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We are a multicultural collective of dreamers and doers, scientists, entrepreneurs and adventurers, change makers and heart-led humans who aim to explore new paths to tackle current social, ecological and economical challenges.

A lot of us visited the first festivals as guests - and stayed as co-creators inspired to commit to growing the community and spread the Pura Vida vision.

Right now we are on our way to be registered as a non-profit-association. With this, we wish to set up the project in a more long-term and sustainable way in order to have real impact. Our community’s support and enthusiasm are the driving forces behind this step, and we are infinitely grateful to be able to walk this way together!

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Pura Vida was brought to life by Christian, Ocean and Felicitas, our co-founders, who invested money, a massive amount of time and all their energy to single-handedly make their ideas a reality and build a solid foundation to continue from. Since the first Pura Vida Festival Retreat in 2021 - a successful and rather intimate festival gathering of round about 250 souls aiming for positive change - we have continuously grown into a more than 40 people strong team working in the background throughout the whole year.

© Ana Torres

We are convinced that we, as humans, are part of a complex and interrelated web of life. We are connected to everything and everyone else on this planet. What we do to other beings, we in consequence do to ourselves. Therefore, in our perspective, individual well-being is closely intertwined with flourishing communities and healthy resilient ecosystems.

The regenerative abilities of ourselves, our relationships and the world as a whole go hand in hand.

In current times, humans have become a deeply destructive force on a massive global scale. At the same time, the knowledge and tools for the very much needed transformations are actually already there and in place. The multiple challenges on societal, environmental and economical levels seem to be connected by an underlying crisis of consciousness.

So how can we initiate real positive change?
How can we act in life affirming ways and contribute to the transformation this world needs?

In order to recultivate a sense of responsibility and commitment throughout our species, we consider it fundamentally necessary to collectively return to meaningful relations towards ourselves, other living beings and the natural world in general. This planet, our home, needs conscious choices and actions more than ever. Like this, we believe, humans can truly contribute to sustainable and just systems - and flourish in their own purpose and talents themselves.

With the experiences and networks we have, we want to provide education and solutions to today's most urgent challenges. And together as a community, we bring this to life. We offer the festival retreat happening once a year as well as smaller events and retreats where we combine transformational learning journeys with music, art and joyful celebrations to create thriving communities. In the future we plan to build a more permanent infrastructure for societal transformation, such as online courses and retreat centers.

Pura Vida aims to explore new paths on how we relate to ourselves, to another and to the natural world. Our goal is to make the "better world our hearts know is possible''

And since the power of this can barely be described with words - maybe you would like to join us and experience it yourself?

Pura Vida Festival Retreat creates a safe space where people come together to build connections and inspire and educate each other. With our holistic workshop program and the carefully curated festival journey, we offer embodied and collaborative transformative learning experiences that not only give people tools to work with in everyday life, but even more will activate their deeper wisdom, creative imagination and purpose and enable and motivate them to proactively find solutions for modern crises.

With our work we make a direct impact to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) identified in the UN's Agenda 2030. In particular, this relates to the goals no. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 13 and 16 that we wish to contribute to.

Related to this, first and foremost, we work in alignment with the Inner Development Goals (IDG). The IDG-Initiative researched human skills and qualities that are needed to live more purposefully, sustainably, peacefully and productively in order to achieve the SDG`s.

Source: https://www.innerdevelopmentgoals.org/framework

On the first part of our festival journey “SELF” we explore from different angles what it means to be a human being:
On our “MIND” stage we learn how to listen to our inner compass, train self-awareness and find out how to become more present through practices like Meditation or Qi Gong. These activities mirror the first IDG pillar  “BEING”. We also explore the mind from the neurological perspective and facilitate skills around the second pillar “THINKING”. But being for us means more than just the mind, so we extend the exploration of self towards the body on our “BODY” stage where you can learn all about how to make your body flourish, from ideal nutrition to how to live a healthy life, next to tons of different movement practices. At the “HEART” stage we go into reflective contact with the inner life of our hearts and deeply dive into understanding and working with our emotions.

