Miami, Florida – The 3rd Annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art & Dance presents 4-Days of holistic entertainment to engage all of the senses, February 20th-23rd, 2014. Oriented as a ‘lifestyle festival’, in addition to a solid musical foundation of over 50 bands from around the world, the Festival’s Zen Village and Healing Arts Area host numerous wellness workshops and services by practitioners of many healing modalities. Festival organizers create a relaxed, family-friendly environment for arts celebration, wellness practice, community building, and cross-cultural exchange on the beautiful beaches of The Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.
The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival is honored to partner with the Zen Village of Coconut Grove to host the Healing Arts Area, Tea House, daily movement and wellness workshops, and services offered by healers of a variety of modalities, all set in a lovely shaded grove along the water. Festival organizers welcome you to come and allow yourself to set adrift in this relaxing healing current.
Each day of the Festival, The Zen Village and Tea House host Tea Ceremonies, incense and prayer offering, blessing puja, personal prayer beading, Chinese high tea, and protection puja. Throughout the weekend they also host a variety of special events including meditation for beginners, healing drumming, Zen living workshop, and Dr. Love QiGong workshop. Their Zen Tea Ceremonies are hosted by Master Chufei Tsai, who has three decades of tea experience in educating people on using their five senses to bring peace and openness to one’s life.
An abundance of Yoga and other movement workshops also take place each day. Highlights include MC Yogi Workshop (Sunday Feb 23rd 2:30-4pm), Vinyasa Yoga, Tibetan Healing Yoga, Tai Chi, Tensegrity, Vinyasa Yoga with Afrobeta, Laughter Yoga, Hooping Workshops, Dance for Universal Peace and Morning group meditation practice. Most workshops take place in the spacious 10,000 square foot wooden floored Dance Tent along the ocean.
The Healing Arts Area will be open from 10am-6pm daily with Reflexology, Shaitsu, Deep Tissue Massage, Yoga Massage, Thai Massage, Reiki, Prana Healing, Singing Bowls Sound Healing Meditation and more offered.
An incredibly diverse and culturally rich musical lineup creates the Festival’s foundation.
Hip-Hop modern mystic MC Yogi joins Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro-Colombian group ChocQuibTown, Zimbabwe’s national treasure and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Oliver Mtukudzi, the most awarded Bluegrass legend of all time Del McCoury, Latin Grammy Award-winning Best New Artist Sie7e, Trail-Blazing Americana mainstay Donna the Buffalo, current Reggae chart toppers John Brown’s Body, plus tons of hometown heavy-hitters like Spam All-Stars, Locos Por Juana, Suenalo, and Elastic Bond. Over 70 performances scheduled ranging in genre from Cajun to Electronic, Roots Rock, Latin Pop, Country, Hip-Hop and beyond!
Environmental sustainability and ecological preservation are also central elements of the Festival. The Sustainability Fair & Expo is an interactive model of engagement between South Florida businesses and festival attendees. Over the course of the weekend Green Businesses work alongside non-profits to promote a sustainable future for Miami including solar demos, bio-diesel education, urban farming workshops, and more. Biking to the festival is encouraged! Half-priced Sunday tickets are available for all who arrive by bicycle and numerous bike-centric activities are offered throughout the weekend.
The Festival is full of activities for kids and families. The Kid’s Village offers free art projects, musical workshops, story time, kids’ yoga, a playground, games and all kinds of creative exploration all day long! Kids ages 12 and under are admitted for free.
Held on the pristine sands of the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, camping is available just steps from the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Virginia Key is a short ride from downtown Miami, but is quiet and secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city, creating the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind festival. Tent camping and Vehicle Camping are available. Campers can come stay for single nights or all 4 nights of the festival.