Speaker & Teacher Info 2017

Speaker & Teacher Info 2017

Kip Andersen

Kip Andersen’s awakening as a filmmaker came as a result of An Inconvenient Truth. After seeing the film, he dramatically changed his lifestyle and believed he was doing everything he could to help the planet. But his life took a different direction when he found out animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental destruction. Together with Keegan Kuhn he co-produced his first film, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, which became an overnight viral success and ignited the environmental movement. Following this success, he was invited to speak in front of the European Parliament and a new cut, executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, was exclusively released on Netflix in September 2015.

Andersen is the founder of A.U.M. Films and Media, a 501c3 non-profit focused on creating films and media that promote thrivability, compassion, and harmony for all life. He is also a serial entrepreneur, as well as a certified Jivamukti and Kundalini yoga teacher.

A.U.M’s latest film titled “What the Health” follows Kip as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it.

Janette Murray-Wakelin & Alan Murray

Raw Vegan Path

Throughout the year 2013, to inspire and motivate conscious lifestyle choices, to promote kindness and compassion for all living beings and to raise environmental awareness for a sustainable future, raw vegan ultra-endurance runners Janette Murray-Wakelin and Alan Murray ran together around Australia, 15,782km, running 366 marathons (43 km) each in 366 days, no days off. On January 1, 2014, they acquired world acclaim by setting a new World Record as the only couple over the age of 60 fuelled entirely on raw fruit and veg, wearing barefoot shoes, to run 366 consecutive marathons around Australia.

Janette and Alan have been actively following a raw vegan lifestyle for over 11 years after Janette was diagnosed with cancer and was told she had 6 months to live. As a result, the lifestyle choices she made with the support of Alan, set them both on a journey to optimal health. As veteran ultra endurance runners, they have proven beyond any doubt that living a raw, vegan conscious lifestyle results in optimal health where physically, mentally and emotionally, anything is achievable.

The film ‘RAW -the Documentary’ depicts their amazing journey.

Frank Ferrante

May I Be Frank

Frank was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on August 26, 1951. According to his astrological chart, “peace and harmony are my battle cry.” The chart further claims that he is “flashy but not gaudy and prefers to dress elegantly.” His sartorial preferences obviously reflect a need for greater spiritual depth. Frank’s resume is “eclectic.” He has been, in no particular order, a NY City cab driver, scrap metal hauler, dishwasher, census taker, mail boy, ditch digger, bouncer, illegal narcotics distributor, general contractor, actor, radio announcer, carpenter, avid reader, seeker of God, weight gain/weight loss aficionado, recovered alcoholic/junkie, cocaine crazy, smoker, speed freak; raw foodist, vegan, lover, hater, father, husband, grad student, good guy, bad guy, social activist. Frank is an international spokesperson for personal transformation and weight loss, author of his soon to be released book, "May I Be Frank", subject of the award winning documentary “May I Be Frank" and featured in the documentary, "Hungry For Change". These films and book reflect Frank’s journey back to health and spiritual redemption.

James Aspey

James Aspey undertook a 365 day vow of silence to raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence. Diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 17 and told he had 6 weeks to live, James beat the cancer after 3 years of chemotherapy and during that time began partying and abusing drugs. He became a passionate personal trainer so he could help others with their health. After 7 years and eventually developing an eating disorder, he met a wise Indian man who told him eating animals is bad karma.

He went vegetarian for a 7 day experiment great, so researched into the health benefits and realised cutting animal products from your diet is incredibly healthy and reduces the chances of developing so many illnesses and diseases.

Upon more research he discovered the shocking and violent truth of what is being done to animals for food, clothing, entertainment and medical testing. It led him to the question, "If we don't need to kill and eat animals to be healthy, what are we doing this for?". He decided the only way to live in alignment with his values of respecting others was to become vegan. His first major form of activism was a 1 year long vow of silence which he used to raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence. He travelled around Australia and cycled 5000km from Darwin to Sydney to show vegans can be fit and strong. James now spreads his message at events and protests around the world.

