FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
All of our ticket sales are through Eventbrite. You can purchase tickets directly from our website on our tickets page. It's simple - just choose the type of pass you want: 3-day, 4-day, 1-day or one of our add-on tickets and then purchase! You cannot schedule your classes until you purchase a ticket, so the earlier you purchase, the better chance you have to get a spot in your favorite classes. Our excursions have limited space, so book those first!
If you have a coupon code (YAY!), you will redeem it on our website before being redirected to Eventbrite. Enter the code directly on the form on the Love♡Shine♡Play tickets page. At the top of the purchase ticket box you will see a purple link that says “Enter Promotional Code”, click this and enter your code exactly as it was given.
Pass pickup will be onsite in Asheville once you arrive at the festival. Be sure to bring your ticket confirmation (paper copy or electronic). You can pick up your ticket at the following locations and times:
Thursday 7/25/19: 10AM - 7PM
Hilton Garden Inn Conference Room (309 College Street)
Friday 7/26/19: 7AM - 10AM
Mountain Air Market Customer Service Tent (Pack Square Park)
Friday 7/26/19- Sunday 7/28/19: All Day
Mountain Air Market Customer Service Tent (Pack Square Park)
If you are attending one of the intensives on Thursday, you will pick up your pass when you sign into your intensive.
We are happy to provide special rates to groups of 10 people or more. Groups must purchase using one credit card and enter separate emails for each individual ticket on the Eventbrite site. If you have a group of 10 or more people traveling to the festival together, please contact us to learn more.
4-Day Love Pass (for sale on January 15th):
The 4 Day Shine Pass allows you access to two half-day workshops on Thursday, and schedule to up to 3 classes/workshops per day (and take more if there is space!) per day for all Friday-Sunday events. This ticket also allows access to all free events including Mountain Air Market and Talks & Presentations.
3-Day Shine Pass (for sale on January 15th):
The 3 Day Love Pass will allow you to schedule to up to 3 classes/workshops per day (and take more if there is space!) for all Friday-Sunday events. This ticket also allows access to all free events including Mountain Air Market and Talks & Presentations.
Thursday All Day Intensives (for sale on May 1st):
Access to two of our Five Half-Day Immersions. Individual information about each session is available on our Festival Happenings page. Space is limited and is granted on a first-come basis. This ticket does not include access to any of the classes/workshops happening during the main festival Friday - Sunday but does allow access to any event open to the public.
Friday Only (for sale on May 1st):
The Friday Pass will allow you schedule to up to 3 classes/workshops (and take more if there is space!) on Friday along with access to any event open to the public including Mountain Air Market and some Talks & Presentations.
Saturday Only (for sale on May 1st):
The Saturday Pass will allow you schedule to up to 3 classes/workshops (and take more if there is space!) on Saturday along with access to any event open to the public including Mountain Air Market and some Talks & Presentations.
Sunday Only (for sale on May 1st):
The Sunday Pass will allow you schedule to up to 3 classes/workshops (and take more if there is space!) on Sunday along with access to any event open to the public including Mountain Air Market and some Talks & Presentations.
**Single Class Pass (for sale on date of the festival):
Single class passes will be available ON-SITE only - Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please go to our Mountain Air Market Ticketing booth to purchase.
Getting Around Asheville
There are a handful of parking garages scattered throughout downtown Asheville. Each of them provides easy access to the festival venues and they are an affordable way to keep your car downtown all day (free for the first hour and $2 each additional hour). There is also ample street parking available for shorter times (2-3 hour maximum). Asheville is busy in the summer give yourself extra time to park. Check out our Festival Map to see details of where parking is available.
As the festival takes place in multiple venues throughout downtown Asheville; food, shopping, sightseeing, and accommodations are all at your fingertips. Our hope is that you will park your car on Thursday night and not move it until Sunday afternoon (Unless you decide to take a trip to the mountains!). However, if you do decide to branch out into the beautiful surrounding areas, there is a local bus system, Uber, taxis, and a dozen bus tour companies to choose from. Rental cars are available at the airport.
Moving Around the Festival
Although our festival is spread out over several venues, they are all within easy walking distance of one another and of Mountain Air Market - with the farthest distance being a 10-minute walk. Our footprint continues to get smaller each year and venues are closer together than ever before. Downtown Asheville is a bit hilly, so be prepared to work up a little sweat between classes. Breaks between classes are between 30-60 minutes so you'll have ample time to get where you're going!
Brochures with a map of downtown Asheville, highlighting all of our venues, will be available at our customer service tent and when you pick up your ticket. We will also have volunteer ambassadors placed throughout downtown to guide anyone who is lost, tired, hungry or confused. You can spot them by their bright Love♡Shine♡Play tank tops and giant smiles! Check out our Festival Map to get acquainted before you come! And, closer to the event, download our Festival App (search Love♡Shine♡Play in the App Store) for details on the event.
