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A 4-day celebration of conscious evolution where each one of us is a vital participant in this transformative gathering. We will be joined by evolutionary leaders, visionary activists, musicians, poets, scientists, and indigenous elders.


UPLIFT 2012 is an invitation for all of us to create a space which is pure and fresh, where the collective Heart Wisdom and Consciousness can reveal an entirely new paradigm. A paradigm beyond our concepts and wildest imaginations, through which our fundamental true nature of interconnectedness and oneness expresses itself in everything we do. Each one of us is a vital participant in this transformative gathering. To all our supporters, sponsors, collaborators, pioneers and visionaries, musicians and artists, the Byron Shire and to each and every one of you, we say thank you!

A Vehicle of Consciousness



More than a symposium, UPLIFT 2012 is a participatory event that celebrates our deep understanding that each of us is the change – it is within us, it connects us, and it begins now.

The end-date of the Maya calendar’s 5,125-year cycle on the December solstice of 2012 has become a major focal point for ideas about planetary change. While some may view this as a catastrophic end, fuelled by economic, social and environmental crisis, a unique opportunity exists to harness this global attention into an event that celebrates the essential unity of humanity, and of all life. UPLIFT 2012 is an event created to celebrate this rare moment and herald the birth of a new paradigm of consciousness. UPLIFT 2012 brings together some of the world’s most inspirational artists and innovative thinkers to explore, inquire, share and discover together our role in the creation of this new paradigm. The event includes perspectives from many disciplines including science, wellness, art, ecology, new economics, Indigenous culture and the wisdom of youth. UPLIFT 2012 is being broadcast to an international audience via live streaming and serves as one of the anchor hubs for the global event Birth 2012 (, which was founded by leading evolutionary Barbara Marx Hubbard, unites a massive global audience on 22nd December. Given that Byron Bay, Australia is one of the most eastern points in Western civilisation, it will be the first continent to welcome the light of this new chapter of global cooperation and co-creativity. We invite you to join us for this inspiring and unprecedented event from 20th - 23rd December 2012. Four days of inspiration, celebration and positive action.

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BIRTH 2012

“This is the greatest opportunity that humanity has ever consciously faced together: the effort to co-create a planetary shift in time to avert global catastrophe by helping humanity cross the gap from “Here”– our current breakdowns to “There”– our future of infinite possibility.”Barbara Marx Hubbard

“I have been a pioneer for many years, but coming to the UPLIFT Festival has awakened in me a deeper than ever sense of hope, expectation and joy. This feeling arises from the field of love being established in Byron Bay for our time together to birth ourselves and a co-creative humanity. It will be a privilege and pleasure to be there with so many other pioneering souls. It will be a global communion. My intuition is that Byron Shire will become one of the great centres for the emergence of our new planetary culture. For me, the invitation to present “Theater of our Birth”, and telling our new story from the origin of creation to the present and beyond is a fulfillment of my life’s dream. We are going to have a Live Birth together and I believe it will help “rewire the global brain.” With Love, Creativity and Oneness,

Barbara UPLIFT 2012 is honored to be recognised as the official Australian anchor for the global event Birth 2012, which will take place on December 22nd, and will unite millions of people across the world in a unprecedented celebration of peace and planetary co-creation. Birth 2012 was founded by evolutionary Barbara Marx Hubbard and is supported by a coalition of evolutionary leaders across the world as “Day One” of a new dawning for humanity. We are honored to host Barbara Marx Hubbard at UPLIFT 2012, where she will launch the Birth 2012 event.

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A WARM WELCOME FROM BYRON SHIRE MAYOR, SIMON RICHARDSON Byron Bay is both a place and an ideal. The place is a wonder of beaches and hinterland. The ideal of Byron Bay is that there is a place where people meet, elevate their spirits, celebrate community and aspire to develop a society that is sustainable, creative and innovative. An ideal that though we are many communities, we have one future. It is an ideal that sees an individual’s willingness to possess less, so collectively, we all may have more. This ideal has existed in Byron Bay from the dreamtime to modern time. It is in this Spirit, that on behalf of the people who love our place and live our ideal, I welcome everyone to UPLIFT and to Byron Shire. Simon Richardson, Mayor, Byron Shire

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BARBARA MARX HUBBARD UPLIFT Stage Thursday 2oth / 2.30pm - 6.00pm

Barbara Marx Hubbard has been called “the voice for conscious evolution of our time” by Deepak Chopra and is the subject of Neale Donald Walsch’s new book “The Mother of Invention.” A prolific author, visionary, social innovator, evolutionary thinker and educator, she is co-founder and chairperson of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. She is the producer and narrator of the award-winning documentary series entitled Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together and has recently partnered with The Shift Network as a global ambassador for the conscious evolution movement; a shift from evolution by chance towards evolution by choice. Along with Stephen Dinan, she has launched the “Agents of Conscious Evolution” training and is forming a global team to co-produce a global multi-media event entitled, “Birth 2012: CoCreating a Planetary Shift in Time” on Dec. 22, 2012 (www.birth2012. com). In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the Vice Presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket, calling for a “Peace Room” to scan for, map, connect and communicate what is working in America and the world.




UPLIFT Stage Friday 21st / 11.30am - 1.00pm

UPLIFT Stage Friday 21st / 4.30pm - 6.00pm

UPLIFT Stage Saturday 22nd / 2.30pm - 4.00pm

Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is an internationally recognised leader in bridging science and spirit. Stem cell biologist, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief and recipient of the 2009 Goi Peace Award, he has been a guest speaker on hundreds of TV and radio shows, as well as keynote presenter for national and international conferences. Dr. Lipton began his scientific career as a cell biologist. He received his Ph.D. Degree from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville before joining the Department of Anatomy at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine in 1973. Dr. Lipton’s research on muscular dystrophy, studies employing cloned human stem cells, focused upon the molecular mechanisms controlling cell behavior. An experimental tissue transplantation technique developed by Dr. Lipton and colleague Dr. Ed Schultz and published in the journal Science was subsequently employed as a novel form of human genetic engineering. Dr. Lipton has taken his awardwinning medical school lectures to the public and is currently a sought after keynote speaker and workshop presenter. He lectures to conventional and complementary medical professionals and lay audiences about leading-edge science and how it dovetails with mind-body medicine and spiritual principles. He is regarded as one of the leading voices of the new biology.

Dr Hunter Adams, also know as ‘Patch’, is a nationally known speaker on wellness, laughter, and humour as well as on health care and health care systems. He approaches the issues of personal, community, and global health with “zestful exuberance,” according to Time magazine. He believes that “the most revolutionary act one can commit in our world is to be happy.” Patch Adams believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process and therefore true health care must incorporate such life. Doctors and patients in his model relate to each other on the basis of mutual trust, and patients receive plenty of time from their doctors. If you think that all sounds like a utopian impossibility, it isn’t. Patch Adams and his colleagues practiced medicine at the Gesundheit Institute together in West Virgina that way for 12 years in what he calls their “pilot project.” They saw 15,000 patients. Dr Patch Adams has devoted his life to the study of what makes people happy, and adds to his training as a physician, his experience as a street clown. In working with health and mental health professionals, he explores the relationship between humor and therapy using his unique blend of knowledge, showmanship and “hands on” teaching techniques. Says Dr. Adams, “I interpret my experience in life as being happy. I want, as a doctor, to say it does matter to your health to be happy. It may be the most important health factor in your life.”

Paul Stamets (Mycologist) has been a dedicated mycologist for over thirty years, and has discovered and coauthored four new species of mushrooms, and pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation. Paul’s talk at on how mushrooms can help save the world has been seen by more than a million viewers and has been rated in the top 10 of all TED talks amongst the more than 1000 posted on-line. His TEDMED talk from October 2011, presented in front of nearly 800 doctors and medical thought leaders has also received widespread acclaim. In 2008, Paul received the National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s Green-Novator and the Argosy Foundation’s E-chievement Awards. He was also named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in 2008. Paul has written six books on mushroom cultivation, use and identification.

