Ma­jor spon­sor for fes­ti­val

The Daily Observer - - NEWS - STEPHEN UHLER SUh­ler@post­media.com

The Emerge Yoga Fes­ti­val is quickly be­com­ing the go-to event of the sum­mer.

Be­ing held over the Canada Day week­end, from June 29 to July 2, the yoga and mu­sic event, re­cently wel­comed lu­l­ule­mon Ath­let­ica Inc. as a of­fi­cial spon­sor.

“It is in­cred­i­bly big news that such a large cor­po­ra­tion has put up spon­sor­ship dol­lars to sup­port a first-year event that is not tak­ing place in a metropoli­tan city,” said event or­ga­nizer Chessa Sabourin.

Lu­l­ule­mon, a lead­ing brand in yoga ap­parel in Canada, is a Cana­dian Com­pany that has stores all over the world.

Emerge – Canada’s Yoga Fes­ti­val will fea­ture 80 yoga and med­i­ta­tion classes, as well as work­shops, in open air fa­cil­i­ties from mead­ows to forests and taught by some of the best teach­ers who are fly­ing in from around the world.

Emerge will have 150 en­gage­ments, and will fea­ture well know pre­sen­ters in the yoga world, among them:

Seane Corn is an in­ter­na­tion­ally cel­e­brated yoga teacher known for her im­pas­sioned ac­tivism and in­spi­ra­tional teach­ings that blend phys­i­cal and mys­ti­cal as­pects of yoga. She has graced the cover of most health and life­style mag­a­zines through­out the world, worked with brands like Nike, Se­same Street and launched her own co-founded project, “Off the Mat into the World.”

Ashley Turner is a lead­ing yoga med­i­ta­tion in­struc­tor from Los An­ge­les, Calif. She is an au­thor, or­dained priest­ess and reg­is­tered mar­riage and fam­ily ther­apy in­tern. She has graced the cover of Yoga Jour­nal and sim­i­lar pub­li­ca­tions.

Kia Miller is an in­ter­na­tion­ally tour­ing yoga teacher who has been fea­tured on the cover of Yoga Jour­nal twice and other sim­i­lar pub­li­ca­tions. A for­mer model and ac­com­plished film­maker, her style is to pull from mul­ti­ple yo­gic dis­ci­plines.

Hay House au­thor Tommy Rosen, wrote the book and founded the on­line con­fer­ence Re­cov­ery 2.0 af­ter more than two decades in re­cov­ery and uses yoga as an im­por­tant tool in heal­ing one­self.

Lu­l­ule­mon Global Am­bas­sador Eoin Finn is one of Canada’s most well known yo­gis who is a surfer and philoso­pher.

Lu­l­ule­mon Global Am­bas­sador Ryan Leier is one of Canada’s most cel­e­brated yoga teach­ers. Founder of four One Yoga Stu­dios and am­bas­sador of yoga to com­mu­ni­ties around the world.

Live mu­sic and DJs will be ac­com­pa­ny­ing many of the yoga classes. In the even­ing, mu­si­cians will take to the main stage. Per­form­ers in­clude”

Magic Gi­ant, a band that sounds like Mum­ford and Sons meets Tiesto that has just re­leased its iTunes de­but al­bum.

Boston-based reg­gae band John Brown’s Body has been tour­ing the world for close to 20 years, sell­ing out venues all over the United States.

Toronto based singer/song­writer Chris As­saad just re­leased his pos­i­tively up­lift­ing de­but al­bum pro­duced by the same per­son who pro­duced Ja­son Mraz.

Pop/Soul singer Justin Michael Wil­liams is a cross be­tween Lady Gaga and Sam Smith who saw his al­bum de­but on iTunes at num­ber 17 beat­ing our Brit­ney Spears’ new re­lease that same week.

Ec­static Dance work­shops and late night dance par­ties will hap­pen in the mid­dle of the for­est with in­ter­na­tional tour­ing DJs Sol Ris­ing, Taz Rashid and LA based DJ col­lec­tive Globesonic Sound Sys­tem.

Emerge is the brain­child of Chessa, daugh­ter of renowned Cana­dian mu­si­cian Peter “Sab” Sabourin, who is bring­ing live mu­sic back to the Ot­tawa Val­ley ranch where her fa­ther hosted the fa­bled Sab­stock Mu­sic Festivals for eight years.

Since her fa­ther’s pass­ing two years ago, she has piv­oted the fo­cus of the an­nual fes­ti­val from clas­sic rock to yoga and mu­sic. Yoga will be taught by some of the world’s best, and will in­clude a spe­cial Canada Day cel­e­bra­tion and mu­sic from a ros­ter of in­ter­na­tional tour­ing artists.

“My dad was an in­cred­i­ble mu­si­cian who played with the likes of April Wine, Ron­nie Hawkins and Kris Kristof­fer­son,” Chessa said. “To host live mu­sic again on his prop­erty, ac­com­pa­nied by my pas­sion for yoga, two years af­ter his death will be in­cred­i­bly touch­ing for me. He loved bring­ing com­mu­nity to­gether and al­ways wanted to share its magic.”

Emerge Yoga Fes­ti­val is of­fer­ing all lev­els of ac­com­mo­da­tion on the Woito Sta­tion Road prop­erty in Lau­ren­tian Val­ley, in­clud­ing var­i­ous types of camp­ing, from glamp­ing (stand up tents with linens and ameni­ties) to Queen Camp­ing or King camp­ing (tents pitched for you with air mat­tresses) to reg­u­lar pitch your own tent be­side your car. In ad­di­tion, there are a num­ber of nearby ho­tels and the event will even of­fer show­ers.

Spon­sored, in part, by lu­l­ule­mon, more than 85 ven­dors will be on site, in­clud­ing or­ganic free range food op­tions that fo­cus on health and well­ness. White­wa­ter Brew­ing Com­pany and Savvy Com­pany will sup­ply fine wine and craft beer. And, there will be a vil­lage for shop­ping fea­tur­ing healthy liv­ing prod­ucts, cu­rated re­gional arts and crafts and lo­cally sourced treats for the palate. If you don’t prac­tise yoga, come for the talks, the food, the mu­sic, the shop­ping and the out­door ad­ven­tures to be found deep in the for­est.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, check out the fol­low­ing links:

http://emerge­fes­ti­val.com/ classes

http://emerge­fes­ti­val.com/ mu­sic

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

A yoga class gets un­der­way next to Lit­tle Lake dur­ing the sec­ond an­nual Yoga Fes­ti­val in Peter­bor­ough last year. From June 29 to July 2, yoga en­thu­si­asts will con­verge on the Sabourin farm prop­erty on Woito Sta­tion Road for the in­au­gu­ral Emerge Yoga Fes­ti­val.

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