My Costa Rican yogi story + Envision 2018 yoga lineup!

Getting excited!!! Just 65 DAYS! I leave the second week in February for another 15+ day adventure to the birthplace of many of my ancestors. I learned recently that while my name is very french my heritage is mostly Spanish & German. Many of my Spanish ancestors settled in Costa Rica and my great-grandfather was the bodyguard for the president at one point. Everything I have learned about my Costa Rican heritage has fascinated and excited me. Every juicy insight from the past draws my interest to this special country and its rich natural beauty.


As a kid, I grew up doing #Yoga in front of my TV with my mothers Rodney Yee cassette tapes! My favorite flavor of yoga practice is typically a vinyasa flow though I have done different forms like, yin-yoga and hatha yoga and enjoyed those as well. My practice isn’t competitive it’s internal and focused. It’s sacred but not religious for me. Yoga is something that I love doing for the sake of doing. I push myself every class & never worry about “looking good” doing it. Yoga means more to me every time I do it. I have enjoyed practicing all over the USA at some of the very best yoga festivals and events, there is absolutely nothing else like practicing yoga in the #jungle at Envision Festival! Pure soul-sweat magic!

✨🐒✨ #meetmeonthebeach feb 22-25 2018 & make sure to enter for a chance to win TWO 4-Day VIP ‘Casa de Luz’ Passes to Envision Festival 2018 (Valued at $2000!)🤸🏽‍♀️🏝


You + 1 Could win BIG:

– TWO 4-Day VIP Casa de Luz Passes 🎫
– 24hr Access to Solo Bueno VIP Lounge 🏝
– Secluded Camping in Casa de Luz, our VIP Yoga Camp within the festival 🏕
– A World Class Lineup of Yoga & Movement non-stop for 4 days 🤸🏽♀️
– An unforgettable international festival experience in the Costa Rican Jungle! 🦋

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



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.



>>>> Envision Festival 2018 <<<


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.


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



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.





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

Real Talk with the (unofficial) Envision Festival Ambassador, Brie.

~ Great blog post about Envision Festival ~

A Music Festival Blog

If you want see art being created before your eyes… if you want to watch a very gifted dancer move to the music you love most… while being just a few sandy steps away from the beach… in the middle of the jungle… then this place is for you.

Kora had the chance to catch up with two-time Envision Festival attendee Brie Laboucane. After speaking with her I think it’s safe to say that Envision is an absolute MUST-attend festival of 2015. When asked about her Envision experience, here’s what she had to say about:


The Envision Community:

The community at Envision is so supportive, so loving, and so nurturing, you won’t find any false friends or any superficiality. You’re invited to meet on common ground based on something you really believe in… a lifestyle, a way, a wonder, a wanderlust. It’s a very real, authentic, compassionate and exciting place…

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The Artwork of Chance Roberts

Check out my new Psychedelic Live Painter friend Chance Robert’s Art & Fan Page—->Chance Roberts

The top photo is an unfinished sacred geometry piece sneak peak! This piece was worked on live during the Texas Lotus/Nadis Warriors shows this past weekend & can be bid on to help raise funds for Chance’s journey to envision festival in COSTA RICA next weekend!