Gallery of Past Years
This festival began in 2014 to celebrate and bring community together one year after the devastating 2013 floods in Estes Park. What better way to bring people together than to find a common thread that we all share. This thread that has woven our past events together to ascertain alternative avenues, teachings and approaches to give us the ability to live a healthy, happy and harmonious life.
R. Carlos Nakai
Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world's premier performer of the Native American flute. With more than 4.3 million albums sold, and earning two Gold Records for Canyon Tilogy and Earth Spirit, Nakai was an amazing spirit to play our First Annual event.
Livia Kohn's specialty is the study of the Daoist religion and Asian long life practices. Having lived in Kyoto for close to 10 years, she is also an expert in Japanese religions. She has written 32 sole-authored books and over 100 articles, which added to the wealth of Daoist knowledge transcribed during the festival.
As an acupuncturist and herbalist with over thirty years of clinical experience, founder of Floracopeia, Inc. and co-founder of The Learning Garden, he gave a wealth of insight to herbs and their applications as well as aroma therapy.
Gurudev Shri Amritji (Yogi Amrit Desai)
Gurudev Shri Amritiji is one of the few living yoga masters who originally brought the authentic teachings of yoga to the West in the early 1960's. Over the past fifty-five years he has founded some of the largest yoga and health centers in North American from Kripalu to I AM Yoga, and brought with him to Colorado deep insights to the Yogic practices and teachings.
As the founder of Warrior Goddess the transformative heart of her teachings come through the Toltec apprenticeship with Miguel Ruiz. In her words, "When we bring our attention back to discovering who we are on the inside - not who we wish we were or who we think we should be - we begin a sacred path of transformation toward our innate, authentic, embodied power".
With a Wu Dang training background, Mark participated in demonstrations the first few years of the festival. We are excited to bring back more artists this year - check our festivities page for details.
Michael & Leslie Tierra
Together Michael and Leslie created the East West School of Planetary Herbology, which reaches thousands of students throughout the world through it's thorough and extensive herbal correspondence course. Michael is the found of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG), while Leslie is an Advisory Board member of AHG. Together they shared a wealth of knowledge to UC Fest participants.
Anodea Judith, Ph.D. has been called “a prophet for our time.” A groundbreaking thought leader and bestselling author, she is the director of Sacred Centers (SacredCenters.com), a teaching organization of transformational wisdom. We were thrilled to have her relay transformational wisdom during her talks at UC Fest.
A practitioner of the Taoist Arts for over 30 years, Solala is a wealth of knowledge on the Taoist Arts. He has authored several texts on Taoism, publisher of the Empty Vessel magazine since 1993 and a founding board member of the National Qi Gong Association. Among many informative lectures, Solala lead a tasteful tea ceremony at the Universal Consciousness Festival.
William Young brought a great perspective to the festival, as he believes that we all deserve a life of vitality—and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves. That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Chinese Integrative Medicine to transform individual wellness. He is the first instructor of Chines Medicine in New York State, Founder of Pain Management Clinic of Emhurst Hospital Queens.