FOR some, music and art is their religion. Others turn to God. And many look within themselves to find meaning in life.
But the search itself is important, because as La Trobe University lecturer Rod Blackhirst says, "there's only so many TV screens you can buy before you start needing more."
Dr Blackhirst is one of five panelists attending this weekend's Spirituality by the Lake event, and will speak alongside a Buddhist Monk, Hindu Nun, Catholic priest and Daybreak member.
He said the search for meaning wasn't always about religion - but it was necessary.
"In part, there's a certain disillusionment that comes with a consumerist society - and people look beyond work and buying things," he said.
He said in recent years, there had been major changes in Australia in terms of spirituality.
"People are much more willing to undertake those personal journeys and eventually in our society, many start thinking that more to life than this," Dr Blackhirst said.
"They might turn to traditional methods, or look for other things to contextualise their life.
"A certain amount of pain and suffering is inevitable in life, but people want to make sense of that, make sense of the loss, of mortality, of those bigger things."
Some religions are met with contempt and many struggle to celebrate their beliefs in public.
But fighting for your beliefs is worth it, according to two self-described Wedderburn witches who outraged the local Christian community by organising today's new age festival in the small town.
Late last month, organisers Ms Stallinga and Gaye Washington were accused by the Christian sector of "brainwashing the community with devil beliefs".
Ms Stallinga said "anyone remotely involved in the festival had been attacked and accosted."
And while the churches denied making these statements, they "prayed to God to sort out the festival".
These closed minded beliefs, according to Dr Blackhirst, is a result of bad press and misunderstanding.
"Some groups have behaved badly in the past and there are, of course, groups that are willing to exploit and misuse people," he said.
"This is why some people are cautious of minority groups.
"And while there is danger on the fringes, there is only a small amount of hazards in exploring beliefs and other groups."
This weekend's spirituality festival has been organised by Spring Gully's Daybreak Centre - a place people can go to find meaning in their life.
Daybreak was launched in February 2001 and is overseen by a board who believe that there are many people in the community seeking inner peace, spiritual refreshment and self-awareness.
It has its foundation in Christianity, but it is not linked to any denomination nor is it aimed at converting people to a particular religion.
Monthly events are held for members, including meditation classes, personal development days, hindu nun workshops, among others.
Member Mette Hotker hopes the centre, and this weekend's festival, will help people find meaning.
"Finding your way to be in this world reflects you and your purpose of being here," she said.
"We must embrace that we are always more than just ourselves.
"We're not a religion, but promote contemplation. This is what this festival is all about."
The free event will be held on Sunday, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, at the rowing pavillion at Lake Weeroona.
It will include afternoon tea, a panel discussion and children's activities.