Workshops & Talks

We Love Life Festival has a lot of workshops you can learn from, all workshops are free –  though a donation to the person running the workshop is encouraged =) There are also some incredible people who will inspire you with their positivity on the day. Here is a sneak peek at what you can join in & listen to! If you are attending on the day and have Facebook please let us know on the events page & invite your friends and family!
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Analia Herbes

Analia

Analia, is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been a Latin Dancer for more than a decade and it is her passion!! Analia is a Group Fitness Instructor and a Personal Trainer. ZUMBA is not just the perfect combination between dance and fitness but the party atmosphere in what we all are at every class…is the fun factor…is the connection with people…is the happiness of sharing the Latin culture, music and moves with the rest of the world. Come along and join Analia’s Zumba class from 2.25pm – 2.55pm at the festival.

Evolved Generation

Evolved
Evolved Generation is a brand that aims to inspire a culture of fit, driven and conscious individuals. We believe that global positive change starts with what we have on our plates. What we have on our plate is a representation of our values and beliefs for ourselves and the planet. What we have on our plate is also a vote for a change we would like to see in the world – a world where our consumption can be both conscious and positive. Founded by Luke Tan, Evolved Generation was formed when he suffered through depression and at the lowest point of his life almost ended it all. Triumphing through adversity, he experienced his own epiphany and awakening, he is more driven than ever before to spread a positive message globally. As a collective of professional and amateur athletes, personal trainers, health and fitness advocates, creatives, nutritionists and entrepreneurs, we are passionate about creating community to increase awareness and uptake of living a conscious lifestyle. Driven to spread the plant-positive message for enhanced athletic performance, optimal health, and for a greener planet, to us, activism is being the best version of yourself.
Workshop: 1.00pm – 1.50pm

Frazer Kirkman

Frazer Kirkman
Frazer is a professional happiness coach. He has taught laughter, relaxation, meditation, compassion and habit change for more than half his life. He has used these skills to help the lives of literally thousands of people over that time. Frazer believes as individuals are empowered to be their best, we can dream of and create a better world, using our inner resources to direct our lives into truly productive lives for the planet. Frazer holds a bachelor of cognitive science from Flinders University. He has been involved with campaigns that range from youth leadership forums, stopping the spread of the nuclear industry, environmental conservation, human and other animal rights.
Workshops: Yoga 11.00am – 12.00pm, Laughter Yoga 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Helen Szabo

Helen
Have you ever tried to spend a whole day without touching anything plastic? Plastic is everywhere! But how is it really made? What is the truth behind its existence? And how can we live with it? Is it really as bad as we are led to believe? Is the humble water bottle causing the death of our sea creatures? Are biodegradable plastics the way to? Come listen to Helen explain the mysteries of plastic and help us make the right decisions when choosing plastic products. Helen is an Environmental Manager, who studied Environmental Engineering at RMIT. She has been working in the environment industry for 20 years and has been involved in waste management, life cycle assessments, and all things environmental. She currently works as the Group Environment Manager for a manufacturing company.
Workshop: 5.00pm – 5.30pm

Lilaeia

Lilaeia
Lilaeia spent the majority of her career working as a nutritionist, coach and speaker. Following a prolonged period of severe illness, a profound surrender occurred that resulted in a spiritual awakening: a direct experience of aikya (oneness). The self disappeared, as did judgements, separation, fear, struggle and suffering. In trying to understand what was happening, she discovered the non-dual teachings, spiritual awakening, her subsequent teacher, Adyashanti, and mentor, Nirmala… and two years later began to offer satsangs (group gatherings) and mentoring to serve others in their awakenings. Lilaeia hosts weekly gatherings in her home to explore the nature of True Being.
Workshop: 1.10pm – 2.10pm

