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Deepak Chopra Joins Bhakti Fest’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

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In Joshua Tree on September 15th 2018, The Bhakti Fest Group long known for its tradition of offering the best in yoga, sacred music, and conscious teachings, is thrilled to announce the special appearance of Dr. Deepak Chopra M.D., co-founder of, at its 10-year anniversary celebration this September. Dr. Chopra, a world-renowned leader in mindfulness practices will lead a global meditation event from Bhakti Fest’s main stage. Dr. Chopra will also participate in a variety of activities at Bhakti Fest, offering a full day of special events including a workshop, panel and global meditation.

What does Shatki mean? The female principle of divine energy, especially when personified as the supreme deity. — Shakti

Adi Parashakti Lalita Tripura Sundari seated over Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Maheswara and Sadashiva

Shakti is the primordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe in Hinduism and Shaktism. Shakti is the concept or personification of divine feminine creative power, sometimes referred to as “The Great Divine Mother” in Hinduism. As a mother, she is known as “Adi Shakti” or “Adi Parashakti”. On the earthly plane, Shakti most actively manifests through female embodiment and creativity/fertility, though it is also present in males in its potential, unmanifest form. Hindus believe that Shakti is both responsible for creation and the agent of all change. Shakti is cosmic existence as well as liberation, its most significant form being the Kundalini Shakti, a mysterious psychospiritual force.

Which leads me to Mirabai Devi, this amazing woman I met at Shakti Fest. in Joshua Tree, CA. Mirabai Devi embodies women’s empowerment. Mirabai connected with the musical group The Sophisticated Psychos at the fest and our now collaborating to do a single!

Mirabai Devi, Nicky Scorpio of The Sophisticated Psychos

Click here and listen to this self healing prayer with Mirabai Devi when you have a private moment. — amazing right!

Want another one? Click here to listen and be guided with Mirabai Devi on Divine Light, Forgiveness, and the New Earth

Shakti Fest 2018: Yoga and Sacred Music Festival at Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Organized by Bhakti Fest, a leader in conscious festival events, Shakti Fest is a unique springtime celebration of the divine feminine spirit, described in Eastern philosophy as the ‘dynamic force which moves the universe’. The festival features world famous yoga teachers, Kirtan music stars, wisdom workshops, sound baths, and a healing sanctuary.

The one and only GONGSTER follower her on instagram and on youtube.

Gongster giving a southbath healing at Shakti Fest 2018

Evening time fun and events:

Devotion — lots a hugs, smiles, yummy organic and vegan food. Trust, passion, creativity, safe space. Play fun, all ages, healthy for kids and adults to center in play while out in nature and in the sun. Music, Yoga & Sound baths. — Kyriaki Chonacas

The Shakti Fest 2018 music lineup inspired attendees to sing, dance and open their hearts. This year’s line up once again includes the best Kirtan (a.k.a. chanting) artists on the conscious music scene; Jai Uttal, Donna De Lory, Larissa Stowe, Govind Das & Radha, MC Yogi, Girish, Jaya Lakshmi, Prajna Vieira & the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble, Gina Sala, Vaiyasaki Das, David Newman, Fannah Fi Allah, and many more. The centuries-old practice of devotional chanting is considered to connect humans with themselves, the universe, and spirit.


sing your hearts out

Water — Food — Culture — Kids — Community:

Jeff Carrillo creator of Starfire Water

Our favorite water is by the one and only Starfire Water.

PEACE — Our favorite food was by Imlak’esh Organics. We met an amazing man named Philip who started the non profit Saving Ganesh 23 years ago! Check out all their videos on youtube and their website here.


Healing Sacrament Remedy Rolls — Spliffs Gone Native 100% nicotine free 50/50 hemp + herbal smoke

Spellman director of photography and video for Shakti and Bhakti Festival

The Fest is held in the one of a kind beautiful high desert setting of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, in a family friendly, drug and alcohol-free environment. These elements combine to create an unprecedented high vibration heart opening experience for all who attend. Click for or more details on the Bhakti Fest 2018 line up and general festival information

Educational and lots of healthy LOVE!

Children playing outdoors, happy and loving The Sophisticated Psychos stickers!

Art for all!

Music love and intimate moments

Peace on earth and with each other

Camp it out — There is no place like the high desert to fully immerse yourself in a powerful conscious experience. The historic Joshua Tree Desert Retreat Center is the oldest and largest retreat center in the Western U.S., located on a sacred site replete with a walking labyrinth. This setting allows for peaceful inner reflection and uplifting spiritual renewal. Accommodation options include, retreat center spaces, glamping, camping, and RV parking, all on site. There are also ten hotels within a few miles of the retreat center. The Shakti Fest Eco Artisan Village offers vegetarian and vegan food vendors, yoga clothing and gear, jewelry, art and unique collectibles. The organizers pride themselves on running a green event, offering free water and mindful recycling practices.

Nature= Happiness :) — Bhakti Fest offers dozens of yoga classes daily in multiple venues, sacred music on two stages, workshops on a huge variety of spiritual and wellness topics, sound baths, men’s and women’s sacred spaces, and a family village.

World-class yoga teachers are the heart of Shakti Fest, and spring in Joshua Tree is a beautiful time to practice indoors and out. With three yoga halls offering 45 classes over 3 days, there really is something for everyone! 2018 Shakti Fest teachers included; Shiva Rea, Mark Whitwell, Mas Vidal, Kia Miller, Georgina Meister, Cheryl Slader, Leeza Villagomez, Carmen Curtis, Hemalayaa Behl, Oleg Flow, Jennica Mills, Allison Prince and Katie Allen, Lisa Gniady, and local desert favorite Kristin Olson. Anyone can find their inner Shakti through energy invoking sessions in a wide variety of yoga styles.

tons of healing — -scared special moments for intimacy — privacy to go on a journey and not be judged. — — able to open up and explore self

Deepak Chopra Joins Bhakti Fest’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

The international conscious community is coming together for this anniversary celebration of this truly devotional gathering which welcomes all. Bhakti Fest founder Sridhar says, “In reflecting on ten years, we wanted to build spiritual community where every family and attendee can feel safe and be honored on their path. We are so thrilled that Deepak Chopra is involved in our 10th Anniversary festivities!”

A pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD is the founder of the Chopra Foundation and co-founder of Chopra Center for Wellbeing. TIME Magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”

Passes and intensive tickets are now available for Bhakti Fest 2018, with discounts offered to local residents, veterans, military, seniors and students.

Kyriaki Chonacas & Nicky Scorpio

Thanks for stopping by! xoxo Kyriaki Chonacas

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