Festival Announced For Byron Bay
Body and Sprit Byron
Festival announced for Byron Bay
first ever Taste of Love Festival featuring an international,
national and local line up of presenters on the topics
of sex, love and consciousness is scheduled to debut
in Byron Bay on 19 Feb 2016.
Bay, November 16, 2015: Building on the momentum created
by the 'Sex & Consciousness Conferences' held
in Byron Bay over the last 7 years, Byron locals Marion
Ellyard and Russell Collins are joining forces to
create something not done before in Australia.
are bringing together the ingredients for an event
that aims to appeal to a wide cross section of the
community, including a range of presenters from around
the world offering sessions exploring various aspects
of sexuality, love, relating, consciousness, sacredness
and a diverse range of related topics.
is a whole new approach to this work, where we are
very mindful to balance the presentations around love,
relating and conscious sexuality in a way that is
meaningful and approachable for anyone, no matter
their background or previous knowledge" Marion
noted. "It is important to us that this event
offers a safe and fun way for people to approach this
material, especially within the constructs of their
pre-existing relationships. This work is all about
strengthening and deepening relationships."
has organised various events in the local area previously,
whereas Russell comes to the Taste of Love team having
spent many years guiding travellers and pilgrims on
sacred journeys through remote parts of the Himalayas.
His expertise with groups and group therapy, as well
as many years involved with Men's work and life coaching
gives him a particular interest in men's issues and
healthy masculinity in relating.
is very important to me that we use this festival
as an opportunity to deepen the conversation around
healthy masculinity in love, relating and sexuality,
as well as how that looks in roles of responsibility."
Russell added. "It is also important to us that
we create an event that not only showcases the leading
edge of the conscious relating and sexuality movement,
but that also holds a safe space for everyone, regardless
of gender identity and expression."
their complementary understanding of relationship
dynamics, they are enjoying the process of working
together to create something unique and special for
the region, and which meets the high standards they
feel people have in the Northern Rivers.
feel that within society generally, and especially
in this area, people are maturing, and have higher
expectations for their relationships around love and
sexuality. For example, people want to know how to
be more ecstatic in their daily lives, how to be more
connected to a larger sense of self and not just living
small in the world. They want to be able to communicate
openly and honestly about their deepest desires, and
to be able to truly be themselves without fear or
judgment. That's what 'Taste of Love' is about"
Marion continued. "People also want to know how
to be happy and fulfilled as individuals in long term
relationships while maintaining their authenticity.
They want to be able to integrate their sexuality
and spirituality along side raising a loving family
and dealing with the stresses of every day life."
on the momentum they are generating here in Byron,
Marion and Russell have plans to take the festival
interstate, as well as making it an annual fixture
in the Byron Shire.
"We're really excited with the quality of presenters
we are bringing into the shire. We've had a great
response already, with good ticket sales." Russell
concluded. "It's a feast for the senses offering
a wide ranging sample of some of the best sex, love
and consciousness presenters currently on the world
of Love Festival will feature well known such as Margot
Anand, Yella and Samuel Cremer, internationally acclaimed
authors and presenters, as well as local and national
presenters whose work is highly regarded by peers
and attendees alike.
Festival commences Friday afternoon 19th Feb at the
Byron Bay Community Centre going through to Sunday
evening, with a full program of over 30 sessions in
3 streams to pick and choose from, as well as a Masquerade
Ball on Saturday night that promises to be highly
are currently on sale via their website, along with
full details of the program and each of the presenters.
Go to: www.tasteoflove.com.au
Ellyard - organiser (more
Collins (more info)