Liat Solomon

Owner and Founder of Down To Earth Bali

Liat’s company Down To Earth Bali is the parent company of Earth Café & Market, one of Bali’s original and best loved plant-based restaurants. DTE produces numerous vegetarian foods and food products that are offered all over Bali, as well as overseeing the various services and products which are all reflective of macrobiotic principles, organic foods, vegetarianism, and healing through food. Liat is a trained macrobiotic chef and counsellor, having trained under direct tutelage of master Michio Kushi. She opened her first restaurant at the age of 19 and has delved into the kitchens of hundreds of ill and suffering individuals, produced a series of cooking classes, led group detox retreats, macrobiotic conferences, Buddhist conventions, diet cruises and worked with numerous world famous people who are on the path of healing with whole foods. As well as running a workshop on Home Remedy Secrets at the festival, Liat will be giving a talk on Food & Emotions – an in depth look at how what we put in our bodies affects our mind and mental state.

Dr. Susianto Tseng

Dr. Susianto is a vegan nutrition expert, and has been a vegetarian since 1988 and vegan since 2006. He is the President of the International Vegetarian Union and has a Doctorate in Nutrition, Faculty of Public Health, from the University of Indonesia (Summa Cum Laude) He has written 6 books on the subject including; Healthy Vegetarian Diet, The Miracle of Vegan, Vegan Nutrition for Pregnancy, Vegan Nutrition for Children, The Miracle of Tempe and Vegan Is Easy. His passion is spreading his knowledge and to improve and support people in learning to have a vegan diet.

As well as these many accolades, Susianto is also:

  • President of Asia Pacific Vegetarian Union (APVU) 2013-2015
  • Founder of South East Asia Vegetarian Union (SEAVU) 2007
  • Secretary General of Indonesia Vegetarian Society (IVS)
  • President of Vegan Society of Indonesia (VSI)
  • President of International Tempe Foundation (ITF)
  • Consultant for Perkin Elmer Singapore, Indonesia Rep Office
  • Nutrition Consultant for Royal Progress Hospital Jakarta-Indonesia
  • Speaker in multiple countries including Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Korea, Japan, India, Dubai, Australia, Germany, England, Spain and America

Dr. Andréa Paige

Andréa Paige, ND, MSc, ERYT 500 (NL/INDIA...origin USA)

"Vitality Connoisseur & BioHacking Epigeneticist" is a master of lifestyle medicine. Andréa travels the world empowering people to take health back into their own hands. Embodied, Andréa specializes in the physiological benefits of advanced yogic practices. Going deeper into the mechanics: the how-to of asanas and subtle depth of kriya, pranayam, meditation and advanced energy techniques. She has been sent to remind you: you can heal yourself. A robust educational foundation gives Andréa a unique perspective in the healing world. Part of her year is spent leading yoga teacher trainings and Anatomy, Physiology & Health, and Andréa currently serves on the Board of Directors for Festival Medical (USA, non-profit) & The Vedary (India) and is Founder of the Micro-biome Think Tank. Teaching from a place of resonance - where you feel what she says rather than merely intellectualize it - she has great success with people truly making lasting transformations. Her lectures aren't mere points of "oh, that was interesting," but rather - they are portals of activation for greater shifts in your life. Andréa's students say just being around her makes you feel more alive. Andrea will be teaching and speaking at the festival.

Arielle Chenarra

Thyme & Caramel

Thyme & Caramel is a gluten-free and hand-crafted vegan buttercream cakery in Bali. The cakery was founded in 2016 by teenage entrepreneur, Arielle Chenarra. At the age of 14, Arielle decided that she wants to make a dent in the world by being an advocate of happiness and sustainability.

Why happiness? Because Arielle finds joy from making the people around her smile. It is her ambition to remind people to live our lives to the fullest and to be grateful with the live we have.

Why sustainability? Because she wants her future self to have a healthy living environment. As an island living girl, Arielle really cares about her environment. To her, sustainability is the key to achieve a well-balanced life. Where you can be successful with whatever you do, while also being ethical and responsible to our planet.

