Come share, learn, relax and take a break from the dancing

This year we have a selection of amazing keynote speakers who will be presenting during the day in the Chill zone!

Workshops will be running during and after the speakers, along with a huge range of fire and circus workshops for your enjoyment :)

Daily yoga classes to help you limber up after a long night ^_^

Keynote speakers & presentations

Other activities

Connective Rope

Bringing rope (bondage) into the flow space as a form of connective and expressive art, this a chance to explore consent , connection and conscious communication - using rope to create fun, playful and mischievously delightful moments. Partners are recommended and rope will be provided for the workshop on a first in first tied basis.

Kāhui Whetu A gathering with the stars

Toa Waaka will hold a star party on a clear night, armed with his laser, Toa will point out stars planets and galaxies in the night sky that were known to Māori in ancient times and still used to this day.

Yin ’n’ Juice Yoga

Join Talin for a yin inspired slow flow yoga fused with the sounds of bass heavy, lush instrumental hip hop in this relaxing yet dynamic class

Yoga with Dani

Dani is an experienced yoga teacher who will guide you through a slow flow yoga practice to stretch out the body after a night of dancing, and help bring you back into balance by slowing down and connecting inwards.

Yoga with Kalipriya

Yoga with Kalipriya Would you like to start the day with a mindful round of yoga before hitting the floor?

Belly Dancing

Join Tika Tatyana for a Belly Dance Workshop

Social Media and Wellbeing

Jaimie is a postgrad student interested in how our online lives impact our happiness and wellbeing.

Wild Plant Medicine

Join bioregional herbalist Stephen Parker (PhD) from Gathered Plant Medicine on a journey with wild plants.

Grounded Movement Improvisation

"Helena (Te Ātiawa) (she/they) is a dancer/artist based in Te-Whanga-Nui-A-Tara and a graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance (2021). Come join this workshop for a lush guided movement improvisation. Move your body, follow your impulses and get warmed up for the hardcore boogies to come across the Festival!

Advanced Movement - Tricking

Whether you’re wanting help with a cartwheel or to learn a butterfly twist it’s all included in this tricking workshop


Leather craft with Lisa! Welly based fashion artist presents to you a hands-on opportunity to create a fun project. Explore your talents and develop skills by making handmade leather work. All materials provided. No experience needed, just bring yourself and your enthusiasm.


Stories connect us and help us make sense of the world around us. In these challenging times, we can create a better world by telling stories that matter and shaping more inclusive narratives that hold a vision for the world as it is and as it could be.


This new years the Twisted Frequency fire and circus crew are bringing their circus toys, a healthy supply of fire fuel and are inviting you to come play, learn new tricks and spin some FIRE! The Crew will have just come from two other awesome Circus and Flow Festivals! Circulation (Dunedin) and Under the Spinfluence (Wellington).

We are running workshops in the afternoon over the 31st till the 2nd, midday until 6pm.

We will have a big box of workshop props so don’t be shy to come pick up something and give it a go! Spinning is a great way to expand your body and mind, learning new tricks helps build coordination and creates new neural pathways!

Offering an awesome range of workshops from,The Flow State, Safe Flexibility, Poi Play, Double Staff, Contact Staff, Hula Hoop, Rope Dart, and so much more!

Can't wait to jam and get our flow on with you all! Much love from the fire and circus flowmies

..that's all for this year :)
Have a look through some of our previous workshops and speakers :)
Fire & Circus

This New Year’s the Twisted Circus are bringing all their circus toys, a healthy supply of fire fuel, and are inviting you to come play, learn new tricks and spin some FIRE! The crew hosts a range of flow artists from new zealand bringing with them a variety of skills.


The SYSTEM- what is it, where is it, and how do we ‘fuck’ it?

Liberation Theatre

Acting Out- Liberation Games. We all play games, and we learn by playing. So come join in with theater games at the 'Groove lounge' that explore ideas of oppression, liberation and solidarity.

Mixed Jam Session

Music is the most important part of many of our lives. To honour music in its most intuitive form, each night at Twisted Frequency, The Groove Lounge will host a four hour mixed jam session.

Haus House

Welcome to the madness! So, as you may or may not be aware Tech-9 Productions are running a zone at Twisted Frequency this new year. Dubbed the Haus House​.

