In a break from the usual programme of house music hedonism, Defected Croatia is introducing MINDFULNESS, an alternative festival schedule combining meditation, yoga, Power Ballet, stillness practice and the art of silence. Every day of the festival at 12pm expert practitioners will guide festivalgoers through sessions designed to instil peace and restore balance after long days and nights of dancing. Each session will be led by highly qualified wellbeing professionals to give the ultimate daily recharge before the festival gets into full swing. The Garden’s seafront, tree-dappled location will provide the perfect backdrop for some deep relaxation.

The MINDFULNESS programme will appeal to the well-practised and beginners alike, and will feature the following sessions: Heartfulness Meditation from Pierre Ravan; Learn How To Meditate with Jamie Watkins & Thubten; former British Kickboxing champion Faye Lovell will run Bushido Yoga and Power Ballet classes; Sonic Vinyasa with Cheryl Sim and Fred Everything features a DJ-set accompanied yoga session with meditation); and former M People member and world-renowned percussionist Shovell will lead Pulse Of Life sessions focused on both rhythmic drumming and the power of silence. Please see below for full details on the programme and expert biogs.

Pierre is the creator of KaRavan, a unique concept combining Heartfulness Meditation with spiritual house music all in one single journey. Pierre has led crowds of many thousands in meditation around the world and has a unique approach to bringing this practice into his DJ sets. The basic Heartfulness practice comprises two key techniques: 5 minutes Heartfulness Relaxation and 25 minutes of Heartfulness Meditation.

Thursday 9th, Friday 10th & Saturday 11th (Sunrise Set) 12-2pm


Renowned Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten is a meditation teacher and author from the UK, teaching mindfulness in universities, schools, hospitals, prisons and for companies such as Google, as well as recently training the cast of Hollywood blockbuster Doctor Strange. Ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk 25 years ago, his work is often featured in the media and he is well known for bringing mindfulness into the workplace, teaching people how to integrate it into their busy lives. He and the neuroscientist Ash Ranpura have collaborated with Ruby Wax on her latest bestselling book, How to be Human: The Manual, and Thubten is now busy writing his second book. He will guide you in techniques for deep relaxation, developing inner peace, compassion and joy.

Saturday 12th 12-1pm


Faye is a black belt in Mugendo Karate Kickboxing, winning two British championships and fighting in the World and European Championships. Gravitating towards yoga to help relieve chronic physical burnout, she did her yoga teacher training under Bridget Woods Kramer. Faye has been a personal trainer for 12 years, working in London and running retreats in Ibiza.

Power Ballet – 30mins

Faye will teach an energising workout to hot funk-driven beats. The 30 minute motivational ballet session will typically focus on small movements and target every muscle group with emphasis on technique and core, creating strength and flexibility through classical dance movements. Everybody’s welcome.

Bushido Yoga – 1hr

‘Bushido’ meaning the way of the warrior. The approach of the workshop combines a flow of martial arts and primal movements with Hatha Yoga. The union of all three is to flow with grace. Throughout the session Faye will teach the elements of effective yoga practice, the key principles of alignment to help balance mind, soul and body.

Sunday 12th 12-1:30pm


This 90-minute class opens with a short, grounding meditation followed by an energetic practice that combines flowing sequences with a variety of standing, seated and balancing poses and closes with relaxation. A live DJ set by Fred Everything will provide the perfect accompaniment for this fun and challenging Vinyasa practice. Intended to invigorate the body and spirit while calming the mind, this class is appropriate for all, from beginner to advanced yogis.

Monday 13th 12-1:30pm


Andrew Lovell aka Shovell is probably best known as being a member of the multi-platinum and award-winning band M People. Shovell is renowned as one of the best percussionists around, performing and recording with the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Boy George, Nightmares On Wax and Soul II Soul to name just a few. The other side to Andrew Lovell is that he also works as a qualified Cranio-Sacral Therapist, a Somatic Experience Practitioner, a Celebrant and has also been studying Shamanic healing since 2011. Since 2008, Andrew has also been a practicing Nichiren Buddhist.

All of these therapies, ceremonies and practices have helped introduce a profound calmness and peaceful stillness into Andrew’s life that produce long-term life benefits. In this Pulse Of Life session, he will examine the rich rhythms of life that manifest through the art of drumming. He will also touch on the healing power of silence, and in turn discover some coping strategies that are invaluable to finding inner balance in this modern world.

Tuesday 13th 12-1:30pm

AUGUST 9TH – 14TH 2018