So ma ville, Montreal, loves festivals. This town is just one non-stop festival from mid-June to mid-October. Film, dance, music, jazz, burlesque, dragon boating, food – there is a festival for just about everything in Montreal. In fact, Montrealers love festivals so much that there is a dedicated public space in the downtown core known as Place des Festivals (which is French for “Place of Festivals,” oui oui) and it’s hopping all year round!
However, despite all this festival craziness, there has never been a bilingual, community-organized yoga festival in Montreal. Not even a yoga conference, convergence or gathering. While urban centres around North America host large-scale yoga events of all flavours, nothing of the sort has happened in Montreal.
Until now. The first ever Yoga Festival Montreal will take place on June 8, 9 and 10! Organized by a crew of yoga and community lovers known as Yocomo (Yoga Community Montreal / Yoga Communauté Montréal),* this inaugural event aims to shine a light on the amazing Montreal yoga teachers and practitioners who are steadily doing their work, and to bring together the whole community of yoga lovers in Montreal.
The three days of festivities include asana, meditation, music, deep relaxation, philosophy and politics, with over 30 lineages and 50 hours of workshops, classes, performances, discussions and panels. All of the faculty, sponsors and exhibitors are sourced locally and there will be on-site composting, as part of the festival’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
And I am super excited to give one full Yoga Festival Montreal pass** to a lucky IAYB reader! To enter, here’s what you have to do:
1. Leave a comment below telling us why you love yoga festivals!
2. Bonus entry: become a fan of Yocomo on Facebook.
3. Bonus entry: follow @yogafestivalMTL on Twitter.
4. Bonus entry: tweet about this giveaway using the hashtag #yogafestmtl (and you can do this as many times as you want! each time counts as an entry!).
The giveway closes at 5pm on Friday, May 11, 2012. The winner will be notified by email. This contest is open to anyone from anywhere in the world, but please only enter if you can actually get yourself to Montreal for this event. The festival pass is non-transferable to any other yoga festival event.
* Full disclosure: I am one of the founders of Yocomo and co-organizers of this event. Eeeek!
** Estimated value, $230. Does not include lunch, transportation to Montreal, accommodation or anything else.