2022

SOULSHINE 

FESTIVAL GUIDE

Last Update: August 16th 2022

THIS GUIDE IS Your ORIENTation INTO Harmonious FESTIVAL LIFE

Simply put, a little bit of preparation will make for a better, more fulfilling festival experience. 

Please read all of the sections of the guide, in order. Make mental notes along the way. When you are finished, be sure to visit the F.A.Q. to get an even better idea of what to expect.

BEFORE YOU COME

PREPARATION CAN BE HALF THE FUN! 

1. GET YOUR PASS

Make sure you have secured your Pass for this year.

Get your pass here.

2. PLAN YOUR TRIP

Soulshine Festival is hosted in Blackstock, Ontario, approximately one hour drive North East of Toronto. The exact address will be provided to pass holders near the event date.

We highly encourage carpooling. You can connect with other drivers or passengers in your area through Facebook and Telegram social groups to organize rides.

3. ORGANIZE YOUR STUFF

Please pack your things in closed bags for ease of transport. No loose items.

  • Bring E-mail Receipt and/or I.D.
  • Tent with Fly in case of rain
  • Sleeping bag + bedding + pillow (It can be chilly at night)
  • Plate, Bowl, Cup, Utensils ($5 landfill fee for plastic, re-washable dishes)
  • Tea or Coffee Cup/Mug 
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Clothes for 4 days
  • Personal Hygiene Products (Skip the Shampoo. Quick showers only!)
  • Extra Socks
  • Towel
  • A Sweater/Jacket
  • Cash for night time food vendors and daytime vendor alley.
  • Cash/Credit for Soulshine 2022 limited edition T-shirts!
  • Yoga Mat/Festival Blanket
  • Washcloth (There are Pumps with plenty of well water to stay refreshed)
  • Cellphone Battery
  • Flashlight
  • Festival Chair (Optional)
  • Small Backpack or Fanny pack (optional)
  • Frisbee, Bubbles and Hula Hoops (optional)
  • A journal (optional)
  • A cool expressive outfit (optional)
  • A positive attitude 🙂
  • Don’t bring a lot of things… in general 😉
  • No Glass Bottles
  • No Gas Powered Generators
  • No Personal Fires
  • No Dogs (Or Parrots) 

4. STUDY THE SCHEDULE

Get familiar with when things are happening so you don’t miss out on your favorite activities.

5. Study The MAp

The map isn’t just so you don’t get lost in the massive space, but also to help you plan for the best possible experience. Familiarize yourself with the location of the First Aid, Info Tent and the Community Kitchen.

6. APPRECIATE THE DIFFERENCE IN CAMPGROUNDS

There are two main camp site areas this year, Sunshine Camp and Moonshine Camp.

Sunshine Camp has quiet hours from 11pm to 7am. This camp is located near the Family Area and in closer proximity to the Community Kitchen. 

Moonshine camp on the other hand is closer to the Nighttime Fire Hangout and Glow Stage where music goes well into the night. The morning hours in the forest are shady and quiet.

Questions? Check out the Camping F.A.Q.

 
 
 

WHEN you ARRIVE

Take a breather. Appreciate the potential of the journey you are about to embark on.

FIND YOUR GATE

Soulshine Festival has two gates. Most people will enter via the Main Gate. If you have reserved a Camper/Van spot or an RV spot, please enter via the Souls Path Gate.

The Gates are open for entry:

Friday: 12pm – 10pm
Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 9am – 9pm

No entry outside these hours without prior arrangement.

Park and Unload

Once registered, you will be given a wristband and instructions for parking.
 
If you are heading to Sunshine Camp, you have the option of getting help to transport your gear. Drop off whatever you cannot carry at the Baggage Drop-Off Tent and the ATV transport team will haul your gear to the Sunshine Camp Baggage Tent.
 
If you heading to Moonshine Camp, you will have a shorter trek north to find your favourite camping spot.

PITCH YOUR TENT

Once you have chosen a camping spot and collected any gear from the Sunshine Camp Baggage Tent, please take the time to set up your tent and prepare your camping space.

The arrival of everybody is very exciting so remember to breathe, meet your neighbours, and enjoy the beauty of the land. Take a walk around and get oriented with the layout of your new community home for the next four days!

