World Yoga Festival

Sunday 31st July 2022, 12 midday. Henley-on-Thames

Four rejuvenating days incorporating yoga asana from many different lineages, pranayama, meditation, non-duality, Ayurveda, chanting, kirtan, wisdom talks and music concerts in a series of large, decorated and carpeted marquees set in a country park beside the river Thames.

The World Yoga Festival, hosted by The Arsha Kula Foundation (UK Registered Charity No. 1171708), is bringing together the most revered collection of teachers in yoga, meditation and wisdom gathered together in one glorious 4-day open-air festival on 28th – 31st July 2022 in the grounds of Henley Showground, Marlow Road, Henley-on-Thames RG9 3AS. Somewhere between retreat and festival, you will find ample time to relax and enjoy the entertainment as well as discover a deep and profound learning of yoga as a way of life.

The location is close to major transport corridors making access to it easy by car, train or air.

Date: Thursday 28th July – Sunday 31st 2022

Time: Chanting with Nikki is at 12:00pm on Sunday 31st July 2022.

Fees: from £79 for an Adult One-day ticket, depending on options you choose.

Venue: The World Yoga Festival will be held at the stunning grounds of Henley Showground, Marlow Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 3AS.

Booking: This event is organised by the Advaya Initiative, click here to book your tickets through World Yoga Festival website

Yoga practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago and is now popular throughout the world. Yoga can be the path to total health and fitness of the mind and body but only when approached in a holistic manner.

The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali define yoga as “the stilling of the changing states of the mind”. The eight astanga (limbs) of yoga are as follows:

  • Yama – Moral or ethical code
  • Niyama – Self purification and sturdy
  • Asana – Postures
  • Pranayama – Breath Control
  • Pratyahara – Withdrawing of the mind from the senses
  • Dharana – Concentration
  • Dhyana – Deep Meditation
  • Samadhi – Union with the object of meditation

But only Asana and Pranayama are regularly practiced leaving the majority of the other faces of Yoga unexplored. This festival has been created to explore all aspects of Yoga in a fun and enjoyable way. The festival gathers together a revered collection of Yoga masters from all disciplines in a tranquil and serene setting embedded in nature.

This is your opportunity to learn the following from true masters of Yoga, Meditation & Wisdom.

Accommodation 

The World Yoga Festival site at Henley Showground, part of the Culden Faw Estate in Henley-on-Thames, has ample space available for camping, has ample space available for camping. Entry for full Thursday-Sunday pass-holders includes camping – sorry, no dogs allowed (except assistance dogs). You are encouraged to bring your own tent and quality toilets and showers will be close at hand. Drinking water will be available on site. We have a NO open fire and NO barbecue policy. Please ensure you recycle wherever possible and leave no trace in this area of natural beauty.

The festival opens at 5pm on Thursday 28th July 2022 and pitches will be available no earlier than this time. For an addition charge, you may bring and use your own camper van (no hook up available).

The festival maximises the whole day and there are activities going on from 7.00am in the morning till 10.00pm at night. Participants are encouraged to stay on site to take full advantage of the variety of activities offered. All campers must leave the site by 10 am on Monday 1st August 2022.

Festival

How is my ticket money used?

The festival is operated by the Arsha Kula Foundation (www.arshakulafoundation.org) a registered UK Charity (1171708). All funds received through ticket sales, product sales and donations are solely for the benefit of the charity. Any profit is ploughed back into the charity to enable it to deliver more in the future.

What does the festival cover?

The festival covers all aspects of Yoga. Apart from Yoga postures from many of the top lineages, there are classes and talks on pranayama, meditation, non-duality, ayurveda, health and wellness, chanting, kirtan and music concerts from top musicians every evening.

Where is the festival site?

Henley Showground, Marlow Road, Henley-on-Thames RG9 3AS

What are the dates of the festival?

28th – 31st July 2022

Do I need to have experience in yoga?

No, you don’t need experience of yoga. We offer a huge variety of classes to suit everyone’s needs. Our experienced teachers will always check beginners in class and take care of you.

Any rules on conduct I should know about?

Attendees are expected to dress appropriately (nudity is not allowed) and keep noise to a minimum around the teaching tents. Food is not allowed in the tents but you may take bottles of water. Traditionally, when listening to a talk it is considered disrespectful to a teacher to (a) lie down in class, (b) point one’s feet at the teacher and/or (c) use a mobile phone.

Where do I get a programme?

You will be able to download the programme from the web site in the days leading up to the festival (this may be subject to change). Alternatively, printed programmes will be available at the festival Box Office.

What are my transport options getting to the event?

You may arrive by car, train or air. There are options for parking on site (subject to a parking fee). The nearest station is Henley-on-Thames. There will be a shuttle minivan for the short >2.5-mile journey from Henley station to the event for a fee of £3 payable to the driver. The event is within 2 hours from most major UK airports.

Can I have a drink on site?

We are a drug and alcohol-free festival and security will be briefed to honour this and offenders may be ejected from the site without compensation.

Do I have to bring my own water?

There is plenty of fresh drinking water available on site but we do recommend that you bring your own re-usable water bottles.

What is your recycling policy?

