last weekend we went to Elemental @ PRANA. I have been so intrigued about this place - A magical piece of land on the Coromandel Peninsular flanking the barreling waves of Opoutere beach
Over 20 years of inspiring New Years Feastval celebrations, the land has become a mecca for the creatively conscious, environmentally mindful and any playful explorer keen to connect with kindred souls. Year after year friends come back from Prana raving about it. The land is established, cultured, colourful and full of character. I’m usually off being a busy Dj / event person over this period, so this is one place i was craving to experience.
It just so happened that my neighbour in Piha, come flatmate, come good friend, Daniel Vasku married the daughter of Mr Prana himself, the beautiful Maya. They spent half their life in Holland, and now call NZ home, living close to the land making the cogs turn with fresh energy, ideas and worldly inspiration.
They invited me to headline ELEMENTAL, which is a much more laid back, smaller event focusing on a ‘let it flow’ approach. A lucky few (like me) are invited to come along and trade their skill or service in exchange for a pass and meals. Tickets are also sold, and there’s a number of woofers on site who work in harmony to keep everything rolling.
ELEMENTAL is about ‘unplugging’ and getting back to nature. The original vision was to invite musicians to jam with an open mic policy (hense ‘unplugged’). I interpret it different. For me it’s a metaphor for getting off the grid. No phone reception = no phone or computer to suck you into the spider web of cyber intensity. You’re free to be present to natures beauty and human-connectedness.
We were given the grand pu-bah of marquees to call home. It was bright yellow like a gold palace and sat at the top of the campground. We felt very royal indeed! With only 200 people on site, it created the coolest, intimate atmosphere in a camping paradise! There were no ques for (the super, amazing composting) loos, the home cooked meals, and dragonfire pizza, kids running-a-muck, and a lady even brought her chickens in her house bus! It felt like home.
There were a number of low key workshops; ARIAL YOGA, ACRO YOGA, CYCOTRON, ESTATIC DANCE, and we brought the heat to the dance-floor at night.
My partners in crime were; Dan C (Abundance) and kale. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt an electric synergy between the Djs and crowd alike. Dan, Kale and I have a similar taste in music and style and were able to take the dancers on a wild ride! I love to play music in general, but playing to this crowd blew my heart right open with love for them. They danced so hard, and with not not a drop of alcohol. For hours. On Saturday night around 3am, their legs collapsed and they continued to dance on the floor until they were a squirming mess of hot sweaty, beautiful bodies.
We connected with old friends, and met loads of new ones. There’s also those you see around a few times with hugs and high 5′s, but ow we’ll be friends for life. I can’t wait to share more amazing experiences with these gorgeous humans.
“Being at Prana feels like we’re living as real human beings” – Dan C
No dancing footage unfortunately! Maybe Vasku has some we can share later…VASKU? But, for now here’s a vid from ma man’ Jsun and the VOPERTRONZ. Omg - a world-class act – freakin’ incredible!! You get the vibe??
And a photo review. THANK YOU PRANA!! We love you xx <3