SpiritFest, 5-8 March, Swellendam
Immerse yourselves in an experience that brings together the power of yoga, meditation, dance and community in a majestic setting surrounded by mountains, rivers and trees. This three day festival is all about opening the heart and exploring the mind and body to help you experience the profound nourishment of the self, that each of us is capable of creating and living. Whether you’re seeking to play or pray, dance or trance, be in nature or just nurture your being, you’ll soon be making SpiritFest your pilgrimage to South Africa.
WHAT TO EXPECT…
The festival is spread out over a beautiful natural landscape and river, allowing plenty of room to breath, move and be together… or alone. Everything is within easy walking distance… including nature walks and waterfalls. So if you want to be surrounded by people or nature, it’s your choice. Both options are open and available to you.
Somerset Gift is a pristine green farm and nature reserve just outside Swellendam. SpiritFest is as much about the activities and community as it is about the stillness and your commune with nature. A place that lets you dive deep into cool waters, skip your way to play in grassy meadows or just hang out under the trees. Expect the full-sensory experience, complete with wide-open spaces, soft lawns and breathtaking sunsets that encourage you to practice the art of being you.
ACOUSTIC MUSIC flows out over the SpiritFest Bazaar, the hub of the festival where all the eating, chatting and shopping takes place in a festive, communal environment.
THE ACTIVITY TENTS are where all the physical (yoga, dance, music, hula hoops, tai chi) and spiritual (talks and wellness) activities take place in keeping with a strict schedule that will help you plan how and where to spend your waking hours.
SpiritFest attracts a conscious community of individuals, couples and families who want to play, explore, relax and dive deeper in a safe and relaxed, natural and alcohol-free environment. So expect children running and playing out in the open, meditators getting up at the crack of dawn, nature lovers swimming until sunset and yogis stretching their physical and spiritual limits until the stars come out and the music kicks in with blissful beats that will keep you grooving until bedtime.
Trust us. You won’t go hungry. You just might never leave the food area. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are all catered for by a variety of food stalls offering vegan, veggie and raw food options, with a fresh juice bar, organic coffee stand and even an ice cream stall to keep you topped up throughout the day.
WHAT IS THE SPIRIT-FULL EXPERIENCE?
START YOUR DAY WITH SADHANA (5-7.30am)
If the idea of chanting your way into the day with a group of conscious human beings as the sun rises over the mountains speaks to your soul, then this special 2.5 hour daily session, that includes 30 minutes of light yoga and 2hrs of deep chanting, is an experience not to be missed. Trust us, you won’t miss your sleeping bag.
PLAN WHICH CLASSES TO ATTEND AND WHEN
Every day and hour offers a number of exciting activities and adventures to choose from. Study the schedule to plan your downtime around all that dancing, stretching and exploring great classes, teachers and classes.
ENJOY TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS on a variety of topics including heath and wellness, spirituality, conscious living and more by teachers and experts in their field.
TAKE TIME OUT TO EXPLORE:
• SWIM in the river
• HIKE to a waterfall
• BROWSE and BUY clothing, food and goods at our community stalls
• BOOK and ENJOY a massage, reiki, sweat lodge with our community of healers and health practitioners
• PRACTICE your skills on the hula hoop, slack line and more
• CONNECT with nature and a conscious community
END YOUR DAY DANCING to live music and DJs before the festival shuts down to recharge for another full day of purpose, passion and play.