On the second part of our journey “RELATIONSHIPS” you can explore different topics on human relations from friendships to romantic relationships or family constellations.
You will learn how to live those in authenticity and nurture them through compassion, empathy and kindness. This very much reflects the third IDG pillar “RELATING”. Our journey even expands into the 4th pillar of “COLLABORATING” by learning effective communication skills like non-violent communication, mindful listening or how to foster genuine dialogue, and to manage conflicts constructively. At the stages “HEART”, “BODY” and “PLAY” we explore how human connection, touch, bodywork and playfulness influence our well-being and are a substantial part of healthy relationships. At the “MIND” stage, people can take part in presentations and discussions, training themselves in critical thinking. The various facilitators we chose are themselves critical thinkers, challenging norms and bringing different perspectives together. Our program mirrors a multifaceted holistic mosaic trying to make sense of the world as an interconnected whole. The IDG-initiative sees this as an essential skill for wise decision-making (second column).

The third part of our festival journey “WORLD” connects us to the world as a whole and makes us rethink current systems.
We explore how we can how we can live more sustainable, how to tackle climate change and biodiversity crisis and how to make a real impact in the world. For the program, we partner with organizations like the Impact Hub or the Climate Farmers. Theses themes facilitate skills that are recognized within the IDG pillars of “COLLABORATING” and “ACTING”. The newest addition will be our “SYSTEMS” stage that will be all about re-defining the societal, economic and political systems we live in. Here we work with partners like Reinventing Society or the Economies for the Common Good framework. We facilitate formats that encourage open discourse and enable discussions that include all perspectives while reducing conflicts. We empower participants for consent decision-making and by training utopian thinking and envisioning a better future in workshops we also support optimism and a sense of hope, positive attitude and confidence in the possibility of meaningful change - which is one of the key skills to enable a positive transformation. People leave the festival with a restored hope and faith in humankind, feeling activated, enriched and in the knowing that this is merely the beginning of a journey!

Through our festival journey that starts from “SELF” into “RELATIONSHIPS” into the “WORLD” and the concept of our thematic stages we design learning experiences that tackle various parts of all five main columns of the IDG-framework: “BEING”, “THINKING”, “RELATING”, “COLLABORATING” and “ACTING”.

We base our work towards our vision based on the following principles as values:

Self

Self care comes first.
The care we want to show for others and the world is the same care that we need to show for ourselves.

A Proactive Mindset.
We put ourselves in the driver's seat and take ownership and move things forward within our roles in the project.

Start with ourselves first.
We invest in our inner development, explore our own individual and collective shadows, and cultivate a mindset of life-long learning.

RELATIONSHIPS

Leaning into our interbeing.
We value and nourish our relationships. We aim to create a safe space for expression of divergent opinions and emotional experiences. We address conflicts as soon as we become aware of them, and approach them with curiosity, care, and a desire to create harmony.

Diversity & inclusion.
We operate from an awareness that we are all equals and make a conscious effort to reflect the diversity of our society in our team and experiences.

Co-creation.
We know that the whole is greater than its parts and actively invite collaboration in the spirit of co-creation, synergize ideas, and aim to create win-win solutions.

WORLD

Purpose with real impact.
We strive to have real impact and prize quality at every step. Effectiveness is important to us, which is why we value science-based solutions.

Redesigning systems to serve life.
We are aware that in order to transform the way we relate to the world, we need to redesign the systems that structure our relationships. We therefore aim to seed solutions for an economy that serves all life on this planet.

Regeneration.
We aim to contribute to the regeneration of our planet by providing a platform for regenerative thinking and action. With an awareness of our own impact, we think global and act local.

Celebrating life.
We live in challenging times - and yet, it is a marvelous experience to be alive. We celebrate the beauty of life and our existence on this planet through music, dance, ceremonies, art, silent prayer, a smile and any other form this might take.

