Taste of other cultures adds spiritual touch
IF YOU thought the Moonlight Mystic Fair was just about tarot card readings, then think again.
The little-sister event to the January Starlight Festival boasted some unique attractions, including a celebration of the coco goddess born from the sacred past of the Mayans.
Sunder Devi gave an insight into the power of chocolate made by Mayan Shamans.
Sunder is a spiritual motivator with more than 50 years' experience, and travels between Australia, India, America and the Netherlands teaching, doing workshops and being a life coach.
In 2008, Sunder studied Peruvian Shamanism in her quest to understand the world of spiritual experiences.
During her demonstration at the fair, 20 people sat in the teepee while she prepared and allowed them to taste the chocolate linked to an ancient Mayan tale.
Rudi Strand, of Pottsville, found the session most enlightening.
"When learning about other cultures, it is another dimension when you add taste," he said.
"The story comes through the spices and the flavours.
"People who are intimately involved with other cultures will always have something to give."
The fair's co-ordinator, Rosie Richards, said she was so humbled by the show of support from the local community.
"We really try to keep the essence of Byron Bay happening," she said.
"This fair enables the local practitioners and healers to connect with tourists and other locals over the Easter long weekend.
"When travellers come to Byron Bay, they seek out 'a Byron Bay experience' and the Moonlight Mystic Fair offers them the retreat to experience a healing, reading, spirit guide drawing and more.
"We are really trying to hold that space and keep it going. We allow a space for local practitioners who can't afford to be working in Byron.
"Our cook is also amazing and has been providing amazing organic vegan food that fits with the whole healing ethos of the day."
Although smaller than the Starlight festival and contained to the Bangalow Hall, the fair allowed patrons to receive delights like craniosacral osteopathy, energy healing, live music performance, astrology, palm reading, conduits, tarot card reading and aromatherapy.
Visitors could take their pick of offerings from 35 stalls.