Acroyoga and acrobatic festivals are unique creations. Different from the familiar form of a music festival where folks come to watch a series of performances, in acroyoga and acrobatic festivals there are no performances or more like it, the festival goers are the performance.
Think of an acroyoga festival (or an acroyoga convention) as a combination of workshops and jams. There are plenty of classes and practice sessions during the festival days and lots of community activities in between. Maybe community is the keyword to understand what acroyoga festivals are all about - strengthen and expand human connections through intensive trainings.
If that’s not elusive enough, some of these events are called “conventions”, which is even further removed from what the rest of the world defines as a “convention”. Acro yoga conventions and festivals are one and the same - two or more days where dozens to hundreds of acro enthusiasts and professionals come together to get a condensed dose of the acrobatic kool aid while mixing with other community members.
There are also many smaller acro yoga festivals organized by either individuals, producers or smaller acro outfits. These are less-structured events that tend to offer a more social experience than a elevate-your-skills type of event.
So when thinking of an acro-yoga festival don’t be held by conventional constraints - it’s a festival if you want it to be. That’s actually how many organizers look at it, the “fest” designation is meant to signal potential participants that the event is going to be a community-driven, happy and flowing gathering of acro enthusiasts.
For example, accommodation. Festivals & acroyoga conventions run the entire spectrum from BYOT & BYONSB (bring your own tent & bring your sleeping bag) to a private room, with a view; practically touching the threshold of an acro yoga retreat. In some cases you can choose the type of accommodation that suits you, in others you are given just a single option; sleeping in your car is always an option as well as booking an AirBNB or a hotel room nearby. It’s basically up to you, how you wish to experience the festival.
Here are a few things to consider before booking to better understand the nature of the event:
Food is also an important consideration as most of us have at least some restrictions or, on the other hand, some red lines we’re just not interested to cross. Some organizers will take care of the food, which will be included in the cost; it would be wise to find out what exactly is entailed as you might want to supplement it. Others will leave it to participants to take care of this on their own entirely.