Unifier Festival: New England’s Answer to Transformational Festivals

 

Through sharing wisdom, ideas, dancing, singing, painting, sharing story, poem and song, balancing our minds, our hearts and our bodies, and honoring nature, ourselves and one another, we come together without excuse to share our beauty.

This June, a festival only in its second year will be coming to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts and bringing with it sacred beats, transformational healing and expressive arts. From June 11th to 14th in Tolland, MA, Unifier will be demonstrating yet again that New England has a growing and inspiring conscious community. In fact, Unifier’s the first festival listed on Fest300’s list of the 15 Transformational Festivals to Attend in 2015

Unifier Festival is bringing together an amazing group of inspirational artists and educators for their 2nd annual 4-day event this June 11th-14th, 2015 in beautiful Tolland, Massachusetts. Situated on 476 acres of forest, field and lake, Unifier’s vision honors and brings together various sub-cultures; this gathering is a yoga festival, it is a world and sacred music festival, a dance party, a live art show, a place for ceremony, for permaculture, for sculptural works and circus arts. For all those that decide to be a part of the experience, Unifier asks to care for the land, to enjoy organic food, and to be inspired and inspire our kids and our elders. Jason Cohen is the founder of Unifier Festival, as well as the creator of Forestdance and Sacred World Interdependence Day and has experienced numerous healing and expressive arts rituals around the world. His knowledge, experience, sensitivity and training as a ritual facilitator and his life long pursuit of exploring passion and subtlety in music, has led him in service to spark and curate the Unifier Festival Gathering. This is a sacred celebration of all that we are and all that we can be. To take an in-depth look into what this festival is all about, take a look at LostinSound’s coverage of last year’s festival here.

Unifier festival is an experiential, interactive event that builds community and earth-centered awareness through arts and entertainment while promoting sustainable living.  The Unifier philosophy is deeply rooted in honoring nature, ourselves and one another, based on the premise that we were all born to live creatively,  that we can come together and dare to be inspiring while creating culture together. The various events at the festival are organized and curated in a way that they aim to share wisdom, ideas, dancing, singing, painting, story, poem and song, balancing our minds, our hearts and our bodies. A really exciting aspect of Unifier that is the next step evolutionarily for the transformational festival culture is the shift from temporary community to permanent community. A significant portion of proceeds from Unifier Festival, over multiple years, will be put in a Land Trust Fund for a retreat center and potential eco-village to be owned in perpetuity, governed by council, and in service to community. This is something that festivals such as Lucidity have been looking into and it’s fantastic to see a similar forward-thinking vision manifesting across the country.

This year’s lineup is full of well-known names in the transformational festival community such as Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Polish Ambassador, Papadosio, Desert Dwellers, Karsh Kale, Wildlight, The Human Experience, Lynx, The Luminaires, Ayla Nereo, Women of the World, Peia, Youssoupha Sidibe, and many others.  The First Nation Elders will be joining the gathering for the 2nd year along with Grandmother Kaariina and Elders from various cultures that carry and share indigenous wisdom. Come and be inspired with diverse yoga offerings such as Afro-Flow Yoga with Leslie Salmon Jones, and teachers including Gina de la Chesnaye and Carolyn Little. Children’s Programming include groups like Om-Fly Circus and the Green Dragons, sculptural works and live painting by various visual artists and sculptors.  The vendors offerings include many handmade,  fair-trade items and there is a concerted effort to invite folks that provide organic, local as possible, cruelty-free food.  This is a camping optional event, with swimming, canoeing and kayaking available (we recommend camping for the full Unifier experience).  Weekend or Day Passes are available right now here.

Check out this video from last year’s Unifier:

 

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