by Robin Fillmore
The Lovelight Yoga and Arts Festival returns again this September to spread love and yoga for a third amazing season. This year, the nationally recognized festival will once again weave together not just another festival, but an opportunity to build on the emerging consciousness that individual’s voices. Festival-goers, when joined for the good of the planet and for the soul, can change the individual and the world. This year’s festival will be held September 21 to 24, at the Pearl Center, in Reisterstown, Maryland.
New to this festival this year is the opportunity to learn a new skill or get a professional certification in a healing art at the Lovelight Learning Lab. These hands-on creative or self-development experiences provide opportunities to expand the spirit through a variety of activities, including cacao ceremonies, stand-up paddle board yoga, workshops on ayurveda and kirtan training. There are also opportunities to gain professional certifications, such as in Thai Yoga Massage and Tantric Studies. The Lovelight Learning Lab also offers the opportunity for you to create individual projects to take home. Participation in many of the Immersions is included in the general admission ticket price, while some vendors are also offering immersions for additional fees.
More than another festival, the intended purpose of Lovelight is also to shape a new community that is built on wisdom, sharing, art, profoundly touching music, as well as yoga. The idea for festival came from Michael Lang, the iconic producer of the Woodstock Festival, renowned world artist (and D.C. resident), Wynne Paris and co-producer, Kim Maddox.
Krishna Das and Rising Appalachia lead a list of acclaimed headliners from the worlds of music, yoga and art. This appearance will be the only outdoor festival performance on the East Coast for Krishna Das, the Grammy-nominated kirtan artist. There will be something for everyone at this family-friendly gathering.
When asked about the inspiration for the festival as it relates to his connection with Woodstock, Lang noted, “We wanted to create an event based on the values of that generation but to make it appropriate for families. This event isn’t just for millennials, it’s multigenerational—and we want everyone to feel comfortable and safe when they come, and for their peace of mind we decided to keep it alcohol-free.”
Much of the festival takes place in Villages, each with a specific theme. In the Yoga Village, teachers in all styles and varieties of yoga will offer classes. In the Visionary Village, participants will engage in the conscious co-creation of a transformational community, built on the self-expression, empowered dialog, alternate economics, eco-activism and connection to our collective roots. In the Healing Village, ancient and modern healing and transformational techniques including massage, reiki, ayurveda and reflexology will provide opportunities for the nurturing of the body through deep relaxation and energy work.
Families will have their own Children’s Village to enjoy the festival as a family event with expanded age-appropriate programming for all-ages. In the Faerie Village, children of all ages will find the magical and fantastic realms of the imagination, and appreciation of the spirit of Earth.
The venue this year is the Pearlstone Center, an environmentally sustainable conference center brings people to the land, so they can understand and value the connection between humans and our Earth. The Center grows its own organic food on-site and then serves it in true farm-to-table fashion.
For more information, including ticket prices, schedule and line-up, as well as the listing for the learning lab, visit LovelightFestival.com.