Flow Arts Regionals

Flow Arts Regionals

These FLOW ARTS REGIONALS are small training camps where you can learn to spin fire & poi, hoop, juggle, do acro-yoga, slack line or aerial silks…they are camp out gatherings over a weekend that allow you to start anew or improve your skill and learn the latest cool tricks. There have been at times, over 40 in the springtime, everyone wants to get tuned up before they appear at the big festivals. These events are loads of fun, the food and company are awesome and you gain a bit of skill while you’re having a great time.

Updated May 2022, Flow Arts events are typical very small and produced a few months before. For the moment, I am keeping every one I know of listed here atleast through this season, so that you can see where they are currently. Through the pandemic there have been scores of digital events. Please click through to the websites to see what they’re doing online, there’s lots of fun to be had.

Read our inspiring interview with Zan Moore, founder of Pacific Fire, and co-creator of many Flow Arts gatherings across the continent.

Flow Arts Events 2022

Flow Arts Events 2022

BOULDER JUGGLING FEST – Status Unknown

July Boulder, Colorado
Welcome to Boulder Juggling Festival 2018! We’ll have workshop, games, a show, and more! We’re back at the Casey Middle School gym this year on Friday and Saturday, and we will be hosting the show at the beautiful Boulder Circus Center.

https://www.facebook.com/bouldercircuscenter/events

CAMPFIRE RETREAT – Status Unknown

July Geneva, Minnesota
Campfire Retreat is a Midwest regional gathering of Flow Artists and Aerial Dancers to share knowledge and play together. It is part of an emerging network of festivals that feature Flow Arts workshops all day (around 100 over the weekend), and a large fire-dancing circle with music into the night. The Flow Arts include fire-dancing, poi, staff, hula-hoop, juggling, dance, aerials, fans, whips, and whatever else you can imagine that gets you into a state of flow. Festival participants consistently leave full inspiration and new ideas for deepening their own practice of Flow, and connected to new friends in the community. Light the fires of passion, connectivity, and expression!

http://campfireretreat.com/

GREAT LAKES FLOW FESTIVAL – Yes, It’s On!

July 28-21, 2022 Thousand Suns, Lapeer, Michigan
Michigan’s premier, multi-disciplinary fire and flow arts festival centered around workshops and a learning environment. With nightly stage performances, live music, and much more. It is our mission to help facilitate the growth and sharing nature of the fire and flow arts community while maintaining a safe, supportive, and inspirational environment.

https://www.greatlakesflow.com/

FAHRENHEIT FIRE & FLOW ARTS FESTIVAL – Status Unknown

August Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
Fahrenheit is a three day camping event where fire performers and flow artists of all types and skill levels come from near and far to share and celebrate their passion for this captivating art form. Our focus is on learning. Each day is packed with dozens of intensive workshops that cover a wide range of subjects taught by teachers at the top of their craft. All of our teachers donate their time and talents to the event in the hopes that their students will one day also rise to the occasion. The event is entirely volunteer-run, and all attendees contribute to its success by donating a few hours of their time in the kitchen, around the grounds, at the greeter station, and wherever the event needs help.

http://www.fahrenheitflowarts.com/

ROCK AND FLOW FESTIVAL – Yes, It’s On!

August 19-21, 2022 Rosholt, WI
Rock and Flow is a festival based on unconditional love (agape), which is shown through respect, inclusivity and meeting people where they are at. This can be done at so many levels from meeting a physical need such as offering someone food or loaning a prop to being a listening ear and a caring heart to someone in need. We are a come as you are festival. Be yourself and know that people will receive you as you allow others to be themselves in kind. We seek to create a community that supports kids, families, and individuals from different backgrounds to learn and grow together.

http://rockandflowfestival.com/

MIDWEST FLOW FEST – Status Unknown

September 10, 2022 Chicago, Ill.
Flow arts are forms of movement and dance that utilize props to enter a state of flow, described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as an exhilarating transcendent way of being in which effortless control and peak skill seem to erase a sense of time. Flow arts props include poi, staff and hoops; dancers manipulate props to add to the expressive qualities of their dance. The result is an awe-inspiring visual spectacle of improvised movement that inspires an audience to reconsider kinetic possibilities.