UNCLE Lewis Walker UPLIFT Stage Thursday 20th / 10.00am - 11.30am

Uncle Lewis Walker is a Githabul Bundjalung Man. He is a traditional warrior, artist, language holder, story teller, dancer, didgeridoo player, song man and an inspiration to many far and wide. He is a talented (Aboriginal) Goori performer and is highly regarded in the local community as a unifying force between separated peoples. 6

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UPLIFT Stage Friday 21st / 10.00pm - 10.15pm Saturday 22nd / 10.00am - 11.30am Visionary Room Saturday 22nd / 2.30pm-4.00pm

Jonathan Goldman is a writer, musician and teacher. He is an authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the filed of harmonics. He has studied with masters in sound from both the scientific and spiritual traditions, including the Dalai Lama’s Chanting Gyuto and Gyume Monks and has been empowered by the Chant Master of the Drepung Loseling Monastery to teach Tibetan Overtone Chanting. He is a lecturing member of the International Society for Music and Medicine and has written many books and music recordings including “The Divine Name: The Sound That Can Change the World”, winner of the 2011 Visionary Award for “Best Healing Book” and the music album “Chakra Chants”, which won the 1999 Visionary Awards for “Best HealingMeditation Album”.

UPLIFT Stage Friday 21st / 2.30pm - 3.45pm

UPLIFT Stage Friday 21st / 10.00am - 11.00am

UPLIFT Stage Friday 21st / 9.30pm - 10.00pm

Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim is a world-renowned spiritual leader and keeper of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony, which she revived after 150 years. She is the oldest living female elder of the Rogue River Indians from Oregon USA and is considered a “living legend” by her tribe. She is the chairwoman of the 13 Indigenous Grandmother Council and has traveled the world speaking at many international conventions and spiritual gatherings. She is an active environmentalist and true ambassador for our Mother Earth.

James F. Twyman is the best-selling author of ten books, including Emissary of Light and The Art of Spiritual Peacemaking. He’s also an internationally renowned “Peace Troubadour” who has the reputation for drawing millions of people together in prayer to positively influence crises throughout the world. He has been invited by leaders of countries such as Iraq, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia to perform The Peace Concert—often while conflicts raged in those areas; and he has performed at the United Nations, the Pentagon, and more. James is also the director of Indigo Evolution and the documentary The Moses Code.

Kirk Nugent made his introduction to the world as a Spoken Word Artist, using his writing abilities and the microphone to convey messages of empowerment. Affecting analytical thinking towards change, he eloquently moves his audience away from the mundane towards the magnificent. “I believe that we were all born with greatness and that we are already perfect just the way we are. I want to inspire my audiences to love everything about themselves, and raise my audience to a place of unconditional love so that they see the world through loving eyes.”

Pauline Tangiora



UPLIFT Stage Saturday 22nd / 11.45am - 1.00pm Evolutionary Room Sunday 23rd / 12.00pm-1.30pm

UPLIFT Stage Sunday 23rd / 11.30am - 1.00pm

UPLIFT Stage Friday 21st / 2.30pm - 3.45pm

UNCLE BOB RANDALL UPLIFT Stage Thursday 20th / 10.00am - 11.30am Friday 21st / 4.00pm - 4.30pm

Bob Randall is a Yankunytjatjara Elder and a traditional owner of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Throughout his life, Bob has worked as a teacher and leader for Aboriginal land rights, education, community development and cultural awareness.

Pauline Tangiora is a Maori elder from the Rongomaiwahine Tribe on the East Coast of the North Island of Aotearoa (New Zealand). She is currently the vice-president of Womens International League for Peace & Freedom, former representative for the World Council for Indigenous Peoples, a member of the Earth Council and an Earth Charter commissioner. She is a life member of the Maori Women’s Welfare League, and a committee member of Rigoberta Menchu Tum Nobel Laureate Indigenous Initiative for Peace. In 2005 she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 Women for Peace project.

Born in Vienna, Reinhard studied at the Vienna Music Academy, for many years with master drummers of all continents, studying drums and percussion. In 1970 he founded the TaKeTiNa rhythm pedagogy. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Society for Music in Medicine. Teaming up with leading physicians and scientists, Flatischler publishes research results about the effects of the TaKeTiNa rhythm process. His CDs are among the best sellers of percussion music and have, as well as his four books, won international awards.

Xiuhtezcatl, from Boulder Colorado, came into the world through the Aztec culture on his fathers side, and an environmental activist on his mothers side. He was given his name at six weeks old, which was chosen by the Aztec elders of Mexico based on the cosmology of the Aztec calendar in the Black Hills of South Dakota by elders Arvol Looking Horse and Xolotl Martinez. He grew up participating in ceremonies and learning to respect the Earth and all life upon it. His deep connection with the Earth inspired him to be public speaker at young age.

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DEVA PREMAL AND MITEN UPLIFT Stage Friday 21st / 8.00pm-9.30pm Visionary Room Saturday 22nd / 9.00am-10.00am

Deva Premal & Miten’s worldwide concerts and best-selling albums have introduced millions of Westerners to the joy and deep relaxation found in spiritually based songs and chanting mantras from the Eastern meditation traditions. Deva’s debut album The Essence, which rocketed to the top of New Age charts around the world when it was released in 1998, introduced a unique musical genre, offering the ancient mantras of India and Tibet in contemporary musical settings. Since then, with a string of acclaimed CD releases, their concerts have moved from yoga studios to audiences of thousands in concert halls, cathedrals and music festivals around the planet.



UPLIFT Stage Saturday 22nd / 8.45pm-10.00pm

UPLIFT Stage Thur 2oth / 9.30pm-11.00pm

Shye Ben-Tzur is an acclaimed Israeli composer, producer and performer based in North India for the past decade, playing Rajasthani rhythms with Western sounds. After attending a concert in Israel by the Indian classical musicians Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Zakir Hussain, he became interested in Indian music, which brought him into contact with Qawwali, a form of ecstatic Muslim devotional music. He went to Ajmer in India, Rajasthan’s most important Sufi shrine, where he trained and collaborated with the qawwali musicians of Ajmer.

Didgeridu (yidaki) master, Ganga Giri is excited to present a first time collaborative journey at UPLIFT 2012, featuring a host of well known guest artists from the Byron Shire and beyond. The journey will combine downtempo beats with sacred soundscapes, weaving vocals, conscious hip hop and traditional and contemporary aboriginal dance, to create a mystical musical experience. Special guests include singer Deya Dova, master percussionist Yeshe, and many others. Influenced by many varied genres, including East Indian Tabla and African percussion, he has married indigenous Australian and world music with modern dance beats. Ganga Giri has gained the respect of Aboriginal didgeridu (yidaki) players for his unique approach to didgeridu playing. Deeply inspired by the sacredness of Australia’s land and how that feeling can be expressed through the didjeridu, he has become an ambassador for his country, offering his world-wide audience a reflection of contemporary multicultural Australia.

FUTURE SOUND OF YOGA Evolutionary Room Friday 21st / 10.30am-11.30am UPLIFT Stage Saturday 22nd / 4.00pm-4.30pm

The Future Sound of Yoga is the creation of Angel and Matt Singmin – two music passionate yogis that met by chance in the dance tent at Glastonbury. The project fused together their shared passion for movement and cutting edge music. The experience struck a chord with yoga + music lovers alike, providing an alternative night out experience where people could move, dance and self-express. Since then they have toured extensively around Australia and the globe, performing at both music festivals and the major yoga festivals On the international stage, they have been featured at the Bali Spirit Festival, the Hawaii Spirit Festival and the Hong Kong Asia Yoga Conference, as well as in London where they held a weekly Saturday night residency at the Life Centre through the summer of 2011.

KIRTANA UPLIFT Stage Friday 21st / 10.15pm-11.00pm

DOONYA COLLECTIVE UPLIFT Stage Thur 2oth / 8.00pm-9.00pm

Blending traditional middle eastern instruments, original klezmer melodies and gypsy balkan feel with contemporary beats, The Doonya Collective creates a fresh, exciting and musically rich experience. One that will transport you from Australia to the Middle East via the Celtic world and back. The line up features some of Australia and Israel’s most sublime musicians.

