Come Explore and Celebrate the
Divine Feminine in All of Us!
By Gail Silverman
Longing for a deeper
connection to Mother Earth and the divine feminine residing within all of us?
The Shakti Fest Ommersion is the perfect place for
you this spring, taking place May 17-19, 2013 in the beautiful high-vibration
setting of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Joshua Tree, CA.
Shakti Fest is presented by
the producers of the Bhakti Fest events and is a smaller, more intimate
gathering where attendees can immerse themselves in Bhakti: “the path of the
heart.” Returning for its third year, expect an incredible weekend including
non-stop Kirtan (spiritual music), yoga, workshops,
and engagement with a community of other beautiful like-minded beings.
Shakti Fest presents Kirtan performances through a variety of genres: from
traditional to jazz, rock, pop, hip-hop and more. Performances will include
some of the best-known artists such as Jai Uttal,
Dave Stringer, Donna De Lory, Sean Johnson and the
Wild Lotus Band, Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe, Saul David Ray, and many more.
Like all of
Bhakti Fest events, you can expect some great surprises and to catch some of
the freshest talent that is just about to break through.
Come move your body and your
spirit with a huge variety of yoga classes and workshops from the most
world-renowned teachers and spiritual leaders. A beginner? Have no fear, Shakti
Fest offers a variety of classes from sun up to sundown.
Some of this year’s workshops
include classes on spiritual empowerment, transformation and liberation,
heart-opening, Bhakti Brazilian dance, and the path of love, to just to name a
few. There will be several ongoing yoga class offerings in two halls with
amazing teachers like Kia Miller, Shiva Rea, Sara Ivanhoe, Mark Whitwell, Radha, Govindas and more.
Shakti Fest is your chance to
delve deeper and experience the union of the physical, mental and spiritual.
Your heart will burst open as you dance, sing, play, and experience spontaneous
outbursts of joy and love all weekend long!
Attendees will be invited to
leave the busy world behind and immerse themselves in a conscious community for
three full days. They will experience an independent thriving community,
complete with an eco-friendly vendor village of more than fifty artisan
merchants who will offer high-vibrational raw, vegan, vegetarian foods, and delicious
The Joshua Tree Desert
Retreat Center is the perfect setting to foster inner reflection and spiritual
reconnection because of its peacefulness and natural desert beauty. Thousands
have come back since 2009 to experience the Bhakti Fest events at this pristine
resort. Accommodation options include three hotels in the area and rooms,
camping and RVs on-site.
Bhakti Fest has been offering
incomparable yoga and world music since 2009. The events embrace ancient and
modern sacred wisdom, and traditional and non-traditional spiritual practices.
It was originally organized by The Center for Spiritual Studies (CSS), a non-profit
foundation created in 1973 to generate one united voice for yoga and chanting.
CSS has now licensed BhaktiVentures to handle the Bhakti Fests. Monies raised
from the Bhakti Fests will be donated to CSS to be disbursed to its various
charities such as Food for Life Vrindavan, Ramana’s Garden, Seva Foundation,
and the Love Serve Remember Foundation.
CSS was founded by Sridhar Silberfein who has been on a personal spiritual quest for
over thirty years. He has hosted several eminent Indian saints and teachers
such as Swami Muktananda, Kalu
Rimpoche and Ammachi. He
produced the docudrama “River of Love” on the life of Ammachi,
has been instrumental in managing Ram Dass’ return to
health and producing his retreats.
He brought Swami Satchidananda to Woodstock as a young yogi, at which time
he committed to one day producing a spiritual equivalent of Woodstock, which
now embodies the three Bhakti Fests: Shakti Fest, Bhakti Fest Midwest and the
original Bhakti Fest held every September (celebrating its 5th Anniversary this
Details and tickets for all
Shakti Fest and other Bhakti Fest events are available at bhaktifest.com.