Defected Croatia Festival Announces Wellness Programme
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DEFECTED CROATIA 2018
DEFECTED CROATIA ANNOUNCES WELLNESS PROGRAMME: ‘MINDFULNESS’ FEATURING MEDITATION, YOGA, POWER BALLET, STILLNESS PRACTICE & THE ART OF SILENCE
In a break from the usual programme of house music hedonism, Defected Croatia is introducing MINDFULNESS, an alternative festival schedule combining meditation, yoga, Power Ballet, stillness practice and the art of silence. Every day of the festival at 12pm expert practitioners will guide festivalgoers through sessions designed to instil peace and restore balance after long days and nights of dancing. Each session will be led by highly qualified wellbeing professionals to give the ultimate daily recharge before the festival gets into full swing. The Garden’s seafront, tree-dappled location will provide the perfect backdrop for some deep relaxation.
The MINDFULNESS programme will appeal to the well-practised and beginners alike, and will feature the following sessions: Heartfulness Meditation from Pierre Ravan; Learn How To Meditate with Jamie Watkins & Thubten; former British Kickboxing champion Faye Lovell will run Bushido Yoga and Power Ballet classes; Sonic Vinyasa with Cheryl Sim and Fred Everything features a DJ-set accompanied yoga session with meditation); and former M People member and world-renowned percussionist Shovell will lead Pulse Of Life sessions focused on both rhythmic drumming and the power of silence. Please see below for full details on the programme and expert biogs.
PIERRE RAVAN – HEARTFULNESS MEDITATION
Pierre is the creator of KaRavan, a unique concept combining Heartfulness Meditation with spiritual house music all in one single journey. Pierre has led crowds of many thousands in meditation around the world and has a unique approach to bringing this practice into his DJ sets. The basic Heartfulness practice comprises two key techniques: 5 minutes Heartfulness Relaxation and 25 minutes of Heartfulness Meditation.
Thursday 9th, Friday 10th & Saturday 11th (Sunrise Set) 12-2pm
JAMIE WATKINS & THUBTEN – LEARN HOW TO MEDITATE
Renowned Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten is a meditation teacher and author from the UK, teaching mindfulness in universities, schools, hospitals, prisons and for companies such as Google, as well as recently training the cast of Hollywood blockbuster Doctor Strange. Ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk 25 years ago, his work is often featured in the media and he is well known for bringing mindfulness into the workplace, teaching people how to integrate it into their busy lives. He and the neuroscientist Ash Ranpura have collaborated with Ruby Wax on her latest bestselling book, How to be Human: The Manual, and Thubten is now busy writing his second book. He will guide you in techniques for deep relaxation, developing inner peace, compassion and joy.
Faye is a black belt in Mugendo Karate Kickboxing, winning two British championships and fighting in the World and European Championships. Gravitating towards yoga to help relieve chronic physical burnout, she did her yoga teacher training under Bridget Woods Kramer. Faye has been a personal trainer for 12 years, working in London and running retreats in Ibiza.
Power Ballet – 30 mins
Faye will teach an energising workout to hot funk-driven beats. The 30 minute motivational ballet session will typically focus on small movements and target every muscle group with emphasis on technique and core, creating strength and flexibility through classical dance movements. Everybody’s welcome.
Bushido Yoga – 1hr
‘Bushido’ meaning the way of the warrior. The approach of the workshop combines a flow of martial arts and primal movements with Hatha Yoga. The union of all three is to flow with grace. Throughout the session Faye will teach the elements of effective yoga practice, the key principles of alignment to help balance mind, soul and body.
Sunday 12th 12-1:30pm
CHERYL SIM WITH FRED EVERYTHING – SONIC VINYASA FLOW
This 90-minute class opens with a short, grounding meditation followed by an energetic practice that combines flowing sequences with a variety of standing, seated and balancing poses and closes with relaxation. A live DJ set by Fred Everything will provide the perfect accompaniment for this fun and challenging Vinyasa practice. Intended to invigorate the body and spirit while calming the mind, this class is appropriate for all, from beginner to advanced yogis.
Monday 13th 12-1:30pm
SHOVELL – THE PULSE OF LIFE
Andrew Lovell aka Shovell is probably best known as being a member of the multi-platinum and award-winning band M People. Shovell is renowned as one of the best percussionists around, performing and recording with the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Boy George, Nightmares On Wax and Soul II Soul to name just a few. The other side to Andrew Lovell is that he also works as a qualified Cranio-Sacral Therapist, a Somatic Experience Practitioner, a Celebrant and has also been studying Shamanic healing since 2011. Since 2008, Andrew has also been a practicing Nichiren Buddhist.
All of these therapies, ceremonies and practices have helped introduce a profound calmness and peaceful stillness into Andrew’s life that produce long-term life benefits. In this Pulse Of Life session, he will examine the rich rhythms of life that manifest through the art of drumming. He will also touch on the healing power of silence, and in turn discover some coping strategies that are invaluable to finding inner balance in this modern world.
Tuesday 13th 12-1:30pm
ABOUT DEFECTED CROATIA:
A gathering for the extended Defected family from around the world, Defected Croatia 2017 saw 3,000 house heads from the UK, Australia, L.A., South Africa and all corners of Europe come together to experience six glorious days of house music heaven, the ultimate festival escape. Like all Defected events the festival is a family affair; house heads of all generations and their favourite DJs united on the shores of the Adriatic.
Defected joins forces with Relentless to present the festival’s opening party at the Main Stage on Thursday 9th August, kicking off the festival in monumental style with Basement Jaxx, Claptone, Danny Howard, Sam Divine B2B Simon Dunmore, Mat.Joe and Andy Daniell. Defected will continue to host the Main Stage throughout the week, headlined by CamelPhat, Amine Edge & DANCE, Masters At Work, Dennis Ferrer, Roger Sanchez and many more.
