By Erin Morris | Special to The Tico Times
The 3rd annual Envision Festival, Costa Rica’s tropical mini Burning Man, kicks off Feb. 27 on the Southern Pacific shores of Playa Uvita in Bahía Ballena National Park. Envision Festival “provides a platform for different cultures to co-exist in sustainable community, as well as a forum in which to create and explore new paradigms by inspiring one another...”
The unique festival boasts five full days of music, yoga, dance and movement workshops, performance art, healing and bodywork, art installations, spoken workshops, and kid’s activities. It’s not just another music festival – it’s an environment in which the participants are expected to learn, play, share, and grow.
Headlining musical acts this year include electronic and live music performances by Emancipator, Eoto, Quixotic, Midnite, Envision Orchestra, Rising Appalachia, Adham Shaikh, Jobot, David Starfire, Ill-Esha, Phutureprimitive, Love & Light, Random Rab, Gaudi, Andreilien, The Polish Ambassador and Costa Rica’s own Sonámbulo.
The complete list of musicians can be found here: http://www.2013.envisionfestival.com/index.php/experience/2013-musical-performers
Yoga, Dance, and Movement
There is also an amazing variety of yoga, dance and movement workshops to choose from, including Acroyoga, Hatha Yoga, Merkabah Yoga, Partner Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Tantric Vinyasa Yoga, Transformational Yoga, Urban Roots, Poi performance art, Capoeira, Kundalini Dance, Tribal Fusion Bellydance, African Dance, Qigong Flow, Hooping, Egyptian Temple Dance, Pilates Yoga Dance Fusion, Aerial Silks, and Aerial Fabric and Rope for Beginners.
The yoga and movement schedule can be found here: http://www.2013.envisionfestival.com/index.php/experience/2013-schedules/item/501-yoga-and-movement-schedule
The spoken word workshops also have an incredibly diverse lineup with topics including meditation, medicinal plants, intimacy, communities for the new era, permaculture and community design, death, dreams, psychedelics, women's empowerment in Latin America, and alternate economies and digital communities.
The spoken word workshop schedule can be found here: http://www.2013.envisionfestival.com/index.php/experience/2013-schedules/item/503-spoken-workshop-schedule
Children are also invited to participate in Envision Festival. There are two open stages at 11 a.m. Thursday-Sunday, and one in which adults are invited to teach or share art with children. The other is for children to perform and share. There is a full five-day lineup of activities for kids including face and body painting, hair wraps, p intro, romps and treasure drops, yoga, art projects, hula hooping, circus time, story time, intro to capoeria/berimbau and a shadow puppet workshop.
Check out the full Magic Monkeys Kid's Zone Schedule here: http://www.2013.envisionfestival.com/index.php/experience/2013-schedules/item/500-magic-monkeys-kids-zone-schedule
Pre- and Post-Envision Activities
For those looking to start the festivities early, there are pre-Envision tours as well as a pre-party. There are two week-long pre-Envision packages that began February 20, including a Magical Musical and Sustainable Journey through Costa Rica and An Incredible Journey with Yoga and Surfing through Costa Rica. There are also individual adventure activities that can be organized through the Envision Travel Agency.
The Envision pre-party, Premonición, is February 23 in downtown San José at Club Vertigo. The Polish Ambassador, Govinda, David Starfire, Santos y Zurdo, and SaQi are playing in the main room. Mobius Strum, Richard Salazar, William vs. Cesar, and Heylin are playing in the Den. General admission cost: $20; Price with Central American cedula: $15. Tickets are available through the Envision website.
Post-Envision activities include a yoga retreat, yoga teacher trainings, permaculture education classes, as well as individual adventure activities that can be arranged through the Envision Travel Agency.
Envision Festival: February 27 – March 3, 2013, Playa Uvita
Envision Pre-party: February 23, 2013, Club Vertigo in San José
Envision Trailer: http://youtu.be/hnU3ighZzPI
Buy tickets online: 5-day pass (Wednesday–Monday), 3-day pass (Friday–Monday), 2-day pass (Saturday–Monday), 1-day pass (Sunday–Monday)
Special pricing available for residents of Central America with a Cédula.
Envision Festival Guide to Thriving: http://www.2013.envisionfestival.com/index.php/event-info/the-guide-to-thriving
The 2013 Envision Festival schedule can be found here: http://www.2013.envisionfestival.com/index.php/experience/2013-schedules