We have a 100% recycling policy. All waste placed in the rubbish bins is sorted by hand off-site before being recycled by our waste contractor. You are encouraged to take your waste home with you and leave the site as you found it.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Please refer Useful Information page

When can I arrive at the event?

Gates open at 5pm on Thursday and last entry each evening is strictly 9pm. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the entry gate opens at 6.30am and last entry is at 9pm each day. If you arrive after this time, you will not be able to enter until 6.30am the following morning.

Can I leave the event and return to it later?

Yes, so long as it is not between 9pm and 6.30am. Please note that the safety of your possessions and camping equipment at the event is your own responsibility. If you leave, intending to return later, you are advised to leave someone looking after your tent.

I have a disability; can I still come to the festival?

We have disabled access toilets, all access to outside structures are at ground level, but on fields that may inhibit movement.

Tickets

What is included in the ticket?

The ticket includes all workshops, sessions, concerts and camping – everything except food and beverages. There is no reason to book any of the individual classes since they are all available to everyone.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You must show a copy of your e-ticket, but this can be either printed or shown on your mobile phone.

Do I need a car park ticket in advance?

Car parking passes will be available at the gate, but to beat the queues we advise that you buy in advance through our ticketing page where they are offered at a discount.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, you may update your registration details via our ticketing partner.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, the ticket is transferrable but only if you notify the organisers of the name changes.

What is the refund policy?

Tickets are strictly non-refundable. In the event of a postponement due to circumstances beyond our control, tickets will be rolled over to the rescheduled dates which may be the following year. If you are unable to make the new dates, you may seek an exchange redeemable against a future instalment of World Yoga Festival. Unfortunately, we are unable to issue refunds in any situation. If the festival is cancelled without rescheduled dates, a refund may be offered at the organiser’s discretion for an admin fee of £25 per ticket.

I have bought tickets but I don’t want to camp, can I get a reduction on my ticket price?

No, the price of camping is included in the ticket price but camping is optional.

Children

Is the festival child friendly?

Yes. We are drug and alcohol-free and it is a safe and nurturing environment. There is a dedicated family area with full programme of children’s activities.

Can I leave my children at the festival?

No. Everyone under 16 has to be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

What do I do if I lose my child?

Make contact with the nearest steward or go to the on-site Box Office.

Accommodation

Do I have to camp?

Apart from camping in your own tent, there are pre-pitched tents and Glamping options on site. There are also many hotels and B&B as well as Youth Hostels suggested on our accommodation page.

If I have a parking ticket, can I exit the site and re-enter?

Yes, your car parking ticket allows unlimited exit and re-entry if you wish to stay off-site overnight, provided it is within the opening hours of 6.30am and 9pm.

What time do I have to leave by?

All full festival pass holders have to leave by 9am on Monday 2nd August. Day pass holders must leave by 11pm on the day of their attendance.

Are caravans and trailer tents allowed?

Yes, but an additional charge applies. You can book passes via the ticket link.

Can I park my car and/or trailer next to my tent?

No, cars and trailers must be parked in the designated parking areas.

Can I park my car and/or trailer next to my tent during loading/unloading?

No, cars and trailers must be parked in the designated parking areas for health and safety reasons. Parking is approximately 200m from the camp site with not far to walk.

Can I camp on the night before if I have a day ticket?

No. Your day ticket gives you access to the event from 6.30am till 11pm on that day only.

Campervans / Trailer tents

Only one ticket is required per caravan / campervan / trailer tent, however, all occupants must be in possession of a valid festival ticket.

Are electric hook-ups available?

No, hook ups are not available.

Are personal generators permitted?

No, personal generators are not permitted.

Is there food on site?

Yes, there are a number of quality food stalls on-site providing a range of tasty vegetarian food with vegan options. The stalls provide food for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as cold and hot drinks of many varieties throughout the day.

Can I bring and cook my own food?

Yes, you may bring and cook food on a small stove. Open fires and BBQs are not allowed for fire safety reasons. This will be strictly enforced and anyone found with an open fire may be ejected from the festival without compensation.

Miscellaneous​

How can I volunteer?

Please get in touch through the Get Involved page.

I’m an artist looking to perform?

We shall be pleased to consider your participation, please contact us on contact[email protected]

I’m a trader looking to have a stall?

We shall be pleased to consider your participation, please contact us on [email protected]

Is there mobile signal?

The site is rural so finding a signal can be a challenge. There is patchy signal. Best to turn phones off when not in use as it taxes battery to search for signal.

Can I charge my mobile phone?

There are facilities at the Box Office to charge mobile phones for a small fee (subject to availability).

Is there an ATM?

There is no ATM on-site and you are encouraged to bring sufficient cash and/or cards with you. There are opportunities to withdraw small amounts from bank cards at the Box Office for a charge of £3 per withdrawal (subject to availability).

What is your Covid-19 safety policy?

Click here to read.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

The email is the first point of contact. If you would like a call back to discuss any issues, please email us with contact details and the best time to call: [email protected]

 

When & where

The World Yoga Festival will be held at the stunning grounds of Henley Showground, Marlow Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 3AS.

Sunday 31st July 2022, 12:00 midday