More than just a party, Envision is a crash course in alternative lifestyles and sustainability. While many festivals claim to care for the environment due to token programs like recycling, Envision was actually created as a way of bringing together like-minded individuals in a celebration of nature and spirituality. While the festival does focus on music, it also offers a full schedule of yoga classes, workshops, speakers, and other educational opportunities.
The event is based on eight pillars, all key to the success and the sustainability of the festival: permaculture, spirituality, movement, art, music, community, health, and eco-building. The last is particularly significant in terms of the festival’s planning, as they strive to be a “Leave No Trace” event. As a massive gathering, this requires both the commitment of attendees and a great deal of education on the part of organizers.
But enough about planning – what about the fiesta? Now in its seventh year, Envision has steadily gained a reputation both within Costa Rica and internationally, with yoga enthusiasts, music fans, and others interested in the alternative, “green” lifestyle. In keeping with the community focus, the programming mixes both international and local artists and speakers, ensuring a uniquely Costa Rican experience.