Everything You Need to Know
What you need to know to attend YogaFest
We have answered a list of general questions about YogaFest directly below. If you still find you have an inquiry, please take advantage of our Contact Form (see sidebar) where your question will be sent to our helpful and supportive YogaFest team, and we will get back to you within a reasonable period of time.
Location and Directions:
If you've never visited Song of the Morning before, please use the directions listed on our website by clicking here. GPS sometimes leads people astray, so be sure to follow our number one rule: Don't turn on a dirt road unless you see the Song of the Morning sign. (Pictured at right.)
What time does YogaFest begin and end?
Dates: Thursday, July 27th through Sunday, July 30th, 2017
Gates open Thursday at noon and close at 10pm.* The Opening Ceremony begins Thursday at 4:30pm. Gates reopen Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 7am and close at 10pm.* Closing Ceremony is Sunday from 1:15 - 2:15.
*Please plan your arrival accordingly--the gate will be closed outside of these hours!
Where will I sleep?
The price of your ticket includes three nights of camping on cleared campsites on Song of the Morning’s property. There are a variety of sites, some near the river, others tucked away in the woods, and everything in between.
Alternatively, we have a limited number of indoor accommodations available on a first-come, first-served basis at an additional fee. This includes private and dormitory style rooms in the Domes and Lodge (meals not included during YogaFest).
Please call the Song of the Morning office at 989.983.4107 to book one of these rooms, as online reservations will not be available for this event. We kindly request that you have your YogaFest ticket purchased prior to booking accommodations, and that you pay up front and book for all three nights of the gathering. Rooms book quickly, so please call soon if you are interested in making a reservation.
Update: Most accommodations have been booked for the 2017 festival, but a few beds are still available. If you are interested in indoor lodging, please secure your ticket and call as soon as possible.
What about food?
There will be a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food available at reasonable prices from Michigan food vendors. You may also bring your own food to enjoy! Coolers and small camping stoves are permitted (no electricity available.) Ice can be purchased at the gas station in Vanderbilt on your way in.
To protect our forest and make this a barefoot-friendly event, campfires are prohibited – and no glass, please.
Will there be activities my kids can enjoy?
Absolutely! YogaFest provides fun for all ages and children 12 and under are FREE, while teens are invited at HALF PRICE.
The "Jump for Joy Kids Tent" will feature special yoga classes designed for kids, guided nature explorations, sustainable art projects, and other fun activities for children to learn, share and grow together in!
Please note that we look forward to creating and upholding a positive, safe space for all who come. Nonetheless, it will be important that parents supervise their children at all times unless the young ones are enrolled in supervised activities.
Can my pet come?
Sorry, no pets are permitted at Song of the Morning.
Where will I park my car?
In most cases, parking will be alongside your tent, or close by. There will be a designated lot for day-parking as well. We highly encourage carpooling to minimize our environmental impact and to keep our beautiful woodland property as unmolested as possible.
What else should I bring?
Yoga Mat & Props: In the highly likely (and highly encouraged) event that you intend to participate in any of the myriad yoga classes offered every day of the festival, please bring your own yoga mat. If you forget, or want to further support Song of the Morning (thank you!) we will have yoga mats available for sale in our store.
Cash & Checks: For simplicity of payment at the food vendors, merchandise vendors and in the healing tent, we encourage you to bring cash and check. There is limited wifi available, so internet transactions will be possible, but don't bank on it! (Hehe, no pun intended.)
Reusable Water Bottle: The water at Song of the Morning is pure, fresh well water. Nonstop yoga, dancing and singing means water is a must. You may refill at our outdoor refilling station.
Reusable Plate and Utensils: To cut down on waste, we encourage everyone to bring usable kitchen ware. There will be wash stations for your use. Thank you for doing your part to keep our ecological footprint to a minimum through conscious efforts of reusing, reducing, and recycling.
Garbage, Compost and Recycling Bags/Containers: Please help us in our sustainability efforts by keeping track of your garbage, compost and recyclables. We will have designated stations to use, but you will likely want something to transport waste in from your campsite.
Layers and Swimsuit: You will want to bring additional layers of clothing beyond what is necessary in the daytime in order to stay warm during early morning sadhana (spiritual practices) and late night stargazing, as well as a swimsuit if you have any ambitions of getting into the on-site river or nearby lake at any point.
Bike and Comfortable Shoes: We encourage you to bring a bike for cruising around the festival grounds in exploration, or to get to and from classes. And while sandals and bare feet will be appropriate at times, please bring comfortable shoes for getting between classes and for exploring our 13+ miles of wooded trails.
Journal/Notebook: With all of the classes, new people, and wonderful memories you create, you will want a place to record it all!
Smiling Face: Together, we create a positive experience for each other. By hanging out with your campsite neighbors, partnering with someone you’ve just met in class, or offering someone a coconut water, you help create a stronger and more positive YogaFest community, and our communal energy of love will also send vibrations of harmony out into the world. YogaFest is your festival. YogaFest is for us all.
What can’t I bring?
Song of the Morning is a drug free, alcohol free, tobacco free, firework and firearm free venue. Please also no glass or charcoal stoves. Thank you for respecting the Yogic Tradition by following these rules.
Is there a refund policy?
Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable. However, if something comes up and you cannot make it, you are able to transfer the name on your ticket to someone else. Just log back into your regonline.com account and follow the instructions.
What if it rains?
Rain or shine, we will be celebrating!