MARQUETTE — A three-day celebration for yoga practitioners seeking peace, fun and knowledge, coming from a variety of spiritual traditions, is slated for Friday with the first-ever Sacred Forest Yoga Festival.
SFYF’s website says the event emphasizes unity and growth over the three-day experience, as attendees will partake in events like Sangha (group sharing and study), guided meditation, music, dance, guided yoga, healing sessions, fireside sharing, drum circles, martial arts, massage/bodywork sessions and more.
“The vision came about to give all practitioners, of various respective practices, a time and place to synergize as one,” said Connor Ryan, founder of Unity Yoga Co-op and event host. “I’m excited to see people drop what they don’t need any longer and to see us create a new way of being together.”
The opening ceremony will start at 6 p.m. Friday. Events will continue until midnight and resume at 8 a.m. Saturday, ending again at midnight.
Sunday’s events start at 8 a.m. as well before wrapping up the festival at 6 p.m. There will be a break in events at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday for a community picnic.
The festival will be 100% donation-based and is inviting any and all practitioners across Marquette’s healing and yoga communities to join in on the festivities or assist in volunteering.
“It is an opportunity for our community to experience what is possible when we come together in service,” Ryan said.
Information about volunteering or donations can be found at the event’s website, https://unity906.com/festival. By prioritizing giving, the SFYF hopes to “demonstrate the true power of giving” and “serve as a model of what the future could hold for our local communities and perhaps the entire planet.”
Brennan White can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. His email address is [email protected]