At Studio Evolve we are passionate about supporting others and sharing the love.
We host regular fundraising events for the local community, supporting the global community, such as Solstice 108 Sun Salutations, Mantra Evenings and special classes.
Funds raised in the past have gone to those starting up small business through Kiva micro finance loans in Africa, supporting farmers, teachers and shop owners, Project Jonah, Food For Families and Whakatu Riding For The Disabled.
We have also hosted collections for Angels on My Street, the Womans Refuge and more- big thanks to Tanya Nock for her big heart with this!
If you have a passion to raise awareness or funds for someone, somewhere or something do get in touch!
In 2017, Studio Evolve ran its inaugural 200-hour Teacher Training Programme. As a result of the success of this programme, we now offer a weekly 'Koha Yoga' slot for emerging teachers to gain teaching experience - while their students decide how much they wish to donate in appreciation, the donations goes into a scholarship fund which will be used to pay for an aspiring but financially challenged teacher to take part in our next training 13 - 29 April 2018.
Want to know more about the inspiriation for Studio Evolve's teacher development programme? Watch this video, featuring Kara-Leah Grant's interview with Chaitanya Deva.
Evolve Festival began its life as the Festival of Possibilities 25 years ago, founded by Avery Dash. Later Maureen McCain came on board as festival director and changed the name to the Festival of Opportunities. In 2006, Debby Verdonk took over management of the Festival for four years.
Bex and Chaitanya Deva came on board as directors in 2010 and ran the event for one year as the Festival of Opportunities. In 2011, they changed the name to Evolve Festival, to reflect its focus on transformation. In the same year, a Saturday evening programme was introduced for the first time, featuring tribal fusion didgeridoo dub musician Gangi Giri as headline act. In 2014, a Friday night programme was introduced along with on-site camping. By 2015, Bex and Chai had got the mix of daytime and nightly entertainment and workshops just right, so there were no major changes this year, but the Evolve Festival was bigger and better than ever before.
Evolve Festival’s 'kaupapa' (set of values, principles and plans which people have agreed on as a foundation for their actions) is to provide the environment for New Zealanders and travellers to the top of the South to:
- Connect with others who know that, in order to transform the world, we need to transform ourselves.
- Expand our minds with thought-provoking sessions.
- Free up the energy in our bodies.