Yoga Festival Frequently Asked Questions
Three days of music, movement, health, vegetarian food & fun! You can choose from lectures on health and wellness, a wide range of yoga classes, music, yummy vegetarian food, live music and guided meditation along with lots of outside fun like a zipline, ropes course, canoeing, an observatory and swimming pool! Absolutely plan on coming, it will be phenomenal!
Where is the festival being held?
YMCA Camp Oakes, California – 47400 Monte Vista Drive – Big Bear, CA 9231
What are the festival dates?
August 21, 22 & 23 in 2015
What should I bring?
We love the mountains, but weather can vary and you should plan accordingly. In August the days can be warm, and the nights cool. Bring hats, sunscreen, and appropriate clothes. If you plan on spending time in the water, bring swim gear. If you are camping or using our accommodations, make sure to bring any necessary items to make your stay fun and relaxing. Make sure you bring your bedding and towels! Oh, and of course your yoga mat and any props you prefer using! A blanket or meditation cushion is helpful if you plan to participate in meditation. You may also want to bring a notebook and pen, a refillable water bottle, slip-on shoes and of course, comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely.
What is going on at the festival?
We have multiple yoga classes going on over three days, including music, movement classes, lectures on health and wellness, guided meditation and more! Also our location has a small lake for canoeing, a swimming pool and observatory! Come ready for fun and willing to share in your great energy!
Can I bring my pet?
Sorry, but ABSOLUTELY no pets whatsoever (except service animals). “All Service Animals must wear visible Service Animal ID at all times, such as a vest or harness. Service Animals must accompany their guardian at all times and cannot be left alone outside, in tents, dorms, etc. If you need special assistance with your Service Animal, please contact us in advance.”We love animals, but they should stay home where they are safe.
How far is the festival from Big Bear or other amenities?
The festival location is about 15 – 20 minutes away from Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City. We love Big Bear, so make sure you take time to check it out too! Lots of shopping, great hikes and don’t miss the lake! Grocery stores, restaurants, banks and hotels are just a short drive.
Is there cell phone coverage or internet access?
Some mobile phones work, but there is spotty coverage. Wireless internet is available in the main building.
Do I need to bring water?
FREE water is readily available from the camp’s own well! Right from Mother Nature!
Are children welcome?
YES! Children are welcome! We do NOT provide child care, please plan accordingly. There are plenty of family-friendly activites – ping pong, swimming pool, canoeing, climbing wall, and more!
Who should come to the festival? What about people new to yoga?
Everyone is welcome! Anyone new to yoga is especially welcome – we have beginning, easy and introductory classes just for you! This is a wonderful opportunity to explore and try something new! More experienced students will also have a wide range of classes to pick from, and an opportunity to deepen your practice. Bring an open mind!
What is included in the registration cost?
In addition to your choice of workshops, lectures and classes with master yoga teachers, you have access to: Guided Morning Meditations, Meditation space by the Lake, Canoeing, Climbing Wall, High Ropes Course, swimming pool, live music, Observatory, Ping Pong, Sand Volleyball, Horseshoes and more! Transportation, vegetarian meals, and lodging are not included in basic fees. Packages are available that include vegetarian meals, which we encourage you to take advantage of. Lodging is not included, but we offer camping and dorm style accommodations.
Are meals included in the price of the festival?
Vegetarian meals are not included in basic fees. However, packages are available that include vegetarian meals at a very reasonable cost. We encourage you to take advantage of the vegetarian meals packages and break bread with yoga teachers and fellow students!
What is the cancellation and refund policy?
So sorry, but ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS. Ticket includes all kirtans, yoga classes, lectures and workshops from August 21 – 23, 2015. Camping and on-site housing are sold separately. You may transfer a ticket to a friend if you can’t attend. Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the accommodations?
We have many wonderful housing options for you! There is RV and camping, rustic bunk houses with bunk-beds, and dormitory bunk-bed accommodations. You can also find hotel accommodations in town, about 15 – 20 minutes away.
Is there a check-in procedure at the festival?
