Pranafest: Practicing Seva By Giving From the Heart

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The Give Back Yoga Foundation is honored to be named as Pranafest’s National Seva Partner for 2014, with a portion of all ticket sales funding our mission of bringing yoga to the underserved. Pranafest is also educating their community about our work, and offering festivalgoers the chance to make a direct donation to Give Back Yoga to help transform the life of a veteran or a woman behind bars. Here, Pranafest’s Managing Producer Jessica Gorman tells us why Pranafest is dedicated to giving back:

On a Mission: Taking Seva from a Yogic Philosophy to an Industry Standard

Pranafest was birthed in the summer of 2012 out of a deep desire to create a deeper sense of community, a divine weekend of play in devotion and to continue to create the emerging business model of giving back from the Festival production world.

We are so thrilled to host world-class talent in a breathtaking setting such as the Wellsprings in Ashland, Oregon. Bringing the Bhav to the Rogue Valley and beyond, we love sharing our vision of a full-on celebration of devotion to the divine.

Pranafest is a gathering of prayer and celebration, healing and deep communal connection, centered around natural mineral hot springs. The 3-day hot springs camping festival will feature classes, concerts and ceremonies by an all-star lineup of yoga teachers, sonic shamans and kirtan leaders, held from September 22-25, 2014 at the Jackson WellSprings, an idyllic 35-acre botanical wonderland world-famous for its healing waters.

Pranafest will feature four stages of kirtan led by world-renowned wallahs from 9 am to 11pm daily, covering styles ranging from traditional acoustic to cutting-edge kirtronica. The festival also showcases group classes with some of the global yoga community’s most celebrated and revered teachers, covering a diverse array of yogic disciplines including Vinyasa, Kundalini, Anusara, Yin, Bhakti and more.

Long gone are the days of hosting events with no mission, with no higher intent, no take-away other than the “feel good” of the weekend. We see festivals on a “green” mission, to reduce the festival footprint, leave no trace, reduce, reuse, recycle.

Pranafest wants to take it to the next level of “greening” a festival. We are on a mission to give back the green to the industry that created us. Give back the green to the ones who support us in all we do.

What better way to put devotion in motion than to give the green to organizations that will continue the work beyond our weekend of devotion, practicing seva 24/7. Giving back to those in need, offering the skills & tools necessary to raise our collective vibration. You know…that blissed out feeling we get from sharing in community, singing, dancing, soaking and laughing! We all feel it in a weekend of absolute divine play at a festival.

Our intention at Pranafest is to activate and heal the life-force – the Prana – that pulses through each of us, our relations and the earth. That we may live to our fullest potential in our bodies, minds, hearts, local and global communities. We practice to nourish spirit, we gather to nourish tribe, we give back because we honor the path that lead us to success.

We hope to influence the change from an outdated business model of “all for profit” to an industry standard of investing in our tribe, our future our fellow humans. That is the best seva we can imagine…giving from the heart…to the heart.

Jessica Gorman
Managing Producer

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