After an arduous stretch in which we’ve been hammered with news of one tragedy after another, the creators of Cape Cod’s Love Yoga Festival are seeking some relief. On Saturday the popular weekend of love, yoga, music and community is back with that very purpose at its forefront. Rebecca Ketchum, Nicole Cormier, Sara DiVello, Alexandria Crow, MC Yogi, Caitlin Marcoux, Amanda Giacomini, Julie Dohrman and David Magone are just a few of the names on this year’s bill. Says Cape Cod native Kate Sheehan, one of the event’s founders, “For us, it’s all about creating community… In building our line-up, we really strived this year to strike a balance between a few nationally recognized presenters (with whom folks on the Cape do not typically get to practice) along with some fabulous local talent.”
The weekend series of celebratory events was designed by the team of Sheehan, Amanda Converse, Annika Iliadis and Jen Villa as a destination event, inspired by yoga for the people. Together they bring to the table a rich blend of yoga and healing energy, and their collective agency shines brightly in the all-new weekend they have created for 2016. “What community in the world right now isn’t experiencing so much challenge? Love Yoga Fest is a way for us to share some relief, out in the open salt air here in this tiny little sandbar we call home.” The event kicks off on Saturday with a morning practice on the beach led by Melanie Black and will flow on through Sunday evening’s Celebrate and Release closing ceremonies with a drum circle.
After spending much of her early professional life in the bustle of NYC, Ms. Sheehan says, “Cape Cod is creating a very accessible yoga community, and it’s really nice to be back home in a place where teachers and yogis alike are very focused on the positive focus of yoga – encouraging folks to embrace the practice in a way that feels comfortable for them. There is a feeling here that yoga is for everyone.” Weekend passes and individual tickets are still available. See the full Love Yoga Festival lineup on the event’s website.