festival arrival

Read on for important details about when to arrive, what to bring, and what to expect at the sacred celebration that is YogaFest 2019!

To get to YogaFest at Song of the Morning, follow these directions. It's pretty straightforward to get here, but GPS might lead you astray! Trust these directions over your GPS, and don’t turn on a dirt road until you see the YogaFest and Song of the Morning signs.

Please plan your arrival during Front Gate Hours. These are:

  • Thurs, July 25: Noon - 8 p.m.

  • Fri, July 26: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Sat, July 27: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Sun, July 28: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

For reasons of safety, fairness, organization, and general festival well-being, we must enforce front gate times, so if you arrive outside of these times you WILL NOT BE PERMITTED into the festival. If you are looking to camp in the area for a night, this is a good place to start.

Upon arriving, if you are visiting with a day pass you will be directed to day parking where you can leisurely walk into the festival grounds. If you are camping with a Full Festival Pass, you will be assigned to a campsite by our friendly campground staff, who will take any preferences you have into account and try to fit you into the best available spot based on availability, desires and needs. Campsites will be given on a first come first served basis. We do not have the organizational capacity to take reservations of any kind. Meaning: if you want to be guaranteed to camp with another group, please arrive with them.

After you have unloaded your belongings at your campsite, you will be directed to where you will park your vehicle. For safety, environmental concerns, organization, fairness, to comply with health department requirements and state law, and for the overall good of the festival - including serenity and spiritual integrity - you will be parking your vehicle in designated areas which will not be directly next to your campsite. Most parking will be in comfortable walking distance to the festival, but a golf cart shuttle will be available to assist as needed with transportation to and from the parking areas.

Because you will not be parking next to your campsite, we recommend bringing a cooler with an airtight lid to store food. We are a rustic festival out in the woods, so we can make no guarantees regarding wildlife.

For safety concerns, we must enforce a policy of NO CAMPFIRES at your campsite. Small cookstoves are OK, but please be mindful of them at all times. We do not have ice for sale. The last chance to pick up ice is in Vanderbilt, about 12 miles from festival grounds. There will be all manner of delicious vegetarian food and drinks, including sound infused kombucha as well as coffee and chai tea available for purchase on site.

A few final important pieces of information to keep in mind:

  • Please bring your yoga mat to any program where you will want one to move or sit upon!

  • NO alcohol, NO tobacco, NO drugs. We appreciate your respect for our traditional yogic values.

  • We will do our best to make wi-fi available throughout the festival, but we are a remote location and outages beyond our control are possible. We cannot guarantee unlimited wi-fi access throughout the festival.

  • Cell phone coverage, likewise, is hit or miss, so please do not rely on using your phone or any app to navigate or coordinate while at the festival.

  • Bring a headlamp or flashlight to get around at night.

  • Please: no generators. We are a rustic event which promotes simplicity and serenity.

  • Bring a water bottle, and some extra water for your campsite. There will be a water station in central grounds to fill up your bottle.

  • We are a pack-in pack-out event. If it came with you it should leave with you.

  • We are working towards becoming a Zero Waste festival, and invite you to join these efforts by making conscious consumer decisions, and bringing reusable kitchen ware.

Optional Items that may come in handy:

  • A bicycle! Some of the roads are a little sandy (and so not ideal for biking), but you are welcome to bring yours for zipping around!

  • There are limited Stand-Up-Paddleboards for general use, but if you bring your own board you can join one of the two SUP classes.

  • There is an altar in the Main Tent, next to the Main Stage, where we invite you to place an image of your Guru, God, or whatever is most holy for you. We come together this weekend in sacred celebration of saints and sages of all religions, and the Unified Spirit as it manifests in an infinite variety of forms!

Beyond that, please understand that for the four days you are at Song of the Morning we are one community, and so share in the collective ownership of this festive, joyful, sacred, celebratory experience. Everyone is invited and encouraged to join our Selfless Service Satsang, Meditation, and Chant at 9 a.m. in the Main Tent Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings - when nothing else is going on - to learn about the communal importance of selfless service, and to get involved in this profoundly empowering and uplifting spiritual practice, which forms the backbone of YogaFest and the selfless path to Self-Realization.

On behalf of the entire YogaFest team, we thank you for your cooperation, and look forward to communing, celebrating, practicing, worshiping, laughing and in every way being with you at the festival!

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