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Meet the founders.We are ecstatic to be bringing The OM Festival  to Southern Vermont on July 24th to July 28th 2024.

This magical 5 day transformational festival will be held in Arlington, Vermont at The West Mountain Inn.

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Sam and Amie at The West Mountain Inn

We are delighted to announce that Samantha Grout the Founder of Yoga Fun Day with 10+ years of planning events and festivals and Amie Emmons the Owner of The West Mountain Inn with over 30+ years of running large scale events, weddings and more have teamed up together to bring you The OM Festival!

Meet The Team

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We can’t wait to share the beauty of the Green Mountains of Vermont with you at The OM Festival a transformational festival experience.

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Sam Grout

Co-Founder of OM

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Sam Grout is a sixth generation Vermonter, yogi, techie, mindfulness expert, retreat leader and open source evangelist. She is the Founder of Yoga Fun Day and SAM TALKS.   Sam graduated from AMHS and the University of Vermont with a MBA and Bachelor of Science from the School of Natural Resources.  Sam has over 10+ years of experience in running large scale yoga events, open source days, technical conferences and yoga festivals across the country. She has worked for Wanderlust Festivals, Stratton Mountain Resort, The Equinox Resort & Spa, Rock Resorts, Hotel Del Coronado, KSL Resorts, Hemmings Motor News, GE, Walmart, Texas Instruments,  Microsoft, Verizon and Amazon Web Services.  She currently is a Project Manager in technology and speaks across the country on Emotional Intelligence and Why It Is More Important Then Your IQ.    Sam has taught corporate yoga to Amazon, AWS  and the YogaShape method all around the US.    Sam is on a mission to get people to Unplug & Unwind.   Sam is delighted to be a co-founder of The OM Festival and be back in her hometown of Arlington, Vermont for the 2nd annual OM Festival.  Click here for more info on Sam

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Amie Emmons

Co-Founder of OM

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Amie Emmons is an Arlington, Vermont native and owner of the West Mountain Inn. She is delighted to be one of the Co-Founders of The OM Festival and bring this festival back to Arlington, Vermont in Summer 2024.

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Sarah Barendse- Elrod

Co-Founder of OM

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Sarah grew up in Arlington, Vermont where the Om Festival is hosted. She has lived all over the USA, but her roots are still in the green mountains. Sarah is an accomplished Writer/Designer whose focus is on natural health and alternative healing information.

Having graduated from the International Academy of Design and Technology in 2000, Sarah has worked in her industry for the last 24 years honing her skills and considers herself a visual translationist for her clients as well as a non-wavering voice of truth and force for good in the world.

Sarah’s interest in natural health, healing, meditation, spirituality, and yoga began at birth, being born to a mother who was far ahead of her time – an intuitive and an herbalist. Sarah’s awakening and self-awareness journey has mostly been a personal one in peeling away her own layers over the years through a mix of modalities and experiences.

It is this journey that has landed her back in contact with her good friend from elementary and high school, the founder of OM, Samantha Grout.

Having reconnected they realized they are on the same path to help uplift the planetary vibration by assisting people in finding their tribe through festivals and events such as OM. They fully believe – If we build it – They will come.

…and here we are! Year two of the now Annual OM Festival!

Sarah is very happy to be on board.

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Dianna Scott

Volunteer Coordinator

Dianna settled in southern Vermont after finishing her graduate studies in Communication Science and Disorders in 1986. She has worked as a school based Speech Language Pathologist in the area for the past 37 years. Dianna started doing yoga in 2012 and completed her 200 hour YTT at Heart of the Village Yoga in 2022. She completed her Little Flower Children’s Yoga Teacher Training in 2022. She currently teaches yoga at local childcare centers and privately. She signed on to volunteer at OM in 2023 and she had so much fun last year wrangling volunteers that she is back for more of the same for OM 2024. She is excited to see old friends and make new ones. Dianna is a single mom to 4 children and one grandson and currently lives in Manchester Vermont.

The Mountains Are Calling. And I Must Go OM!

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What are you waiting for? See yourself in Vermont in 2024!