Family Fun Yoga Festivals to Bliss up this Summer

By Elena Sheehy

So you are a yogi mom or dad and want to go to festivals and enjoy all blissful workshops by your favorite teachers, but you don’t want to have to get a sitter for the kids?

I have the guide for you! At these family-friendly festivals, your kids will have just as much fun as you do.

Wanderlust, July 14-16, Squaw Valley

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Wanderlust

Featuring MC Yoga and DJ Drez, Gurmuk, Dharma Mittra, Sean Corne, Shiva Rea, Kia Miller and other top talent, this one-of-a-kind festival brings together the world’s leading yoga teachers, musical acts, DJs, and speakers in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty.

The Wanderlust Wanderkind Kids Program is the spot where ages 4-10 can have a safe and exceptionally cool Wanderlust experience. Custom tailored to the interests of Wanderlust families, the Wanderkind kids program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. All activities, including kid’s yoga, music, hula-hooping and arts and crafts, are included in the program. Kids and parents will be responsible for their own lunches, but can enjoy samples from kid-friendly snack sponsors. Tickets are $50 per day.

Enchanted Forest, July 22-24, Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville

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Enchanted Forest

Tulku, founder of Enchanted Forest, has a son, Asha, who ignited his passion for creating an innovative creative space for kids. This has bloomed into Kidslandia, a space for kids to play, practice yoga and make new friends.

Enchanted Forest is a magical experience showcasing more than 70 internationally acclaimed musicians including heavy bass headliners Shpongle, The Polish Ambassador, and PANTyRAiD, and live music legends such as Hamsa Lila and Ayla Nereo. There are also three zones dedicated to yoga, flow arts, and dance/movement with more than 50 classes from internationally known teachers such as Susan Sterling, plus educational talks and forums.

Also nestled in the forest is an interactive Kids’ Village with professional day care services, and an array of playful micro-environments such as the Crystal Dome, Nectar Temple, Tea Lounge, Comedy Stage, and Visionary Art Gallery. Enchanted Forest Gathering boasts dance floors made of foam, shade and chill zones provided for every stage with Kombucha on tap, trees providing natural shade for camping, delicious and healthy food vendors – all within a safe, alcohol-free environment for a family friendly good time!

Bhakti Fest, Sept 10-14, Joshua’s Tree

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Bhakti Fest

Bhakti fest celebrates the path of devotion known as Bhakti Yoga. Show casing Kirtan artists from around the world on two stages means there is always a chance to catch a set in between a massage at the healing sanctuary, yoga workshops, sounds baths or receiving some wisdom from the women’s and men’s tent.  Bhakti Fest is designed for a blissful time that is ultimately a yoga party at it’s finest. Nestled in the center of the festival you will find Kid’s Land, a full program of classes where you and your kids can enjoy Crystal Yoga, Hula-Hoop, Dance, Sacred Story Telling with Sound Bath and Generation Gratitude programs such as Water Peace Yoga, affiliated with Dr, Emotos project Water Peace Project a children’s programs designed to educate children about the importance of water and how words have vibration.

By the end of the festival your kids will be begging you to return for the next year.

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