WELCOME

WELCOME

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. 

RESILIENCE

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.

CREATIVES

See the visionaries creating living art to support the community in rising to higher states of growth and wellbeing.

LOCATION

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.

CHECKING IN

Once you arrive at the hotel, proceed to the second floor and check in at the festival registration desk.

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CONSENT

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 Consent is active not static, which means that at any point during an activity or interaction, one’s consent may be withdrawn, even if it was given at the outset.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.

SCHEDULE

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. 

PROGRAMS

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.

GUIDES

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

IFVIII HIGHLIGHTS

THU JAN 12

SPOTLIGHT

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    Embodied Empowerment: Creating Braver Spaces Together

    Pooja Virani

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    Consent Tools to Create Joyful Connections at Interfusion & Beyond

    Indigo Dawn & Sarah Taub

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    Opening Intention Setting: Welcome to the Interfusion Festival VIII Experience

    Liz Strom

FRI JAN 13

SPOTLIGHT

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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. ”
-Yonah Levy

 

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    Partner Yoga: Levels of Union

    Jean Jacques Gabriel
    Acroyoga Program

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    Open Contact Improvisation Jam

    Irene Sposetti & Umair Ahsan
    Conscious Dance Program

  • Eleanor Bramwell 2022

    Neuroplasticity 101: The Transgenerational Mind

    Eleanor Bramwell
    Healing Arts Program

SAT JAN 14

SPOTLIGHT

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Sounds of the Earth

"Join this sound healing experience to release what no longer serves you, bring harmony and relaxation to your system. ”
-Emma Olmedo

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    Yin Yoga & Your Chakras

    Elyza Dolby
    Healing Arts Program

  • Rose Turuka 2022

    Afro Groove

    Rose Turuka
    Expressive Arts Program

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    Mindfulness Meditation & Neuroscience Techniques

    Dr. Hugh Byrne
    Wisdom & Science Program

SUN JAN 15

SPOTLIGHT

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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.”
-Gopi Kinnicutt

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    Let's Re-Wild: Play & Creativity Workshop

    Lindsey Hunt
    Wisdom & Science Program

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    Neuroplasticity: Rewire the Brain to Thrive

    Eleanor Bramwell
    Wisdom & Science Program

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    IFVIII Cuddle Party

    Monique Darling & Peter Petersen
    Festival-Wide Offering

MON JAN 16

SPOTLIGHT

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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

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    Morning Thai Massage

    Eric Sipes & Kelly Marburger
    Acroyoga Program

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    Pause and Integrate

    Sea Rios
    Conscious Comms Program

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    IFVIII Closing Circle

    Liz Strom
    Festival-Wide Offering

NIGHT ACTIVITIES

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.

IFVIII EXPO

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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.

RESOURCES

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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.

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AFFINITY GROUP SPACES

Affinity Group Spaces are designed for members of marginalized and vulnerable groups to exchange resources and support each other.

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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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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