Alternative Spiritual Festivals in Europe

Summer is over and this also means that the festival season comes to an end. However, this doesn’t mean that we can already dream about the next festival season. If you already feel that your soul needs a bit of food, then check these festivals out while you are taking a Europe trip. These spiritual festivals go from yoga festivals to tantra festivals. So there is something suitable for everyone. And if you just love to go to them all, then it might be good to take a gap year and just go to all of them ;).

Why go to a spiritual festival?

Alternative Spiritual Festivals

You can ask yourself now why it would be good to go to a spiritual festival, of course. Well, it’s always great to meet like-minded people. This will mean that you will meet a lot of new friends, get new connections and replenish your soul.

Spiritual festivals are not only great to get to know new people and to enjoy the plenty of workshops that they are offering. But if you are a yoga teacher, meditation facilitator, … or you just have a business, then going to a festival might give you all kinds of new contacts that you might be able to use. This way it’s a bit of a live Facebook or Pinterest page to get clients.

If you don’t have your own business, don’t worry about it, you’ll still meet a lot of like-minded people. As it sometimes might be a bit lonely on the alternative path when you are living in your city. I know that when I started doing yoga, no one in my area was doing it as well. There weren’t even any nice festivals going on to promote a spiritual lifestyle.

Festivals Vs. Retreats

Alternative Spiritual Festivals

Going to a spiritual festival, like a yoga festival or a meditation festival, isn’t the same thing as going to a retreat. Your intentions are going to be a bit different and it’s good to have a look at what you are looking for.

As I mentioned before, a festival is more a place of getting in touch with other people than really going into the depths of your soul. There are a lot of workshops there, but of course, there will be more people there as well. This means that you can’t expect to really get some individual attention and therefore it might not go as deep as you’d like. Of course, you can always share your experiences with the surrounding people as there will be many therapeutic alternative healers, or whatever they’d like to call them these days ;).

A good thing with being a part of meditations with hundreds of people is that you’ll be lifted by the energy of everyone around you. This is one of the reasons what I like about going to a festival, you won’t be needing any drugs or alcohol to enjoy yourself as you’ll be lifted by the vibration of everybody else. This makes going to a festival a very pure and loving experience.

Of course, if you’d like to have personal attention and you’d like to go deep within your soul or heart, going to a retreat is always better. Retreats normally don’t have that many attendants and you’ll be getting the guidance to work on the things that will come up.

Alternative Spiritual Festivals

Here I will talk about the perfect itinerary if you’d like to have a whole summer filled with the loving energy of spiritual retreats!

June

Space of Love Festival, Sweden

This festival is great to do with the whole family. Not only will you find a lot of yoga workshops to choose from, but you’ll also have some music, kids’ workshops and more. The festival itself isn’t that big, so prepare yourself to connect with everyone around you! This makes it a great place to find like-minded people, without being overwhelmed by a whole crowd.

The festival itself will take place at a campsite called Boda Sand, it’s on an island, Γ–land, near the mainland of Sweden, which makes it a lovely and quiet place. The perks of being on an island as well are that you’ll be surrounded by beaches. So if you’d like to retreat from all the surrounding people, you can always take a little time for yourself at the beach. Be careful though as the sea in Sweden isn’t that warm to swim in. But of course, the Swedish people don’t mind that ;).

Find here more information on how to get to the festival.

Sexsibility Festival, Sweden

If you aren’t ready to leave Sweden, then the Sexsibility Festival might be a good one to attend as well.

This festival is a Tantra festival. And what a lot of people think, especially with a name like Sexsibility, is that it’s all about getting laid. Also, if people hear the word tantra, the first thought that comes to mind is sex. This isn’t the case though. Tantra is all about creating an intimate relationship, in the first place with yourself. And after that comes creating an intimate relationship with others. This doesn’t have to be sexual at all, but this can go from walking hand in hand without even having any expectation, nor having a physical relationship with that person.

Of course, there might be sex involved, if that’s what you want, but that’s not the main goal. You’ll have many opportunities to meet with people, connect with them in whatever way you’d like and you can attend many workshops to discover more about tantra.

This is a must if you are really into exploring your sexuality, even if it’s just about learning how to get intimate with someone. As said, I’m not talking about just a sexual experience, it’s about learning to love yourself and others unconditionally.

Agni Spirit Festival, Spain

Agni is Sanskrit for Fire. This means that your internal fire will be lid during this festival. Be aware though, as there is no space for actual fires during the festival due to drought.

This festival is all about shamanism and honoring the spirits, as the name itself says as well. There will be dancing, yoga, meditation and much more.

The nice thing about this festival is that there will be ceremonies involved as well. Dive into the cultures of the ancient tribes and discover some of the wisdom they had. The ceremonies are really old, but they still have a lot of value as our ancestors had a great connection with nature and the animals all around them.

Maybe you’ll even find your spirit animal during this festival?

