In no place was this more evident than in Vendor Village. As we planned for our first festival, we envisioned a marketplace of local vendors showcasing the amazing beauty and talent this state has to offer. Wow! We had nearly 40 vendors from across the state offering products including local organic juices and food, stand up paddle boards, pottery, handcrafted jewelry, clothing, yoga gear, wallets and tote bags, bath and body products, health assessments and screenings, head bands, furniture.. the list goes on!
Maine YogaFest was the launching pad for Portland yoga teacher, Deb Duryee’s, awesome new line of tanks and tees - Bloom and Be. Her original designs are a colorful and creative spin on traditional yogic symbols and have been spotted in studios all over town. The talented ladies from Kids Gone Raw also filled the bellies of many yogis over the course of the weekend with their healthy and delicious raw juices, smoothies, and snacks.
Kennebunkport jeweler Tracey Graves (Becoming Jewelry) introduced many of us to her gorgeous customized silver jewelry stamped with words and initials. I purchased a silver necklace from her with two charms that read ‘breathe’ and ‘Maine’ and have worn the necklace almost daily. It brings me right back to that beautiful yoga filled weekend last July and serves as a constant reminder to stay present.
One of the more non-traditional vendors we had was Inner Image Clinical Thermography. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re a local business promoting breast health through thermographic imaging. Using infrared imaging of the skin’s surface to identify thermal patterns and changes within the body, they work in conjunction with mammography to offer an additional screening tool in detecting early breast cancer. How awesome if just one woman was supported in her breast health through their information sharing at MYF.
We have already received some wonderful vendor applications and we anticipate many more. If you are interested in becoming a vendor for Maine YogaFest 2014, the deadline is April 1. We had a wait list last year, so we encourage you to submit the application soon!
We hope you can join us this summer and together we can ‘breathe’ in ‘Maine.’