Costa Rica provides not only an exotic home for Envision, but also a convenient opportunity for attendees to explore a tropical country. It’s a lush land full of species, sights and adventures you’ve yet to encounter. Since you’re already here, I highly recommend taking some time to explore Central America’s unique offerings. If you’re interested but don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered with 5 retreats. Each are held directly before or after Envision and focus on adventure, learning, and a taste of local life! If you’re traveling alone this is a great way to meet some friends before Envision begins. Most of the retreats include meals and transportation to/from Envision too.
Embrace is held at Selva Armonia, an eco-lodge and retreat center founded by members of the Envision family. This retreat will dig deeper into the 8 pillars of Envision: Permaculture, Movement, Music Eco Build, Health, Community, Art, and Spirituality. Selva Armonia is where a couple of the Envision founders live year round and its jungle landscape is a great source of inspiration for the festival.
Start your day with a yoga class from hardstanding expert Benita Wolfe. Enjoy 3 vegetarian local style meals per day. Workshops will focus on permaculture and it’s role at both Selva Armonia and Envision. Expand your knowledge of natural medicinals with classes focused on Herbal Traveler’s First Aid Kit and a Medicinal Plant Tour.
Even with all that activity, there is still plenty of time for fun and getting to know your fellow travelers. Dance to 2 live Govinda sets at the Ecstatic dance and pool parties.
The Pre-Envision tour will give you a sampling of some of the highlights and permaculture communities of Costa Rica. Your adventure begins in the country’s capital, San Jose. You will get to explore both the Carribian side of CR as well as the Pacific. Some highlights include:
– A visit to Punta Mona. An isolated, off the grid, permaculture community with beachfront caribbean property. The definition of paradise.
– Rafting down the Pacuare River, one of the top rated senic spots for rafting across the world
– Hiking through the Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve and learning about the indigenous Bribri people.
– Exploring both primary and secondary rainforest.
– A visit to an educational farm where you’ll learn about sustainable living and permaculture
– Making chocolate, snorkeling and kayaking the ocean
If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge of healing plants and assisting your community, this retreat is for you! The workshop begins at Punta Mona Center for Regenerative Design & Botanical Studies where you will spend four days diving deep into the world of medicinal herbs. From there you will arrive at Envision early to help set up the herbal first-aid clinic. Once the festival has started you’ll get to put your knowledge to use, working in the Herbal Clinic.
Although no previous knowledge or experience is necessary, this is a serious course for people dedicated to learning. Includes working alongside EMTs, Doctors and requires openness to all modalities of healing. Students must work 6-8 hours per day during the festival.
On Monday when the festival has concluded, meet up with your fellow travelers at the Envision Cafe before you take off for the nearby town Manuel Antonio, where you will spend the next 2 days for some beachside decompression. You’ll get a chance to:
– Snorkel in the Pacific ocean
– Hike the Manuel Antonio National Park
– Soak in the hot springs created by Arenal Volcano
– Climb up and down waterfalls
– Stay at permaculture eco-communities and learn about sustainable design
Love to pamper yourself and rejuvenate your body after a festival? Stay onsite an extra 2 nights for the Post Envision Shamanik Yoga Retreat, held on-site! We offer yoga classes, a cacao ceremony, and guided meditation. Hold the sacred container built throughout the event and peacefully wind down the fire. There will also be workshops about different ways to consume super foods, and and energy healing. You’ll also be fed three healthy meals per day.
We take sound sound seriously. The dance floor is our temple. With each stage a sculptural masterpiece and Funktion-One sound system tickling your insides, we spend the entire year masterfully crafting an all night beach jungle celebration you'll never forget. Some sounds blast you away. Ours will hug you closely. It’s crisp and holographic. Come prepared for a deep inward journey designed to break you open.
Breathe, flow, and find unlimited freedom in physical expression. Our bodies are the vessel in this world that serve as the foundation for which we can discover our highest potential. Explore stages and spaces for you to completely let go at Envision.
Living is an art form. At Envision we cultivate a 360 degree immersive art environment that blends the edges of the canvas with the world around it.
We let the environment lead. Every structure is artistically designed with locally sourced natural materials to create a village that mimics the beauty of our natural environment, and demonstrates a way of life defined by minimizing our impact on our planet. Envision is not an EZ-Up festival.
To care for others we must first take care of ourselves. Experience and explore mindful practices for food, activity, medicine, and more that will nourish a lifetime of joyous behaviors and self-care rituals.
You are not alone. Discover the community you always knew existed but were never able to experience. Brought together by all of our similarities , and illuminated by all of our differences.
We think long term. The 12 principles of permaculture are echoed throughout every undertaking at Envision. necessity of restorative stewarding demonstrated on the land we gather and in the lives we lead.
Strengthen your source connection. Envision supports you with an open heart space where you can explore a deeper understanding of our common oneness with nature and each other.