Cannon Beach Yoga Festival | February 25th – 27th

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Pacific Northwest – get ready for the 1st annual Cannon Beach Yoga Festival in beautiful Cannon Beach, OR!

A health and wellness destination, as well as a natural scenic treasure, Cannon Beach, OR will host the first Cannon Beach Yoga Festival, February 25-27, 2011. The small coastal town welcomes yoga students of all levels for a weekend of yoga, meditation, music, art, food, massage & body work, shopping, and celebration.


“Cannon Beach is a perfect location to cater to the active lifestyle traveler. We have one of the most picturesque beaches in the world.  The area offers great accommodations for every pocketbook, from luxury hotel suites and oceanfront homes to quaint cabins and pristine RV parks.  We are known for our friendly hospitality, unique galleries, and a diverse selection of shops and restaurants,” says Festival Organizer, Christen Allsop.

The esteemed faculty of yoga teachers are Alan Finger, South African Tantric and Kriya Yoga Master, founder of ISHTA Yoga and cofounder of Yoga Zone, Be Yoga and Yoga Works.  Sarah Platt-Finger, director of the ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training program.  Julie Gudmestad, PT, a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and a licensed physical therapist, director of Gudmestad Yoga Studio, and author of Yoga Journal’s anatomy column for seven years.  Tiffany Cruikshank, directs her own yoga teacher training program, teaches yoga classes, retreats and workshops worldwide, and is the acupuncturist at Nike World Headquarters in Oregon.

The festival offers yoga workshops and a full range of events beginning with Friday’s Welcome Registration gathering featuring a Yoga Marketplace; Saturday and Sunday Morning Meditations, Saturday night Community Gathering and Kirtan (Sacred Chanting, where the audience is invited to participate through call-and -response chant, dance and meditation) with Heather and Benjy Wertheimer of Shantala and Steve Gorn; concluding with a Closing Ceremony on Sunday evening.


The Teachers

Alan Finger & Sarah Platt-Finger

South African Tantric and Kriya Yoga Master Alan Finger began studying yoga at the age of 16 with his father Mani Finger and renowned swamis of the past century. Alan and Mani created ISHTA Yoga (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda). The ISHTA style integrates breath-based flow yoga with alignment, meditation and healing bodywork. Before creating a home for ISHTA, Alan co-founded Yoga Zone, Be Yoga and Yoga Works. Alan has authored several books and travels the world to share his teachings.Sarah Platt-Finger was introduced to yoga while living in Taiwan as a dancer, choreographer, and English teacher. Her curiosity of both Eastern philosophy and physical wellness led her to the ISHTA lineage, where she received her 500 hour yoga certification in 2004.

Tiffany Cruikshank

For more than 15 years, Tiffany Cruikshank has taught yoga throughout North America, empowering her students to transform their lives through mindfulness and dedication. Her classes and workshops are full of humor, heart and hard work.In addition to teaching yoga classes, retreats and workshops internationally, Tiffany is the Acupuncturist at the Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon, runs 200hr and 500hr yoga teacher trainings and has been featured in various video and print ads for Nike and Lululemon.Her book, Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life, was recently published as a 30 day detox for yogis.

Julie Gudmestad, PT

Julie has been active in Portland, Oregon, as a yoga teacher and licensed physical therapist for over 30 years. She has integrated Western medical knowledge with yoga training into a unique teaching style, and has taught many workshops in the U.S., Canada and Europe. She is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Additionally, she wrote the Yoga Journal column, “Anatomy of a Yogi” for seven years.


Additional Workshops/Activities

We will also offer some optional workshops open to festival attendees and the public.  A music workshop (Nada Yoga: An Introduction to the Musical Art of Raga – $25) will be led by award-winning songwriters, vocalists, and musicians, Benjy Wertheimer of the duo, Shantala.  And Steve Gorn, a master of Indian classical music, world music and jazz.  Two art workshops (Yoga Figure Drawing- $40/$30) will be led by local Tolovana Arts Colony painting and drawing instructor, David Kinhan. An Ayruveda lunch and lecture (Balance the Five Elements through Ayurveda & Food – $25) led by Dana Dupont.  And an art class for children (Magic Mirrors – $22) led by Cincy McGonagle.

Weather dependent activities include guided tours to Haystack Rock and Ecola State Park, and a beach bonfire.


Community Participation/Special Offers

The local Cannon Beach businesses are pulling out all the stops with special offers and discounts on lodging, food and beverages, spa treatments and shopping throughout the weekend.  Sweet Basil’s Cafe is creating special Ayurvedic dishes, with other establishments offering new and unique menu items for vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.  See the specials on the website.

Tolovana Arts Colony (TAC), a nonprofit arts education organization, received a grant to help fund the festival from the Cannon Beach Tourism and Arts Commission charged with distributing the funds from a local lodging tax.  TAC’s and faculty yoga instructor, Christen Allsop’s vision is to create a unique lifestyle festival offering high quality instruction courses and hospitality events for yoga practitioners of the Pacific Northwest. With help from enthusiastic volunteers and local businesses, they hope to create a rich and lively experience.



The Festival Participant Pass is $325.  Festival Guests may register for any of the optional workshops and/or the Community Gathering & Kirtan ($10), priced individually.  Space is extremely limited for all workshops.

For more information and to register, visit the website, call Christen Allsop at 503-440-1649 or  e-mail [email protected].