With being so interested in the mind, the body, and the spirit, my friends that I went with were super surprised that I had never actually attended the MBS Festival before! I have got to say though, I really enjoyed it.
At the festival you can attend free seminars and workshops, taste-test various concoctions and foods, watch healthy cooking demonstrations, watch musical performances to ignite your own creativity, and of course you can buy products or services (e.g. tarot reading, reiki, massage). While I did not purchase any services (I would rather be more well-read and informed before I pay money for a service that I’ve just been exposed to), I was gifted a free probiotic water, bought a few books, some calming crystals, a glass bottle (with a never-ending daily juice-refill deal – winning!) and some Pana chocolate (are you surprised?).
What I really gained from attending the MBS Festival, however, was observing how many people are truly interested in self-care and living their best life, while actually putting a conscious effort into learning to translate their body’s language (symptoms). Too many times, in our Western culture, we presume that any problem can be solved by a pill. Have a headache? Here’s a pill. Have a cough? Here’s a pill. Having trouble sleeping? Here’s a pill. There are so many other, more natural, approaches to achieving wellness and it was great to widen my exposure to multiple modalities of healing.
I think if you have any interest in the mind, body, or spirit you should definitely check out this festival (the next Melbourne event is in November 2017). Walking from stall to stall provides you with a wealth of knowledge – each business has a few minutes to educate the people that are passing by, and they literally throw out free information like confetti! Keeping an open mind is key though, otherwise you won’t be impressed – I used to be a hardcore believer of Western Medicine until the system continually failed me. That is when I turned to complimentary medicine and found the results I was so desperately seeking for (but stay tuned for that, because I’m working on some upcoming content). I guess what I’m saying is that when it comes to all the businesses present at the MBS festival, just be open to listen to what they are each preaching.
I would definitely be wary, though, because there are some stalls that are a classic example of…. well… you know. Let me tell you a little story of what happened: My two friends and I came across a stall that was offering a free 10-minute session with a lady who claims she can recognize your life’s purpose from spending only a few minutes with you. Being a psych grad, I had warning signs pop up immediately, but I thought ‘why not, let’s give it a go. Might be fun’. We each sat down at different times, and made sure we didn’t tell each other what she told us until we all had a turn. When I finally came out (as I was the last to do the session), my friends and I realized that she each told us the same thing – that our life purpose was to teach (we are all technically teachers in life, but anyway…). We even compared the specifics of our session with her and realized that almost everything of what she said was the same. Yet during those 10 minutes, her speech was so powerful that it made each of us consider buying into her program (valued at $350)! We obviously didn’t, but it turned out to be a funny little story to tell!
On another note, there was one stall which was quite striking and I can definitely say my friends and I will be seeking this business out in the near future. There was a man with his wife sitting behind a table of a few herbs, and a simple Word printout of each herb and what it does. We thought ‘oh, this looks…bare. Let’s see what it’s all about!’. When we started talking with the man, he explained that he grows herbs that were anciently used as what we now label ‘antibiotics’, and how they take up to 6 years to fully harvest. He even had a few herbs that were historically known to help treat cancerous cells. We asked him how much he was selling these herbs for, and they turned out to be less than an average antibiotic prescription. We actually spoke with him for about 20 minutes, which was a long time, considering the average time we spent at each stall was ~3minutes. He then let us know that he runs group information sessions on how to grow the plants (and how to use them, etc) – I started becoming uninterested here because I thought, ‘Oh great. Now this just turned into a sales pitch for something that’s likely to be quite expensive. Next stall!’. But then he said they are free. To me, that speaks volumes. Here is a man that lives in country-town Victoria, doesn’t make a large profit off of something that is complicated to harvest, yet his altruism bloomed as he mentioned ‘I just want more people to know there are natural ways to get better when you’re sick, and even prevent yourself from getting sick. I’m just doing my small part to help the world.”
Here are just some of the events and exhibits that interested me at the MBS Festival:
- Free Cooking Recipes
- Live Music & Bellydancing
- Integrative Qi Gong: a modern approach (Breathing Exercises & Self-Healing)
- Chants, Kirtans, and Mantras
- The art of cup reading and meditation
- Tibetan chanting and meditation
- Laughter Yoga Session
- Benefits of Teas
- Learning the Art of Self-Healing
- Mindful Meditation
- Native American Teachings
- Disease Proof Your Life: Starting With Your Gut
- Boosting your Vibrational Frequency for Success & Abundance
- Dream Interpretation
- Acupuncture & Wellness Centre
- Aromatherapy & Essential Oils