Calling all artists and musicians, dancers and yogis, creatives and explorers, inspirers and seekers: The Envision Festival is coming to Costa Rica this February with a fiery passion to…
“awaken human potential… to see cultures coexist in sustainable community, and to inspire one another through art, spirituality, yoga, music, dance, performance, education, sustainability, and connection with nature.”
The Envision Festival is essentially one massive explosion of art, creativity, and inspiration. It’s the one weekend of the year where the most talented, right-brained creatives gather from all corners of the world to share in a monumental exchange of their prolific musings.
Given this is one of the world’s largest festivals, you can only expect more information than you know what to do with. That’s why we’ve broken it down to give you the basics, so you can easily find your way to this festival, and experience the best of the best creative arts.
The Envision Festival In Costa Rica: Essential Things To Know
What Can I Expect?
Expect more creative expression and inspiration than than you know what to do with. The Envision Festival is one of the largest cutting-edge movements of free-spirited artists coming in all forms. You can expect to take part in enlightening yoga practices, witness profound musical expressions, let yourself go to the power of art, discover new characteristics about yourself and the world, and of course, have fun!
Yoga And Dance
Some of the world’s best yogi’s are making their way to the sandy shores of Southern Costa Rica. All day long you can participate in diverse yoga practices and dance classes. There are 40+ yogis and dancers, leading classes focused on pranic breath, acro yoga, Yin yoga, guided meditations, and many forms of dance, among so much more!
This year, 40+ musicians are bringing you the best from all variations of genre, including electronic, reggea, blues, trip-hop, Arabic, classical, and unqiue combinations of multiple genres. These are truly one of the kind artists, with sounds so diverse, you can’t rightly classify them into just one genre!
This year the Envision Festival will showcase performances nearly 24/7 complete with firedancers, clowns gone street-dancers, West African inspired break-dancers, and spiritual hip-hop movers.
Take a sneak peak at the upcoming artistic features, including live paintings, sculptures, and galleries that will blow your mind.
Where is it?
Right, here in beautiful Southern Costa Rica! You might know the beach town of Uvita for its incredible whale watching tours, or it’s whale’s tail shaped beach, or even it’s pristine National Park, but did you know Uvita has been the home of the Evision Festival for three years in a row now?
There must be a reason they keep coming back. 😉 The Envision festival will be hosted on Rancho La Merced–the perfect place for a celebration of this magnitude. The Rancho La Merced has shady campgrounds, perfect spots for hosting workshops and performances, and is just a short distance from the beach (with free access) and the National Park.
When Is It?
The 2016 Envision Festival itself will be held from February 25th through the 28th.
If you think that three days just isn’t enough, you’re in good company. There will be both pre and post festivals hosted by a variety of groups. You can choose from a variety of retreat styles and objectives that suite your personal needs.
Some of the retreats start as early as February 15th, and end as late as March 2.
How Do I Get There?
With the magnitude of visitors streaming into Uvita, The Envision Festival has developed an effective system of transporting Envisioners to the festival.
The most convenient way to get to the festival is through the Envision shuttles that run from San Jose, Costa Rica to the very front door of the festival.
To make use of the shuttles, you’ll have to align your travel plans with the shuttle’s schedule. The shuttle will run from the SJO Airport directly to Envision from Wednesday, February 24 through Thursday February, 25th. They will be departing from the festival directly to the SJO airport on Sunday, February 28th, and Monday, February 29th.
If these dates don’t work for you, there are a few other options that can be found on the Envision website. You can also book your shuttle tickets on this website. Additionally, you can contact Envision directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for your specific travel needs.
Where Should I Stay?
Ready to jump into the festivities with complete abandon? Why not rent a tent and get the full Envision experience?
Single tents (complete with a mattress and pillow) can be rented for $75, and double tents for $95. Southern Costa Rica is a gorgeous natural oasis, with perfect tropical temperatures, making camping out a worthwhile and comfortable experience.
Envision encourages you to bring your own sheets, but a sleeping bag will not be necessary given the warm temperatures.
If you prefer to stay in a hotel, the Envision Festival has got your covered with unique VIP hotel packages. The VIP hotel package allows you exclusive access to the event’s lounge, free shuttle services between the hotel and the festival, and even a community tree donated in your name, among many other special benefits.
Prefer to make accommodations on your own? Check out Lonely Planet’s complete list of hotels and hostels in Uvita that accommodate all price ranges.
What Should I Pack?
-backpack for easy carry
-free moving shoes
-head lamp or flashlight
-first aid kit and medicine
-waterproof attire (for rainy days!)
-an open mind
Additional Tid-Bits Of Useful Info
–How much does it cost? Right now tickets are selling for $310, but if you act fast next year, you can get your tickets for much cheaper. You can find a complete list of pricings, including shuttle costs, VIP package costs, pre and post retreat costs, car rentals, and tent rentals right here.
-Don’t forget your passport, and make sure you have proof that you’ll be leaving Costa Rica, such as a return ticket home, to ensure you’ll get your visa on arrival.
–The Exchange rate is $1 = 500 colones
-Envision will provide many water stations with free drinking water. Make sure to bring a water bottle to fill up and stay hyderated!
–Showers will be available on the campgrounds, but only biodegradable products will be allowed in.
–Alcohol in non-glass containers is permitted in the campground area. Additionally, coolers, cameras (make sure to only take photos when approved), and enclosed propane stoves are allowed.
–Make sure to read The Envision Survival Guide for even more tips!
The 2016 Envision Festival in Southern Costa Rica is going to be EPIC.
Have you been to The Envision Festival before? Share your experience in the comments below!