Practical info

All the information you need to arrive fully prepared.

Location & how to get there

The Nibana Conscious Winter Burn 2020 takes place from 24 till 26 January 2020 in a wonderful group accommodation, near Tilburg, in the south of The Netherlands.

Exact location

The Nibana Conscious Winter Burn 2020 will take place at a wonderful group accommodation called De Nieuwe Erf. It's located in Diessen, near Tilburg, in the south of the Netherlands.

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By car

Nibana is about an hour drive from Utrecht, about two hours from Brussels five hours from Paris and eight hours from Berlin. You can plan your trip using Google Maps.

Parking is available on the terrain.

If you're going by car and have some seats left, please offer them in the Ride Sharing Sheet. It's more fun, better for the environment and you can share the fuel costs.

By public transport

The nearest bus station, lies 1 kilometer from the location, which is about a 15 minute walk.

You can plan your public transport trip using Google Maps.

Ride sharing

We've created a Google Sheet to enable ride sharing between participants. It's more fun, better for the environment and you can share the fuel costs. Have a look at the sheet.

Contacting Nibana

Before reaching out to us, please consider that the team is very busy on the days during and around the event. Most information can be found on the website or in this email. If you cannot find the information yourself, you are very welcome to get in touch with us. You can reach the festival coordination team at a phone number that will be made available on the contact page. You can also give this phone number to those close to you, in case they need to reach you during the event and you’re keeping your phone off (which we highly recommend). 

Dates & tickets

The Nibana Conscious Winter Burn is a 48-hour event from 24 until 26 January 2020. We advise you to arrive on the 24th between 17:00 and 18:00.

Arrival and departure

We ask you to arrive on Friday between 17:00 and 18:00. The potluck dinner will start at 19:30, followed by the opening ceremony at 21:00. If you can come help us with decoration during the day, that is very much needed and appreciated, so please send us a message.

The closing ceremony will take place on Sunday from 16:00 till 17:00 after which it's time to head home.

How far in advance should I get a ticket?

The earlier you buy a ticket, the more you support the creation of the event and the less you pay.

There are three ticket rounds:

  • Early bird: €197,50 (until 1 Dec or when we sell 75 tickets)
  • Normal bird: €227 (until 22 December)
  • Late bird: €249 (after 22 December)

This excludes accommodation (€9-50) and joining the communal cooking operation (€15).

Have a look at the tickets section and follow Nibana on Facebook or Instagram to know when a sales round is about to end.

Why does Nibana cost what it costs?

Organizing an event like this costs a lot of money. The ticket prices simply reflect the costs that we need to make to make it happen. Since we value transparency, we'd like to give you a rough overview of the costs we're making:

  • Renting the venue: 29%
  • Preparation and coordination: 23% (*)
  • Decoration and transport: 15%
  • Communal cooking: 12% (**)
  • Promotion: 6%
  • Wellness area: 2%
  • Insurance and admin: 2%
  • Print materials: 1%
  • Various small costs: 5%
  • Event earnings: 5%

* People working 50-100% for 3 months or working full-time during the event: 40% of their hours are compensated for a minimum wage. 60% of their hours are not financially compensated.

** The ingredients money + compensation for a head chef to prepare and coordinate the cooking operation.

Are there lower income options?

Yes. There is a karma ticket fund that everyone can donate to. The money in this fund will be used to make budget tickets available. More info about this can be found in the tickets section.

Besides that, it's possible to buy your ticket in two installments. Please contact us if you wish to do so.

Can I cancel once I have a ticket?

If for whatever reason you can no longer attend Nibana, you can resell your ticket. The best way to do so is through the Facebook event. Perhaps sell them with a small discount and it should be easy. You will need to inform us whom you transferred the ticket to.

We also offer the following money back policy:

  • 75% back until 30 November 2019
  • 50% back until 22 December 2019
  • 25% back until 17 January 2020
Can I attend as a team member or volunteer?

During the Nibana Conscious Winter Burn 2020 everyone is contributing in one way or another. So you work a shift in the kitchen, offer a workshop or contribute something else. We do not offer discounts in return.

Understanding the concept

What exactly is the Conscious Winter Burn?

The Nibana Conscious Winter Burn 2020 is a 48-hour immersive experience where we're invited to explore much of what life has to offer and to be our most authentic selves. It's a combination of Nibana ceremonies/experience with co-creative activities/workshops, so everyone's creative ideas can become reality.

