If you’ve been to Hanuman Festival you’ve felt the elevated energy and vitality that pulses through the practices and ceremonies held beneath the beautiful Boulder, Colorado backdrop. June 11-14, 2020 marks the 10th annual reunion of this gathering — a weekend focused on honoring the deep wisdom of yoga.
“Hanuman Festival is committed to its hometown roots, as we grow as a healthy, conscious lifestyle event,” says festival director Yoshi Aono. “Through internationally-renowned teachers and leaders in the worldwide movement for conscious living, Hanuman expects to attract thousands of participants from across the nation.”
This year continues the tradition of Hanuman’s offering of world-renowned yoga teachers, includingSeane Corn, Gurmukh, Jai Uttal, Tiffany Cruikshank, Yogrishi Vishvketu, Amy Ippoliti, Saul David Raye and Sianna Sherman.
This year’s theme “Return to the Heart” will invite conversation in classes and panel discussion to illuminate the power of moving through life in pure devotion to the Divine, beyond ego.
“The community was tangible,” shares Tessa Powell, CO YOGA + Life® writer. “There was an air of service to each attendee from the volunteers to the organizers. Every event felt fluid because of how supported each community member was. You could feel the service Hanuman would expect to see, and you could see it in every tent, corner and square inch of the village.”
The location of Hanuman Festival is on the scenic grounds of the Boulder High School’s great lawn next to Boulder Creek, adjacent to the Boulder Farmer’s Market. The SunWellness Community Village, free to the public (donations encouraged), will feature over thirty conscious exhibitors and sponsors selling and sampling everything from clothing to jewelry to art and food. Participants can gather in the community tent to eat and relax while enjoying the shade. The SunWellness Community Village will host a daily morning meditation, as well as daily community yoga classes, community workshops, musical acts, wisdom talks and panel discussions throughout the day. Ceremonies are scheduled throughout the weekend to unite communities together and are designed to honor the heritage of yoga.
“Morning meditations were a personal highlight for me at Hanuman,” adds Powell. “It started my morning with a sense that was greater than myself. I felt more in tune with my breath because of how well we were led. The air was still and focused and so was the sense of how in tune everyone was with themselves.”
On Thursday, June 11, teachers Seane Corn and Gurmukh are scheduled for half-day immersions that will allow the practitioner to spend more time on a particular topic. Gurmukh and Gurushabd will begin the day with “Open Your Heart to the Subtle Voice Within,” and Seane Corn will lead the afternoon session with “Revolution of the Soul.” Immersion tickets are now available.
Evening music is scheduled throughout the weekend, including soulful kirtans with Saul David Raye, Jai Uttal, David Newman, Katie Wise and Bhakti Explosion, and Mikey Pauker, along with a DJ dance party with Amber Ryan.
Three-day (Friday-Sunday) and Thursday Immersion passes are now available. The full weekend class schedule will be released in March. Additional ticket options, including single-day and single-class passes will be available in the Spring on a space available basis. Tickets can be purchased online at hanumanfestival.com. Registration closes on Tuesday, June 9.
Photos courtesy of Hanuman Festival.