an all-inclusive retreat to disconnect from our daily grind, be inspired while sharing restorative experiences, and build our tribe.
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Discover the majesty of Nature.



Embrace the gifts and lessons in every moment.



Embody presence as the ultimate contribution.


A wellness FESTIVAL experience THAT is sure to: INSPIRE, REJUVENATE & EMPOWER

The New Moon Festival - Yosemite Edition - is an all-inclusive retreat into one of the most serene landscapes on earth. It brings together 150 influencers from around the world to DISCOVER the majesty of nature, to EMBRACE the gifts and lessons in every moment, and to embody PRESENCE as the ultimate contribution.

Sometimes life can be overwhelming, and in those moments, we lose ourselves in the midst of all the chaos. It leaves us feeling burnt out, depleted, unhappy. The New Moon Fest is a weekend to get centered, to realign with your dreams and visions, to elevate your body/mind/spirit, and ultimately, to build a lasting, supportive community.

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Past highlighits from 2017 +2018





Gourmet Meals







Reservations are REQUIRED















Connect with the 2018 Yosemite PRACTICIONERS


Troy Clancy | Laughter Yoga | AcroYoga

Scheduling Coordinator for Wellness Program pre-,& during, festival October 18-21st.

As a practitioner of circus arts and an instructor at Kinetic arts center, Troy is inspired by movement, the body and wellness practices. Troy has been a student of Yoga for 7 years and AcroYoga for half a decade. The workshops offered are a cumulative expression of his movement studies from professional teacher trainings and numerous hours of guidance as a teacher in a non- traditional classroom setting.

Learn more about Troy here.

Leslie Santos I Courage Teacher

Leslie Santos, MAPP, M.Ed., is a women's resilience mentor with a degree in positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. As a courage teacher, she helps her students walk through pain toward freedom . Together they climb her mountain, hand-in-hand, through her ups and downs until she reaches her personal summit.

Learn more about Leslie here

Emily Weer | Cacao Ceremony | Yoga Instructor | Bodyworker

Emily has been in the healing arts for over 20 years, journeyed through a colorful array of life experiences, and is here to share her teachings in a comfortable, nurturing, and sexy way. People often describe her as holding a comfortable and loving presence that is easy to connect to and sparks change in their life. Her wisdom of Yoga, Bodywork/Massage, Sound Healing, Tantra, Meditation, and Wilderness Therapy show up with her deep understanding of discovering the self and welcoming you to do the same.

Learn more about Emily here.


Dr. Vanessa Stretton | Acupuncture

Vanessa Stretton is a licensed acupuncturist practicing in Sacramento. She uses a Japanese insertion technique that is painless and effective to recipients of acupuncture. She has a master's and doctoral degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine and is a certified Reiki practitioner. She's known for her gentle touch and her motto is "always be healing."

Learn more about Vanessa here.

Arthur Levitan | Master of Tao

Tao Master Arthur has 25 years of practice and teaching that create fundamental and lasting changes--unlocking new levels of living, success, and growth. He incorporates ancient wisdom with cutting-edge science into his teachings. He has been recognized and ordained by Grandmaster Zhang Ming Xin of the oldest continuously operating Taoist temple in the world at Qingcheng Mountain in Chengdu, China.

Learn more about Arthur here.

Melody Lucian | The Harmony Catalyst

Melody is a Harmonious Relationships Coach, catalyzing harmony with Individuals, Couples, and Groups. She supports us to awaken the empathic intelligence of the heart and embody our creative power, towards living our inspirations. Her current focus is offering “Trusting in Love” Workshops and Sessions with Couples, launching the "Community Circles Project,” and initiating “Harmonia: Eco-village, Temple, Healing & Learning Center.” Melody is a Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer, Somatic Counselor, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Community Facilitator, and Visionary Artist.

Learn more about Melody here.

Alex Crow | Reiki | Yin Yoga

Alex has been attuned to the level of Reiki Master/Teacher through the lineage of Reiki GrandMaster Mikao Usui since early 2016. She has been practicing and teaching this Healing Path with a true sense of purpose and passion, as it is her belief that as Harmony is attained within, the benefit will be for All That Is.

Learn more about Alex here.

One of the most beautiful social spaces I’ve ever been to. Reminds me of family/communal spaces back home——haven’t seen anything like this in a long time!
— — Cory Knox, 2017 Festival Guest

2018 OUTDOOR Adventures Program & offerings

Excited to announce Yosemite Outdoor Program adventure offerings: 4 trail hikes(Yosemite Falls, Mist Trail, and Mirror Lake), a Ted Talk and discussion by the beach with picnic, bouldering and slacklining, acro-yoga in the valley, biking on paved paths, and lots of smiling. Just add You!