Kirtana is an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter who has been labeled as a ‘Rumi of our times’ for her inspiring lyrics and exquisite musical compositions. In her own words, Kirtana describes her music and her purpose for sharing it is to “celebrate divine love and the truth of who we are”. Her music is used by noted authors and workshop leaders in their intensives, healing seminars and satsangs around the world. Kirtana has just released her latest, her seventh album, Unseen Grace.

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A R T I S T S & musicians





UPLIFT Stage Thursday 2oth / 9.00pm-9.30pm Friday 21st / 11.00am-11.30am

UPLIFT Stage Thursday 20th / 4.00pm-6.00pm

UPLIFT Stage Thursday 20th / 4.00pm-6.00pm

UPLIFT Stage Saturday 22nd / 8.00pm-8.45pm

Patrick Thaiday has been one of the leading dancers in the internationally acclaimed indigenous dance company Bangarra. Patrick has won numerous awards including Dancer of the Year (Deadly Awards), Best Male Dancer (Green Room Awards) and Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer (Australian Dance Awards). He has toured internationally with Bangarra plus danced with the Australian Ballet at their 50th anniversary celebrations.

Yantra de Vilder is inspired by global interaction that involves creative collaborations between people from different cultures. An award winning composer, she has spent the last few years composing music for the BBC on a wide range of international projects. Recently she completed a sell out tour with David Helfgott. Her latest project, Latitude 33 has played to sold out audiences and is a spectacular performance involving dance, film, and music featuring Patrick Thaiday from Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Kerrianne Cox is an award-winning, independent Original Sovereign performing artist of Australia. A troubadour in the feminine form and a leader of her community, Kerrianne is actively seeking a better vision for the future of the First Peoples of this vast land, and ultimately a vision that includes everyone. Her music celebrates the spiritual depths of her culture and the struggles of the First People’s road to empowerment.

Visionary Room Sunday 23rd / 12.00pm -1.30pm

Luka Lesson is the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion. He has taught Indigenous Studies at Monash University for the past two years and holds a first class honors degree in the same field. Luka has performed features at the famous Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe in New York City in both 2011 and 2012. His work transgresses boundaries of culture, politics, love and universal truths and his powerful performances match his rare ability to articulate the depth of human emotion.







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jeremy roske


UPLIFT Stage Saturday 22nd / 10.00pm-11.00pm

Village Cafe Stage Friday 21st / 6.30pm-7.30pm

Village Cafe Stage Thursday 2oth / 6.30pm-7.30pm

UPLIFT Stage Saturday 22nd / 8.30am-10.00am

Sacred Earth is the creation of Jethro & Prem Williams. Prem shares with us her heart felt devotion for Spirit and our precious Mother Earth through mantra and songs from the heart and is supported by husband Jethro, who plays an array of instruments from around the world including shakuhachi (Japanese flute), Indian bansuri, Irish tin & low whistles, and acoustic guitar. Their music is used extensively throughout the world in the massage, yoga, mediation, healing, spa & film industries to evoke a feeling of well-being, peace, and ambience.

Be inspired by the powerfully tender performance of this esteemed songwriter. Multi-instrumentalist Murray Kyle has emerged as a highly respected musician in the Australian roots music scene, and is based in the tiny town of Uki in Northern NSW, a creative epicentre of lush valleys and mountains. His music honours the connection we all share as humanity, carrying a conscious message for these changing times and inspiring joy and positive awareness into the listener.

Jeremy Roske is a poet, singer/ songwriter, actor and youth leader who has travelled the world for over two decades, igniting the fire of inspiration and expression in the hearts of thousands. In 2005 Jeremy organized and spearheaded the Voice of Youth tour which traveled to India and New Zealand, performing concerts and giving workshops focused on youth empowerment through creative expression, weaving together performing arts and social activism to serve global awakening.

In a Healing Soundshower, Tibetan bowls, chimes, flutes, overtone Singing and soundscapes create a deeply transformational journey. Different instruments are sounded around the room and sometimes placed physically on the body of participants. Flutes and voice are used to create the musical elements of the journey while overtones charge the brain and energize the body. Founder Avishai Barnatan, a multi instrumentalist producer and sound therapist, plays a variety of exotic Middle Eastern wind instruments.





UPLIFT Stage Friday 21st / 8.30am-10.00am

UPLIFT Stage Sunday 23rd / 2.30pm-3.45pm

Village Cafe Stage Saturday 22nd / 1.15pm-2.15pm

UPLIFT Stage Sunday 23rd / 11.00am-11.30am

Healing Hertz is an organic vibrational experience co-created by Anna Gatsios & Stephen Syms, sparked by their individual healing journeys with cancer over 10 years ago. Sound and other forms of frequency healing have since become their passion and still is a significant part of their wellness program. This is not sweet music for the ears, but a deep immersion of the whole body, with the potency to still the mind, promote emotional, physical, and spiritual transformation.

Voice of Youth is an intergenerational, multi-cultural group with the youngest performer only 9 years old Itzcuauhtli Roske-Martinez, brother of Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. They have travelled extensively in the US and other countries, sharing their message through their performance and pure commitment to building a sustainable, healthy, and just world. Their message-driven performances and workshops bring the message of love and hope, educating and inspiring other youth and adults to take positive action towards creating a better world for themselves, their communities, and future generations.

From the glacial waters of the Holy Ganges in India, the writing of 13th century Persian mystics, to the ancient Earth worship ceremonies of the British Isles, Vesica Pisces draw influence from around the globe, breaking down genre barriers whilst adding a cinematic fringe folk pop sensibility. Weaving eastern tinged guitar, gypsy-inspired orchestral strings, exotic traditional percussion with upright bass, electro flavourings and soundscapes with soaring vocals, Vesica Pisces are a unique experience sure to bring you to your knees in reverence, raise your arms in remembrance, and reaffirm your faith in the power and beauty of human expression.

The Curly Cousins – also known as Rochelle Wright, Mandy Morris, and Laurel Cohn – have a combined wealth of experience as performers and recording artists in various bands and theatre companies over the past 20 years, and have worked in the early childhood music sector as teachers and performers since 2002. Guided by a desire to encourage the creative spirit in children, the Curly Cousins capture the imagination of everyone who is young at heart. Experience the Curly Magic!

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Visionary Room Thursday 2oth / 11.00am-12.00pm

The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization, giving multinational banks and business ever more freedom and power. At the same time, there is a worldwide grassroots resistance to those policies – and, far from the old institutions of power, people are starting to create a very different future. They are coming together to re-build community, more human scale and ecological local economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of happiness.


Visionary Room Frisday 21st / 10 .30am-12.00pm

Professor Marc Cohen is the Programme Leader for the Master of Wellness Programme, and a core member of the RMIT University Health Innovations Research Institute. Professor Cohen is one of Australia’s pioneers of integrative and holistic medicine and has made significant impacts on education, research, clinical practice and policy. He is a registered medical practitioner with degrees in western medicine, physiology, and psychological medicine along with PhD’s in Chinese medicine and biomedical engineering.

Sandra De Castro Buffington Visionary Room Friday 21st / 5.45pm-7.00pm

Sandra is a catalyst for the future of entertainment, evolutionary leadership, and social transformation. Focusing on “what’s working” in Hollywood, she leverages the power of conscious storytelling to transform lives. Her success at inspiring health and climate-related storylines resulted in more than 550 aired storylines across 91 shows from 35 networks, over the span of three years. She is leveraging her work with Hollywood to establish a global network of centres for conscious entertainment in LA (Hollywood), India (Bollywood) and Nigeria (Nollywood).

JOHN SEED Visionary Room Thursday 2oth / 12.30pm-1.30pm

John Seed is founder and president of the Rainforest Information Centre. Since 1979 he has been involved in the protection of the Australian rainforests. In 1995 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to conservation and the environment. In 2003 he spearheaded the Rainforest Information Centre’s endangered species campaign and made the film “On The Brink” with David Attenborough, David Suzuki, Olivia Newton-John and Jack Thompson.

