Annual BaliSpirit Festival Prepares for Inspirational Celebration of Life During First Week of April

Part music and art, part health and wellness, part spirituality, the 11th annual BaliSpirit Festival will take place April 2-8. An international holistic wellness and music event held in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, it encourages and supports “ecological health, cultural vibrancy, and overall vitality of Bali and Greater Indonesia.”

Incorporating yoga, dance, music and art, the festival was created around the Balinese Hindu concept of Tri Hita Karana. The concept focuses on the three ways in which to reach physical and spiritual well-being, involving living in harmony with our social, natural and spiritual environments.

With a goal of awakening and nourishing individuals’ potential for positive change within themselves, which will effect positive change in their homes, communities and the world, the festival’s founders have vowed to provide financial, logistical and organizational support to Bali’s local charities.

The charities receiving extra-special attention from the founders of this celebration of life include children’s programs, multicultural education and performance, health care, HIV and AIDS awareness, and environmental conservation.

Festival-goers can partake in various types of yoga during their visit to Ubud, Bali, for the annual weeklong BaliSpirit Festival. (Photo: Rachel Kaye Photography/courtesy: BaliSpirit Festival)

(Photo: Rachel Kaye Photography | Courtesy: BaliSpirit Festival)

Featuring a diverse range of prominent musicians, dancers and yogis from every continent, the BaliSpirit Festival’s inspirational events not only draw Balinese and Indonesian residents, it attracts visitors from around the world — last year’s fest drew about 6,000 visitors from 50 countries.

The musical variety encompasses everything from rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz, folk and reggae, to drumming, soulful roots, tribal electronic medicine and devotional healing music.

During the day, concerts will be held at either a stage located within the lively Dharma Fair marketplace or at the Sound Temple, an intimate  space for healing sound journeys. Nighttime concerts take place underneath the stars at the lush, green Bali Purnati.

The Dharma Fair marketplace — the community area and heart of the BaliSpirit Festival — is where attendees will find world-class artists, guest presenters, healers and readers, teachers, yogis and more.

A cultural dance performance takes place in the Dharma Fair marketplace. (Photo: Rachel Kaye Photography/courtesy: BaliSpirit Festival)

(Photo: Rachel Kaye Photography | Courtesy: BaliSpirit Festival)

Also featured daily in the marketplace are Balinese cultural performances; locally made handicrafts, jewelry, clothing and gifts emphasizing artisanship and ethical commerce; healthy, organic and vegan food; yoga and meditation classes, seminars and discussions; and a Kids Zone with experienced daycare providers on hand.

Whether you’re interested in breathwork, dance, drum circles, massage, meditation, shamanism, sound healing, shamanic tantrika arts, various types of yoga practices, or other methods of achieving health and well-being in your life, you’ll find it here. The BaliSpirit Festival provides a vast array of options to suit your heart and soul’s needs and desires — and send you on your way to making the world a better place for all.

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