Evolvefest Yoga Festival and Naturist Hippies

Evolvefest – This past weekend Jordan and I went to a religious yoga and music festival in Phillipsburg, NJ called Evolvefest. It was such a fantastic time! This is a 3-day festival, all of Labor Day weekend, but we only went for the day on Sunday.
We got there early day and walked around to scope out the scene. It took place on the large Warren County Fairgrounds so there was loads of space and green grass to dance, play and exercise yoga on.
There were a few main stages for workshops, yoga, and concerts, a large booth for children actions and a line of sellers selling fair trade clothes, gemstones, books, purses, jewelry, and religious accouterments like dried white sage. There were also a couple of cool neon art sculptures and glowing starry decorations scattered throughout.
Neon Art Sculpture at Evolvefest

There was an almost constant odor of burning incense or white sage. Noticing the other attendees and yogis, it was mostly young folks in their 20’s or late teenagers. Lots of lean young men with dreads, and women in billowing trousers or skirts and bando tops in Earthy shades.
I discovered a lot of the men were shirtless, and I found myself wishing we were in NY so I could go topfree also. Does it make any sense to give women this easy right in one state and not another? Not to me. The people there were so friendly and open as well. If you caught someone’s eye they’d truly maintain eye contact and smile. It was refreshing.
The schedule was packed with all types of workshops, yoga, hula hooping lessons, religious services, crafts, and more. I started off with a rejuvenating yoga jam session. This really is a free form yoga dancing with a few loose poses, after which you move your own body and limbs in whatever way feels good.
It was accompanied by live music with drums, flute and didgeridoo. Then the group took over to lead us in a chant meant for healing. We all sang together and directed the healing sound to friends, family, everyone we’d ever met, and eventually the complete world. The chant leader said sound travels some 700 miles, and so I hope the good energy traveled and did some good!
After this we got up to head to another workshop about holistic, healthful living. The speaker, Dalien of 13 Hands, was quite animated and funny. He talked about his journey of healing himself through eating wholesome healthful food, clearing chakras and learning to crap a lot (no joke).
The conversation was a little lengthy, but amusing. He’d us get up to do a few energizing yoga poses together. At the end we were invited to relax and shut our eyes as he played a scintillating concert of tune, hang drums and flute.
Evolvefest Meditation in Gateway of Ascension Service
By then it was dinnertime so we went to have a look at the two outdoor food stands. Each one had healthy vegetarian options like green juice and hummus veggie wraps. I ‘d the portobello mushroom sandwich, which was surprisingly quite flavorful, and Jordan had a grilled cheese.
There was a “Conscious Culture” workshop I desired to attend, but when we could not discover that we ended up at the “Gateway of Ascension Ceremony” at a grassy place called Healing Village.
It started off with the minister playing crystal bowls, reverberating hollow notes into the air. We put on our backs to listen, and assistants walked around to wave burning white sage and feathers around our bodies (to clear any negative energy I think).
The minister spoke of a dream vision she had of everyone’s third eye suddenly opening. We did a guided meditation, visualizing different color lights going through our chakras. She told us by walking through the “gateway” we were agreeing to participate in a brand new Earth and live in harmony with each other. One by one we walked through a shimmering gateway lit up and lined with volunteers playing crystal bowls.
Greeting us at another end were “angels” that warmly embraced each one of us and whispered encouraging messages, like “you’ve a divine purpose in this world.” Really I did not have any magical awakening, but it was a new, warm and calming experience nonetheless.
Playing crystal bowls at Evolvefest
The concerts had been going on all day long, but we did not go over to see one until late that night. A band called Bad Buka was jamming wildly on stage and had the crowd jumping and dancing. We caught a couple of minutes of it and after that headed out.
Attending this event got us thinking about hippies. ” http://shynudists.com Pursuing Infinite Enlightenment.”
Individuals at this festival were a lot like modern day hippies, and we would guess 20-30% of the Evolvefest crowd would be interested in what we do.
(We expect to get more involved next time if we can!) The kinds of workshops and actions actually reminded me a lot of the Northeast Natural Festival I attended last year.
So what do you believe, are we FKK’ers like modern day hippies? Continuing what finished in the 60s / 70s? Could not naturism and body acceptance be part of “the new consciousness” ?
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