As the week chugs on for most of you, I’m still rubbing my tired eyes after just returning from 4 days at Shambhala Music Festival in beautiful British Columbia. The concept of Shambhala is derived from Tibetan culture, and Buddhism. The term was loosely transliterated to mean the Pure Land, that is more of an illusive spiritual place, than physical. Today Shambhala is commonly known in the Western world as a place of peace, tranquility, and ultimate happiness. Whether you’re a spiritual person or not, everyone at the Shambhala Festival seemed relaxed, and had a generally happy demeanor.
After being admittedly anxious about camping for the first time in years, I helped set up camp, took a deep breath, and my stress proceeded to melt away…and stay away! I was outside of my element in more ways than one, yet I felt free to slow down, clearly organize my thoughts, and be myself. There was no judgment. Skin was shown, questionable dance moves exposed, and different music styles expressed. Welcome to Shambhala!
|Our camp site amongst the giant trees and stunning mountains!|
|Getting in touch with my inner hippie.|
|Doing Pilates hundreds on the beach!|
|One of 5 stages “The Beach.” A cold, but fresh water river runs through the venue, so refreshing!|
|Day time dancing, one of my favorite things.|
|DJ’s and acts from all over the world come to play at Shambhala each year. This year a reported 15, 000 people attended the festival.|
|As the sun went down the fun continued.|
|One of 5 stages at the festival, “The Fractal Forrest” by night.|
|On the 2nd day of the festival we drove into Nelson, BC and stumbled upon a great organic restaurant Jagannatha Express. It was there I learned that Nelson is one of the few cities in Canada, and maybe the world, to not have a McDonald’s. The people of Nelson lobbied against the fast food chain, and instead many healthy and organic food options exist. Yay Nelson!|
|Delicious raw and vegan treats along with their cook book featuring some amazing recipes.|
|One on the highlights of the trip, the Ainsworth Hot Springs! I wish I could have taken my camera in the caves where you can see the actual run off from the springs, but I’m afraid steam and cameras don’t mix.|
So before you all think I’ve been hit with a giant hippie stick don’t worry, I’m still wearing shoes, will never take a shower for granted again, and most of all I’m loving being back in the city. I’m feeling more motivated than ever! What I will take away from Shambhala is the idea of understanding the uniqueness of people, bodies, and learning from our differences. Peace, love, and happiness to all…now get back to work!