Creating Community and Emerging Voices at the Lovelight Festival
Jun 30, 2016 05:15PM
by Robin FillmoreEvery participant at the Lovelight Yoga and Arts Festival, in Darlington, Maryland, will be helping to create the experience for all, during this August 26 to 28 event. They will also be shaping a new community that is built on wisdom, sharing, art, profoundly touching music, as well as yoga. The idea for festival came from Michael Lang, the iconic producer of the Woodstock Festival, renowned world artist (and D.C. resident), Wynne Paris and co-producer, Kim Maddox. Together, they have woven together not just another festival, but an opportunity to build on the emerging consciousness that individual’s voices, when joined for the good of the planet and for the soul, can change the individual and the world. The location, not far from Washington, D.C., Baltimore or Philadelphia, makes it possible for all in the mid-Atlantic to easily attend.
The line-up for the festival includes two of the best-known names in the genre of world music: the Grammy-nominated kirtan master, Krishna Das and Trevor Hall, who is now taking the world by storm with his eclectic mix of acoustic rock, reggae and Sanskrit chanting. They will be joined by many other beloved and well-known artists and DJs throughout the weekend, including the Desert Dwellers, Living Light and David Newman. The full line-up can be viewed on the event website, LovelightFestival.com.
The festival will connect with roots sown during Woodstock, according to Lang, where yoga and the participation of His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidananda, the founder of Integral Yoga, was a central component. At the Lovelight Festival, a segment is being developed with stills and video of Woodstock to honor the 50th anniversary of Integral Yoga, as well as the Woodstock generation.
One of the musicians participating in the festival, GuruGanesha Singh recalls the transformative spirit aroused at the 1969 festival and envisions the same penetrating can serve this new incarnation at the Lovelight festival. He notes, “When you are living in ‘individual consciousness’, you live only for yourself and it’s very painful. When we are living in ‘group consciousness’, we are living ‘for’ each other and it feels much better... When you are living in ‘divine consciousness’ you realize that the other person is actually you—and we are all One. Inspired gatherings give us the opportunity to transform ourselves and experience both ‘group’ and ‘divine consciousness’. And best of all, once you’ve experienced ‘divine consciousness’, there’s no going back!”
Throughout the event, nationally known yoga teachers, including the festival headliner, yoga master Dharma Mittra, will be presenting opportunities to practice a variety of yoga traditions. Regional master teachers will lead those who are both new to the practice as well as those who have been fans since Woodstock, to experience life on the mat while learning new things about their bodies and their spirits.
Much of the festival will actually take place in Villages, each with a specific theme. In the Visionary Village, participants will engage in the conscious co-creation of a transformational community, built on the self-expression, empowered dialog, alternate economics, eco-activism and connection to our collective roots. By participating in consciously focused conversation and workshops with visionary teachers, shamans, organic farmers, activists, painters and flow artists, the festival will draw together, what Lang calls “a diverse community of people who are on parallel paths. We are looking to create an event that will serve everyone—to expand the ideas of the music and yoga communities to include concerns for the planet. We won’t narrowly define the issues but create a space where all those threads can come together.”
In the Healing Village, ancient and modern healing and transformational techniques including massage, Vedic Thai bodywork, reiki, ayurveda and reflexology will provide opportunities for the nurturing of the body through deep relaxation and energy work. There will also be coaching from yoga therapists who are specialized in helping yoga practitioners learn to use their bodies to enhance their health and enhance their performance. Families will have their own Children’s Village to enjoy the festival as a family event with expanded age-appropriate programming for all-ages. In addition to the pool, art projects and a magician, there will be yoga and meditation. Just don’t forget the sunscreen and floaties!
Like a tapestry that has been woven with beautiful threads, the soul of the festival will be experienced through art—as it can be witnessed or experienced through collaborative pieces. During the workshops presentations, artists will be capturing on canvas the wisdom and the sharing offered in the sessions. Individuals will be works of art themselves, with the opportunity to get blue, green, yellow and pink with fabulous colored chalk powder.
The Lovelight Festival will be a profoundly transformational event for all. According to Lang, the goal of the event isn’t to produce another mega-festival but to co-create “an experience that will promote community and consciousness, as well as help people to realize that they can make their voices count. There seems to be a new burst of activism which is so critical to the survival of our planet.”
Location: Camp Ramblewood, 2564 Silver Rd, Darlington, MD. For more information or tickets, visit LovelightFestival.com.