6 places in Miami to channel your inner flower child

Most people associate hippies with the 1960s, the era of Woodstock, love-ins, Haight Ashbury and all that goes with the hippie culture. If you’re into peace and love and you want to feel groovy with other folks who like to let the sun shine in head to one of these spots in Miami. And for next year, keep the first weekend in May open, that’s when the Love-In Party in the Park takes place at Greynolds Park. 


Full moon drum circles

The beach at North Shore Open Space Park becomes the site for welcoming the full moon with the thump of drums around a wild beachfront bonfire. You’ll feel a little like you’ve gone back to your scouting days when you gather around the roaring flame. That’s where the similarity ends. Prepare to be entranced by the melodic drum beats as well as sounds of cowbells and shakers. Check the trusty old Farmer’s Almanac site for the remaining full moon dates. 8 pm to midnight, 81st St. and Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

Words and Wine at Churchill’s Pub

Little Haiti’s punk/hard rock venue Churchill’s Pub may not seem like the likeliest hippie hangout but it is during Words and Wine on Wednesdays. That’s when they host an Open Mic, spoken word, live music and a drum circle. Imagine acoustic music at Churchill’s, quite a change from the amped up punk sounds that usually grace the stage there. If their “art movement for poets, musicians, dancers, thinkers and lovers” interests you, check it out. And if you prefer something other than wine get there early and enjoy $2 PBR’s and Rolling Rocks until 8 p.m., or $4 Fireball and Sailor Jerry all night. 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., 5501 NE 2 Ave., Miami, 305-757-1807 

The Miami Flea

The A+E District Miami is a popular spot for all sorts of events and their monthly Miami Flea is where you’ll find arts and crafts, holistic foods and items and places to hang out with the pooch. It’s got a sort of Woodstock-y vibe to it especially knowing you can get a henna tattoo and plenty of thrift store and vintage accessories and clothing for sale as well as loads and loads of vinyl. Dust off the record player (or buy one, they’re relatively easy to find) for your new/old album collection. 4-8 p.m. the last Sunday of the month, 14th St. and N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-625-0949 


Five Sisters Spiritual Shop

Should you find yourself in need of meditative healing head south in Miami to Five Sisters Spiritual Shop. Named in honor of the owner’s five daughters, the store is filled with holistic items of all kinds. Pick up incense, crystals, oils, candles, wind chimes, salt lamps and tapestries, everything you need to create a zen-like spot in your home. They also host weekly events at the store that coincide with the theme. Alternative healing services, yoga classes and psychic readings are all held here. Open seven days a week at noon with varying closing times, 8805 SW 132 St., Miami, 786-250-4170 

Luna Bohemia

Not far from Five Sisters is Luna Bohemia in Pinecrest, a metaphysical supply store. At Luna you can learn the art of Tarot from Valhery on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. for $10. They’ve also got a Meditation Room where a four-foot Indian Buddha greets you. Here’s where they host classes in reiki, yoga, meditation, drum circle, astrology and numerology. If you can’t find essentials for the home at Five Sisters come here where they also sell essential oils and herbs, along with apothecary including handmade soaps and scrubs. Open daily 11 am to 8 pm, 8233 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami, 786-274-0123

The Last Carrot

One of Coconut Grove’s last throwbacks to their bohemian days, The Last Carrot serves some of the freshest, tastiest health food in the city. Open since 1975, the juices and smoothies are made fresh daily and include strawberry, papaya, mango and pineapple. Their overstuffed pita sandwiches with crunchy carrots, cucumbers and sprouts are perfect pockets for a veggie burger, avocado salad, tuna or chicken salad. Walk in this place and you’ll feel like a true hippie. Mon-Sat 10:30 am to 6 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm, 3133 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove, 305-445-0805,