A day-long yoga, music & nature retreat
in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts
Saturday, July 22nd, 2023
Middle Way Farm, Lee, MA
BlessFest One Day Retreat
Join us for a unique and inspiring day-long retreat at picturesque Middle Way Farm in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.
Slow Down • Reconnect • Heal • Uplift
Join Carrie Grossman, Devadas, Renata Langner & John de Kadt for an intimate day to connect deeply with yourself, nature, and community. Steeped in the magic of this outdoor location, replete with panoramic mountain views, ponds, forests and a gorgeous stone fire circle, we will delve into simple healing joys and practices that are often lost in our busy world.
The day will include a Slow Somatic Earth Yoga Flow, Kirtan, Music, Sacred Dance, Fire Circle, Forest Bathing Meditation, Drumstory, Singing, Delicious Food, and more. Through these sacred practices, we will nourish our body and mind, open our hearts, honor the earth, and celebrate life.
Overnight camping passes are available for those traveling from afar.
We recommend booking early as we have limited camping sites available.
There are also wonderful and affordable accommodations like
Airbnb and Vrbo in the near by towns.
Look in: Lee, Lenox, Great Barrington, Pittsfield, Sheffield, Stockbridge and Becket.
Meet the BlessFest Facilitators:
Carrie Grossman (Dayashila) is a devotional singer, composer, writer, and lifelong student of the mystical traditions. For over 20 years, she has studied the art of sacred sound, guiding people into the sublime realms of the heart through her concerts, workshops, and retreats. You can find her acclaimed albums on iTunes, Spotify, and the popular meditation app Insight Timer.
Devadas is a devotee, a kirtaniya, a composer and an artist hailing from Brooklyn, New York. He's lead kirtan throughout the world and has produced a wide variety of recordings, including The Grand Street Kirtan Sessions, Brooklyn Mellows, 3 Prayers, and Radio Nada. Over the years, he has produced and collaborated with a diverse assortment of friends, notably working with indie-rock icon J Mascis to score, produce and record the soundtrack for the feature documentary One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das. He is currently in residency at Souk NYC, where he leads weekly Friday night kirtans.
Renata Langner is a former full-time E-RYT 500 yoga teacher in busy NYC for over 2 decades. Now living in Hawaii Renata founded Lanai Yoga Hawaii studio and Path of Awakening Yoga School offering 200hr and 300 hr Hybrid Trainings Certification.
Renata alchemizes different healing modalities into her own unique teaching style. Certified in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Aerial Yoga, Trauma informed Yoga and Yoga for Cancer Care.
Her off-the-mat offerings include: Juicing Detox programs, Preventative Nutrition consultation, Somatic therapy, Inner Child Work,Trauma Releasing Practices, Breathwork, Sacred Dances, Meditation, NVC, EFT, Reiki, Conscious Relating Workshops and all things sustainable living.
John de Kadt is an acclaimed percussionist, poet, and storyteller. John plays ethnic percussion instruments from across the globe and has a passion for spoken word, whether it’s in poetry, song, rap, or story. John has released 6 albums which have a combined 100 million streams across 194 countries. Inspired by a love of the earth, community, and wisdom traditions, John’s music, story and poetry, stirs the heart and points us towards a remembrance of ourselves and the wildness of the natural world.
9:00 AM: Arrival and Check-In
10:00 AM: Gentle Earth Somatic Yoga Flow with Live Music
11:45 PM: Elemental Meditation
12:00 PM: Lunch
(delicious vegetarian meal served)
1:00 PM: Forest Bathing: Walking Meditation
2:00 PM: Sacred Songs and Dances
3:00 PM: Kirtan & Satsang
5:00 PM Dinner
(delicious vegetarian meal served)
6:00 PM: Drumstory and Fire Circle
7:00 PM: Kirtan and Fire Circle
9:00 PM: Closing Ceremony and Departure
All events will be outside. (We will have a large tent in the case of rain).
Things to bring:
A non-disposable thermos or drinking bottle.
A yoga mat, cushion and/or blanket as well as a folding chair to sit on if you wish.
Natural bug and/or tick repellent and sunscreen if needed.
Appropriate warmer layers, as evenings can sometimes be cooler in the mountains
All humans over 14 years of age are welcome. If you would like to request an exception to this age requirement please email us at email@example.com.
We ask people refrain from bringing pets other than service dogs (please email us if you are considering bringing a service dog).
This is a rain or shine event
Full Day Pass:
$149 per person
(Includes 2 delicious vegetarian meals with vegan options)
$20 Overnight stay
(Limited spaces available)
All tickets are transferable to any other person.
Please notify BlessFest as to the name the ticket is being transferred from and to.
Tickets are not refundable
Use the button below to register for this event on the BrightStar ticketing page.
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