Feb 22 – Mar 3
10 Days of Costa
All Ground Transport and 2 Hotel Stays
4 Day Envision Festival Pass with camping gear rental
4 Nights Beach Eco Lodge Accommodation
Feed 1000 hungry Locals - Potluck!
3 Tasty Local Meals per day
Cacao Ceremony / Coconut Oil Tour
waterfall adventure / surf lesson / daily yoga / tai chi / waterfalls / etc
“My girlfriends and I were able to experience the true heart of Costa Rica thanks to Adventures with Max. Because of him this was hands down the most eye opening trip I have been on yet.”Andrea Blake (Adventure Blogger) @ andreablake.online
“I wish I had never traveled to paradise”No one ever
What is Envision? Watch me.
Fly into San Jose’s Airport (SJO) where a shuttle will be waiting to pick you up. You’ll shoot to the hotel and have a nice meet and greet with the group to warm us up for the rest of the adventure. We will get a good night’s rest and get our stokes high for Envision Festival the next day.
We’ll awaken at the hotel, have a hearty breakfast, and head south to Playa Uvita, Bahia Ballena, located on the ‘Whales Coast.’ We’ll check into Envision Festival, get our tribe’s camp set up, and let loose for the next four days. There will be daily yoga, stimulating workshops, healthy local food, and world class music performances. Also, we will have daily access to the beach 😉
As the festival closes on Monday, we’ll pack our bags and head just north to the beach eco lodge where we’ll be staying for the next four nights. The eco lodge is located on the edge of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, where the jungle meets the beach. Google ‘paradise’ to see…. Established in 1990, the park contains the largest coral reef on the Pacific side of Central America. The park’s waters are prime for viewing the humpback whales as they migrate (Dec. to April) from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii down to Caño Island, just off the Osa Peninsula coast. The national park includes 270 acres of land and 13,300 acres of ocean wild life. It is a wildlife sanctuary for several troops of monkeys, exotic birds, and tropical fish. We’ll stroll through the jungle, take in the view of the vibrant tropical flowers, or maybe even catch a glimpse of a resident sloth 🙂
The eco lodge features a large kitchen, a yoga platform terrace, a large full bar, a spacious dining area, a slack-line, and a beautiful sand-bottom beach where there is surfing and swimming only a short walk away.
Surfing is not required, but is encouraged. Consider it Ocean Therapy… We will have lessons right on the beach, and if you decide to paddle out, we’ve got your back… even through those few inevitable wipeouts. There will be plenty of other activities like boogie boarding, snorkeling, beach running, waterfall hiking, and yoga-ing. GET STOKED.
Daily yoga sessions will give you a renewed sense of perspective and peace in this calm, serene, environment I call paradise. Don’t worry if you have never practiced before! All levels welcome.
All meals are included and Max approved. Max has scouted out the best local and organic eats and has the satisfaction of your tastebuds in mind. We’re talking jungle pizza, bomb-ass sammys, typical (delicious) local cuisine, and volcanic Costa Rican coffee 😉
The eco-lodge where you will be staying is THE go-to spot in the area. You will find plenty of new friends at this jungle bar so feel free to enjoy an ice cold local beer after your salty surf session 🙂 Remember, we’re on VACATION. We’re here to have a damn good time, not take ourselves too seriously. Our goal is to leave feeling renewed in body, mind, AND spirit.
On the final day of the adventure, we’ll come together and give back to the local community. Part of your retreat cost will be going to feeding 1000 locals in need – potluck style. They’ll come to a designated area to eat, mingle, share space, AND take back storable food to their families. Any leftover food will be distributed as needed. That night, we’ll catch one final sunset then transport ourselves back to San Jose for an early morning flight to Phoenix. You will then get your phones back 🙂
This trip is about your happiness. It’s about you choosing you – so come enjoy life!
Maxwell BronsonHost, Translator, Adventure Guide
Sara LoveCo-Host, Tai Chi/Yoga Teacher, Master Chef, Dance Teacher
VERY SAFE. The safest in Central America. Use common sense like traveling in groups and during daytime hours for added safety
200 USD should be good for souvenirs, beers, coconuts, and food within the festival. There will be no ATMs within the festival but there will be ATMs in Uvita. Don’t rely on them. Have cash. The USD is accepted everywhere. Small bills please! (less then 20s make it easy. 50s can be an issue) Visa cards are accepted mostly everywhere but cash is king. Let your bank know you are traveling!
You will get a pack list after booking. Pack light!
Don’t bring valuables
Warm! Humid! Tropical! GREAT! Think Hawaii-esk. LOTS of sun, generally 🙂 Dry season (summer) is December through April. Green season (winter) is May through November. Winter days start out sunny then get afternoon or evening showers.
This is a technology free free. Don’t stress about this. Your phone/camera will be kept in a safe place and you will be more present 🙂
In an emergency situation, Max will have a phone, also others will have phones, nearby.
Also, there will be a professional photographer taking photos and videos. Better photos than any camera phone, I promise.
Take this as an opportunity to be fully present and not worried about how others will think about you.
