When people hear about a drug and alcohol-free festival, sometimes the immediate reaction is laughter, nervousness, disbelief and perhaps a ‘lol- no thanks’. If you’ve never been in this kind of environment before, that’s understandable.
At Buddhafield, the focus is on what happens when you take these things away. It’s not about deprivation, it’s about creating space for a different kind of experience. Genuine connection and joy are hallmarks of the festival – as well as providing space to explore more challenging concepts and emotions such as grief and global issues.
This creates a safe environment for many people that may not have a comfortable home elsewhere such as:
- The recovery community
We have dedicated recovery spaces on-site throughout the event. This includes 12-step, 8-step and other recovery methodologies – all are welcome. The multi-fellowship gatherings at Buddhafield are rich and connective. Many people credit the festival with being the start of their recovery journey – both because of the support available and due to being in a restorative environment where it’s obvious that social gatherings, dancing and acceptance are possible without active addiction.
Children running free, playing in hay bales and crawling around in the grass. It sounds idyllic because it is! Conscious, open-hearted participants mean that the festival environment stays clean and wholesome. Getting up early with the kids isn’t a lonely experience at Buddhafield – plenty of people are up, smiling and ready to be with others in the early morning light. There’s also plenty for kids of all ages to do - including a teen space.
We can all feel isolated and separate from nature and from each other. Reaching for anything that will help with the pain inherent in that experience is understandable. And, if you don’t want to do that, it’s vital to find something else that offers a feeling of wholeness. Healing and connection can come slowly and there’s no guarantee that it will happen over the course of a five-day festival. However, seeds can be planted quickly and nourished over time. People keep coming back to Buddhafield over and over again because they have had that experience.
Why do conscious celebration and Buddhism go together?
Fundamentally, Buddhism is about clarity and awareness. The teachings, practices and ethics all point towards a fuller, deeper experience of life as it really is. When illusions of separation and resistance are stripped away, celebration, community and authentic living are the natural results. This is a vital path with the potential to create huge benefits and facilitate positive progress in the modern world.
Come and see for yourself
You don’t have to be Buddhist to be at Buddhafield Festival. You don’t have to be living a sober life before or afterwards. All you need is a desire for something different and exciting – a way to connect with other humans, the planet and a sense of inner wellbeing. See you out there.