Across the water at the Beach Stage will be the domain of artists like Derrick Carter, Soul Clap and Folamour for Classic Music Company, Todd Terry, Dimitri From Paris and Horse Meat Disco for Glitterbox and Nightmares On Wax, DJ Gregory and many more for Defected offshoot Block Party Beats. The beautifully shaded Olive Grove will see a repeat of last year’s unforgettable Garage Sessions with Sam Divine & Hatcha on Saturday, while Black Motion take over with their outstanding live act alongside Sef Kombo and MoBlack on Sunday.
Not one but two boat parties will set off daily on The Garden Resort’s infamous Argonaught, with CamelPhat presents BLOW! In The Haus with Melé, DJ Haus and DJ Boring, 4 To The Floor, Relentless presents Defected, DVINE Sounds, Glitterbox, Soul Heaven presents Deepah Ones, Classic Music Company, Roger Sanchez’s Undr The Watr, Café Mambo Ibiza and Beatport bringing the beats to the idyllic Adriatic. Meanwhile every day the Pontoon will see the likes of Sy Sez, Peznt, Aston Martinez and Brown S providing the soundtrack on the beach.
After dark, Barbarella’s unique outdoor clubbing setting will be curated by dance music heavyweights DFTD, Classic Music Company and of course Defected, bringing Franky Rizardo, Low Steppa, Spen & Karizma, Human Movement, Honey Dijon plus plenty more bringing the festival day to a close under the stars.
STAGE & BOAT PARTY HOSTS A-Z:
4 To The Floor – Beatport – Black Motion LIVE – Café Mambo Ibiza
BASEMENT JAXX DJ SET – CAMELPHAT – CLAPTONE – DENNIS FERRER
AEROPLANE – AMINE EDGE & DANCE – ANDRÉ HOMMEN – ANGELO FERRERI – ARMLESS KID BLACK MOTIONLIVE – BRIAN TAPPERT – BWI-BWI – COPYRIGHT – CRAZY P DJ SET – DAN SHAKE DANNY HOWARD – DARIO D'ATTIS – DENNIS CRUZ – DJ BORING – DJ GREGORY – DJ HAUS – DJ SPEN – ELI ESCOBAR – FOLAMOUR – FRANKY RIZARDO –
ANDY DANIELL – ASTON MARTINEZ – BLACKSOUL – BROWN S – CAMERON GEORGE
SHOVELL LIVE ON PERCUSSION
TICKETS & ACCOMMODATION
There is still a chance to grab on site accommodation. Camping and ‘Glamping’ options are available, consisting of luxury bell tents which sleep up to four people with an outdoor terraced seating area. Cosy but spacious and the perfect option for comfort on a budget, festival-goers can book now with The Garden Resort to secure their places onsite. On site accommodation is booked via The Garden Resort website.
Alternatively, Tisno is a short walk from the festival with plenty of affordable apartments and hotels. Off site accommodation is booked via Love Music Travel.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL SITE
With its superb sunshine record and a wide range of accommodation options from on-site apartments to DIY campsite, The Garden Resort is a truly unique setting. More than a music festival, Defected Croatia is a holiday in itself, with a range of venues running across the 6 days.
Nestled directly on the Adriatic at the end of The Garden’s beach, this is the ultimate spot for soaking up Defected Croatia’s stunning setting. During the day, the Beach Stage offers uninterrupted views across the bay and crystal clear waters. The music kicks off here in the early evening, soundtracking the last hours of sunshine until dark, when flooded with multi-coloured light the stage really comes into its own. The Beach Stage is the festival’s tucked-away party piece.
Kicking off every evening with performances from the festival’s headliners including live acts and superstar DJs, the Main Stage is the centre of attention after dark. The largest at the site, the Main Stage is at the heart of The Garden, surrounded by the bars, food shacks and facilities. Expect to see all your favourites of the world’s biggest DJs on their very finest forms.
The Main Stage’s sidekick is the Olive Grove with its large canopy, making it perfect for daytime raving. Beautifully shaded and surrounded by trees, it’s a picturesque spot in the heart of the festival site. Just a couple of minutes from the beach and close to the bars and amenities, this is your first place to head when arriving at the site.
There are up to two boat parties every day during the festival, setting sail from the site’s jetty on The Garden’s famous boat The Argonaught. With an upper and lower deck, a top quality soundsystem and its own bar, The Argonaught is the ultimate party-equipped vessel. Boat parties last for two hours and venture out into Tisno’s calm coastline, returning to the festival in time to continue the party on site.
Barbarella’s discotheque is without doubt one of the most unique nightclubs in Europe. Harking back to the original days of clubbing in Europe with its open-air setting and breath-taking location, Barbarella’s invites you to dance all night under the stars. Like all the most magical parties, nights at Barbarella’s are rarely over until 7 or 8am in the morning. Reach the club via a short ride on a shuttle bus, taxi, or water taxi from the main site.
If the day-to-night-time festival programme and after-partying until sunrise wasn’t enough, ‘Sunrise Sessions’ down at the beach pick up where Barbarella’s leaves off. Located at the Beach Stage and kicking off around dawn, the Sunrise Sessions were an impromptu introduction to the festival in its second edition. The sessions created some memorable moments for DJs and festival-goers alike, while the sun came up on a new day at Defected Croatia.
Located just a short walk or water taxi ride from the historic old town of Tisno, with its waterside bars, cafés and restaurants, the Defected Croatia site has both a true festival ‘feel’ and retains an intimacy so often missing from many contemporary electronic music festivals.
For more information regarding location, accommodation and travel, head to defected.com/croatia.
Source Alchemy Lifestyle PR
July 19, 2018 11:15am ET by Alchemy Lifestyle PR