The 3rd Annual IMAGINE FEST- A Day of Yoga and Music to Benefit Unlikely Heroes

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A Day of Peace, Love and Hope at Imagine Fest. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
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By: @demigoddesspictures

April 28, 2018

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Natalie Backman Spirova

Malibu, CA- Do you believe in making the world a better place through yoga, meditation, multigenerational collaboration and teamwork? Yoga teacher Natalie Backman Spirova does! And she is doing just that with her successful manifestation of Imagine Fest– a bohemian-inspired Yoga & Live Sacred Music Festival that gives all of its proceeds to the non-profit Unlikely Heroes, a Los Angeles-based charity that rescues and rehabilitates child victims of sex trafficking domestically and abroad.

The third annual free-spirited outdoor music and yoga event took place last weekend on the beautiful rustic grounds of Peter Strauss Ranch in Malibu. A community-based core of 100+ volunteers that included students, professionals, yogis, artists, musicians and kids all came together to spend a day in nature and share the message of peace, love and compassion for all living creatures.

Live Music at Imagine Fest. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Live Music at Imagine Fest. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

The idea for Imagine Fest was born when founder Spirova read a small article about Unlikely Heroes in LA Yoga Magazine in 2014. She tore out the page and contacted UH founder Erica Greve, resolving to do something to bring hope, love and light to those in need. Thus, Imagine Fest was born.

Young volunteers spreading the message of HOPE. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Young volunteers spreading the message of HOPE. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Using her experience in event planning, Spirova produced the first Imagine Fest in September 2015 with a powerhouse team of volunteers, attracting more than 2,000 attendees.

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Sacred tents were set up for meditating and yoga. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Spirova was inspired to name Imagine Fest after the John Lennon song Imagine. “I choose to believe this ‘imagined’ world is a possibility,” she says. “I choose to believe that each of us has the power to affect positive change in our own lives, our community and in the lives of other human beings all over the world. I choose to believe that it can be as simple as stepping out of our daily concerns to focus our attention on the role we all must play in transitioning from what we currently are, to what we can become.”

Plenty of food trucks and drink stations for attendees. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Plenty of food trucks and drink stations for attendees. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

A Sacred day in nature. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

A Sacred day in nature. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Now in its third year, Imagine Fest offered a strong lineup of yoga taught by top SoCal instructors including Sesa O’Conner, Mary Bruce, Julie Kundert, Daniel Stewart and Sri Hari Moss; meditation was led by Tracee Stanley and John Vosler, and inspirational speakers Erica Greve, SriMati and De Jur.

Prayer Mala bead and Yoga Instructor Alexa. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Prayer Mala bead and Yoga Instructor Alexa. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

The heart of the festival came from live music performances by Shawni and conscious music collective Satsang as well as kirtan with Daniel Stewart and Govind Das & Radha. In the gypsy camp-inspired Vendor Village, local artisans sold clothing, hand-crafted jewelry, skin care, unique gifts and collectibles. Additional experiences included children’s programming with the Peace Guardians, sound healing, reiki, kirtan, acro yoga and healthy delectable cuisine from local food trucks.

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Entrance to the Vendor Village. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

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Wicked Lekker Rooibos Tea Founders Mylan Janoplis & Pamela Stahl. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Wicked Lekker Rooibos Tea Founders Mylan Janoplis & Pamela Stahl. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

H2 Life reps. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

H2 Life reps. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

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Holistic healing tents. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

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Masters in Social Work: Vasanti Dasi & Ambika Dasi. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Masters in Social Work: Vasanti Dasi & Ambika Dasi. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Outdoor sacred music. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Outdoor sacred music. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

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Flower making. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

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Imagine Fest is ideal for conscious community members of all ages in the greater Los Angeles area. Bring the whole tribe! Including friendly dogs!

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Sharing a tender moment…Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Unlikely Heroes is a local non-profit organization committed to rescuing and rehabilitating child victims of sex-trafficking in countries such as Nigeria, Thailand, the Philippines, Mexico and the United States.

Unlikely Heroes. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Unlikely Heroes. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

For more info about UNLIKELY HEROES, click HERE 

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To Attend or Volunteer at the next Imagine Fest, Click HERE

 

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Christy Oldham is an acclaimed multi-hyphenate- a director, screenwriter, producer and actress. Her headlining credit includes the feature film "Barracuda" (Released in 2014 by Maverick Entertainment Group) which earned her critical filmmaker acclaim including 3 Best Picture awards at multiple U.S. film festivals. In 2012, she founded the film production company Demi Goddess Pictures and its subsidiary media arm Demi Goddess Chronicle- with both companies creating content that champions woman empowerment. She is also a published author and entrepreneur. In 2006, she opened the Los Angeles pet care business Healthy Dogs Pet Sitting Service- a company that provides a number of services to some of Hollywood’s biggest names. She penned and self-published the book "Christy Oldham’s Manual to a Happy & Healthy Dog" and donates on-going proceeds from book sales to various animal rights groups and charity’s. Additionally, she is the author of the fictional literary foray "Finley & The Emerald Volcano: The Search for the Missing Cauldron" (volume one in a series) that she also self-published and adapted into screenplay. "Finley" is currently in development as a movie. In 2016, she directed 3 episodes of "Vape Warz", a post-apocalyptic web series (season one) that she also wrote and produced, and that has guest appearances by pop icons Ron Jeremy and Jeff "The Dude" Dowd aka The Big Lebowski. "Vape Warz" made its premier debut in Cannes where it won an Honorable Mention at The Mediterranean Film Festival and is now streaming in Japan, Germany, UK and USA on AMAZON Video Direct with season two in development. Christy lives in Los Angeles.

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