Creator of the Island Elements Festival Emma-lee Luther spoke with The Echo about what’s in store this weekend at beautiful North Stradbroke.
What is the inspiration for Island Elements?
The inspiration behind Island Elements was to blend the retreat model with a chilled-out music vibe. It’s not all about yoga; there are evening concerts, weaving, dance, art and movement workshops in the idyllic North Stradbroke Island beachside setting.
How does the environment enhance your event?
Being able to jump straight in the ocean after a class is right up there! Being able to see the sunrise and sunset on the island, the beautiful wildlife, and the gentle island breezes make it pretty special too. Set in the beachfront Adder Rock Campground, we have strong connections with the local Quandamooka people, who bring not only cultural workshops to the festival but the warm good vibes they are renowned for. Held the first week of November, it’s not too hot and the seas are more gentle. North Stradbroke Island is such a special place and we often forget how close it is to our home in Byron. I’m looking forward to some island time!
What experience do you want to give festival attendees?
A place to come and relax, take some time out from our busy lives and participate in some classes you might not regularly get a chance to do! Acro-yoga, afro-beat, Polynesian dance, journaling and arts, traditional weaving, tea ceremony, singing, tai-chi and so much more before we celebrate into the evening.
What are some of the musical highlights?
We then have an evening concert series with everyone from French dub master Naaman, NZ’s Tahu Dubs, the flamenco vibes of Felicity Lawless, the upbeat dance vibes of Dubarray, the incredible voice of Danny Ross, the sweet soulful sounds of Murray Kyle, and so much more.
What about yoga? What is available for me if I am a beginner, or if I am advanced?
All levels are catered for! Our teachers have travelled the world with every different ability, body type and confidence. There is no-one judging you about how good you are at getting into asana. Our teachers are advanced so of course can modify the class to suit the yogi.
What about the healing modalities?
In addition to be able to indulge in a massage, we have workshops in Chinese medicine, breathwork and tantra, journalling, wellbeing and dreamwork as well.
What else could I expect at the weekend?
To enjoy making new friends coming from the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron and from afar! We aim to make it a diverse festival so you are nourishing your mind, body and spirit. There is something for everyone and you could do a little or a lot! It is all sweet vibes over on the island.
Is it camping? What are the accommodation and transport arrangements on and off the island?
With it being on an island you have to catch a ferry, which tends to be the first stop for people to unwind, enjoy the journey with others going to the island. Luckily for us it is a haven for wildlife so we have seen dolphins, whales, fish and lots of birdlife on the ferry! It’s also 20 per cent off if you are on your way to Island Elements. You can camp at Adder Rock where the festival is held, or if you wish for more luxury accommodation you might wish for a hotel or throw in with a bunch of friends and hire a holiday home.
For more information on camping, accommodation and ferry times: www.islandelementsfestival.com/location
Island Elements is a unique 3-day lifestyle festival, featuring a balance of rejuvenating workshops, presentations, world-class musicians and entertainment, as well as a vibrant market village.
Happening at North Stradbroke Island from Friday till Sunday, www.islandelementsfestival.com.