Open Mic Session

Calling all rappers... This year at Twisted you are welcomed to come share your rhymes at a dedicated hip hop open mic session.

Tough Talk Q&A

Sam O’Sullivan, a Clinical Psychologist, has spent the last year traveling around New Zealand in his van creating short documentaries with everyday Kiwi men about their tough stories, how they support their wellness and mates, and what it takes to be tough on the inside.

Self-defence in Cyberspace: Beginner class

Technology shouldn't make us anxious; we are a technological species, after all. This workshop will help you better-defend yourself online.

Belzor Yoga

This year the groove lounge will open with twice daily morning Yoga sessions. This particular yogi has been a part of the Twisted crew for years.


Mental health among men is a major issue in New Zealand, there is an unfortunate culture of keeping our issues to ourselves and sometimes they can overwhelm us with tragic results.

Twisted Poetry Jam

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was the beginning. This year we are hosting the first of many: Twisted Poetry Jams.

New Zealand flora and fauna and the modern landscape

An open discussion about Birds,plants, weeds,gardening and conservation in New Zealand.

Belly Flames

A journey to the womb and re-connection with our goddess bodies through this ancient dance


Acroyoga (AKA Acrobalance) is a fantastically fun and unique way to connect with people and yourself!

Mindful Meditation

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." Buddha

Graffiti Art

Joining us this year is Melbourne based Graffiti artist Max Richards.

Tech Talk

Modern technology has brought us a long way, from the first implementation of electricity to the tiny nano-scale circuits we find in our smartphones today.

Sacred Geometry: Quantum Physics and Psycho-analytics

This workshop involves an academic lecture on the historical and scientific significance of Sacred Geometry and Mandalas, followed by an exploration of Jungian Psychotherapy and his utilisation of mandalas to explore the subconscious and integrate it with consciousness.

Permaculture Principles & Food Forest Concepts

An important issue we are facing in the coming future is how we can operate in a sustainable way while our population grows without effecting the earth and the natural world.

Womens' Circle

This year, all of us identifying as women have a zone for ourselves.

Takaka River

Te Waipounamu (New Zealand's south island) is a gorgeous sight to behold, studded with enormous glaciers and vast mountains, peppered with clear blue lakes and covered end to end with winding waterways.

Open Mic Session

Step right up... This year Twisted Frequency opens with you!!! Get amongst an early evening open mic session on the 30th of December.

Salsa Heat

A sexy, energetic movement journey into the realm of Latin dance. you will learn the basics of salsa, merengue, samba, cha cha cha and more, in a fun easy method that will keep you wanting more heat.

Psychedelic Music Production: Organised Chaos

An in-depth exploration into the art of music production, and how using guidelines from software development can improve your production quality and workflow.

Generation rent? No thanks!

Are there other options besides being forever labelled 'Generation Rent'? What can we gain in our lives simply by sacrificing space? Can tiny houses be used in community to re-ignite that sense of tribe we’ve all lost? Tiny houses and the concept of minimalist living has recently taken off in New Zealand. Come along and hear why one outside-the-box Kiwi chose to build a smaller home in order to live a larger life.

The Anarchist's Guide to Mental Wellbeing

Join Mathew Peppercorn for an exciting three part series into mental health in New Zealand. As a private nurse with TASK Mental Wellness he undertakes grass roots sessions across NZ to strengthen whanau and communities.

Open Mic Jams

Open mic sessions are back! Calling all rappers.. come show us what you have in the GROOVE LOUNGE! Welcoming your wicked rhythmic wisdom, against a backdrop of instrumental tunes spun by our resident wizard - LOOM. Peace, love and all that jazz - leave any bigotry, misogyny and discriminatory lyrics at home. There's enough of that destructive gear in this world already.

Current Status of Cannabis Law Reform in NZ

With a referendum on adult personal use on cannabis due in 2020 and medical cannabis legislation supposed to have been enacted within the first 100 days of the new Government, it is confusing why there has been no public discussion and nothing seems to have actually changed? Abe from Whakamana will breakdown the political goings on behind the scenes and distinguish between the false promises and what is actually happening.

