A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Barefoot and Free Yoga fest in Michigan (Metro Detroit) for the very first time, anddd… I brought some special guests with me as well. Yep. I let the little ones tag along and I even talked their Dad into joining in on the yogi fun. Ha. 🙂
I definitely think this is a fun summer activity for the family. Here is the breakdown of my experience at the Barefoot and Free Yoga Festival.
First things first, let me just say, this event takes place right in the center of the woods of Proud Lake. Yes, we were literally immersed in the great outdoors allll day, (Thankfully, the weather was absolutely perfect the entire day). So, if you are not an outdoorsy kind of person, this event isn’t for you. Just saying. We love being out in nature, so this was right up our alley.
We arrived bright and early at 7:30am and didn’t leave until about 9 that night. We were literally at this event with our toddler and five year old for over 13 hours! However, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. We actually all really enjoyed it. Here is a breakdown of our activities for the day:
- 60 minute Shakti Yoga Session
- Playground and Bounce House Visit with the Kids
- 60 minute Aerial Yoga Session
- Yoga N Play for the Little Ones
- Chakra Healing and Balancing Session
- 60 minute AcroYoga Session
- Chair Massages
- Abundance Yoga Flow and Acupuncture
Our Shakti yoga session was the perfect way to start our day. There is nothing like an outdoor yoga session early in the morning. This was also the perfect activity to set our intentions for the day and to de-stress. It was truly a magical moment as the sun peaked in between the trees and the gentle breeze glazed over our skin. My five year old even got to help out one of the instructors with the healing touch portion of the session. She really enjoyed doing that. She said it made her feel “extra special,” and she felt like she had superpowers.
The kids enjoyed joining in on a yoga flow for children, acro yoga, and a horse and acro show. My five year old also really enjoyed the foot massage she received and watching me get acupuncture. I enjoyed each activity I was part of, and it was an excellent way to squeeze in an entire day of self-care. Below I have listed some pros and cons of attending this event, to help you decide if this is something you would do in the future.
- There were lots of bathrooms readily available near each activity.
- There was a good variety of activities to try.
- Lots of options to keep you busy all day.
- Family-friendly event
- Activities for kids
- Water fill-up stations
- You get to enjoy beautiful nature
- Perfect opportunity to get grounded as you walk around barefoot
- Lots of friendly people
- Live music
- Food Vendors onsite
- Campsite available
- Lots of cool vendors onsite
- Perfect event to squeeze in some self-care activities
- Great opportunity to learn new yoga skills and healing techniques
- LOTSSSS of walking long distances. We did over 20,000 steps at this event!
- Limited parking space
- Short (30min) time frames in between events so you may feel kind of rushed.
Overall, this was a very fun summer activity, and I do plan on going if they do it again next year. 🙂
Did you attend Barefoot and Free Yoga this year? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments below.