Practical Knowledge

Touch, taste, hear and feel

The carefully considered, diverse program provides workshops and activities for all ages, interests and capabilities. Actively engage your body and mind:

  • Indigenous weaving – Gunditjmara master weaver Bronwyn Razem
  • Local bush foods – Brett Clarke
  • Connecting Conversations  – Aunty Beverly Hand
  • Wayapa Wuurrk – indigenous wisdom – Jamie Thomas
  • Rites of passage / men’s health – Matthew Perret & John Welford
  • Indigenous language – Joel Wright
  • Bush tanning – make your own eel leather – Josh Mclean
  • Ukelele  – Sarah Carroll  (BYO ukulele if possible)
  • Songwriting  – Mick Thomas
  • How to create a community solar farm – Morgan Kurrajong
  • Sand mandala creation for kids and big kids (Tibetan culture)

Children’s activities

There are plenty of activities for children – learn about our environment with Festival favourites The Connies, have fun in the beach play area, visit the short-finned eel ‘touch tank’ or taste one cooking over the coals.


  • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala creation
  • Venue: St Bernard’s Catholic Church – Lake Bolac (free event)
  • Welcome by Lake Bolac Community and local indigenous elders for Tibetan Buddhist Monks.
  • Commence sand mandala, combining an important conversation on ‘How do we care for each other?’
  • BYO Community Lunch. ‘Connecting to Country’ activities for students.


  • 8:00 – Yoga with Barbara Carr, A E McIntyre Hall, Lake Bolac College (1 hr) Festival pass or gold coin donation
  • 9:00 –  Meditation class with Venerable Khedup (1 hr.) followed by sand mandala creation (all day) *
  • 2:00 pm Children’s Mandala Workshop (1 hr.) * St Bernard’s Catholic Church – open to everyone (free event)


  • 8:00 am Lake Discovery Walk with Lou Hollis, departs from main Festival gate (free)
  • 8:00 am – Zumba with Helen Vallance – an upbeat dance experience– A E McIntyre Hall, Lake Bolac College (1 hr) (Festival Pass or gold coin donation)
  • 8:00 – Yoga with Barbara Carr, Boat Shed, upstairs (1 hr) Festival pass required

All weekend – Friday to Sunday – at St Bernard’s Catholic Church

Creation of sand mandala by visiting Tibetan Buddhist Monks –includes meditation, sand mandala workshop for children, and ceremonial dissolution of the mandala to conclude the Festival on Sunday afternoon.