Yosemite 2018 Outdoor Program

Outdoor Program Warriors Series 2018, revised 9/28/18 (V004c), and subject to change

Our offerings are tailored to be flexible to include all experience and energy levels; while also, all ages welcome to experience outdoor adventure opportunities. We have arranged transportation round-trip from the resort into Yosemite Park. New Moon Festival Volunteer Guides, and Warriors, are available to provide guidance and structure with safety and expertise.


Transportation and Destination Logistics:


Tentative transportation schedule, and subject to change.

Providing Round-trip transportation

Transportation between Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort & Spa, and Yosemite Valley is about 1 hour drive each way.

Please feel free to request a draft of the program, or make accommodation requests, to myself and/or New Moon Warriors, when spreading the word to friends and family about the gathering and offerings.


“Life is an Adventure, Have one.”


Highlight areas for Outdoor Program activities, Yosemite valley 2018, and subject to change.

New Moon Festival Volunteer Guides, and Warriors, are available to provide guidance and structure with safety and expertise. Considering locations: Camp4, Yosemite Falls, Mist Trail, Merced River, and Mirror Lake.


Wilderness First Responders, NOLS and WMI, on-site medics, with groups. Radio Communication, with redundancies, in place to ensure, a safe, and pleasurable time in the Valley. Providing a scheduled timetable to plan your own experience with our tribe, answering your calling for nature.


Outdoor Programs Coordinator, 415-508-7473

Please email with any requests and considerations







Out of this WORLD! Delicious. Healthy. Fancy!




We believe that joining together in reverence of nature brings inspiration.  As such, we have chosen to host our festival in a famous, and beautiful, Mountain Spa and Resort that is humble, cordial, and relaxing.

While it is not our goal to recreate the Four Seasons; our priority is providing a festival opportunity that will be engaging, impactful, and fun. You can expect 3 nights of lodging experience with great amenities while you slumber.  

We aim to cultivate community and connection throughout the weekend.  As such, all single tickets are in shared housing.  

Lodging Offerings


Please reference the images to the adjacent ticket offering.

Yosemite Bug - Unheated Tent Cabin - New Moon Festival 2018

Yurt Style

Electric Heated Tent Cabins

Yosemite Bug - Heated Dorms - New Moon Festival 2018

Dorm Bunking

Heated Floors Style


Resort Style

available 2-4 occupancy

Yosemite Bug - Heated Tent Cabin - New Moon Festival



Available 2-4 occupancy

Yosemite Bug - Private Cabin - New Moon Festival 2018



Single or Set of Patrons


Group Accommodations available

please contact


Wellness Program Schedule

Locations we are referencing, in the the schedule, with a general description.

Bowie ,like the David, Room: large multipurpose room and hardware floor space w/no shoes.

Top of the Hill is the tall landing/plateau on top of the highest elevation of the grounds.

Yoga Room in the Spa, private massage beds and waiting by the soak tub.

The Lodge, and dining hall, is where 100+ enjoy 3 meals a day with the Chef has many offerings served, buffet style, or from the kitchen, also good spot to get WiFi, with multiple couches and tables, and/or hangout on porch.

Fire Pit is 300 ft from lodge and in the autumn the leave have provide great bounty of kindling to start a fire, and peace and quiet, or at times conversations with activities shared between friends, and acquaintances, in the Tribe.

Wellness Schedule

Current as of October 16th, 2018, 11 am

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*subject to change without prior notice

*subject to change without prior notice

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A note from Ari Kalfayan, lead organizer:
After a year filled with endless political drama & a general sense of helplessness, it seems as though people are asking, how can I help make a difference?  I too have felt the heavy weight of political turmoil, but instead of sitting by, I want us to take action and come together. While most people are still thinking about what to do next, I believe that it’s time to gather as a  community to focus on creating connection and inspiration. In doing so, we can align with our shared energy and shift humanity’s path. And that why I’m inviting you to a retreat experience like no other --  the first ever New Moon Yosemite. This retreat is focused on creating a special kind of connection to self and tribe that fills up your soul, leaves you inspired and empowers change. Read on to hear more about why I felt the pull to create this unique experience.

Warmest Gratitude.

