What is the main message about Sol Stage you want to communicate?
Josh: This stage is truly epic. There is something for everyone here. It represents ALL elements of Envision Festival. Every stage tells a story, and If you only went to one stage, you could go here to understand what Envision is all about. The importance of our Intention, our message, our VIBE. All of our pillars can be felt in every aspect of the festival experience. It translates in so many ways. But Sol Stage captures it beautifully, and it’s where everyone that makes up our eclectic family can connect.
Speaking of ‘Vibe’, what is the overall Vibe of Sol Stage?
Josh: This is the most accessible to the broad Envision attendee. But you won’t find the typical genres that you do at some more mainstream festivals. Sol Stage is all about the fusion. Interesting, eclectic music. Funky and local. Heartfelt. Good for the family. It speaks to the intention of the festival. It’s where live band meets electronic music in a beautiful crossover that segways into a crazy unique late night vibe.
What do you love the most about Sol Stage?
Josh: It’s just different. It’s so beautiful. It’s airy, accessible, stunning, and truly a ‘Wow Factor’ stage. It takes such an effort to bring it to life, and I’m always so proud of the end result. Also some of our biggest headliners ever will be there this year. Xavier Rudd has been years in the making. We are so stoked for his set. Just thinking about it gets me smiling big. And Bob Moses. Those dudes speak this language that is so sexy and that feeling echoes throughout the stage and dance floor. We can’t wait to watch what happens this year.
How does Sol differ from the other stages?
Josh: This is the place where our daytime family members often watch music. The ones drawn to the workshops and the yoga shalas. The one’s attending for more purpose, understanding, vulnerability, heart-connection. It tends to draw more of the early birds who also tuck in early.
Like I said though, there’s something for everyone here. The headliners of course, but it also brings this Latin Fusion flare that really sets our entire festival experience apart. That tropical vibe. We have Matanza and La Boa that incorporate Brazilian rock and a Colombian Afrobeat Orchestra. It also includes Envision Festival homies since day one, Santos Y Zurdo, with their electronic rock vibes. Patterns with their unique 80’s dance-disco touch. It all comes together in the ideal harmony with a taste everyone can enjoy. Honestly though. No matter who you are or why you come to Envision, Sol stage will provide something perfect for you. Trust us.
What would you tell someone who’s never been to Envision Festival?
Josh: Envision is curated by music lovers for music lovers to experience something new they have never experienced before. Nothing ordinary. Nothing average. We’re always looking for something that brings an audience together, opens hearts and minds, and deeply inspires individual expression in the community through the unique viewpoints demonstrated on our stages. No matter who you are, you WILL find a new favorite artist and be blown away by a stage design you’ve never experienced before.
We also happen to have one of the most idyllic and paradisal venues in the world. And although we’re known for our surfable beach-front-meets-jungle venue, we’re more than our surroundings. We’re a yoga and wellness festival that happens to provide a full scale music festival. We’re a music festival that also boasts a full scale yoga and wellness festival. We have a taste for everyone, and because we’re in Central America, our Latin American influence really sets us apart. We’re marrying the North and South Americas in a variety of aspects. Just as Central America is the Isthmus of the Americas, Envision Festival is the Isthmus of musical genres. Fans will be engulfed in a Latin tropical fusion that is felt in every corner of the festival.
One last question. Why Envision? What made you bring this to life?
Josh: I had been living in Costa Rica for five or six years by the time I decided to pursue this, and it was something that did not exist here and I wanted to pioneer that dream. To experience it in such a unique and beautiful place. AND in a place that speaks the same message that the festival speaks. I wanted to deliver the same message through a festival, that being barefoot in the jungle alone would speak.
This Festival is a representation of the life I’ve chosen to live, and that my Envision family has chosen to live, in Costa Rica. A new paradigm that we’ve all chosen to pursue. Creativity, inspiration, health, community, and a real representation of a life we can all live. I want people to walk away inspired by every aspect of the festival from yoga to ecobuilding to music to landscape and we want it all to represent a lifestyle we believe in and that the world can benefit from.
I got really excited by the idea of curating my own event. My own feeling. I’ve been to festivals my entire life and constantly inspired by it all. But I wanted to do it my way. To me, it was imperative to curate my own experience 100%. From the venue, to the music, to the stage, lighting, and sound design. They all speak the same message that every other part of the festival speaks. Because this was produced by me and my team with the help of so many other members of our family. But they all understand the intention; That even if someone only attends for music and only ever goes to see the sets, they will still get the message of Envision overall. That if people only come for the yoga, or the workshops, or the beaches. You find it in everything. It’s not just about the party! It’s so much more than that. And it is all intertwined with the same message and principles as the rest of the festival. Our 8 pillars are truly felt in everything we do.
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.