Interfusion Festival VIII
January 12-16, 2023
Interfusion Festival is the primary indoor transformative festival of North America bringing together the like-minded from across the US and beyond on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. It is a grassroots community centered project with more than twenty percent of participants involved in the creative or services process that brings Interfusion Festival to life.
The Interfusion Festival VIII theme is Resilience. Resilience is positive adaptation despite exposure to adversity. Building resilience is what enables us to not only rise, but ultimately, thrive.
VALUES & PRINCIPLES
Our Core Values & Guiding Principles were built from heartfelt feedback received by our community. The intention of these ten pillars is to act as a reference point, whenever it may serve the greater good and our community, to support each other towards thriving in the face of adversity and our ever changing world.
See the visionaries creating living art to support the community in rising to higher states of growth and wellbeing.
A modern day oasis. The festival takes place at the Crystal Gateway Marriott located at 1700 Richmond Highway, Arlington, VA 22202. This 4.5 star hotel is located just minutes from Washington, D.C. and Reagan National Airport. Stay with the community overnight under our special group rate.
Once you arrive at the hotel, proceed to the second floor and check in at the festival registration desk.
Consent is an empowered decision rooted in personal agency. It is the giving of permission or agreement to participate in an interaction or activity. Consent is active not static, which means that at any point during an activity or interaction, one’s consent may be withdrawn, even if it was given at the outset. Consent is given freely and wholeheartedly with autonomy; it is not hesitant, manipulated, or coerced.
By entering the Interfusion Festival grounds all persons are agreeing to the Interfusion Consent Code of Conduct. The Interfusion Consent Team and Security Members will be available to report any consent or boundary crossing situations and incidents of inappropriate behavior. The Consent Team has the authority to take actions if the behavior of any individual or small group detracts from the safe, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of the festival.
If you need support, find a Consent Team member either at the Consent Booth or around the Festival grounds, who will be wearing lanyards that say "Consent". You may also reach out to any member of our staff or volunteers and ask them to contact the Consent Team on your behalf.
A Living Art Collective
Explore a collective carefully designed for both individual and shared learning experiences, from beginners to advanced offerings. While no partner required to participate, partnerships may be formed during workshops, with facilitators often providing an option to rotate with others to create the best learning environment possible.
Pass holders will receive access by email to signup for festival sessions beginning on October 10th. Once created, pass holders may visit the schedule page at any time to log back in and see their personal schedules.
IFVIII programs are designed to bring awareness of practices, healthy social outlets and lifestyles that may support you to not only rise, but ultimately, thrive.
Guiding your experience with loving-kindness and a mastery of practice. IFVIII features over 100 artists collaborating across across 9 programs to create a living art collective for you.
Guiding with Loving-Kindness
THU JAN 12
Embodied Empowerment: Creating Braver Spaces Together
Consent Tools to Create Joyful Connections at Interfusion & Beyond
Indigo Dawn & Sarah Taub
Opening Intention Setting: Welcome to the Interfusion Festival VIII Experience
FRI JAN 13
NOW is Where the Magic
"Using simple, powerful tools, we’ll practice awakening awareness to subtle pathways leading to deep presence, profound peace and life in full color. ”
Partner Yoga: Levels of Union
Jean Jacques Gabriel
Open Contact Improvisation Jam
Irene Sposetti & Umair Ahsan
Conscious Dance Program
Neuroplasticity 101: The Transgenerational Mind
Healing Arts Program
SAT JAN 14
Sounds of the Earth
"Join this sound healing experience to release what no longer serves you, bring harmony and relaxation to your system. ”
Yin Yoga & Your Chakras
Healing Arts Program
Expressive Arts Program
Mindfulness Meditation & Neuroscience Techniques
Dr. Hugh Byrne
Wisdom & Science Program
SUN JAN 15
The Interconnectedness of Humanity
"We are one but stand together. We are small and insignificant like a single thread in a tapestry, yet so valuable that when one thread is woven together with all others, we create the tapestry of life.”
Let's Re-Wild: Play & Creativity Workshop
Wisdom & Science Program
Neuroplasticity: Rewire the Brain to Thrive
Wisdom & Science Program
IFVIII Cuddle Party
Monique Darling & Peter Petersen
MON JAN 16
Martial Arts: Kick Boxing Self-Defense for Women
"A key piece of comprehensive martial arts training is learning to avoid situations where you need to fight. But if you find yourself in a situation where your safety is at stake, preparation makes all the difference.
-Dr. Timaree Schmit
Morning Thai Massage
Eric Sipes & Kelly Marburger
Pause and Integrate
Conscious Comms Program
IFVIII Closing Circle
Each night the festival transforms into an enchanted playground with eight unique social gathering and activity spaces. Nighttime activities begin at 9:00 pm with the most popular continuing past 3:00 am. Interfusion's Candlelight Conversations, AcroYoga Jam and Serenity Lounge are open throughout the night offering a retreat for those needing a break from the high-energy action.
INTEGRATIVE WELLNESS EXPO
The Integrative Wellness Expo vendors bringing a variety of products and services that empower individuals to achieve a greater state of well-being, balance and positive human experience. Local vendor products include essential oils, herbs, healing crystals, Brazilian bodysuits, naturopathic medicine, massages and much more.
COMMUNITY CARE CENTER
To report any incidents of inappropriate behavior online, use the Interfusion Incident Reporting Form. The festival consent team has the authority to take actions if the behavior of any individual or small group detracts from the safe, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of the festival.
AFFINITY GROUP SPACES
Affinity Group Spaces are designed for members of marginalized and vulnerable groups to exchange resources and support each other.
Community Volunteer Program
The Community Volunteer Program (CVP) is made up of over a hundred volunteers working alongside project ops staff to serve the wider community at Interfusion Festival. Founded in 2016, it has grown to now include several specialty teams serving in roles supporting consent, health and safety, logistics, guest relations and more. See specific qualifications and how to apply below.