Lovelight Yoga + Arts Festival

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by Dan Martinsen

There will be three days of peace and music taking place August 18 through 20, almost 48 years to the exact weekend of the original Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969. There will be yoga and meditation—maybe even a sighting of “Mud People”, depending on the weather. Just don’t expect any announcements warning about “brown acid” at the second annual Lovelight Yoga + Arts Festival, in Darlington, Maryland, the brainchild of original Woodstock producer Michael Lang. His goal, along with partners’ musician Wynne Paris and event producer Kim Maddox, is to channel the spirit and activism from the original Woodstock, minus the alcohol and drugs.

“We wanted to create an event based on the values of that generation but to make it appropriate for families,” Lang, now 72, said in a recent telephone interview. “This event isn’t just for millennials, it’s multigenerational—and we want everyone to feel comfortable and safe when they come, and for their peace of mind we decided to keep it alcohol-free.”

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Lovelight Yoga and Arts Festival Returns

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Celebrate the spirit of yoga and community—from the grassroots of the 60s counter-culture, to the modern yoga and transformational arts gatherings at the Lovelight Yoga and Arts Festival. The second annual festival will be held August 18 to 20, in Darlington, Maryland, just a few hours from BuxMont.

The festival draws some of the most beloved national teachers, kirtan, music and yoga headliners, including Krishna Das, Dharma Mittra, Trevor Hall, Dana Trixie Flynn, Tina Malia and MC Yogi, as well as many other well-known, regional teachers. Throughout the festival, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy musical performances, yoga classes, flow arts, themed campsites, drum circles, vegan and vegetarian food vendors, art installations, live painting, interactive art projects, workshops, fire dancing, wholesome libations and high vibrational food.

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Lovelight Yoga and Arts Festival Lights Up Summer

EB_LovelightFestival_0816Yoga musician Trevor Hall, kirtan icon Krishna Das and legendary yogi Dharma Mittra headline the Lovelight Yoga and Arts Festival, a three-day event held from August 26 through 28 at Camp Ramblewood, in Darlington, Maryland.

Lovelight celebrates the evolution of U.S. yoga culture—from the grassroots of the sixties counterculture into the modern yoga studio and transformational arts movements. The Lovelight Festival is co-produced by Woodstock ‘69 festival founder Michael Lang, yoga musician Wynne Paris and event planner Kimberley Maddox.

The weekend will feature musical performances, yoga classes, flow arts, themed campsites, drumming circles, vendors, art, workshops, sacred bonfires and vegetarian food. On Saturday, August 27, at 1 p.m., the festival will attempt to break the world record for headstands. Events will take place at a summer-camp-turned-festival venue that features a spring-fed lake and an Olympic-sized pool. Many styles of yoga will be offered, including jivamukti, kundalini, integral, hatha, power and stand-up paddleboard yoga.

Tickets include tent camping; over 40 workshops and yoga classes; three stages with more than 30 musicians and bands, including DJ Mambisa, LA yogi and musician Dave Stringer, and Canadian chanter Brenda McMorrow; swimming, hiking and canoeing; fire dancers, bonfires and drum circles; live painters, art gallery, dance parties and interactive art experiences; and children’s and family programming. Available for an additional fee are rustic cabins with shared amenities, meal tickets, car camping, healing village treatments, hotel packages, Lovelight shuttle service and stand-up paddleboard classes.

Cost: Tickets range from $85 to $325. Location details: Camp Ramblewood is a one-hour drive from Philadelphia. For more information, visit LovelightFestival.com. August 2016