Learn more about 13 of the most awesome yoga festivals all over the world this summer that you might not have heard of yet.
This summer, many people are choosing to attend a yoga festival, where they will meet like-minded, high-vibrational individuals, experience wholesome fun and challenging yoga classes and workshops, enjoy spectacular musical entertainment, indulge in delicious, healthy foods, and more! Invite a few friends and plan a road trip this summer to a yoga festival near you – you won’t regret it! We showcase 13 of the most awesome yoga festivals all over the world this summer that you might not have heard of yet.
1. Esalen Yoga Festival
Big Sur, California June 15 – 20, 2014
At Esalen Yoga Festival, inner balance and harmony is restored as you tap into positive, healing energies right before the summer solstice. You’ll enjoy yoga instruction with world-class instructors Janet Stone, Sianna Sherman, and Saul David Raye, pranayama exercises, kirtan, meditation walks around the grounds, dance, satsang, and more. You can choose to have a massage, to dip in the baths that overlook the Pacific Ocean, and in the afternoons, there’s partner Thai yoga, restorative yoga, tantric philosophy, and meditation. Relaxation and rejuvenation alongside nature are the effects you might feel after attending Esalen Yoga Festival.
2. Solstice (Kundalini) Yoga Festival
Sigulda, Latvia June 19 – 22, 2014
The 2nd annual Solstice (Kundalini) Yoga Festival will feature a solstice celebration in Latvia, where the locals gather each summer around bonfires and celebrate with flowers, food, and song and dance in reverence of nature and the new season. There’s a live concert every night at the festival, as well as Kundalini yoga (other yoga forms as well), meditation, and Sat Nam Rasayan. The stage is set perfectly to delve into yoga and meditation amidst this Latvian energy. Teachers come from all over the world, and see special guests are singer Allexia Chellun from Spain and the world devotional music performers and yoga teachers Mirabai Ceiba from America.
3. Bhakti Fest Midwest
Madison, Wisconsin June 20 – 22, 2014
Bhakti Fest Midwest embraces all devotional paths, and participants will partake in yoga, kirtan, meditation, practices of ancient and modern wisdom, and traditional and non-traditional spiritual practices. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from world-class instructors like Krishna Das, Saul David Raye, and Sean Johnson. This festival seeks to serve as a conduit for the evolution of human consciousness.
4. Telluride Yoga Festival
Telluride, Colorado July 10 – 13, 2014
The Telluride Yoga Festival is for you if you enjoy exploring the outdoors! You’ll hike and climb in Colorado, attend sound healing sessions, choose from all-day yoga intensives, workshops, classes of all kinds, learn fomr speakers, meditate, dance at the concerts, and choose from all kinds of outdoor events! Presenters announced for the event are Noah Mazè, Scott Blossom, Cat McCarthy, Monica Mesa, Denise Hatch, and Peter Sterios. More will be announced soon!
5. Nantucket Yoga Festival
Nantucket, Massachusetts July 11 – 13, 2014
This yoga festival on the gorgeous island of Nantucket celebrates the joining of community through yoga, wellness, and healthy living. There are a total of 40 workshops, 35 vendors and 25 instructors! Gebrielle Bernstein is the keynote speaker. A highlight of this festival is the location, Barlett’s Ocean View Farm, the oldest and largest family owned farm on Nantucket. The same land has been sustainably farmed since the 1800s, including organic crops such as corn, tomatoes, beets, arugula, all kinds of herbs, and more. There’s a full service kitchen serving sandwiches, salads, dinners, and more to go for guests of the festival.
6. Maine Yoga Fest
Portland, Maine July 12 – 13, 2014
Maine Yoga Fest showcases local yoga talent and has over 40 yoga instructors and studios participating in the events. They seek to highlight the many healing powers that yoga offers and how to live compassionately. The event takes place in the transcendent surroundings of the Coast of Maine.
Brisbane, Australia July 12 – 13, 2014
YogaFest is Australia’s largest celebration of yoga and offers five yoga halls, featuring over 90 teachers and performers, dance workshops, live concerts and kirtan, massages and Ayurvedic healing, an indoor and outdoor market place, healing and delectable fare, more.