Through the Night to the Top of Yosemite

For years, my friend Ari has led his friends through the night up the Yosemite Mist trail. We journey through waterfalls and groves, across meadows and up staircases, finally arriving at the base of Half Dome. We ascend the final 400 feet just before twilight, arriving at an empty summit to celebrate, rest and marvel at nature’s beauty. It feels both like an age old practice and a modern ritual.

This Spring, our journey was unique as we dealt with the wet and the cold as we hiked through the night. We ascended Nevada and Vernal Falls, soaked by a deluge of snowmelt rushing down from the mountains above. Some of us were more prepared for the water than others, and the toll of wet feet was real. We walked throughout the night, taking breaks whenever we needed it, and eventually arrived at the dome. My boots were still wet as we ascended the dome, and at the top, it was below freezing. Our little family huddled together in the shelter of the granite and waited for dawn. I, as usual, sat on the outside, on the edge of the cliff, and took it all in as the night waned.

Finally, the sun began to emerge. It was magical. The building crescendo of bitter cold and exhausted bodies -- the anticipation as we scaled the cables in the dark -- it released at once into streaks of light shooting across the valley and a warmth filling my heart. Yes, the sun rises every day, but this day we gave it its due. We journeyed through the dark, up 4800 feet spread over seven miles to the top of the temple that is the Yosemite Valley, and bore witness to the sun’s rise.

The experience left me with a natural high. As I descended the cables, I reflected on the cosmically rare chance that I would be born here, in this place, on our planet, and have the opportunity to watch the nearest star pierce the horizon, showering life giving waves onto our home. It’s pretty mind blowing when you think about it.  The coherence of energy as we collectively meditated and directed our attention to the single point of focus -- it changed me. And I walked down those seven miles feeling light, aligned in my intention to spread the love and share this with others.

This year, we’re taking a leap. We’re sharing our Yosemite adventures with our community -- the people we love. We’re calling the ritual New Moon, as it coincides with the alignment of the sun, the earth, and the moon. Our intent is to reach out and touch the people we care for, to bring them with us on a journey. And although we won’t be hiking through the night to the top of Half Dome (this would be a dangerous journey at scale), we will be exploring the parks vistas and hidden nooks, witnessing the Valley under the guidance of an incredible group of healers and practitioners who have dedicated their lives to the study of sound, movement, touch, and focus.

For the cost of the ticket, we will be providing three days of food, lodging, and transportation into the park. Additionally, there has been an incredible outpouring of support and energy from our network of healers and practitioners, who will be guiding us through various modalities of presence and meditation.

This is a great chance to learn and experience, whether you’re a yogi, or, like me, new to meditation and healing.

The ticket cost ranges between $295 and $999, based on your lodging preference. For the lower range tickets, we’re providing the experience below cost -- accessibility is key for bringing this experience to the ones we love. And for those who can afford it, please lend your resources to help make the experience a possibility for others, as it will subsidize our entry level tickets.

The festivities will commence on the evening of Thursday, October 18th(weekend)at the Yosemite “Bug’ Mountain Resort and Spa, where we’ll kick off New Moon with a welcoming ceremony. We’ll continue until Sunday morning’s check-out, October 21st, autumn 2018.

If you’d like to talk more about it, do not hesitate.

Is this it?  

That’s what I felt following my 4th Burning Man experience, after helping to create and lead one of the largest camps and art pieces on the playa.

Let me be clear: I love my camp mates! I love what we created together! I love the Cuddle Puddle! I loved the intensity and harsh beauty of the Black Rock Desert, and the majesty of the Burner-created city & art.

And yet….  I felt like something was missing.  I came home to the realities of San Francisco life wondering if there was something more...

At a festival in  Sweden last year, I discovered what was missing. There, nature was not just a backdrop or stage; it was integrated into our experiences and was the sacred ground that fueled our connection to each other. While there, I created friendships that felt incredibly deep, despite the short time that we spent together.

And I felt like this was something new, something different from what I know is going on in the States right now - and yet, as I talked to others about this, I also realized that this insight that nature is the most powerful ground of connection to life and to each other was as old as humanity. So I was inspired to create a container for this kind of sacred connection with and for my community.

That’s why I have staked my reputation on creating a unique experience in Yosemite National Park for you and everyone else who yearns for deep, soul-filling connection.

Because I need it.

And I have a feeling that you need it too, whether you have been able to explain that need to yourself or just felt it as an ache at the bottom of your soul.  We have this moment to gather our tribe under Yosemite’s granite altars and align our energies. I believe our community needs this. Join with me to make it happen!

There’s an old African proverb: if you want to travel quickly, travel alone. If you want to travel far, travel together. I invite you to create the inspired and connected community of which we all dream with me.