If traveling is at the top of your resolution list for 2018, a wellness festival could very well satisfy your wanderlust. Spanning globally, these wellness festivals are not like your average yoga class–they’re an experience. Taking place in some of the most naturally breathtaking places in the world, these festivals offer a spiritual awakening unlike any other. By day, nurture your mind and body with unique classes and by night, celebrate and dance to some of the world’s most transcending music.
It’s hard to find a reason not to attend a wellness festival as the benefits are endless. These festivals provide a chance to try yoga or meditation classes you most likely have never heard of from teachers from around the world or attend a workshop on personal growth. It’s also the chance to be introduced to new holistic and healing practices while trying nourishing tonics. It’s an opportunity to feel a part of a community of like-minded souls while connecting to others and yourself. Although short, a festival brings a lifetime of memories and inspiration.
Fortunately, for all you spiritual gangsters, wellness travel and festivals are seriously trending. The hardest part will be choosing which one. I’ve helped to narrow down some of the newest and best wellness festivals 2018 has to offer. Grab your yoga mat and passport and let’s go!
Envision Festival- Uvitas, Costa Rica
Ticket Prices: $175-$675, Packages also offered
Accommodations: Several options, camping preferred
Taking place in the mist of a tropical rainforest and Pacific beach, Envision has it all. Going into its 8th festival season, Envision is a celebration of art, music, dance, spirituality, sustainability, and an all-around connection to community. In Shanti Town is where you can strengthen your yoga practice with featured yogi Marcos Jassan. In the village, you can find the healing sanctuary that offers a variety of healing practices, a children and family area, an area for sacred practice, the café, and merchandise vendors. At night, the stage comes alive with artists and DJ’s from all over the world. Love, togetherness, and “living the good life” is the true heartbeat of this festival.
BaliSpirit Festival- Ubud, Bali
Ticket Prices: $150-$850
Accommodations: Offsite options
Located in beautiful Ubud, BaliSpirit is an absolute dream. I had the privilege to the attend this life-changing festival in 2016 for a day, and it was not nearly enough time to take in everything the festival has to offer. From exceptional yoga classes lead by the industry’s best to healing huts that will soothe your body and soul, this festival has something for everyone. BaliSpirit’s goal is to ignite positive change within through yoga, art, music, dance, and wellness practices. I can honestly say I left a better person and encourage everyone to add this to their must-do list.
Flovibe Festival- United Kingdom
Ticket Prices: $115-$180 *Children get in free
Accommodations: Boutique camping
Flovibe Festival is fairly new to the scene, and still very hush hush about this year’s line up and activities. Taking place on a lake at Rowlands Castle in Hampshire, this festival is a weekend full of live music, yoga, wellness workshops, and just some downright good fun. This festival is the perfect balance of zen and party, offering a wine bar amongst other delicious treats. If you’re thinking of heading to Europe for a summer holiday, make sure to add this to your itinerary.
Floyd Yoga Jam- Floyd, VA
August 30- September 3
Ticket Prices: $5-$1,170
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, Floyd Yoga Jam is a fully green festival that promotes sustainable change through yoga, art, and music. Besides the enlightening classes and workshops, festival goers can also hike, kayak, run a 5k and find mindfulness in the Tea Shanti Speakeasy. This festival is super laidback, full of southern charm, and probably the best-kept secret.
Bhakti Fest- Joshua Tree, CA
Ticket Prices: $50-$175
Accommodations: Onsite/offsite housing/camping
Situated in the calming deserts of Joshua Tree, Bhakti Fest is all about yoga, sacred music, and personal growth. Some highlights of the festival include Kirtan–a scared musical experience, workshops, and a healing sanctuary that includes a Soul Doctor. This festival will take your yoga practice and understanding to the next level.
Which wellness festivals are on your wish list?
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Photo: EnvisionFestival.com, Jess Davis, Flovibe.com