The Ananda Mela is an inspiring and welcoming festival for all ages, offering the experience of a spiritual lifestyle in an open and relaxed atmosphere.
- Deep relaxation with twice daily meditation and yoga
- Healthy gourmet vegan and vegetarian food
- Fun and innovative workshops
- A full 12/24 hours of chanting (kiirtan) on the middle day of the week
- Entertaining creative activities for children and youth
- Inspiring world music, dance performances and sports
The festival has been running at the Ananda Palli community in Stanthorpe, Queensland for 30 years. We would like to thank everyone who has participated over the years for making the Mela the blissful event that we all love.
News from the 30th Mela!
This Mela was a colourful and vibrant 30th anniversary. A warm gathering of old and new friends celebrated the milestone. The Occupy Movements inspired the naming of the affinity groups. With names such as Occupy Love, Occupy Joy, Occupy Peace, Occupy Justice, Occupy Hope, the groups expressed these themes in funny and thought provoking performances. Futures Studies Professor, Sohail Inayatullah, presented a three piece set of workshops that explored the themes of leadership and shaping ones future, in a fun and stimulating way.
Sunanda’s energetic African drumming and dance workshops were sheer exuberance. Frances Gilfedder enchanting with his world music, played on an unending variety of flutes. The Nyoman Gamelan Balanese Dance group gave a captivating performance. The rainbow serpent project combined the inspiration and talent of Trishna’s community creation group, Terri-Ann, Wiruungga and the teens. The colourful lantern serpent evoked a magical atmosphere as it wove through the hall.
The perennial workshops – Yogi Chef, Heart Circle and Ananda Marga along with the daily yoga were as always, highly appreciated. The 12 hour kiirtan on the middle day elevated hearts and minds and attuned everyone to the spirit of this beautiful festival of bliss on its 30th anniversary.
If you’d like to help with childcare, offer a workshop or need any other information, email
Click here to see our exciting programme for 2013.
Ananda Mela in early January 2013, is a Festival of Bliss featuring yoga & meditation, culture, creativity, arts & crafts, inspiring workshops, community creations, delicious vegetarian food, a camping holiday for the whole family and a great way to start the new year. Organised by Ananda Marga near Stanthorpe, Qld, Australia, 2013 is our 31st year and we're planning an extra special event.
So all from Stanthorpe, Brisbane , Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Lismore, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Derby, etc., please Join Us!!