Shakti Fest: A Celebration of the Divine Feminine

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | February 20th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Yoga

Shiva Rea at Shakti Fest 2011 ©Elena Ray

Shakti Fest is a celebration of life, of creation, of the Divine Feminine that dwells within each one of us. Shakti Fest is a more intimate version of Bhakti Fest, which has been held in September for the past three years. Thousands have come to be part of a rapidly expanding community of people devoted to following the path of the heart through yoga, kirtan and spontaneous expressions of love, joy and well-being!

In the stark beauty of the desert of Joshua Tree, California, we will come together to honor the Goddess though prayer, chanting, movement, meditation, ceremonies and play. We will create a sacred space in which we can expand our hearts and minds, unite our voices and visions, and luxuriate in the sweet embrace of Sacred Feminine. The three-day festival, which will include Mother’s Day, will be a profound opportunity to move more deeply into our relationship with the Earth, each other and ourselves, and to express gratitude for the abundance and grace that we receive each day.

Two yoga halls will offer classes suitable for all ages and ability levels. Inspirational teachers such as Saul David Raye, Shiva Rea, Sara Ivanhoe, Govindas and Radha, Kia Miller and Tommy Rosen, Hemalayaa, Micheline Berry, Bhava Ram and Laura Plumb, Kristin Olson, Peter Guinosso and Cristi Christenson will take your practice to another level.

Sublime, passionate and transcendental: Devotional music and chanting are also heart medicine. Kirtan artists include Donna De Lory, Wah!, Jai Uttal, C.C. White, Durga Das (David Newman) and Mira, Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band, Girish, Larisa Stow and Shakti Tribe, Mayapuris, Govindas and Radha, Joey Lugassy and Arjun Baba.

To ignite our passions, enrich our perspectives and activate our inherent wisdom, there will be a diverse selection of workshops to choose from: Tantra, Astrological Wisdom, Ayurveda, Radiance Sutras, BhaktiNova Dance, Meditations and a Sacred Prayer Circle. Presenters include Shiva Rea, Mirabai Devi, Dawn Cartwright, Lorin Roche, Gina Sala, Durga Das (David Newman), Christabel Zamor, Divine Harmony and Laura Plumb.

An eco-friendly vendor village will offer delicious, high-vibrational raw, vegan and vegetarian foods and beverages for our nourishment and sustenance. Also to support transformation and evolution, there will be wellness-enhancing products, clothing and art vendors, children’s activities, body workers, breath workers, massage therapists and other unique healing modalities. Accommodation options include cabins, camping and cottages. Find the joy of service by being part of the team that organizes the festival. Intensify your experience with pre- and post-festival workshops with Saul David Raye.

Align with the Divine. Be a conduit for the bliss, flow and grace of Divine Mother. Enjoy a vibrant, passionate and creative community. Co-create a heart-centered revolution at Shakti Fest, May 11-13, 2012, at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Joshua Tree, California. For more information and tickets, go to

“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers
within yourself that you have built against it.”
– Rumi


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