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workshop P R E S E N T E R S


Ihab Balha


Arne Rubenstein

UPLIFT Stage Thursday 20th / 11:30am to 12:30pm

Visionary Room Saturday 22nd / 12.00pm-1.30pm

Visionary Room Sunday 23rd / 10:30am-12.00pm

Over the last 20 years Tim has worked in sustainability in various capacities: as a hands-on contractor within the reforestation industry, organic farmer, designer and consultant. He founded a sustainability education center and developed PatternDynamics™ as a method of understanding natural systems and for leveraging those understandings in managing complexity. Translating natural patterns into sustainability tools is his life’s work and overriding passion.

Dr Arne Rubinstein is an expert on adolescent development and Rites of Passage who delivers highly valuable and inspriting presentations about the transition from ‘boy to young man’. In doing so he has helped thousands of fathers and sons to forge strong and healthy relationships for life. Currently, Dr Rubinstein is the CEO of The Australian Rites of Passage Institute, an enterprise set up to support young Australians to reach their full potential by creating strong and supportive family and community relationships through teaching life skills and facilitating a Rite of Passage.





UPLIFT Stage Thursday 20th / 9.30am-11.00am

Visionary Room Saturday 22nd/ 4.30pm- 6.00pm

Visionary Room Sunday 23th / 9.00am-10.00am

Visionary Room Thursday 2oth / 2.30pm-4.00pm

Psychic healer Carlos Palada has been travelling around the world teaching, healing and facilitating hundreds of workshops since 1997. As a descendant of the Maya, he carries the traditions and ceremonies of the Mayan people. He has worked extensively throughout Asia, Europe, South America and Australia seeing more than 20,000 people individually and in his channelled workshops around the world.

Dr Sharad P. Paul practices and teaches cutaneous oncology, develops innovative skin care products and is a Senior Lecturer in Skin Cancer/ Surgery at the Universities of Queensland and Auckland. In 2008, TIME magazine called him ‘open heart surgeon’. Sharad was named ‘renaissance Man’ by Canvas magazine and ‘polymath’ by GOOD magazine – as he runs literacy programmes for disadvantaged children and is a writer.

Dr. Rosalba Courtney ND, DO, and Ph.D, is an Osteopath, Naturopath and authority on Breathing Therapy. For over 35 years, she has been committed to combining the best of modern scientific knowledge with traditional wisdom. She has published many research papers on breathing therapy and has written extensively on complementary medicine and holistic healing. She is one of the authors of the classic Natural Health and Healing for Children. Her workshops for children “Healthy Breathing Healthy Child” teach children with asthma and other breathing problems how to breathe correctly.

Jonathan Quintin is a multi-media artist and cosmologist, born and raised in New Zealand. He has spent over 30 years in the investigation and application of sacred geometry and presents his work internationally. As an artist, sacred geometry provides him an unlimited source of material for artistic expression; as a cosmologist, it provides him with precious tools for exploring universal order. The purpose of Jonathan’s art is to provide various modalities that help attune human consciousness to the harmony of universal order.

“El Wadud” – The Ever-Loving A scholar of religions, Ihab has been investigating Islam and Sufism in particular, for many years. Ihab has dedicated his life to bring peace between people, and in oneself. He is a professionally qualified co-existence leader with more than 15 years of experience, and one of the leading figures in Israel - Palestine peacemaking. In his being he inspires to make a bridge between hearts, and to love more and more.

Visionary Room Sunday 23rd / 2.30pm-4.00pm

Katharine and Makasha Roske have been engaged in innovative education and international youth work for more than 35 years. They have been instrumental in the founding of a number of alternative schools. In 1995 they co-facilitated the Children’s Torch of Hope Tour across America – a five- month journey which took them to 29 states and into Mexico City, where young people performed and engaged in youth activism regarding human rights for children, environmental issues and building a culture of peace. Katharine is coauthor of The Co-Creator’s Handbook.

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UPLIFT Stage / Main Auditorium Thursday 20th DecEMBER


9.30am - 11.00am Welcome to Country

8.30am - 10.00am Soundshower Avishai Barnatan & Ben Last

Opening ceremony with local and guest international Indigenous elders

11.30am - 1.00pm

Sufi Zikr dance with Deva & Miten & Ihab Balha

1.00pm - 2.30pm LUNCH 1.15pm - 2.15pm

Vesica Pisces village cafe stage

2.30pm - 4.00pm Barbara Marx Hubbard presents

The Theatre of Our Birth

4.00pm - 6.00pm Wheel of Co-Creation Workshop

with Barbara Marx Hubbard

6.00pm - 6.30pm Community Sharing Circle 6.30pm - 8.00pm DINNE R

10.00am - 11.30am Jonathan Goldman - Sound Healing 11.45am - 1.00pm

1.00pm - 2.30pm LUNCH 1.15pm - 2.15pm

EVENING MUSIC CONCE RT 8.00pm - 9.00pm Doonya featuring members

of Sheva & Ali Baba

9.00pm - 9.30pm Luka Lesson 9.30pm - 11.00pm Ganga Giri Dub Experience


Vesica Pisces village cafe stage

2.30pm - 4.00pm Paul Stamets - Solutions from the Underground 4.00pm - 4.30pm Future Sound of Yoga 4.30pm - 6.00pm Spontaneous Evolution Panel

with special guests

6.00pm - 6.30pm Community Sharing Circle 6.30pm - 8.00pm DINNE R

6.30pm - 7.30pm Jeremy Roske

Songs from the Heart - village cafe stage

Reinhard Flatischler presents TaKeTiNa

EVENING MUSIC CONCE RT 8.00pm - 8.45pm Kerrianne Cox 8.45pm - 10.00pm Shye Ben Tzur 10.00pm - 11.00pm Sacred Earth

SUNDAY 23RD DecEMBER 9.30am - 11.00am Wisdom from the Elders and Youth 11.00am - 11.30am Curly Cousins

8.30pm - 10.00am Healing Hertz Gong Shower

11.30am - 1.00pm

10.00pm - 11.00am James Twyman - Global Peace Troubadour

1.00pm - 2.30pm LUNCH

11.00am - 11.30am Luka Lesson - Peotry in Motion

2.30pm - 3.45pm Youth Music Showcase featuring a host

sound healing and meditation

11.30am - 1.00pm

Bruce Lipton - Biology of Belief

1.00pm - 2.30pm LUNCH 1.15pm - 2.15pm

Jeremy Roske songs from the heart - village cafe stage Agnus Baker Pilgrim shares stories from

Xiuhtezcatel Martinez 12 year old Youth Leader

of local talent.

4.00pm - 4.30pm Kids Parade arrives at Main Stage 4.30pm - 6.00pm We are the One - Embracing the new paradigm 6.00pm - 7.30pm DINNE R 7.30pm - 9.00pm

Closing Celebration

2.30pm - 3.45pm the 13 indigenous Grandmother Council 4.00pm - 4.30pm Uncle Bob Randall shares Kanyini 4.30pm - 6.00pm Patch Adams - Wellness and Humour 6.00pm - 6.30pm Community Sharing Circle 6.30pm - 8.00pm DINNE R 6.30pm - 7.30pm Murray Kyle village cafe stage

EVENING MUSIC CONCE RT 8.00pm - 9.30pm Deva Premal & Miten 9.30pm - 10.00pm Kirk Nugent 10.00pm - 10.15pm Jonathan Goldman launches the

24 hour Global Chant

10.15pm - 11.00pm Kirtana

For ticket pricing information, see page 27 Programme is subject to change.


