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Peace Love Yoga Fest

Peace Love Yoga Fest is turning into something big. The daylong event will take place on May 16 at the Blind Whino, in Southwest Washington D.C. This is the first time this event has been held and is drawing the attention of musicians, artists and healthy food advocates from across the entire region. There will be a full day of classes and workshops offered in a variety of styles and traditions, both in the main yoga room and in smaller classrooms throughout the facility. There will also be instruction and activities for families in designated spaces. Attendees are encouraged to get their tickets soon, as there is a high probability that the event will sell out.

The event has been organized by WithLove DC, the group that has been popping up with yoga in public spaces for the past few years. The idea for the event came to one of the group’s organizers, Heather Markowitz, who was looking for an alternative to big (and expensive) yoga festivals held in other parts of the country. She has worked with a small team, and a growing number of participating yoga studios, to shape this event into a unique event that promises to please all yoga-lovers.

In addition to yoga, meditation classes will be taught by some of the area’s most beloved teachers, including: Awareness Creator, Adrian Heizmann-Checa; Dogra Nitin, creator of the Living Well Project; Mae Yan, who is the organizer for Wake Up DC and practices in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh; Jack Blackfelt, a teacher of Buddhism in the Theravada/Insight Meditation Community tradition; and Cullen Kowalski, founder of Samsara House 2023.

Kirtan, the meditative chanting and considered the soundtrack to yoga, will be sprinkled throughout the day by local and regional musicians, including DC Supersonic Kirtan and New Age and world beat musician/producer Wynne Paris and his group Groovananda. Other musicians will be performing, including: Lux Cadenza, a group that blends blues, pop and indie rock with a touch of jazz; Woven Green, providing contemporary folk and world music; Betsy and the Bicycles, known for their funky jams; and the Philly-based band, Southwork. There will be opportunities to participate in art projects and enjoy the works of local artists as well.

Between classes, there will be opportunities to enjoy tasty snacks from a variety of healthy food and drinks providers and innovators, many of whom are also fulfilling a social mission to help feed unserved areas of the city. Attendees will get to sample the wares of DC Vegan Catering, FruitCycle, Pure Chocolate by Jinji and Gouter.

Location: 700 Delaware Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. For more information and or to purchase tickets, visit

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