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Canaan Downs – Pikikirunga, Golden Bay, Aotearoa – New Zealand

Lunasa date 2023

Canaan Downs – Pikikirunga, Golden Bay, Aotearoa – New Zealand

Join us to celebrate the ancient festival of Lughnasadgh (Lunasa) at the peak of summer, midway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox.

Lunasa offers a supportive environment for co-creating peaceful solutions to being authentic, self-organising living souls in heart-centered communities flourishing in resonance with nature.

View Music Line-up for Lunasa 2023

View Workshops Line-up for Lunasa 2023

How to reserve an admission pass to join us at Lunasa


Select membership and gift option 

  • Lunasa is a “Friend of Luminate” event for Members only.
  • Select a membership and gift option for up to 2  Adult and 2 Youth (14-18yrs).
  • The default gift is the minimum value to be eligible for an admission pass to Lunasa.


Get admission pass Add participant details

  • Make sure each participant name and age range is exactly the same as on the proof of name /photo ID required for admission to Lunasa.
  • Please make sure your email is correct. Your membership and admission pass will be sent to the email you have provided.


Pay Membership Fee + Gift contribution

  • Early Bird membership & gift offer runs until 20th December, or earlier if the allocation is reached.
  • Early Advance membership & gift offer runs until 23rd January 2023.
  • Standard membership & gift offer runs until 30th January 2023.

Several things to know:

  • Membership subscription is for one year and is valid until November 2023.
  • Members are invited to attend any events run by Luminate over the year; additional contributions for admission may be required depending on the event.
  • The capacity for numbers attending Lunasa 2023 is limited to support ease and spaciousness, and we invite you to reserve your admission pass as early as possible.
  • There is no eftpos or internet available at the event, and very little to no cell coverage on the land.
  • Bring sufficient cash to Lunasa to meet your needs in the agora (market goods, food & refreshments) and hauora (healing zone).
  • Once the request for membership has been processed you will receive an email with a receipt for your membership & gift contribution, and another email with the admission pass for Lunasa 2023. Please allow several days for the transaction to be completed.
  •  The payment gateway accepts NZ debit & credit cards and overseas credit cards, or you can chose to pay by bank transfer from a NZ bank. If bank transfer is selected an email will be sent with the details for payment. Transaction fees are costs for card and bank payments, and are calculated and added at the checkout.
  • The agreement for members is written with care and consideration, to provide clarity and invite voluntary interactions and alignment; so that people can experience a peaceful and harmonious gathering of families and community. By choosing to become a member and attending Lunasa you are confirming that you agree to the terms and conditions.
  • You can read the member’s agreement here.

Vision and Purpose for Lunasa 2023

Our intention is for Lunasa to be relaxing and nurturing, energising and purposeful; an invitation to immerse in the beauty and wisdom of nature, to unplug from the matrix with no cell phones or internet; to connect with like-minded people who value compassion, freedom, respect, self-responsibility and integrity; to share inspiration, creativity & knowledge; and to enjoy dancing in the open air to a wide range of wonderful music.


We think that in this age of transition, there is value in considering and engaging in alternative ways of interbeing that connect gifts with needs so that we might all live in greater abundance.  We would love you to join us in co-creating this vision into reality.

About Lunasa

Enjoy a range of original music from local and New Zealand bands & musicians, producers, djs and sound healing alchemists. The workshops will be solutions-focused and in-depth, empowering us with skills to benefit our lives and our communities, helping us be resilient in challenging times. You might like to take some time to relax and recharge with experienced holistic healing facilitators in Hauora; enjoy healthy food & drinks, and find handmade arts, crafts, clothes and useful things in the Agora (market).


Similar to how we’ve run things in the past, Lunasa 2023 will be a private event for Friend of Luminate members, non-alcohol and family-friendly. There are different prices for adults and youth (14-18 yrs), and as always, children 13yrs and younger can attend for free.


Lughnasadgh (Lunasa) is traditionally a potent time  to tune into the natural environment, for extended community, friends and family to be together, to connect with like-minded people, enjoy music and dance, and share knowledge and inspiration, healing and gifts.

Optimise & Thrive

The knowledge and inspirational sharing sessions will explore how we can:

  • reconnect and listen to the wisdom of the earth and our ancestors, explore the mysteries of this realm, and acknowledge nature as central to our co-existence.
  • bring in concepts of inter-connectedness, inter-being, co-operacy, reverence and compassion in communication into our daily lives.
  • explore aspects of sacred economics, agorism, and the circulation of gifts that connect with needs so that we can all live in greater abundance.
  • enhance our holistic wellbeing, our external environment and power of the mind to optimise our lives and thrive.
  • embody knowledge and practical solutions that empower us with the information and skills needed to create resilient and flourishing communities.
  • grow healthy food, save good seeds and complete the natural cycles to replenish nutrients and restore soil fertility whilst avoiding pollution; these are all essential skills to share and put into practice.

Heart Centered Community

The journey to authentic heart-centered community involves embracing and acknowledging difficulties and challenges, and we think that techniques from Zenergy (whole people cooperating in a sustainable world) and NVC  (compassionate/Nonviolent Communication) can help us on this path so that people can be heard without being censored, be acknowledged rather than cancelled, and engage in life on a voluntary basis free from coercion and demands.


We want to acknowledge the massive journey that the past two and half years has been, that we are all still a part of.

The full extent of what we have been through and are still experiencing is yet to be processed or comprehended. Meanwhile the future seems full of uncertainties. For many people the journey has been hugely stressful and challenging at times.


Yet, during this time, many have experienced shifts in perspectives, a new sense of awakening, a broadening of insights, a deepening of gratitude.

Maybe you will feel moved to join us at Lunasa 2023 to help with co-creating the reality of heart-centered communities; to bring into being “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible”.

13 Crystal Seeds of Positive Change

Lunasa is about sharing knowledge and empowering people with practical solutions to flourish in freedom and in harmony with nature, along with enjoyment of music and being together in a beautiful environment.


The topics featured in the 13 Crystal Seeds of Positive Change are put forward as invitations to explore themes that people might have a common interest in.


If you are considering presenting workshops at Lunasa on any of these topics, or on any other topics, we would love to hear from you with your ideas. And we want to be clear: as always, Lunasa is not about politics, protests or problems.


Lunasa offers a supportive environment for co-creating peaceful solutions to being authentic, self-organising living souls in heart-centered communities flourishing in resonance with nature.

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