EVER SINCE Woodstock, festivals have represented an escape from reality, a few days break from the grind of work and responsibility. And while I can walk (well, stumble) out of Coachella feeling totally refreshed about the choices I make in life, it’s never the kind of event that inspires me to change the way I act on a scale broader than my musical proclivities.
But some festivals do strive for more. As festival culture becomes more mainstream, their potential to improve a person’s overall mental and physical health becomes more apparent. Every festival is different, but each one carries an opportunity to participate in community, appreciate art and culture, and widen our world lens. For those seeking enlightenment, there are now festivals that promote a more transformative experience.
If you’re pondering where your spiritual journey will lead you next, it’s worth considering one of these transformative festivals as your next destination: