By Julie Blaustein
We are all so distracted these days multi-tasking between our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and dealing with all our responsibilities in life that sometimes we forget how to just be. Harmony Festival reminds you what its like to just take a deep breathe and enjoy the moment.
It was Harmony Festival’s 33rd. year of celebrating health, music, arts, ecology and spirituality for 3 activity-filled days June 10th-12th. Everyone who attends has an experience that makes them want to come to next year’s festival as there just is not enough time to enjoy it all. It has something for everyone – its like a Green Festival, Burning Man, X-Games all in one. There are workshops, action sports, over 300+ vendors, more than 100+ bands and speakers, a Steampunk Garage, The Sustainable Living Road show, Whole Foods Experience, a Silent Disco and more.
Michael Franti & Spearhead, set to play at 8:30 pm Friday evening at the main stage, made a surprise appearance in the tiny Goddess Grove at 4 pm. While their energetic, acoustic songs including Hey Hey Hey
and the Sound of Sunshine
were played on stage, Yoga Tree’s Janet Stone
led a yoga session. A crowd spontaneously formed and followed Janet’s every move, forgetting anything they were planning to do other than follow her loving instructions to the lovely music in the background. I spotted Myles Weissleder with his daughter Summer at the Goddess Grove. I usually run into at his SF NewTech
events in San Francisco. I asked him how the festival fit into his technology world and his response, “I try to avoid any techie angles while I”m at the Harmony Festival,” sums it up nicely how to be
at this most special Festival.
To see more photos from this year and past years go to my Harmony Festival Flickr Collection.
Michael Franti of Michael Franti & Spearhead
Janet Stone of Yoga Tree Leads Yoga
Myles Weissleder of SF NewTech and Daughter Summer