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)

Arise Music Festival 2015 ~ Seeking Interns!

Today I am so happy to announce my involvement with this year’s ARISE Music Festival! Arise is a fantastic 3 day music, yoga, arts, and camping festival held at Sunrise Ranch. Sunrise Ranch is one of the most majestic spiritual retreat and conference centers in all of Colorado. This year will be the third annual Arise festival and  I have been blessed this year with the opportunity to manage the Arise Festival Internship program!

We have recently announced wave 1 of our initial lineup featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZerosThe Polish AmbassadorEmancipator Ensemble, Joe Russo’s Almost DeadRising Appalachia MusicTrevor HallLukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real & MANY MORE!

More music, yoga, workshops and of course all of our incredible participating artists to be announced soon!!

Get involved via our website at

Make sure to LIKE our Facebook page: Arise Facebook

To speak with me directly about applying as an intern at this years festival you can email:

Apply to be an intern here: <<< Arise Internships >>>


Wakarusa 2013 Official Preview [HD]

Lovely WAKA 2013 Preview Video came out today! Excited to see what this year’s 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Lineup looks like! The video hints that maybe The Black Keys & Pretty Lights will be around but who else do you guys want to/ think will make an appearance this year?

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2012 + C3 Presents ACL Late Night Shows!

(^PHOTO CREDIT STEEZE^)= this guy takes gorgeous shots!)

Only 7 weeks remain before the kickoff of one of the best festivals in the country!

Austin City Limits Music Festival makes its 11th year return to Zilker Park this October 12-14th 2012. Named after the legendary PBS concert television series, the Festival is produced by Austin-based C3 Presents, who also produce the famous Chicago fest Lollapalooza. Unlike many of the camping- style festivals around the country like, Bonnaroo and Camp Bisco, ACL is a daytime festival that usually ends around 10pm. After the fest ends thousands of fans and fest go-ers crowd the busy streets of downtown Austin and make their way to one of the hundreds of after parties the cities bars and clubs are known for. They don’t call Austin the “Live Music capitol of the world” for nothing; I would say that ACL is the biggest and best presentation of that motto, maybe second in line to the South by Southwest music conference (SXSW). In addition to the vast array of private ACL parties that happen that weekend around the city, C3 Concerts also does an ACL Late Night show series that starts at 10pm after the festival is over and is held at various clubs downtown such as Austin Music Hall, Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, La Zona Rosa, Emo’s East, The Belmont, Antone’s, The Parish, Lamberts and Wanderlust Live. The artist and venues for C3’s late night shows are listed below in addition to a link to buy tickets. However, if the show is already sold out the best way to get hands on these limited ticket supplies in the future is to join the C3 email list and watch for the pre-sale email they send out the day before tickets go on sale.

**Stay tuned for another post regarding NEW & UP and COMING 1st time artist to check out that managed to claim a spot on the coveted ACL 2012 lineup, as well as, returning acts that seem to have gotten bigger and better than ever!


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Stubb’s Waller Creek AmphitheaterWed 10/10 – Waller Creek Conservancy Benefit feat. Gary Clark Jr. and special guest Wheeler Brothers (Outdoors)Thur 10/11 – Alabama Shakes w/ Lee Fields and the Expressions (Outdoors)

Fri 10/12 – The Shins w/ Bombay Bicycle Club (outdoors)

Sat 10/13 – The Civil Wars w/ Milo GreeneAustin Music HallFri 10/12 – BASSNECTAR w/ Gramatik and Gladkill

Sat 10/13 – The Weeknd

La Zona Rosa

Thurs 10/11 – Band of Skulls w/ Black Pistol Fire

Fri 10/12 – Trampled By Turtles and Punch Brothers

Sat 10/13 – Thievery Corporation w/ Lance Herbstrong

Emo’s East

Fri 10/12 – Metric w/ Poliça and Half Moon Run

Sat 10/13 – Crystal Castles w/ Health and Kontravoid

Beauty Ballroom

Fri 10/12 – Big K.R.I.T. w/ Slim Thug

The Belmont

Fri 10/12 – Delta Spirit w/ The Whigs

Sat 10/13 – Kimbra w/ The Features


Thur 10/11 – Black Lips w/ Not in the Face

Fri 10/12 – Allen Stone w/ Sister Sparrow and Dirty Birds

Sat 10/13 – The Afghan Whigs w/ Centro-Matic

The Parish

Fri 10/12 – Father John Misty w/ Dry the River

Sat 10/13 – The Devil Makes Three w/ Whiskey Shivers

Stubb’s Indoors

Thurs 10/11 – The Soul Rebels

Fri 10/12 – The Eastern Sea w/ Shivery Shakes

Sat 10/13 – Gospel Brunch w/ The Relatives

Sat 10/13 – He’s My Brother She’s My Sister w/ Quiet Corral

Sun 10/14 – Gospel Brunch w/ The Durdens


Thurs 10/11 – Laura Marling

Fri 10/12 – Kishi Bashi w/ Quiet Company

Sat 10/13 – Willis Earl Beal

Holy Mountain

Sat 10/13 – Moon Duo w/ Christian Bland + The Revelators (of The Black Angels)

Wanderlust Live

Thur 10/11 – Wild Child with The Dunwells

All tickets onsale Thur 8/23 @ 10 am, online only thru

Impulse Music & Arts Festival -June 15th-17th 2012

Impulse Festival 2012

3 days of camping in the woods -fires allowed!




Friday JUNE 15th –>

  • Papadosio
  • Archnemesis
  • Boombox
  • Up Until Now
  • Ana Sia
  • VibesquaD
  • Govinda
  • Gladkill
  • Stephan Jacobs
  • Jimkata
  • Mindelixir
  • Aligning Minds
  • Spooky Jones
  • Satoru
  • Third Nature
  • Nick Noyes
  • Beta Minor
  • Don Winsley
  • HeRobust

Saturday June 16th–>

  • Emancipator
  • Zoogma
  • NastyNasty
  • Ill Esha
  • Mochipet
  • Cry Wolf
  • Greenhouse Lounge
  • Chronicles of the Landsquid
  • Machines Are People Too
  • Sugarpill
  • Clicks $ Whistles
  • Fast Nasty
  • Bitch Please
  • Green Street
  • Opus
  • Dex
  • Technicult
  • Magmablood
  • Green Sunshine
  • gemNeye

Sunday June 17th–>

  • EOTO
  • Minnesota
  • The Polish Ambassador
  • Eliot Lipp
  • Octopus Nebula
  • EP3
  • Nicoluminous
  • Damn Right!
  • Crushendo
  • Russ Liquid
  • J2K
  • Medisin
  • Intermixture
  • Pericles
  • t8r(tot)
  • Sumilan
  • Sohella/N!tro
  • Ancient Intelligence
  • DJM
  • Soulacybin
  • The Juice
  • Taste Tester