Envision Festival – Costa Rica 2017 announces incredible first phase music, yoga, and workshop lineup.
Envision Festival – Costa Rica, the transformative festival dedicated to awakening human potential and our fundamental connection with nature, has announced the first phase of its world-class music, movement, yoga, education, and speaking lineup for its seventh annual gathering. Attendees will be surrounded by the lush, mountainous rainforests and sparkling sandy Pacific beaches of Uvita, Costa Rica from February 23-26, 2017.
With the goal of creating a festival that represents a harmonious blend of many different cultures, the festival brings together musical acts, inspiring speakers and talented instructors from countries spanning four continents. Since its inception as a backyard event in 2011, Envision Festival has transformed into an internationally-acclaimed gathering centered on participants immersing themselves in the festival’s take on a utopian tropical village centered around a likeminded community. One of the main goals of the event is for participants to walk away inspired to make positive change in their life. Collaborative art projects, musical performances, yoga, and educational workshops happen daily, as well sunset celebrations at the close of each day.
Headlining musical acts include a rare Central American performance by the legendary New Zealand native Opiuo, as well as Chicago live dance music trio Autograf. Rising Appalachia will serenade the Sol Stage with their unique justice-seeking lyrics delivered by the soulful sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith. From the Deep House genre, the Montreal Canadian duo Blond:ish will join headliner Acid Pauli, and will be performing sets they have been mastering from their current home of Barcelona. Georgia-born Zach Deputy will entertain festival goers with his beloved reggae/funk/soul fusion jams.
In addition to all the incredible headlining performances, Random Rab returns to deliver another world-renowned and crowd-pleasing sunrise set in the jungle. Back for his seventh time, Rab, along with Costa Rica’s live electronic world beat trio, Santos&Zurdo, are the only two artists who have performed at every Envision Festival since 2011.
Envision’s emphasis on creating a platform for health & wellness resonates throughout the entire event and is especially evident in the yoga and movement village. This area features an inspiring lineup of world-class yoga instructors, speakers, and educators including the founder of the Goddess Yoga Project and renowned instructor Sianna Sherman. The yoga and movement village includes the founder of Kids in Motion, Nosara, as well as The Sacred Arts Space music and dance-inspired by Amber Ryan and The Bridge Practice founder, Kevin Courtney.
To accompany this incredible musical and yoga lineup is an awe-inspiring group of individuals set to inspire Envision attendees with an array of talks and workshops. Those individuals include John Perkins, the author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman, as well as Burning Man Founders Crimson Rose and Will Roger Peterson. Some of the other creative and stimulating personalities include environmental superstar; Summer Rayne Oakes, and Erin Schrode, the youngest woman to ever run for U.S. Congress. Leah Song and Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia will be leading a “Global Song” workshop, and there will be a presentation by Kip Andersen, the writer of the environmental documentary “Cowspiricy: The Sustainability Secret.” Another particularly exciting and new to Envision this year is the Thursday night village event that will feature a series of 20 minute TED inspired talks to give participants a taste of the wealth of knowledge to be offered in the weekend to come.
Also on the schedule are events at The Village Witches workshop space, which will bring medicinal plant herbalists on an incredible journey. Highlights from this series include ongoing education from accomplished herbalists 7Song and Sarah Wu, along with Envision festival co-founder and resident permaculture expert, Stephen Brooks. Additional instructional opportunities range from bilingual language classes and African dance to Tai Chi and biomechanical alignment.
As part of extended efforts to spread Envision’s core values, the festival is launching a series of Education Retreats where those who wish to expand their experience beyond the festival may continue to learn and heal. In 2017, these will include Pre and Post ethnobotanical Costa Rican tours, an Herbal Medicinal Clinic, a post festival on-site Shamanik Yoga decompression, and a special Envision Experience Retreat at one of the co-founders’ permaculture communities nearby in Uvita. More information will be posted on the Envision website in the coming weeks.
Envision is a true festival of the future, encompassing a cultural movement, a regenerative permaculture movement, a spiritual gathering, and an appreciation of humanity and the planet. The unique Costa Rican backdrop of Envision provides a plethora of assorted opportunities for the adventurous traveler. Enjoy surfing at sunset, trek to magnificent waterfalls, and camp in the lush jungles of the tropical landscape. Envision is the ultimate adventure for living life differently in community. Watch the stunning 2016 video recap:
Performance, art and installation lineups are on the way. Click here to purchase 4-day Envision Festival pass.
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