CRAZYWISE Documentary: Psychosis & Spiritual Awakening
11. Juni 2021 | Shankra Sri Lanka

We are glad to announce that the projection of the documentary film Crazywise produced by Mr. Phil Borges will take place at Shankra Festival Sri Lanka 2022!

How can mental balance be linked to spirituality? Is it possible to address psychosis through a sort of spiritual awakening? The movie director and researcher Phil Borges researched these and other topics in this breathtaking documentary, which will be screened at Shankra Festival Sri Lanka 2022.

In his words: “the documentary film CRAZYWISE explored what we can learn from individuals in tribal and indigenous cultures who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.”

Since the release of the film, Phil Borges and his team have interviewed dozens of individuals In Europe and North America who have spoken of a profound feeling of connection to everyone and everything during their psychological crisis.  Several who have successfully navigated their crisis have awakened to a deeper sense of compassion and empathy and found more meaning, purpose and direction in their lives. How does this happen? Some exciting discoveries, in the world of Neuroscience and the renaissance in psychedelic research, point to a possible explanation. Phil Borges’ presentation will include some of the new and exciting work that is bridging the gap between Science and Spirituality in the world of mental health.

Food & Drinks Travelers' Tips - Sri Lanka
25. Mai 2021 | Shankra Sri Lanka

Before you start your adventure in Sri Lanka to reach Shankra Festival 2022, here are some practical information to allow you to begin this journey safely:

FOOD

To help avoid food-related problems, eat only freshly cooked food. It is better to avoid shellfish and not well-cooked fish, taking extra care to peel fruit and cook vegetables. If you feel like having a fresh salad, soak it in iodine water for at least twenty minutes.

Take care of your digestive system: if it’s your first time traveling or you have a delicate digestive process, always remember to pack some probiotic supplements, natural remedies and emergency medicines. Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly before eating.

WATER

Tap water is not safe to drink. Use bottled or filtered water; for the former, look for the small round ‘SLSI’ logo, which shows the water has been tested by the government’s Sri Lanka Standards Institution (the majority of local brands).

The climate reaches high temperature in this beautiful island: always remember to stay hydrated, drinking fresh filtered water and fruit juices. Always ask for filtered water when you try freshly made fruit juices.

TO KEEP IN MIND

Do your research before you go: in order to anticipate any food-related issue, research the local habits and health system. And if you want to turn your adventure in a culinary paradise, be sure to follow our news about Sri Lanka flavors: we will take you through the amazing world of Sri Lankan cuisine. You will be able to discover mouth-watering specialties and getting to know the dishes you will discover on the island!

April 14th: Happy Tamil & Sinhala New Year 
14. Apr. 2021 | Shankra Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, today is a special day: every April 14th is a collective celebration for locals of different religions. It is a day to honour life, together with the family, following local traditions of Puthandu, Aluth Avurudda, Baisaki, Vishu or Bihu, just some of the many ways that are used across cultures to define this festivity.

Puthandu (Tamil: தமிழ்ப்புத்தாண்டு) the Tamil New Year, is the first day of year on the Tamil calendar. Tamil people greet each other by saying "Iniya Puthāaṇdu vāazhthugal!" (இனிய புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்), that means “Happy New Year!”. Families usually clean up the house, cook delicious specialties and wear new clothes.

Aluth Avurudda (Sinhala: අලුත් අවුරුද්ද) is also a traditional festivity of New Year, for Sinhalese people. It begins with the new moon between April 13th and 14th. This day marks the end of the harvest season and of spring. It is believed that together with the renovation of the year, a renovation of thoughts takes place.

These traditions date back to ancient times, where rituals and ceremonies connected humans to the rhythm of Nature. These rituals were shared between a wide range of cultures in South and South-East Asia, on this meaningful date of April 14th: this fact is considered by many to be an influence of the ancient shared culture in this area, in the 1st millennium CE. The advent of major religions in the different countries led to a re-interpretation of these rituals in a new light, giving birth to national New Year celebrations. In Sri Lanka, both Buddhism and Hinduism influenced local ceremonies and traditions, in a mix of Indigenous, Astrological, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions.

Today, across the island, people prepare trays with fruits, flowers and auspicious items, lighting up the family puja altar, meditating and visit their local temple. Kids seek blessings from their elders, later sitting down with the family for a huge and delicious vegetarian meal. Following the Tamil tradition, entrances of Tamil’s houses are decorated with colored Kolam or Muggu, a form of traditional decorative art drawn by using rice flour, stone powder or chalk.

In anthropology, the importance of yearly renovation is observed across pretty much all cultures in the world.

