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Bhakti Fest: Feeling the Bhav

Sunday, August 25th, 2013


After working on PR for the 2012 Bhakti Fest but not attending due to being 8 months pregnant, I was so excited to experience the bhav at Shakti Fest in May. So excited that I loaded up my husband John almost 7 month old son Oskar in an RV and headed to Joshua Tree. While we are festival people (I have been to Coachella 9x!) and yogis, nothing prepared me for the incredible vibe at Shakti Fest.
With most of my weekend spent facilitating interviews and photo shoots in and around the main stage green room, I was able to see and hear loads of fantastic music including several acts who are coming back for Bhakti Fest including Jai Uttal’s world, reggae and jazz influenced set, Donna De Lory with special guest Lily Hayden, Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band’s country and eastern vibe, Akyanna’s amazing Carole King-esque vocal style, Arjun Baba, Karnamrita and many more! I was also able to check out some of the great vendors who line the main stage area including Manoj’s beautiful statues and tons of cute clothing designers.

But the most incredible aspect of the event was the high feeling I felt the whole weekend. Due to trying to conceive, then pregnancy and now breastfeeding, after years of partying I have given up any recreational substances, even caffeine. But at Bhakti Fest, I had the same high I had felt while partying at those many Coachellas! Truly this is the bhav state I had heard so much about and it’s incredible.
For those going to Bhakti Fest in September (I may or may not be among you, it’s much trickier to travel with a standing/crawling/food eating 10 month old than a sitting/rolling/only breastfeeding 7 month old!) I am sure you will feel it! Between the incredible energy of ongoing chanting on two stages, three halls of yoga, incredible workshops, pure vegan food, no drugs or alcohol on the site, fantastic bodyworkers, the heat, and the 17 energy vortices on the property, the high of the bhav is so real.

This translates into incredible communion with your fellow attendees. I struck up amazing conversations with many lovely festival goers and notable people like the extraordinary yoga teach Mark Whitwell. The feeling of Bhakti (love) is permeable and beautiful. Everyone smiles and shares, it renews your faith in humanity really.
Go to Bhakti Fest and feel the bhav!
~ Susan von Seggern
{Update} Courtesy of our friend Brenda McMorrow, purchase tickets and receive $50 off with the promo code: 2013brenda