Roer and Henschel to Helm the Telluride Yoga Festival
by Watch Staff
12.23.13 - 12:10 pm

TELLURIDE – Since the Telluride Yoga Festival began in 2007, Albert Roer has always had a deep connection with the festival, to the extent that he and Telluride Properties became the first entity to sponsor the festival. That connection deepened when Roer became owner of the Telluride Yoga Center, two years ago. 

So when ownership of the Telluride Yoga Festival became available, Roer deemed it a natural fit.

“The yoga festival is such a fabulous event, with the strong yoga community that we have

here in Telluride,” he said. “I think it’s very important that the yoga festival continues to evolve and thrive. I’m excited at the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Now, with help from new Festival Director Erika Henschel and an advisory board of local and

international yogis, it’s time to steer the festival forward. 

“We’re thrilled to continue to bring our guests some of the most acclaimed and renowned yoga teachers worldwide,” said Henschel, “as well as enhancing and growing the event. I think there is a real opportunity to evolve the festival, and work more closely with the community.” 

The seventh annual Telluride Yoga Festival takes place July 10-13. This week, four weeks into their ownership of the event, Roer and Henschel announce a roster featuring Noah Mazé, Scott Blossom, Peter Sterios, Cat McCarthy and Beryl Bender Birch as just a few of the 30-plus presenters at this year’s event. 

“The playlist of teachers that have already committed is incredible, and I’m honored to be a part of it,” said Henschel. “It’s going to be an fantastic festival, with each teacher bringing a unique viewpoint and covering a diverse amount of yoga disciplines.” 

The festival is evolving, with new venues and a growing number of classes in both Telluride and Mountain Village; this year’s festival will be based out of the Mountain Village Conference Center. Online registration begins soon, with an announcement of the festival’s full lineup and schedule coming in February. Roer and Henschel have partnered with the Ah Haa School in a “Call for Artists” for the 2014 poster. “We are really excited to bring a fresh perspective to the festival,” said Henschel.

The Telluride Yoga Festival is an intimate yoga retreat held in the spiritual mountain setting of the sacred Telluride valley. It begins with all-day intensive trainings on Thursday, followed by three days of classes, lecturers, meditations, music, gatherings in the Bhava. A three-day pass costs $395; the three-day pass plus the Thursday all-day

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