Alivenfest: Inaugural Yoga Festival Set for Aug. 12-14 at Beech Mountain Resort

Published Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 3:34 pm

By Jessica Isaacs and Jessica Lyons

Unwind and open your mind at Beech Mountain Resort’s inaugural Alivenfest yoga festival this weekend, Aug. 12-14. Purchase a pass for all three days or pick and choose which events you want to attend.

Alivenfest comes to the resort following an increase in the popularity of its growing yoga program.

“We started offering yoga classes three years ago. It is very popular and in high demand,” said Talia Freeman, director of marketing at BMR. “Next year, we may need to open an additional class. People love it!

Cara Pittman

Cara Pittman

“The resort will be a host for this because we see the importance of a healthy lifestyle and we wanted to create an event that had a focus on wellness,” Freeman said. “We liked the concept of Alivenfest and thought it would work well here.”

Cara Pittman, Banner Elk native and yoga instructor at BMR, will lead the inaugural festival.

“I grew up in the area and began studying yoga at ASU. At first, I was attracted to the physical benefits of yoga, then I fell in love with the way yoga began affecting me mentally. Everything in my body began to change and my mind was much clearer,” said Pittman. “In 2014, I moved to Colorado to start a mindfulness center that was focused on teaching people how to control their own stress levels. It was there that I developed a passion for bringing these teachings back to my roots; back to the place that I love.

“So, Talia and I started talking and we created this weekend for people to learn all types of skills that will lower stress and enhance their lives. I truly believe that, as we make ourselves better and follow our hearts and find the passions that live within us, we will make the world better.”

Jenna Thompson

Alivenfest will feature Pittman and other yoga instructors, including Gretchen Giffin, Jenna Thompson and Lisa Pardy. Guest speakers will include Derek Van Atta, meditation and yoga teacher, founder of Sarvaa Super Food and author of Your Abundance Now; Gretchen Giffin, certified life coach and spiritual advisor; Craig Holliday, professional counselor and spiritual advisor, author of Fully Human, Fully Divine, Awakening to Our Innate Beauty Through Embracing Our Humanity.

“I think the event is a unique opportunity for people to learn yoga, or to enhance their own practice. Alivenfest is a weekend to inspire people to come “alive” to the greatness that lives within them,” Pittman said. “We have an incredible meditation teacher from Colorado coming up to teach, and a blend of local teachers who are all passionate about their teachings.”

One-, two- or three-day passes are available for purchase for $70, $120 and $197, respectively.

Single class tickets can also be purchased for $20 in cash between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the group sales office at the resort.

If you plan to attend, don’t forget to bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, a journal, snacks and a jacket.

For more information, visit alivenfest.com.

 

Alivenfest Schedule:

 

FRIDAY 

Registration drop in: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Drop in between 11-3 to receive your pass + ask any questions for your weekend.

Location: Group Sales

Guided Hike: 1-2:30 p.m.

A 1.5 hour hike through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Location: Meet on View Haus Deck

Yoga + Intention: 3-3:30 p.m.

A short 30 minute class mixed with yoga, meditation + intention setting to inspire and prepare you for your upcoming weekend.

Location: Alpen Haus

Meditation + Mindfulness Basics: 4-5 p.m.

Most of us live in a way where we are chronically stressed or lost in mental and emotional confusion. When we sit down to meditate, instead of finding peace, most of us find confusion within ourselves.

Join us for mindfulness and meditation basics to develop a strong daily meditation practice and discover a true and stable inner peace within

Location: Alpen Haus

Yoga Flow: 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Expand your heart and your mind in this yoga flow class with Jenna Thompson. Emphasis on proper alignment and flowing postures with breathe.

Location: Grass

Vision Board: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do + Vision boards are a powerful tool in manifesting the life that you dream.

Enjoy making a vision board for yourself in this creative class.

Location: Brewery

Silent Meditation + Journaling: 6-7 p.m.

Sit in nature. Listen.

A short silent meditation followed by journaling. No rules.

