FAQ

So, hopefully by now you’ve heard that we moved Gaia Festival to Santa Barbara, California this year. Some reasons are selfish – for instance, Kris happens to live in SB. But, we also thought it would be a nice change of scenery. Our ritual this year will be held on the beach, at the water’s edge. With all that’s happening with Gaia’s oceans, we consider this healing ritual for Mother Earth’s sacred waters to be a top priority. Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort is a short walk to the beach, we’ll just need to cross the street.

We hope this FAQ helps to answer the majority of questions people have had in one place.  If you have additional questions or just want to talk to someone about the festival, please feel free to email Kris or call her at 805-624-4361. She’s also available on Skype as “kriskatsukoseraphine.”
WHAT IS GAIA FESTIVAL ALL ABOUT?

At Gaia Festival we gather to celebrate, to send love and healing to Mother Earth, our original mother, through multicultural experiences of music, dance, art, story-telling, ritual and ceremony. We welcome all women and men who wish to re-story and re-vision the myths that have denigrated women, the human physical form and Gaia. Through our collective stories, we remember and heal ourselves and Gaia.

The eclectic mix of presenters, musicians, artists, healers and vendors is part of what makes Gaia Festival a special and must-attend event.

I’M NOT SURE WHICH FESTIVAL PASS TO BUY, CAN YOU HELP?

We’ve made things a lot simpler this year. You can purchase the full festival pass and it includes all events, concerts and workshops for both Saturday 11/13 and Sunday 11/14. It also includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on 11/13 and breakfast and lunch on 11/14. (Menus will be posted in August)

You can purchase a day pass for Saturday or Sunday as well; the day passes include all the meals listed above.

We do not have a “no meal” option for festival passes this year.


We are will offer tickets for a la carte workshops after October 1, 2010, so be on the lookout. I will send email communications to our Facebook group and email newsletter list. You can find both of those sign up links at the top right of this website.

If you are a healer, henna artist, face painter or card reader you are welcome to sign up for the healer pass. But, do it soon since we only have 9 more spots open.

If you are coming with a group of 5 or more people, we will give you a group rate discount. Just contact Kris to purchase your passes. Don’t use the sign up form because you won’t be able to receive a discount.

Lodging is not included in the festival passes. Gaia Festival participants will need to book their lodgings. Many people will want to share rooms, so email Kris and she’ll put people together.

WHAT KIND OF LODGING IS AVAILABLE?

Santa Barbara has a wide range of accommodations at various prices that should be able to meet everyone’s needs. Many are reasonably priced, particularly if you share rooms. Please review our Lodging page for more details on where to book for Gaia Festival 2010.

I’M ON A BUDGET. IS THERE CAMPING?

There are campgrounds in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. The average rate for tent camping in November is $30-$45 per night. Please visit our Lodging page for more details.

HOW SHOULD I DRESS AND WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Wear whatever you are most comfortable in. Come as a Goddess or God, or a Yogini…we don’t have a dress code. Some of the workshops center around drumming and dance, and for those you’ll be most comfortable in stretchy, loose fitting clothes. Also, if you plan to partake in Freya’s Bliss-Bath body movement workshop bring a bandana or blindfold.

Dress in layers and bring a warm jacket for our outdoor excursion to the beach ritual – we will be outside at 5pm, weather permitting, and it will be chilly.

Bring a water bottle and blanket for sitting outside.

Kris will email all participants to describe what to bring for our beach ceremony and community altar.