MEET YOU ON THE BEACH! My top 7 picks from the Envision Festival 2018 1st wave lineup!

 

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Got my first package of promo in the mail today from Envision Festival! Let me know if you would like one of the awesome stickers they sent me (pictured below). I was accepted to the Street Team this year and I am so grateful to be heading back to Costa Rica this February 22-25th for the 8th annual Envision. The 1st wave lineup was recently released and features some of my personal favorite internationally renowned musicians, yoga instructors, performance artist, and workshop speakers.

My top 7 picks from the lineup so far: Bob Moses, who I got to see in August in an intimate setting at Deep Tropics and really loved. Clozee, who has quickly become my favorite #FemaleProducer in the world. Stephen Brooks, who is the man with the plan when it comes to all thing Eco or sustainability-related at Envision. Random Rab, who I hope to see for yet another mystical jungle sunrise. Gina Caputo, who is the “yogini on the loose” from Colorado that I have yet to get to practice Yoga with. DJ Dragonfly, who totally rocked my world with THIS SET at Envision 2017. AND Patterns, my “wildcard” synth pop Costa Rican trio that I have this sneaking suspicion just might rock my world.

I fell in love with Costa Rica on my first ever 15-day trip there last February with my boyfriend Kevin. I had never been there before and I am 1/8th Costa Rican and Kevin is 1/2 Costa Rican so when I heard him mention that he was planning a trip there I decided last minute to go.

The trip started with an adventurous 5 days in San José, visiting Kevin’s family and enjoying the Barceló San José. On Friday, we headed to Jacó to for the weekend to experience Bamboo Bass Festival. This smaller festival the weekend before was pretty inexpensive and was really fun for us as we are huge bassheads. The Monday after Bamboo we drove down Costa Rica’s beautiful west coastline to Uvita where we stayed at the magical Cheeky Monkey Headquarters, a total score of an Airbnb we rented last minute a short 6 min drive into town from the Envision site. The following week I Interned in the Hospitality department at the festival. Read my prior related blog post about my experience at Envision 2017: “The 7 Lucky Things I learned as an Envision 2017 Intern.”

While I learned so much and loved my incredible experience as an intern in the Hospitality department in 2017, I left the festival feeling the need for less work and more play time on the beach. So this year I am “stepping back” from a hands-on work role in order to really experience the festival as an attendee. I am excited to earn my ticket BEFORE the festival starts so that I may FLY FREE in 2018. I am looking forward to going with the flow and really being able to immerse myself in the experience.

In 2017 I fell in love with my twin flame (Kevin) in the birthplace of our ancestors.

In 2018 I will SWIM MORE! DANCE MORE! PLAY MORE! & LET ENVISION FESTIVAL ROOT ME DOWN & TRANSFORM ME.

ARE YOU READY FOR THE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME??? MEET ME ON THE BEACH!

>>>> Envision Festival 2018 <<<

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EVENT DETAILS: Envision Festival, Costa Rica’s own and Central America’s premier international festival, is a celebration dedicated to awakening our human potential. Envision provides a platform for different cultures to experience co-existing in a sustainable community, and inspire one another through art, spirituality, yoga, music, dance, performance, education, sustainability and our fundamental connection with nature.

Envision Festival 8 takes place February 22nd – 25th, where the rainforest spills onto the beach, Playa Hermosa de Uvita, Costa Rica. Now is the time to design your life.

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The 7 Lucky Things I learned as an Envision 2017 Intern.

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THE FAMOUS PHOTO THAT GOT ME IN TROUBLE WITH MEDIA CREW…

 

Happy Monday to my festival family near and far! Today is March 27th, 2017 and the Envision Festival officially ended one month ago today. As you can imagine, it has taken me a little time to really reflect and regroup after what was surely one of the most educational and transformational experiences of my life. After seeing a synchronistic and serendipitous amount of lucky number 777’s pop into my life over the past few months, and feeling lucky to be alive after the disaster experience of losing everything I owned in a house fire on 2/6/16, I was inspired to use the “lucky 7” in my review of my personal experience as the one and only “Hospitality Annex” Intern at the 2017 Envision Festival in Uvita, Costa Rica. I checked in for the first day of my internship on Monday February 20th and checked out in the wee hours of the morning on Monday February 27th. Over those 7 days I learned a lot. While I learned a remarkable amount, the following 7 things are my HIGHLIGHTS.