Nature teaches us that each year, each month and each day we have the chance to let go of our past burdens and take inspiration from the natural world, to rise stronger and fresher. Let’s celebrate together with Sri Lanka locals, renewing our thoughts and lighting up our spirits, while we wait for Shankra Festival Sri Lanka 2022.

Towards A Good Anthropocene - Conference
31. März 2021 | Shankra Sri Lanka

What does “Anthropocene” mean? To what extent humans impact the planet? Can we improve the way we relate to the environment around us? During this conference, Gaia Vince will answer these questions and present her insights on this relevant topic, consequently leading a collaborative discussion.

This event asks the audience to consider the new human-dominated planet we are creating, as our species alters global temperatures, the world’s biodiversity and fundamentally changes Earth. We are entering the Anthropocene: the age of humans. No part of this planet is untouched by us, we’re even littering Space. We have made the world a better and safer place in many ways – more people now live longer, healthier lives. But we now risk these successes as we move into the hostile environment we have made. How can we make a Good Anthropocene, and what would that look like?

Audience requirements: bring a curious mind!

Gaia Vince is a science writer and broadcaster exploring the interplay between human systems and the planetary environment. She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at UCL. Gaia has travelled the world extensively to research this unique time in Earth’s history, in which increasing human activities are changing the planet – and us – as never before. Her first book, Adventures In The Anthropocene documents these changes, how they’re affecting communities from the global south to the rich world, and what we’re all doing about it. In 2015, it won the Royal Society Science Book of the Year Prize (the first female winner of the prize). Gaia's latest book, Transcendence, shortlisted for the 2020 Royal Society Book Prize, explores how we got here: how a smart ape became a planet-dominating force. It rewrites the story of our ‘ascent’, describing the co-evolution of our biology, environment and our culture. It’s the story of how we made ourselves and where we are headed.

Have a look at Gaia Vince's Official Website, follow her tweets @WanderingGaia, look at her pictures in Instagram

@wandering_gaia or enjoy her videos.

Goa Gil's Special Message to Shankra
16. März 2021 | Shankra Sri Lanka

Goa Gil joined us at Shankra Festival in the magical valley of Lostallo in 2019. His 24hours set reunited many dancing souls in the தாமரை (Lotus) dancefloor, where psychedelic sounds were combined with musical rituals and human beings from all over the world gathered to join him and listen to his music, using hi-tech, on tape, dark psy and the most peculiar and enriching sounds in psytrance music!

Goa Gil’s special message to the Shankra Family is out now!

He will join us at Shankra Festival 2022, in the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, to Dance and Trance endlessly throughout the night till the morning is up on our new and vibrant dancefloor كَائِن (being)!

Ancient Medical Practices in Sri Lanka
3. März 2021 | Shankra Sri Lanka

"If you can not be a king, become a healer." 

Ancient traditions in Sri Lanka are vividly present in the daily life of its inhabitants, that still follow holistic practices of Ayurveda and other ancient traditional medicinal systems. At Shankra Festival, be ready to experience our wide program of local healing treatments including ancient therapies, home remedies, natural healing practices and body massages that cleanse and revitalize your body!

Sri Lanka, popularly known as Pearl of the Indian Ocean, excels in breathtaking white shores, crystalline waters and sizzling blue skies, but beautiful beaches are not its only attraction. The island’s abundance of precious medicinal herbs and ancient traditions in natural healing and wellness has guided its antique medical understanding ahead, making the peninsula a pillar of natural medicine and valuable knowledge.

Four different system of traditional medicine have been adopted in Sri Lanka: Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Deshiya Chikitsa. Ayurveda and Deshiya Chikitsa systems make use of plants and herbal preparations for the treatment of diseases, the former including about 2000 species, the latter about 500.

The traditional system of medicine has been practiced in Sri Lanka for more than 3000 years. Recorded history brings us back to the 4th century before the Christian Era, in a time where hospital with in and out-patients facilities had been constructed in the then capital city of Anuradhapura. Today, one can find archaeological remains of medicine boats, turned out of stone and employed for medicinal oil baths.

The traditional system of medicine is legally recognized in Sri Lanka, with its own medical council and registered medical practitioners, pharmacists and nurses. Organized teachings and trainings of traditional medicine in Sri Lanka are given the same importance as modern medicine.

In Ayurveda, every part of the same plant, such as tender leaves, flowers, bark roots or fruits are used to create a specific drug to treat ailments. Certain drugs, such as Cannabis, are included in the treatment, used in particular combinations and ratios. Other plants are popularly used as a preventive measure: for example, if grown in the garden, they can prevent certain kinds of poisonous reptiles to enter that space.

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