Bhakti Fest West 2013 is fast approaching. Set in the majestic desert of Joshua Tree, Bhakti Fest celebrates its 5-year anniversary this year, featuring world-class musicians, lecturers, yoga, fire ceremonies, meditations, and workshops. This 4-day multi sensory experience from September 5th-8th is unlike any other festival in the west coast scene; devotionally focused, this event holds a strong container for exploring ancient and modern wisdom traditions and offers an opportunity for spiritual reconnection. Just two hours from Los Angeles, Bhakti Fest West draws in a wonderfully diverse crowd of spiritual teachers and movement enthusiasts. There will certainly be a healthy dose of the poshy and beautiful LA yoga vibe but also a deep representation of seekers, teachers, and musicians from diverse spiritual traditions and communities.
As a yoga and wellness enthusiast, I am very much looking forward to studying with some of the greatest minds and teachers of our time. Elena Brower, author of The Art of Attention will be visiting from New York; I have yet to take her class in person but have been blown away by some of her online offerings and initiatives to bring mindfulness and mediation into schools, prisons, and institutions. Other teachers include Shiva Rae, Bryan Kest, Govindas & Radha founders of Bhakti Yoga Shala in LA, spiritual activist Saul David Raye, as well as teachers Kia Miller, Micheline Berry, Mark Whitwell, and Siana Sherman. I had the honor of practicing with Siana multiple times this summer and am very much looking forward to connecting with her again in the desert.
Other offerings during the weekend that I am thrilled to check out include a Tantric Breathwork Workshop from Zat Baraka, an in depth lecture on the application of Ayruvedic Medicine, Philip Goldberg on “The Beatles Yoga: Let it be,” as well as a nightly presentation of Bhakti Fest founder, Sridhar Silberfein’s 2-hour interview with Ram Dass.
The musical line up is equally impressive featuring traditional kirtan and evolving flavors of sacred world music and kirtronica, including Krishna Das, DJ Drez, Deva Premal & Miten, Jai Uttal, Snatam Kaur, Dave Stringer, Donna De Lory, C.C. White, Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band, Govind Das & Radha, David Newman, Kirtan Rabbi, Arjun Baba, Karnamrita, Deepak & Breath of Life Tribe, The GuruGanesha Band, Yehoshua Brill, Jaya Lakshmi and Anand, Ena Vie, Fanna Fi Allah, and many more new artists that we are excited to discover. Enjoy a little taste of the desert in this remix by DJ Drez…