2017 PRESS RELEASE BY YOGA FEST STATE COLLEGE:
We are pleased to announce the very first Yoga Fest State College — a community-driven, grassroots celebration of yoga, live music, food, and the beautiful humans who live in Central PA! Set for October 22, 2017, the festival will draw ~150 local yoga enthusiasts to the beautiful Millbook Marsh Nature Center in State College, PA, to practice yoga, connect with like-minded individuals, eat good food, dance, laugh, and community-build.
This year’s event features a compelling lineup of local yoga teachers offering workshops and classes on yoga, movement, meditation, and contact improvisation. But, more than a yoga festival, this one-day event also features live music and wellness activities including nature walks, transformational drumming, hooping, a community potluck, and a 2-hour dance party, showcasing local music talents Eric Ian Farmer and Pure Cane Sugar. Food and raffle prizes donated by local small businesses will be showcased to encourage participants to explore the exceptional mix of health and wellness offerings from the local community.
This year’s festival celebrates the theme of “Sound and Color” — an interplay of yoga, sound (voice, live music, breath), and life. Both yoga and live music can teach us to participate in the unknown and create something bigger than ourselves. Further, when yoga and live music are combined in a class setting, a creative jam emerges that facilitates community and connection between everyone in the room. This year, Yoga Fest State College is honored to have so many talented local musicians who have volunteered their time to infuse music into day’s events, including Eric Ian Farmer, Mark Agrusti, Nikolay Balashov, Desiree Dennis, Natalie Lou Race, Kate Twoey, Darryl Branford, Jeff Vanfesson, Matt Price, and Chris Brown. We are also thankful to all of the yoga and movement teachers that have volunteered their time to offer a beautiful assortment of colorful workshops, including Erica Kaufman (from Lila Yoga® Studios), Doug Hayward (from Yoga in State College), Mark Agrusti (from Yoga Lab), Kerri Zelman and Sandy Vandeven (from TriYoga®), Justine Andonici (from Path to Calm), Gabby Orcutt (from SoL Wellness & Gathering Space and Organic Mechanics), and Elisha Clark Haplin (from the Arts Design Research Incubator), Matt Price (from Matt Price Enterprises), and Bethany Seib (from the Friend’s School).
The purpose of Yoga Fest State College is to create an immersive experience for festival goers to experience offerings from the local yoga and music community, as well as meet, laugh, and connect with like-minded individuals. The festival also aims to foster connection and collaboration among the rapidly growing local yoga community.
Giving back to the community is an important component of Yoga Fest State College. We are excited to announce that a portion of the proceeds generated from the Raffle and Giveaways will be donated to Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. To learn more about the Marsh, visit http://www.crpr.org/Millbrook/MMNC-Menu.html.
The event is being organized by Kat Ammon (from Lila Yoga® Studios and Smeal Heals Massage Therapy) and Brandi Rollins (from Lila Yoga® Studios).
For more information about the festival and to purchase tickets for the annual event check out www.YogaFestStateCollege.com. This event is open to the public.
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YOGA FEST Lineup – Oct 22, 2017
|11:30-12:00pm||Registration & Check-in|
|12:00-1:30pm||ONE HUGE Yoga Class co-taught by Local Yoga Teachers Erica Kaufman, Kerri Zelman, and Brandi Rollins with Live Music performed by Local Musicians|
|1:30-2:00pm||Community Kirtan performed by Mark Agrusti, Desiree Dennis, and Nikolay Balashov|
|2:30-3:10pm||WORKSHOPS – BLOCK 1! Join us for a Yoga, Movement, and Meditation Workshops presented by local yoga and movement teachers from the community!
|3:30-4:10pm||MORE WORKSHOPS – BLOCK 2!|
|4:30-6:00pm||HUGE Community Potluck + Community Drum Circle – Bring a Dish and an Instrument|
|6:00-8:00pm||Community Dance Party with live music performed by two amazing local bands: Eric Ian Farmer and Pure Cane Sugar|