Through Thyme and Caramel, Arielle wants to bring a new perspective to cakes as a guilt-free pleasure by using only real and plant-based ingredients. Thyme and Caramel specialises in making hand-piped buttercream from organic ingredients such as cacao butter and coconut sugar. She only uses natural colourings such as turmeric, matcha, beetroot, and sweet paprika. The base ingredients she uses in her cakes are a blend of tapioca, coconut and rice flours, which are also 100% locally sourced

Arielle believes that it's really important to run an ethical business. That’s why all of the ingredients she uses in her cakes are sourced locally, reaching the highest premium ingredients, excluding any nasty things, like palm oil, preservatives or artificial flavours. As Arielle herself is allergic to all artificial products and processed dairy, the things that she doesn't want to put in her body, she won't put it in her cakes for other people to eat.

By practicing these simple, ethical things in running her business, she believes that she can contribute to the betterment of our planet and inspire the young generation to lead a more sustainable, responsible lifestyle.

FullyRaw Kristina

FullyRaw is the creation of Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram, a pioneer in the local, organic food co-operative movement. The founder of the largest raw, organic produce co-operative in the U.S., she has been 100% raw for over nine years. An exemplification of all that she wishes to create, she is a leading visionary in the raw movement, especially in Houston, TX.

She attended both Vanderbilt University and Rice University, and she graduated from Rice University on the top 5% of her class in 2009 with a triple major in Kinesiology specializing in Health Science, Raw Foods, and Fasting. Since then, she has been involved highly in the movement of Organic Horticulture, Permaculture, and Co-operative Communities.

Kristina’s inspiration for being FullyRaw came after she was able to rid herself of Hyperglycemia at the age of 18 eating nothing but a low fat raw vegan diet consisting solely of fresh fruits and vegetables with few nuts and seeds. After being a direct understudy of 20+ year raw fooder John Rose, she interned and worked under Dr. Graham at his health events in Seattle and in Costa Rica.

At the age of 20 before she graduated college, she started the non-profit organization called Rawfully Organic. This organic produce co-operative in Houston, Texas grew from 12 people in her living room to thousands of families in the greater Houston city limits.

Besides being the chief goddess co-operator of Rawfully Organic, Kristina has made a living coaching and inspiring thousands of others to be FullyRaw for the past few years. She is the author of The FullyRaw Diet and also the creator of her latest company called FullyRaw Juice, LLC. Kristina’s mission is to simply REACH PEOPLE with the message of RAW. She wants to inspire people to find their rawness within so that they can find their own health freedom and zest!

Mangku Ketut Susila

Ketut Susila, Down To Earth’s very own Mangku (Balinese priest) has been vegetarian for over seven years and generally follows a vegan diet. Ketut comes from a lineage of priests and is educating those back in his village that it’s possible to practice Hinduism without the sacrifice of animals. In the face of fear and sometimes prejudice, Ketut is showing there is a different path, breaking away from tradition and showing that spirituality starts at home, within ourselves. After relocating back to Bali from the US, Ketut began working at Zula in 2003 and became vegetarian shortly after. He balances his Mangku duties with being the manager of Zula Restaurant in Seminyak. Ketut will be giving a talk on Offering without Sacrifice, delving into how he educates and helps spread his message of compassion.

Trang Dang

Campaign Manager, Farm Animals, Humane Society International (Vietnam)

Trang graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Marketing, but she chose to follow her passion in working with animal welfare NGOs to be the voice for all animals. Currently, she's the Campaign Manager for Farm Animals Protection in Vietnam for Humane Society International, in which she works on various meat reduction programs and animal welfare policies. With the organization, she’s reaching out to schools, universities, hospitals, restaurants and businesses across the region to promote a healthier, greener and more compassionate lifestyle.

Humane Society International is one of the only global animal protection organizations working to help all animals—including animals in laboratories, animals on farms, companion animals and wildlife—and our record of achievement demonstrates our dedication and effectiveness. HSI: Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty.

Ghanim Al-Sulaiti

Vegan Entrepreneur

A vegan entrepreneur, Ghanim is the founder and driving force behind Qatar’s first vegan cafe, Evergreen Organics. He’s the Co-Founder in Cambodia of the first vegan cafe VIBE, the Founder of Botany, a vegan ethical skin care line, and founder of the Good Vibe Foundation which aims to feed 10,000 school children healthy vegan food in Cambodia. Ghanim is passionate about raising awareness about conscious living by promoting a plant based lifestyle and is invested in the holistic approach to diet and health. His goal with VIBE is to inspire people from all over the world to live a healthier lifestyle.

