Festival Uplifts the world from Byron Bay
THOUSANDS of people from all over the globe were taken on a journey of self-empowerment and unity at the second annual Uplift Festival at the Byron Bay Community and Cultural Centre over the last four days.
Festival co-producer Chris Deckkersaid festival goers from as far as South America descended on Byron Bay to hear an international line up of speakers during the spiritual event.
Mr Deckker said festival numbers were double last year's inaugural Hybrid Conference Meets Music Festival attendance.
"Having the Gyuto Monks of Tibet complete a sand mandala during the festival was another amazing addition, and the launch of GAYA, The Global Alliance of Youth in Action was another highlight."
Internationally renowned biologist Bruce Lipton and his partner Margaret Horton addressed a full-house on Sunday about the mechanisms by which the mind controls bodily functions.
A 14 metre long reclaimed Tallowood tree felled by a storm at Upper Main Arm was transformed into a magnificent community Unity pole that will be erected in the Byron Shire.
Festival goers placed chalk hand prints of their energy on the timber, which were intricately carved by renowned Polynesian artist Tonu Shane.
"A time capsule will be placed inside the pole with information and positive impressions for the future about how people want to see society in 100 years when it is unearthed," Mr Shane explained.
Local couple Budda and Bella were so inspired by the uplift festival, he proposed on Thursday night.
The couple were married on the main stage last night in front of hundreds of festival goers.