http://www.flowfests.com/festivals/midwest-flow-fest/

PACIFIC FIRE GATHERING – On Hiatus 2022

September Cloverdale, Oregon
Pacific Fire Gathering is the Northwest’s regional gathering of Flow Artists to share knowledge and play together. It is part of an emerging network of festivals that feature Flow Arts workshops all day (around 100 over the weekend), and a large fire-dancing circle with music into the night. The Flow Arts include fire-dancing, poi, staff, hula-hoop, juggling, dance, fans, whips, and whatever else you can imagine that gets you into a state of flow. The festival is located right on the ocean with a private beach. The ticket includes high-caliber performance showcases on both Friday and Saturday nights. Festival participants consistently leave full inspiration and new ideas for deepening their own practice of Flow, and connected to new friends in the community. Light the fires of passion, connectivity, and expression!

http://PacificFireGathering.com

WILDFIRE RETREAT – Yes, It’s On!

September 2-5, 2022 Salem, Mass.
WildFire is the East Coast’s premier spinning and fire arts training camp. Our core missions are to spread the spinning arts and build community connections among spinning artists. Each of our events offers a diverse selection of over 100 classes on poi, hoop, dance, teaching, safety, business, performance, drumming… and so much more. It is a “camping” style retreat, where all meals and hot showers are provided. WildFire is the perfect spot for you to share, grow, discover, and learn with our spinning and fire arts community. This event is not open to the public or non-spinning artist (beginners are very welcome).

https://www.wildfireretreat.com/
https://www.facebook.com/WildFireRetreat/

PORTLAND JUGGLING FESTIVAL – 2022 Dates TBA

September Portland, Oregon
The Portland Juggling Festival is produced by The Portland Jugglers, an all volunteer non-profit organization. Members meet Wednesday evenings on the Reed College Sports Center to juggle together, often joined by some of the best amateur and professional juggling talent in Portland. It’s a mini festival every week!

https://www.portlandjugglers.org

FLORIDA FLOW FEST – Cancelled 2022

October 2, 2022 Ft. Lauderdale, FLA
Flow arts are forms of movement and dance that utilize props to enter a state of flow, described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as an exhilarating transcendent way of being in which effortless control and peak skill seem to erase a sense of time. Flow arts props include poi, staff and hoops; dancers manipulate props to add to the expressive qualities of their dance. The result is an awe-inspiring visual spectacle of improvised movement that inspires an audience to reconsider kinetic possibilities.

http://www.flowfests.com/festivals/florida-flow-fest/

MANIPULATION – Status Unknown

October Idylwild, California
Master Ong, is a representation of our inner self. Many of us of this era are in search of the path or the direction towards the glorious sunset. But it lays within us, the direction, the answer, its the process not the product, the journey not the destination. The master in each of us lays within us, we are masters of our own time, our art. We have the power and the strength to summon as long as we know it exists within us. Love the plateau. Love thy practice. This is a NON ALCOHOL NON DRUG event.

https://www.facebook.com/grandmasterong/

FLASHEPOINT – Status Unknown

October Stuart, VA
Flashepoint is an annual gathering of aspiring and innovative flow artists and jugglers coming together for a weekend of exploration in the beautiful East coast mountains. Join us in October 2017 for dozens of workshops, a wide variety of amazing performances, a lively fire circle every night, and a lineup of fantastic musicians and DJs to keep us going at night. You’ve trained all year long, and now it’s time to get together one last time before the season comes to a close. Hone in on what you’ve learned this year, spread your knowledge as much as you can, and take advantage of one more opportunity to learn from some of the best flow artists in the community. http://flashepoint.com

https://www.facebook.com/flashepoint

http://flashepoint.com

photo by Violet Visions

Flow Arts Events 2022

Returning in 2023

Flow Arts Events 2022

Flow Arts Events 2022

FROSTBITE FLOW ARTS CAMP

February 10-13, 2022 East Troy, WI
Wisconsin’s first ever Flow Arts Camp, started in 2017. It’s a place for Flow Artists to gather and share their love for Flow Arts. A Flow Arts Camp is where people who manipulate a variety of circus props and create body movement can learn and grow as an artist. Circus props can include: Hoops, poi, staff, aerial silks, lyra, juggling, fans and many more. Body movement can include: dance, yoga, meditation and more.

