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Dancing Tommy Franklin and the Byron Spirit crew, Alex Grant, Michelle Williams,​ Kate Little and​ Deb Buck ​get in the zone and ​ready​ to welcome ​guests to the 2018 Byron Spirit Festival at the Cavanbah Centre.​ Photo Jeff Dawson

As Byron Spirit Festival prepares to move to the Cavanbah Centre and Elements of Byron for their sixth-year event from April 20 till 22, organisers say they are excited to announce the offerings from the 2018 program.

This year’s theme is We Are the Mandala, which will focus on co-creation and the concept of human design and our connection to the natural world.

For those with kids, Spirit Fest will team up again with Rainbow Kids Yoga for the Rainbow Yoga Family Space.


The yoga program includes Angel and Gopala from Byron’s Rainbow Yoga, Mark Whitwell, Gwyn Williams, Deano Gladstone, Byron Yoga Centre founder John Ogilvie, Dena Kingsberg, Beth Borosky, Sophie Sofree and last but not least, Byron’s own Flo Fenton.


International performers Amaru Pumac Kuntur will mix their traditional music with modern elements, including Spanish and Qechua vocals. Sacred Earth’s Jethro and Prem are undoubtedly Australian’s highest-selling artists in the ambient music genre and will be performing their mantra and songs. The Temple Step Project, led by Australian music producer Benjamin Last, will lead ecstatic dances and for the chanters, Bhakti-Yoga couple Lulu and Mischka will perform ancient mantras with English lyrics.


Jemma Gawned (Jemmita) has trained extensively with some of the best maestros and has been adopted into the tribes in Peru.

She leads groups from around the world to the Andes to work alongside her teachers in the shamanic practices and plant medicines. Jemma also works with the medicine of cacao in celebrations at festivals and events globally.


Travers Ross is a well-known Australian creative artist, musician and dancer. He was born to traverse​ cultures, genres, stereotypes and audiences to bring people together for an adventure through sound.

5Rhythms dancer Geash Bowler will lead dancing, having been trained by 5Rhythms founder Gabrielle Roth. And not only that but Suebee Fae has been sharing dance medicine with the Byron community and facilitating sister circles and dance workshops for seven years. Tickets are available at www.spiritfestival.com.au.tickets.

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