Celebrate your Life, GreenFest, Yoga and More

While online courses, webinars and conference calls are all great tools for learning and expanding, there is something different about attending workshops or conferences in person. Physically attending an event can create a hands-on, experiental learning, and a sense of community as you meet other people and share your experiences.

There are many events that focus on mind-body-spirit health and wellness, and living greener and more sustainably. Here are several events worth checking out:

The Celebrate Your Life! conference is an extraordinary event that features some of the country’s best-selling authors. Thousands of participants fly in from all over the world to learn from dozens of renowned teachers in the areas of relationships, personal growth, and self-awareness.

Some of the keynote speakers include: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., one of the most widely known and respected teachers in the field of self-development; Byron Katie, named by Time magazine, “Spiritual Innovator for the New Millennium”; James Van Praagh, author of Talking to Heaven, and Meditations; and Gregg Braden. Other presenters include Brian Weiss, Neale Donald Walsch, Sonia Choquette , Dr. Darren Weissman, Debbie Ford, Cheryl Richardson, John Holland, Alan Cohen, Bruce Lipton, SARK, Iyanla Vanzant, Julie Murphy Casserly, Glynis McCants, Judith Orloff, Gay Hendricks, Kathlyn Hendricks, and Elizabeth Lesser.

The Celebrate Your Life! event takes place in Phoenix, Arizona, Nov. 13-15, 2009 with pre and post workshops available. More information is available here.

Green Festival, a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America, celebrates sustainable communities. It begins with finding solutions to help make our lives healthierósocially, economically and environmentally. Individuals along with business and community leaders come together to discuss critical issues that impact us at home and abroad. Organizations and businesses showcase programs and products that restore the planet and all that inhabit it.

More than 125 renowned authors, leaders and educators are involved in GreenFestivals; there are also great how-to workshops, films, activities for kids, organic beer and wine, delicious vegetarian cuisine, and diverse live music. The event also features more than 350 eco-friendly businessesóeverything from all-natural body care products and organic cotton clothing to Fair Trade gifts and beautiful kitchen tiles made from renewable resources.

See the most recent developments in renewable energy and green technology; sample Fair Trade chocolate and coffee (yes, they really do taste better); and learn how to invest in your community, green your home and avoid products made in sweatshops.

Green Festival takes place in San Francisco, CA., Nov. 13-15, 2009. More information is available here. In 2010, festivals will be held in Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

The Yoga Journal Conferences is a unique experience with the master teachers youíve read about in Yoga Journal magazine. Experiencing their instruction live will deepen your practice. Each conference includes panel discussions between renowned yogis, keynote speeches by well-known authors and experts, benefit events, yoga demos, live music, a community-connection gathering and the yoga marketplace, one-stop shop for everything yoga.

The 2010 Yoga Journal Conferences will take place in San Francisco, Boston, Colorado, and Florida. For specific dates and more information, click here.

Our next post will feature festivals and conferences around the globe. In the meantime, what other green festivals are going on in your neighborhood or community? Share your favorite healthy and green living festivals below!


Carole R.
Carole R6 years ago

Sounds great! Wish I could be there.

Robert O.
Robert O7 years ago


Liz D.
Liz D.7 years ago

Yes!! The Celebrate Your Life conference is awesome! There is one coming up in Chicago in June. Very uplifting, enlightening and motivating!

Erin R.
Erin R8 years ago

Thanks for sharing!!!

Bee Hive Lady
Fiona O8 years ago

I disagree with everything about this article.

First of all, I have made some of the best friends I have ever had online and through Care 2. Part of the beauty of Care 2 is the profile. You have vital information about another person, with their interests, causes, and lifestyle right away. You, therefore, know what you have things in common.

Second, I have my Masters in Teaching Using Internet Technologies. I know from experience that students can form vibrant virtual learning communities outside of the brick and mortar setting of traditional classrooms. Students can also, through the variety of communication tools available to online students, get to know their professors better and personally as opposed to just being another filled seat in a lecture hall.

Third, all these people coming to a central location from different places in the world is a terrible misuse of energy and contributes to global warming and air pollution.

I think the Interment will always be the greenest solution to adult and continuing education. Every other mode of information exchange requires the use of fossil fuels and has the expected deplorable mismanagement of what energy is available. The online student also has the advantage of the computer's memory in reviewing everything involved in the learning experience.

It is the responsibility of everyone involved in any kind of learning to see how much can be accomplished through online learning initially because of the three a

Saikku Jarvinen
Saikku Jarvinen8 years ago

i do yoga in wii-fit :P

Rachel R.
Rachel L8 years ago

these seem really inspiring :)

i like the article picture

Sheila Scheibl
Sheila Scheibl8 years ago

I can't wait! Thank you so much for posting the Chicago Green Fest! PLEASE keep us informed for more details!

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M8 years ago

I've attended the San Francisco Green Festival the past 2 years, and plan to go this year also. My membership with Green America includes free entry into the Festival. It's a wonderful experience with a multitude of like-minded folks, and a chance to see first hand many 'green' goods, foods, and folks. I highly recommend attending!

Shawn W.
Past Member 8 years ago

I really love to be a part of this Conferences. These Conferences are a unique experience that will deepen your practice with instruction from the master teachers you’ve read about in Yoga Journal. Now You can experience them live! I am eagerly looking forward for it.