  1. DON’T RUIN THE SURPRISE. Apparently sharing photos of the Envision site during build is not approved or thought very highly of. I made the first year intern mistake of “ruining the surprise” and shared a photo (pictured above) of one of the main stages on Instagram 2 nights before the festival started… Oops! (hides under rock in embarrassment for committing social media crime). Awkward learning experience but impressive to learn that my good friend Justin Brothers (Media Guru, Co-Founder, and Co-Producer of Envision) actually DOES CARE about what is shared online prior to gates opening. This experience showed me just how much thought and preparation goes into the way the festival shares on social media prior to the festival. 
  2. If you are going to WORK IT in the jungle, prepare to operate in a constant state of MAGIC & WONDER. Wow is the word that comes to mind when following up this statement. What a joy to sweat and cart heavy things around to different parts of the festival in such a mystical place. I found myself CONSTANTLY LOOKING UP at everything the jungle had to share. Emerald green abundance, a wealth of tropical color, light, and a constant melody of jungle sounds (birds and monkeys mostly). The entire Envision site and the Playa Hermosa beach is absolutely one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my life. Such a special gift to do any kind of work outside in a place so magical.
  3. SOAP & WATER hand washing stations EVERYWHERE make the festival experience EXPONENTIALLY BETTER! Another WOW, What a concept!!! Seriously enhanced my experience to be able to really clean my hands so regularly. I feel my focus on hygiene through cleanliness and a little daily boost from products like Emergen-C and Kick Ass Immune are the reasons I stayed so healthy while at Envision. I might also add that I did not get sick with any kind of serious illness the entire two weeks I was in Costa Rica using these products and regular hand washing as my secret weapons.
  4. Bringing your own contain for food to a festival is the best concept EVER. I enjoyed this aspect of the festival much more than I initially thought. Why? Even though my initial reaction was slightly negative – “meh” one more thing to pack, carry around, and clean. I quickly discovered that the lack of trash on the ground at the festival made me much happier than I could ever imagine! Before my experience at Envision I could often be found on festival sites like ARISE, Sonic Bloom, and Gem & Jam picking up and trashing random MOOP (matter out of place). On the Envision site finding trash worth picking up seemed to be more like a super difficult scavenger hunt than a task worth my time. I did find a few cig buts backstage. When will these naughty artist and production crews learn??? BUT – the rest of the festival site was utterly CLEAN AND CLEAR of larger debris, cups, cans, and all other random ugly crap that I typically spend my life escaping. Envision 2017 easily wins award for CLEANEST FESTIVAL I HAVE EVER BEEN TOO.
  5. Sometimes, the best way to insure your a “Happy Camper” is to rent yourself an AirBnB. Okay so the truth comes out – I did not actually camp in staff camping at Envision this year. Although camping was free and included with my ticket, my boyfriend and I elected to rent an AirBnB that was a 6 min drive into Uvita instead of going the camping route. We paid $40 for an in-and-out parking pass in the GA lot for the festival. We rented a car and had already been traveling in Costa Rica for 6 days when we got to staff check-in at Envision. While I missed having a place to chill and rest my legs inside the festival I don’t regret the decision to stay off-site. Why? Because after 10+ years of camping and going to festivals I know myself and how my body handles the stress of primitive camping type situations. I have a hard time sleeping with lots of noise. I wanted to be able to give my internship 100% and I wasn’t sure of being able to do that if I didn’t get any sleep. While I admire those who seem to be able to work hard in the heat for 48 hours straight with no sleep, I admit I am not one of them. Having a bed + shower, privacy, and a place to re-group and lock my valuables allowed me to relax and really give my all to the experience. Absolutely no regrets.
  6. Good vibes, good tea, and easy to grab snacks go a long way on Sunday. The final day of the festival came too quick. I was tired. I mean REALLY TIRED. But something told me to bring the little bit of this special herbal Hibiscus Tulsi tea I had brought with me from the fancy Ku-Cha tea store on Pearl St. mall. When I arrived for my scheduled 8am intern shift on Sunday, tempers amongst some of the staff working near me were flaring. Something about that 72+ hours with little to no sleep, problems, solutions, more problems, and more solutions had seemed to wear and tear on the attitudes of the staff. I asked myself, what do I know about grumpy and irritable people??? They likely need yummy tea and food! So I went to town making my special tea WITH LOVE using the traditional Tico Chorreador and asked some of the other hospo girls to help slice up some fruit. We set out the tea and food and sure enough most of those hangry frowns turned into snacking smiles.
  7. Hospitality takes HEART. My high school Hospitality Management teacher Mrs. Wieland used to say something to our class school that I truly feel Envision 2017 helped me actualize and reinforce. She used to say, “You have to have a heart for hospitality”. I can say she was 100% on point with that statement after several years of slowly working my way up in the entertainment side of the enormous hospitality industry. I have discovered the hard way that working festivals in particular is often grueling and unglamorous work. Lots and lots of late nights, early mornings, getting dirty, and grinding it out until the job is done. Simply put, you have to LOVE IT to really dive deep and get the most out of a festival internship. To really learn and grow in this game of life you have to LOVE YOURSELF and LOVE TO WORK HARD. You have to set aside your pain, personal problems, and live up to who you truly are and what you are capable of. You have to wash out and walk away from the old and welcome in the new pure life you deserve.

