with 100% of the proceeds going to Suicide Awareness programs in the Grand Valley
Oct. 4-6, 2019
The Grand Valley Yoga Fest is like a traditional yoga festival with a twist.
“We aim to come together to connect, restore, reset and have fun through yoga and also to give back to the community,” shares Elizabeth Whitt, co-founder.
For two and a half days, participants will enjoy over 30 yoga offerings designed to include every BODY, from beginner to advanced classes, to Kundalini, Yoga Nidra, inversions, Vinyasa, gentle, restorative, meditation, SUP yoga, AcroYoga, slacklining, yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, live music and more. Every participant can build a schedule of classes based on personal interests.
Throughout the weekend, there will also be free offerings to the community, including live music events, panel discussions, a cacao ceremony and a keynote speaker.
“We are very excited to offer a free youth only class on Saturday and a free class for veterans, military, and first responders on Sunday, serving three vulnerable populations at risk for suicide and mental health issues,” says Whitt.
“We truly want this to be an inclusive event and be able to have a very talented lineup so we aim to keep ticket prices affordable so that the festival is accessible by all,” she adds. “There are discounted tickets for youth, military and first responders. If someone is experiencing financial hardship, sponsors help with ticket costs to make it accessible.”
This yoga festival is designed to draw participants from all over the state, not just western Colorado.
“I love attending yoga festivals, but I knew I didn’t want to do a traditional yoga festival in the Grand Valley,” explains Whitt. “I wanted it to be for a cause — everyone in our valley has been touched in one way or another by suicide. And 2018 was a particularly hard year for suicides both locally and nationally, so the idea hit me instantly when talking to Lori, the other co-founder, about doing a yoga festival in 2018.”
All the proceeds go to suicide awareness programs in the Grand Valley community.
“I wanted to make that link between yoga and mental health and get the community to connect,” says Whitt. “So we poured blood, sweat and tears into it and organized the first yoga festival in under three months. The community has been more than supportive and excited about our efforts, So we know we are on the right path.”
In 2018, the inaugural Grand Valley Yoga Fest, was able able to give back $6,000 to suicide awareness and mental health programs in the community.