A few weeks before the festival, we will have a special Love♡Shine♡Play app available for you to view and change your schedule in real-time and to see a map of the festival. (Requires iOS 8 or later)
Search "Love♡Shine♡Play" in your App Store.
Travel / Where to Stay
The Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is Western North Carolina's largest airport. It offers jet and commuter service on United, American, and Delta through its carriers – Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Comair. Asheville has non-stop service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Newark, Orlando, and Tampa. It is located fifteen miles south of downtown Asheville near the town of Fletcher. Ground transportation and major rental car companies are available at the airport terminal.
Flights into Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) located in Greenville, South Carolina, Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) located in Charlotte, North Carolina, or McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) located in Knoxville, Tennessee, are sometimes cheaper than flying directly to Asheville. Greenville is about a 1.5-hour drive, Charlotte and Knoxville are both about 2-hour drives.
The closest Amtrak train station to Asheville is in Greenville, South Carolina or Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Asheville is located at the junction of Interstate 26 and Interstate 40, with an I-240 connector that passes through downtown. Mountainous, curvy, and scenic sections of highway are found along the interstates in all four directions while traveling into Asheville. The Asheville area is also served by 10 US and state highways. The Blue Ridge Parkway has four primary accesses in Asheville at US 25, US 70, US 74A & NC 191. Maps are recommended as highways may have listed directions but may travel in different directions. For example, a road signed "east" may travel north/south for a significant amount of time.
Asheville is serviced by Greyhound Bus, 2 Tunnel Rd, ☎ +1 828 253-8451. 8AM-9PM daily.
We have built relationships with several hotels located in the heart of downtown Asheville. Hotels in Asheville sell out quickly in the summer months, so we recommend that you utilize the room blocks we’ve secured with these hotels. All hotels can be booked through our accommodations page on the website. If you don’t mind being a little farther out, there are several hotels, B&B’s, and weekly rentals to choose from.
Create Your Schedule
Once you purchase your ticket, and after our schedule is live, you will receive an email from sched.org that will provide instructions on creating a profile. When our schedule is released you will be able to register for classes by clicking on the box for the session you would like and it will be added to your schedule.
How to View, Print & Modify your Schedule
You can log in to your account by going to sched.com and using the email address you used to register your account (make sure your email matches your ticket purchase email). You can review, update, and change your schedule anytime through your profile page. Once a personal schedule is created, you can print it by clicking the “print” button on the sidebar and selecting the “My Schedule” tab. If you have any questions or are not able to log in, please reach out to us.
Scheduling for Multiple Tickets
It is important for each ticket purchased to be associated with a unique name and email address. If you purchased multiple tickets under the same email address, you can transfer the tickets by logging into your Eventbrite account, click “My Tickets” tab, then “View Your Order” to enter the name and email address of the person you would like to transfer the tickets to and click “Save.” The new ticket holder will receive an email from Sched.com with instructions on creating their account and schedule.
The festival will take place rain or shine, all ticket sales are final, and no refunds will be issued for any reason. You are welcome to transfer your tickets or resell them at face value.
If you do not receive an email from sched.org, check your spam folder, or reset your password using the “Forgot Password” link on the login page. If you are still having difficulties, please contact us!
To secure a private account, please login, click the arrow in the top right, click “Settings” then click “Change your username, password and privacy settings.” Click “Hide My Profile & Schedule” then click “Save Profile.”
All of our classes have a limited number of spaces. If you see a class on the schedule that is FULL, you can still sign up to be on the waitlist for that class. Waitlist is on a first-come, first-serve basis and whoever shows up to the venue first will be put first in line regardless of when they signed up online. Waitlist spots will be filled if there are open spaces 5 minutes before the class time begins. If you schedule a class and do not arrive more than 5 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin, you may lose your spot to a wait-listed attendee.
What to Bring
Asheville gets warm in the summer, we’re in the South! Average temperatures in late July range from the low 80s to mid-90s. Bring sunscreen, light clothes and a light layer for the icy air-conditioned buildings. Evenings are beautiful, with temperatures usually in the mid 70’s. It’s often foggy in our valley in the morning but the sun burns bright most days with low rainfall during that time of year.
Asheville is known for “keeping it weird”. We have a pretty laid back vibe and you’ll find an eclectic mix of people on the streets of downtown. You can get away with wearing jeans to a 5-star restaurant or you can take it up a few notches. We suggest you put on your yoga pants and don’t look back.