ENJOY THE FIRST COMMUNITY DINNER

We encourage you to visit the Community Kitchen for dinner on Friday just before the Opening Ceremony. This first meal is served from 5:30pm until 7:30pm.

Participate in THE Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony begins at 7:45pm.

We invite everyone present to come together as we intentionally ignite the Ceremonial Fire. This fire burns throughout the Festival in representation of our communal commitment to care and freedom, as we Envision the unique possibilities ahead.

Gentle Reminders​​

Reset & Recharge

We strongly encourage you to get adequate sleep each night. Our bodies may not be used to walking around for 3-4 days, attending workshops and dancing day & night. Getting proper rest is our top tip for having the best experience possible. You may not need as much sleep as others; please respect quiet time hours from 11pm to 7am. Take the time to ground and unwind.

Caring For The Land

Please bring only what you need and leave no trace. We ask everyone to be kind to the land. This will help make the volunteers’ lives easier too.

Alcohol and Drugs

This gathering is intentionally subtle, flowing and soul enriching. While you can bring your own food (and drink), we will not be serving any alcohol. We discourage excessive drinking and encourage a healthy respect for the all ages environment. We anticipate most attendees will not be drinking and those that do will do so responsibly. This is the same for any substance. 

Let’s bask in the high vibration of the festival gathering and lift each others’ spirits naturally.

TIME TO EXPLORE

Breathe again.

FIRST AID

First aid is located in the Art Village just West of the Parking area. Soulshine has a fully equipped and well trained team active on site 24/7.

INFO TENT

The Info tent is your destination for questions, directions, schedules and lost & found.

Next to the Info Tent you will find our new Merch Tent where you can borrow or purchase basic items you may have forgotten.

We are excited to share that two Soulshine artists have designed limited edition T-shirts inspired by our 2022 theme, Envision. A portion of the sales go directly to the artists.

COMMUNITY KITCHEN

With a bigger and more experienced crew, Soulshine is empowering the Community Kitchen in a big way in 2022. Soulshiners can expect a rich selection of whole food and plant based options, including a tea/coffee/cacao tent. Gluten-free options can be requested in advance at hello@soulshinefestival.ca.

Remember to bring re-washable dishes, cups and cutlery. 

LATE NIGHT FOOD OPTIONS

The evening this year also brings with it some new options for those late night cravings. Centrally located in the Art Village you can enjoy the taste of India in the Chai Tent Hangout or purchase food from a small variety of vendors. 

WORKSHOPS

With your thinking cap on and your heart open, we invite you to engage with community leaders sharing their unique perspectives. Let’s explore new ideas and appreciate the benefit of having our beliefs challenged. 

Check out the schedule and notice what piques your interest. Take the time necessary to plan your days as you won’t be able to fit all of it in.

MUSIC

From higher energy music stages to softer tones in the Healing Forest and ceremony spaces, music is woven into many aspects of the festival. 

The Shine Stage features live performances including a Kirtan concert, an epic Sound Healing Journey, and a wide variety of musical acts in the evening.

Deep into the forest, Glow Stage is host to a diverse set of electronic music genres and audio-visual feasts.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights from Over 70 practitioners and Artists.

Click here to see a list of all festival offerings.

HEALING FOREST

Nestled into the woods North of Sunshine Camp, you will find an oasis with over 15 healers offering one-on-one and small group sessions in a variety of modalities. 

Further down the path, discover the intimate Healing Circle Space. Please check the schedule to find the offerings.

Family Activities

Soulshine is a family-integrated event where you can expect many engaging and uplifting experiences for kids and families.

See the schedule for a brief overview of highlights of the family activities. The full family schedule will be available closer to the event. Please note that there are no family activities during meals and you are expected to maintain guardianship during the entire gathering.

OPEN MARKET

Soulshiners are creators! With this in mind, all weekend pass holders, practitioners, artists and crew are invited to sell their creations beginning Saturday morning in the new, centrally located Open Market.

Limited communal tent and table space is available on a first-come basis at no charge. You are encouraged to bring your own tent and table.

You are welcome to vend your creations for the hours that work for you and enjoy the festival for the rest of the time.

ART GALLERY

All weekend pass holders, practitioners, artists and crew are invited to submit artwork based on this year’s theme, “ENVISION“.

If you are interested in contributing to the Gallery you will find the details at: Soulshinefestival.ca/Participate

QUESTIONS?
READ THE F.A.Q.