Event of the Month: Don’t Miss! The Bali Spirit Festival

Let’s face it – everyone loves a good festival. Live music, culture, yummy food stalls, blazing hot weather (unless we’re talking Glastonbury, of course… but hey, we’re in South East Asia!).

Attended religiously by thousands of passionate regulars from all over the world since its launch in 2009, the BaliSpirit Festival (tantalizingly dubbed both ‘inspirational’ and ‘life-changing’!) will be putting down its roots once more this year in Ubud – Bali’s cultural and arts capital between 20th – 24th March.

Described as South East Asia’s premier yoga, dance, and live music event (as well as one of the ‘Top Yoga Festivals Around the Globe’ by Yahoo News), this is a 5-day, 4-night affair, offering over 100 yoga, meditation, and body movement workshops, and convening a myriad of top world class musicians and international yoga and dance instructors from over a dozen countries.

Among the many styles of yoga, wellness activities, dance classes and workshops on offer will be: Acro Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Yin and Yang Yoga, Qi Gong, Dynamic Meditation, and SoulMotion Dance.

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A spiritually charged event (that will no doubt yield at least some form of personal transformation along the way!), the BaliSpirit Festival is pretty much one-of-its-kind, celebrating the synergy of global cultural collaboration through wellness and the arts, and an emphasis on giving back to the local community through creative, educational, and environmental outreach initiatives.

Expect high-quality, diverse daytime workshops, world music concerts, holistic healing sessions, eco-friendly vendors, and a line-up that includes headliner Oka on the One World Music Concert Stage. Having sold over 100,000 albums, Oka is self-described as ‘sound and force that touches the heart and feeds the soul’, and incorporates flavours of Dub, Electronica, Hip-Hop, Jazz, plus a whole fusion of world music that includes Aboriginal sounds.

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The 2013 daytime line-up includes (amongst others)…

Danny Paradise (USA) – Danny draws influence to his Ashtanga Yoga practice from the  teachings of Krishnamurti, Buddha and ancient Egypt, as well as from Hawaiian, Mayan  and Native American indigenous cultures. 

Ronan Tang (CHINA) –  one of the China’s leading teacher trainers, and skilled at leading fusion classes interlaced with asana, pranayama, meditation, Chinese traditional medicine, meridian massage, acupuncture, Taichi, Taoism Qi Kung. ancient and contemporary philosophy.

Vinn Marti (USA) – award-winning choreographer, global performer, master teacher and creator of Soul Motion™ Conscious Dance Practice, this is a man who has evolved a transformative movement practice that has touched the lives of thousands.

Simon Low (UK) – One of the UK’s leading teacher trainers, Simon is highly skilled at leading mixed level ‘inclusive’ classes that include a wealth of teachings ranging from meditation to ancient philosophy.

Simon Borg-Olivier (Australia) – Co-Director of Yoga Synergy (one of Australia’s oldest and most respected yoga schools), Simon bases his teachings on a deep understanding of yoga anatomy, yoga physiology and traditional Hatha Yoga.

Nadine McNeil (Jamaica) – With a focus on using yoga for improvement in the world, Nadine McNeil truly is a change catalyst. By combining her humanitarianism, storytelling, & yoga, she creates what she calls yoga ethnochoreology, and Ashtanga, Bikram, Kundalini and Sivananda.

Yogacharya Ananda Leone (Brazil/Germany) – The founder of Berlin’s Academy for Yoga, Ananda graduated with a degree in Forest Engineering, danced Ballet with the Teatro Guaria Brazil, studied traditional Chinese medicine and trained as a naturopath before going to India to train with Swami Gitananda in Yoga and Yoga Therapy.

Swami Satyadharma Saraswati (AUS) – an inspiring, world renowned yoga teacher who’s spent the majority of her adult life living under the direct tutelage of Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati  and his sucessor Paramahamsa Niranjanananda at her guru’s ashram in  India. Her teachings are accessible to people of all levels of experience.

Simon Park (USA/Korea) – featured in Yoga Journal as “one of the most influential and gifted…next generation of yoga teachers,” Simon draws inspiration from many styles (Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Thai massage, and martial arts).

Dave Stringer (USA) – “Dave Stringer has integrated his interest in Kirtan, an Indian tradition of  devotional chanting, with his masterful grasp of Western popular music, creating an exciting style of psychedelic pop as informed by traditional Eastern music as the Beatles.”  — All Music Guide

…and much much more!

BaliSpirit Musicians


Early Bird Passes and Accommodation Packages are also on sale from there now!

BaliSpirit Festival

Karen Farini went from owning a Burlesque nightclub in London (Volupté) to running the most popular backpacker hostel on Koh Phangan! Former deputy editor at SEA Backpacker Magazine, Karen has been adventure caving in Malaysia, attended music festivals in Borneo, and interviewed tantric gurus in Thailand - all in the name of journalism! Are you interested in writing for us?

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