Location & how to get there
Nibana is a stretched out terrain in the beautiful Loire Valley in France. Have a look below to view all possibilities of traveling to the festival.
Nibana is located in the Loire Valley, France, near the little pitoresque village of Coullons and a slightly bigger city called Gien. Nibana doesn't have a proper address and can be found most easily using coordinates:
47.613861, 2.521917 (Open in Google Maps)
Nibana is an 8 hour drive from Amsterdam, 9 hours from London, 10 hours from Barcelona, 13 hours from Berlin or Madrid, 7 hours from Zürich and 9 hours from Milan. You can plan your trip using Google Maps.
Parking is available on the terrain.
We'll create a ride sharing section on the website later, which we'll announce on the mailing list.
The nearest train station, Gien, lies 14km from Nibana. It's a 85 minute train ride from Paris. The quicker you buy your train tickets, the cheaper they are. The French rail operator, SNCF, starts selling tickets 90 days in advance, at which point a one way train ride from Amsterdam to Paris will cost €35 one way. The longer you wait, the higher the price gets.
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We'll probably organize a shuttle bus between Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Nibana (if there's enough interest). Subscribe to the mailing list and you'll be the first to know when shuttle bus tickes become available.
Dates & tickets
Nibana will take place for two weeks. You can buy a ticket for either of the weeks or for both.
The longer you wait, the more you pay. We expect to sell out.
We're currently selling a limited amount of Early Bird tickets. These tickets are offered at a discounted price. Once the Early Bird tickets have sold out, we'll move on to the full price tickets.
There are only weekly tickets. Nibana is designed to be a full week experience, so the idea is to arrive on Saturday and leave a week later.
Nibana is like a big retreat, but at a more affordable price. Every day you can choose from all sorts of workshops and activities, hosted by professional facilitators and made possible by a dedicated organization team. Since we're organizing it at a bigger scale, our prices are lower than what you'd pay for a retreat.
In absolute terms, it can still feel like a lot of money of course. If your current situation doesn't allow you to buy a ticket now and you still want to make use of the Early Bird price. You can pay 30% of the ticket price now and 70% within two months after purchasing your ticket.
Yes, for a surplus of €15 you can buy an Open Ticket, which allows you to choose which week you'll attend until two months after purchasing your ticket.
Yes. If for whatever reason you can no longer attend Nibana, you're allowed to resell your ticket. We'll make a dedicated section on the website where you can easily resell tickets to those that are still looking for a ticket. You will need to inform us whom you transferred the ticket to.
We offer a limited amount of volunteering tickets. Volunteers spend a certain amount of time working, but also get a lot of time to participate in the activities. As a volunteer you pay a reduced ticket price. If you're interested, let us know.
Understanding the concept
We like to think we're a bit of all of these. In a way we're a big 300-people retreat. There's a program led by experienced ceremony leaders and professional workshop facilitators that allows you to have a retreat-like experience.
Nibana is also a festival. We have a big beautiful terrain where you can walk around and explore. Where retreats tend to focus on a single topic, Nibana allows you to try many different things. Experiment, then stick with it or change your mind. Do whatever feels right to you. Play. Reflect. Repeat.
Sander's participation in Burning Man (2011 and 2018) has been a major source of inspiration for Nibana. The feeling of ultimate freedom. Dropping the plan, trying things he'd never think he'd do, and embracing whatever the day will bring.
Burning Man also reflects in our co-creation spirit. Everyone can be a part in the process of creating Nibana. We ask everyone to contribute a 3-hour team shift, to help make the festival work. During the festival anyone can offer a workshop, so we very much welcome everyone's creativity. We love the the concept of carrying the week together with the group as a whole. And as an added benefit, we need less staff and therefore can have lower ticket price.
How you actually spend your day is 100% up to you. We offer a daily program, which offers a wide array of possibilities. On most days it looks like this:
|07:00 - 08:30||Early morning practice|
|08:30 - 10:00||Breakfast|
|10:00 - 11:15||Day opening|
|11:30 - 13:30||Workshop round 1|
|13:30 - 15:30||Lunch and chill|
|15:30 - 18:30||Workshop round 2|
|18:30 - 20:30||Dinner and chill|
|20:30 - 23:00||Evening program|
We observe that drugs and alcohol are often used as a shortcut. A shortcut that makes it easier to connect with our desires and with the people around us. Nibana is very much about doing these two things. It's a place of freedom, self-expression, human connection and trying all sorts of things. We choose to pursue this without taking the shortcut.
Let's be clear: it's really really not allowed. We're totally cool with anyone doing this at another place or time. Just not at Nibana.
The good news is that you're in good hands. The festival is set up in such a way that you don't need to be drunk or high to act the way you want. The program and terrain are designed in such a way that you can easily connect with new people as much as you want to. Many of the participants come by themselves, which means many people are very open to meeting new people.
A week without intoxication has quite some added benefits: a safe terrain where everyone is accountable for their own actions, real human connection, personal growth, and no hang-overs.
To protect everone's privacy, taking photos of other people is not allowed on the terrain. We highly encourage you to switch off your phone for the week. There's a phone drop-off point where you can hand in (and retrieve) your phone at certain time slots during the day.
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.
Nibana is a place where we celebrate our own and everyone's individual expression and can experiment with trying all sorts of new things. To maintain this freedom safely, we're coming up with a structure that helps avoid potential chaos. We're using the co-creation nights to form the structure to support our freedom:
The principles serve as the foundation for the group culture. They are our intention for the week.
