In a recent live cast from her home in Costa Rica, Sarah Wu planted the seeds for a key talk that we’ll be diving into a lot this year at Envision. With a guiding set of ethics for permaculture and an understanding of how we use it to create balance, Sarah delivered this 1-hour talk packed with fresh information and age-old wisdom.
For her, the great thing about Envision is that there are many core elements of our community that you can learn from and immerse yourself in. There are 8 pillars that are the foundation of Envision, but we will address four of them here: permaculture, spirituality, community, and health.
At some point during the festival you may be in search of hydration, rest or a way to educate yourself on the jungle that surrounds you. Enter the Village Witches Experience.
In the Village Witches Healing Sanctuary, you can treat yourself to many offerings of healing offerings including but not limited to: energy work, sound healing, and spiritual channeling. If you have physical ailments, you can also take advantage of the Free Herbal Clinic for an alternative to conventional western medicines courtesy of renowned clinical herbalist, 7Song.
If you’re feeling parched and looking for refreshments other than coconut water and alcohol, try wetting your whistle with a non-alcoholic herbal cocktail at the Village Witches Elixir Bar hosted by The NOHM. An invention of North Carolina native, the creative child of Jill TrAshelyOrganic, ethically sourced, and absolutely delicious, indulge in an organic elixir and quench your thirst. In addition to taking care of your container, the Village Witches also offers services to enrich the spirit.
For those of you who identify as female, feel the safety and comfort of the Temple of the Moon, Red Tent (facilitated primarily by Costa Rican women) to gather and celebrate. In the Village Witches Educational Series, men and women of the community are brought together to speak on traditional and alternative healing practices, environmentalism, and the link between the earth and mystic spirituality.
In the video above, Sarah explains that the services and products in the Witches Healing Sancuary are rooted in the ethics of permaculture. To keep permaculture and the earth the central focus, the Village Witches practice the 12 principals of permaculture.
Observe and Interact
Observing the Earth and those around you. Taking notes, making connections, and asking questions to learn more about what is going on.
Catch and Store Energy
Asking yourself how you can keep certain energies within the system. With food, it would be asking yourself how to process and store food, and how to keep the food for a longer period of time. With herbalism, you will be thinking about resting, learning, studying, and experience.
Obtain a Yield
Similar to catching and storing energy. Collecting and redistributing. Sharing what you have and keeping healthy boundaries.
Accepting all feedback, especially negative feedback or constructive criticism. These things help our communities to learn and improve. Giving and offering help to those who ask for it and not forcing personal beliefs and practices on people who need help.
Use Small and Slow Solutions
With herbalism, starting to give your body a small and limited number of herbs so you can accurately see what is or is not working. Not bombarding a system with too much change.
Produce Little to No Waste
Minimizing the amount of garbage and waste we produce. Cutting back as much as we can on things like plastic and not collecting things we don’t need or can’t use in the immediate future.
Value the Edge and Margin
Working with marginalized communities to see what is needed most.
Learning about and using resources like bamboo. With plants, asking yourself what the plants produce, if they’re renewable, if they’re renewed within a reasonable amount of time.
Design from Patterns to Details
Patterns can be within the human body like wellness, illness, disease. Asking if there’s a cycle to the patterns and triggers.
Integrate Rather than Segregate
Not focusing on only one modality. There are various ways to integrate multiple practices to get ourselves and our communities well. Integrating different foods and herbs from different bio-regions.
Use and Value Diversity
Listen to different people and observe their methods. Feed yourself different foods, move in different ways, embrace the diversity in life as it can be a missing link.
Creatively Use and Respond to Change
Try to remain unattached to specific thought patterns and protocols. Don’t be hard on yourself if something in your life isn’t working the way you want it to. Listen to your intuition and follow your heart.
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.