Community Space

We envision building a holistic well-being space in Berlin that facilitates transformational healing and learning experiences also throughout the whole year.

In this inner city retreat center we want to offer workshops and practices to cultivate regenerative practices for mind, body, heart and earth, which are rooted in ancient wisdom traditions, and utilize the latest science from a variety of research fields. It will also provide a central hall for ceremonies and celebrations of life, workshop spaces and a vegan cafe to co-create a loving and thriving community. It will provide rooms for individual health treatments and a spa area with a sauna, ice- and sound applications to heal, relax and rejuvenate.

With this, we aim to contribute to a happy, healthy and joyful lifestyle for all living beings in harmony with our ecosystems.

© Ana Torres

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Crafting spaces for human growth and flourishing

Community Space

We envision building a holistic well-being space in Berlin that facilitates transformational healing and learning experiences also throughout the whole year.

In this inner city retreat center we want to offer workshops and practices to cultivate regenerative practices for mind, body, heart and earth, which are rooted in ancient wisdom traditions, and utilize the latest science from a variety of research fields. It will also provide a central hall for ceremonies and celebrations of life, workshop spaces and a vegan cafe to co-create a loving and thriving community. It will provide rooms for individual health treatments and a spa area with a sauna, ice- and sound applications to heal, relax and rejuvenate.

With this, we aim to contribute to a happy, healthy and joyful lifestyle for all living beings in harmony with our ecosystems.

Our Co-Founders

Christian Huder

Co-Founder

Christian is a passionate yogi, entrepreneur and free spirit that loves to connect the dots to give birth to new ideas. He worked for more than 10 years in the field of sustainability and renewable energies and realized that we have most technologies and knowledge in place to live much more sustainable and in harmony with nature. But whether we apply those to solve humanity’s big challenges depends on human choices.

After stumbling over the limiting narratives of the western society he was looking for different paths that turned into a transformational journey that has led him to discover a much more culturally diverse perspective on life and the nature of humans and our planet.

With this knowledge he came to the conclusion that we can only solve our challenges through collective healing- and learning journeys that facilitate human growth. After this realization his vision became to craft experiences and spaces for inner transformation and personal development that lead to a happy and healthy life with each other and in harmony with nature. The Pura Vida Festival is the first manifestation of this vision.

Felicitas Vallot

Co-Founder

Felicitas works with international hotels, companies and foundations, creating holistic health experiences & concepts for guests and employees. She supports her clients in implementing health programs cultivating mental health, emotional intelligence, physical wellbeing, resilience and community.

She combines her academic background in business studies (BSc.) and medical anthropology (M.A.) with her extensive travels throughout the world, where she explored the healing modalities and wolrdviews from a variety of cultures.

Felicitas completed her Yoga Teacher Training with Rodney Yee in New York and her Movement-based Expressive Arts Therapy with Anna & Daria Halprin in San Francisco. She is passionate about mindfulness meditation, altered states of consciousness, art and deep ecology.

Her vision is to bring to life spaces for human growth and self-actualisation, where we can flourish together, and in meaningful relationship with nature.
As co-founder of Pura Vida Experience, Felicitas is responsible for vision, content, programming, and creative direction.

Martin Ebeling

Co-Founder

Martin has a keen interest in the transformation of the mind, his own and that of other people. He believes that happiness is a skill that we can learn and that human flourishing requires self-actualization and a loving community to ground and support one’s growth.

His current vision is to build a center for contemplative practice in a forest near Berlin. Here, people would learn the tools to cultivate a happy and compassionate mind while contributing to community life and finding peace in nature. Martin is also passionate about transforming the way we work and bringing emotional intelligence to organizations. He follows this passion as Head of The School of Life for Business Germany.

Within The Pura Vida Festival team he is responsible for the vision and the content of the festival experience and for helping the team perform at its best while maintaining a regenerative work culture.

Be part of our journey this summer and save your tickets for Pura Vida Festival Retreat now.