Amidst majestic oak trees in the sprawling fairy tale forest of the legendary Black Oak Ranch, the 6th annual celebrated Enchanted Forest Gathering touches down July 22-24, 2016 in Laytonville, CA for an inspirational weekend of conscious living, globally-renowned music and premiere yoga, flow arts and movement. Honoring a key facet of the festival, Enchanted Forest Gathering is ecstatic to reveal the spellbinding lineup for its yoga, movement and flow art zones showcasing 25+ yoga offerings and three full days of flow arts and dance workshops designed to explore the realms of self-expression. Adding to the essence of the festival, Enchanted Forest Gathering 2016 will also feature a roster of 70+ musical acts, including heavy bass headliners Shpongle, The Polish Ambassador, and PANTyRAiD, and live music legends such as Hamsa Lila and Ayla Nereo.
Dive deeper into elements that make Enchanted Forest Gathering truly enchanted with the fanciful 2016 Movement Teaser Video, which showcases just a few of the many offerings at this year’s gathering.
Serving as a catalyst for discovery, Enchanted Forest Gathering aspires to create a world in which every individual is empowered to fully embody their highest and truest self. Those seeking to expand their yoga practice can explore two different stages at the Yoga Zone offering everything from flow, vinyasa, kundalini, hatha, as well as partner practice set to rousing beats against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the forest. Headlining 2016 is ecstatic vocalist, innovative composer, teacher and invoker of the sacred, Suzanne Sterling, best known for facilitating transformational workshops and intensives, joined by Conscious Living School’s Juan Pablo Barahona, world-renowned for his Shamanic Yoga Workshops.. Darin McFadyen, better known by his moniker FreQ Nasty, and Yoga/Meditation leader, Claire Thompson, will bring the widely successful Yoga of Bass experience to probe the intersection of music, arts and spirituality. The cosmos will align during Astral Yoga where Dana Damara will educate attendees on centering their practice within the universe, inspiring the embodiment of each soul’s inner goddess. Warm up before heading over to one of the many stages hosting music at Shake Your Asana: A Yoga & Dance Workout Celebration presented by Body of Sound guide Alyssa DeCaro.
Vibe with your tribe in the Dance Zone, an environment offering up an appetizing selection of classes crafted to energize, vitalize and shake some booty. Headlining dance instruction includes an Afro-Urban Roots Workshop taught by performance artist Amy Secada. Free the body, express the heart and empty out the mind at Valerie Chafograck’s Soul Motion, or explore contact improvisation with Raina Satori during Presence and Play.
Dedicating an entire micro-environment to the growing trend of flow arts, Enchanted Forest Gathering’s Flow Zone is best described as a festival within a festival, hosted by Flowtoys, Holistic Hooping and Tahoe Fire Dancers. Encompassing every flow art imaginable, the Flow Zone gives attendees access to hands-on lessons covering such topics as juggling in a workshop dubbed ‘So You Want to Juggle? (Intro to 3 Ball); A Tour of Negative Space in Poi’ led by Chachi McCumber. Classic flow arts like hooping and martial arts also have a home here — master your technique at classes such as Enchanted Double Hoop Techniques and Hybrid Staff Martial Arts.
The playful spirit of the grounds, laden with refreshing watering holes provides a picturesque backdrop to host four stunning, elaborately-designed music stages complementing the natural landscape. Chill out zones are incorporated at each dance floor and also found at the flagship Nectar Temple, which is the megalithic chill sanctuary encased in a 50 by 50 foot circus tent with a foam floor, cushions, pillows, and yoga swings encouraging guests to move, rest and play. Heightening participant comfort, chill out zones also feature refreshing misters, cushions, natural shade and limitless Kombucha — found on tap at every stage and throughout the alcohol free festival.
Additional activities found at Enchanted Forest Gathering include educational talks, forums and over 60 classes with globally-renowned teachers (speaker lineup coming soon), a safe and engaging kids village that includes day care services and is led by Montessori teachers, and an array of playful micro-environments to stumble upon for magical intimate moments such as the Crystal Dome, Nectar Temple, Tea Lounge, Comedy Stage, and Visionary Art Gallery. The grounds will also feature a vendor area, home to organic food, craft and clothing vendors from local sources. All merchants will be encouraged to use biodegradable items and a “green team” will be working with the festival to help compost food waste and recycle.
Fueled by the festival’s core ethos of keeping things “sacred, sexy, silly and saucy,” Enchanted Forest Gathering treats attendees to an extraordinary holistic metamorphosis that activates personal growth, and inspires collective sharing and self-expression in a safe environment.
Deepen your movement experience – purchase an all-inclusive Enchanted Forest Gathering Yogi Pass which includes a 4-day festival pass, walk-in camping, custom EFG16 yoga mat and a collectible water bottle!