And each time I return home, I am asked "how was it?", "what's it like?". It's one of those questions for which sometimes the only real answer to be given is a smile and a heartfelt hug. Bhaktifest leaves you wanting to just hug everyone. It is hard to explain that there exists a place on earth (I'm sure not the only one, but it's the one I enjoy visiting the most) where you can be totally - YOU - bare, raw, blissed out, emotional, silly, barefoot, disheveled, elegant, colourful, quiet, contemplative, childlike, spontaneous....the point is whatever you are and whatever you bring with you, it's OK. You can choose to hang on to it, let it go, explore some other aspect(s) of yourself, experiment with allowing ease and flow to guide your days, or jam pack your days full of classes and workshops (and then there's the shopping). The food & heavenly smoothies are a personal highlight of mine, all vegan and vegetarian, and just so mmmmmmm! I sometimes find myself eating my way through the 5 days...guilt free! This year in addition to being led in yoga classes by amazing teachers such as Saul David Raye (who will be teaching at the Bermuda Yoga Festival in April 2016), Sean Johnson, and Govind Das, I managed to venture to the breathwork session led by the renown breathwork facilitator Michael Brian Baker, and sound healing in a dome with Gabriel Braun. It seems that each year I discover something new at Bhaktifest, and by extension, something new about myself.
My experience in the desert (before, during and after) was profound, and as always I return with fresh eyes, cleansed somehow at a deep cellular level, and inspired to create and be of service to my community. If anyone is interested in hearing more about the opportunities at Bhaktifest and would like to inquire about joining me on the 2016 trip, I will be having a casual 'Bhakti-chat' on Sunday, 25 October at 11am at Tribe Rd Kitchen with my co-creation sister, Michelle Rafferty. Or, just drop by for a cup of tea with us!
Love and sweet blessings,