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Festival of Yoga and Sacred Music Celebrates Creative Divine Feminine Energy

Shakti Fest 2016 returns to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Joshua Tree May 13 to 15. Organized by Bhakti Fest, Shakti Fest is a springtime celebration of the divine feminine spirit.

The festival features world famous yoga teachers, Kirtan music stars, wisdom workshops and a healing sanctuary. All the artists, presenters and vendors embody, practice and share the spirit of Bhakti in a variety of ways. This includes continuous Kirtan, yoga, meditations and prayer, workshops, fire ceremonies, an eco-friendly village, holistic marketplace, healthy vegetarian cuisine and a wellness sanctuary including massage, bodywork, energy work, intuitive readings and other unique life enhancing modalities.

“When we started Shakti Fest as our spring celebration six years ago, we had no idea it would become such a beloved event,” notes Sridhar Silberfein, founder of Bhakti Fest. “It’s wonderful that we are able to honor the spirit of the universal mother right around Mother’s Day.”

The Shakti Fest 2016 music lineup includes inspiring Kirtan artists Jai Uttal, Donna De Lory, Larissa Stowe, Saul David Raye, Govind Das and Radha, Girish, Prema Hara, Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda, Spring Groove, Prajna Vieira and the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble and Amritakripa.

World-class yoga teachers are the heart of Shakti Fest and teachers include Shiva Rea, Mark Whitwell, Saul David Raye, Sara Ivanhoe, Mas Vidal, Laura Plum, Kia Miller, Tymi Howard, Leeza Villagomez and desert favorite Kristin Olson leading shakti-energy invoking sessions in a variety of yoga styles.

Workshops will cover topics including Ayurveda, spiritual nutrition, tantric energy, astrology, Vedic science, healing trauma, bhakti art, Hindu mythology, and hoop dance, with internationally known speakers including Michael Brian Baker, Jeffrey Armstrong, Syamarani, Lorin Roche, Ph.D. and Mirabhai Devi. A pre-festival intensive will also be offered with Saul David Raye, while Govind Das and Radha lead a post-festival intensive.

Early bird festival passes and intensive tickets available, with discounts offered to local residents, veterans, military, seniors and students.

Location: 59700 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree. For tickets, visit For more information and a complete schedule, visit