New advances in the science and biology of Cannabis

Fresh off a tour of the West Coast USA legal recreational cannabis states and attendance of the two most cutting edge cannabis industry science and technology conferences in Los Angeles and Sydney, Abe from Whakamana will relate the latest developments in the industry and share some of the most groundbreaking findings in the field of cannabis biology.

The frequencies of the natural voice

Vanessa Göke, a breathing, speech and voice therapist and teacher, Reiki practitioner and wedding singer, gave workshops and breathing massages under the name S.T.A.R.K. - the Power of Breathing in Europe and New Zealand. Focus of this workshop is to reconnect to our natural voice. That means to come on your power. The frequencies of our voice through different breathing techniques creates regeneration for body, mind, voice and soul. When you get back to the nature inside yourself, you can connect with that of others, the world and the whole universe. This is the frequency between yourself and the outside world.


During this workshop you will learn basic massage techniques like deep tissue massage, micro-facial release and reflexology. You can expect to work in pairs, giving and receiving massage in a safe and relaxed environment with the space to practice your new skills. Take this opportunity to let your body relax and give your muscles some caring attention. We recommend you dress in comfortable layers that allow reasonable access to the upper torso and the lower legs and feet. You can bring your own towel and favourite massage balm, however massage oil will be provided.

Morning yoga - stretch and flow!

This year the Groove Lounge will again be kicking off each day with morning Yoga sessions. This particular yogi has been a part of the Twisted crew for several years.

Patterns of nature

A workshop that explores the patterns found throughout the natural world and the cosmos.

Too many dicks in the mix

For aeons electronic festivals in Aotearoa have been dominated by men. This shit has got to change. There are some powerful wahine in our community, on the crews, behind the decks and everywhere in between. The Twisted family wants to see them thrive and rise up to even out these masculine heavy line ups. Zzyl has been a member of our community/crew/family from a young age and has recently started smashing some HUGE drum and bass sets across Aotearoa. She is inviting anyone who identifies as a woman to come join in a workshop just for you. Learn the basics of beat matching and plant the seed so you can play us your favorite tunes on the big rigs for years to come!

Introduction to permaculture.

Have you ever wondered how you can apply more sustainability into your life but don't know where to start?

Leather Working

Jules has been working with leather for many years and is bringing his leather kit to help you make a creation! You will get the chance to make a minimalist wallet, a wet-moulded case or something else that takes your fancy. Bring a drawing and/or some ideas - lets make something to cherish!

Wonders of the mini moog

In 1970, Moog Music released the first portable synthesizer, the Minimoog Model D. Due to it being first synth to be sold in retail stores, people began to hear synthesized sounds in recorded music and on stage like never before. Even though nowadays we take portable synthesizers for granted, the Minimoog is still revered as the holy grail of synthesis by many for it's immense sound and playability.

Jewelry Workshop

Peregrin Hyde is both artist and nature guide. Join him for a hot cup of kawakawa tī (BYO mug) at this drop-in jewelry workshop which binds the unique natural forms of Aotearoa to their utility in artistic expression.


This is a down to earth, accepting and dynamic vinyasa class which uses asana woven into a blend of contemporary and ancient philosophical understandings to provide a space to tune out, tap in and touch back in with that inner space.

Exploring 3D geometry with paper.

Using methods from papercraft and origami, learn and explore 3D geometry.

The Witching Hour Cabaret

Want a break from the psy? Come on down for our late-night cabaret, featuring some of Aunty Sophie’s best performers. It's a special experience, the kind of experience you'll question ever existed the next day...

Exploring geometry through drawing

Drawing beautiful geometric art is achievable for all, even if you think you can’t draw. It can be calming and meditative, but also invigorating and fascinating as the geometry reveals new surprises.

We've got 99 problems but this ain’t one

Have you ever felt overwhelmed or angry but didn’t know what to do about it? Maybe had a rage-quit moment on the internet with a climate change denier or a frustrating conversation with someone, where you couldn’t agree on a hot topic?

Acro Yoga

Join Keely and Vincent for a dynamic partner yoga practice based on group movement and trust building. During the workshop we will be focusing on 5 poses including foundation/strength building, therapeutics, inversions and partner care/massage with time for a jam session.

