Envision Music Festival is an eco conscious festival that is taking some huge strides setting examples for things more festivals need to do more. We think it kicks ass, and here’s what we think the festival does best:
1.) Compost Toilettes:
When you have a gathering of over 5,000 people camping in a very compact temporary location where the waste goes is definitely a concern. Most festivals have port-o-potties scattered throughout the grounds, which are smelly, unsightly, and definitely not the best for the environment. Envision solved the waste problem by offering an eco-friendly and effective solution, compost toilets! The compost toilets were made out of all biodegradable material such as bamboo and palm leaves, saved thousands of gallons of water, and created great fertile compost.
2.) Yoga LOTS of Yoga:
Sure a lot of festivals offer morning yoga sessions or a workshop here and there but Envision offers a whopping 8 hours each day of yoga classes and hands on workshops. The yoga offers a great way for festival attendees to ground themselves and unwind after a night full of dancing. Offering guidance and instruction, the workshops made it so yoga masters and first timers were comfortable getting involved. Shamanik Yoga Flow, Body Sensing Yoga, Thai-Yoga Massage, and Pilates and Yoga Fusion were just some of the awesome workshops offered. A workshop in acro partner yogi was even offered where class instructors taught the value of trust in partner acrobatics while demonstrating different partner poses that ranged from beginner to intermediate skill level. All yoga classes were held in two gorgeous temples on the festival grounds with plenty of room for people to get involved!
3.) No Plastic Plates or Plastic Ware:
Envision is an extremely eco-friendly and conscious festival, and one of their biggest steps in achieving this status was banning plastic plates and plastic ware from the festival grounds. Food vendors were not allowed to use plastic while handing out their food, instead they relied on the diningware the festival goers had brought. Envision reminds attendees to bring their own cup, plate and silverware, but if not it is also available for purchase at the festival. There was a wash station set up where you were able to go and scrape your plate (into a compost pile!) and wash it after each meal. The elimination of this paper waste greatly reduced the festival’s trash volume, and made it much more eco-friendly.
4.) Sunrise Sets:
Each morning the skies of Pura Vida lightened from a tarry star studded pitch black to a grey that slowly warmed to brilliant pinks, oranges, and yellows. Macaws would wake and start calling, howler monkeys would start howling and birds would swoop through the sky signifying the new day. The sounds of Emancipator, Random Rab, and Govinda were just some of the artists that welcomed the sun. Hammocks surrounded the stage with sleepy attendees that just couldn’t bring themselves to go back to their campsites and miss the magic. The dance floor was covered with flow artists and dedicated dancers. The sun would rise behind the stage lighting up the crowd. It was a gorgeous way to end the music each night.
5.) Workshops & Informational Talks:
One of the greatest things about Envision was the opportunity for education they provided during every day of the festival. Some of the talks offered information on things like travel first aid, plants used for healing, building with sustainable materials, healing with body paint, meditation and massage. The talks offered q&a sections to allow the audience to get any questions they had answered.
Throughout the festival grounds there were structures of every kind for attendees to climb on and interact with. The masterpieces began from the moment you walked into the festival’s entrance gate, with brightly painted wooden wings and a skull made out of driftwood to look like a massive Macaw. Throughout the grounds there were towering bamboo structures that welcomed climbing, even a structure that wound it’s way through the global market with a slide at the end! The yoga temples were gorgeous, featuring sculptures made from recycled materials creating a beautiful and calming ambience in the middle of a bustling festival. The stages were pieces of art themselves. Made mostly from bamboo, wood and palm leaves they were extremely sustainable and beautiful fitting right in with the natural jungle surrounding them. The Luna Stage was the most stunning, featuring a mother black panther with the DJ situated in the belly.
Art was very emphasized at the festival, with live painters scattering the grounds and fantastic visuals from Android Jones and more helped create the vibe of the event. The festival feature an art gallery displaying amazing works from artists from around the world. Envision also had breath taking performance artists. From acro yogis, to fire spinners to hoopers, there was always something to watch on stage.
Envision is located in the beautiful tiny town of Uvita, Costa Rica. With beautiful jungle foliage surrounding the grounds and just a short walk to the beach Envision is paradise. It is tucked away from busy city traffic although the festival provides easy and affordable rides to and from the airport. If you’re not into camping, or want to get away from the heat there are also many great options for lodging within walking distance or a short cab ride from the festival. Blessed with regular sunny weather and thriving wild life the grounds are one of a kind and some of the most beautiful in the world.
Written By Madi Lawton