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Artecology Festival Brings Kumbaya-Style Fun to Virginia Key

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With our fast-paced, stress-inducing, materialistic Miami lifestyles, we could all use a little more new-agey influence in our lives. Om, namaste, and all that jazz.

Lucky for us, the Artecology Festival is about to bring some good vibes to our sunny shores. On Saturday, March 9, Miamians can embrace inner peace, yoga poses, and backyard composting. Anything for Mother Earth, right?

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After seeing success with the festival in Germany, Greece, and Spain, founder Iraklis Kalamenios relocated his family to Miami and decided he'd bring the event along too.

From 11 a.m. to sundown, the free festival will feature eco-artists, craft vendors, wellness educators, an interactive children's art workshop, music, and local organic foods.

Kalamenios, an outspoken supporter of sustainability and cultural confluence, built the concept around green technology, wellness classes, and new-age accouterments interwoven with music, arts, and culture.

"I hope that festival attendees get the opportunity to connect with other eco, culture, and wellness enthusiasts and get inspired from workshops and documentaries," Kalamenios says.

"And I hope that people can hang out with family, kids, and friends to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature and at the same time get educated on environmental issues. I also hope they enjoy arts and crafts, discover new art forms and artists, and get aware of the importance of consuming local and healthy products." 

In addition to its karma-upping quotient, the festival is a networking event for those interested in sustainability, green living, and social consciousness. So tuck some biz cards into your yoga pants.

Sessions and workshops will include a guide to responsible shopping by Green Purchase Power, an intimate exploration of life's interconnectedness, an intro to permaculture, and an in-depth look at yoga practice, among others.

Open-minded potential attendees can check out the details on Artecology's website. The event will run Saturday, March 9, from 11 a.m. until sundown at Virginia Key Beach Park on Key Biscayne.

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