Expo's success in the cards
SECRETS were revealed and many souls enlightened at the Starlight Wellbeing Expo in Bangalow on the weekend.
Psychics and alternative healers from the Northern Rivers and abroad were there offering remedies to the 1500 people who attended.
Clairvoyant medium Gary Excell has been a psychic for 37 years and was reading peoples' pasts, presents and futures at the expo.
"I channel from my higher guides and I connect with other people's guides," Mr Excell told The Northern Star.
"I see colours and then I turn the colours into symbols. From that, I channel the reading."
Mr Excell said he'd been "flat out every day" of the four-day expo doing readings.
One of his curious customers was Amy Smith from Brunswick Heads.
"We want to know if we're going to be rich," Amy said.
Whether or not the future can be predicted is up for debate, but as far as Ms Smith was concerned, Mr Excell was fairly accurate.
"He said I'm going to move this year, which I'm planning on doing," she said. "But I was hoping he'd tell me a little bit more about the future."
Starlight Wellbeing Expo founder and director Raym Richards said the aim was to bring alternative medicines to the public.
"Our goal is to introduce people to alternative ways of being healthy and staying healthy and happy," he said. "It's about lifestyle, harmony, health and wellbeing.
"We get a variety of what you call alternative or complementary therapies that work on energy levels and there are also things like massages, readers and healers of various descriptions."
The expo also had a free "healathon" where different healers spoke to people about how to increase their spiritual and physical wellbeing.
"It's kind of like a barber shop where they sit and wait and the next healer might be right for them," Mr Richards said.
The festival started with a small group of healers who collaborated at Byron Bay Surf Club fifteen years ago.
Healers now come to the expo from Byron Shire, Lismore, Casino and Queensland.
Mr Excell travelled from The Sunshine Coast to be there and said it was a charming event.
"I've been doing this festival for years," Mr Excell said.
"It's good. For a small festival like it is, it's very popular with the public."