Here’s a list of items you’ll definitely need at the Love♡Shine♡Play Festival:
Comfy, Cool Yoga Clothes
A Yoga Mat
Props (block, strap ~ optional but helpful in some classes)
A Blanket or cushion (optional)
We do not provide props in any of our venues. Some of the classes, such as restorative and yin, are better with props. We will have blocks, blankets and some bolsters available for rent at our ticket booth. You can rent them for the entire weekend, or for a day. You will be required to leave a credit card or ID when you rent. Any unreturned items will be billed to you after the festival ends. Mats may be available to rent in some venues.
What is a Yoga Festival?
Are you interested in the festival but you don't really get it? Don't worry, we do! A Yoga Festival is an opportunity to practice with teachers who you may not normally have access to in a setting unlike your average yoga studio. The Love♡Shine♡Play Festival brings together a mix of regionally and nationally recognized teachers - some who have been teaching for 30 years and some who are fairly new to the scene. Each one brings something unique and is a master in their field - offering the best version of what they teach. Classes are held all weekend long in venues all around downtown Asheville. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about anatomy, Ayurveda, handstands, yin, sound healing or something else - all in one day! Once you purchase a ticket (whether it's a 4-day or a single class) you can sign up for the class of your choice and attend just like you would at a yoga studio. AYF also has several other offerings including evening concerts, a vendor village (Mountain Air Market), slacklining, a wellness tent, free community classes in Pack Square Park, SUP Yoga, Kirtan, philanthropic opportunities, hikes and much more! If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us with questions!
Do you have a Phone Number?
We are a very small team for most of the year, so we don't have a general call line. However, if you email us, we promise to write you back within 24 hours!
Who runs this thing??
Amanda Hale & Sara LaStella purchased the festival in 2016 from its original creator, Mike Heirs. Sara & Amanda own 100% of the festival and are the only full-time employees. They have a small staff for ½ of the year that helps them with marketing, volunteers and vendor village.
I'm a non-profit, can I get a discount?
If you are a nonprofit wanting to have a booth at Vendor Village, we do offer 501(c)3 discounts. We do not have discounts on our tickets for nonprofit groups, but we are happy to speak with you about a group rate. Just fill out the contact form with your information and we'll get in touch.
Do you have a non-profit partner?
Yes! Our non-profit partner is Light a Path, a local Asheville organization providing wellness to underserved populations. We donate a portion of our proceeds to this organization in order to help continue the wonderful work they are doing. You can learn more about them here!
Is the festival handicap accessible?
We do our best to make all parts of our festival accessible, and all of our venues are ADA compliant. As the festival takes place in multiple venues, it does require movement through downtown Asheville, and all venues are within close proximity to the market in Pack Square. We allow 30 minutes to an hour between classes. If you have accessibility questions or are in need of assistance during the festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Do I Teach at the Love♡Shine♡Play Festival
Choosing our presenter lineup is certainly the most difficult thing we do. We are seeking a balance of style, gender, personality along with a strong following. Many of our presenters are activists in some way off the mat, and we lean towards heavy topics like social justice issues and climate change. We also seek to balance national, regional and local teachers in the lineup. We find our presenters through word of mouth or trusted recommendations, from past events, through our own personal connections, and our online application form.
Since we receive so many applications each year, it is hard for us to respond back to all of them personally. We finalize our lineup by January 15th each year. If you have submitted an application and have not received an approval email by Jan. 15th, we thank you for applying and hope you'll consider participating in the festival in another capacity.
Having a Booth at Vendor Village
Our vendor area is a juried market, which means we choose vendors based on the following: Similar vendors in a specific genre, quality of craftsmanship, variety of product, previous experience, availability of space. Applications received between November 15th, 2019 - February 15th, 2020 will be notified by March 30, 2020. Applications received between February 15th, 2020 - April 15th, 2020 will be notified of acceptance by May 30th, 2020. Late applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis if space becomes available. All vendors receive a set amount of drop-in class passes but it is a requirement that the booth is staffed at all times.
Becoming A Sponsor
Thank you so much for your interest in supporting the festival! If you are thinking of becoming a sponsor, please go to our Sponsor page to learn about levels and what you will receive in return. We love our partners and we constantly search to find companies that align with our mission and have the potential to enhance the experience of our attendees. You can also contact Sara@loveshineplay.com for more info.
Becoming a Volunteer
Love♡Shine♡Play Festival relies on the help of almost 100 volunteers each year. If you think you have what it takes, you can learn more about the volunteer commitment on our Volunteer page.
The process for confirming volunteers depends on many things, so it takes time. We will confirm our volunteer list by January 1st each year. (don't worry if you haven't applied yet - we have a waitlist!). You will get access to your work-trade ticket a few days before early bird ticketing ends in January. We will give you a description of your job along with your schedule in April and you will be allowed to schedule your classes a few weeks after that. Our Schedule is released in March but not to worry, there will be room for you! If a class fills up, you will go onto the waitlist and we always make room for our volunteers!
Still have a question? Contact Us!