When this eclectic team of dreamers first imagined Envision festival they knew that the landscapes of Costa Rica would impart a certain dreamy quality, but few could have imagined that 7 years later the communion they found in the jungle would be one of the most powerful examples of a return to alternative living on the planet today.
Participants at Envision enjoy a world-class lineup of musical performances, a bevy of workshops centered on intention-based living, and majestic sunsets that are unlike anything else in the world. But despite the long journey for most, that’s not why more than half the people who come to Envision each year return. They come back because there’s something authentic about the way the event presents a path apart from the status quo offered by Western culture. With sustainability at the core of its ethos, Envision isn’t just for those who want to learn how to live in harmony with nature and each other. It’s for those who want to see it with their own eyes.
In a world where communal efforts to repair the damage caused by global warming are being undermined by the demagogues of the day and initiatives to save important natural resources, like water at Standing Rock, are being largely ignored by current leaders and the mainstream media, it’s becoming increasingly important that where examples of another way exist, we celebrate them. We should also share them to inspire others to do the same. Whether in the friendly spirit of competition or just to be the change we hope to see in this crazy world, to many Envision represents both a beacon and a doorway to another existence. Where life in balance with nature is important, possible and absolutely worth it.
It’s easy to imagine climbing a hill, but when a friend breaks into a sprint only to yelp back “race you to the top!” something inside sparks and feet tend to take on a purpose all their own. Similarly at Envision, you’ll witness how six years of seeding the land with trees and building onsite structures by hand with local materials fosters an authentic semi-permanent village setting, free of machine-fabricated structures like EZ-Ups and Geodesic domes. In fact, after seeing a few monkeys cheering on an undulating crowd last year from a tree that was planted in the inaugural year reminded us all how enriching the land is just as important as the participant experience at Envision.
Whether you’ve come to dine on fresh tropical cuisine, to cut a jungle rug on the dancefloor or you’re here to learn from one of the tenured experts in our speaker series, you’re sure to find something that captures your imagination. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be allowed to wander? Take care to ground down and breathe in the tropical air. Explore all that Envision has to offer and see for yourself why so many who come here return with renewed purpose and a whole new view of the world.