Chill at Coachella

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Coachella with my bellas

Festival life... I'm all about it. When I take time off to go to a festival, I unplug from my day-to-day life and commit to living in the present. I go in with zero expectations, other than to leave with lessons about something new... about myself or the world around me. I treat them like a modern day retreat for my soul. 

Exploring Coachella with Kamp Kawaii

Exploring Coachella with Kamp Kawaii

For the most part, Coachella was a blast. Looking at the event from an event planner's point of view, it's a well-curated festival. Coachella is infamous for it's legendary and diverse musical lineup with food vendors that redefine what carnival food should be. It's so well put together, it's earned itself a reputation that "any body that's anybody" must go, and is one of the country's most media-covered and branded music festivals. 

Day two during it's golden hour. It made for perfect sunset vibes and good lighting. 

Day two during it's golden hour. It made for perfect sunset vibes and good lighting. 

In the Campground

Every morning, I woke up to beautiful palm trees and desert views, and walked on lush grass that felt good on bare toes. Though we did get some pretty bad wind at night, having a little park ranger background always goes a long way in these circumstances.

One the first day, we woke up and lined up to try the beauty bar, where they styled or braided your hair any way you wanted! The line was pretty long to return to one day two, so we tried doing something else. One of my favorite moments was the detox yoga session I participated in that Saturday morning. It brought me to tears.  

Inside the Festival

As expected, almost every performance had a special guest and the Yuma tent was lit. I wish I spent more time at the Do Lab stage, but I allowed my experience to follow where my group was headed. 

Heading into the festival from camp with Abbie and Nisa.

Heading into the festival from camp with Abbie and Nisa.

My festie bestie, my soul sister, Abbie.

My festie bestie, my soul sister, Abbie.

Did I make the most of my experience there? Of course, that's what it's all about. Being present. Leaving Coachella, I did gain an appreciation for attending more multi-genre music festivals, and through the lack of, it confirmed my love for festivals with a focus on community and self-growth. Time to revisit my festival bucket list!

Besame Mucho.... or same, much?

Besame Mucho.... or same, much?

Dirtybird Campout

D-D-I-D-I-R-T-Y. YEAH, WE'RE DIRTY BRRRRRRRRD

The goofy vibes were real! The label really killed it their first time around. In collaboration with the Do Lab, Dirtybird harnessed each and every campers inner-child, which made for an epic weekend full of the best of both worlds, summer camp and music festivals. Very minimal logistical issues, a variety of activities from crafts, sports to talent shows, and all went smooth other than the rain. When Mother Nature rains, she pours but everyone made a party of it. (I'm not joking... they had a muddy tug-o-war).

Team vibes

One unique thing that stood out to me was the team bandanas they gave to each camper. In order to participate in the games, you had to sign the waiver, and in return you got an exclusive Dirtybird Campout bandana. Look at that, killing two birds with one stone (pun intended): covering safety logistics and free incentives. Within your group, they try to give everyone different colors, as this intentional separates you from your friends to build team moral with others you may not know. Your bandana color (orange, yellow, green or purple) determined what team you would be on when participating in games, making for both friendly competition within old friends, and making new friends with your fellow teammates. As a rec and park professional, what they did was exactly what was needed to assure that collective festival moral was kept in place. It's very easy to lose that in festivals nowadays when so much focus is on the over-the-top production, and not enough education on the collaborative vibes.

Our neighbor and new friend, Aaron (AOK photography), captured some candid moments. Here's a few of my favorites featuring my favorite dirty birdies and the fun features there.

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Until next year!