Thu, May 23|
Laketown Ranch - Cowichan Valley
Stoked Ecstatic Dance Festival - Vancouver Island
The Stoked Ecstatic Dance Festival is a vibrant and inclusive event that celebrates the joy of ecstatic dance.
Time & Location
May 23, 2024, 4:00 p.m. PDT – May 26, 2024, 2:00 p.m. PDT
Laketown Ranch - Cowichan Valley, 8811 Youbou Rd #648, Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G1, Canada
About the event
The Stoked Ecstatic Dance Festival emerges from a deep calling to gather the dance community and connect in kinship together. A merging of the deeply rooted Dance Temple culture meeting the vibrant energy of the Vibes Festival team. This collaboration is a celebration of community, and the transformative power of music and dance, set against the scenic backdrop of Laketown Ranch in Cowichan Valley.
Dance Temple: The Heartbeat of Our Gathering
Originating on Salt Spring Island in 2010, Dance Temple was birthed by a collective vision to create a dance that would bring people of all ages together. What began as a small flame carried by Naomi Jason, grew with Dance Temple Victoria stewarded by Jaz Snider and Lila Spencer and continued to evolve into more offerings of dance popping up and becoming central hubs in their communities. Dance Temple has since become a sanctuary for authenticity, sacred expression, and community connection across British Columbia.
As Dance Temple has grown and expanded over the years, it has incorporated diverse forms of conscious dance and welcomed core facilitators such as Alex King-Harris (aka Rara Avis), Shauna Devlin, Cat Love, Ali Genevieve (co-founder of Dance Temple Cowichan), Cedar Mathias (co-founder of Dance Temple Mid-Island).
Through all the growth, Dance Temple has remained dedicated to these core principles:
- Freedom of Expression: Encouraging dancers to move freely and authentically.
- Inclusivity: Creating a space where all are welcome, regardless of background or dance experience.
- Non-verbal Space: Facilitating a non-verbal environment to explore and express emotions and connections.
- Respect and Consent: Upholding a culture of mutual respect and consent on the dance floor.
- Sacred Space: Embracing prayer, ceremony, emotion, and authenticity, with a structured opening and closing to deepen the collective experience.
The Vibes Festival Team: Igniting the Flame
The Vibes Production team, under the direction of Sophia and Galloway, known for their successful festival in Alberta, brings a fresh burst of energy, innovation, and collaboration to this partnership. Their expertise in festival production, combined with a shared vision for community and connection, ensures that the Stoked Ecstatic Dance Festival will be an unforgettable experience. Stoked: A Dance Odyssey
Scheduled for May 23rd-26th 2024, the Stoked Ecstatic Dance Festival invites attendees of all ages to immerse themselves in DJ and live music dance journeys, workshops, and activities designed to inspire, connect, and transform. This intergenerational event is not just a festival; it's a community gathering and celebration of life through the unifying power of dance.
Our Collective Vision
In collaboration, Dance Temple and the Vibes Festival team are committed to creating a gathering that reflects our shared values and intentions.
We aim to provide a space for attendees to:
- Connect: With themselves, each other, and the natural world in a meaningful, joyful way.
- Celebrate: The diversity, strength, and beauty of our community through dance and music.
- Grow: Personally and collectively, fostering resilience, healing, and vitality.
We invite you to be part of this unique fusion of spirit and movement, to co-create an experience of deepening in with joy, our authentic expression and expanding what's possible when we gather together. Together, let's make the Stoked Ecstatic Dance Festival a beacon of unity, love, and the transformative power of ecstatic dance.
Welcome to Stoked – where hearts beat, bodies move, and spirits soar.
“In my 10+ years facilitating Dance Temple as a safe space for community to gather and explore our humanity and creativity, I have been awestruck by the power and potency of our shared container and the beauty, growth and alchemy I’ve experienced and witnessed. It has been an honour and a joy and it is so inspiring to witness the love, authentic expression and creative embodiment that have been cultivated.
