Wild Vibes was born on a grassy knoll on a hot summer day in 2014. Back then, it was simply a shared vision between just the two of us. We were inspired by the Seacoast's abundance of yoga, music, and art, but also felt a disconnect and separation among not only these creative cultures, but also within our community, and within ourselves. So we mused over an idea. An idea of creating a day to change all that. That idea brought in a handful of people to the first ever Wild Vibes Festival held at Pierce Island in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Although that gathering was small, something there felt really big. What had started as a dream to break down the walls of our vibrant art and holistic communities, soon became an annual festival that aims to bridge the gap, bring people together, and simply put: celebrate all the wild.
Wild Vibes has become a home where people return and arrive to year after year to share talents, to learn from one another, and to connect over the universal languages of yoga, music, and art that bring us all together. Completely run by volunteers, a group of people who donate a lot of talent, heart, sweat, and soul, Wild Vibes continues to be a place of what it was founded on: inclusivity, creative collaboration, kindness, and the celebration of our most natural state: wild.
Since our first festival (shout out to our friends and family) in 2014, we have grown (thanks to an amazing team of volunteers and an incredible expanding community) into a movement, a festival, and a retreat company, connecting humans both locally and globally who choose to share, be, and live their wild.
At Wild Vibes, you're invited, you are welcome here.
♥ Stay Wild,
With love & gratitude.
Wild Vibes Co-Creators,
AJ Govoni, Lauren Lee, & Maggie Barrett
The Wild Vibes Festival Team
Co-Founder & Co-Creator
Magnolia Barrett is a Seacoast native and Yoga teacher who loves to combine holistic healing with nature and art whenever possible. She teaches Yoga during the summers in Rye Beach and runs Yoga camps for Seacoast kids.
"Respond to every call that excites your spirit"
Co-Founder & Co-Creator
AJ Govoni is an avid traveler, an international Yoga teacher, writer, and holistic fitness instructor. She's passionate about all things creative, holistic health, and bringing people together in unique and uplifting ways. Her free spirit endeavors will find her pursuing anything that involves the ocean, the open road, and collaborating with like-minded people from around the globe.
"Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray”
Lauren Lee is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. She teaches yoga internationally and is the founder of Raise Your Beat. Lauren is a sun chaser, loves adventure, lives for connection and indulges in simple pleasures.
''Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place''
When it comes to music, Justin Uhlig is a jack of all trades. As a musician, Justin has been singing and playing guitar for audiences all across New England and Canada for over 23 years and is currently the bassist for the bands Yelloyuth and Slow Coyote. Justin is also the founder and event coordinator for Barnstormers Music and Art, multi-genre, multi-venue traveling mini-fest.
As the new Music Coordinator for Wild Vibes Festival, Justin hopes to help the annual event soar to new heights.
"The sky is kind of the limit"
Music Visionary Coordinator
Christiana is a traveling songwriter, artist and yogi. She thrives on the experience of connecting like-minded individuals and facilitating spaces for them to freely share their creativity. She is excited to apply this passion to the Wild Vibes stage, helping curate an eclectic, progressive line up and designing an inspiring platform to showcase our talented performers.
"All good things are wild and free."
Kids & Family Program Coordinator
Amanda Annicelli is an aspiring yoga and elementary teacher. She is passionate about branching the gap between youth and adults through awakening the mind, soul, and body. She seeks opportunities to deepen her knowledge and be apart of making a stronger community.
"Aim for love in everything you do."
Sarah’s New England roots run deep. Although her travels have brought her around the world, she continually finds her way back to her home in Portsmouth, NH close to all the things she loves most: friends, family, the mountains, and the beach. She’s full of passion to and for her community, always has a craft project and an adventure in the works, and never passes an opportunity to help visitors “live like a local”.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Shelby Phoenix is a Seacoast, NH-based artist specializing in Custom Watercolor Portraits. As well as being an artist Shelby teaches art classes for Main Street Art in Newfields and manages Public Relations for the Dover, NH based non-profit Art group Wrong Brain. She is passionate about creating platforms to make local art visible and accessible to the general public. She is excited to apply her skills to Wild Vibes to create an immersive, and interactive art experience.
"Experience life in all possible ways."