Returning to the natural landscape of the Wasing Estate near Reading for its fourth year, Medicine Festival offers an alternative to the archetypal rock n' roll hedonism that permeates UK festival season
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Medicine Festival, an alcohol and drug-free event, is the antithesis to the hedonism of Glastonbury and Reading, something that may strike a chord with all soul seekers.
The event takes place from 17-21 August, 2023 – and this year it will be bigger and better than ever. Expanding in response to popular demand for 2023, the event will increase numbers on site from 3,500 to 5,000.
Explore ideas from across the world in themed areas that will include:
- Soil & Soul: a space for learning permaculture and land-based skills.
- The Nest: a hidden woodland venue hosting cross-cultural folk music.
- Ubuntu: showcasing changemakers and undiscovered talent from the African Diaspora.
- Sacred Sound Temple: holding voice/sound workshops and medicine music performances.
- Gwynns Grove & Haven: for tantra, sexuality, men's/women's, queer, non-binary and LGBTQ workshops.
Ceremonies, rituals and healing workshops will be facilitated by indigenous leaders from across the world, including lauded 'Rockstar of the Forest' Ninawa Pai Da Mata, chief of the Huni Kuin tribe (Brazil), a gifted musician and shaman; Anthar Kharana from the Colombian Andean traditions (Peru); Christiana Aro-Harle from the Tuvan tradition (Finland); Tibetan monk, Tulku Lama Ahbay Rinpoche; and elders from the British Isles, such as Chris Park (Druidic tradition) and Annie Spencer.
"With indigenous elders once again headlining our event, this year's festival will be a Mecca for wellbeing, ceremony, world music, dance, sacred activism, nature connection, multicultural arts and a joyful celebration of diversity," says Remi Olajoyegbe, the festival's co-founder.
"Medicine is proud to be part of a growing global movement that is reigniting the ancient ways, reviving natural healing modalities, pioneering land-based technologies, bridging cultures and embracing the interconnectedness of all life as we strive to revive our planet at this critical time."