Spiritual Sustainability: Our Most Precious Resource

June 18, 2018 | By More

By: Bermalva Porter


The theme we chose for Bhakti in the Woods 2018 is “sustainability”. We had new technologies, renewable energy, holistic food systems and all things eco-friendly in mind.  As one on the spiritual path may notice, thoughts and ideas coming solely from the mind do not always manifest in an easy way. This is by default, from the limitations of mind. What we didn’t realize, heading into our 6th year, is that “sustainability” would reach far deeper than surface technologies.  The spirit of the festival has spoken: our theme has taken a welcome turn towards enhancing inner sustainability as well. This is spiritual sustainability.  Without input from the mind, we unite the inner and outer, in many reassuring forms, within the context of a weekend yoga festival.

Bhakti in the Woods takes place on the property of Santainaii Retreat Centre in Ladysmith, Quebec. Located in the lush rolling hills of Pontiac county, this natural locale imparts an instantaneous relaxation and healing response. This can be explained by the many ceremonies performed there and high energy points on the land. During the festival, you can take part in ceremony and explore these places via the walking trails in the surrounding forests. Stay the weekend and camp outdoors or bring your RV.

As a small grassroots festival, the number of participants is capped at 300 to ensure quality and management of natural resources. For this reason it is best to buy tickets online before the festival to reserve your place.  Day passes and full weekend passes are available.  Children 12 and under are free and special family ticket packages. As a sustainable festival, our facilities consist of composting toilets. Toilet users are encouraged (and given clear instructions) on how to help out with their ‘humanure’, offering a new lesson in recycling by taking direct responsibility for the waste created.  Regular recycling and composting is available too, with the compost used later in permaculture gardens throughout the land.  It is encouraged to bring any burnable waste to the evening bonfires. At last year’s festival, we only generated 6 bags of garbage! Way to go!

At Bhakti in the Woods, discover the depths of spiritual sustainability. Included in your ticket are all day yoga classes, workshops, kirtan and music concerts. This year’s musical lineup features local and international talents such as Brenda McMorrow, Mahapurna, Eric Mandala and Zu Zen, The Bhakti Connection and many more (see website for details).  As part of our sustainability theme, author Robbie Anderman (The Healing Trees) and spiritual teacher Berdhanya Swami Tierra are speaking this year.   Children’s activities and classes are a central part of our programming. The whole family will love Friday and Saturday night sing songs around the bonfire – pack your instruments!  Our roster of classes and workshops is expanding!  Have an idea? Contact Rebecca rebeccawhiteraven@gmail.com

The Vendor Village is a vibrant part of the weekend, with delicious food and drink, eco friendly products, natural goods, treatments, readings and other such delights.  Contact Joana about becoming a vendor: Joanagfh@gmail.com

Joining the Bhakti in the Woods family as a volunteer is a great way to practice self-less service or karma yoga.  Contact Lila: lilagalipeau@gmail.com

Meet you in the woods!


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