Lotus

Lotus
Lotus has committed each day to hatha yoga since her first class in Nepal three years ago. Since then she has explored many different forms of asana, and traveled extensively around India annually, collecting yogic gemstones from ashrams, temples, and other enlightened wanderers. She works under the philosophy that everything is connected, and aims to reflect that unity in her teachings. Since moving to Melbourne one year ago, she has begun deepening her studies of all eight limbs of yoga through an 1000 hour teacher training course, focusing on extending the breadth of her spirituality so she can share it. While simultaneously nurturing the youth of her yoga teaching days, she connects with the outside world via Instagram (tofutummy) offering raw vegan inspiration, and motivational writing encouraging others to harness their inner light and potential, reflecting an unwavering enthusiasm in the healing power of the written word. As an extension of this, she will be guiding you through a light beginners class that is all-inclusive, encompassing meditation, chanting, and gentle stretches aimed at helping you feel a sense of unity as you leave your mat and become intertwined with all the joy the festival has to offer.
Workshop: 11.00am – 12.00pm

Magic Milk Bar

Magic Milk Bar
Missy from Magic Milk Bar has been described as a magician in the kitchen, she runs a food blog and loves doing demonstrations showing people how to make super awesome and nutritious plant-based meals, at this year’s We Love Life Festival Missy will show you how easy and delicious it is to make your own raw cashew cheesecake, this workshop will include taste testing 😉
Workshop: 2.30pm – 3.00pm

Mark Allen

Mark Allen
Mark decided to leave his role as a town planner in order to go out into the world to try to find how best to use his planning knowledge to tackle the climate emergency. Then he met the co-founder of permaculture, David Holmgren on a train journey from Melbourne to Sydney. What ensued was a conversation across two states that led to the realization that a symbiosis of permaculture and sustainable planning should play a defining role in creating a more sustainable, equitable world. Mark is also passionate about the ethics of nutrition and how we can feed seven billion people by minimizing animal suffering, soil erosion and habitat loss. He is very excited about the awesome potential of what can be achieved.
Workshops:  Veganic Gardening 12.00pm – 1.00pm, Population, Permaculture and Planning 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Melanie Jean

Mel J
After many years of training to become a professional dancer, Melanie left the performance industry with a new objective, to use dance as a healing tool. Now a student at Phoenix Institute studying Dance Movement Therapy, Melanie is excited to share her talents and knowledge at the We Love Life festival hosting a ‘free movement’ workshop. Melanie will guide the class through breathing, grounding and movement exercises in a relaxed and non judgmental space. Spots for this workshop starting at midday are limited (max 15 people), please email melaniejfisher@hotmail.com to secure your place.
Workshop: 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Tash Iodice

TASH
Tash believes that you are what you eat, so she loves to fuel and nourish herself with the best quality organic/sustainable ingredients she can get her hands on! The kitchen is Tash’s happy place, and cooking has always been a passion of Tash’s from an early age, which has led her to work professionally as a chef. A few years ago Tash learned of the awesome benefits of fermented/cultured foods and beverages and loves to incorporate them into her diet as often as possible. Tash hopes she can inspire, by sharing with you how to make cultured foods in your home!
Workshop: 2.00pm – 2.30pm

Zelen Artwork

zelenartwork
Art Therapy is one of the most popular, innovative forms of psychotherapy being used today. It offers the opportunity for expression and communication of thoughts, feelings and experiences through the creative modalities of art media and symbolism – often directly accessing the unconscious to facilitate healing and self-awareness. Participants do not need to have any experience or skill in art making – the process is not about creating aesthetic images, but about effecting change and growth through artistic expression in a safe and supportive environment. This practice is widely used for helping people with depression, relationship and identity issues, poor self esteem, fears, concerns, challenging behaviours or personal crisis and other mental health barriers.
Workshop: 11am – onwards

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MUSIC & DANCE

 

This years festival will have an eclectic mix of local talents !!!
Click on the artists underlined name to listen to their work.
We Love Life Festival musical acts for 2015 includes:

Divina Providencia

DIVINA PROVIDENCIA
Divina Providencia is a collective of musicians from different parts of the world, who share the love for music and the spirit of happiness and freedom that it contains. Exploring the rhythms from the Caribbean (Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and more) with hints of reggae and what comes from the spirit of their musicians, Divina providencia aims to give to the audience a moment to connect the mind, the body and the spirit with summery sounds, the sea and the passion of Latin Culture; making a big stand of happiness and letting a dance party take the lead.