8. Wake Up Festival
Estes Park, Colorado August 20 – 24, 2014
Wake up! That’s what one can seek to explore at the Wake Up Festival in Colorado. This festival focuses on transitioning through life or change through the support of a community and connection with life-minded, soulful individuals. This experience is inclusive and deeply engaging, where you will join with healing spiritual teachers like Jack Kornfield, yogini-activists like Seane Corn, and powerful healers like qigong master Robert Peng, to name a few. You’ll will learn about new advances in neuroscience as it pertains to spiritual awakening, how communing with others in the process of awakening expands our own ability to experience and give more love in the world, and more. Many rare performances and talents will be showcased. While the goal is to experience transformation in some way, it’s recognized that there isn’t only “one way”. We must each find our true path that’s authentic to our self, and this festival offers the opportunity to meet with others seeking the same. It’s a transformational experience.
9. Big Bear Yoga Festival
Big Bear, California August 22 – 24, 2014
At the Big Bear Yoga Festival, camp out in the mountains and experience a diverse range of yoga instruction (including fun classes like Belly Dance yoga), dance, meditation, eclectic music, presenters, delicious food, and outdoors activities. Yogis of all levels are welcome!
Ashland, Oregon August 22 – 24, 2014
Pranafest extends over a 35-acre botanical wonderland of natural mineral hot springs, pools, spas, exotic gardens, and more in the soulful Oregon Mountains. Enjoy kirtan chanting, all kinds of yoga classes and workshops, an unbelievable musical lineup (you have to go to their website to check out all the names because there are a lot!), sonic shamans, and meditation workshops.
11. Floyd Yoga Jam
Willis, Virginia August 29 – 31, 2014
The 3rd Annual Yoga celebration is a carbon-conscious event with a focus on homegrown, grassroots, organic offerings. There’s something for everyone at Floyd Yoga Jam, including yoga workshops and classes, kayaking, SUP, meditation, art, guided nature walks, or enjoying the trees and outdoors along the creek. In the evenings, you’ll dancing and enjoy live music and chanting.
Pottstown, Pennsylvania August 29 – September 1, 2014
EvolveFest is a top transformational and culturally transitional gathering where thousands cocreate with one another. Magic happens when participants act with intention. You’ll find yoga intensives, live concerts, DJs, drum circles, and interactive performances, themed campsites, artwork, art and fashion vendors and educational workshops, spiritual ceremonies, a healing sanctuary, an ascension temple, organic food and permaculture, and more! This is one of the bigger festivals which showcases over 100 bands, yoga instructors, artists, speakers, wisdom-keepers, and other spiritually conscious and uplifting inspirers.
13. Bhakti Fest West
Joshua Tree, California September 4 – 7, 2014
This is the West Coast version of Bhakti Fest Midwest and in the idyllic setting of Joshua Tree, California. Close summer right and expand your consciousness through instruction from Shiva Rea, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Kia Miller, Saul David Raye, and Sean Johnson. Yoga, dance, meditation, kirtan, and more!
Rima Danielle Jomaa is from Los Angeles, California. She has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Rima is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (taking board examinations this summer, IMF 63338), a Registered Yoga Alliance yoga instructor, a Level One Reiki practitioner, a hypnotherapist, and an advocate for the rights of human and nonhuman animals through her work as an activist, nutrition advocate, educator, and healer. She encourages anyone she encounters to take responsibility for their own health, happiness, and freedom. Rima enjoys being active in the community in many various ways. She appears in various yoga productions and writes on a variety of topics for different websites. Rima is a student of evolutionary activism, she regularly practices yoga, meditates, surfs, bikes, skateboards, and cooks vegan cuisine.
Rima currently lives part-time between Santa Teresa, Costa Rica and Southern California. She hosts groups of all kinds for retreats in Costa Rica, among other things. Her long-term goal and vision, along with her business partner, is to open a Residential Treatment Center for adolescents and young adults in Costa Rica. It will be designed with a holistic, yoga-based curriculum where the clients will grow their food, harvest their food, prepare their food, and be fully immersed in nature and their surroundings. Find out more about all of this on her website. More information about Rima can be found here. Join her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Google Plus!