I remember the days when Auckland summers were filled with Music in the Parks – FREE live music, a place to gather, to feel part of something special, with friends and family, having fun for FREE. And those wild Whopper Choppers in windy Wellington.
And zoom forward from those artist’s days – right now, we’re a single income family with young children.
These are probably two of a handful of fine reasons we’ve created workshops in The Delightful Festival of Body & Sound – Anzac Weekend – Rose Gardens, Tauranga – which are FREE or koha.
Here’s a wee list of the aformentioned eventlets, in chronological order:
Friday 22 April (Opening Day):
Sing-a-long: When you bring your babies, toddlers, preschoolers along to listen to and (join in with) Emily (that’s me) singing a collection of songs from our nursery rhymes and around the world and you’re an adult you can come for FREE. I suggest you bring a couple of grandparents too – cos I reckon they’ll LOVE it. Feel free to borrow one from a local resthome.
Ukelele: If you’re bringing children AND a ukelele and you’re an adult you can come for FREE. There will be a rainbowed array of ukelele for the children to strum and hug and sing with.
Full Moon Fire & Drums: Come beat a drum or swirl a hoop round some part of your magnificent body. Bring some KOHA for the koha bowl (this covers the fuel that makes the fire which looks magic in the night-time). Who doesn’t love MAGIC!
Saturday 23 April
Tai Chi: Join us for an early morning introduction to Taoist Tai Chi in the Rose Gardens. Make a donation – give what you can or feel. No one will be turned away if they cannot contribute financially. Come one, come all.
Laughing Yoga: The most warming workshops I have ever experienced – a tonic to share with my children aged 5, 3 and 18 months at the time. I loved that my tamariki got to see an unusual side of me. I didn’t have my responsible eyebrows on. I had a smile which worked my muscles and a laugh which was sometimes gentle and quiet and others time wild. This class reminds me I need to express all of myself with my kids/family, cos they learn by watching, they learn that I value and perhaps the world values, joy, expression, laughter and inevitably freedom. When you bring your kids THEY come for FREE.
Hip Hop: Our kids learn by observation. “They download us”, in the words of Pennie Brownlee. How we be, not what we say, is what we see our kids be. Here’s a chance to have some fun, and show our kids our mean moves. It’s a generational dance-off? When you’re an adult and you bring some kids to Hip Hop you come for FREE.
Performance + Picnic (in front of the foodtrucks): From 11.30am-1.30pm you’re invited to pack a picnic, or a lunchbox, or some cash for the foodtrucks and join us in the Rose Gardens for FREE live music and entertainment including a KIDS BUSKING set. The Souls Choir (fresh from the Auckland Arts Festival – White Night), Bonnie Strides ( a folk band complete with banjo) and Float Fitness are but some of the entertainment. The captivating wide-eyed Alice Sea is ‘curating’ the KIDS BUSKING set too.
Satsang with Erin: You’re invited to a philosophy night of sorts. A night to sit with others in a warmly lit room and listen to Erin lead us into an inquiry around – JOY. It’s suggested to give $20, or give KOHA. You’re invited regardless as to whether you can contribute financially at this time. No one will be turned away. Come one, come all.
Sunday 24 April (Final Day):
Kapa Haka:Bring your mighty selves and whanau to our festival to workshop a Haka together. The gifted Ria and Josh will lead us through haka. We will leave wildly happy and thoroughly haka-ed. The ‘juste’ symbol for this festival, this workshop moves body and sound, it’s the one to come too. All cultures welcome. No kapa haka or Te Reo Maori experience needed – a perfect opportunity to be open and courageous to the art of not-knowing. Join us unleashed. You may have spotted Ria in Tiiki Tane’s recent music video about the Bay. She’s a wonder. When you bring your children to this workshop they come for FREE. Let’s make some noise.
Death Cafe in the Tipi: The objective of Death Café is to ‘increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives’. At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.
A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Please feel free to join Carol, Catherine and Grace in the tipi on Sunday afternoon (2.45pm-4.00pm) for some cake and conversation. You can find out more at http://deathcafe.com/
Meditation: Erin will lead us into Meditation: the practice of turning our attention inward. No matter who you are, what you are, or where you are, you have the innate ability to meditate. In this guided meditation you are beckoned to unravel the greatest mystery of all – that in this human form you are also divine. Touching this truth your restlessness ceases and you are flooded with a sense of your own perfection and divinity. It’s suggested to give $15 (on the day) or give KOHA. You’re invited regardless as to whether you can contribute financially at this time. No one will be turned away. Come one, come all.
Feel free to spread the joy and share this post with people you share your life with.
See you very soon,
with grace and wild