Fraser Miller

Fraser Miller 1
Fraser has played various instruments such as piano, recorder, bassoon, electric and acoustic guitar, and has sung and performed since the age of 7 in choirs, recorder concerto, orchestra, rock, reggae and funk bands aswell as a group performing ancient and modern chants of various cultures. Currently he writes, sings and plays positive, soulful songs on guitar.

Jeff Hills

Jeff Hills
Coming from the early 90s Melbourne Blues scene, long time guitarist Jeff Hills has worked professionally as a session musician, taught guitar, and worked in the jingle writing industry. After a long break, Jeff is returning to his musical career, with a new collaboration project.

Huanchaco

Huanchaco
Huanchaco is a Melbourne based trio playing a fusion of different world musics and consists of voice, guitar, violin, flute and percussion.

Krishool

Krishool 1
A guaranteed crowd pleaser, African born Krishool has a natural ability to bring dance and rhythm to his performances. He acknowledges an influence from artists Michael Jackson, Usher and John Legend, and enjoys covering jazz and soul with a peppering of rock ballads. More recently, Krishool was coached by Will.i.am on Channel Nine’s hit show, The Voice, where he wowed judges with his soulful voice and energetic dance moves. The singer-songwriter currently performs regular solo gigs in his hometown of Melbourne and explores a love of acting, comedy and podcasting when off the stage. Classically trained, he has been performing since the age of five and after graduating high school, he toured Europe with boy band trio, ‘Track 5’.

Mareya

Mareya Music
Mareya wrote her first song at age 4 called “I Like Flowers”….. Mareya’s achievements reads like the seasoned pro that she is: -Attended Takapuna Grammar School, which also turned out Lorde (Ella), Gin Wigmore, The Checks, The Veils, to name but a few. -Winner two years in a row of her High School Annual Talent quest, age 14 and 15. Judge at age 16. -Winner of the Mike Chunn Songwriter of the Year at Takapuna Grammar two years in a row, aged 16 and 17. Youngest competitor. -Completed a Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Music) at Auckland University, graduating in 2013. -Released debut 4 track EP – with radio airplay on Compass FM, Christchurch. She has previously attracted the attention of Eddie Rayner (Split Enz, Crowded House, Orb, Space Waltz, ENZSO, and The Makers), who recorded one of her first songs at age 15 and has been a mentor for some years. Mareya continues to write prolifically, recording with her own arrangements and production. She performs as often as possible, as a solo performer, with a band, or in a duo.

Myke Love

Myke Love
Myke is a DJ, producer & events manager who co-founded We Love Life Festival, Myke wishes to unite and inspire kindred spirits to live life with love and compassion, Myke will be playing a mixture of ambient, classic tunes, and the latest upbeat hits throughout the day.

Neeko

Neeko
Neeko began her musical journey at the top of a misty mountain in Nepal in the winter of 2012. The mountain spoke to her and told her to pursue her passions. She immediately caught the next plane back to her hometown of Melbourne where her life would never be the same again.
Her haunting vocals combined with ambient guitar effects, create a beautiful collaboration of textured sounds sending the listener to the stars and back again.. Just like the vegan smoothies she makes every morning, the only thing that you can expect from a Neeko performance is that it will be delicious, nutritious and food for the soul.

SELKI

SELKI 2
SELKI is the solo project of Shanti Lane, beginning on a journey to Melbourne… She is the transition of two minds finding their way to sea, A journey of art and music, an expression of inner reflection, combining an individual melodic sound with the acoustic guitar and haunting lyrics a mesmerising combination.

