festival

Yogafest ~ Brisbane and Sunshine Coast – Australia

Yogafest is an oldie but a goodie, and is celebrating its 11th anniversary this year. Showcasing some of Australia’s greatest yoga talents, the festival offers a variety of classes, workshops, tasty treats and music. It’s seriously affordable and community-minded, held in majestically nostalgic settings such as Brisbane’s Old Museum and Lake Kawana Community Centre. Expect to run into new and old friends — Yogafest provides the perfect place to find your tribe amongst the chaos of city life. www.yogafest.com.au

Ekam Yoga Festival ~ Port Macquarie – Australia

In its third year running, Ekam Yoga Fest expanded in 2017 to spread over two days at a beautiful new venue, The Francis Retreat, south of Port Macquarie. Participants were treated to nourishing food dished up by Angie Cowan of Love Life And Gluten Free. Highlights included two classes with senior teacher Eve Grzybowski, insights on vedic chanting from Beverley McCulloch, delving into tangible asana and pranayama experiences of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika concepts with Amy Landry, and magical early-morning chants with the founder of Ekam, Denis Juelicher. There were also “talks and tasters” on subjects including nutrition, Ayurveda, and meditation with Tibetan singing bowls. The indoor expo showcased a variety of goodness such as skin care, music, mindfully made jewellery, aromatherapy, art, and health practices. Organised by Random Acts Of Yoga, Ekam Yoga Fest is a non-profit event and will be back again this year. www.ekamyogafestival.org.au

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Bali Spirit Festival ~ Ubud – Bali

The sister festival of Byron Spirit Festival, Bali Spirit Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary last year in March. The event celebrated in epic proportions with a five-day, seven-night smorgasbord of yoga, dance, talks, a funky marketplace and more — all in the tropical surrounds of Ubud, Bali’s yoga capital. Guests indulged in blissful breathwork, cacao ceremonies, ecstatic explorations of movement and seriously spiritual seminars with some of the world’s best-known and experienced yogis. And if they had any energy left, at the end of the day they could soak up the Ubud atmosphere whilst listening to musicians from around the world — from kirtan artists to reggae and local talents. www.balispiritfestival.com

Bhakti Fest and Shakti Fest ~ California – USA

We’ve been eyeing this event for some time now. Bhaktifest (and its sister Shaktifest) is a non-profit yoga festival with its roots in yoga, kirtan and meditation. It embraces all spiritual practices and aims to build a heart-centred community of conscious yogis through sharing the spirit of devotion. Every year, Bhaktifest and Shaktifest showcase some of the world’s greatest yoga teachers, musicians and spiritual leaders in California’s idyllic Joshua Tree, and invites guests to celebrate all things yoga, spirituality and growth. Shakti Fest places a special emphasis on the Divine Feminine. Proceeds of the events go to chosen charities across the globe, mostly in India. www.bhaktifest.com

Envision Festival ~ Rancho La Merced – Costa Rica

Divinely located where the rainforest meets the ocean, Envision’s mission is simple — to provide a community of people from different cultures to be inspired by yoga, music, dance, spirituality, performance, art and a connection with nature. Its eight-pillar philosophy encompasses permaculture, spirituality, movement, art, music, community, health and eco building. Through a collaboration of local and international talent, the festival aims to create an event that inspires positive change. Did we mention it’s in Costa Rica? www.envisionfestival.com