CC at Bhakti_optThe 5th Annual Bhakti Fest West is exactly one week away and set to be an weekend full of yoga, kirtan and heart opening activities. From September 5-8, Joshua Tree Retreat Center will convert into a Yogic playground, filled with over 100 clothing, art, and health food vendors, two stages filled with ongoing kirtan acts from 4am-midnight, yoga halls with teachers from around the world, and a sanctuary brimming over with workshops and discourses throughout the day. Whether you are new to yoga or a teacher coming to learn from the biggest names in yoga, there is something for everyone at Bhakti Fest.

Saul & babyAs one of the only festivals that is completely alcohol and drug free, Bhakti Fest West is a powerful means to end the summer with your family, especially with the newest addition to the Bhakti Fest Programming: Bhakti Kid Land–where children’s activities include face painting, mandala making, kids yoga, and more. Did we mention children 12 and under come free?

Here’s our day-by-day list of festival highlights guaranteed to rejuvenate the youthful spirit in you:

Thursday: Shamanic Ritual for Opening Sacred Space with David Watts; David will lead a Native American Ritual for creating Sacred Space. Main stage at 9:30am.

Friday: The Journey Home satsang and workshop with Radhanath Swami–part of a three-part series; Radhanath Swami’s autobiography  The Journey Home is a tale of a mystic’s journey through Europe, India, and the innermost depths of his heart. Sanctuary at 5:00pm.

Shiva Rea at BhaktiSaturday: ‘The Beatles’ Yoga: Let It Be’ Workshop with Phil Goldberg with music by Joey Lugassy; join Phil and Joey for a magical mystery tour of the Beatles’ mind-blowing, world-changing trip from the set of ‘Help!’ to the banks of the Ganges. Sanctuary at 3:30pm.

Sunday: Global Mala Sunrise Meditation with Shiva Rea; be part of the upcoming Global Mala Project gatherings all around the world at sunrise in breathtaking Joshua Tree. Labryinth at 6:10am.

Full festival passes are available for $325. Day passes for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are available for $100 each; weekend passes (Saturday and Sunday) are also available for $175. Use code ‘layoga’ to receive a $50 discount. Tickets will go offline on September 2 at midnight, but will be available at the door (discount code will not apply at door).

Visit Bhakti Fest Tickets to purchase your ticket now.

Images by Kristina Clemens

Vanessa Harris is graduate of Pepperdine University who completed her teacher training in India. Her experience includes writing, making malas or prayer beads, serving as an associate producer at Bhakti Fest, and contributing as the Editorial Coordinator at Bliss Network.