It's a fully co-creative event, so everyone gifts a few hours of their time during or around the event. What happens when a group of people commits to contributing to creating the experience together is hard to explain and amazing to experience.

Wondering what you can do? There's a bunch of possibilities and you really don't need any skills. We always need people to cut the veggies.

  • Decoration before the event
  • Welcoming & registration team
  • Helping in the kitchen
  • Tidying the building
  • Transporting stuff to or from the location
  • Offer a workshop, organise an activity, create an experience or host an area
  • Support someone in offering a workshop, activity, experience or area
  • Joining the Emotional Support Team
  • Joining the S'x Positivity & Consent Team
  • Being a photographer
  • Making music
  • DJ'ing

The program is being co-created as we speak, which you can see happening here.

What does the schedule look like?

We offer a bit of a schedule as a structure to co-create this event. It's not set in stone though, so if you want to offer something outside these hours, feel free to do so and propose it here.

Friday:

12:00 - 18:00 Setting up the venue
17:00 - 18:00 Welcome and registration
19:30 - 20:30 Potluck dinner
21:00 - 22:30 Opening and welcoming ceremony
22:30 - 00:30 Music and open space

Saturday:

07:45 - 08:45 Program co-creation (*)
08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
10:00 - 11:00 Morning gathering
11:00 - 11:10 Announce your activity
11:30 - 13:30 Program co-creation (*)
13:30 - 15:00 Lunch
15:30 - 18:30 Program co-creation (*)
18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
21:00 - 03:00 Ceremony, party and program co-creation (*)

Sunday:

08:30 - 09:30 Program co-creation (*)
09:30 - 11:00 Late breakfast
11:00 - 13:00 Program co-creation (*)
13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
15:00 - 16:00 Cleanup
16:00 - 17:00 Closing ceremony

* This would be a great time to offer a workshop or activity. You can also offer activities outside these hours. How about speed dating over lunch?

No drugs and alcohol?!

Yes, we keep Nibana completely free of drugs and alcohol. It’s really really not allowed.

Nibana is full of opportunities for personal growth. It’s a safe environment where we take responsibility for our own actions and can trust others to do the same. We believe that this can be best achieved when we’re sober.

Sometimes, it might take just a tiny bit longer to loosen up, but when you learn to do so, it’s a skill that you can apply to all aspects of your life.

Added benefits: real human connections, crystal clear memories & no hangovers.

What about phones and photos?

To protect everone's privacy, taking photos of other people is not allowed unless you have the verbal permission of everyone in the photo. We highly encourage you to switch off your phone for entire duration of the event.

We'll have a photographer walking around at certain moments. She'll be very sensitive about when to take photos or not. There'll be a signal to indicate you don't want to be in a particular photo, photos can always be deleted upon request and there will be a wristband system that allows you to indicate that you don't want to be recognizable on any photos.

Can you say more about the role of sexuality?

Sexuality is a big part of life. Life cannot exist without it. It's so present, yet often suppressed. In order to offer the opportunity to explore sexuality, we've created a special playground for it in which sexuality is welcome (but never expected). This playground is located in a separate building. Easy to find and easy to completely ignore.

Attending Nibana

What 'kind' of people attend Nibana events?

Nibana is a place to live and let live. We actively welcome all (adult) ages, shapes, colors, ethnicities, genders, orientations, religions and cultures.

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. Don't relate to any of these? That's totally fine. A little bit of curiosity goes a long way. Everyone that's 18+ is more than welcome to participate

Whether you consider yourself part of the majority or a minority; know that you are welcome here.

How many people attend?

The Nibana Conscious Winter Burn 2020 takes place in an accommodation with 200 beds. We expect to sell out and for 200 people to attend.

Can I attend by myself?

Yes, please! Many of our participants come by themselves. It gives you the freedom to follow your every impulse and creates so much space to meet new people. You're in good hands: we pay lots of attention to building a strong community. A lot of the opening ceremony will be focussed on connecting with the people around you in various ways. Attending by yourself surely is an enriching experience.

Do I have to participate in the activities?

Absolutely not. And you don't have to justify yourself either. One of our principles is 'live and let live', meaning that we're creating a space where everyone can do what's right for them.

Are non-cisgender people welcome at Nibana?

