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Healing Masculinity and How Festivals Create Communities.


Healing Masculinity

Bali Spirit Festival, Ubud, Bali: April 2018

The BaliSpirit Festival embodies the core mantra of Balinese Hinduism - Tri Hita Karana - to live in harmony with our spiritual, social, and natural environments.

Through the traditions of yoga, dance, healing and world music, the BaliSpirit Festival attracts over 7000 people from all over the world every year. The 6-day, 7-night Festival offers you a wide range of events to choose from between 8am – 11pm each day over 1 week, from April 2 - 8, such as interactive workshops & seminars, a lively community market & healing center, a children’s activity zone, yoga classes and vibrant night time programs of live Bhakti music concerts, ecstatic dance and DJs, set among the picturesque rice-fields of Ubud, Bali.


Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota?
A Conversation About the Global Crisis in Masculinity and the Modern Indian Man

Mumbai, India: March 2018

From boys don’t cry to mard ko dard nahi hota, all around the world, boys are taught to be men by rejecting femininity. Latinos call it machismo, the Chinese call is “直男癌” (straight male cancer). Lack of emotional literacy has lead to a global crisis in masculinity: Mass shootings in the US, shocking suicide rates among young men in Australia, and angry far-right movements in Europe. #MeToo has become a global phenomenon. 

In India, feminism is well established but corresponding mens work is lacking. To move forward we also need to have meaningful conversations about what it means to be a man and how narrow concepts of masculinity contribute to the problems of our country.

TEDxBRC 2015

How Festivals Build Real Communities from Utopian Visions

In this expansive reflection on the history and diversity of festivals, Eamon Armstrong suggests that the formation of meaningful and enduring communities among participants is the driving force behind all festival cultures. Social alchemist and community builder specializing in world festivals.



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