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Restival: where retreat meets festival

Restival: where retreat meets festival

Festivals. At what point do these wonderful tumultuous gatherings of music, moshing and many days without a shower become more stressful than enjoyable? Nobody’s saying that they aren’t fun; just that there comes a time for something new, a chance to reconnect with nature rather than your inner raver.

That’s where Restival comes in. A retreat-meets-festival, this five-day event takes place in off-the-grid locations, starting with Arizona this September. Every Restival supports and learns from local communities; the September Restival is a one-off opportunity to experience the ancient culture, heritage and wisdom of the Navajo Tribe, as well as a chance to listen to music and community leaders.


Think of it as a renaissance of what festivals used to be like: stunning surroundings – in this case, the San Francisco Peaks and the Sacred Mountains around Dinetah – alongside curated workshops and activities. Yoga, meditation gong baths, body treatments and even traditional cacao celebrations, it’s all designed to help restore mental, physical and emotional equilibrium. There will be juice, beers and campfires as well as organic produce, hot showers, comfortable beds and crisp, white sheets in beautifully decorated bell tents. Yes it’s luxury, but of a more grounded sort: no wifi, no huge crowds and no frenetic rushing from one event to another.

As they say (sort of), a change is as good as a Restival.


Restival takes place in Arizona from 8-13 and 16-21 September 2016 and in Sahara from 10-15 and 18-23 November 2016. Prices start at £1,200 per person for five nights on an all-inclusive, tip-sharing basis (this includes a limited 20% early bird booking but excludes flights and alcoholic drinks).