What We Discovered At Envision Festival In Costa Rica…
Wellbeing, social consciousness, permaculture, yoga, mindfulness… these are all super hot and on trend topics right now, so make a perfect backdrop for a festival in a tropical paradise, Enter Envision Festival in Costa Rica. It took place from February 22nd to 25th in a paradise location where the Pacific Ocean meets the wild jungle and is an idyllic setting to refocus your mind.
Musically, of course, there are lots of intoxicating sets of electronic and live music that is deep and emotive, spiritual and spine-tingling from the likes of Bob Moses, DJ Tennis, Chaim, Audiofly and Behrouz, and plenty of local stars and live percussionists all adding to the multicultural and tropical flavours of the festival. An experience in the truest sense, Envision will open your mind, soothe your soul and shape up your body in fascinating new ways.
Billed as “a celebration dedicated to awakening our human potential, Envision provides a platform for different cultures to co-exist in sustainable community, and inspire one another through art, spirituality, yoga, music, dance, performance, education, sustainability and our fundamental connection with nature,” there is a strong hippie overtime to Envision. But soon after arriving you quickly buy into the theory and lifestyle and find yourself happy to hug strangers and tell people you love them much more often than you ever have before.
Unlike many festivals, one of the first things to greet you when you get settled is the local wildlife. Iguanas, monkeys, crabs, sloths and much more all hang around on the beach and in trees. They don’t run off when they see you and make it feel all the more magical throughout your stay. Should one of them attack you—they won’t—you needn’t worry, because one of the most interesting things at Envision is the Witches Village, where an array of healing modalities can be found including diverse hands-on therapies, energy work, sound healing and spiritual channelling that all offer alternates to western medicines.
Another big feature is acro-yoga, which takes place on the beach and is a great way to relax whilst also toning up. Fire dancing and poi spinning are also popular with attendees, and when coupled with the sunsets and sunrises above the sea, they all make for life-changing experiences.
As well as these more fun aspects of the festival, there are also some serious regenerative and renewable living and workshops that educate you on various vital topics that the world needs to embrace going forward. The festival itself takes place on one of the best permaculture farms in the world and uses patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems to live by. You’ll find yourself intrigued by all this and keen to learn more once you get home.
Photo Credit: Eric Allen & Jess Bernstein