Festival to stretch bodies, minds

September 02, 2007

KarmaFest 2007, a holistic/psychic/yoga festival, will be held Saturday and Sept. 9 at the 4-H Campground in Rocks State Park, 3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road, Jarrettsville.

This festival was conceived by Patricia Hawse, a Pylesville resident who found benefit in yoga and meditation while in Louisiana with the Red Cross doing relief work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Hawse endeavored to spread the word about these stress-relieving activities.

Admission is $8 a day or $10 for a weekend pass (purchased in advance), and provides the opportunity to participate in yoga, meditation, lectures and more.

Unlimited yoga classes will be conducted by certified ISHTA yoga instructor Heather Lilly. No previous yoga experience is required.

The festival also will features lectures on topics such as acupuncture, angels, channeling, aromatherapy and Reiki. Also free each morning is Guided Imagery Meditation, facilitated by LEOTHA, a shaman from San Diego.

In the afternoons, LEOTHA will conduct a shamanic journey (for an additional fee).

Reflexologists, massage therapists and Reiki masters also will provide services.

An important aspect of the KarmaFest is the pristine setting of Rocks State Park, with Deer Creek running through thick woodland and large rocks.

"Last year's participants agreed that the energy there is just perfect for such an event," Hawse said.

The festival also offers a variety of food, prepared by Classy Ladies Catering, including vegetarian dishes such as hummus and vegetarian chili as well as sandwiches and desserts.

Participants are welcome to bring their own picnic lunch.

Hawse will offer services from her new business venture, Soul Purpose Productions. The business will be a vehicle for holistic product ideas and inventions as well as a production outlet for movies and television shows related to those interests. Its current project is a movie written by Hawse called Karma and Grace based on the life of Edgar Cayce, the noted psychic and medical intuitive famous in the 1940s.

Information: 410-446-2569 or www.karmafest.com.

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