WHAT IS A TRANSFORMATIONAL FESTIVAL?
A transformational festival is a counterculture festival that espouses a community-building ethic, and a value system that celebrates life, personal growth, social responsibility, healthy living, and creative expression. Transformational alludes both to personal transformation (self-realization) and steering the transformation of culture toward sustainability.
What distinguishes transformational festivals from a typical musical marathon? Usually such festivals are located in beautiful remote locations and every participant has a potential to become a co-creator. Taking part in a transformational festival also means attending to workshops and seminars. Participants are usually environmentally aware so they put great emphasis on sustainability and those events are generally held according to the “Leave No Trace” policy.
BIG ROLE OF TRANSFORMATIONAL FESTIVALS
If you want to learn more about such events, Jeet Kei Leung already gave a great speech on this topic during TEDxVancouver, 2010. But in short a transformational festival means loads of fun in an atmosphere of openness and mutual approval. Participants are creating a temporary society that shares similar values, not sticking to any concrete religion or spiritual stream at the same time.
During a transformational festival people are experiencing simple joy of life, the same which our western civilisation forgot a long time ago. Being there means getting lost while dancing (most probably to some kind of electronic music). Also some happenings there resemble pagan rituals, the ones that were with us since the beginning.
Transformational festivals are a good place to learn more about yourself and your emotions. Various workshops organised there teach new ways of interaction: the ones based on honesty and immediacy and ones not spoiled by modern social relationship models.
And eventually, such festivals are about having the great lesson of life and bringing it to the real world. The lesson that can lead to waking up the essence of humanity, the one that got lost in this mad world. I speak about transformation that has a chance to become evolutionary step forward, the consciousness of building a better world.
TRANSFORMATIONAL FESTIVALS ACROSS THE WORLD
Burning Man is not the only transformational festival. Take a look at few more of them:
- Boom Festival, Portugal
- Lost Theory, Croatia
- Lightning, California
- Lucidity, California
- Shambhala, Canada
- Envision, Costa Rica
- Luminate, New Zealand
What are your experiences which such festivals?