For those who have visited the Arts Factory Village on their travels, you'll know it's a relaxation paradise with a pool, spa, cinema and the Byron Bay Brewery located on site. But there are also a number of daily activities going on with something to bring out every persons inner hippy.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday our in-house entertainment Guru, Cockatoo Paul, runs his famous Bushtucker Walk around the Arts Factory Lodge. He teaches authentic Australian bush survival skills, the basics of native flora and fauna, what berries do this and what plants do that if you grind them up etc. It's by donation only and all profits made from the walk go directly to Cockatoo's Bush Survival Camp at his property inland from Grafton.
#2 - Learn the Didgeridoo
One of the Workshops at The Arts Factory Lodge: Learn the circular breathing motion and how to master the art of one of Australia's most unique instruments. Lessons run three times a week down in the "Didge Pit" and for those that are super keen, for $150 you can even make your own didgeridoo to take home. A privilege not many people get down under.
#3 - Have a Massage
Once you've done your kayaking and surfing for the day and just feel like a good ol' classic rub down, our in-house massage and reiki specialist Denise will sort out your aches and pains in no time at all. For $1 per minute, an hour is lookin pretty damn goooood :) read more: Reiki the course
#4 - Get Your Yoga On
Three mornings a week at the Arts Factory Lodge you can wake up to a relaxing guided yoga with our in-house guide. It's totally free and runs for around around an hour. Relax amongst the serenity and ready yourself for a relaxing day in Byron Bay.
#5 - African Drumming
African Drumming - join in our drum circle every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon. We provide drums if you don't have your own. Led by Albert Salvador, African Drumming is suitable for beginners through to drum die hards! Join in to expend some energy and create some noise.
#6 - Trivia Night
Every Thursday night at the Arts Factory Lodge you have your chance to show off your brains at the Arts Factory Trivia held by Cockatoo Paul. It's $2 per person to play and there are a truck load of awesome prizes to be won every week including Surf Trips, Kayak Trips, Dive Trips and Fraser Island Tours. Hundreds of dollars in prizes and only $2 to play, what a deal!
#7 - Show us your Talent
If you have a voice or can strum a guitar or have any kind of interesting talent, don't be afraid to get up and share the love at the in-house Talent Show held every Tuesday night. Grab a glass, take a seat and enjoy some of Byron Bay's best travelling talent!
#8 - Enjoy Some Talent
If you're still craving some awesome live talent, the following evening is "Open Mic Night" in the Buddha Bar, literally a 30 second walk from reception of the hostel. I have personally seen some of the wackiest, weirdest but most interesting live performances at this evening. Loop machines, ukeleles and many other eye openers.
#9 - Volunteer In Our Eco Garden
Located down the back of the campground there is now a fully operational organic vegetable garden packed with lettuce, beans, tomatoes and plenty more healthy goodies. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday Arts Factory guests can volunteer their gardening services for an hour or two in return for a handful of fresh organic vege's, or a free veggie dinner! Not bad hey?
#10 - Enjoy a Cold Beverage & a Pub Feed
After all those activities, nothing is better than a nice cold beer. Known as the "Buddha Bar" or the "Byron Bay Brewery", this little watering hole, located in the Arts Factory Village is etched in the history of Byron Bay. It was once a pig slaughter house, an art gallery, it held the first Byron Bay Blues Festival (now known as Bluesfest) and it brews its own beer on site. With live music most nights a week, a great outdoor area and an awesome selection of pub grub. Get it up ya!
*The activities might not always be held on the days mentioned. Check with reception for that weeks schedule.