Intentional dance journeys build community. They foster resilience. They support individual and collective healing and vitality. They offer a sense of belonging and a safe container for authentic expression and wild embodiment. They provide space for transformation and remembrance; for feeling, embodying truth and coming home to ourselves. I’ve witnessed compassion & trust blossom through these journeys as well as physical, emotional and spiritual enlivenment, time and time again.”
Location, Date, and Venue: The Stoked Ecstatic Dance Festival is scheduled for May 23-26 at the scenic Laketown Ranch in Cowichan Valley. This stunning venue is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, providing the perfect backdrop for our festival. Laketown Ranch is not only visually captivating but also conveniently accessible.
Distance from Airports: It's approximately a 1-hour drive from Victoria Airport and about a 50-minute drive from Nanaimo Airport, making it accessible for both local and international attendees.
Camping and Facilities: Laketown Ranch offers extensive camping facilities suitable for RVs, tents, and more, ensuring that all our festival-goers have a comfortable place to stay. Amenities include shower and flush toilet facilities, adding to the convenience of your festival experience. Your Stoked Ticket includes camping and facilities.
Kids Programming: More information coming soon.
Stages: The Stoked Ecstatic Dance Festival will feature a main stage dedicated to Ecstatic Dance Journeys and live music performances. Additionally, there will be a separate, designated workshop space specifically tailored for holistic well-being activities, including yoga sessions and other wellness-focused workshops.
Food and Artisan Vendors: To enhance your experience, we are partnering with a selection of local food vendors, offering a variety of delicious and healthy options. In addition, the festival will feature artisan vendors, showcasing unique and handcrafted items.
Substance Policy: This is a substance free event. The festival promotes a clear-minded, fully present experience, focusing on the natural high achieved through dance and connection. We strive to maintain an authentic and safe environment for everyone.
Participation: Everyone is welcome to contribute and participate in the festival. Whether it's through attending workshops, enjoying the music and dance, volunteering, or simply being part of the communal spirit, every individual adds to the festival's diversity and richness.
- Ticket type
Full Pass SUPER EARLY BIRD
This pass grants attendees access to the entire duration of Stoked Ecstatic Dance Festival, from THURSDAY, May 23rd to SUNDAY, May 26th, 2024. Camping is included. Drinking water, showers, and flush toilets included onsite. Gates open at 4PM on Thursday, May 23rd.Price$200.00
+$5.00 service fee+$5.00 service feeSold Out
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Full Pass EARLY BIRD
This pass grants attendees access to the entire duration of Stoked Ecstatic Dance Festival, from THURSDAY, May 23rd to SUNDAY, May 26th, 2024. Camping is included. Drinking water, showers, and flush toilets included onsite. Gates open at 4PM on Thursday, May 23rd.Price$215.00
+$5.38 service fee+$5.38 service fee
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Kids Pass 0-3
This pass is for kids aged 0-3 attending Stoked Ecstatic Dance Festival, from THURSDAY, May 23rd to SUNDAY, May 26th, 2024. Camping is included. Drinking water and showers onsite. Gates open at 4PM on Thursday, May 23rd.Price$0.00
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Kids Pass 4 - 12
This pass is for kids aged 4 -12 attending Stoked Ecstatic Dance Festival, from THURSDAY, May 23rd to SUNDAY, May 26th, 2024. Camping is included. Drinking water and showers onsite. Gates open at 4PM on Thursday, May 23rd.Price$75.00
+$1.88 service fee+$1.88 service fee
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Full Pass GENERAL ADMISSION
This pass grants attendees access to the entire duration of Stoked Ecstatic Dance Festival, from THURSDAY, May 23rd to SUNDAY, May 26th, 2024. Camping is included. Drinking water, showers, and flush toilets included onsite. Gates open at 4PM on Thursday, May 23rd.Price$230.00
+$5.75 service fee+$5.75 service fee
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Full Pass LAST MINUTEPrice$250.00
+$6.25 service fee+$6.25 service fee