From September 6-9, Joshua Tree will be the venue for Bhakti Fest 2012, a combination music festival, yoga, and meditation retreat. This family friendly event features activities for adults and children (kids under 12 can participate for free) including workshops, swimming pools, crafts, and ecologically responsible vendors. Attendees can look forward to over 80 hours of music on two stages with performers such as Krishna Das, MC Yogi, Dave Stringer, Jai Uttal, and Deva Premal & Miten. Top yoga teachers, such as Janet Stone, Saul David Raye, Bryan Kest, and Sarah Ivanhoe will be leading sessions that will stretch body and mind. Bodyworkers trained in Shiatsu, acupuncture, massage, and Reiki will be available to heal and restore.
Celebrating the disciplines of mediation, yoga, and kirtan, this gathering combines ancient and modern wisdom in pursuit of spiritual awakening. Each guest is selected for their commitment to expanding human consciousness and furthering the heart-centered revolution in devotional worship of the divine. A bulk of the proceeds are donated to a variety of non-profit organizations that provide food, shelter, medication, and environmental services across the globe.
Based in the idea of “seva”, the sankrit word for service without the expectation of reward, Bhakti Fest offers a work exchange program for those who are not able to afford tickets. Lodging is provided through either the Joshua Tree Retreat Center or campsites within the park. For more information, visit the festival’s website.