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Bhakti Fest Returns to Madison in July

The second annual Bhakti Fest Midwest 2013: The Festival of Yoga, Kirtan and Wisdom, will be held at Willow Island Alliant Energy Center, in Madison, Wisconsin, from July 5 to 7. Called “the spiritual Woodstock of the New Millennium,” the festival features the most prominent kirtan (chanting) artists, yoga teachers and workshop leaders from around the world.

Yoga teachers include Saul David Raye, Govinddas and Radha and Yoga Slackers, along with Milwaukee’s Pam Bliss and Chicago’s Daren Friesen. Kirtan artists include Jai Uttal, Wah! and Dave Stringer; Milwaukee’s Ragani; Minneapolis’ Kirtan Path, Wild Moon Bhaktas and Sitara and Kalyani with Pavan Kumar; and Chicago’s Amy and the Bliss Tribe and Rich Logan.
H.H. Pujiya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj, one of India’s most beloved spiritual leaders, will give the keynote address. In addition, David Haberman, professor of religious studies at Indiana University, will speak on revelations of divine love in the Bhagavad Gita, and 15 other workshops will be offered.

The festival includes extensive breathwork classes, as well as a marketplace with eco-friendly vendors of high-vibrational food, yoga gear, clothing and crafts.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Use promo code nawakeningsmw to save $50 per ticket.

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