The Gratitude Migration Theme Camp Incubator 101

Do you and your friends have a dream bar you’d like to open, the one that serves only cupcakes and spiked teas? Or the pop up shop you like to fantasize about  that offers poetry quotes and dream activations; or the yoga studio you want to line with palm trees when it’s time to retire? At Gratitude Migration, dreams are just plans that haven’t been actualized yet, and there’s no better time to step into your wildest fantasy than  as a theme camp at this year’s Summer Dream.

Image by SashaBPhoto

Image by SashaBPhoto

What is a theme camp?

Theme camps join together as a collective of friends, family, coworkers or simply likeminded people who share a vision and want to bring that offering to others. As a communal space, your theme camp should be cohesive aesthetically, and generous in contributing to the larger collective beach community. You’ll camp together, create a shared living space with shade and your brand of decor, and bring something creative, fun and absolutely spectacular to the people of Gratitude Migration Land – like a happy hour, beautiful lounge space, free snacks to share, or inspirational entertainment. The sky’s the limit!*

Kostume Kult at Gratitude Migration: Summer Dream 2016. Image by SashaBPhoto

Kostume Kult at Gratitude Migration: Summer Dream 2016. Image by SashaBPhoto

Why Theme Camp?

Theme camps allow people to work together towards a common goal and coexist in a shared community over the brief period of a festival. While you could always choose open camping, we’ve noticed how much more enjoyable festivals can be when you have a crew to hang with – and especially when that involves giving back to the whole in a bigger way. You’ll come together to co-create, camp in the same spot, hang out in the shared living space and invite others to join by offering something back to the community – whether it’s cushion and shade with free lemonade; an evening happy hour with a guitar singalong; or a compliment booth for passersby.

Why would I do it?

If you like to camp together with friends and end up with 10 or more, this is a no-brainer. It might take some extra effort to organize and build the concept, but imagine how worth it it’ll be to camp within a stone’s throw from your besties. But creating a theme camp is more than that. It’s a chance to co-create with a group of friends and bring your dream to life – whether it’s an inspirational soap box, a smoothie snack bar or a reiki and massage tent.

Third Eye Village featuring Meso Creso at Summer Dream 2016. Image by SashaBPhoto

Third Eye Village featuring Meso Creso at Summer Dream 2016. Image by SashaBPhoto