www.frostbiteflowartscamp.com
www.facebook.com/events/375349636451898/

FLOWMOTION SYMPOSIUM

March 11-13 2022 Bloomington IN
A metropolitan cirque and flow arts retreat held at a constellation of sites across the city. We offer over 50 workshops in the flow arts including hoop, multi hoop, poi, staff, contact staff, dragon staff, acro yoga, aerial silk, yoga and lyra, pole, buugeng and more. We host several performances troughout the weekend, an art exhibit, vendor market, nightly fire circles, live music and light show . We connect students with professional quality instruction, and performers to stages. Our mission is to create vibrant productions and robust curriculums, cultivate personal exploration and satisfaction by providing a space for meaningful and playful collaborations, and connect the experiences within flow and cirque arts programming to patterns of learning applicable in everyday life. We foster a unique venue for self care, being an indoor retreat with hotel accomodations providing opportunities for a wonderful relaxing and rejuvenating event experience.

http://www.flowmotionevents.com
https://www.facebook.com/flowmotionbloomington/

FLOWSTORM REVIVAL

March 31 – April 3, 2022 Austin, Texas
Flowstorm, the world’s first Flow Arts & Sustainability festival. Held on a sustainable farm and eco-village on the outskirts of Austin, TX, this magical weekend of camping and learning includes flow workshops and performances by some of the world’s best flow artists, workshops on permaculture, organic gardening, and natural building, live music and art, and much more. Our goal is to cross-pollinate regenerative disciplines and create a truly sustainable flow culture!

www.facebook.com/events/453505276374578
https://www.facebook.com/groups/363077047098792 Flowstorm Family Group Page

TEXAS FLOW FEST WONDER

April Austin, Texas
Flow arts are forms of movement and dance that utilize props to enter a state of flow, described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as an exhilarating transcendent way of being in which effortless control and peak skill seem to erase a sense of time. Flow arts props include poi, staff and hoops; dancers manipulate props to add to the expressive qualities of their dance. The result is an awe-inspiring visual spectacle of improvised movement that inspires an audience to reconsider kinetic possibilities.

http://www.flowfests.com/festivals/texas-flow-fest/

FLAME FESTIVAL

April 7-10, 2022 LaFayette, Georgia
Flame Festival is the Southeast’s regional gathering of Flow Artists to share knowledge and play together. It is part of an emerging network of festivals that feature Flow Arts workshops all day (around 100 over the weekend), and a large fire-dancing circle with music into the night. The Flow Arts include fire-dancing, poi, staff, hula-hoop, juggling, dance, fans, whips, and whatever else you can imagine that gets you into a state of flow. Festival participants consistently leave full inspiration and new ideas for deepening their own practice of Flow, and connected to new friends in the community. Light the fires of passion, connectivity, and expression!

http://flamefestival.com
https://www.facebook.com/flamefestival/

IGNIGHT FESTIVAL – Cancelled 2022. Now 2023

May Joshua Tree, California
Joining the amazing 2016 event schedule at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, the IgNight Fire Flow Conference returns to this unique high desert venue. Flow, for the uninitiated, is an exhilarating transcendent way of being, in which effortless control and peak skill seems to erase a sense of time. IgNight helps attendees enter the flow state by offering over 190 classes in what are referred to as the “Flow Arts” – including Poi (aka fire dancing), juggling, circus arts, warrior arts, fan and wand movement, hooping, movement, yoga and more.

http://www.ignightconference.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Ignightflow

UNIVERSAL FLOW GATHERING Status Unknown

May Apple Valley, CA
Universal Flow Gathering is an annual event takes place in Southern California. Our main mission is to bring people with like minds together to learn and explore. We want to bring all types of communities together to build a safe place for practice and play. Our focus on workshops from a variety of different mediums which include yoga, meditation, healing, and prop manipulation. We offer a large variety of workshops from hula hooping, juggling, staff spinning, instruments, fire spinner safety, yoga, sound healing, meditation, and aerial silks to name a few.

http://www.universalflowgathering.com/

SPINSANITY FLOW DOWN – Cancelled 2022. Now 2023

May 17-21, 2023 Charlotte, MI
To produce a gathering of shamans, visionary artists, healers, & wisdom teachers whose goal is to preserve cultural earth-based practices such as sweat lodges, shamanic journeying, drum circles and other shamanic practices.Traveling Shamans Camp was designed to accommodate as many multi-cultural events, vendors and performers as possible and to be as inclusive as possible while staying with our goal of supporting earth-based practices.

