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Medicine Festival 2021

The gathering that unites ancestral and indigenous wisdom with future thinking
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
Medicine Festival 2021

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This article first appeared in our Earth Day special issue of My Green Pod Magazine, distributed with The Guardian on 22 April 2021. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox

Just under 1,000 tickets are selling fast for the second year of Medicine Festival, a family-friendly and alcohol-free gathering.

Medicine is a celebration of love, laughter, play, connection and inspiration; the immersive experience creates a space where people can learn, grow, reconnect with nature and one another, and return home with renewed hope for the future.

Spotlight on indigenous wisdom

The festival has been carefully curated to provide a place where people can be part of a vibrant, diverse community and unplug from the fast pace of our modern world.

The event is the first UK gathering where indigenous leaders and wisdom keepers from around the world are at the heart of the curation.

These guardians of the planet bring ancient wisdom and knowledge traditions alongside tools for positive action to inspire and empower.

This year, Chief Biraci and Putany of the Yawanawa Tribe and Ninawa Pai da Mata with the Huni Kuin Family will be at Medicine, sharing unique and vital perspectives on behalf of indigenous communities from the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazonian Rainforest.

Workshops, talks and music

The wider programme offers a rich and diverse array of healing practices, panel discussions, wellbeing and movement workshops, kids’ activities, nature immersion, traditional ceremony, musicians and electronic DJs.

The Activation Hub at the heart of the festival provides a platform for thought leaders, with talks, workshops and discussions on consciousness and spirituality, future technology, ancestral wisdom, neuroscience, philosophy, storytelling, activism, changemaking, food, farming, community and the future economy.

Event details

19-23 August 2021
Wasing Estate, Berkshire

Adult ticket: £140 – £225
Sunday ticket: £80
Kids: £55
Under-fives: Free

Confirmed experts include ecologist and activist Satish Kumar; award-winning documentary maker Bruce Parry; researcher of altered states of consciousness and global drug policy reform Amanda Fielding; mythologist and storyteller Martin Shaw and Jojo Metha, founder of the Stop Ecocide campaign.

Medicine will also welcome world-renowned musicians Nessi Gomes, Kaya Project, Curawaka, Gaudi and Bushwacka, providing audiences with the perfect balance of world music and electronic dance.

Country camping

Set in the Berkshire countryside, Wasing Estate covers several thousand acres of farmland and features parkland, woodland and lakes.

Located less than an hour’s drive from London, 35 minutes from Heathrow airport and five minutes by taxi from the nearest train stations (Midgham, Thatcham and Aldermaston), Medicine is very easy to access.

Camping in a personal tent is free, or you can opt to stay in a luxury yurt, tipi, bell tent or lotus tent in the Boutique Camping area.

There are also local B&Bs and hotels if you’d prefer to stay off the main festival site.

Passes can be purchased for campervans and cars, though people are encouraged to car share and use public transport where possible.

Reduced price tickets are available for students and those on a low income, and local residents can buy tickets at the Early Bird rate.

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