Stressed out? Take time for play at Acro Festival

Mateo Daniel and Dani Whitehead demonstrate acro yoga. Photo by Cindy Chapter

Mateo Daniel and Dani Whitehead demonstrate acro yoga. Photo by Cindy Chapter

 

If you’re like most folks I know, you’re caught on a hamster wheel with little relief from work demands, dinner needs, carpool duties, errand running, house cleaning and social obligations.

We’re overbooked, overstressed and overwhelmed. That’s why Mansal Denton and Mateo Daniel organized their upcoming PLAY Acro Festival, designed to remind you how to play like you did when you were a kid. That, in turn, can help you reduce anxiety, stress and live a more enjoyable life, they say.

The festival, set for March 4-6 at Carson Creek Ranch, just east of Austin on the Colorado River, focuses on acro yoga, a mashup of yoga and acrobatics, but includes everything from stand-up paddleboarding to parkour, slack lining, cheer stunting, comedy improv, jiu jitsu and capoeira.

Mateo Daniel and April La Torre show off their acro yoga moves. Photo by Mattie Kay.

Mateo Daniel and April La Torre show off their acro yoga moves. Photo by Mattie Kay.

 

“Play is not just something that’s important for us to live happier and more fulfilled lives, it allows us to be more professionally successful,” says Denton, director and co-founder of the festival. “A lot of people have lost play with the modern responsibilities that come up.”

Participants can camp at the site starting Friday, and registration includes live music and two days of workshops. All skill levels are welcome. No experience is necessary.

Tickets are $220 for the weekend, $130 for day passes or $370 for a couples pass. To register, go here or call 210-912-5938.


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