Sanna Kokonnen

Yoga Teacher- Radiantly Alive

Sanna has been fascinated with the human body - both the physical and mind body. Sanna's fascination to movement started at the late 80's when she got sucked into the world of aerobics & pilates.

Later on in life, yoga took over - which has been Sanna's passion and driving force for more than twenty years. She has fond memories of being one of Petri Raisanen’s first Ashtanga Yoga students in the early 90’s. In a small loft room of a dance studio in Helsinki, Finland she practiced this ‘under-ground’ thing called ‘Ashtanga’ and for the next fifteen years she lived a strict disciplined, sweaty, asana based life under the glow of the charismatic Sri K. Patthabi Jois..

Patthabi Jois’ sad departure led eventually to the joyful discovery of Lama Marut, Sanna's wise and witty spiritual mentor who changed the course of her yoga path towards the inner practices: meditation, pranayama and eastern spiritual thinking and philosophy. Sanna holds E-RYT 500 and she completed her psoas studies with the “Psoas Guru” Liz Koch in London, UK in July 2016.

Geoff Brooks

Yoga Teacher- Radiantly Alive

Geoff is a technical master of Yoga, learned from over 25+ years of movement-based arts; including influences from traditional and modern Yoga practices, martial arts and biomechanics. What differentiates Geoff is his ability to read energy lines and blend the technical with an intention of creating the energy flow through the body - something that our modern lifestyles highly compromise.

Shae Lamond

Yoga Teacher- Radiantly Alive

Shae is a yoga teacher, artist and writer with a passion for health and wellness. Her personal healing journey from depression, anxiety and orthorexia is where she finds motivation to share these potent insights with the world. She continues to delve deeply into transformation and mindfulness through her classes, workshops and own personal learnings.

Inspired by teachers such as Wayne Dyer, Thich Nhat Hanh and David Deida, Shae leads from a place of raw honesty and compassion to facilitate an open, nurturing space for all.

Nina Nahatya

Yoga Teacher- Radiantly Alive

Nina is a talented, creative and intuitive yogini sharing her infectious passion for yoga to over 10,000 students every year. Nina’s original and ingenious sequencing and emphasis on body alignment along with her genuine love for yoga and graceful awareness inspires students to build confidence, strength and presence to cultivate their own personal practice.

Indonesian born in Surabaya and raised in Sumatara, Nina has a diverse background and understanding of both village and urban cultures. Nina has studied, practiced and excelled in all areas of the yogic arts for almost a decade. She received her first yoga training certification in Surabaya with Devdan Yoga International and has continued to learn and evolve her knowledge by successfully completing at least two specialized yoga teacher’s trainings annually and since 2016 currently studies with Chris Su.

Nina is widely respected for her authenticity, intuitive awareness and exceptional versatility to connect and empower all students in a variety of classes and disciplines ranging from yoga fundamentals, restorative and gentle practice to vinyasa, power and yin yoga. She holds a bachelor degree in Education of Foreign Languages from Surabaya State University. Currently Nina lives in Ubud, Bali and teaches group classes at several of the best yoga studios in the area as well as serving private clients.

Khien Phuc

Qi Gong Master

Bruno Phâla EAP, of Cambodian origin, has been practicing and teaching external (Kung Fu) as well as internal (Tai Chi, Qi Gong) martial arts for more than 30 years. He initiated the foundation of the LOTUS Centre in Cambodia. He belongs to a traditional Vietnamese martial arts school: SONG LONG KHIEN DUONG and has completed many journeys and trainings in Vietnam and the Wu Dang mountains with different masters. He also has professional accreditation with "les temps du corps". He has been teaching for over 30 years and is pleased to share those practices with motivated students. He will be teaching the form “The 5 Animals Qi Gong”, during the festival, being an expert in this practice.

Anshu Singh

The Pleasure Revolution

Anshu's life purpose is to inspire and liberate people to live life true to themselves. She does it through teaching yoga, breathwork and her signature workshops of 'Living a life of Pleasure'. She is the founder of The Pleasure Revolution through which she aims to bring awareness to the pleasure of life and help millions around the world live their lives with pleasure. She has created online programs and hosts powerful transformational retreats in Bali and around the world. Anshu will present one of her signature workshops at the festival.

