Return 2 Roots

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July 30, 2014 by synapticwolf

Just got back from Return 2 Roots – one of the most invigorating and inspiring flow festivals I am yet to experience.


If this picture is turning you on, you should probably attend Return 2 Roots.

Founded by super hooper Meagan Ruppert, Return 2 Roots is now in its fourth year. It takes place on a magical alpaca farm in eastern PA where it serves the spinners of Philly and NYC with teachers such as the esteemed Mr Noel Yee coming all the way from Vulcanville in Oaklandia, CA and the ever effervescent Bex bouncing in from Colorado.

A rare double staffer makes an appearance amidst the hoops of R2R.

Ooooh! Just look at how inspired and happy I am! Maybe Noel will look at my new tricks later!

Return 2 Roots is an almost entirely female-run enterprise – a fact that shows in its hoop emphasis, in its attention to pretty details, and in the goddess power that just pours out of the event by the bucketful.

Mermaid conclave featuring Ali Luminescent and food guru Telah.

Goddess power mermaid conclave featuring Ali Luminescent and food guru Telah Quemere.

There was a pyrotastic effigy by Monk E and his team, intergalactic funk caravan with Swift Technique, a flowcase featuring a who’s-who of hooping (which was subsequently interrupted by wild thunderstorm brought down, I can only assume, by the sheer magic of the whole thing), and a variety of classes in stuff ranging from generalized chakra opening to very specific flow technique.


And there’s an effigy. Did I mention the effigy?

More photos by Carter here.

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Flow is the state of grace that emerges as a natural consequence of full presence. The flow arts, also called spin juggling or object manipulation, alternatively engage and relax the body and mind. By following the natural movements of an object, we can unlock the previously hidden potential of our inner dance.

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