Summer is the season for the festivals of yoga!
Have you attended a yoga festival yet? If yes, you know how incredible it is to share space with so many other souls in one place! If you have yet to experience a yoga fest in all it’s glory, SUMMER is the perfect time to hit one up! With the temperatures lending a hand to yoga in the outdoors, there are summer yoga festivals popping up all over the Western Hemisphere. So much that we are quite spoilt for choice these days… a fan of yoga in the wilderness, majestic Alpine views, or is an outdoor urban setting more your jive?
Whatever the case, we have an option for you, and even if we don’t, we can assure you there may be a few yoga festivals going on in your general vicinity. You would have to be living under a rock to not know about the Wanderlust Tour (which we love, by the way!) However, here we also feature some off the beaten path yoga festivals for the upcoming months- and this is only a small selection of what we stumbled upon. From Sweden to France, Santa Fe to Asheville, we’ve got you covered.
Happy Festing, Yogis!
JUNE Yoga Festivals
A full day of yoga events, totally FREE and open to the public.
Imagine yourself practicing yoga on the grass, perched up on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean sea…. ah Talk about some serious inspiration for respiration! Smack in the heart of Nice, hit up this fest and then stay to enjoy the French Rivera at it’s finest.
Our friend Nico is the headline teacher for this event- he’s been opening the hearts of yogis at this fest for years… be sure to hit up his class! Enjoy the yoga park, the massage tent, the Zen market place where you can shop for your favorite yoga fashion, listen to live music, eat yummy health food, sip on coconut water and hang with your tribe.
The 4th annual event takes you up to the French Alps.
If you haven’t had the privilege to explore this part of the world, a yoga fest is the perfect excuse to hit it up! Yoga classes spread around the town, from a stunning antique hotel to the top of a ski lift where you have glacial peaks as your inspiration.
The yoga will be solid with 27 presenters giving 43 classes and 10 Workshops: nutrition, ayurvéda, indian philosophy, kirtan… And we know first hand the food, the atmosphere, and the energy of this event is simply incredible.
JULY Yoga Festivals
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
cOMmon Grounds will return for its 6th Annual event featuring some of the finest yoga instructors -Gather teacher Karin Burke will be there offering what we are sure will be nothing short of incredible- and rockin’ musicians from the Midwest and around the country. Carve out time during your summer to soak up the vibes. The festival promises to provide attendees an overall wellness experience by offering a variety of classes, activities, educational and fun workshops all against the background of nature and the sounds of the city. Participants are invited to attend daily yoga classes centered around “The Year of Sound”where they can move through different yoga styles and dive deeper by attending a workshop. All classes and workshops are intended to suit any level of yoga student.
In addition to yoga, participants will have several options to stay entertained. Enjoy a massage, check out our mini workshops between classes, relax in the slacker park, listen to music, watch artistic performances, shop in our Vendor Village, enjoy different healthy food options, and much more.
cOMmon Grounds Festival is a family-friendly event. Young Yogis can participate in their very own yoga classes, activities, games, crafts and more at the, “Kids Camp.”
The BYC is a Yogic Celebration open to people from all ages and backgrounds with or without previous experience in yoga. An uplifting open hearted gathering with world leading Yoga teachers and musical artists creating a platform for you to learn, experience, discover and transform.
One of Europe’s largest Yoga Conferences with 5 full days of Yoga, Music and Dance. Participants join from 5 Continents of the World. 60 internationally recognized teachers & artists. Every day, all day you can explore free activities.
This 6 day festival is an international event for yoga enthusiasts of all levels and traditions. Both young
and old, beginners and advanced yogis come to the Yoga Festival to enjoy yoga, meditation and dance. It is a melting pot between Eastern and Western culture where you will get to meet swamis from India, urban yogis from vibrant metropolitan studios and the silent embrace of the lush nature and forest. The festival is a place for dance, music, and healthy food for all the senses. And for authentic meetings, especially with yourself.
Asheville, NC, USA
Set in the heart of the ancient and mystical Appalachian Mountains, the vision of Asheville Yoga Festival is to create a space for connection, adventure, play, relaxation and healing.
Our Gather Collective teacher Anton Mackey will be teaching alongside other epic teachers and musicians, and we find ourselves wishing to teleport to this event!
Downtown Asheville will be the retro-urban backdrop for our expanded 2017 festival that will feature over 30 presenters and 70+ offerings including yoga, music, outdoor activities, and unique health & wellness vendors.
While enjoying the pedestrian-friendly festival, you will have the opportunity to experience the eclectic, funky downtown scene complete with a variety of locally owned shops, art galleries, and close to 100 restaurants, coffeeshops & cafes.
