Shakti Fest 2019: Yoga and Sacred Music Festival Mother’s Day Weekend May 9 – 13
Joshua Tree, CA – February 20, 2019 – The Shakti Fest community of yogis, meditators, conscious parents, and spiritual seekers comes back together for its ninth season, this year on Mother’s Day weekend – May 9 – 13. The 2019 Shakti Fest is at a new location, on the southern edge of the Mojave Desert – offering panoramic views of the North face of Joshua Tree National Park, exceptional desert vistas, and spectacular night skies at the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground, in Joshua Tree, CA.
Organized by Bhakti Fest, recently surpassing 10 years of producing conscious events, Shakti Fest is a unique springtime celebration. Driven by the divine feminine spirit, described in Eastern philosophy as the ‘dynamic force which moves the universe’ Shakti Fest features world famous yoga teachers, sacred music stars, spiritual and emotional growth workshops, sound baths, a healing sanctuary, and much, much more.
“We are so fortunate to be staying in the sacred vibration of Joshua Tree. Shakti and Bhakti Fest are all about heart centered community, a conscious and uplifting experience and the amazing line-up of artists, teachers and presenters in a family friendly drug and alcohol-free environment. We expect to offer the same amazing experience our events have always been known for” noted Sridhar Silberfein, founder of Bhakti Fest.
The Shakti Fest 2019 music lineup inspires attendees to sing, dance and open their hearts. This year’s line up once again includes the best Kirtan (a.k.a. chanting) artists on the sacred music scene: Jai Uttal, Donna De Lory, MC Yogi, Saul David Raye, Amritakripa, Gina Sala, Bhagavan Das, Larisa Stowe & the Shakti Tribe, Govind Das & Radha, Girish, Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda, Gina Sala, Fannah Fi Allah, Kavita Kat MacMillan, Krishna’s Kirtan, David Newman, Sirgun Kaur, and Wicked Hanging Chads, with more to be announced. The centuries-old practice of devotional chanting is considered to connect humans with themselves, the universe, and spirit. The entire Kirtan line-up is available here.
World-class yoga teachers are the heart of Shakti Fest, and spring in Joshua Tree is a beautiful time to practice in nature. With a multitude of yoga venues with classes from sun up to sundown, there really is something for everyone! 2019 Shakti Fest teachers include; Shiva Rea, Mark Whitwell, Mas Vidal, Kia Miller, Georgina Meister, Leeza Villagomez, Carmen Curtis, Hemalayaa Behl, Nubia Teixeira, Dr. Haridass Kaur Khalsa, Lisa Gniady, Dharma Shakti, Hannah Muse, Saul David Raye, Govind Das & Radha and local desert favorite Kristin Olson. Anyone can find their inner Shakti through energy invoking sessions in a wide variety of yoga styles. View the full yoga lineup here.
Shakti Fest 2019 Workshops will cover a plethora of wellness and conscious topics including Ayurveda, spiritual nutrition, tantric energy, breathwork, Sanskrit, conscious relationships, women’s sexuality, bhakti art, and hoop dance, with internationally known speakers such as Michael Brian Baker, Mirabai Devi, Dawn Cartwright, Siva Mohan, Zoë Kors, Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine, Manoj Chalam, Peace Guardians, Sharanam, Josie Keyes, Meghan Mahealani Morris, Rana Nader, Sarah Marshank, Syamarani, Zach Leary, and Dharma Devi. Shakti Fest also offers gender specific workshops for Women and Men, creating dedicated sacred spaces, which allow for a deeper connection and expression with sisters and brothers in a safe space. For further workshop details please go here.
In addition to the music, yoga, and workshops, Shakti Fest also supports a healing sanctuary offering a variety of bodywork and other wellness modalities (what’s a weekend exploring your divine feminine without a massage?!); a sound temple where attendees can meditate to the healing vibrations of top soundbath musicians; plus the younger set can play and explore in the expanded Bhakti Kids Land where families enjoy a huge array of special kids programming daily; a Chai Tea lounge with proceeds benefiting Food for Life Vrindavan; immersive Dome experiences; and Bhakti Kirtan School, where top artists share methods of creating Kirtan for a deeper experience of this increasingly popular genre.
There is no place like springtime in the high desert for a fully immersive, powerful conscious experience. Accommodation options include a huge area for car and tent camping under the amazing Joshua Tree stars. In addition, there are RV Sites with electric and water hook-ups, RV Sites with no hook-ups, Cozy Trailers, Bell Tents with an option to include cot & bedding, and fully styled out Yurt Tent Glamping (emphasis on the Glam in glamping!). There are also several hotels within a few miles of the property. Joshua Tree is also known for its variety of private homes to rent via sites like AirBnB including published modern masterpieces, rustic desert shacks, fancy Airstreams, and more. For info on accommodations please see https://bhaktifest.com/accommodations/.
The Shakti Fest Eco Artisan Village offers vegetarian and vegan food vendors, yoga clothing and gear, jewelry, art and unique collectibles. The organizers pride themselves on running a green event, offering free water and mindful recycling practices.
Early bird festival pricing is still available for Shakti Fest 2019, plus there are discounted tickets available for local residents, veterans, military, seniors, and students. Tickets are available at https://bhaktifest.com/buy-tickets/.