Location: The quiet place

Hike + Sunset Yoga: 7-8:30 p.m.

Explore the mountains in the most magical time of day. A hike to the top of

The mountain with a yoga session at the top, surrounded by incredible

Views. A hike back down the mountain after.

Warning: This is a strenuous hike.

Location: Meet at Viewhaus, hike to 5506

 

 

SATURDAY

Hike + Morning Yoga: 7:30-9 a.m.

Begin your day on the right foot. Hike to the top of the mountain and a yoga blend at the top of the mountain filled with gratitude + a short meditation. Hike back to the base.

Warning: This is a strenuous hike

Location: Meet at View Haus, Hike to 5506

Vast Mind Meditation: 10-11:15 a.m.

The nature of awareness is vast, free, and luminous. All happiness can be found here. In this meditation we will explore the nature of awareness and the nature of thought. We will examine how we fill and how our experience changes, when we believe what we think

We will also examine: -Where do my thoughts come from? Are we what we think? Who am I without my thoughts?

Location: Alpen Haus

Vinyasa Flow Yoga: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

A moving meditation. Flowing with your breath, moving through postures.

Location: Alpen Haus

Flower Crown making: noon to 1 p.m.

Learn to make your own flower crown

Location: Brewery Deck

Our True Nature: 1:15-2:45 p.m.

What exactly is our true nature? Is it dependent on us feeling good and having a stress free life?   Or is our true nature something much more profound and not dependent upon outward circumstances? If our true nature is what we truly are, why is it that most of us, do not freely live within our own truth? Together we will investigate these questions and more.

Location: Alpen Haus

Live Music at 5506′ w/ Shelby Rae Moore: 2:30-5 p.m.

Location: 5506’

Chakra Balancing: 3:15-4 p.m.

Sound meditation + gentle flows to align your energy

Location: Alpen Haus

Yoga, meditation, + mantras: 5-6:30 p.m.

Learn sweet mantras, a little flow, and a little meditation. Just what the doctor ordered to have you feeling fine.

Location: Alpen Haus

Silent Meditation + Journaling: 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Sit in nature. Listen.

A short silent meditation followed by journaling. No rules.

Location: The quiet place

Hike + Sunset Yoga: 7-8:30 p.m.

Explore the mountains in the most magical time of day. A hike to the top of

The mountain with a yoga session at the top, surrounded by incredible

Views. A hike back down the mountain after.

Warning: This is a strenuous hike.

Location: Meet at Viewhaus, hike to 5506

 

 

SUNDAY

Hike + Morning Yoga: 7:30-9 a.m.

Begin your day on the right foot. Hike to the top of the mountain and a yoga blend at the top of the mountain filled with gratitude + a short meditation. Hike back to the base.

Warning: This is a strenuous hike

Location: Meet at View Haus, Hike to 5506’

Guided Hike: 10-11:30 a.m.

Hike through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Location: Meet at View Haus

Vinyasa Flow: 11 a.m. to noon

A moving meditation. Flowing with your breath, moving through postures.

Location: 5506’

Awakening with Heart: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Deep within us, there are two hearts: an emotional heart ,which is often a place of stored heartache or pain and a spiritual heart, which is wise, brilliant and Divine.

In this Dharma talk Craig will help us to access the deep spiritual heart and from this space let go of and heal our past pain or confusion. It is through this profound connection with our true heart space that we are able to access deeper levels of intuition and spiritual insight. Without access to the heart, we live a life at the mercy of our own mental and emotional confusion. Join us for deeper investigation of the heart.

Location: Alpen Haus

Partner Thai Massage: 1-2:30 p.m.

Thai massage is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, ayurvedic principals and assisted yoga postures. Learn the basics of Thai Massage and practice the art of giving and receiving.

Location: Alpen Haus

Silent Meditation: 1:15-1:45 p.m.

Silent meditation in nature. No rules.

Location: The quiet place

Yin Yoga: 2-3 p.m.

Soft, smooth, gentle, and transforming. Perfect way to end your weekend.

Location: Alpen Haus

 

 

 

 

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