Nibana is like Burning Man's extravagant little sister that isn't on drugs or alcohol.
Founder of Nibana
We believe that we all have the right to play. To express ourselves fully. And that this means something different for everyone. To try different things and to explore different sides of ourselves. To fly, to fall and to feel that both are equally welcome.
Small festival. Big retreat. Micro-burn.
At Nibana we can experiment. It's a week-long festival where most activities happen during the day. We shape the experience together. There are no drugs and alcohol and we live by seven principles to create a safe space where pretty much everything is possible and we can learn about ourselves.
Our first proper brainstorm:
The seven principles
In the process of co-creating Nibana, seven principles were defined. They serve as an invitation of what life at Nibana might look like.
We create the experience together.
Live and let live
We celebrate our own and everyone's individual expression.
We embrace our curiosity and welcome new experiences.
We keep Nibana free of drugs and alcohol, and limit phone usage.
We communicate in a caring way and maintain openness.
We respect each other's space, stuff, boundaries and privacy.
Care for the earth
We're all part of nature and collectively care for the terrain.
Rules, ethics and consent
Freedom requires responsibility. We'll use our co-creating process to decide on the rules that define the hard do's and dont's for everyone, ethical guidelines about interaction between the team and participants, and a consent guideline to keep interactions safe and pleasureable.
Nibana is a place where all sorts of people come together. About 300 people per week. Part of our crowd considers themselves to be quite mainstream, while others can relate to keywords such as conscious, hippy, (ecstatic) dance, yoga, tantra, poly, LGBTQ, kinky or many others. While most people are in the 20-45 age range, everyone that's 18+ is welcome to participate.
Whether you consider yourself part of the majority or a minority; know that you are welcome here.
Active participation is a key element of Nibana. Shaping the week together like this has an amazing effect on the group culture. During the festival, each participant contributes a two or three hour team shift. Think cutting veggies, tidying the terrain or looking after the sauna. And besides our workshop facilitator team, everyone can offer a workshop or activity.
The creation of the festival is an ongoing process that happens partially through our co-creation nights. These are accessible to everyone, so if you happen to be in The Netherlands, do come by!