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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival: 70 Workshops, 40 Teachers

The fourth annual Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival, where visitors can take yoga classes from world-class teachers, listen to live sacred music and shop for unique merchandise, will be held November 4-6 at Hunter Mountain ski resort in the Catskill Mountains. This is a new locale for the festival, and the first time it will span a full weekend. Held in collaboration with Radio Woodstock Live Events (a division of Radio Woodstock), it offers inclusive packages for on-site lodging, locally sourced gourmet meals, music, yoga classes and workshops for all levels.

On the festival schedule are 70 curated workshops and classes taught by more than 40 experienced and popular teachers. Headline teachers include Faith Hunter, Alanna Kaivalya, Charles Matkin, Sara DiVello and Mary Dana Abbott; kirtan and sacred music recording artists Jai Uttal, Donna De Lory and Gaura Vani will be featured throughout the weekend as well. Ahimsa will host 10 musical performances and also incorporates as much live music as possible in its workshops and classes. One of the festival’s most popular features is its Vendor Village, where participants can learn about and shop for new yoga and health-related products and services.

Accommodations range from spacious studios to one-, two- and three-bedroom suites to executive and penthouse suites, with amenities including a full kitchen, a fireplace, daily housekeeping, concierge services, valet parking and bell service.

Weekend, one-day and music-only passes are available. For registration and the full teacher and music lineup, visit