I love to travel. That I already knew.
I got organized, somewhat spontaneously, to finally attend & teach at the Dutch Acrobatic Festival. This was the 30th year. Aside from what I learned about Festival Organizing, I learned and experienced many things. I plan to return in 2017.
- welcoming nature: I found this festival to have a very welcoming feeling from everyone involved. The fun nature of the participants and love of all things acrobatics was celebrated throughout the event. I think the theme, spoken in action & not stated, this year must have been Kindness
- Meals: living in an acrobatic community, where you share 3 meals a day together, creates a strong connection to the event. if we were passing tea to someone or passing the flyer, it was all in collaboration spurred by sharing food time. Nourishing on many levels.
- EVERYONE is invited to participate. And encouraged. see #1
- The idea of what level acrobat you were was not part of the agenda. Not level 1-5 or begin-advanced, ect. It was a very specific skill set for each offering, and you decide you can do those specific skills with multiple partners, and no spotters safely, you could attend that class. The pre-rx were ran at the start of the class and if you over-estimated your skill, you were asked to leave.
- pick what truly serves your practice. see #4
- Rain- when it rains or you plan to travel / camp in Holland, bring a rainfly. Or purchase two oversize rain ponchos for 3 Euros each, think it is a smoking deal, and hope the hair clips keep it attached to the tent while the wind blows and the rain falls.
- Sleeping bags were invented for a reason. So were sleep pads. Bring both. See #6
- good character building and Adventure Race training See # 6 & 7
- Post Dutch Acro, I recommend a trip to Amsterdam, take a couples hours of walking time, Follow it up with at least a 5 hour bike ride, wonder why you did not ride for 8 hours, have beer at pub, snack, indulge, and ride some more. Sleep in an epic bed with a pillow top mattress.
- I was too busy enjoying and being in the experience, I took no photos, except at the end, of the completely soaking tent. I leave you with a photo of Jamaica.