Leslie & Patric Horn containers to condo
Awareness Magazine : Southern California's Guide to Conscious Living Awareness Mag on TwitterAwareness Mag on Facebook
Home Button
About Button
Mission Button
Current Issue Button
Library Button
Advertisors Button
Ad Rates Button
Calendar Button
Classifieds Button
Subscribe Button
Editorial Button

Awareness Magazine
5753-G Santa Ana Canyon Rd. #582
Anaheim, CA 92807
(714) 283-3385
(800) 758-3223
(714) 283-3389 Fax

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 beverages.

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 year).

Details and tickets for all Shakti Fest and other Bhakti Fest events are available at bhaktifest.com.