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UPLIFT Visionary Room

UPLIFT Evolutionary Room

Thursday 20th DecEMBER

Thursday 20th DecEMBER

11.00am - 12.00pm Helena Norberg-Hodge

12.00pm - 1.30pm

Geash Bowler 5 Rhythms

1.30pm - 2.30pm


2.30pm - 3.30pm

Natasha Hain Aum Meditation

4.00pm - 5.30pm

Ora Balha Sufi Whirling workshop

6.00pm - 7.00pm

Yin Yoga Session

The Economics of Happiness

12.30pm - 1.30pm

John Seed Deep Ecology

1.30pm - 2.30pm


2.30pm - 4.00pm

Jonathan Quintin The Power of Sacred Geometry

4.30pm - 6.00pm

Sobey Wing Ritual Redefined

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Byron Film Festival presents: The Conscious Cinema Sessions

FRIDAY 21st DecEMBER 9.00am - 10.00am Greg Lahood Collaboration for Life 10:30am - 12.00pm DIALOGUE: Marc Cohen, Patch Adams, Robin

FRIDAY 21st DecEMBER 9.00am - 10.00am Yoga Session 10.30am - 11.30am

Future Sound of Yoga

12.00pm - 1.30pm

Leyolah Antara Kundalini Dance

1.30pm - 2.30pm

LUNCH Geash Bowler 5 Rhythms

Youngson, and Paul Stamets Journey to Wellness

3.00pm - 4.00pm

12:30pm - 1.30pm

Dan Schreiber Plan Plant Planet

4.30pm - 5.30pm

Spontaneous Evolution Creative Emergence

1.30pm - 2:30pm


6.00pm - 7.00pm

Si Mullumby Dream Drone

2:30pm - 3.30pm

Lily Thomas - AIMA Oneness and the Importance of Spirituality in Medicine

Saturday 22nd DecEMBER

4.00pm - 5.30pm

DIALOGUE James Twyman, Helena Norberg Hodge, Bruce Lipton, Ihab Balha, Grandmother Pauline and more Sustainable Peace

5.45pm - 7.00pm

Sandra De Castro Buffington The New Mythology through film

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Byron Film Festival presents: The Conscious Cinema Sessions

8.30am - 9.30am

10.00am - 10.00pm All day Sacred Chants and Kirtan:

In dedication to the 24hour Global Chant - featuring local and international special guest musicians, including: Sacred Earth, Lucknow Sankirtan, Enchanted, Tarshito & friends, Hare Krishna ensemble, Kundalini Yoga ensemble

Saturday 22nd DecEMBER 9.00am - 10.00am Deva Premal and Miten Voice Celebrations

Yoga with live music


10.30am - 11.30am

Rak Razam The Universe Makes Diamonds

8.30am - 9.30am

Tim Winton Pattern Dynamics the language of human evolution

Yoga Session

12.00pm - 1.30pm

10.00am - 11.30am

1.30pm - 2.30pm


Alima Annaliese Prayer & Basket Weaving workshop

12.00pm - 1.30pm

2.30pm - 4.00pm

Jonathan Goldman and Andi Goldman Sound Healing Immersive

Reinhard Flatischler Ta Ke Ti Na

1.30pm - 2.30pm


2.30pm - 4.00pm

Stephen McInnes Tribal Dance

4.30pm - 6.00pm

8.00pm - 11.00pm

DIALOGUE: Sandra De Castro Buffington, Kirk Nugent, Luka Lesson, Dr Sharad Paul and more Telling our New Stories Byron Film Festival presents: The Conscious Cinema Sessions

SUNDAY 23rd DecEMBER 9.00am - 10.00am Rosalba Belford The healthy child 10:30am - 12.00pm Arne Rubenstein Rites of Passage 12.00pm - 1.30pm

Luka Lesson & Kirk Nugent Poetry in Motion

1.30pm - 2.30pm


2.30pm - 4.00pm

Makasha and Katherine Roske Co-creating Community

4.30pm - 5.30pm

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Keynote Presentations: UPLIFT Stage (Main Auditorium) Barbara Marx Hubbard presents: The Theater of our Birth Thursday 20th December 2:30pm-6:00pm A dramatic “Planetary Birth Ritual” celebrates the New Story of Creation and our emergence toward the next era of evolution. Created and narrated by Barbara Marx Hubbard, the Theater will have its premiere performance and will be live streamed from UPLIFT. It will be replayed globally from Los Angeles on our planetary Birthday, 22nd December. The Theater of Our Birth initiates “Three Days of Love,” a collective commitment to help rewire our “global brain” with signals of love and creativity. The Theater will be followed by an interactive experience: “Joining Together to Co-create”. As we converge our creative gifts in “vocational dating” we foster the fulfillment of our greater potential through collaborative action.

James Twyman presents: It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I feel fine)

Anges Baker Pilgrim and Pauline Tangiora present: Stories from the 13 Indigenous Grandmother Council Friday 21st December 2:30pm-3:45pm The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers are a group of indigenous women elders, known as the revered “wisdom keepers” of their ancient cultures. Coming from as far as Nepal, Alaska, Tibet, Brazil and Africa, they act as protectors of their tribal lands, mother tongues, and traditional medicines. Having worked with world leaders such as the Dalai Lama, their wisdom, insight, and vision has touched thousands. As they travel the world together, the 13 Grandmothers have become a source of great inspiration and healing, reminding us of deep spiritual truths and calling our attention to what is most important. Join Grandma Agnes, the chairwomen of the 13 Grandmother Council, and Grandma Pauline as they share the ancient wisdom that the 13 Grandmothers bring at this critical time. They will share stories of the visions, dreams, sacred rituals and ceremony and how we all play a pivotal role in healing Mother Earth for next seven generations to come.

Friday 21st December 10:00am-11:00am 2012 marks the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. For some this is a terrifying idea, but for others it means we are finally able to create the world we have always imagined. Is it possible that we’re on the verge of a new Renaissance, and that our lives are the canvass upon which we’ll create this masterpiece? In this presentation, New York Times bestselling author and Peace Troubadour James Twyman will use music and stories to show how important you are in this awakening. Each one of us has an important role to play, but it always begins with your willingness to say YES!

Bruce Lipton presents: The Biology of Belief: The Science of Personal and Global Transformation Friday 21st December 10:30am-1:00pm We are in the midst of an incredible evolutionary event. Leading edge science is shattering old myths and rewriting the fundamental beliefs of human civilization. Cell biologist and bestselling author, Bruce H. Lipton offers a “new” biology that takes us beyond economic collapse, climate change and religious extremes to reveal that such chaos is a natural step in an unfolding process, rather than the tragic end to a broken planet. A revolution in science provides new awareness that will help us navigate this turbulent period in our planet’s history and reveals how each of us can actively participate in this global evolutionary shift. The Biology of Belief is a journey that takes you into the world under a microscope, through the history of evolution and into the subtle realms of your own consciousness. Frontier science illuminates the hidden connections among biology, psychology, spirituality and our imminent evolutionary upheaval. This dynamic presentation on how consciousness interfaces biology reveals how our thoughts, attitudes and beliefs create the conditions of our body and our place in the world. Rich in detail, yet accessible to the layperson, Bruce’s multi-media presentation offers new awareness that can facilitate our evolution from passive victims to responsible co-creators, while offering the opportunity to heal ourselves and the planet.


Jonathan Goldman presents: FREQUENCY SHIFTING: Sound for Healing & Transformation Saturday 22nd December 10:00am-11:30am As we move into higher levels of awakening to this next level of our evolution, the use of sound to heal and transform may the greatest tool for acceleration that is available. Discover the power of Frequency Shifting through Sound with internationally-acclaimed chant master Jonathan Goldman. Explore the scientific and spiritual basis of using sound for healing and transformation and find out how your own self-created sounds can enhance your health and wellness. Learn how sound can: energize and balance our brain, increase our immune system, tune our nervous system, resonate our DNA and cellular structure, enhance relaxation, reduce stress and heighten our consciousness. Sound can even be used to help us interact and interface with the Gaia Consciousness. This presentation includes group exercises, sound healing techniques, extraordinary visual images, award-winning healing music and cutting-edge scientific and spiritual information. Through this teaching, Jonathan Goldman awakens the amazing power of Sound in us all!

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Reinhard Flatischler presents: TaKeTiNa - Rhythm for Evolution Inner peace through rhythm Saturday 22nd December 11:45am-1:00pm Reinhard Flatischler, world-renowned Austrian percussionist, composer and founder of the TaKeTiNa pocess invites you on a journey into the world of rhythm, together with famous Australian composer and drummer Tania Bosak. Live music, practical experiences and a multimedia presentations will provide an intense and direct encounter with rhythm - life’s primal force. Let the most updated results of rhythm research show you how profound TaKeTiNa is able to effect your nervous system. Discover the potential of TaKeTiNa to connect your with inner stillness, creativity and a deep state of inner peace.

