Nibana Terrain Guide & Rules
Version 1.0. Last updated: 20 June 2019
Terms and conditions
During your entire stay on the Nibana terrain, the General Terms and Conditions apply.
We keep the terrain free of motorized vehicles, with two exceptions. You can keep your vehicle on the terrain if it’s been made to sleep in. The welcoming team may also give you permission to bring your vehicle on the terrain on the arrival and departure days (Saturdays) to drop off or load your stuff, but it’s preferred to just do so by foot. If you do get to bring your vehicle, it should be off the terrain again within 15 minutes.
Phones and devices
We ask you to keep your devices stored away as much as possible. Preferably switched off in your tent/accommodation or otherwise out of sight. Phones are not allowed in the wellness area. Using phones is not allowed during workshops.
If you want to take a photo or video during Nibana, we ask you to only include people that have verbally consented to you that this is OK. Taking a selfie or group photo is allowed. Taking photos of other people without asking them is a big no.
Nibana itself has a small media team who will be taking photos or videos occasionally. This team can be visually recognized. During registration we offer the possibility of wearing a special bracelet, which tells our team not to capture you on film.
When someone of our media team is about to record you, and you don’t want that, you can cross your arms in front of your chest and look them in the eye to indicate that you do not want to be included in this moment. Use this whenever you want to. They very much appreciate you taking care of yourself. Be aware that they may not always see it in each moment, so you can always walk up them to check.
We keep Nibana free of drugs and alcohol. Both drugs and alcohol are completely banned from the festival terrain. If you happen to have alcohol with you during your travels, you can keep it in your car (or someone else's) on the parking lot. All drugs, including marijuana, which is considered a hard drug in France, are illegal and not welcome on the terrain nor the parking lots. Being under the influence of any drugs or alcohol is not allowed. If you break any of these rules, you will be asked to pack your stuff and leave the terrain immediately.
Smoking is only allowed in the dedicated smoking area on the terrain, as indicated on the terrain map. Under no circumstances smoke when you’re in the woods, to avoid bushfires. Don’t leave cigarette butts on the ground.
Do not cross the borders of the terrain onto the private lands of neighbors. It’s important that we maintain a good relationship with them. When leaving the terrain onto the public road, please wear tops and bottoms, to avoid upsetting the neighbors.
Showers and toilets
The terrain uses an ecological wastewater system. To take a warm shower, you’ll need 50 Euro cent coins. Each coin provides 4 minutes of warm water, so please bring plenty of them for a week. Cold showers are free. We ask you to use eco-friendly shampoo, soap, et cetera.
The only things allowed in the toilets are human output and regular toilet paper. Don’t dispose of sanitary napkins, tampons, wet wipes, et cetera. If you find yourself cleaning something, don’t use aggressive cleaning products such as chlorine. Do not empty chemical toilets in the ecological wastewater system.
All genders are allowed to be topless on the terrain. We do ask that you wear some sort of bottoms. Full nudity is welcome only in the wellness area and during certain workshops and activities, in which case it can usually be derived from the workshop description. It will also be indicated during the workshop. Being nude is never expected of anyone.
There are some guidelines to keep the wellness enjoyable for everyone. Take a shower before entering the hot tub or the sauna. Wash off any facepaint, make-up, sunscreen, et cetera. Don’t take soap into the hot tub or sauna. Don’t engage in sexual activity. Keep the space tidy and don’t leave clothes, towels and other stuff behind. Take care of the fire together. Respect your own comfort level: there’s no need to be naked in this area, even if everyone else is.
Please respect the silence on the silent terrain (which is called the Universe). It’s a place to reflect, to meditate, to sit around the silent fire and to rest. The silence starts at the path leading to the silent terrain. Respect this when you enter and leave the terrain.
Violence, discrimination and bigotry
Violence, discrimination and bigotry will not be tolerated. Please report incidents to the coordination team, who will look into the situation and take appropriate action.
A washer and dryer are available near the shower area on the lower campgrounds. You can purchase a coin and washing tablet for €5 at the Center Camp.
Fire is only allowed in the dedicated fire spots, which are clearly recognizable. You can add wood to keep the fire burning. Don’t turn it into a huge fire. When sitting around the fire, please take a moment to see where the fire extinguishers are, in case of emergency. If it’s after 23:00 and you’re the last one to leave the wellness fire or the fire in the silent area, it’s your responsibility to make sure the fire feels contained. When in doubt, you can put it out using a bucket of water that should be available around the fire. It is not allowed to make a fire in any other locations.
Leave no trace
We ask you to help us leave the terrain better than we found it. Everyone is responsible for putting any garbage in the appropriate trash containers, which are located near the main entrance. We ask you to leave the terrain with all the stuff you arrived with. So don’t leave behind any tents, inflatable mattresses, clothing, etc.
There’s a freezer available on the lower campgrounds that serves a single purpose: to freeze ice packs. No food or drinks are allowed in the freezer. And any food or drinks found in there will be taken and eaten.
The terrain uses an ecological wastewater system. Therefore the only things allowed in the toilets are human output and regular toilet paper. Don’t dispose of sanitary napkins, tampons, wet wipes, et cetera. If you find yourself cleaning something, don’t use aggressive cleaning products such as chlorine. Do not empty chemical toilets in the ecological wastewater system.
The water from the tap is not official drinking water, but most of us do drink it. If you want to drink official drinking water you can get this at the Center Camp or at the dedicated drinking water point on the lower campgrounds.
Lost & found
Did you lose something? First look in the lost & found box in the tent where you might have lost it. Once a day, this box will be brought the the central Lost & Found location at Center Camp.
If there is an emergency, such as fire or a storm, please take care of your own safety and inform the Nibana team (phone number +31616335010) and/or emergency services (phone number 112). In case of a storm find a building to hide in and stay there. Do not hide in a tent. When you hear the constant noise of a horn, find a building and stay in there until you receive further instructions from a team member.
Medic first aid
In principle, everyone carries a responsibility to take care of themselves. Nibana does have first aid kits available in the Center Camp and there’s a list of people with Medic First Aid qualifications. It’s a shared responsibility to find these people when they are needed.
You can also go to the first aid service of the nearby hospital. We suggest to always bring someone with you, and preferably someone that speaks French. The nearest hospital (in Gien) is called Centre Hospitalier de Gien. The address is 2 Avenue Jean Villejean, 45500, Gien. Use Google Maps or follow the following directions. Take the D940 for Montargis, take the first exit to Gien to the left. Go right after the Loire bridge, the first on your left after 100 meters, follow the road for about 2 kilometres, than to the right, follow the sign: Hôpital/Urgence.
Be aware of ticks (Dutch: teken, French: tiques) on the terrain. Check yourself and each other on a daily basis. If you find one on your body, use a special tick remover to remove it. A tick remover is usually available at the Center Camp.
There’s a wifi spot on the lower campgrounds with a very limited Internet connection in terms of speed and available data. We ask everyone to use this connection as little as possible. Do not use the connection to download big files, sync Spotify playlists, etcetera.
Staying longer on the terrain
After Nibana 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 4 hours on Saturday taking down decoration.
We want to constantly improve this guide and very much welcome your feedback. So don't hesitate to get in touch with us and send us your suggestions.