The global festival scene is thriving, with a diverse array of unique festival escapes in exciting new destinations. From mountain top snow festivals and exotic Moroccan escapes, to adventures in the Costa Rica jungle, wallet friendly Eastern European hotspots and amazing city festivals to combine with long weekends of culture, gastronomic delights and sightseeing, there’s something for every festival adventurer. Need some inspiration? Here’s 11 unforgettable festival escapes for 2017…
Over recent years, the global festival scene has seen a growth in counterculture festivals that are built around community-building, personal growth, social responsibility, sustainability and healthy living. Music is often at the heart of these festivals, however they also offer an array of alternative activities, such as yoga, meditation, dance and inspiring talks and seminars. One such ‘transformational festival’ is Costa Rica’s Envision Festival . Founded in 2011 with just 500 people on a small plot of land in the laid-back beach town of Dominical, Envision has blossomed into an internationally acclaimed community gathering, attracting around 5,000 attendees every year. Days are bursting with art, spirituality, yoga, education and sustainability, whilst nights are committed to celebrating humanity through music, dance and performance, all in the name of connecting with nature, our planet and its inhabitants.
Diverse blend of musical genres
With the goal of creating a festival that represents a harmonious blend of many different cultures, the musical acts hail from around the world, representing a diverse assortment of musical genres. From ethereal house beats to deep, sultry grooves, to global bass, reggae, glitch hop and live performances, Envision unites musicians from across the world to join together under the majestic Costa Rica skies for an unforgettable experience.
Headlining acts include a rare Central American performance by the legendary Opiuo, and Chicago live dance music trio Autograf. The soulful sisters of Rising Appalachia are confirmed to serenade the Sol Stage with their unique voices and justice seeking lyrics. Canadian duo Blond:ish, known for their deep house and techno tracks, and Berlin underground legend Acid Pauli, renowned for his ultra-eclectic marathon sets also join the bill, along with Georgia-born Zach Deputy, who will be performing his beloved reggae/funk/soul fusion jams. South Africa’s world-famous electronic duo, Goldfish, space rock performer Papadosio, the deeply rhythmic Ecuadorian DJ Nicola Cruz, and the incredibly immersing Govinda also star. Colombia’s Systema Solar promise to shake the trees with their Colombian Elegancia Tropical vibes and Random Rab is set to deliver another crowd-pleasing sunrise set in the jungle. The inside tip from the events producers is to look out for some of their personal favorite “up and coming producers”, CharlestheFirst, Clozee, Goopsteppa & Tryptich and unforgettable sunrise sets from Of Porcelain & Frameworks. Musical acts are accompanied on stage by awe-inspiring performers, fire dancers, and aerialists – adding to the extraordinarily magical ambiance that envelops the lush tropical jungle landscape.
Yoga and movement
Envision’s emphasis on creating a platform for various cultures to coexist in a sustainable community resonates throughout the entire event as is evident in the yoga and movement village, which features an inspiring lineup of top yoga instructors, speakers, and educators. This includes revered instructor and founder of the Goddess Yoga Project Sianna Sherman, The Bridge Practice founder Kevin Courtney and music and dance-inspired Amber Ryan, founder of Kids in Motion Nosara and The Sacred Arts Space. Practice elevating instruction from Envision Yoga Program Director, former adidas Global Yoga Trainer and co-founder of The Avahana School of Yoga, Ashleigh Sergeant and Christopher “Hareesh” Wallis, tantrik and yogic studies scholar are also on the programme for 2017, along with the incredible Hoopalicious hosting a Hoop Dance workshop.
Inspiring talks and workshops
To accompany this incredible musical and yoga line-up is an inspiring group of individuals set to present an array of insightful talks and workshops. These include John Perkins, the author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman, Burning Man Founders Crimson Rose and Will Roger Peterson, environmental superstar Summer Rayne Oakes and Erin Schrode, the youngest woman to ever run for US Congress. Other creative speakers hosting talks and workshops include Leah Song & Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia, who will be leading a “Global Song” workshop and Kip Andersen, the writer of the environmental documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.
Envision is a true festival of the future, encompassing a cultural movement, a regenerative permaculture movement, a spiritual gathering, and an appreciation of humanity and the planet.
“I believe that by gathering in community out in nature, we create a rare opportunity for individuals to observe their value systems and inherent human motivations from a new or alternative perspective that is free of social conditioning. At a successful event, participants capture this moment and create from it a forever lasting positive impression.” – says Matt Siegel, co-founder of Envision.
If you haven’t already observed the beautiful environment and enchanting wonderment from the 2016 gathering, take a look at the official aftermovie HERE. The unique Costa Rican backdrop of Envision provides a plethora of assorted opportunities for the adventurous traveler. Enjoy surfing at sunset, trek to magnificent waterfalls, and camp in the lush jungles of the tropical landscape. Envision is the ultimate adventure for living life differently in community.
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Tickets & Packages
4 Day Pass – Super Early Bird – Tier 1 $298 + tax
4 Day Pass – Super Early Bird – Tier 2 $324 + tax
VIP – Solo Bueno Experience – Tier 1 $645 + tax
VIP – La Sombra Bungalows – w/Solo Bueno $1750 + tax
VIP – La Sombra suites – w/Solo Bueno $2500 + tax
VIP – Bamboo Treehouse w/ Solo Bueno $3333 + tax
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Envision Festival -Costa Rica, the regenerative festival dedicated to awakening human potential and our fundamental connection with nature, reveals the second phase lineup for its seventh annual gathering, taking place February 23rd-26th 2017 in the beautiful Uvita, Costa Rica. Joining Envision’s inspiring first lineup is South Africa’s world-famous electronic duo, Goldfish, space rock performer Papadosio, the deeply rhythmic Ecuadorian DJ Nicola Cruz, and the incredibly immersing Govinda.
Envision Festival – Costa Rica, the transformative festival dedicated to awakening human potential and our fundamental connection with nature, is excited to announce the yoga lineup for its seventh annual gathering. Veteran yogis and newcomers will be surrounded by the lush, mountainous rainforests and sparkling sandy Pacific beaches of Uvita, Costa Rica for the festival, which runs from February 23rd to 26th, 2017. After Envision your soul is inspired to be the change you wish to see in the world and to transform those around you with your newfound positive and enlightened energy.