Paul Stamets presents:

Solutions from the Underground: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World Saturday 22nd December 2.30pm-4:00pm

sustainability and better health. Paul Stamets will discuss the evolution of mushrooms in ecosystems and how fungi can help heal the environment and its inhabitants. Paul’s work with mycelium shows how these largely untapped organisms can replace chemical insecticides; be a reservoir for new medicines, break down toxic wastes, including petroleum-based products such as diesel, dioxins, and numerous other toxins into non-toxic forms. Farmers, gardeners, green architects and ecological designers, can all use these emerging mycotechnologies.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Presents: EARTH GUARDIANS Sunday 23rd December 11:30am-1:00pm Twelve year old Xiuhtezcatl is the youth voice for the Earth Guardians, a non-profit environmental youth group, based in Colorado USA. A dynamic and passionate speaker he will share stories from his journey as a youth activist, from mobilizing rallies and events, to inspiring youth across the world. Xiuhtezcatl inspires youth and adults alike, encouraging people everywhere to become more aware and educated, and to work together to face the threats to our environment and our future.

Fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer some powerful, practical solutions to many of the forces of environmental degradation facing the biosphere. The central premise is that habitats have immune systems, just like people, and our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings that lead to greater

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World Premiere - Barbara Marx Hubbard presents “The Theatre of our Birth.”

2:30PM – 4:00PM Barbara Marx Hubbard takes us on an audio visual journey through the story of creation, from the Big Bang to this current turning point in history. Using live narration combined with stunning video and lighting effects, modern dancers and live music, Barbara will present her life work in a special world premiere, a 2-hour sacred theatre presentation which will be streamed to a live, global audience.

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Jonathan Goldman launches the 24 hour Global Chant.

10:00pm – 10:15PM The Mayans and many other indigenous people prophesised tremendous shifts and changes for our evolutionary development at the momentous time of the December Solstice, 2012. Take part in one of the most extraordinary events of our time designed to interface and interact with these vibratory shifts. Join us on 21st December as we resonate with the energies of the Winter Solstice of 2012 through sound, prayer and meditation! Jonathan Goldman and his wife, Andi Goldman will lead this powerful activation. The Global Chant will begin with breath and visualisation techniques designed to create coherence between our heart and our brain, magnifying our electromagnetic field to bring us into an alignment of compassion and love. We will then tone together the “AH” sound. This sound will be encoded with the energy of compassion and love, and the resultant global harmonic will initiate a planetary vibrational shift, as we manifest the co-creative evolution of the Earth and ourselves at this extraordinary stage of our development. While the December Solstice is a simultaneous occurrence throughout our planet, this tone will resonate and vibrate throughout the following 24 hours and more—activating each sunrise of the new day as it occurs in each geographical location. In addition there will be a Global “AH” tone occurring continuously for 24 hours on 18

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Sunrise Ceremony at Wategos Beach with Indigenous Elders.

6.00am – 7:30AM As the official Australian anchor for the global event Birth 2012, we will hold a special sunrise ceremony at Wategos beach at dawn on 22nd December. Given that Australia is the first continent to greet the rising sun on 22nd December, we will unite in ceremony to affirm the new cycle of global unity and healing. The ceremony will be facilitated by a council of indigenous elders from many nations including elders from the Bundjalung, Aotearoa (New Zealand), The Maya and the Americas. The ceremony will synchronize with hundreds of locations across the world, aligning with events in Chicen Itza Mexico, The Pyramids in Egypt, Stonehenge and more. This unprecedented global link-up will be facilitated by many global organisations including the Shift Network USA and the organizers of MedMob. As the sun continues to rise across the planet, over 60 countries will participate in this unprecedented global celebration, affirming the birth of a new enlightened humanity. This event is open to everyone so please join us.


Family Day, “honouring the youth” with all-day kids activities, childrens parade, youth music showcase, special family workshops and more. As a thank you to our wonderful Byron Shire community, we will be offering discounted tickets on Family Day.

Following the dawn ceremony will be an offering from the global yoga community called Salute To The New Dawn, uniting yoga devotees worldwide in a massive global sunrise salutation that follows the rising sun across the planet. As the sun rises, yoga devotees will unite in practice as a commitment to embodying the positive energy of this new cycle. From dedicated solo practitioners to large groups, the global yoga community will participate in the biggest “salute to the sun” in history. We invite all dedicated lovers of yoga to join us at Wategos Beach at sunrise on 22nd December. See you there. Universal Peace & Love in a Festival of Transformation




The Byron Bay International Film Festival is thrilled to host a number of sessions of Conscious Cinema at the UPLIFT Festival. The films screened will include some of the best of BBFF’s past programmes and some new films guaranteed to inform, inspire and fire your imaginations. CINEMA SESSIONS : 8:00 –11:00pm / VISIONARY ROOM Films include:

For the Next 7 Generations




Thirteen Grandmothers from around the world-the Amazon, Asia, Africa, Mexico, the Arctic Circle, and the US heard a prophecy that called them forth. The prophecy told them that they must come together at this critical time in history and speak out to the world in one united voice to share their sacred wisdom. United in their belief, these thirteen Grandmothers decided to form an alliance to share their indigenous ways of peacemaking and healing with the world. As the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, they unite twice a year to share their wisdom and practices. Can they light the way for us to a peaceful and sustainable planet?

Laya Project is a musical and visual journey documenting folk music recorded and filmed on location in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, India and Myanmar. Some of these performances are rare, and documented for the first time. The musicians are primarily from coastal communities affected by the Tsunami of December 26th, 2004. For the international team of musicians, sound engineers and camera men who came together for this unique production, Laya Project is a celebration of life, and is dedicated to the survivors. Crossing boundaries of genre while still preserving the music of the people, Laya Projects’ essence is artistic purity and simplicity, from a nonjudgmental point of view.

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream -- uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

Why are we here, and what are we supposed to do about it? What started the Universe, and was it a mistake? Does God exist, and why does he seem so interested in our sex lives? Filmmaker Roger Nygard wrote down the toughest 85 questions he could think of, roamed the globe to the source of each of the world’s philosophies, religions, and belief systems, and interviewed people who have influenced, inspired, or freaked out humanity. Combining an investigative approach with a spiritual quest, the film is a humorous yet uplifting search for enlightenment, presenting some of the most challenging ideas and extraordinary people living today.


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8:30AM – 11:00PM We are excited to offer a healthy selection of food options created by local chef’s featuring organic and locally sourced produce. The central hub of the village will be a large shade structure and cafe, surrounded by an eclectic selection of craft booths supporting fair trade and sustainable products.


From 8:30AM We are excited to present a fully-facilitated kids village offering an abundance of arts and crafts as well as special performances, and kids’ workshops during the day. Parents who wish to participate in the conference will have the opportunity to leave their children in the village, where they will enjoy their own “UPLIFT for Kids” program facilitated by experienced and accredited child minders.

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Expanding on the key-note presentations of the main auditorium, we are also excited to present a compelling series of immersive breakout sessions, workshops and panels, located in separate studios in the venue. Workshops will include explorations in sound healing, dance, yoga and meditation, health and wellness, indigenous wisdom councils and more...

Thursday 20th December

Ritual Redefined Sobey Wing


4.30pm- 6.00pm

The Economics of Happiness Helena Norberg-Hodge 11.00am-12.00pm The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance – and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.

Deep Ecology and The Conservation of Nature John Seed 12.30pm-1.30pm Deep Ecology is a philosophy of nature which sees that underlying the environmental crisis there is a psychological or spiritual disease stemming from the illusion of separation between humans and the rest of the natural world. A presentation which includes music and poetry, John Seed shows us how to nourish our ecological identity and align ourselves with Earth.

The Power of Sacred Geometry Jonathan Quintin 2.30pm-4.00pm We are in the midst of an enormous change. The old world is dying and a new world is being born. A spiritual shift is occurring. Many people around the world find themselves on the verge of something quite vast, yet indescribable. Sacred geometry can help us move with the changes rather than be overwhelmed by them. When we consciously engage with the harmonic shapes, patterns and forms of sacred geometry our consciousness is imbued with the harmony of universal order.