https://www.spinsanityflowdown.com/

KINETIC FIRE

May 19-22. 2022 Spencer, Indiana
Kinetic Fire is a Midwest regional gathering of Flow Artists to share knowledge and play together. It is part of an emerging network of festivals that feature Flow Arts workshops all day (around 100 over the weekend), and a large fire-dancing circle with music into the night. The Flow Arts include fire-dancing, poi, staff, hula-hoop, juggling, dance, fans, whips, and whatever else you can imagine that gets you into a state of flow. Festival participants consistently leave full inspiration and new ideas for deepening their own practice of Flow, and connected to new friends in the community. Light the fires of passion, connectivity, and expression!

http://kineticfire.org

TRIFORCE FLOW ONLINE

May 22-23, 2022 DIGITAL
Triforce Flow Online is a new collaborative event brought to you by Flame, Kinetic Fire and Firedrums. The event will take place May 22nd and 23rd and will be a new type of fully immersive digital flow festival experience, hosted on the proximity based event platform Gather.town. Participants will create an avatar which they will use to explore a 16-bit RPG style map and discover workshop areas hosting a full schedule of workshops on a wide variety of props, presented by instructors from all over the US and beyond. Additionally, participants will be able to attend multiple panel discussions on community related subjects, visit the stage for our gala show, explore vendor village or even interact with other participants in 1-on-1, or group video chats chat conversations.

https://www.facebook.com/TriforceFlowOnline

photo by Zach Hagy

FIREDRUMS

June 9-12, 2022 Lassen National Forest, CA
FireDrums is a California regional gathering of Flow Artists to share knowledge and play together. It is the hub event of the emerging network of festivals that feature Flow Arts workshops all day (around 100 over the weekend), and a large fire-dancing circle with music into the night. The Flow Arts include fire-dancing, poi, staff, hula-hoop, juggling, dance, fans, whips, and whatever else you can imagine that gets you into a state of flow. Dancers from around the world and instructors from overseas converge to create the longest-standing Flow event in the country. Festival participants consistently leave full inspiration and new ideas for deepening their own practice of Flow, and connected to new friends in the community. Light the fires of passion, connectivity, and expression!

http://firedrums.org

PLAY THINK MOVEMENT & FLOW ARTS FESTIVAL

June 15-19, 2022 Harrodsburg, Kentucky
PlayThink is a family friendly celebration of Art, Sustainability, Music, Performance, FLOW, and Life itself. The PlayThink Movement is an inclusive, participatory, community oriented culture of vitality, fun, and well-being, rooted in the belief that each of us has the power to re-shape our own experience mentally and physically to live life to the fullest. We co-create a space to explore and express ourselves through movement, skill-prop manipulation, and art.The PlayThink Festival offers an atmosphere of magic, letting you experience dance parties, circus camp, and four full days of play just for you and yours. Inspiring playshops, presentations, and discussions will be led by some of the best known flow arts regional instructors. Musicians, Dancers, Artists, and Lovers of Life will converge in Berea, Kentucky with their full range of unique talents offering a wide range of life enhancing skills and thoughts.

http://www.playthinkfest.com/

PROJECT EARTH – Status Unknown

June 18-20, 2020 Geneva, Minnesota
Project Earth has a different mission: To slow it all down and open space for the family to discover more of each other. We have been told by you, that the more intimate setting in the forest is just the right medicine for the Tribal convergence. Its our belief that our community has a lot of powerful connections to make and soul contracts to fulfill. The Planet and all life on her need conscious people now more than ever! We are the ones we have been waiting for… and the time has come for us to rise up. Trust me, no one loves to get their party on more than we do (it’s an Irish thing) however… it’s our hope to be more sober and clear at this crucial family gathering. No doubt we will be celebrating together and more than a few brews will be shared …let’s just ask ourselves to commit to less and trust that it will be so much MORE !!! Respect and Love… see you on the playground soon! xoxo

http://www.projectearthfest.com

NORTHWEST FLOW FEST – Yes, It’s On! & FREE!

June 25, 2022 Seattle, WA
Flow arts are forms of movement and dance that utilize props to enter a state of flow, described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as an exhilarating transcendent way of being in which effortless control and peak skill seem to erase a sense of time. Flow arts props include poi, staff and hoops; dancers manipulate props to add to the expressive qualities of their dance. The result is an awe-inspiring visual spectacle of improvised movement that inspires an audience to reconsider kinetic possibilities.

http://www.flowfests.com/festivals/northwest-flow-fest/

photo by Kyer Wiltshire