It’s festival season once again and this year I am branching out into something new. A festival I once called home is being moved into my past and I’m leaving a pretty good mark. If you follow along with my blog, Wild and Boss, then you know that What The Festival holds a very special place in my heart. I won’t go into the details (you can read about them here) but I will say that this year was a year I will never forget. So much symbolism, so much emotion, so much release.
I went to What the Fest with my friend Leonie, who hadn’t been back since our first trip together in 2014. The first time we came, we were there to party. It was an escape from reality. A place to shake loose, enjoy the sun, dance and let our hair down. This year was different. This year I was contributing art, shooting a lookbook for Our Siddhi, networking with press, and gathering content for my blog. Let’s just say I had some goals in mind and I was on a mission.
Leonie and I have the festival thing on lock. We really know how to do it right, especially when it comes to food. Festival food is something I enjoy investing my time into during the pack and prep phase, because nothing makes me feel stronger than making a bomb meal at camp. Some of my favorites include tuna fish and egg salad sandwiches, quinoa slaw, and chia pudding.
Of course it’s always a nice treat to have some food cart action as well. What the Fest is notorious for having delicious food carts (it’s a Portland thing, really), and you can’t go wrong with any choice. I usually stick to the fried rice and phad thai dumplings because they are da best.
I also wanna give props to What the Fest for their general store. They have everything you could possibly need and more. Their logo design is dope, I love the color scheme, and the quality of products they sell is awesome, especially for the price. Coolest snowboard/dusk mask ever.
And in the forest…
The forest is where the real magic happens. You can meditate under dreamcatchers, explore artwork, sip on some tea, or walk a labyrinth. The possibilities are endless and you never know what treasures you may find tucked between the trees.
My art installation, the dreamcatchers, is called ‘Catching Daydreams‘. It is a tribute to my growth from my first WTF experience to now. What was once a daydream has now become my reality. You can read more about my art and experience here. Just know that within a daydream lies your potential, and if you are willing to put in the work, you can achieve anything.
Wolf Run Ranch is gorgeous. When the skies are blue, the mountains sing and the sun beams playfully upon the field. It’s truly an experience unlike any other, and if you’re eager enough to see the sun rise, it will take your breath away.
This year really ended up being about new friends and new beginnings. It’s incredible how much support and sense of community we can develop over a short weekend spent next to strangers. Cultivating new relationships and leaving a positive impact on the lives of others is one of my biggest draws toward festivals. It is this heart-stirring festival culture that I hope to bring into the “real” world.
and damn good burritos.
What The Festival has a lot to offer. So if you’re looking to branch out into the festival world, take my advice; no matter where you end up, allow yourself to be there fully and in the present moment. It’s so easy to get caught up in our heads or focus our attention and energy on the wrong things. Allowing yourself the freedom to just be, for one weekend, can leave a lasting impact on your life.
Also check out the What the Fest x Our Siddhi Lookbook!