In a long-held tradition, we meet together at Esalen, beneath the summer solstice sun.
The word “solstice” comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to make stand). It evokes a pause: a sense of standing still for a moment in the midst of the fire and going quiet — even as our molecules vibrate and dance faster in the midsummer heat.
Move and go still. Celebrate the fire (agni) and honor the cycles of nature, which means that, for all its heat, the fire is brief. Observe the longest of days and remember that the season is short. Stand at the threshold of these apparent opposites, and witness how the natural world holds them both — in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
The entire Esalen property will become one cohort exploring a playground for the senses. You’ll explore a wild diversity of expression and natural rhythms, including vibrant and Bhakti-filled yoga practices with Janet Stone, acro vinyasa with Yoga Beyond, rhythmic soundscapes by DJ Drez and Benny Holloway, hands-on community art projects with Lara Zilibowitz, and more. Alongside all that movement and play, we will have a space set up for chilling, connecting, restoring, and going still. We’ll create a different kind of playground — this one for the internal senses.
Come dance, sit, and wonder with us as we honor the naturalness of transition, the outward and inward, and the waxing and waning of this precious life. Please bring a yoga mat.
Notes: Photographers and videographers will be documenting this event. The gathering can be used for 30 hours toward Janet’s 300-, 500- and 1008-hour training programs.
Janet traveled to India in 1996, where she dedicated herself to a conscious evolution through yoga. Janet blends a wealth of knowledge and yoga experience to create a unique, vigorous-yet-sumptuous approach to Vinyasa yoga. She teaches in San Francisco and leads retreats internationally.
Lara Zilibowitz is an internationally touring yoga teacher and artist with a passion for creative expression through the body. She offers a fluid and dynamic teaching style delivered with heartfelt poetic prose, as well as cosmic creativity and mandala art.
Yoga Beyond: Honza & Claudine Lafond
Honza Lafond discovered yoga through his love for meditation and philosophy. He teaches and inspires with raw yet playful and compassionate honesty and humor to help bring your practice off the mat and into daily life. Honza co-created YogaBeyond.
DJ Drez is a sound pioneer. With an ear for cutting-edge sonic ambiance, a finger on the pulse of music that makes bodies move, and the vision and skill to obliterate genre and boundary with his own trademark sound and production, Drez has skyrocketed to international acclaim from the dancehall to the yoga shala.
Benny Holloway is a soulful sound-o-phile travelling the world sharing healing vibrations. He creates deep atmospheric ambient soundbaths that encourage the listener to take a compelling introspective journey.
Sita Devi is a yogini, kirtan artist, and ecstatic dance facilitator in service to the divine. She holds a BFA in dance from the University of California Santa Barbara, completed her 500 hours of training in Kona, Hawaii in 2007, and has been teaching yoga for 10 years most exclusively at Namaste Yoga + Wellness in Oakland, Yoga Tree in Berkeley, Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, and at festivals and conferences worldwide. She teaches various modalities of Yoga including Vinyasa Flow, Bhakti Vinyasa Flow, and Restorative Yin. In 2015, Sita filmed a complete Bhakti Yin series for Udaya Yoga Online in Sofia, Bulgaria.