The Dubuque Yoga Festival, also known as the Midwest Yoga & Oneness Festival is an annual yoga experience.

All Midwest Yoga & Oneness Festival sessions and events will be held at Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Situated along the magnificent Mississippi River, adjacent to deluxe lodging and entertainment venues and within walking distance of historic downtown Dubuque, the Grand River Center features a diverse, intimate atmosphere where you will enjoy dedicated service and the finest cuisine.

500 Bell St (Port of Dubuque), Dubuque, Iowa 52001

DYF 2016 from Kip Hoffmann on Vimeo.


The Six Pillars of the Midwest Yoga & Oneness Festival are:

1) Friday Intensives
2) Friday Opening Celebration
3) The Morning Sangha Gatherings
4) Saturday and Sunday Yoga & Spirituality Sessions
5) Saturday Evening Candlelight Yoga Session
6) Sacred Closing Ceremony on Sunday ​

All festivals place great emphasis on providing wonderful yoga workshops but not all give the same importance to the other components that provide a broad and embodied experience of oneness and spirituality. At The Midwest Yoga & Oneness Festival we focus on creating inspiring, fun, transformative and soulful experiences with all six pillars of the festival experience. We begin building sangha (safe, sacred community) with the Friday intensives and Opening Celebration, cultivate it’s expansion with morning “Sangha Gatherings”, workshops on Saturday and Sunday, and the Saturday evening Candlelight Yin Yoga, then bring it to a powerful conclusion early Sunday afternoon with the closing ceremony. Our wonderful festival yoga instructors will be attending the transformative closing ceremony and we hope that you will too. We strongly encourage you to arrange your schedule so that you can receive the powerful benefits of all six festival pillars.

1) FRIDAY INTENSIVES – Opportunities for a full day experiences with internationally acclaimed instructors. 9:30-4pm

2) FESTIVAL OPENING CELEBRATION – The festival begins with all-day intensives on Friday, May 4 which will be followed the opening celebration from 4:15-5:45 pm. Attendees will be treated to the gift of arriving wholly in “Sangha” (safe, sacred community). This year’s opening celebration showcases the Cosmic Comedy of Swami Beyondananda followed by the kids from “Challenge To Change”. Back by popular demand, these bendy little angels will delight the audience with a yoga and meditation demonstration incorporating the use of movement, song and Sanskrit.

For some inspiring and unique entertainment, the general public is warmly invited to attend Friday’s opening celebration even if attending the daily sessions doesn’t work in their schedule. Admission is only $10. Find all the need-to-know info about the festival including kid’s yoga sessions, henna art, more on the spectacular line-up of transformational teachers, and the Festival Marketplace featuring about 20 vendors selling a wide range of products including yoga apparel and props, jewelry, mind-body-spirit gifts, books, and food items by visiting

3) MORNING SANGHA GATHERINGS – The morning Sangha Gatherings are powerful rituals that will energize you with prana and ground you in your intentions for the day. Indu Arora, Master Kim and other instructors will join festival producers Scott & Julia Theisen in leading us as we embrace and embody oneness and love and beam that out to the planet.

​4) SATURDAY & SUNDAY SESSIONS – Rich and diverse sessions reflecting the deeper spheres of existence from the realms of yoga and spirituality.

5) SATURDAY EVENING CANDLELIGHT YIN YOGA – Gather with your sangha to relax, release and reflect with candlelight yin yoga. This meditative 90 minute session is a perfect way to release tension, calm the nervous system and still the mind.

6) CLOSING CEREMONY 12:45-2 pm – The closing ceremony is always a highlight of the festival. We encourage all participants to give themselves the gift of participating in this intimate and transformative experience. We will gather in Oneness one last time with fellow participants, facilitators, entertainers and organizers to share our “take-aways” from the incredible festival journey. Indu Arora who will lead us in sacred chant. The closing ceremony is a wonderful, conscious way to join hearts and voices together a final time and collectively bring the festival to a powerful close.

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