the 6 best festivals where it feels like time stands still
Wanderlust is a summer festival, first organized in Squaw Valley, California, in July 2009. There are now several editions in the United States as well as Canada. Wanderlust is all about celebrating mindful living. In the midst of a beautiful, natural setting, you can enjoy an impressive musical line-up as well as interesting speakers, instructors and chefs to guide to towards a mindful and inspired life, where you can cultivate the best version of yourself.
Envision is a four-day festival set in Rancho La Merced, the magical place where the Pacific Ocean meets the Costa Rica jungle. The festival is a celebration dedicated to awakening your human potential, by inspiring you to participate in music, dance, performance, art, yoga, martial arts, spirituality and much, much more.
#3. Burning Man
Burning Man is not only the oldest but also the most famous festival in our list. The first edition was organized in 1986 in San Francisco. It became an annual event, lasting from the last Sunday in August to the first Monday in September, now held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The festival got its name from the symbolic ritual of burning a big, wooden ‘Man’. This activity occurs on the Saturday evening of the event, as is tradition.
#4. Lucidity Festival
Lucidity is an annual, three-day festival held in Santa Barbara, California, first held in 2012. There are music stages with bands, spoken word artists, DJ’s and dancers, as well as a large vendor area. The name of the festival is inspired by lucid dreams, the concept where one is ‘awake in their dreams’. Lucidity is all about personal awakening and growth, environmental and social responsibility, and global healing.
#5. Boom Festival
Boom is a bi-annual festival in Portugal, held during the full moon in August. It began in 1997 as a small-scale psychedelic trance festival. Now, Boom features five stages with all sorts of music performances, visual art exhibits, street theatre, yoga classes, film screenings, group meditations, workshops and more.
#6. Shankra Festival
Shankra Festival is located in the beautiful Mesolcina valley in Switzerland. While its focus is on music (primarily psychedelic trance), there are plenty of other activities to participate in, such as workshops, lectures, live painting and intercultural exchanges. Shankra is a kid-friendly festival; there is even a children’s village with loads of activities to keep the little ones busy.