Rites of Passage have been stripped from societies around the world consuming communities and degenerating our social behavior and desecrating the natural world for over 200 years. Remains of the cultural instinct towards initiation and transition rites remain in authoritarian culture, in consumer-based behaviors, and also how people release the tension of living as work slaves and increasing forms of unemployment. How can we reclaim the benefits of rites of passage that have glued together societies since tribal societies began? As we gather as an international electronic dance community we will examine how our celebrations can assist in the world renewal signaled by ancient cultures for the year 2012.

EVOLUTIONARY ROOM 5 Rhythms Geash Bowler 12.00pm-1.30pm Geash has been dancing the 5Rhythms since 1999 and was trained by the late Gabrielle Roth, founder of 5Rhythms. She has taught classes and workshops in Scotland, Vanuatu and New Zealand. Her intuitive, inclusive style holds an intimate and sacred space, inviting a deep exploration into embodied presence.

Aum Meditation Natasha Hain 2.30pm-3.30pm AUM is an aspect of God — it is the divine creative vibration of the whole universe. Everything in creation is vibrating with God’s power. AUM is the sound made by the vibration of God’s presence within us and all around us. Where there is vibration, there is sound, and if there is sound, we can train ourselves to perceive it, to “hear” it, and to attune ourselves to it, thus actually heightening our own vibrations. Through absorption in AUM, we soon come to realise that the AUM is the bridge between human consciousness and Cosmic Consciousness.

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Into the Source of Non Existence – Sufi whirling workshop Ora Bhala 4:00pm-5.30pm Trained as a dancer and Feldenkrais teacher, Ora has been attracted to the sacred dance of the Sufi dervish and the mysticism of Islam. She was initiated to the Mevlevi order of America and has been whirling since 2007, in addition to teaching the art to others. Ora traveled to Jordan, Turkey, America and to the desert of Egypt in search of the mystics who were involved with the whirling practice. Through mesmerising and graceful dance, Ora will address the integration of mind and body in whirling which leads to insight into the hollow shell of self and the surrender of the soul to the transcendent.

or she is concerned with the whole person. Dr Lily Tomas has been a practicing Integrative GP for the last 10 years and is the NSW Board Representative of AIMA. She is a member of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) and the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association (ALMA). She is a passionate speaker on a comprehensive range of integrative medical subjects to both health professionals and the public, and frequently contributes peer-reviewed articles for the Journal of Complementary Medicine.

DIALOGUE: Sustainable Peace James Twyman, Helena Norberg Hodge, Bruce Lipton, Ihab Balha, Grandmother Pauline and more 4:00pm-5.30pm

YIN Yoga Sponsored by Yoga Lounge Studios Byron Bay. 6.00pm - 7.00pm Pranayama and sitting meditation with Karena Williams. Cultivate stillness in the body, silence in the mind, and synchronicity with the breath.

FRIDAY 21st December VISIONARY ROOM The Future of Spirituality Is Relational ... The New Paradigm Collaborative ... The Next Buddha Collective Greg Lahood 9.00am-10.00am

If human beings have an inherently peaceful nature, and violence is an aberration from this natural state, what is needed to bring ourselves, our neighbours, and our nations back to a peaceful state? How do we recognize ourselves and all others as part of one human family?

The New Mythology through film Sandra De Castro Buffington 5:45pm-7.00pm What are the new stories of awakening at this powerful moment in our evolution? Recognizing the profound impact of storytelling on human consciousness and behavior, Sandra offers you techniques of Hollywood’s scriptwriters and producers in crafting the most compelling stories of our time for television, film and new media. Participants will learn to tap the inner voice and allow it to speak freely, working with effective tools and techniques for creating a compelling story. Each participant will create a 2-3 minute storyline through a series of exercises from Hollywood’s creative community.

Collaborative Inquiry: Co-Creative Intelligence in Action Collaborative Action Research in the Realm of Spirit is about getting beyond spiritual authoritarianism and participating in new, co-created spiritual shores. We define collaboration as working together (with deeply attuned awareness and empathy) to enhance all our relations and embody our divinity. Our emerging global civilization will depend not on individualism, will-power and competitiveness, but on the skill of deep empathetic collaboration.

DIALOGUE: JOURNEY TO WELLNESS Marc Cohen, Patch Adams, Robin Youngson, and Paul Stamets 10.30am-12.00pm It is time to wake up from the illusion of separation and all the destruction and pain it inflicts on humanity and the earth. The journey from illness to wellness is the journey from ‘i’ to ‘we’. How will our awakening from this illusion create and support compassionate healthcare?

plan plant planet – growing people, cultivating minds and nurturing spirit Dan Schreiber 12.30pm-1.30pm Plan Plant Planet - Growing People, Cultivating Minds and Nurturing Spirit What now? Cultivating systems of perpetual renewal, observing the nature of love blossoms into the love of nature. Nature is love manifest.

Oneness and the Importance of Spirituality in Medicine Lily Thomas - AIMA 2.30pm-3.30pm The relationship between spirituality and medicine has been the focus of considerable interest in recent years. Studies suggest that many patients believe spirituality plays an important role in their lives, that there is a positive correlation between a patient’s spirituality and health outcomes. In considering the spiritual dimension of the patient, the clinician is sending an important message that he

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saturday 22nd December

Yoga Sponsored by Yoga Lounge Studios Byron Bay.


9.00am-10.00am General Asana Class with Karena Williams. A sequenced variety of Asana postures suitable for all levels from beginners to the more experienced.

YOGA SESSION: FUTURE SOUND OF YOGA 10:30am-11.30am Join The Future Sound of Yoga for a dynamic yoga session set to ambient DJ beats.

Kundalini Dance – Sacred Alchemical Evolutionary Keys Leyolah Antara 12.30pm-1.30pm In this introduction to Kundalini Dance, participants take a 60 minute dance journey in an open, safe, non-judgmental environment to explore and express the emotions and belief patterns held within the body-mind system that potentially hold them back from living their fullest potential.

SPONTANEOUS EVOLUTION Creative Emergence 4.30pm-5.30pm UPLIFT’s vision is to hold the space for a new paradigm of consciousness to arise. These Spontaneous Evolution sessions are where the creative emergence of the Festival, the exciting collaborations and discoveries from the field are shared and become manifest. Make sure you’re part of this!

VOICE Celebrations Deva Premal and Miten 9.00am-10.00am Throughout the ages every culture, tradition, and religion has one common thread: the power of song. The singing voice is our most potent of healing instruments, and yet in these days of radio, television, and recorded music, it lays dormant in most of us. When was the last time you really opened your voice in joy and sang from your heart to the open sky and the stars? It doesn’t take much, just a willingness to let go into love, a willingness to drop the mind and dive into an ocean of sound. You can experience the joy of being one with others and with everything. You can feel it - because you are it!

The Universe Makes Diamonds Rak Razam 10:30am-11:30am Is the universe a ‘machine for the production of gods’ as philosopher Henri Bergson believed? Is there a loving intelligence behind the wireframe of reality that orchestrates the spacetime continuum for the greatest good of all? Has the planet been secreting Gaian exo-pheremones in the plants to psychoactively switch on the humans to the interconnected web of life? How can we tune into this whole-systems-theory way of seeing the world, where every crisis and hardship is an opportunity for growth and karmic rebalancing? How can we activate the seed within and embrace the pressures of life as a spiritual transformation? Join experiential journalist Rak Razam as he explores the idea that the universe makes diamonds of us all.

A Sustainability Pattern Language for human evolution Tim Winton

dream drone Si Mullumby


6:00pm-7:00pm Si Mullumby discovered the Dream Drone in 2004. It is a unique way of playing didgeridoo. By entering into a particular meditative space the fundamental drone of the didgeridoo divides into many frequencies, creating a tremendously warm and nourishing vibration, The Dream Drone. This sound affects everyone differently. For some they dream, for others they meditate, others just appreciate the warmth and good energy created.