Hailed as one of the most fascinating festival experiences this planet has to offer, Envision exploded to life as nature collided with art in the form of incredible stages, driftwood sculptures, bamboo jungle gyms, and scores of smiling faces lounging in hammocks and tree pods. Sun-kissed days filled with mind-expanding workshops, philosophical discussions, yoga classes, short walks to the ocean, or a drive to a local waterfall transformed into celebratory tropical nights with an intoxicating musical lineup performing on one of four dazzling stages – Luna, Sol, Lapa, and The Village Stage.
2016 welcomed expansions to the festival including Casa de Yoga, a new zone that included two permanently installed bamboo yoga temples, the Gaia fresh juice bar, the Kula Lounge offering cacao ceremonies, and a substance-free campground. Internationally known movement and yoga teachers included author and founder of 109world.com Rachel Brathen, founder of the Goddess Yoga Project Sianna Sherman, celebrated 5Rhythms facilitator Amber Ryan, pioneer of the One Yoga movement in Trinidad and Tobago Troy Hadeed, co-founder of The Avahana School of Yoga Ashleigh Sergeant, and Mexico City’s Classic Hatha Yoga master Marcos Jassan. Kids activities were enjoyed in the Family Dream Oasis to entertain and educate Envision’s adventurous families. Envision also offered both pre and post festival educational retreats, under its new division ‘Envision Education’, which showcased everything from tours of Costa Rica to permaculture immersion, an herbal clinic intensive, and a post event yoga/detox/surfing Reboot Camp — more of these boutique-Envision experiences to come in 2017.
Festival expansions also included an upgraded medical tent employing both Western and Eastern medical practices with a free herbal clinic offering herbal remedies and tonics alongside conventional treatments. For those wanting an upgrade to their camping experience, the La Sombra VIP Camping zone offered decked out tree house suites and canvas-wrapped bungalows in addition to 24hr concierge service, a salon boutique, and private bathrooms/showers. The newly erected Templo de la Tierra offered sacred fire ceremonies at sunrise and sunset or a quiet area to sit in meditation within the temple dome.
A pioneer in green festival design, Envision set forth environmentally sound initiatives throughout all aspects of the festival. Most Envision structure were built from bamboo and other locally-sourced materials (not a single metal framed vinyl tent could be found). A long-term lease on the property has allowed the festival to plant fresh banana, papaya, and other local ornamental flora to line pathways and provide natural fencing, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Throughout the festival, all “single-use” cups and tableware were banned and replaced with reusable items and a festival-wide dishwashing program, drastically reducing the amount of waste at the festival. Additionally, all generators were powered by biodiesel, a virtually unprecedented practice in Costa Rica.
Bass-heavy artists such as Shpongle, The Human Experience, Dimond Saints, Spoonbill, and CloZee, performed on an imported Funktion1 soundsystem on the impressive Luna Stage. Designed by visionary artist Carey Thompson, Luna bellowed in the form of a towering mariposa (butterfly), incorporating 3D projection mapping by the famed Mexico City artist, Golem. Performances were viewable across the expansive field, where attendees could climb a massive, multi-level bamboo jungle gym or witness visionary live paintings by global muralists Ernest Doty, Hazul, Mario Belem, and Anderson Deberardi on the walkways leading to the Envision Art Gallery. Alongside the howler monkeys in the treetops, day-chasers welcomed the sun as they danced to Random Rab during his fabled, ethereal sunrise set.
The equally impressive Sol Stage featured complex psychedelic 3D mapping projected onto its sun centerpiece by Zebbler Studios. Sol hosted live music from California’s experimental, world-fusion band Beats Antique (Live), Saint Croix reggae legends Akae Beka (formerly Midnite), Costa Rica’s 80s synth-pop band Patterns (noted as a top band to see at SXSW 2016), Colorado-based folk musicians Elephant Revival, and Costa Rica’s stand out electro-fusion rock band (and surprise festival favorite) Santos y Zurdo offering one of the most unique sets of the weekend complete with electric sitar. House and techno music came alive on the more intimate Lapa stage, where legends such as Desert Hearts’ Lee Reynolds, tribal house leaders Bedouin, Berlin-based DJ and production duo, M.A.N.D.Y., progressive trance dub DJ Grouch, and Los Angeles-based deep house selector Tara Brooks, drew dancing revelers into its feathered domain.
In the heart of the festival grounds stood The Village, a bustling caravan of educational workshops, inspirational speakers, vendors, and the fresh produce Vida Market complete with the live music Village Stage, Tea House Lounge, and a women’s only Red Tent pavilion. The Village Stage hosted insightful and speakers such as nutritional expert David Wolfe, astrologer Kaypacha, City Repair Project’s Executive Director Marc Tobin, and sustainable living educator and Envision Co-Founder Stephen Brooks, plus live musical performances by Vir, Camilo, and Incus. The Witches Healing Sanctuary provided a unique communal healing and ceremony space for herbalists, body workers and educators to share therapeutic practices. Craft vendors boasted unconventional souvenirs with beautiful handcrafted jewelry, art, and clothing from across the Americas. Food vendors offered a selection of mouthwatering world cuisine and local dishes made from unprocessed, fresh food sourced from local farms.
Having successfully set itself apart from other music-driven festivals through its emphasis on soul empowerment and holistic living, Envision seeks to fulfill an inherent human desire to connect with like-minded individuals and feed the innate human need to be and live interconnected with nature.