Arif Springs


Originally from West Java, Arif was born into a traditional family, and from an early age he learned grassroots ways to heal his family with herbs and spices. In Ubud, he’s won acclaim for his raw food creations and cooking classes, and now has his own range of jamu called Djamoekoe (My Jamu). He has been a regular presenter on the main stage at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and the Ubud Food Festival for the last several years, and enjoys a reputation around Ubud as a herbal medicine and organic healing expert. “Chef Arif is so extremely knowledgeable about Jamu! Wow!” – Janet DeNeefe, founder and director of the Ubud Food Festival

Dr. Jennifer Hood

Animals International

Jennifer Hood graduated as a vet in 1984 from Murdoch University (MU) in Western Australia (WA). She worked in private practice, taught at MU vet school, and was awarded a First Class Honours degree and PhD for her research into kidney disease in bull terriers as a model for human disease (1999). She has held a number of varied positions including Clinical Editor of the Australian Veterinary Journal; freelance science journalist, Abstracts Editor for The Veterinarian (ongoing for over 20 years), and Assistant Advisor to a Federal Parliamentary Secretary. In 2003, Jeni was appointed as the first scientific inspector under the Animal Welfare Act 2002 (WA) and Manager Animal Welfare for the WA Government. In 2006 this role was expanded to include enforcement of the Act’s general cruelty provisions. As the Government’s chief general inspector, Jeni led a number of prosecutions that helped define animal welfare in WA. She represented the Government on national committees including the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Code Liaison Group, Livestock Export Standards Advisory Group, and Animal Welfare Committee. Jeni left government in July 2012 to work as a consultant in animal welfare, ethics, and regulatory compliance. She regularly provided scientific advice to Animals Australia, was a project officer or the One Welfare course at Sydney University, and this year was appointed as Veterinary Director for Animals International, the global arm of Animals Australia. Jeni has also published widely, including in peer reviewed journals, is a reviewer for The Veterinary Journal, and has recently been appointed as Adjunct Senior Lecturer at MU. Jeni became vegetarian in about 1976 and 5 years ago went vegan. Her passion is to improve the welfare of animals. Jeni has been based in Bali since March this year,,where her work for Animals International has focused on ending the dog meat trade.

Dr. Yulli Agnes

A wellness and health advocate, Dr. Yulli finished medical school in 2000, then worked in an international medical assistance company in Bali for ten years, covering emergency, travel medicine & medical evacuation. She earned her Masters degree in Anti-Aging & Prevention Medicine in 2009, and has since specialized in wellness & diseases prevention. Dr. Yulli will give talks on 'Gut Health' & 'How to Optimize the Lymphatic System.’

“A truly satisfying life is a life lived in balance” is her philosophy and she offers assistance in sleep management, nutrition and diet, hormonal balancing (female and male), detoxification and stress management. Dr. Yulli will be available for consualtions at Taksu Spa during the festival. She may outline a holistic solution to pre-empting your body’s stress triggers and outline an ongoing treatment plan. Dr. Yulli welcomes your enquiries about colon detox, intestinal cleansing, heavy metal detox, kidney detox, gallbladder flush, liver detox, or blood cleansing.

Pablo Gascon

Yoga Beats Project

Pablo Gasco is an International Yoga teacher with over 10 years’ experience teaching worldwide as well as a free dance performer and trained massage therapist. With Diplomas in Fitness and Remedial Massage and broad experience at festivals’ around the world, Pablo has created the unique ‘Yoga Beats Project’ which he brings to the Bali Vegan Festival. Using yoga and dance as a channel, Pablo creates the perfect space for practitioners to feel safe and comfortable and to let go.

This acts as a medicine that heals people as the combination of introversion of Yoga (Pranayama, Bandhas) and the extroversion of conscious dance (Ecstatic and Slow.) This creates a unique session where attendants will release stress, anxiety, negative thoughts and helps them to feel present and connected. The dynamics throughout the session are utilised through conscious breathing, touch, gaze and authenticity to embrace the present moment and be fully aware of the body, mind and Spirit.

