Summer Essentials: Your Go-To Event Guide

'Tis the season we've all been waiting for: Grab your mat, get outside, and go treat yourself to the experience of a lifetime! Here's a list of our editors' favorite events not to miss this season. 

2016 Italy Spell of the Sensuous Retreat with Micheline Berry in Tuscany and Cinque Terre
Seven days in August of what Italians call "La Dolce Vita"—the Sweet Life. How could it get any sweeter than daily yoga and meditation, farm-to-table feasting on locally produced wine and produce, and full immersion in Italy's rich culture? We don't think it can.

FP Escapes Sonoma Harvest Yoga Retreat—The Heart of the Harvest
Best-selling author Katie Silcox offers a weekend in August, in Sonoma, California, of deep nourishment, including a medicinal herb workshop, local wine tasting, organic vegetarian meals, yoga and meditation, and Ayurvedic wisdom. Participants will explore the life cycle of food from seed to harvest, from stove to stomach, in a deeply relaxing setting.

Wanderlust Festivals
Dozens of yoga and meditation instructors, musicians, speakers, and chefs come together at the world's most beautiful mountain resorts to engage in deeply transformational experiences for every style of yogi and adventure seeker. Explore new ideas, make new friends, discover new abilities, and dance your heart out at any of the seven remaining festivals in 2016. 


Family Yoga Week at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch
Just a short drive from New York City, Family Yoga week is designed for parents who want to spend a week in community with like-minded company. Activities are grounded in yoga philosophy and lifestyle and are made age-appropriate for all levels. This is a great option for parents who want to go on a yoga retreat and include their families


American Herbalists Guild Annual Symposium
Join the world's leading herbal educators in autumn 2016 for a weekend of lectures, plant walks, and continuing education in cutting edge topics on herbal medicine. Interact with botanists, medical professionals, herbalists, and other enthusiasts at any number of diverse events. 

Luminus Luscious Urban Miami Retreat with Manorama at Prana Yoga Center
Leading Sanskrit scholar Manorama will take your yogic development to a new level this October in Miami. Known for her traditional, joyful, deeply loving way, Manorama nurtures the soul like no other. Participants will spend time in Luminous Soul Meditation, chanting Sanskrit mantras, and engaging in daily wisdom discussions around a foundational pillar of the Luminous Soul practice. You will leave feeling nourished from the inside out. 


Love Your Body Yoga Retreat
This July, yoga teacher Kimber Simpkins takes you on a three-day journey where you will learn how to become your body’s best friend. Starting wherever you are, you can end the struggle and find a lasting peace with your body. Women of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds are invited to take this vital step in deepening their relationship with themselves. 

Bhakti Fest
This combination yoga, dance, and sacred music festival celebrates the devotional, or bhakti, path. You have three different opportunities throughout the year to celebrate the path of the heart through yoga, kirtan, meditation, dance, fire ceremonies, and vegetarian cuisine. 

Have more suggestions for our community? Please leave them in the comments below, or list them in the YNON Directory!