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Want to trade the mainstream mosh pits of Coachella and Lollapalooza for a festival that’s a little more zen? A growing number of festivals focused on the mind, body and spirit are inspiring attendees to think more about wellness, and less about getting wasted.

Yoga, meditation, healing massages and motivational “live your best life” talks are the defining characteristics of these fests, many of which also feature live music. The underlying mantra is to promote healthy living, nature, interconnectedness and emotional and mental clarity. And, hey, couldn’t we all use more of that?

At these 11 OM-worthy festivals you’ll walk away with a zen state of mind, rather than a ear-splitting headache.

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Bali Spirit Festival

Bali Spirit Festival | Photo courtesy of Kari Heese

BaliSpirit FestivalUbud, Bali
(March 19-26, 2017)
Get your “Eat Pray Love” on during this five-day festival celebrating yoga, dance and music in one of the most luscious tropical settings on the planet. Attendees have their pick of ongoing classes ranging from guided breath-work to gong baths to a variety of yoga (including something called Orgasmik Yoga). A Dharma Fair Market hosts vibrant goodies from local artisans, plus holistic healers and esoteric readers. The family-friendly festival is sure to be extra special in 2017—it’s celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Wanderlust Festival

Wanderlust Festival in Oahu | Photo courtesy of Eric Ward for Wanderlust Festival

WanderlustMultiple locations including Great Lape Taupo, New Zealand (February 2-5, 2017)
Wanderlust produces the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world. Take your pick from a half dozen destinations hosting these multi-day fests, and pack your yoga pants for festivals that are “all-out celebrations of mindful living.” Wanderlust also hosts 30 single-day wellness fests in cities around the globe. They feature a world-famous menagerie of yoga and meditation instructors, chefs, speakersand musicians who inspire participants to live life to the fullest.

Boryeong Mud Festival

Boryeong Mud Festival | Flickr CC: Jirka Matousek

Boryeong Mud FestivalBoryeong, South Korea (July 2017)
Getting muddy was never more fun. This two-week fest celebrates the legendary healing properties of the local Boryeong mud. Millions of international travelers come from far off places each year to participate in mud baths, mud wrestling, mud sliding, mud skiing and more. Health and beauty clinics offer massages, acupuncture and other treatments using the medicinal qualities of the mud, and colored mud is sold for body painting. Healthy living has never looked so good on Instagram. And don’t worry—showers are available onsite.

International Yoga Festival

Site of the International Yoga Festival |Photo courtesy of International Yoga Festival

International Yoga FestivalRishikesh, India (March 1-7, 2017)
Say your “OMs” on the banks of the Ganges River. Head to northern India, at the foothills of the Himalayas, for a yoga festival that attracts participants from 85 countries. With 150 class offerings on tap, plus presentations by India’s most revered spiritual masters and gurus, it’s a colorfully serene environment in which to experience a spiritual awakening.

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Relaxapalooza

Photo courtesy of Relaxapalooza

RelaxapaloozaChicago, IL (2017 dates TBD)
This is the world’s only yoga festival dedicated solely to the art and science of relaxation. It’s akin to a “giantsleepover party” designed to stopthe glorification of being busy, according to its founder. Expect to be pampered with plenty of pillows, guided meditations and hands-on assists by skilled yoga and massage therapists. The two-day event is a choose-your-own-adventure (without the rush-rush), featuring classes in restorative yoga, meditative drawing, sound healing and Thai massage.

Photo courtesy of Arise Music Festival

Photo courtesy of Arise Music Festival

ARISE Music FestivalLoveland, CO (Aug. 4-6, 2017)
Gotta love a festival that plants one tree for every ticket sold. Taking place on 100 acres at the picturesque Sunrise Ranch, ARISE is way more than a music fest (one that has featured headliners such as Ziggy Marley and Jurassic 5). Mingle with other open-minded souls at thought-provoking workshops and presentations themed around health, environment and social justice. A full schedule of daily yoga and organically sourced cuisine round out this festival designed to raise the individual, and collective, consciousness.

Lightning in a Bottle

Lightning in aBottle | Photo courtesy of Jacob Avanzato

Lightning in a BottleBradley, CA (May 25-29, 2017)
Held each Memorial Day Weekend, this camping festival is a colorful melting pot that combines elements of Burning Man with yoga and spirituality. (And for the eco-conscious, it’s also been heralded as the greenest festival in the U.S.) Each day starts with morning yoga before attendees have the option to explore a colorful landscape where musical performances provide the ear candy. Onsite venues such as the Temple of Consciousness, the Village and the Learning Kitchen host illuminating and educational talks from wellness experts intended to inspire.

Photo courtesy of Envision Festival

Photo courtesy of Envision Festival

Envision FestivalRancho La Merced, Costa Rica (February 23-26, 2017)
“Pura Vida,” indeed. Set in the lush tropics of Costa Rica near the sparkling surf of the Pacific Ocean, this four-day event highlights art, music, nature, wellness education and meditation. The intention: to awaken human potential and positive energy. Yoga, dance and sacred classes are held in “temples,” and the “Witches Healing Sanctuary” is where participants indulge in body and energy work. The medicinal blue clay found in the mystical mountains nearby is a popular treatment with festival-goers.

Holi Festival in India

Holi Festival in India | Flickr CC: J.S. Jaimohan

Holi: India and Nepal (March 13, 2017)
Holi commemorates the victory of good over evil, with roots in Hindu mythology. It’s a jovial occasion where old hatchets are buried and worries are tossed to the wind and it all culminates in an explosion of color. Also known as “The Festival of Colors,” this celebration encourages participants to douse each other in a rainbow of colored powders to signify unity. White and dark skin disappear under a kaleidoscope of reds, greens, yellows, blues and purples. This inspires harmony, not to mention some amazing photo opps.

Sat Nam Fest

Sat Nam Fest | Photo courtesy of @mayarosebird

Sat Nam Fest: Multiple locations including Puerto Morelos, Mexico (November 13-20, 2016)
Uncover your best self at this festival designed to inspire joy, transformation and rejuvenation through Kundalini yoga, music and “soul-inspiring workshops.” Newbies and lifelong practitioners are welcomed, and the event draws respected yoga instructors, musicians and artists to inspire and ignite.

Beloved Festival

Beloved Festival | Photo courtesy of Michael Drummond

Beloved FestivalTidewater, OR (Aug. 11-14, 2017)
Rolling Stone has called it one of the “Top 7 Wildest Transformational Festivals.” Head to the stunning Oregon coast for this weekend camping fest that promotes global unity through music, yoga and meditation. Anchored by a stage where music flows, the grounds also host a “Temple Meadow,” where yoga, Qigong and non-denominational prayer ceremonies are held. The health and well-being area offers a variety of massage and healing modalities. Come curious and with an open mind—more than 40 celebrated artists and spiritualleaders await.

Featured image courtesy of Beloved Festival 

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Erica Bray

Erica Bray

Erica is a practical free spirit who loves travel, yoga and ice cream. A Northwestern University-trained journalist with more than 15 years of experience straddling digital and broadcast media, Erica can be found doing handstands everywhere she travels -- even risking arrest in some cases. Learn about her at www.erica.media.

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