (one I don’t have at home).

The mela provides a rare loving space for children to be with adults together in workshops, work and play and this is really appreciated.

You have inspired me to become a better person.

What they say about the Mela

I enjoyed meeting up with old acquaintances, don’t have to worry or think too much, its like hanging out with family (one I don’t have at home).

The mela provides a rare loving space for children to be with adults together in workshops, work and play and this is really appreciated.

You have inspired me to become a better person.

I’ve been coming for 11 years, always a refreshing start to the new year.

The mela is a 1 week tension-free retreat, another world.

A great way to get in touch with my spirit.