Continuing on with searching for festivals that go deeper into the soul, comes Bhakti Fest.
Referred to as “The Spiritual Woodstock of The Millenium,” Bhakti Fest hosts the largest line up of kirtan music, master yoga instructors and spiritual teachers. It offers nonstop kirtan performances on two stages, with chanting in a wide of variety of musical genres ranging from blues, to rock, pop, gospel, traditional, and hip-hop.
Joining an already incredible festival line-up, Bhakti Fest and EarthWe are excited to welcome Matisyahu and “The Golden Voice of Africa” Salif Keïta to the Bhakti Fest stage.
Returning headliners include Grammy nominated artists Krishna Das and Jai Uttal, Mantra masters Deva Premal and Miten, revolutionary hip-hop artist MC YOGI, long-time Madonna collaborator, Donna De Lory and many, many more.
Additionally, festival participants will gain access to the world’s finest teachers of spiritual knowledge, yoga, dance, and breathwork. Featuring twelve hours of daily yoga classes in 4 venues, facilitated by incomparable teachers Dharma Mittra (the founder of modern yoga), Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Bryan Kest, and Mas Vida just to name a few. Beginner and advanced yogis alike are encouraged to join, as there is really something for everyone.
Bhakti Fest provides a complete physical, mental and spiritual health experience including a healing sanctuary with massage, bodywork, energy work, and other wellness enhancing modalities.
Bhaktas will feast on a variety of raw, vegan, vegetarian and high vibration food and beverage options. Below is a list of vendors:
Asana Foods: Organic Gluten-Free Granola, Organic Raw and Roasted Almond Butter, and Organic Supplements. PlusAçaí Bowls and more!
Bliss Café: “A 100% VEGAN restaurant in San Luis Obispo, Ca. that serves “”good karma – yogi style cuisine””, with a very diverse menu. Serving PRASADAM ranging from smoothies, juices, curry bowls, & sandwiches to burritos & tacos. Made in house, using local & organic ingredients when available. Gluten Free options avilable.
Essentia Water: Through their proprietary process, you get all the benefits of our special electrolyte formula and alkaline 9.5 pH. Essentia makes it easy to properly hydrate all day, every day.
Herbal Zap: Ayurvedic functional beverages to boost your healing power.
Imlak’esh Organics: Imlak’esh Organics is an organic foods importer, caterer, and artisan, food producer, based in Santa Barbara.
India Gourmet: Indian cuisine catering to all dietary needs including vegan,vegetarian,gluten free.
Java Gogo Coffee Company: Organic espresso, coffee, tea, chai.
Living Intentions: Living Intentions mission is to create the most amazing, high vibration Raw snacks ever, as part of the next step in your spiritual and wellness path.
Lydias: Enjoy some amazing fresh organic vegan, raw, gluten free and cooked foods at Lydia’s Organic.
Nectar of the Gods: An Herbal Drinks & Smoothies, Juice Trailer. Organic, Cold-pressed, Juices, Herbal Teas, and Raw treats.
Pie for the People : Pizza by the slice!
REEDS: REEDS, Inc. is making extraordinary beverages and confections using very old-fashioned, natural methods and wholesome, fresh ingredient; make sure to try their new Kombucha beverage line!
Rooted Kava: Kava is a ceremonial tea consumed in the South pacific Islands that has scientifically proven anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, and muscle relaxing properties.
Sahej LLC: Delicious South Indian Masala Dosas and hearty Kitcheree, the comfort food of North India. Refreshing Mango Lassi and Mint Lemonade on the side.
Ancient Organics: Eat Good Fat. Cook with friends and family. Ghee Happy.
Sunhorse Energy: Sun Horse Energy provides an adaptogenic elixir beverage that acts to enhance productivity and performance while helping to regulate body system function.
Teeccinos: Feed your body the way nature intended with our Caffiene-Free Herbal Coffee and Sustained Energy Cereal.
Tumeric Alive: TumericALIVE handcrafts organic, cold pressed turmeric based functional beverages.
Aloha Vibrant Water Shrine:Located near the Buddha Bell opposite the Bhakti Fest Info Booth. Fill your Shakti Fest water bottle all weekend long with delicious reverse osmosis drinking water provided by Shakti Fest. Make sure to pick up a FREE sample of Aloha’s super hydrating whole-food green juice powder!
Last, but definitely not least head to the Main Stage Inner Circle for some Coconut Bliss in their Bliss Lounge. I love their vegan ice cream and can never get enough!
I can’t wait to check out this festival, as I know it will be an experience I won’t forget. Multiple ticket options are available online, so don’t miss out and come join me!
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I wasn’t sure how to compare Bhakti Fest to Lightning in a Bottle, but the best way I can describe the difference is Bhakti Fest is that intimate family gathering that you love, while Lightning in a Bottle is that HUGE family gathering where anyone with 1% of your family blood is there.
Both are amazing, but just have different environments and vibes.
I loved all the yoga sessions, the amazing music, and transformation workshops, mediations, and MORE.
I highly recommend checking out this festival, I enjoyed it more than Lightning in a Bottle because it was smaller and more intimate. It’s the perfect-sized festival in my book. Not too big, not too small.
Also, got to love that it is in Joshua Tree and just being in the beautiful desert, not to mention that Joshua Tree National Park is just a stone throw away and are able to get some amazing rock climbing in.
Just like Lighting in a Bottle, my belly was treated so well with amazing super nutrient-dense, filling, and more importantly, umami food at Bhakti Fest. While there wasn’t as many vendors at Bhakti Fest as Lighting in a Bottle, it was enough. Okay, maybe just a few more food stalls ;)
I love dosas, and Dosa Dosa did not disappoint. Lucky for SF, they will be opening a few locations soon. I love that they cook it with ghee or coconut oil, depending on your dietary requirements. Also, they were serving up some delicious kitcheree. It’s a traditional Indian dish that consists of split mung beans, rice, and veggies. I’ve never had it before, and my body just resonated with it. I can’t wait to try my own bath of it at home.
Next is lovely Lydia’s. I was first introduced to them while I was at Lighting in a Bottle. They have such a HUGE and AWESOME menu. I haven’t gotten anything there that wasn’t delicious. Some of my personal favorites is the Breakfast Burrito, Nori with Salad, Purple Goddess Salad, Cooked Curry Bowl, and Alkalizing Green Soup.
Best Snack: Living Intensions
Man seriously, their GONE NUTS nut blends are insane!They are raw, soaked and sprouted too. I tried ALL their flavors every day. I LOVED them that much. So much so, I bought five packets of them since they had a Buy 5 and get the Sixth one free hah. My absolute favorite one is the Thai Lemon Curry. Best nuts ever!
Best Drink: Teeccino
Caffeine-free organic herbal coffee? Say, WHAT! I’m not a coffee addict, but I do love the taste of it, but don’t love caffeine. So I was stoked to try this place out and was blown away by the awesome taste of it. Loved that they were one of the first stalls open bright and early too, to give all the attendees our Teeccino fix.
My absolute favorite was the Dandelion Dark Roast. They sell them in tea bags and as an all-purpose grind. I highly recommend buying the all-purpose grind, as it provides that coffee consistency and stronger taste.
Best Dessert: Coconut Bliss
One of my favorite non-dairy ice cream companies! But before Bhakti Fest I only had their Naked Coconut flavor aka just plain coconut milk. At Bhakti Fest, they had so many flavors to choose from. I was blown away and so happy to see one of those flavors being Ginger Cookie Caramel! Oh my, heaven. A real treat! :)