Envision Festival 2020 is only two days away!
Since we’re so close to the ten year anniversary,
I want to introduce you to
Envision Festival Co-Founder and Village Witch.
When did your journey with Envision Festival begin?
In 2011 a group of friends and I wanted to bring Burning Man to Costa Rica so I became a co-founder.
What inspired you to create the Village Witches?
The first few years of Envision Festival they didn’t have as many workshops. So I took a year off to learn from an herbal first responder in Nicaragua and worked with a community clinic. I wanted to bring what I learned to Envision Festival. I have a twenty year background as an herbalist that focuses on educational offerings, wellness, pagan spirituality and to give voice to men and women in addition to standing in solidarity by bringing a voice to a group of people who are being silenced.
What do you recommend festival goers to experience with the Village Witches?
The Herbal Elixir Bar as we are using traditionally brewed plants and practicing conscious consumption. We want to provide functional beverages that help give you energy without getting a hangover if you’re planning to stay up through the night. The Red Tent for women identifying people. The Living Library is being held by the Sacred Fire. This is a safe space for festival goers to be in ceremony and community and to feel comforted and with your people.
The Village Witches are known to be teachers of Earth Medicine.
Who should festival goers have at the top of their list to learn from this year?
Guido Mase giving a talk on the Gifts of Nature and reconnecting with plants.
Do an ecosystem walk with myself to learn about Costa Rica and where we are in Central America. We want to invite festival goers to orient themselves to our location.
Brandon Ruiz is speaking on community herbalism and medicine for the people.
Arielle Hayat from New York City with the Alchemist Kitchen who will be talking about herbs for resilience.
If it were someone’s first time to Envision Festival, what would you want them to know about the festival?
It is important to know about self care and that self care is community care. We’re six degrees from the equator so the sun is much hotter. It’s the jungle. Be aware of your body and know that the Herbal Clinic and Wellness Sanctuary is there for you.
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