                                                             

 ❤ PURA VIDA ❤ 

WITH ABUNDANCE, GRACE, AND ENDLESS GRATITUDE 

-BRIELLE BATAILLE aka HOSPO ANNEX INTERN @ ENVISION 2017

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Super Rad P1 Credential
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Sunset with a wink from the cute Claire Thompson (Envision 2017 Internal Programs Director)
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Sunset Love
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Sunset Panorama with Nikki our amazing AirBnB host & Envision Cafe 2017 Staff
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CHEEKY MONKEY CABANA ~ AWESOME AIRBNB WE STAYED IN!
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Sunset beach smiles with Jamie B my festival internship leader (hosp annex lead)

ARTIST OF THE WEEK *HOLIDAY EDITION*: Lexis Krieg + The Sol Shine yoga studio and gallery in DENVER, CO!

I had the pleasure of meeting this week’s #ARTISTofTHEWEEK in person at an amazing local Denver yoga studio and boutique – The Sol Shine! The oh so colorful Lexis Krieg and I enjoyed meeting as if by magic at The Sol Shine holiday party on Dec 10th. It was a delightful evening of music, fashion, and local art. After meeting the creative force and boss lady of The Sol Shine – Dannie Huggs, a few weeks before at the ARISE holiday soirée, I was inspired to make it a top priority to check The Sol Shine studio!

Stepping into the store I was immediately overcome by the wonderful smell of incense, a sensory bliss mix between herbal bath products, palo santo, nag champa, and LOVE. The size of the space and variety of products from around the world in the gallery really impressed me. I allowed my intuitive shopper skills to guide me to what really felt like it was mine. I ended up with a beautiful Lovestitch scarf that reads, “BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER” and a greet mala bracelet with opalite made by hand locally.

Meeting this week’s artist in person was awesome. I selected her for the feature because I immediately loved her colorful Colorado style. Her work is so affordable she makes it possible to buy her originals. You can see her collection in person now at The Sol Shine or check her out online via the links below.

Wishing each of a fabulous holiday season! I encourage you to support the growing local Colorado artist community by giving the gift of amazing art this season. 

Cheers & Happy Holidays !-Brielle Bataille – ❤

Shop Alexis Kreig Art >>> www.lexisworksart.com >>>

FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA >>> Facebook >>> Instagram >>> Pinterest >>> Twitter >>>

Shop The Sol Shine >>> thesolshine.com

FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA >>> Facebook >>> Instagram >>> Twitter 

Below: Lexis Kreig at The Sol Shine 12/9/16 posing next to her recent works

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Below: THRIVE 20×20 Mixed Media – $175

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Below: Dannie Huggs OWNER/BOSS LADY of The Sol Shine in Denver, CO!

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BELOW: UNDER THE NIGHT SKY 12×24 Mixed Media – $150

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BELOW: LONGTIME SUN BLESSING  10×25 MIXED MEDIA – $165

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BELOW: Overhead shot of inside of main gallery room at The Sol Shine

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Below:Lexis Kreig at The Sol Shine 12/9/16 posing next to her recent works

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Glassy Mermaid: Story behind the glass

Glassy Mermaid  is an etsy shop I started to support and sell my own glass art and the work of Steven Tillman aka Jellyfish or Jfish glass. Jellyfish and I met at Sonic Bloom music festival in Georgetown, Colorado in June 2013. Jellyfish attended the festival this year as a member of The Colorado Project, a non-profit community that brings glass artist together for a greater cause. He has worked extensively putting on live glassblowing events for the past three years. At the event, he and many other glassblowers from all over Colorado joined forces and did live glassblowing demos for all festival attendees. Jellyfish is father of two and has been blowing glass in northern Colorado for 10 years. His work is inspired by earth, space, and underwater creatures. Steven is well-known for using multimedia elements in his jewelry such as, electroformed copper, sterling and fine silver, crystals, minerals, and tektites. When we met the opportunity to learn to blow glass naturally presented itself. This opportunity and our meeting appeared rather magically, and had an energy of divine intervention. Although my glassblowing career has just begun, glass art has always been close to my heart. My uncle’s company Austin Thin Films is one of the largest Dichroic Glass manufactures in the states. Prior to meeting Jellyfish, I worked as a social media manager at a chain of glass galleries in Colorado called Myxed Up Creations. After working behind the scenes in the glass industry, as well as, on my degree in Events Management at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, I wanted to get more involved in selling at live events. My dream of vending at live events was realized when I was offered a job as Merchandise Manager with Bus To Show. Jellyfish and I have since been working together selling Glassy Mermaid glass, Olmec Apparel Clothing, and other Bus To Show community integrated products at our merchandise table. We are willing to set up our table at any event in need of vendors that presents a profitable opportunity. Our eyes our open to the rainbow of possibilities available in the glass and live event industry. We love to collab with other artist and share our art with the world!

