Professor Sohail Inayatullah will speak at the Ananda Mela Festival of Bliss.
Professor Sohail Inayatullah will speak at the Ananda Mela Festival of Bliss.

Long-running ‘bliss festival’ to tackle the tough topics

FOR the 38th consecutive year the Ananda Mela Festival of Bliss will return to the area.

Typically hosted on the Granite Belt, this year’s event will be held at Leslie Dam in January.

The festival, from January 4-8, aims to celebrate cultural diversity, encourages environmental sustainability initiatives and promotes the practice of yoga and meditation.

“The festival offers an array of stimulating and interesting activities around the theme of spiritual ecology,” Len Paarman, member of the organising committee said.

“Enjoy yoga and meditation twice daily, the blissful effect of mystical music and an abundance of gourmet vegetarian and vegan food prepared fresh daily on site.”

This year the Ananda Mela will incorporate Granite Belt Eco Sunday.

“This is an exciting and special event for the Southern Downs region of Queensland, featuring key note speakers Professor Sohail Inayatullah, a world-renowned futurist and Professor Ian Lowe AO, a leading environmental scientist,” Mr Paarman said.

“Dr Inayatullah, awarded the first UNESCO Chair in his field, will facilitate discussion revolving around visions of new futures and draw on these creative insights to develop new environmental perspectives for the Granite Belt while Ian Lowe will discuss planning for transitioning to Low-Carbon Societies.

“Since the beginning of time the world’s climates have been subject to continual change. “While there is much debate on whether the current rate of climate change is human caused or a natural cycle; the main question for all of us is whether we can mitigate our negative impact on the climate.

“If the answer is yes, then the time for affirmative action is now.”

Places at Granite Belt Eco Sunday will be capped, so to avoid disappointment early bookings are suggested.

Full program details and ticket purchase are available at: https://ww.anandamelafestival.org.au

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