Namaste Sequoia joins Aurapalooza in Nelson’s Lakeside Park on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.

Namaste Sequoia joins Aurapalooza in Nelson’s Lakeside Park on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.

It’s Aurapalooza! Nelson welcomes festival of healing and wellness

Visit Lakeside Park Aug. 17 for festival of the healing arts

Whether you’re intrigued by the healing properties of reiki or acupuncture, are keen to explore the restorative properties of yoga, or are curious about the state of your aura, a fun day of experience and exploration is coming to Nelson Saturday, Aug. 17.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Lakeside Park, Aurapalooza will showcase the broadening awareness of subtler, and finer, universal energies only recently evidenced with the help of Quantumn Field Theory, Double Slit Experiment, and Biocentricism. Ancient wisdoms such a Daoism, Ayurveda, Kabbalah, for example, embodied a way of being and healing during a time when nature’s science and spirituality were intertwined, explains organizer Tanya Chan.

With free admission, the entire family is invited to come explore the inaugural festival tapping into the subtle universal energies of the Zero Point Field for healing and wellness. Whether it’s the ancient Chinese concept of chi, the Indian principle of prana, or other interpretation, we are at an exciting precipice of entwining modern day research with ancient wisdom and philosophy, Tanya says. The abundance of healing practitioners in the Kootenay community recognize the importance of channelling life force energy as a healing force.

“What we give focus, attention and intention to can change how we experience our reality,” Tanya explains, pointing to the demonstrated impact of focusing on feeling positive, uplifting thoughts by re-framing a current perspective that may be causing sad or negative thoughts. “Our bodies are basically responding to our feelings or thoughts, which can help heal us or make us sicker,” as demonstrated by Dr. Emoto’s research on water and, funnily enough, our bodies are approximately 70 per cent water.

Recognizing that each individual is unique, as are the treatments that speak to them, Aurapalooza aims to highlight an array of modalities throughout the day. “Listen to your own inner wisdom and you will not be led astray,” Tanya says.

While recognizing the important messages behind the event, Aurapalooza – as its name implies – is designed as a fun event to bring the community together. “It’s creating some levity and bringing lightness into our lives around the issue of healing.”

With that in mind, here’s a look at what you can experience at Aurapalooza:

Get your “Aura Picture” taken! A professional in Kirlian photography – a collection of photographic techniques used to capture the phenomenon of electrical coronal discharges, or auras – will offer aura imaging and take-home reports at discounted prices.

Get busy: With a music stage, an outdoor space for yoga, tai chi, chi gong and other group movement sessions, plus individual healing arts vendors, and arts & crafts booths you’ll find an array of offerings to explore throughout the day. Children can get their face painted, check out the arts booths and more!

Try a new treatment: Professionals from the Kootenays and greater BC will showcase alternative healing methods and offer the opportunity to experience discounted treatments. (Bring cash for individual vendors where fees apply; donations also accepted with gratitude.)

While space is filling quickly, vendors who would like to join the fun are invited to email or call 250-551-6808. Volunteers are also welcome to get in touch.

“Response has been overwhelming, which really indicates the time is right for this kind of event in Nelson,” Tanya says.

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Spiritual counsellor Gavriel Strauss will be at Nelson’s Aurapalooza, Aug. 17.

Spiritual counsellor Gavriel Strauss will be at Nelson’s Aurapalooza, Aug. 17.