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Yoga - Permaculture - Music

The Fiji Spirit Gathering is a new intimate, interactive learning celebration that combines local tribal leaders with internationally renowned teachers to offer ancient wisdom for modern times.

This pioneering gathering will grow the local and global community with festivities and education via yoga, permaculture, live music, organic food, massage, handcraft markets, mentorship, basket weaving workshops, community garden building, and more.

 
 
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Intimacy with Life

Opportunities for mentorship and long-term partnerships are encouraged. Youth and elders are valued and included. The Fiji Spirit Gathering aligns global activists who desire a new way of creating positive change, relationships and intimacy with all life. No matter the topic of focus, all participants and the earth benefit in the Fiji Spirit Gathering. 

 
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Muscians & Teachers

Bringing together musicians and teachers from all walks of life, our long-term goal is to educate and create layers of sustainable infrastructure that support and revitalize individuals, local and global communities. Our Fijian partners advise, implement and maintain the projects that are offered during the annual event. See the full list of presenters.

 

Mark Whitwell

Mark is interested in developing an authentic yoga practice for the individual, based on the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, with whom he enjoyed a relationship for more than twenty years. Mark’s teachings clarify the profound passion and relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life.

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Soul Majestic

Conceived by four friends on the sandy shores of California, Soul Majestic channels their sunny beach days and bonfire nights into their unique brand of reggae music.  This is reggae, yet it’s original–a new twist on familiar sounds–with conscious, heartfelt messages, and a high-performance band that will have you waiting for what comes next. Their signature vocal sound features male and female singers trading melodies and soaring harmonies, laced with edgy, crowd hyping dancehall verses and memorable hooks. Epic lead guitar solos wail over a wide range of tight danceable beats, rock flourishes, and heavy-dub interludes that will captivate and move you to dance.


Guner Tautrim

Guner Tautrim was born and raised in Santa Barbara County, a 6th generation descendant on the same piece of ranch land that was purchased by his great great great grandfather Bruno Orella in 1866.  Currently living on this same piece of paradise on the Gaviota Coast, Guner and his father Mark Tautrim are currently stewards of this amazing ranch.

After two plus years of circumnavigating the Pacific Ocean on a 55’ sailboat, Guner became captivated by the design science known as Permaculture.  Guner is now a Permaculture designer and a strong proponent of natural building and design.  Using appropriate building materials and honoring the best location, orientation and design of structures, Guner believes we can greatly reduce our impact on the earth.

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Joanna Mack& Bruce Hamm

Joanna Mack began her pursuit of Classical North Indian Music in 1997. While studying Neuroscience at UCSD, she attended a Classical Indian Music class with sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri, a senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar of the Maihar Gharana. She had been involved in Western music since childhood but was immediately drawn to Indian music. Recognizing Joanna's inherent talent and drive, Kartikji recommended her to study in Kolkata under the now late Pandit Deepak Choudhury, also a senior disciple of renowned musician Pandit Ravi Shankar

Bruce Hamm is a disciple of the revered maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He began studying the sitar and vocal music with Khansahib at Ali Akbar College of Music in 1974.  After several years of studying the sitar, Bruce decided to switch his main instrument to the Sarod. He then pursued a serious and continuous study of classical instrumental and vocal music over the span of nearly 4 decades.

 
 
 
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Location

Taveuni, Fiji

Taveuni is Fiji’s third largest island and commonly known as “The Garden Island” with its lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls and abundance of tropical flowers and plants. But it doesn’t stop there – Taveuni boasts two famous dive spots, rainbow reef and the Great White Wall which are located in the heart of the Somosomo Strait.Our accommodations are part hotel, part campground. Feel free to book a room, pitch a tent, park your trailer, or simply sleep under the stars. Slots will fill up fast, but we’ve secured rooms at other nearby motels so you’ll never be far from the action.

 
 
 
 
Away from the smog in cities, our hearts are drawn west, where the only dust is earth, and the only barrier is the sky. Head west for the silence that roars from a wild heart.
— Lily Moon River
 
 
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