Art & Retreat Spaces
Throughout the festival grounds you will discover retreat spaces to rest, relax and recharge. As well as talented artists to inspire you with their live paintings, artworks, creative community projects and craft activities which await your creative hands, hearts and minds.
Please read below to find out more about our regular retreat spaces and artistic offerings.
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Art & Retreat Spaces
The Earth Mandala is a festival tradition that anchors the heart of the festival and offers a place of stillness, intention, natural beauty and reflection. It is an opportunity to reflect on and deeply connect with your own personal intention for yourself at the festival, and to both give and receive blessings of peace, nourishment and love.
Mandala creation starts from 9am Friday
Opening ritual approx 12pm Friday
Closing ritual 2.30pm Sunday.
Some of our retreat spaces are so popular they have become annual additions.
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Maiden Lounge is a relaxed, safe and welcoming space for young women aged 12 – 18 years. It provides an opportunity for young women to create, connect, play and share or to be quiet, read and rest. Maiden Lounge offers a hosted space for young women to meet each other, make connections, digest the festival, create fun and beautiful craft to anchor their experiences and to have fun.
MUMS & BUBS SPACE
A safe and comfortable space for women attending Seven Sisters with their children for feeding, nappy changes, breast pumping and down time. We also provide baby wearing education, safety & support to those carrying their babies or wanting to carry their baby.
RED TENT – THE SCHOOL OF SHAMANIC WOMANCRAFT
The School of Shamanic Womancraft will once again be hosting the ‘Red Tent’ a place to relax and rest. Graduates from the school hold a safe, gentle space to be held and heard. Come share some herbal tea, warm hugs and cleansing.
SOLO ADVENTURES HANG OUT SPOT
Many women attend Seven Sisters alone, so many in fact, we have created a zone for them to catch up with each other at lunch and dinner times to share laughs, food and experiences and make new friends.
Located on the oval near the Chai Tent. Meet your friendly hosts at 12-2pm for lunch and 6-8pm for dinner.
Who doesn’t love a hammock? Spend time resting and gazing at the trees in hammock land located in the peaceful forest.
Available all weekend for your lounging pleasure.
Conveniently located near the coffee and crepe stand.
MEDITATION/ PAMPER SPACES
Each year there are new spaces and installations to explore, interact with or rest within. You may also discover places to meditate and reflect, as well as places to get creative! You may also stumble upon pamper stations to nurture each other with face masks, massage oils and hand creams. See below for our new spaces for 2020.
This Year’s Additions
Read more to find out about the art & retreat spaces for 2020.
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The Christalignment team of trained and gifted seers who are also healers, offer highly accurate intuitive Destiny Readings using only our own cards and the safe third heaven realm. In each 20 min reading, life questions are thoroughly addressed and clients can look forward to experiencing beautiful deep encounters that are both cleansing and life changing. We also specialise in healing and removal of negative energies.
DIGITAL DIVAS – EXPERIENCE NEW DIGITAL REALMS
Come and experiment with incredible new digital realms created by local digital artists. Pioneering this community space is Stephanie Andrews, a lecturer in Digital Media at RMIT University and previously a 3D artist at Pixar, and Holly Gurling, a Melbourne based digital creative and community facilitator. This is the first time VR and a Digital Art space has come to Seven Sisters. By building a community at the festival we hope to support and inspire women to participate in digital art and technology.
Katia Honour creates artworks during the festival which are inspired by the performances, music, conversations and realisations brewing in the Chai tent. She is a trained mystic and classical painter who engages the senses and spirit to bring her beautiful visions into form.
LIVE PLANT MUSIC EXPERIENCES
Join Tune Into Plants for a rare opportunity to interact with plants through plant music. Harmonising with plants has a deeply grounding effect, and aligns women with nature and themselves, creating this sacred healing space. Sing, drum, play, draw, tone or just sit, feel and listen as the beauty of plant music is introduced through this innovative synthesizing instrument.
Visit the Pamper Place, a beautiful, quiet, and cushy space for you to unwind… to share with a sister some sensual delights. Essential oil massage blends, refreshing face spritzes, and sugary foot scrubs are provided for you to indulge in some pampering and self-care. The space is yours to come and go as you please, leaving it tidy for all to enjoy.
POM POM PALACE
In the Pom Pom Palace, make something with your hands, sit in circle and skill share. With the luxury of some time and some delicious matierials, we explore the possibilities. Pom Poms, French Spool Knitting and other Yarny Crafts! Or just relax in this yarny cubby, look up at the sky, feel the earth at your back, watch the breeze drift through the chaos of yarn around you. Feel lucky and grateful for this now moment.
SIT WITH ME (JOY IS IN THE HOUSE)
Joy sits facing a sign made in branches that says “Breathe”. She invites you to sit with her, on the mats provided, to quiet your mind in the busy-ness of the festival chaos and ground yourself in stillness. She has a bell and some ochre, to help you find your sacred self, in peace and stillness. She invites you to breathe… Joy travels, and can be found on Facebook under the hashtag #sitwithmeproject
Melbourne based mixed media artist, Cheryle Bannon explores animals as guides and teachers through a mindful intuitive art process. Watch her demonstrate this layered art process of visual storytelling. Explore the wisdom of animal guides as Cheryle shares and teaches art as a guided process. Cheryle invites you to connect to your spirit animal, adding your story to the community canvas throughout the festival.
STEPHANIE ROSE FREEMAN
Stephanie Rose Freeman will be painting up a storm in the main festival areas. Watch out for her creating magic at her easel. Her luscious oil paintings revolve around the divine feminine, self-love and sacred union.
So much waiting for you to Explore
Open your arms to receive more goodness!