9 OF THE MOST SPECIAL SHAMBHALA FIELDS EXPERIENCES FROM LOST PARADISE 2017
Returning for the third year running, Jeevi a.k.a ‘The laughing chef’ brought rib-tickling belly laughter to Shambhala Fields once again. Three days running, the Yoga Shala was packed to the rafters with Paradisians crying with laughter as they cleared their minds with ‘mental floss’. It all ended with everyone laying on each others tummies, heads bopping up and down as a giant laughathon rippled throughout the circle of bodies on the floor. We love you Jeevi!
The Lost Circus – Hula Hooping for the wandering gypsies of Lost Paradise proved itself to be one of Shambhala’s unmissable workshops in 2017. Every square inch of grass was filled with hoopers twirling, falling, laughing, dancing, as forest fairy Katie Rose guided people to their hooping potential.
MARK WHITWELL – HEART OF YOGA
This incredible teacher was the highlight for many Paradisians who visited Shambhala Fields in 2017. Teaching from direct experience and lineage, he mystified everyone in his presence with his wisdom, his kindness – and his sitar! In his magical words he told us that “Yoga is your direct participation in the nurturing power of this cosmos that is presently arising as the pure intelligence, function and beauty of life that is you, right now” WOW!!
In Rhythm Drumming came with a truck load of drums ready to connect the Lost Paradise tribe with a fully charged drumming session. Over multiple, packed sessions everyone got involved from kids to experienced bongo players. The Talk Tipi became one massive tribal beat, unifying Paradisians from every corner.
EMMANUEL BAKENGA’S GREEN CONNECT TALK
Emmanuel Bakenga captivated the crowd who sat down with him at our Talk Tipi, to hear his personal story about fleeing the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after his family of 8 people were murdered. He became a refugee in Uganda and lived in Kyaka 2 Refugee Settlement in Uganda for 7 years before he came to Australia. We’re so grateful Emmanuel was able to join us at Lost Paradise 2017 to share his incredible story about overcoming the odds to how he is now part of the wonderful Green Connect team who help restore Glenworth Valley to its pristine, stunning condition after the festival.
Hayley Melrose facilitated a space where she enticed festival-goers to tap into their Mystic Super Powers, and Dare to Dream. Paradisians were able to let go of judgement and dance into the no-mind-zone, where the magic begins. She called in The Witches and Wizards, to co-create in the enchanting space and had everyone unleashing their raw, fierce and free inner-beings.
Our Boardi space expanded in 2017 with performers such as world class Yidaki (didge) plater Gumaroy Newman added to the bill. The truly special Welcome To Country saw elders walking ceremoniously from Shambhala Fields through the festival site, inviting people to join in the procession, smoking and cleansing as they went. The rest of the festival fell silent as an emotive Opening Ceremony took place on our magnificent main stage – Arcadia.
DEEP HOUSE YOGA
Deep House Yoga Project with Celtic duo Saoirse Connolly and Jen Stellard, was an intertwining of undisputed loves; the things that bring us a sense of freedom, empowerment & belonging: yoga & deep house yoga beats! To have the class complete with a special, surprise proposal as Saoirse’s now-fiance got down on one knee – was truly one of the most special moments we’ve had the blessing of experiences at Lost Paradise over the years. Darragh Byrne got down on one knee in front of the whole crowd at the Yoga Shala, and after Saoirse ecstatically accepted, everyone in the Shambhala Fields space jumped up, hugged & danced along with the happy couple to Florence & The Machine’s ‘You’ve got the love’.
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QUOTES & REVIEWS
“Lost Paradise was like a big backyard party that just spiralled out of control; in the best way possible. A beautiful setting, a lovely cool river to swim in (or to hold an unofficial mini rave, as the case turned out), an entire corner of the grounds devoted to yoga and meditation and relaxation, and barely a bright neon flashing alcohol sponsorship logo to be seen, it carried the casual and laidback vibe of a much smaller festival — while still attracting some of the country’s most exciting and beloved live acts.”
– HUFFINGTON POST
“Lost Paradise is an experience that extends far beyond anything that could be promoted, advertised, or even expected. Quirky, eccentric, and so utterly unique, the adventure Losties holds for one is no same adventure for another. The festival itself is split into various sections that altogether provide an immersive experience for individual, couple and even family. Not only does the festival offer a chance to see internationally loved artists along with Aussie grown favourites, but includes mind, body and soul activities for the enjoyment and healing of all attendees; young and old.”
– AUS MUSIC SCENE
“Lost Paradise is the nuanced, well-rounded, quiet achiever of Aussie festivals; big enough to deliver on the great acts, but small enough to still have an air of intimacy about it.”
