5 Yoga Experiences You Can’t Miss

With the Telluride, Flagstaff and Wanderlust yoga festivals ending yesterday, it may feel like your summer festival opportunities are over – but don’t fear, the well-heeled guru is here. We have put together a guide of the best remaining summer yoga experiences. From Nantucket to West Virginia, people are still celebrating the beautiful gift of yoga and its not to late for you to join the fun. Below is a detailed list of 5 remaining yoga experiences that are bound to leave you enlightened. So pack your Plank yoga mat, and fill your Plank Messenger bag with plenty of water, the summer fun is only just beginning!

Liberate Music and Arts Festival
845 Poor Farm Rd, Sheldon, VT 05483
August 20th – August 21st

Ticket Price:
Saturday only single passes – $50
2 day weekend passes – $70-$90
Weekend table in art market – $150-300

Music: Lotus, Beats Antique, Spiritual Rez, Lucid, DJ Reverence,
The Human Canvas, Dead Sessions and Friends,
Brothers Past and more…

Description: Sponsored by such companies as Magic Hat Brewing Company and La Quinta Inn and Suites, Liberate has the financial strength to put on one of the bigger festivals in the north east. With headliners such as Lotus and Spiritual Rez, you can guarantee an energetic crowed, equally as excited about the music as the yoga. Liberate is located in a beautiful venue in northern Vermont, and has a plethora of engaging activities that take you beyond yoga – learning how to spit fire and perform thai yoga massages to name a couple.
Website: http://www.liberatevt.com/

Finger Lakes Yoga Festival
Greek Peak’s Hope Lake Lodge, Cortland, NY
August 20th – August 22nd

Ticket Price:
For lodge guests, full pass – $229
Three day pass – $299
Single day pass (fri.) – $79
Single (sat. or sun.) – $149
Three day (only music) – $49

Music: Shane Chikeles, One Love Devotional Chant, Uniit Carruyo

Description: Yoga guru Mathew Ingles is the man behind the Finger Lakes Festival, and he has done everything possible to cater to his fellow yogis. The fact that it is held at the Greek Peak’s Hope Place Lodge makes it pretty easy to accommodate anyone’s needs. A five star lodge, expect the best service, along with over 20 yoga classes and 30 workshops, you can drop the kids off at  the indoor pool and water slides while you hit the spa. Music and food will also be a large intertwined part of the the finger lakes experience.
Website: http://www.matiyoga.com/finger-lakes-yoga-festival

Nantucket Yoga Retreat with Ame Wren
and Lynne Begier of Back Bay Yoga
Wafe Cottages, Siasconset, Nantucket
September 3rd – September 6th
(Labor Day)

Ticket Price:
3 nights and 3 meals a day plus all yoga classes – $625-$950

Music: None

Description: A group of yogis will be heading to the beautiful Nantucket Island for three days of yoga and relaxation. Lead by Lynn Beiger and Ame Wren (voted “Boston’s best yoga teacher 2010”) this retreat has great potential. With an informal set-up, the Wafe Cottages will play host to yoga classes, group meals and fun in the sun. There will be a carpool from Boston to Hyannis for those interested, but act fast because the Inn can only reserve a limited number of rooms. A much more laid back atmosphere than the other events, a Nantucket escape is a great way to recharge the batteries and spoil the soul. Besides, who needs music when you have the natural sounds of the Nantucket shoreline.
Website: http://www.backbayyoga.com/events.html#nantucket

Evolve Music and Arts Festival
Ricky and Sons Organic Farm 442 St. Rte. 94, Vernon, NJ 07462
September 3rd – September 6th (Labor Day)

Ticket Price:
4 Day camping pass (bought in advance) – $105
4 Day camping pass -$125
Day Pass (expires 10pm) – $35
Night Pass (one night only) – $25

Music: Lucid, DJ Mantra, Jungle Jazz Initiative, Soul Union, One Love Chant, Capital Zen, Unexplained Bacon, Dirk Quinn Band, Soul Union, Psychedelphia and more…

Description: Consisting of over 50bands and 4 days, Evolve is in its fourth year of developing a beautiful thing. Made up of “fun loving and visionary people who wish to celebrate their creative human potential and explore ways to make life on earth more harmonious, joyful and sustainable”. The focus of Evolve is co-existence, bringing a strong community feeling to all workshops and yoga events. Expect to get involved with the yogi next to you, as Evolve aims to “move forward as one family, aligning with our planet and all beings”.
Website: http://www.evolvefest.org/

Spirit Fest
Timber Ridge Camp, Route 1, High View, WV 26808
September 17th – September 19th

Ticket Price:
With lodging – $279-$399
One day pass (fri. or sun.) – $80
One day pass (sat.) – $130
Vendor Table – $25

Music: Snatum Kaur, Sat Kartar, Nirinjan Kaur, Mirabai Ceiba and more…

Description: Nestled in the mountains, Spirit Fest is the most holistic, true-to-roots festival of the five. Days are spent chanting, singing and dancing, amidst regular practices of Kundalini yoga. This event is one of the more structured of the group, with a daily schedule starting with early morning Sadhana, the Spirit Fest experience is for the dye hard yogi. Musical guests are all traditional “temple” artists, playing eastern instruments to help enhance your meditative state.
Website: http://www.spiritvoyage.com/Spirit-Fest.aspx?EventId=tix-900712

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