Yes, yes, yes. We actively welcome people of all gender-identities. We believe that gender is non-binary and that the only person that can determine their gender is the person themself.

We also believe that more flexibile gender roles and gender expression would make the world a better place for everyone.

We cannot guarantuee that every Nibana participant has a full understanding of this topic, but we're surely trying to raise awareness.

Is there a dress code?

You are very much invited to wear whatever feels right for you. Dressing up, dressing down, dressing extravagantly, trying a different style, dropping gender conformity or simply wearings jeans and a t-shirt are all equally in line with our 'live and let live' principle.

It's OK to be topless, regardless of your gender.

Can I facilitate a workshop or activity?

Yes, everyone can offer a workshop or activity. Go here to propose an activity, vote on the ones you like or offer help or suggestions. When you post an activity, feel free to ask for help or support from others.

How do the team shifts work?

We ask everyone to contribute something, so we carry the event together. This idea of active participation, instead of mere consumption, has been borrowed from Burning Man and leads to a completely different experience. As an added benefit, we need less staff and therefore can have lower ticket price.

Some people will contribute by offering an activity. Many will do so by doing a 3-hour team shift. You can choose how you contribute from a number of available shifts. For example by cutting veggies, looking after a space, taking care of the hot-tub, cleaning or helping to decorate. An online system will be made available for this shortly.

Practicalities

What should I bring?

The essentials:

  • Sheets to make your bed (to be specified later)
  • A vegan meal for the potluck dinner on Friday night
  • A cup and water bottle (with your name on it)
  • A regular towel for showering and a big towel for massage and such
  • Toiletries
  • A flashlight
  • Warm clothes and socks
  • Comfy clothes for movement workshops.
  • Toilet paper (we ask everyone to donate one toilet roll)

Enhance your experience:

  • Yoga mat and meditation pillow
  • Party clothes, clothes to dress up (or down) during the event
  • Dress up clothes for others (so we can co-create a transformation corner)
  • Eco friendly (!) glitter and face/body paint
  • Hula hoops, juggling balls, board games, a football and so on
  • Swimwear (if you prefer to wear something in the hot-tub)
  • A raincoat
  • Pen and paper (to make notes during/after workshops)
  • Massage oil
  • Safer sex supplies
  • Musical instruments
  • A blindfold (for certain workshops)
  • Anything you'd like to place on the altar of abundance
  • Whatever you can think of to enhance the experience of you and others

What NOT to bring

  • Animals. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate your super cute doggy.
  • Alcohol and drugs.
What are the arrival & departure times?

We ask you to arrive on Friday between 17:00 and 18:00. The potluck dinner will start at 19:30, followed by the opening ceremony at 21:00. If you can come help us with decoration during the day, that is very much needed and appreciated, so please send us a message.

The closing ceremony will take place on Sunday from 16:00 till 17:00 after which it's time to head home.

Where will I sleep?

There's a bed for everyone. There are over 40 bedrooms of different sizes. Most of them contain between 3 and 8 single beds.

The sooner you buy your ticket, the more preference you receive in choosing your room.

What's arranged in terms of food and drinks?

Free tea and water are always available. Other drinks can be purchased for a fair price; both basic alternatives as well as fancier drinks, such as home made Chai.

As for the food, Friday night is potluck, so please bring a vegan meal to contribute to the buffet. On Saturday and Sunday a total of five meals will be cooked by participants (supported by our head chef). You can join these 5 vegan meals for a total of €15. You can also cook for yourself in one of the kitchens if you bring some cooking gear.

Are there lockers?

There are no lockers available.

Money on the terrain?

You won't need much money at Nibana. The only thing you need money for is to buy the fancier drinks or snacks in the Chai Corner.

The Chai Corner accepts cash and European/Meastro debit cards.

Can I bring my doggie?

We love doggies, but no, you cannot bring them. We only allow humans and unicorns.

Is medic First Aid available?

Nibana is a small event and has no dedicated Medic First Aid (MFA) team. Everyone carries the responsibility to take care of themselves and each other. More about this can be read in the Medic First Aid guidelines.

Is Nibana wheelchair accessible?

The Nibana Conscious Winter Burn 2020 will be held at a wheelchair accessible location. If you're a wheelchair user and are planning to attend, please get in touch so we can make sure we keep an appropriate room available for you.

..still have questions? That's a great excuse to get in touch with us!