AUGUST Yoga Festivals
What started as a yoga garden party among friends has evolved into one of the hippest, most epic yoga events in Europe. The Copenhagen Yoga Festival runs over three days and takes place at Tiøren by Amager strand. This festival is one that we hope to make it to one day- Can you say bucket list?
The primary purpose of CYF is to invite and inspire as many as possible to practice yoga for their first time, get inspired all over again, and share the joy of yoga across styles and studios. Everybody is welcome. The program offers something for newcomers, experienced practitioners, old and young, adults and children. During the weekend you will have the opportunity to participate in all the workshops you want, join in on inspiring lectures, browse around the marketplace, enjoy live music, eat healthy tasty food and make new friends.
St. Anton, Austria
It has been clear since the first Mountain Yoga Festival in St. Anton am Arlberg was held in 2016, that yoga and mountains are a perfect match!
Feel the power of the mountains, look inwards and inhale the fresh mountain air in downward facing dog – a personal break with a relaxed, festival flair – that’s what the mountain yoga festival St. Anton is all about!
The 2nd edition of the festival will be an exclusive event for a limited number of people only! Hit up one of their package deals to include hotel accommodation with your festival.
SEPTEMBER Yoga Festivals
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
“We believe that yoga, music, good friends and fresh mountain air are all mediums for raising the vibration of love in our bodies, in our communities and in the world.”
Sante Fe is one of Natalie’s (Gather co-founder) absolute most favorite places on Earth. This festival jumped out at us for that reason. The Santa Fe Yoga Festival brings conscious community together for a heart-opening, vibration-raising, multi-day experience in a stunning natural setting. Showcasing transformational yoga classes, with over 35 world-class teachers. Experience daily meditations, dharma talks, and cutting-edge musical performaces (Michael Franti and Grace Potter, anyone?). The intention is to create an atmosphere that revives spirits, enriches our practice and reminds us how to play.
Joshua Tree, California, USA
Bhakti Fest celebrates the devotional paths of yoga, Kirtan (sacred music), and meditation. Our festival is a drug and alcohol free vehicle for evolution of human consciousness through a heart-centered revolution. Bring your yoga mats this September to the idyllic Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Practice with the best yoga teachers in the world, dance to sacred music by world-renown Kirtan artists, and take workshops with leaders in the field of personal growth. You can even camp out beneath the stars!
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Finally a YOGA FESTIVAL in Phoenix! The line-up includes some of Arizona’s best, including some of our Gather Yoga teachers: Anton Holmes Mackey, Mary Bruce, & Lili Cohen! Among other incredible AZ teachers like Sumit Banerjee, Cheryl Oliver, Jenn Chiarelli, Donny Starkins, Patricia Anne Vamos,Kim Kirby Ewan, Patrick Reiner, KC Miller, Gordon Ogden, Hamid Jabbar, Beri Golding, Jeff Martens, Lorilee Gillmore, Tara Martell, and Samantha Lang, just to name a few on the long list of amazing Yogis!
Our 2016 festival (Namaste AZ) was unprecedented!! We had a huge turnout, large array of vendors, and amazing lineup of teachers and presenters. This year’s event will be even bigger and better! Get ready to take your practice to the next level!
We are bringing in national stars including Vinnie Marino, Kimberly Joy Lipson, music by Girish Music and Satsang – and the list keeps growing!
OCTOBER Yoga Festivals
Big Bear, California, USA
A FREE One Day Yoga Festival in the The San Bernardino mountains… seems the ideal place to bring people together to connect and celebrate! An event full of music, movement, health, food and fun! Explore the beautiful mountains in Big Bear. Big Bear Yoga Festival brings incredible yoga teachers, dance, vibrant music, inspirational topics, yummy food and fun activities like canoeing and swimming. All with the beautiful backdrop of the San Bernardino
Mountains. It will certainly be a day to remember.
It truly is about visioning a new reality and making friends, growing a community to manifest your highest potential. Reach your arms out wide and hug the sun, mountains and blue sky!
For more than a decade the OM Yoga Show has grown ever more popular. It is one of the biggest yoga gathering in Europe, and one of the largest events of its kind in the world.
Yoga workshops take place throughout three days, including sessions for both beginners and more experienced yogis.
When you want to take a break from practicing yoga, check out the showcase of over 100 exhibitors! Featuring a fantastic range of yoga accessories, clothing, jewellery, super food, retreats and more. We are stoked about the launch of Fifth Breath, a new yoga mat made from Moreno wool. Cannot wait for a practice on one of these beauties.