Spirit-centered conscious UK festivals to keep in your diary (summer 2010)


It’s festival time.
Here is a list of most important conscious-vibe festivals happening this summer – we don’t want to miss out!


Small World Festival 27th-30th of May, Kent. Small World Festival is just round the corner. Famous for their solar powered stage that makes its rounds through main green/conscious festival over summer, it is a perfect family-oriented budget festival. Plenty of dance, music, enterntainment and healing in a more intimate small gathering.


The Great British Kundalini Yoga Festival 1st-6th of June, Osho Leela Centre, Dorset. For Kundalini Yoga lovers and for all those who think that other festivals are too light-hearted:). Every year this intimate festival brings together an exciting programme of Kundalini Yoga and other activities related to the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. Although in all spirit-centered festivals days start yearly, here the day starts veeery early with Aquarian Sadhana, two and a half hours of pray, practise of Kundalini Yoga and chanting. There are three workshop slots throughout the day with an ample selection of activities for you to choose from. In the afternoon there is an all camp meditation. This is all fitted round three very tasty vegetarian meals prepared by the wonderful people at the Leela Centre. To cap off the day you can browse the bazaar and take part in the evening event, all with a warming cup of Yogi Tea. Previous workshops included Kundalini Yoga, Shakti Dance, Naad Yoga, Intuitive Massage, Karam Kriya, Bead making and mantra, Breathwalk and many others.

Sunrise Celebration 3rd – 6th of June, Bruton, Somerset. The jewel in the crown of this summer’s green/conscious festivals Sunrise Celebration is big, colorful and creative. Lessons in wild food foraging, organic food, ethical marketplace, pillow fights, circus, crafts, dress-up parties, conscious cabaret, permaculture, green innovations, huge kids and teens area… and lots of dancing.

Midsummer Yoga Festival
18th-20th of June, Osho Leela Centre, Dorset. Child friendly, yoga centered cosy festival celebrating the diversity in yoga through workshops, practice, healing and connections.

Tree of Life Festival 18th-20th of June, Bedfordshire. A workshop centered festival with a lot of great body/mind/spirit speakers, uplifting conscious music, biodanza and 5 rhythms dance. Workshops include raw food, tantra, shamanism, wellness, relationships, personal power and finding your true self.


Buddhafield 14th-18th of July, Taunton, Somerset. I cannot praise the festival enough. Conscious dance parties, endless performances, perfect sauna vibe, never ending drum jams, lovely people, meditation spaces all intermingled with Buddhist rituals, ceremonies, movies, games, and interesting workshops… you name it! All powered with wind and solar energy.

Glastonbury Zodiac Pilgrimage 20th-25th of July, Glastonbury. A very special gathering more than a festival to walk through the 12 signs of the Glastonbury Zodiac star temple. If you are up for 4 days of intense retrospection, connection to land and starts in a likeminded group of people, this is an event to consider. Camping, stars, hiking, nature, campfire, songs and… pure simplicity!

The Secret Garden Party 22nd-25th of July, East Anglia. First of all, check their website – it is very interactive and fun! A good reflection of the idea behind this gathering – creative & very arty, independent, unpredictable and dynamic. Explore your creative potential, share ideas and immerse yourself in a UK version of Burning Man’s critical mass! Theme of this year is REALITY.


One World Festival 9th-15th of August, Worcestershire. Interested in macrobiotics? This festival is definitely the most attractive macrobiotics-centered summer event. Even if you do not care about macrobiotics much, I  promise you will enjoy the most delicious food you could imagine, very intimate friendly vibe shared by all, awesome tai chi, yoga and meditation with top teachers, and will have lots of fun chatting, laughing, drumming, dancing and chilling by the bonfire. The focus of the festival is good quality and very diverse workshops and treatments, macrobiotic course (of course!) and conscious, wild fun (there are as many as 16 workshops happening at any given time!!). The price for a week is very attractive as well considering that you get 3 delicious, healthy, rejuvenating home-made macrobiotic meals a day!

Space of Love Gathering 14th-17th of August, Surrey/Sussex border. Authentic, beautiful, small, cosy gathering sharing many people’s yearning to create a ‘Space of Love’ and carry the vision of Anastasia and the Ringing Cedars series forward in the UK. Focused on pure and natural connection to nature which each of use carries in our hearts it educates and inspires to live simply, naturally and lovingly. Raw, living foods, exciting music (Avalon Roots and Khantara: if you don’t get a chance to see them in the bigger festivals that’s your chance!) and a wonderful line-up of workshops:
– Birthing into the Light body
– Extending the human lifespan and Foundational Nutrition
– Sound healing
– Ecstatic Trance Dance
– Dreamcatcher Radiant Sound
And many many more! The price is very exciting as well! Wild Summer Bargain!

Green Pheonix 19th-22nd August, Gateshead. The Green Pheonix in association with the Big Green Gathering is for people who care about health, the environment, sustainability, our children’s future and life in general. It is a celebration of our natural world and our place within it. As such it is a place for enjoyment, learning and fun. Unhealthy activities are not encouraged. The only things taken in excess should be love, peace, joy, and friendship. The festival is very important in the development of sustainable grassroots movement. Controversially, the Big Green Gathering organizers had troubles with authorities last year which resulted in the festival being canceled. Many say that it was canceled due to it’s authority-challenging message. Don’t miss a chance to participate in this grassroot power celebration!

Sunrise Off-Grid Transition Gathering 20th-23rd August, Somerset. A practical and down two earth sustainable community celebration from the organizers of the Sunrise Celebration. It is all about practical ways of applying new ways of living to every day life. Green and sustainable skills, discussions, questions, collaborations…along with plenty of dance, music and sunshine. Perfect combination to learn and share the know how for success in a post-consumer society!


Wildheart 10th-12th of September (also around 1st of May), East Sussex. It is a beautiful & inspiring gathering held twice a year in one of the most forested part of England. The workshops range from yoga to martial arts, meditation to divine singing, bushcraft to storytelling, enchanting music and during the weekend there is the opportunity to learn wilderness survival skills, such as fire making, shelter building, wild food walks and tracking. Most importantly, there is so much love and connection between people – enough to fill the whole world!

Festival of Life, 25th of September, London. It is a highlight in a one-day London festival calendar celebrating raw food, sustainability and conscious living. A fun, informative and empowering event packed with top speakers, great food stalls, friendly vibes and lots of music. Not to be missed!



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