We're in the process of forming rules, an ethical code as well as a consent guideline. Knowing the rules, or boundaries, helps us to live in freedom without having to doubt whether what we're doing is allowed. Read them beforehand. If at any moment you feel like you cannot adhere to a specific rule, instead of breaking that rule, please reach out to us, so we can talk about it. The ethical code defines how Nibana team members and workshop facilitators can interact with participants. The consent guideline offers a framework to help everyone understanding each other's boundaries.
Co-creation is the basis of Nibana. While we're preparing for the festival, you can join the conversation online or join one of our co-creation events. For more info, see the co-creation section of the website.
During the festival there are various ways in which co-creation takes place. First and foremost, anyone can offer a workshop, as long as it's safe. Furthermore we ask everyone to contribute a 3-hour team shift, so we carry the week together. This idea of active participation, instead of mere consumption, has been borrowed from Burning Man and leads to a completely different festival experience. As an added benefit, we need less staff and therefore can have lower ticket price.
Last but not least, we offer a limited amount of volunteering tickets. Volunteers spend a certain amount of time working, but also get a lot of time to participate in the activities. As a volunteer you pay a reduced ticket price. If you're interested, let us know.
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, meaning a small dedicated area of the terrain. The playground is not open 24/7 and is looked after by a team of so called spaceholders during opening hours. It's a home to sexually oriented workshops and conscious ceremonies. It is definitely not a place for easy sex or a hook-up.
We also have a playground for wellness and nudity. That playground is explicitly not meant for sexual activity.
Having said all this, Nibana is a place where you can explore various aspects of your sexuality in a safe and conscious way, and where a selection of amazing workshop facilitators can support you in doing so.
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. 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.
To create an intimate vibe where we can all feel connected, each of the two weeks is limited to roughly 300 people.
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 during the week. Attending by yourself surely is an enriching experience.
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. We strongly encourage you to join the day opening at 10AM, since it's a great way to stay connected to the group, but it's fully up to you.
You are very much invited to wear whatever feels right for you. 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.
All genders are allowed to be topless on the terrain. For full nudity, we have a dedicated playground.
We're selecting a group of workshop facilitators that together have more than enough qualities to offer a varied program in which all six workshop themes are represented. We invite workshop facilitators that have both passion and experience. Most of them do this for a living and offer their own retreats and/or workshops.
We're aiming for diversity in the group in terms of gender, origin, ethnicity and age, and very much welcome suggestions on how to do this better.
Yes, please! Everyone can offer a workshop, or propose an activity. Talk to us and, if it fits in the program, we'll write it on the board and you're good to go.
We ask everyone to contribute a 3-hour team shift, so we carry the week together. This idea of active participation, instead of mere consumption, has been borrowed from Burning Man and leads to a completely different festival experience. As an added benefit, we need less staff and therefore can have lower ticket price.
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 sauna, cleaning or helping to decorate.
In any case, bring a cup, a plate, a bowl, and cutlery, even if you've ordered a meal plan. Bring a small towel for drying/sauna and a big one, as you'll need it for certain workshops (massage, etc).
If you're cooking yourself, bring whatever you need to cook, such as a camping stove. You could bring a cool box and freezer packs. We offer a freezer to cool your freezer packs.
Bring enough 50-Eurocent coins, since you'll need them in order to shower.
Bring whatever you need for your accommodation. If you've booked accommodation with us, bring sheets and a pillow.
If you feel like it, bring an instrument. Certainly bring hoolahoops, extravagant clothing, supplies to make art, toys and whatever you can think of to spice things up.
Definitely do not bring: glass, drugs and alcohol.
The weeks start and end on Saturday. You're welcome on the terrain as of 14:00 and are advised to arrive before 17:00 if possible. The opening ceremony of the week will start at 20:30.
The closing ceremony of each week takes place on Friday and on Saturday you're asked to leave before 10AM. After the second week there's room for some people to stay a bit longer and help us take down the decorations. After the second week you can stay on the terrain for up to six more nights. More info on that can be found below.
Most people bring their own tent. You can also bring a van to sleep in. Normal cars will have to be parked on the parking lot
We also have a limited amount of bungalows and small shacks available, and we'll be offering dorm tents. Prices will be published soon on the tickets page. Subscribe to the mailing list and you'll be the first to know when accommodation becomes available.
Free tea and water are always available. Other drinks can be purchased for a fair price; both basic alternatives as well as fancier drinks. There will be fruit and snacks for sale too in the Paradise Bar.
Every morning the local baker comes to the terrain with a selection of different kinds of bread.
You're very welcome to bring your own cooking equipment, food and (non-alcoholic) drinks. There's a freezer available to cool your freezer packs in order to preserve your food in your own coolbox.
There's the option of ordering a meal plan in advance, which costs €175 per week and includes dinner on the Saturday you arrive and three delicious vegan meals per day from Sunday till Friday.
A supermarket can be found 3 kilometres (2 miles) from the terrain.
There are no lockers, but we do provide the possibility to hand in your phones and other devices. You can hand in and retrieve these at certain time slots during the day.
You won't need much money at Nibana. The program is fully included, so you might only need money to buy drinks, fruit shakes and snacks, or to book one on one sessions with facilitators.
We'll sell tokens on the terrain. You can buy these with cash, and probably with European/Meastro debit cards, but we're not sure about that yet. In any case, you can use the ATM in the the village nearby (3KM).
We love doggies, but no, you cannot bring them. We only allow humans and unicorns.
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that the terrain is fully wheelchair accessible. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about this.
Yes! After the second week you can stay on the terrain for up to six more nights at a cost of €10 per night. There will be no more program and facilities available and we do ask that you contribute a few hours on Saturday taking down decoration.