Help us to grow and thrive by giving us a LIKE on FACEBOOK here–>https://www.facebook.com/GlassyMermaid

Follow our latest glass creations and adventures on instagram here–>http://instagram.com/GlassyMermaid

Follow Jellyfish glass on instagram @jellyglass

Visit our shop here–>https://www.etsy.com/shop/GlassyMermaid

Contact us at GlassyMermaid@gmail.com

(Collab with Joel Corrley aka Black Sand Glass, Jellyfish, & Glassy Mermaid)

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Olmec Apparel x The Basics Fund x Bus To Show Merchandise

Happy Holidays everyone!

Sorry it has been so long since my last post! I have been busy getting melty & creative in a new hobby GLASS ART! As well as, traveling HAWAII, and preparing as I set out on my new journey managing a merchandise program for BUS TO SHOW LLC & The Basics Fund. The Basics Fund & Bus To Show are non-profit corporations founded in Boulder. The Basics Fund has the mission of creating a community of appreciation, involvement and sustainability surrounding contemporary art and artists. We do a weekly open mic poetry, interview, & music series at 303 Vodka in Boulder.  Bus To Show is a wonderful non-profit transportation company that provides bus parties with a live DJ to local events. As merchandise manager I get to attend local events and shows and promote the organization. Bus To Show has provided me with a way to connect and share my art and the art of other local Colorado artist with the public. BTS is also doing an incredible job of providing students, teachers, and dancing aliens alike a sober ride to and from high risk events aka SAVING LIVES!!! So with that said, it is my privilege to present to you the incredible designs by Hunter Damiani that I have been selling. These shirts are ORGANIC COTTON, LOCALLY DESIGNED, AND LOCALLY PRINTED & are available through me directly or through the Bus To Show web-store!

Email me directly for t-shirt orders or more information here –> Brielle@bustoshow.org

Or order directly off the online webstore here –> STORE BUSTOSHOW.ORG

Olmec Apparel Page // Hunter D Art Page

Bus To Show Page // The Basics Fund Page

GET GOING TO OUR WEEKLY EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/1409197122635496/

THE BUS TO SHOW WARRIOR SHIRTS ROCK!!! IMG_4324 IMG_4325 IMG_4328(Table setup at The Magician in Denver @ Cervantes!)DSCN5744 DSCN5753

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HEAD IN THE CLOUDS – BLACK

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irie_black_back irie_black_front-1Pocket Watch of Salvador Seuss

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CONTACT ME @ Brielle@bustoshow.org to order today!

Or follow me on twitter @BrielleBataille

VIDEO of THE WEEK: Desert Dwellers – New Generation (Feat Darpan – Temple Step Project Remix)

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Greetings everyone!
School is out for summer! I’m back from a month of rest, relaxation, and uplifting enlightenment 🙂 I and have SO MUCH new stuff to share with you all! Photos from a family trip to winter park, incredibly sick pics from SONIC BLOOM 2013, and TONS of fresh new tracks, threads, parties, amd album drops to share from some of the most progressive curators of our time. So excited to share it all with you!

ENJOY!

Today I would share this awesome new remix video of  Desert Dwellers song New Generation Featuring Darpan by Temple Step Project!

Find Desert Dwellers –> HERE
Find Temple Step Projext –> HERE

Michal Menert ~ Upcoming Denver Show + Mafia Pin + Summer Tour Dates

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Tomorrow Michal Menert will be THROWING DOWN at Casselmen’s Bar in Denver! You seriously don’t wanna miss this show… His set at Snowball absolutely KILLED IT! Check out his latest series “Elements” and my new favorite Michal Menert Mafia pin. Cassie B from the PL Family worked some serious magic incorporating the CO flag into the Mafia design. The fresh new style of hip hop, funk, and soul beats are sure to get this summer started off right. ENJOY!

GET GOING TO THE SHOW –> HERE

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