Sikander

Sikander
Sikander are a Melbourne-based outfit concocting global club music, with elements of cinematic atmospherics, and bass culture into a groove-laden sonic spread. They are Pradip Sarkar and Pete Warren Smith on productions, and Al Catlin (Rush Effect/The Sharp) on flute and cello. SIkander performs both as a live act and as a soundsystem. In the soundsystem format, Pradip can be seen  fiddling with midi controllers and synths, while Pete bangs an electric bass. Sikander has performed at Gear Shift, hosted by Clan Analogue, the French Island Music and Arts festival on new years eve, and at local warehouse parties. Sikander’s music is aimed at instigating serpentine movements on club floors, and at outdoor festivals during sunset.

Steve Poynton

Steve Poynton
Steve has been playing ukulele longer than he can remember, mostly because he chooses not to remember life without a ukulele. He plays a mixture of styles and is very serious about not taking his music seriously.

Rose Turtle Ertler

Rose
Rose is a musician/composer and community arts facilitator currently based in Maldon, central Victoria. She performs her original ‘wonky folk’ songs (on ukulele, banjo, piano) as well as regular collaborations with other musicians from many different musical genres.  Rose has toured nationally focusing on regional areas and has also played in USA (New York Ukulele Festival), Auckland (NZ Ukulele Festival) and European tours. Her fifth solo release is an EP called ‘Bird’.

Tasha Amoroso
Tasha Amoroso

Tasha began writing lyrics at the tender age of seven and her love for honest words and real life stories led her through a fearless journey.
After busking on the famous Peel St at the for two years, in 2012 Tasha won the coveted Tamworth Busking Championship, claiming victory over 550 fellow performers. 2012 also saw the release of Tasha’s Independent debut Album ‘On The Run,’ with the single ‘Time To Waste’ making its way into the charts.
The year 2014 has been a game changer for Tasha both personally and artistically. She appeared on Channel Nine’s hit singing show ‘The Voice’, experiencing the rare achievement of having all 4 of the judges chairs turn in her blind audition. Tasha’s sweet rendition of The Lumineers track ‘Ho Hey’ still remains a favorite amongst viewers and as quoted by Kylie Minogue; “Tasha has clarity and brilliance to her voice” and “a voice you naturally respond to…” and this shows through in her live gigs when you can almost hear a pin drop during certain parts of her performances.
As well as  a schedule of performances,  Tasha is spending much of 2015 writing and recording brand new music. Her new batch of work will no doubt be edgier and more personal than ever!

Tess Alicia Pittaway

Tess Alicia Pittaway
Tess commenced singing lessons and performing at eight years of age. In 2006 while training with Michael Hillyard at Rhiannon’s Performing Arts Tess auditioned and was accepted into J.M.C Academy where she studied Degree in Popular Music Performance. Tess has taught singing and keys for nine years. Tess is an accomplished singer/song writer and has performed in venues throughout Melbourne including The Corner, The Laundry, The Forum, Clock Tower, Roxanne, Star Bar and many more. She has worked and trained with some of Australia’s most talented musicians, as a solo artist, in bands and performing in music videos. In 2013 Tess showcased her latest compositions at 100 Hundred for 100 charity event.

The Moon Raja

The Moon Raja
The Moon Raja are a three piece band from Melbourne, The Moon Raja are greatly instrumental with their music rooted heavily in blues, with psychedelic and jazz influences. The Moon Raja are three conscious vegans who’s greatest passion is music and feel it is their greatest tool to spread unity and compassion.

Zee

Zee
Zee is an American artist living in Australia since 2012. She has been singing since before she could form words, learned to play piano from the age of 6, and took brief guitar lessons in her teen years. She began writing her own music while living in Germany in 2009, and then completed a Certificate in Musical Worship from University of the Nations in Denver, Colorado in 2011. Zee is currently studying Creative Arts Therapy in Melbourne, and hopes to eventually use sound and movement to bring healing. In addition to songwriting, she performs spoken word poetry. She is also passionate about bringing meditation and mindfulness through the art practice of Taiwanese Tea Ceremony. Her music reflects her contemplative spirit, her travels and advocacy around the globe, and the magic she discovers in all that she encounters.