Pablo’s past festivals include Rainbow Serpent, Earth Frequency, Island Elements, Earth Core (AUS), Ancient Futures and Bali Spirit Festival (Bali), Agni (Barcelona) Rise Up (Ibiza) Sound & Silence (Greece) to name just a few.

Pablo also teaches Pranayama and Lomi Lomi massage, and will be available for privates sessions during the festival.

Yoga beats project is his creation, his gift for the planet and beyond, it is a therapy that brings people together connecting on a deeper level.

His aim is to help people to find their inner Happiness.

Lia Gunawan

Yoga Teacher – Power of Now Oasis

Lia’s yoga journey began in 2007, when she discovered yoga as a way to recharge her mind while working a hectic desk job. Through stillness, she found her way back to the ground. As she delved deeper into her practice, she fell more and more in love with yoga and it fundamentally changed the way she lived her life. With this newfound passion, Lia made a big decision to leave her busy life and go for a journey to India to deepen her learning. She studied Indian Traditional Yoga at her first 200 hour training. It was profound to experience the yogic way of life. Later, she continued her journey to Thailand and got certified by Absolute Yoga Academy for another RYT 200hrs in Hot Yoga an Ashtanga – Vinyasa base. Throughout this journey, yoga and meditation have allowed her to enter the realm of daily living with compassion towards herself and others. By sharing her passion, Lia hopes you will find your own style of personal practice and create your own fun journey to live in.

Nick Wallaki


Nick Wallaki is an Australian singer songwriter playing acoustic guitar and didgeridoo who has been in Indonesia for 9 years mixing australian folk and island music together to develop his unique and uplifting sound.

He has released 2 albums and has played at events and festivals across Indonesia and Australia for a number of years now.

Nick comes to the BVF with an ambition to unite Indonesian and western audiences together by performing his songs sung in bahasa Indonesia and English.

Richard Ayling

Wim Hof Method

Having overcome a debilitating autoimmune disease through the exploration of nutrition, movement and mindset, it is Rich’s passion to help people overcome any obstacles blocking them from living their most fulfilled life.

Perhaps the most powerful moment in his journey came with the discovery of the Wim Hof Method; where the ability to take control of his entire health and wellbeing was realised.

Rich then trained personally with Wim to become one of the first European Wim Hof Method Instructors, and combines these techniques with nutrition, movement and flow state practices to lead people to strength, health & happiness.

Sayuri Tanaka

Raw Chef

Sayuri has spent time as a vegan chef in Japan, followed by 5 years in India as a yoga retreat chef. She has also had experience as as a raw food chef for over 3 years at yoga teacher trainings in Bali, before she established herself in Ubud to run her own yoga & raw food retreat.

Stef Sifandos

Meet Stef Sifandos, Australian International Speaker, Author and Expert in Relational Alchemy, Stef is renowned for helping people achieve whole life transformation and fulfilment by awakening conscious connection to self, others and the earth. Stef brings his detailed wisdom and passion for the pursuit of freedom, authentic living, and self-discovery to help people live the lives of their dreams and, ultimately, support their health and ability to flourish in all sectors of life.

He will share tools of conscious communication for healthier relationships. Divine masculine and feminine energies come into focus and insight is provided on how these energies and expressive states can impact the way we relate to one another and how the understanding of them can eliminate painful misunderstandings, elevate compassion, and promote sustainable love between parents and children, siblings, friends, co-workers, and intimate partnerships / lovers.

Salvatore Pesti

Vegan Italian Chef

Salvatore grew up on the Mediterranean Island of Sicily, learning the traditional art of Italian cuisine from a young age which has been handed down through family generations. Sal started his professional career in an Italian restaurant in 2009 working throughout the kitchen under hot foods, bakery, pastry and cold prep section.

Sal has been inspired by the way food affects the body physically and emotionally and over the years has studied and experimented to understand more in depth nutritional facts, benefits and special dietary restrictions and the importance of celebrating veganism and conscious living. The last 18 months have seen Sal creating new Italian menus using traditional flavours with plant ingredients such as nut based pasta sauces and cultured cheese.