About Us

For the spiritually-inclined and those interested in holistic health, the Portugal Spirit Festival (PSF) is an international gathering of yoga, dance, music and healing.

The goal of the Portugal Spirit Festival is to awaken and nourish each individual’s potential for positive change within, leading to positive change in our homes, in our communities, and around the world. 

Through beneficial and inspirational traditions of Yoga, Dance, and Music, the Portugal Spirit Festival illustrates the Balinese Hindu concept of Tri Hita Karana: living in harmony with our spiritual, social, and natural environments. 

Committed to nourishing the local environment, PSF is a social endeavour which aims to benefit the local community and leave no negative impact.

The Team

Co-founded by members of the longstanding Bali Spirit Festival team and produced alongside a group of amazing Portuguese, the PSF will bring the prestigious yoga festival to Europe for the very first time.

The Core Team

Filipa Veiga

Filipa Veiga (Portugal):
A yogi at heart, Filipa has experience in journalism and her time in Bali and Macau allowed her to further strengthen her practice. She has now been teaching yoga for over 10 years.

Meghan Pappenheim
Meghan Pappenheim (Indonesia): Originally from New York City, Meg is a social entrepreneur. She founded The Yoga Barn and the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud over 10 years ago and ever since has been developing multiple projects.
Ravinjay Kuckreja

Ravinjay Kuckreja (Indonesia):
Ravinjay has over 4 years of experience in Communications and Events and has experience in managing events and public relations in over 5 countries, working with over 30 nationalities.

Community Outreach

At the core of our vision, our Spirit Festivals are meant to benefit the community through supporting local businesses, charity projects and promoting local cultures.

Through Hotel Baía, this year’s parties will also contribute to the homeless support center, CASA (Centro de Apoio ao Sem Abrigo), and the Cascais-based charity, Associação Jerónimo Usera.

Bali Spirit

The Portugal Spirit Festival is proudly presented by the BaliSpirit Festival.

News of our gathering of world-renowned musicians, yogis and dancers from every continent has spread across the globe. The BaliSpirit Festival has become a magnet for fans, students and followers of every yoga, movement, healing and music calling. Weeks before the Festival, Ubud begins to fill with a colorful, international tribe of conscious travelers, gathering in anticipation of one of the world’s most inspiring events.

The first Festival in 2008 was pulled together in just three months—an incredible achievement for the Festival’s founders, as well as a dream come true: they shared a vision to create a Festival that would both build and support community through the full spectrum of yoga and a rich diversity of world music and dance.

In 2008, Bali’s tourism industry had not yet recovered from the devastating social and economic impacts of the 2002 and 2005 bombings. Building upon their love for the island and creative passion for yoga, dance, and music, the founders pooled their resources to develop an economically and environmentally sustainable annual event that would become a beacon for the burgeoning market of holistic travelers and attract domestic and foreign visitors back to the hills of Ubud. In 2018, the festival attracted 5,000 guests during its week of festivities, including visitors from 60 countries and 1,000 Balinese and Indonesians.

Set in the spectacular grounds of Purnati Center for the Arts, just 15 minutes south of Ubud, the Daytime Workshops, Dharma Fair and Music Night Concerts enjoy an open-air venue unmatched for its inspiring, tropical beauty. Styles of yoga and movement have included Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Laughter, Power, Anusara, Ashtanga, Silat, Capoeira, Poi, Qi Gong, and Juggling. Dance styles draw from Mandala, Javanese, Balinese, Indian, and West African traditions.

Over the past 10 years, the BaliSpirit Festival has worked alongside partner organizations in Bali, as well as international yoga teachers and musicians, to raise more than USD $100,000 for the Festival’s annual Karma (Giving Back) outreach initiatives. Funds have contributed to children’s programs, multicultural education & performances, health clinics, HIV & AIDS awareness, & environmental protection. The BaliSpirit Festival currently operates two outreach programs annually: the HIV & AIDS education program Ayo! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS and the reforestation initiative, Bali ReGreen

The BaliSpirit Festival is indeed a celebration—of the richness of culture, the sanctity of the environment, and harmony between people of all nations. Celebrate with us, and in doing so, help us to make the world a better place.

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