Sonic Introduction to Taonga Puoro

Learn and listen to the history and power of Taonga Puoro (Aotearas native musical instruments) with one of NZs most acclaimed experts on the subject.

Building Healthy Relationships

This workshop builds communication skills to enhance your interactions with others. Through exploring self-reflection, perspective, being conscious of your language and how to helpfully check in with others you will build confidence in your ability to understand and be understood.

Fusion Bellydance

Discover the healing powers of one of the world's most ancient and sacred art forms - belly dance. In this one hour workshop we will connect with our bodies and unleash the divine feminine which resides within us all.

Marketing and Artist Development

Join Feather Shaw for an informal artist development session to gain some savvy tips on admin and logistics to complement your creative skill sets. This talk will cover event marketing, funding opportunities, tips for writing artist bios, touring advice, and music distribution (radio, online and physical.)

Cryptocurrencies & more

Discussions on the philosophical and ideological movement which drives the decentralised world, and how this movement is improving the lives of many people/communities through transparency, financial inclusion and the rebalancing of economic power towards those people who drive our world.

Acro Yoga

Keen to learn or practice some basic acro poses in a safe, supportive environment? Join us for a fun all levels class, followed by a facilitated Acro Jam for anyone keen for a little more practice!

Hatha Flow Yoga

A gentle and warming class to stretch and strengthen the body, and calm the mind. These classes are a mixture of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga, finishing with a short Yoga Nidra meditation. Variations of poses are offered for different levels- this is a class for everyone!

Herbal Medicine

Join bioregional herbalist, and herbal medicine maker Stephen Parker (PhD) on a journey with wild plants. In this workshop we will explore the wild medicinal plants that grow in the Cobb Valley in Golden Bay.

Weaving and Yarns

Weaving and Yarns with Aunty Cait: Come learn about the world of tapestry weaving. Come create a simple handwoven creation. Have a yarn and a weave, I’ll show you the basics of weaving and setting up your loom and provide some basic ideas to get you going.


Come crochet! No previous knowledge required. Learn to make a simple granny square. It’s a really fun way to chill out after running around doing all your missions.

Mana Wahine Cycles of the Moon

Aunt Flow, crimson tide, that time of the month, moon cycle, whatever you call it, we're talking about it! Our space will be at midday on the last day of the year, during a full moon! So feel free to bring along a journal and pen for some full moon releasing!

Harm Reduction - KnowYourStuff

Join the KnowYourStuff team for an informative discussion on drug harm reduction

Workshop #Whetu: Tātai Arorangi – Māori star lore and where we are in the creation of the stars

This workshop will begin with karakia that will take us back to the beginning of creation from the Māori Universe view. It will then delve into the Māori star names, stories of the stars originating from ancient Hawaiiki, jouneys and how our ancestors traversed the oceans. Hosted by Toa Waaka Founder & Vice President of Society of Māori Astronomy Research & Traditions (SMART Trust) Māori Strategy Manager - University of Otago, Wellington Kaitohutohu Rautaki - Māori Strategic Advisor for WETA WORKSHOP Tribal Representative Mana Whenua of Te Tau Ihu Top of the South Island & Wellington Region.

Workshop #Taiaha: The Warrior Gene is within

Toa has taught Mau taiaha for over 30 years to teenagers and adults in Aotearoa and across the world. Mau Taiaha is a traditional māori martial art that requires attendees to have good footwear or bare feet, yoga pants or loose light clothing to move freely. Toa will take attendees through Ahei – salutes to the ancestors and the Atua – guardian forces of the realms.

Marketing for Musicians

Join Feather Shaw for an informal talk on social media marketing for musicians, including building an online following, and tips for marketing gigs.

Music Distrubution

Join Feather Shaw for an informal seminar on music distribution. She'll run you through how to get your music on Spotify and Bandcamp, how digital rights companies work, how to get your tracks on the radio, as well as tips on physical distribution such as CDs and vinyl.

Dude where's my Ego part 1 & 2

Rebekah Senanayake (Bek) is a researcher investigating altered states of consciousness. She is currently working towards her Masters in Cross-cultural psychology and focuses on the similarities and differences in experiences of ego-dissolution with psychedelics, meditation, sensory deprivation (floating) and trance drumming.

