Russian Summer Festival ‘Ivan Kupala’
Eventbrite Link : https://ivan-kupala.eventbrite.co.uk
At the peak of the Sun’s Reign, around the time of the Summer Solstice, we will be celebrating ‘Kupala’ Festival, the oldest Slavic holiday that has survived in our collective memory. This is our 3rd amazing year of coming together. We will sing and dance just as our ancestors did to celebrate the power of the Sun to make the Earth come alive.
Get away from the city, enjoy the freshness of the woods, eat super organic food and connect with wonderful beings. Enjoy two days of ceremonies, live music and workshops with Russian and English presenters set in the beautiful English countryside.
‘Ivan Kupala’ is a festival of a mix of Slavic and Shamanic tradition. This year we will be happy to present Vedic tantra teacher from Bolgaria Vesco Bondov and Olga Bastable with ancestral healing workshops. Diana Suemi, international shamanic healer will lead us on drumming journeying.
It promises to be a rich and truly healing experience!We will be welcoming Eastern European Contemporary Rock band ‘Muha’ on Saturday night with other dancers, chanson and folk singers on stage this time. Unmissable shamanic workshops, fire walking, drumming, gong bath and much more.
Here is some of the Festival events:
Bonfire night ‘Ivan Kupala’
Gong Bath and Sound Healing
Live Music with Russian musicians
Healing Sessions (Sound healing, Reiki, Massage)
Readings Sessions (Tarot, Astrology)
The Festival will take place in Emerson College (which is dedicated to the work the mystics Ralph Waldo Emerson and Rudolf Steiner). It is surrounded by many acres of gardens and woods, some of which will be used for our workshops and ceremonies.
The college provides wholefood, vegetarian meals with primarily organic/biodynamic produce. There is a vegetarian cafe in the grounds and free tea/coffee making facilities.
Emerson College is about ten minutes drive from East Grinstead (which is only 55 minutes from Victoria station). You can share a taxi or we can arrange to pick you up from the station.
Vesco Bondov (Vedic tantra)
Olga Bastable (Ancestral healing and dance ceremonies)
Victoria Todorova (Slavic tradition workshops)
Paul Fielding (gong bath and sound healing)
Diana Suemi (prosperity and relationships drumming rituals)
Eastern European Contemporary Rock band ‘Muha’ http://www.muha.co.uk
Day 1. Saturday 1st July.
Biodanza grand Opening circle and presentation from facilitators.
Russian tea gathering with ‘Samovar’-
Tea ceremony with Victoria
Russian Bazaar: Russian Shop, Art works on display
Astrology, Tarot readings
Healing and Private consultations
Shamanic empowering talismans on sale
Vedic Tantra Workshop. ‘Initial contact’ (Vesco Bondov)
3:30-4:00 tea break
Drumming ritual ‘calling the spirit of abundance’. (Diana Suemi)
8:00 – 23:00pm
20:00-21:00 Concert of Folk’n’Rock band ‘Muha’
Bonfire. Fire Walking. Games, dancing and singing
The night of ‘Ivan Kupala’.
*On Kupala night, young people jump over the flames of bonfire to tie their friendship and test their bravery and faith. Girls may float wreaths of flowers (often lit with candles) on rivers. Prosperity, luck, discernment and power would befall on whoever finds a fern flower. Therefore, on that night, village folk would roam through the forests in search of magical herbs.
Sunday, 2nd July.
Yoga (Victoria Todorova)
Osho Dynamic Meditation (Vesko Bondov)
Worksop for women ‘healing the womb’. Workshop for men. Male and Female energies will Unite.
12:30 – 13:30 lunch
‘Ancestral Healing Workshop’
4-4:30 coffee break
4:30- 6pm Closing circle
Healing circle with drumming. (Diana Suemi)
Shamanic dance and Gong Bath (Olga and Paul)
The programme is subject to change.
Weekend Tickets (include Workshops, accommodation Saturday Night, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast):
Adult: £195 (early bird until 1st April £175).
Camping: £165 (early bird £145)
Child : £125
Child (camping): £65
Adults £105 (£85 if you pay online)
Please note that you have to make payments for Saturday and Sunday lunch separately.
The cost is £9 (or £18 for two days)
Tickets are not refundable.
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