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Revitalise your whole self
The Body Mind and Spirit Festival is an
opportunity for the public to discover new
ideas, and rethink their approach to health
and wellness, says event manager Glen
"It's not about being alternative; it's all
about being happy and healthy in body,
mind and spirit."
The twice yearly event will be held this
weekend at Addington Raceway and Events
Centre, from 10am to 6pm.
Each festival brings together a diverse
group of people, all with their own
products, techniques and passions, he says.
"Some people assume the event is a
sideshow with tents and fortune tellers, but
it's not like that at all -- it's about overall
wellness and general happiness in life --
there's so much diversity among our
Glen has been organising the festival with
his mother, Deryn, since 2005 and says it
has grown in so many ways over the years,
especially since the earthquakes.
"Sometimes it can take a major event,
such as an earthquake, to get people
interested in looking for answers in life, or
perhaps a deeper meaning or
A range of spiritual and religious groups
will be taking part in the festival, he says,
including a Christian group and an
introduction to Buddhism workshop. The
Lotus Heart and Hare Krishnas are back for
the first time in over five years to bring us
their delicious soul food, he says, which has
been hugely popular at previous festivals,
She Chocolat owner Declan Scott has
been involved in the festival for many years
and will be holding a joint stall, showcasing
the "chocolates, treats and goodies" on one
side and a free service on the other,
demonstrating 'The Form' -- a meditative
movement practiced daily at She.
The 'She' in She Chocolat stands for
spiritual human evolution -- the
purpose of evoking to a higher
being, he says.
"Your body mind and spirit
must be in balance to be
empowered in ourselves and to
be who we truly are -- you can't
have one without the other."
He says there is a spiritual shift
happening worldwide that
Christchurch is currently in the
midst of. He has attended many
similar events in New Zealand,
Australia and the UK.
"It is such a beautiful festival, with a
myriad of opportunities to explore and learn
how to experience life in a new way, deeper
than the way you think in your everyday life.
I have learned and experienced so much at
these events over the years, seeing the
magic and stepping out of the everyday
"You might connect with just one thing at
the festival that offers you a different
perspective, or you might connect with
many things -- it's just a great opportunity
to check that out for yourself.
"I just love the people that come along
with a genuine interest in learning and
growing, it's a great opportunity to meet
With an inspirational selection of
exhibitors, free workshops, all day
entertainment and healthy food, attendees
are sure to experience something new.
The Body Mind Spirit Festival invites you
to revitalise your body, stimulate your mind,
and pamper your soul.
Addington Raceway and Events Centre,
Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and
23, from 10am to 6pm. Adults day pass
$10. Weekend pass $15, children under
TV drama will tell city's story
NEXT YEAR TV3 will screen a six-part fictional series, Hope and Wire,
portraying Christchurch after the September 4 earthquake. The series will be
directed by award-wining film maker Gaylene Preston, who directed Ruby and
Rata, Home by Christmas and War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us.
MAT KERMEEN spoke with the queen of New Zealand film.
FILM QUEEN: The queen of
New Zealand film Gaylene
Preston will direct the six-part
series Hope and Wire.
Will all the filming be done in
As much as possible will be shot
locally, but specialised aspects
may have to be done elsewhere.
What timeframe will the series
September to June/July. I want
to see if we can cover the time it
snowed, but our budget may
struggle to stretch that far. But
where there is a will. . .
Is there one thing or moment
that influenced you to make
Hope and Wire?
No. Because I was involved in
collecting oral histories of surviv-
ors from the 1931 Hawkes Bay
earthquake, I made a television
documentary for TV3 called
Earthquake, to commemorate the
75th anniversary of that lethal
and tragic event. My interest has
always been in the personal stor-
ies, first hand accounts of ordi-
nary people thrown into the com-
pletely unexpected. The quiet
stories are often the most extra-
ordinary. When the September
earthquake occurred, I had close
friends living in Christchurch and
I couldn't believe what had
happened. This terrible series of
events has been totally shocking.
Unbelievable, unpredictable and
tragic. It seemed the city I knew
and loved was gone but then I saw
the blossom, blowing like rain
from the trees over on the Ilam
Campus (Canterbury University)
just last week and I realised the
beauty of the place is still intact.
The Garden City will survive.
What can we expect from the
The events are combined from
the many stories I have been told
and from research. The only fic-
tional aspect is the characters.
The story is dramatised rather
than fictionalised. Like all good
drama, I want it to reflect the
truth -- what it has been like to
experience living in a broken city
since September. Not the sen-
sational events -- they have been
told by the world media.
Is it a challenge to be sensitive
when it is still raw, but give a
frank account of what went
It isn't a huge challenge to be
sensitive. To make lasting work
demands it, but it is a huge chal-
lenge to do what is essentially
social history so close to the event.
I am not getting any younger, but
if you can't be constantly taking
on big challenges, you may as well
hang up your boots and put your-
self out to pasture. Having made
drama and documentary -- War
Stories Our Mothers Never Told
Us and Home by Christmas --I
knew I had the skills to do some-
thing and I feel compelled to.
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