Gather a tribe of yogis, add top teachers, a few tents, great music, tasty eats and a splash of sunshine. It’s a recipe for one of my favourite dishes: the yoga festival. Sunshine may not be guaranteed, but the rest is on offer by the bucket load.
The UK is full of yoga festivals this summer (hallelujah) and I’ve picked 7 of the best boutique offerings happening up and down the country.
Dig out your wellies, pack up your tent and get ready to party under the stars.
Soul Circus – The Cotswolds
18-20th August 2017
Nestled in the heart of The Cotswolds, Soul Circus has a huge range of workshops to dip your toe into, including Restorative, Rocket and Aerial yoga. Entertainment provided by circus acts, live music galore and a DJ after-party in the woods.
Pitch a tent, take a van or go for convenience with a pre-pitched tent, glamping or hotel stay.
FloVibe – Northampton
2-4th June 2017
Set the grounds of the idyllic Kelmarsh Hall, Flovibe is a weekend of wellness and surprises. Internationally renowned teachers (including Finlay Wilson of Kilt Yoga fame) are confirmed to lead a host of yoga treats. Pop up classes include Tribal Yoga Dance, HIIT, Meditation, Pilates and Gong Bath. Or try your hand at the hottest yoga trend around: SUP Yoga (yoga on a paddle-board) at the lakeside setting.
The music line-up has something for everyone, from hip hop to jazz, reggae, folk, disco and soul. Confirmed artists include The Turbans and the London Afrobeat Collective.
Pitch a tent, bring a van or lux it up in a Yurt or Tipi. Family friendly.
International Yoga Day – Alexandra Palace, London
18th June 2017
No tent required for this one day event in the gorgeous grounds of Ally Pally. Held on International Yoga Day, Yoga and Meditation sessions will be led by top teachers from across the country.
It’s entirely free, just make sure you register for your ticket and turn up early to popular sessions (they get busy).
Yoga Connects – Somerset
7-9th July 2017
Yoga Connects is just a stone’s throw from the iconic Glastonbury Festival site. A rural paradise jam-packed with awesome teachers and a music line-up to match. Get your adrenaline going with Shamanic ceremonies, Capoeira, dancing and drumming and then wind down in the spa or at the Prosecco bar.
Colourfest – Dorset
1-4th June 2017
Colourfest moves to a new venue this year in the beautiful Dorset Countryside. The impressive line-up of teachers, artists and musicians includes renowned Bhagavad Gita scholar Swami Asokananda. There’s also a dedicated Satsang room and a Woodland Cathedral to explore.
Camp, caravan or book a room in Gaunts House, the stunning red-brick mansion on site.
World Yoga Festival – Reading
7-9th July 2017
This spiritual smorgasbord brings together a revered collection of Yoga masters from all disciplines in a 3 day open-air festival. The line up includes Tao Porchon Lynch and evening Kirtan led by Nikki Slade. Nikki is a pioneer in the field of sound work and has led chanting workshops for corporations including M&C Saatchi, Deutcshe Bank and Cisco.
Entertainment treats include world musicians, tribal music and acoustic sets from singer-songwriters.
Camping, glamping and pre-pitched tent options are available. Or treat yourself to a stay in a luxury air stream.
Exhale – West Sussex
25-28th August 2017
As well as an impressive yoga line up, there’s a host of workshops on offer at Exhale. Get your teeth into Calisthenics, Functional Movement, Wild Running, Biodynamics, Animal Movement and Quantum Meditation.
Spend your evenings dancing by the fire or recharge your batteries with a massage or restorative gong bath.
Family and dog friendly.