7 Wildest Transformational Festivals

From Burning Man to Shambhala Gathering

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Where: Rancho la Merced, Costa Rica

When: February 23rd to 26th

Why go: Founded in 2011 with just 500 people on a small plot of land in the laid-back beach town of Dominical, Envision has grown steadily to its current size of around 5,000 attendees. The natural location helps limit the size and places important ecological demands on the gathering. There is no plastic of any form within the festival grounds and every attendee is encouraged to bring their own reusable plates, containers, cutlery and water bottles. All food and drinks on sale are organic and locally made, while workshops cover topics like permaculture, indigenous empowerment and plant healing. Well-known artists like Ant-Ten-Ea and Random Rab have performed in past years on one of the four stages. The crowd is a beautiful mix of surfers, yogis, Costa Rican locals and a wide array of travelers that come from near and far to take part. "I love Envision," says Chip Conley, "because it's small, well executed and so integrated with the natural environment. Transformational festivals use nature as their cathedral and Envision does this better than most."

Official website: envisionfestival.com

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