– MTV TRAVEL
“Fancy welcoming in New Year amongst a bunch of friendly, live music and yoga loving revellers? Then Lost Paradise is for you. Over three days an 8000-strong crowd of families, wellness warriors, nature-lovers and hipsters descend on NSW’s picturesque Glenworth Valley to experience a festival like no other.”
“This is Lost Paradise’s third year and while that’s quite young in festival years, they keep proving they mean business. Their ethos extends past music too and the festival — held in Glenworth Valley (just an hour north of Sydney) — is built around a mix of art, yoga, performance and food. Because there’s nothing like a little yoga to dust off a festival hangover.”
– CONCRETE PLAYGROUND
“There are music festivals, then there is the mind-body-soul experience that is Lost Paradise.”
– TIME OUT
“If you’re the adventurous type, being amongst the spectacular Glenworth Valley is heaven! Have a kayak… experience the spiritual realm in the Shambala tent. Throughout the festival there is always something great going on…”
“Lost Paradise changed my life. I continually chase the feeling of community and friendliness it gives me. All my friends are sick of hearing me talk about it.”
– JACK MORRISON, LOST PARADISE TRIBE
“The thing that really makes this festival shine is without a doubt the sheer variety of acts in that world class lineup. Dense, ambitious, and not afraid to throw in a few curve balls, Lost Paradise is much more than your average doof, but a playground for all, no matter what your age or musical alignment.”
“You escape the city, the smog and traffic, and lose yourself in a forest for a weekend, to the soundtrack of cicadas and a bubbling creek and some of your favourite music. Lost Paradise is one of the more beautiful festivals currently on the calendar”
“Keep doing what you’re doing! Such an amazing, intimate festival. Felt like everyone there was one big family. Had a really amazing feel – everyone was supportive and comfortable and wanted each other to have a fabulous time.”
– JANICE MULLER, LOST PARADISE TRIBE
“Bars tucked away in the forest, spa treatments, and 7,000 beautiful humans partying to the world’s best musicians: Welcome to Lost Paradise, Australia’s answer to Coachella.”
“Lost Paradise is committed to giving punters a distinctly boutique experience, with an attendance of 8,000 punters, all getting lost in live music from some of the world’s most original musicians, food curated by Sydney’s top chefs, and more.”
“All the elements are spot on – location, audience, line-up and weather. Wonderful memories of an inspirational festival.”
– GREG WILSON
“I remember the first time I played this festival I went for a walk around and thought, ‘this is the kind of festival that if I wasn’t working at I’d go to’. Last year after I played I walked around out the front to see Motor City Drum Ensemble and my feelings were the same – I’d happily do it again…”
– TOUCH SENSITIVE
“Lost Paradise has been and will always be such a special festival experience for me. I’ve never felt such a tight community vibe like that from a festival before. From the punters, the music and the staff, everything was beyond expectation. I’ll definitely be back as a punter as soon as I can.”
– YOUNG FRANCO
“One of the most magical spots we’ve ever played in Oz and a night complimented by generous staff and hospitality that really looked after us. A show we’ll never forget”
– STICKY FINGERS
“Hidden in the stunning depths of Glenworth Valley on the Central Coast of NSW, revellers travel to a magical oasis built upon a unique mix of feasting, frolicking as well as famous local and international music acts.
“Do yourself a favour and make Lost Paradise your 2018 New Year’s resolution. There’s truly no other New Year’s Eve experience like it.”
“This is one of the best and most organised events I’ve attended (and I’ve been to a lot!) and whoever curated the masterclasses did a brilliant job of taking us out of our comfort zones. “
“….I love to dance, dress up boho-style and get out of the big smoke once in a while. Lost Paradise was all this and more – right on our doorstep.”
– Lisa Messenger, Editor-In-Chief, Collective Hub
“It’s fun, silly and beautiful, all at once, and hasn’t yet failed to serve up a good time.”
“Re-awaken your sense of wanderlust and adventure with the festival’s secret hideaways, glittering late night discos, and inspirational art and performance”
No1 NYE 2017/8 Event in the World – Buzzfeed
“Lost Paradise was a totally unique festival, nothing like it in Australia. Thank you to everyone who made it such a beautiful place.”
“Deep in enchanted bushlands it’s always a super diverse line up of DJs and acts playing to an audience down to dance all night. One of my favourite festies to play and attend. Topping off the year on a high note.”
-Shantan Wantan Ichiban
“I had such a good time at Lost Paradise! It’s one of the coolest festivals I’ve been to. I loved playing the Lost Disco stage, the atmosphere was wicked, the decoration was class and the lit up signs the crowd brought with them, added to it too.
After my set I went on the dancefloor with a few of my mates and saw the new year in listening to Jackmaster & Jasper James, was a memorable new year!”