BlessFest was originally planned to gather in person in July 2020 in Amherst, MA, but in efforts to keep everyone safe, the tough decision was made to forego the physical gathering. As in life, BlessFest was given the chance to adapt and evolve during a great time of change.
We are so honored that so many beautiful people had already created incredible momentum for what was to be our third year. With our community, we rose together to continue this magical celebration of the heart, one another and the earth. We decided to expand our wings and offered a Free Online Global Event in May that is now available on our YouTube Channel. When viewing, please make sure to subscribe! This helps support BlessFest and notifies you when new offerings are made available.
Over $8,000 Raised for Lucy's Love Bus Emergency Fund
During the live broadcast over $8,000+ was raised that went directly to support Lucy's Love Bus Emergency Fund to provide basic and urgent needs to cancer families during the COVID-19 outbreak! You can still support these efforts at anytime by going to LucysLoveBus.org.
Families of children and young adults with cancer and terminal illness need our support now more than ever. BlessFest's 2020 seva/service was focused on raising funds and awareness for Lucy's Love Bus, an organization founded to improve the quality of life for these children through integrative therapies like massage, acupuncture, meditation, and music therapy.
During this crisis, Lucy's Love Bus has shifted their mission to address their families' most urgent needs. Beyond the extreme stress of going to the hospital for treatment, 90% of their families are facing severe financial hardship, and are struggling to pay for basic necessities such as housing, groceries, gas to get to the hospital, and co-pays for medicine.
Together we can provide some financial relief for these families so that they can focus all of their energy on caring for their children and for some not go homeless amidst this storm.
Lucy’s Love Bus was founded by 11-year-old Lucy Grogan, who was diagnosed with leukemia in July of 2002. During four years of cancer treatment, Lucy found relief from intense pain and anxiety through therapies such as massage, Reiki, meditation, acupuncture, music therapy, and therapeutic horseback riding. Lucy was distressed to learn that integrative therapies were not covered by insurance, and were therefore not accessible to her peers in the hospital. She decided that when she was “done” with cancer, she would make sure that sick children could have access to free integrative therapies to manage the debilitating side effects of medical treatments. Unfortunately, Lucy did not survive her ordeal with cancer, but her beautiful dream did.
We ask that you join us this year in seva to support Lucy’s Love Bus to help ease suffering and uplift minds, bodies and spirits. Lucy herself felt and understood the power of sacred arts and holistic therapy; the BlessFest community understands this transformative power first-hand. You can still easily donate not only to help ease the suffering and uplift minds, but to ultimately help save lives and spirits!
We invite you to take a moment to watch this heartfelt video about Lucy's Emergency Fund efforts.
Artists, Teachers & Presenters
We are grateful to all of the artists for generously donating their offerings to this effort!
The free online event was in service to the evolution of human consciousness through offerings from many of the world’s most inspirational voices including: wisdom teachings, world music, chanting, yoga, health and wellness, storytelling and more.
There is infinite power when we connect through these sacred arts to the inherent joy and peace that exists within and extend it to the world beyond.
Many thanks to the team that made this possible!