The challenge of our age is to facilitate global sustainability through the creation of a truly thriving planetary civilization. The key to this challenge is our capacity to deal with complexity. We have created an increasingly large, fast paced and complex world, but our ability to coordinate ourselves has not kept pace. Pattern Dynamics is a simple tool that can be learned by anyone to overcome the challenges posed by complex systems and is based on three simple ideas: Sustainable Natural Patterns, the Power of Language, and a Sustainability Pattern Language. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to embody the insight that the patterns of nature hold the key to the principles of sustainability of any system of any type, at any scale.


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HEALING SOUNDS: The Sacred Vowels As Mantras Jonathan Goldman and Andi Goldman 12:00pm-1:30pm Chakras are part of the subtle anatomy, a highly refined vibrational interface between Divine energy and the human body. Long known about in Ayuvedic medicine as well as in the mystical and esoteric systems throughout the planet, knowledge of chakras is now entering mainstream medicine. Sound, particularly our own self created sound, can affect the chakras. Vowels sounds have been considered sacred in many different traditions. In their award winning book, Chakra Frequencies, Jonathan Goldman & Andi Goldman teach a system of vibrating the chakras, which works with using specific vowels sounds in order to resonate the physical body and the chakras, bringing them into balance and alignment. In this workshop, the Goldmans will share this technique with participants so they may experience the embodiment of sacred sound within the body. The results of this will be the activation of the chakras and the ability to experience greater health and attunement to higher levels of consciousness, allowing us to keep us with the frequency shifts that continue to occur in these accelerating times.

DIALOGUE: TELLING OUR NEW STORIES Sandra De Castro Buffington, Kirk Nugent, Luka Lesson, John Seed, and more 2:30pm-4:00pm

EVOLUTIONARY ROOM Yoga Sponsored by Yoga Lounge Studios Byron Bay. 8.30am-9.30am Restorative with Liz Costigan. A gentle class with a focus on supported yoga poses that offer a restful and restorative approach to the classical yoga poses.

All day Sacred Chants and Kirtan 10:00am-10:00pm

People everywhere are looking for ways to make sense of a rapidly changing world – what is needed are stories that call people to a higher purpose. What are the stories and myths that will bring meaning to our being part of the anima mundi – the world soul? The stories that go beyond our imaginations and shift our consciousness from ‘me’ to ‘we’?

In dedication to the 24 hour Global Chant - featuring local and

international special guest musicians, including: Sacred Earth, Lucknow Sankirtan Enchanted, Tarshito & friends, Hare Krishna ensemble, Kundalini Yoga ensemble, and more.

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sunday 23rd December



Yoga Facilitated by Yoga Lounge Studios, Byron Bay.

Raising a Naturally Healthy Child – The Essentials: Food, Love and Breathing


Rosalba Belford

Prayer & Basket Weaving workshop Alima Annaliese



All parents want to give their child their best chances of healthy, happiness and the realisation of their potential. There has been a huge increase in common children’s conditions such as allergies, asthma, digestive problems, ADD, and learning and behavioural problems. Parents can sometimes be overwhelmed and confused by conflicting information about how to deal with these issues in their children. In this talk Dr. Courtney explains why it is important to first deal with the essentials, including nourishing traditional diets, correct breathing, and connection with nature, and she also provides insight into why love and connection are so important in helping children to flourish and thrive.

Come weave you very own coil-style basket, inspired by ancient woven techniques, passed down through the generations. In this workshop we will revitalise pre-loved fabric strips of clothing, sheets, etc., weaving them with colour, story and prayer, weaving a sense of renewal of the old and transforming it into something treasured and special. Materials are provided, but if inspired, bring along any fabric, preloved clothing or personal adornments such as seeds, shells, charms (make sure they have a hole for attaching) that you would like to weave and thread into your basket creation. This weaving circle promises to be a relaxing and enjoyable social experience, and you will come away with a gorgeous creation made by You!

Rites of Passage Arne Rubenstein 10:30am-12:00pm Why did all indigenous societies and communities place so much emphasis on Rites of Passage? It was recognised that the stages of life meant great changes in the psyche of the individual. The marking of these points of change with a ritual or ceremony was recognised as being necessary in order to facilitate this. Birth, marriage and death were obvious times but there were many others that we now ignore in modern Western society, the most important being the transition from boy to young man and from girl to young woman. Dr Arne Rubinstein has extensively studied the topic of Initiations and Rites of Passage in communities around the world and has given workshops and lectures around Australia and internationally at seminars and conferences. Dr Rubinstein delivers highly valuable and inspiring presentations about Rites of Passage for boys and girls. He has created programs that have helped over 20,000 parents and their children to forge strong and healthy relationships for life. Dr Rubinstein was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2008 for his groundbreaking work.

Poetry in Motion Luka Lesson and Kirk Nugent 12:00pm-1:30pm Accomplished poets and Hip Hop lyricists, Luka Lesson and Kirk Nugent, join forces to explore the skills of the poetic form, from passionate slam poetry to rhythmical Hip Hop lyrics. This dynamic workshop will unleash the poet in us all.

Cultivating Co-creative Community– Birthing a New World from the Inside Out Katharine and Makasha Roske 2.30pm-4.00pm We live in precarious, powerful, and prophetic times! Many of us are experiencing deep inner transformation and yearn for connection and the opportunity to realize our full potential. We are seeking to join with others who are aligned with a shared purpose toward the birth of a new world. Drawing upon decades of experience, Katharine and Makasha Roske will be offering spiritual and social skills that are necessary to stabilize small resonant teams vital for transformation in every sector of society.

Ta Ke Ti Na Reinhard Flatischler 12:00pm-1:30pm TaKeTiNa is a holistic group learning process and a profoundly new way of experiencing and understanding rhythm. It was developed by world-renowned Austrian composer and master percussionist Reinhard Flatischler. In TaKeTiNa, music, movement, communication, neurological research and chaos theory are integrated to create a new process for learning and transformation. Learning with the TaKeTiNa process develops inner presence, creativity and musicality, and opens an awareness of our individual patterns which inhibit our lives and relationships. TaKeTiNa leads participants to their innate rhythmic knowledge and connects us to the forgotten power of rhythm in nature and within us. TaKeTiNa is deeply relaxing and meditative. It requires no musical experience and invites participants to go at their own pace.

tribal dance Stephen McInnes

SPONTANEOUS EVOLUTION Creative Emergence 4.30pm-5.30pm


UPLIFT’s vision is to hold the space for a new paradigm of consciousness to arise. These Spontaneous Evolution sessions are where the creative emergence of the festival, the exciting collaborations and discoveries from the field are shared and become manifest. Make sure you’re part of this!

Through movement, music, voice and deep stillness people come alive and experience the power of Tribal Dance. This program, which is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, awakens people’s self-expression and sense of fun as they shake-off their inhibitions and the stress of daily life.


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Uplift 2012 Festival Ticket Prices FULL FESTIVAL PASS

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Advance $380.00 - at the door $480.00

4-day full festival pass, includes all daytime keynotes, workshops and panels, plus all night time concerts.


4 days.

Advance $280.00 - at the door $380.00

4-day pass includes all keynote presentations, workshops and panels. SATURDAY & SUNDAY PASS Advance $150.00 - at the door $200.00










2 day pass includes all workshops and music concerts.


Advance $130.00 - at the door $150.00

Includes all workshops, and night concert.


Advance $130.00 - at the door $150.00

Includes all workshops, and night concert.


Advance $130.00 - at the door $150.00 Includes all workshops, and night concert.

Includes all workshops and performances.

Local Ticket Outlets Santos Byron Bay 105 Jonson St, Byron Bay (02) 6685 7011

Medicine Wheel 84 Jonson St. Byron Bay (02) 6685 8366

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Raw Store 57 Stuart St, Mullumbimby (02) 6684 6556

Universal Peace & Love in a Festival of Transformation



Om Let there be peace and love, among all beings of the universe. Let there be peace, let there be peace. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti Sri Harilal Poonja (Papaji)

Uplift 2012 Festival:: Byron Bay, Australia, December 20th-23rd  

Planned for 4 days and nights in beautiful Byron Bay, NSW, UPLIFT 2012 will bring together some of the world’s most inspirational artists an...

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