Yoga with Kasey

The Yoga with Kasey workshops will include joint mobilization, a stretch based flow, a guided meditation, and some mantra.

Intuitive Yoga Flow

Join Keaton for an energizing yet relaxing Vinyasa Flow class to get your day off to a proper start.

Downward Dub Yoga

Marinating stretchy goodness with bass heavy, deep dub vibrations, this vinyasa slow flow yoga class is rhythmic and fluid in style, gradually warming up the body with poses that allow time to tune into the subtler sensations.

Electricity 101

The aim of this workshop is to teach you more about how we generate and use electricity in New Zealand and the challenges faced in this industry. We'll talk about impacts of sustainability, technological change, societal patterns, and anything else you'd like to know about.

Breaching Barricades: The Art of Activism

This workshop is about finding and pushing boundaries in activism. How do we build confidence and creativity? How do we know where our lines are, and when to cross them?

Prefigurative Politics: Ethical Spellcasting in a Neoliberal Hellscape

The future is already here; intrinsically intertwined with the past & present. Understanding where we have come from informs where we currently are, and where we are heading. We know our social relationships reflect that of the environment in which we exist; as above, so below.

Paper folding / Origami

Feel the gears turning in your head? Have the patience to fold a piece of paper into something 3D? Grab a sheet of paper with Janet and learn to fold modular origami shapes.

Macrame Bracelet Making

Join Jessie in learning the art of using ancient macrame knots first established by arab weavers to make a bracelet. Enjoy the feeling of grounding through the creation of patterns, working with colours and your hands to create something tangible.

Leathercraft with Lisa

Leather craft with Lisa! Welly based fashion artist presents to you a hands-on opportunity to create a fun project. Explore your talents and develop skills by making handmade leather work. All materials provided. No experience needed, just bring yourself and your enthusiasm

Truth Seeking 101

BIRDS - fact or GOVERNMENT FICTION??! Are the pine trees SPYING on you and your CHILDREN?! Come and learn the tools and techniques of bad-faith discourse, craft your own disinformation and discuss how we can build resilience in our communities against targeted alternative facts.

Liquid Microdosing: A Live Microscope Light Show

Live microscope projections! Part magic visions, part mad science. Bring something tiny, something slimy - something you won't regret seeing up really, REALLY close. Visuals by PereScope. NB: no bodily fluids please.

Māramataka and Māramatanga

Our Māori lunar calendar and understanding stars and planets of the Māori night sky Toa Waaka - Founder of The Society of Māori Astronomy, Research & Traditions Trust, will open his presentation with AV footage and ancient recital of star whakapapa taking you from the beginning of creation in the universe into Te Ao Mārama - the world of light we reside in today.

DJ Workshop

If you’ve ever wanted to start DJing or have questions about the process, come and learn from Paige Julia!

Zerzerzerrr's Painting Workshop

ZER’s style is based on a graffiti foundation - they got their start in the Wellington graffiti scene of the early 2000s.

Very very high tea

The homo-geneous and universally esteemed members of the Dojo present an afternoon of cursed delinquency and half-baked pop tarts, sultry leaves formulaically steeped to within a microsecond of tea-brewing perfection. Come and join the party

Friends; How to throw a party workshop

This workshop is full of tried and successful guidance for throwing a good party and to help ensure that your guests can have the best possible time while facing the least chance of harm.

Techno Cake

Want to (literally) hear your brainwaves being melted over a big rig? Come on down to the TECHNO CAKE baking session, where volunteers will be hooked up to Tom’s electroencephalography machine to have their brainwaves captured and turned into twisted sounds. - Workshop by Tom Cosm

Waves of change: how to organise for climate justice

How do you organize a protest? What's the point of a petition? What if you just feel bummed out about everything that's going on?


Tricking is a self expression movement which originated from various martial arts, and through its history as blended in different styles of dance, breakdance and gymnastics elements. No experience is necessary but being comfortable moving with your body would be a good start

Pedal Power

Tom Ransom of Yoot Cargo Bikes guides you to consider the revolutionary power of getting back on your bike! Not a sport focused session, but one that challenges the barriers Kiwis face in ditching their cars for bikes as everyday work vehicles.

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