For anyone looking to immerse themselves in a weekend full of Kundalini yoga, music, chanting and community building, the second annual Spirit Fest: Kundalini Yoga & Music Festival might be a great option to consider. This year’s festival is being held from September 16th through September 18th at Blue Ridge Mountains in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.
As with many yoga festivals, the mission of Spirit Fest is to create community. However, this festival does so in a truly unique way; unlike most festivals, all students that attend Spirit Fest follow the same schedule. Only one class is held at a time, and all classes are taught in the Kundalini style of yoga. This format allows students to truly experience this one type of yoga, and also helps to promote community building through shared experience.
The Capital Retreat Center, the venue where the event is taking place, is nestled between two lakes and surrounded by hiking trails and various other outdoor activities. While most events will be held indoors in an area large enough to accommodate all festival attendees at once, if the weather permits, some scheduled events will be held outdoors in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains.
Mealtime is also a community building experience amongst festival-goers. All participants dine together. All meals served will be vegetarian with vegan and wheat-free options available. The kitchen serves strictly glatt kosher and cholovny yisrael meals, ensuring that all dietary needs are met.
Spirit fest has an amazing line up of musicians and teachers. Attendees will experience the best of Kundalini chant with famous artists such as Snatam Kuar, Murabai Ceiba, Simrit Kuar and Ram Das. Yoga classes will be taught by world-renowned instructors, such as Gurmukh and Sopurkh Singh. To enhance the experience and help yoga students deepen their practice, each yoga class will feature live music.
For those looking for an additional day of yoga, a Pre-Spirit Yoga Festival Intensive is being offered from September 15th through the start of the main festival on the 16th. A Children’s Yoga Intensive Experience will be occurring simultaneously to ensure that they too can have an amazing yoga adventure while you delve deeper into your own practice. A Children’s Program will be offered for the remainder of the weekend as well.
Blue Ridge Mountain is located 90 minutes from both Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. A wide range of lodging opportunities are available, from camping to luxury rooms, to ensure that the festival is accessible to all that wish to attend. Ticket prices are fairly reasonable; if purchased before September 1st, participants receive a discount on most options. Check out the festival’s website for more details.