Be Here Now: August Series

Welcome to our monthly installment of “Be Here Now,” giving you the 411 on all the festivals and retreats every month to nurture the body, mind and soul. Since we do these forecasts a month in advance to give you time to plan, here is our It List for August to make the most of your last month of summer.


Billed as a 2 day discovery festival taking place in Birmingham’s downtown loft district, Secret Stages fills a two block radius of up and coming acts or under the radar acts nationwide, so you can be in the know. Add that to the dining and shopping at your fingertips and this is a destination festival that is not to be missed!


What better way to escape the heat than to head to Colorado. This 3-day festival comprised of music, Yoga, Workshops and interactive experiences is surrounded by a national forest land at Sunrise Ranch and is quick jaunt from Denver at only 65 miles away. This year’s festival has 8 stages with plans to expand further as they head into their 5-year anniversary. A leave no trace event, Arise is the perfect place to get in touch with nature while enjoying the sights and sounds.


Not that we even need a reason to visit the Big Apple, but Elements combination of music and art promises a virtual wonderland within the city’s rich landscape. Announcing their triumphant return this year, the festival is held inside a soon to be released secret waterfront location with four stages covering the elements of Earth, Air, Water & Fire with a unknown Fifth Element stage being planned. With pricing between $95 – $150 we will see you on the east coast next month!

OREGON ECLIPSE 2017 August 17-23 Big Summer Prairie OR

A solar eclipse is a unique event so unique the folks behind Symbiosis have decided to build their 2017 event around it with fellow collaborators from around the globe. With 7 stages, an alchemy permaculture design course, on-site Yoga and even a Wheel of Fortune nestled on over 55 thousand acres of private ranching lands, the Oregon Eclipse Festival is sure to be something you will never forget.

BURNINGMAN August 27-September 4 Black Rock Desert NV

The festival to end all festivals (but don’t call it a festival), if you can swing the cost and the time away from work, Burning Man is still the number one destination for festival goers around the world and a great way to cap off your summer.

Whether you do or don’t have the chance to visit all these festivals or fantastic locations, be sure to keep up with your Yoga practice wherever you go by downloading the My Joy Yoga app today!

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