July

Osho Festival, Portugal (July 2nd – 8th 2020)

Osho Festival Portugal
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This festival is my absolute favorite and I wouldn’t want to miss an edition at all! Here’s actually where I’ve received my Osho Sanyassin name.

During the whole week, you’ll be able to enjoy a lot of Osho active meditations, workshops, lectures, and more. The meditations itself have been a savior for me as I love the fact that they use the body as an instrument to go into meditation. Osho has thought pretty well about creating these techniques. And if you already know about them, it would be a great opportunity to do them in a large group.

The festival itself doesn’t attract the big mass. Every year there are around 200 people on the entire week. Which is a perfect number for everyone who’d like to connect with others on a deeper level. It’s a great space to talk about everything that’s going on in your life and a lot of loving people there will be able to give you advice and even a hug itself is already healing.

The organizers Harida and Nartan are great friends of mine and I hold them dear within my heart. They’ve got a wonderful place, with an even more wonderful view. So just for that, it would already be great to visit this festival. The two of them lead most of the music and meditations that will be taking place and you could feel that they still carry Osho in their hearts.

With that said, just book your ticket now and I would love to see you there next year ;).

Awake Dance Festival, Portugal

Not that far away from the Osho festival, you’ll find Awakeland. Great thing is that you don’t need to have moves like Jagger to attend this Dance Festival.

Within this festival, they use dance as a way into meditation. It’s all about finding your inner movement and it’s a great release of energy as well. During this festival, you’ll be guided into the depths of your inner movements and by tapping into this, you’ll find yourself going into ecstasy.

If you’ve never experienced something like this before, it’s something that you have to do. Don’t worry if you think that you’re not such a good dancer, as there are no dancing techniques required.

August

Impulse Festival, France

This festival is especially for those between 18-35 years old. The so-called generation Y and Z. We are the future, but yet we have faced already so much criticism from our ancestors. We’ve heard that we are growing lazy, that we don’t know the value of the world anymore, and that we are way too much on our computers. Well, some of those things might be true, but we are the generation that has to deal with the crap that our ancestors have created.

This festival is just for us, to make sure that we are ready for the challenges ahead of us. During this festival there will be a lot of divers workshops, going from tantra to yoga, traditional chanting or bodywork. There is something for everyone. And besides that, it might be nice to hang out and get to know our generation a little bit better.

The festival takes place at the ground of a chateau, which is the fancy French word for castle. It is stunning to be on the grounds of this castle. So, ever wanted to stay near a castle? Then this festival is for you! And as I said, this one is only for people between 18-35 years old. Even if you still feel young, I’m afraid you won’t be able to join.

Wildheart Gathering, UK

In the forest of the UK (which might not be considered as Europe anymore soon) you’ll find the Windheart Gathering. This is not just your average yoga festival as they also have a lot of music and different kinds of workshops to offer. This festival is for the forest gatherers among us.

The mix might be quite strange as I would never put a workshop about archery and yoga together. But it also makes sense. Yoga is also about being close to nature, and going back into the ancient times when they had to live from nature, does create some connection.

What I also like about this festival is that there is a Shamanistic part of it. Which also refers back to the archery part of course. I know they’re not my ancestors, but I feel that there has gone a lot of wisdom to waste that the native Americans were holding. Luckily there are still some rituals that stayed intact and that we can still perform. Which will be done at this festival.

Conclusion

Alternative Spiritual Festivals

That’s it for the upcoming summer. There are many more festivals to attend, but these are my favorite picks! If you have any other festival that you’d like to mention, please leave them in the comment section below! 

And that leaves me to say that I hope to see you on one of these wonderful gatherings to have some soulfood together!

Nama-stay wonderful!

 

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4 Comments

  1. Wow, what a beautiful article about alternative spiritual festivals! I had no idea about all those possibilities and I live in Europe. Actually, Italy. You wouldn’t have any advise for a festival here?
    I love the way you describe the Agni Spirit Festival, we have the same problem with actual fires around where I live lol. You wouldn’t know about a festival in Italy that was about lighting your inner fire and finding your soul animal?
    Thank you so much for this great post,
    Janie

    1. Virendra

      Hi Janie,

      At the moment I’m not really aware of such a festival in Italy. I only know that Miasto has a meditation festival as well. They are located in Italy, and it’s a great meditation center! Check it out of you’d like :).

      Kind regards,

      Virendra

  2. You are so right about the great experiences you can have on a spiritual festival. It is great learning more about the European festivals, like in Spain and Portugal. I will be attending some of those for sure next year, since I’ll be living in north of Spain. Thank you for sharing your links with me and your advice on these festivals. Especially Awaken Dance sounds great, music to my ears. πŸ™‚

    1. Virendra

      Thank you for your comment Nanda, The Awake Dance is really a great festival! I won’t be attending it next year as I’ll be going to the Osho festival ;). But you’ll be close, so if you want to stop by and say hello, feel free!

      Kind regards,

      Virendra

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