The three-day PlayThink Movement & Flow Arts Festival kicked off its second year Friday at HomeGrown HideAways in Berea.
The event includes workshops in yoga, aerial silks, poi and crystal healing meditation.
The festival continues today and Sunday with 57 instructors, hailing from eight different states, who will be teaching a variety of disciplines, including hoops, stilt walking, fire dancing, meditation, capoeira and more.
More than 300 participants have signed up for a weekend of family-friendly activities led by these innovative athletes and artists, said PlayThink creator and organizer Paige Hankla, of Lexington.
“‘Flow’ is like moving meditation,” said Hankla. “It’s a mind set more than anything.”
The goal of the festival is to educate others on the benefits of re-connecting the mind, body and spirit via creative new forms of playful exercise, she said.
“The PlayThink Movement is an inclusive, participatory 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 and live life to the fullest,” Hankla said.
After completing her undergraduate studies in aviation and then graduate studies in public administration, Hankla developed an interest in hula-hooping. She later became certified as a yoga instructor, and her love of those forms of flow art inspired the PlayThink concept, she said.
In addition to working her day job at the state department of aviation, Hankla plans to organize PlayThink each year. The number of PlayThink participants have more than doubled from last year, she said.
Admission includes access to all workshops, community meals and camping at HomeGrown HideAways, a farm owned by Nathan and Jessa Turner at 500 Floyd Branch Road in Berea.
For details, visit www.playthinkfest.com.