As summer fast approaches, thoughts of vacation planning and quick getaways may be filling your head. But before you opt for the typical beachside vacay, why not choose a destination that’ll feed your soul as well as quenching your thirst for travel?

These are 12 of the most transcendent, spiritual and soul-pleasing events from around the world that you should absolutely add to your spiritual bucket list.

1. Bhakti Fest

When: September
Where: California, USA

The Bhakti Fest has been running for over a decade with the same simple mission to celebrate the devotional paths of yoga, Kirtan (sacred music), and meditation. At the 5-day event, you can take yoga classes with the world’s best teachers, dance to sacred music and participate in a number of personal growth and self-improvement workshops. Attendees can even camp out beneath the stars each night!


2. Holi

When: March
Where: India

India’s Festival of Spring sees the whole country light up with color as people everywhere take to the streets, throwing vibrant powder as a celebration of the end of winter. If you’re planning to visit Asia, make sure you visit India or Nepal in May for this incredible Hindu festival.


3. Songkran

When: April
Where: Thailand

Much like India’a Holi festival, Songkran sees people throughout Thailand rejoice in the streets, soaking one another through with water! A celebration of the New Year, Songkran’s spiritual significance runs deeper than just being the world’s biggest water fight, though. In a combination of ancient Buddhist traditions and astrology, this festival is certainly one to visit if you want a deeply spiritual yet incredibly fun experience!


4. Burning Man

When: Late August/Early September
Where: Nevada, USA

This transformative music and art festival in the middle of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert describes itself as a community, rather than an event. The self-proclaimed “temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance” invites thousands of ‘citizens’ to join the crucible of creativity every year.


5. Glastonbury

When: June
Where: UK

This four day festival of music and art attracts visitors from all walks of life, young and old. While the main stage comes alive with the sounds of the big headline acts, the smaller stages and areas are playgrounds for culture, spirituality and art. But, Glastonbury sells out fast, so make sure you plan to get your tickets as soon as they go on sale!


6. Pagan Spirit Gathering

When: Summer Solstice Week
Where: Ohio, USA

PSG is one of America’s oldest and largest Nature Spirituality festivals. Originally created as a way for like-minded people to come together to celebrate the Summer Solstice, the Pagan Spirit Gathering has since grown into a large retreat filled with spiritual workshops, bonfires, drumming, fire-spinning and much more…


7. Festival of Faiths

When: April
Where: Kentucky, USA

According to the festival’s website, the mission of the event is to “to promote interfaith understanding, cooperation, and action through exploring how different participating faith traditions address a common issue, topic, or theme.” This four-day event is home to numerous workshops and keynotes by faith and spirituality-based experts from around the world.


8. Bali Spirit Festival

When: April
Where: Bali

If you ever needed an excuse to visit Bali, this might be it! With more than 500 sessions in yoga, dance, healing, breathwork, martial arts, sound, music and more, The Bali Spirit Festival is a must for anyone who wants to combine spiritual learnings with travel.


9. Envision Festival

When: February
Where: Uvita, Costa Rica

Running for over a decade, the Envision Festival is the original festival in the jungle! Their roots are firmly planted in their 8 main pillars – permaculture, spirituality, movement, art, music, community, health and radical acceptance – and their eco and community initiatives provide a strong theme which runs through the entire 7-day event.


10. Witchcamp

When: Various
Where: Various

Witchcamp gatherings take place all over the world at various times of the year. A celebration of witchcraft, paganism and reclaiming tradition, Witchcamps welcome beginners and veteran witches. Some of the most popular Witchcamps are The Winter Witchcamp in Minnesota and the intensive California Witchcamp.


11. Sunrise Celebration

When: August
Where: Herefordshire, UK

Described as “an ethical living, organic, arts and music festival”, The Sunrise Festival celebrates the Sun with a number of workshops and activities at (you guessed it) sunrise. With a number of different areas for the whole family to enjoy, this wonderful summer event has something for everyone.


12. Shambhala Music Festival

When: August
Where: British Columbia, Canada

This enchanting festival in the forest welcomes people from all walks of life. The Shambhala Festival combines music from big-name acts with yoga, workshops and art. Attendees are also encouraged to organize their own events within the festival too!


So, let us know in the comments below, have you been to any of these events or are any on your bucket list?

About Rose Foster

Rose May Foster is a writer for with a penchant for the lighter side of numerology, astrology and all things divination. Often found in the depths of the Twitterverse or scouring #hilarious Instagram accounts, Rose uses YOUR thoughts as her research to bring tongue in cheek and binge-worthy articles that'll have you LOL'ing along with her!

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