You must check in at the festival at the venue. You must have a photo ID or a copy of your registration records to sign in. Festival badges will be presented to you upon check-in and will be your only admission to events. Badges MUST be presented at the door to be admitted. If you loose your badge, there will be a $20 badge replacement fee. You will also be given an Festival Schedule and Map, filled with event times and a map to find your workshops.
Can I pass help spread the word about the Big Bear Yoga Festival?
Yes! We would love your help! Please email us at: email@example.com
Is there storage of my personal items like yoga mats during meals?
]No, there is no storage for your belongings. We strongly discourage bringing any valuables to the festival. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items throughout the festival.
What should I expect at the festival?
Expect a beautiful yoga event in the San Bernardino Mountains. We play under the sun and stars. Our yoga workshops are held inside and outside. Music is by the campfire. The vending area is simple. We have showers, bathrooms, and a pool. More than anything, expect a welcoming and fun festival full of music, movement, health, vegetarian food and fun!
What is the festival camping like?
The festival offers primitive tent camping in the festival camping area with other festival goers. We have showers, a pool, bathrooms, etc. RV camping is also invited, but there is NO HOOK-UPs.!
Will tickets be mailed to me when I register?
All you need is the name or email you registered with you can bring a copy of your receipt.
Can I come early and stay late?
No, our location is not available early or after the event. However, we encourage you to explore the cities of Big Bear City and Lake. There are accommodations and plenty to do in town!
What are the food options?
Food is included in the cost of attendance in some of the ticket options. Vegetarian and vegan food options will be available. This is a festival for everyone, and we would like to create an environment where all people feel welcome. If you diet requires other food options, you may wish to bring food. However, there is not food storage or preparation spaces. Fires are not permitted.
Can I bring my own food?
Yes! You may bring and prepare your own food. However, there is not food storage or preperation spaces. Fires are not permitted.
Do I need yoga experience to attend the classes?
You do not need any experience for the majority of classes. All our teachers are trained professionals, and can accommodate beginners. Classes are marked by level of difficulty. Classes geared towards intermediate or advanced students are identified for your information.
Can I bring a pop-up canopy or screen house?
Yes, we encourage you to bring your free standing canopy or screen house to protect you from the elements. They must be free standing, not tied to trees. They must be reasonably sized for your party. It must weighted down, or be staked down properly.
Is there a pool, bathrooms, running water, showers?
What if camping is not my thing?
We also offer rustic bunk accommodations along with dorm style accommodations. You can also bring an RV. There are many very nice hotels within a few miles.
What may I not bring?
Please, no pets. No loud music. No drinking and no drugs. No selling things without a vendors spot. Sorry, NO alcohol. NO judgment.
Can I get tickets at the door?
Do I have to sign up for classes in advance?
No. All of the classes are open to all festival goers with tickets, first come first serve. You may choose to take whichever classes you wish, when you wish.
How do I get to the Big Bear Yoga Festival?
The festival is easy to drive to, and is within a few hours drive from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Orange County, and San Diego. We encourage people to carpool! Coming from a distance, you can fly into the Ontario Airport. There are a few commuter buses too.
What are my options if I am on a budget?
We love volunteers and they get discount festival tickets – contact us to find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org Another option is to buy your ticket in advance or from a teacher or presenter that will be at the festival! They have a limited number of Special Price Tickets. Lower ticket prices are available if you take advantage of the Early Bird tickets. Day passes are also available at low costs. Group discounts are available too, contact us with groups of 5 or more!
Do I have to pay extra to take Yoga Classes and Workshops?
What does my admission ticket grant me?
Full access to all Music, Yoga Classes, Workshops, and offerings like the Climbing Wall, Ropes Course, swimming pool, observatory and more!
We want you to have the best time at the Big Bear Yoga Festival! Bring yourself and your amazing gifts and energy to share. Leave any worry, let it wash away as you travel to come to the mountains and open your heart to an amazing experience. Focus on bliss, having an open heart and open mind. Say hello to someone new, met a new friend, give someone a hug and connect with new people. Share your thanks and appreciation with the musicians, volunteers and teachers! YOU ARE A BLESSING