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Three Yoga Festivals to Go in August and September

Lifestyle | Travel

Imagine a weekend filled with yoga, music, healthy food, inspiring speakers, and good times with friends and the yoga community. A yoga and music festival is designed to bring just that. You can try different styles of yoga with the best teachers in one place. And when it’s set in an awe-inspiring location, it’s truly a retreat that enriches a yoga practice and deepens our connection to each other.

These three festivals taking place within the next two months celebrate the power of yoga, music, and community in a magical location surrounded by nature. Get your tickets soon, especially if you’ve never been to a yoga festival. It’s money well spent and time worth taken. You take home with you the energy of the location and the transformative power of community spirit. Being in a yoga festival also makes us realize that we are all connected as one.

Wanderlust Whistler

August 23-26, Whistler, BC, Canada

The Green Mountains of Whistler

Just two hours north of Vancouver by car, Wanderlust Whistler is located amongst the Green Mountains in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. To get there, you drive along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway, one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the region.

The first-ever Canadian location for Wanderlust, Whistler is sure to be an all-out celebration of yoga and music in its breathtaking setting. Breathe clean mountain air in classes taught by Baron Baptiste, Sianna Sherman, Seane Corn, Janet Stone, Eoin Finn, and many others. Sing along with Michael Franti, MC Yogi, Thievery Corporation and chant with Krishna Das. It’s going to be a natural high!

Catch Michael Franti & Spearhead at Wanderlust Whistler

Tickets are available in 4-day, 3-day, and one-day passes. Wanderlust has also partnered with American Airlines to provide attendees an 8% discounts for flights into Vancouver. Check the website for info.

Bhakti Fest

September 6-9, Joshua Tree, CA, US

Celebrating the path of the heart at Bhakti Fest

Bhakti Fest, like the name suggests, celebrates the devotional path of the heart with four days of continuous Kirtan, yoga, meditation and prayer, fire ceremonies (Pujas), and other activities in the powerfully grounding, sacred setting of Joshua Tree.

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center, about two hours by car from Los Angeles, is the oldest and largest retreat center in the Western US, with 450 acres of desert, mountains and Joshua trees. This year, the fourth Bhakti Fest expects to bring nearly 3500 attendees from all over the world. There will be twelve hours of yoga classes each day by teachers such as Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Bryan Kest, Annie Carpenter, and Janet Stone. Join a continuous Kirtan with Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, Jai Uttal, WAH, and C.C. White, to name a few.

Savasana surrounded by Joshua trees at Bhakti Fest

4-day passes and pre/post-festival intensives are available online. Accommodation options include on-site housing, RV, and camping. There are also more than 10 hotels within a few miles of the retreat center. If you have children, bring them with you. Bhakti Fest is community oriented and child-friendly (kids under 12 are free!)


September 28-30, Ashland, OR, US

PranaFest Jackson WellSprings

Activate, awaken, and heal your prana – the life-force – with kirtan, yoga, sacred ceremonies and healing sessions at Pranafest, located in Jackson WellSprings in Ashland, Oregon. A private hot springs retreat, Jackson WellSprings is located in a sacred land of warm springs that were used for centuries as a birthing sanctuary by Native Americans.

Pranafest is dedicated to honoring the earth through prayers and celebrating the divine essence, the prana in each of us. Join a joyful Kirtan with Jai Uttal, Donna De Lory, C.C. White, Wah!, Govindas and Radha, and many others, and practice yoga with amazing teachers such as Micheline Berry, Sara Ivanhoe, and Mark Whitwell. Soak in the healing water and partake in the daily sweat lodge ceremony. You can also schedule a healing session or astrology reading.

Three day passes are available at different price levels. Spa use is included with Camping Passes, and offered at a nominal fee for 3-Day Pass holders.


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