Interfusion Festival VII Welcome Package
January 13-17, 2022
Interfusion Festival was founded in 2016 with an intention of cultivating a multicultural community of visionaries seeking to elevate individual and collective consciousness. Since that time it has become 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.
Interfusion is a grassroots community centered creative project on its seventh year. More than twenty percent of participants are part of the creative or services process that together bring Interfusion to life.
The program was built as shared living art to support the community in rising to higher states of growth and wellbeing. It was built through our relationships with each other, and the many heartfelt conversations that took place since we began this creative endeavor.
Our community is built on the values of Universal Love, Humility, Non-rivalry, Non-judgment, Caring, Courage and Curiosity. Embodying these values in our actions and attitudes allows Interfusion Community to thrive as a space for creativity and personal growth.
When we ascend we come into alignment with the highest version of ourselves. We reclaim our wholeness and rise to our potential. Ascension is seating in the power of the fullness of who we are.
The impacts of the pandemic do not stop with COVID-19. Beginning with lockdowns, the pandemic brought with it an unprecedented rise in clinical depression, mental health disorders, opioid abuse, and suicides. From educational offerings in positive psychology, meditation, and expressive arts, to exposure to healthy social outlets, lifestyles and supportive communities, Interfusion Festival aims to bring awareness of a collective of practices and modalities that may help combat the public and mental health crisis beyond COVID-19 which continues to affect the lives of our friends, families, and communities to this day.
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 (DCA). Travel with ease with a complimentary roundtrip shuttle to DCA and an interior corridor connecting you to the entire Metro.
The Interfusion Festival grounds has been expanded to approximately 40,000 sq. ft. or the entire convention space of the Crystal Gateway. The space holds about 2,500 persons at one time as it applies to Interfusion Festival activities. In 2022 Interfusion Festival will have approximately 1,500 persons participating in one or more days of the festival, or about 40 percent less than the convention space total capacity.
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The festival front desk serves as the main entry to Interfusion Festival, guest relations and help desk.
Located at the end of the Arlington foyer, the Community Care Center provides support for the community throughout the festival. Come to the Care Center to get help from the Consent Team, the Emotional Support Team, and/or the Medical Team.
Studio 1 is located at the Skyview area of the Crystal Gateway and is where Candlelight Conversations takes place each main night of the festival.
Studio 2 is located on the lower side of the Grand Ballroom and is where Ecstatic dance takes place at night.
Studio 3 is located on the upper side of the Grand Ballroom and is where daytime and nighttime activities take place.
Studio 4 is located on the right side of the Arlington Ballroom and is where Kizomba social dancing takes place at night.
Studio 5 is located on the middle right side of the Arlington Ballroom and combines with Studio 6 for the Zouk Ballroom each night.
Studio 6 is located on the middle left side of the Arlington Ballroom and combines with Studio 5 for the Zouk Ballroom each night.
Studio 7 is located on the left side of the Arlington Ballroom and splits at night for the Bachata (lower side) and West Coast Swing (upper side) social dancing each night.
Studio 8 is located on the lobby level of the Crystal Gateway and is where small size daytime workshops take place.
Studio 9 is located on the second floor of the Crystal Gateway and is the Zouk day social and Zouk & Flow Intensive take place.
Health & Safety
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 2022 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. If any person, or group of persons, violates or is not in accordance with these Code of Conduct policies, they may be escorted out of the festival grounds, expelled from future events, and/or released to authorities. 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.
If you see or experience consent behavior that is inappropriate or out of line, please report it immediately. In the case of major incidents this may result in expulsion from festival grounds, access revoked from attending future events, or legal action, as necessary. All incidents involving violations of the Consent Code of Conduct will be handled with compassionate care and professional integrity.
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, and they will reach out to us ASAP.
Make your voice heard and help spread a culture of consent. For comments, recommendations or questions contact the Consent Program Team.
Indigo & Sarah
Consent Team Directors
COVID-19 Policy & Action Plan
The final COVID-19 Policy & Action Plan was approved by the Board of Directors (BOD) on December 31, 2021. It is based on an 8 Layers of Protection Framework that, when combined, aims to reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and severity of illness of COVID-19.
Criteria that must be met to enter festival grounds include 1) proof of full vaccination or an exemption, 2) proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or testing waiver for the recently recovered, 3) a temperature lower than 100.4 degrees and 4) a clear symptom screener and 5) wearing a face mask and continuing to do so throughout the festival grounds. See the COVID-19 Policy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more.
At registration, all persons seeking entry to the festival must:
• Provide proof of full vaccination with either a digital health pass or a COVID-19 vaccine card or a photocopy OR a qualified and approved exemption that was provided by Interfusion Festival by email; and
• Provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results from either a PCR/NAAT test taken no more than 72 hours before festival entry OR an antigen self-test taken the same day as arrival provided by either 1) a digital or hardcopy with the person’s full name and date of the test result OR 2) a date- and time-stamped stamped photo of test result OR 3) provide proof of a positive diagnosis between November 14, 2021 and January 3, 2022 to demonstrate recent recovery from COVID-19; and
• Pass a self symptom screener showing no symptoms of COVID-19; and
• Have a temperature observed under 100.4 degrees fahrenheit; temperatures will be taken by Interfusion staff and volunteers at registration; and
• Wear a mask or face covering over the mouth and nose and continue wearing them at all times on festival grounds.
Please continue reading below for more information about protocol if/when any of these 5 requirements are not met.
Proof of full vaccination or an approved and qualified exemption will be required to enter the festival grounds in January 2022. Proof of vaccination may be provided by any of the following:
1. Digital health pass/certificate; or
2. COVID-19 vaccine card, or a photo or photocopy of the card.
A limited number of exemptions will be made of no more than 2 percent of total capacity until November 15, 2021, for persons who have either 1) a medical condition or disability that prevents taking a COVID-19 vaccine or 2) a religious belief or practice that prevents the person from taking a COVID-19 vaccine. Exemptions will not be made for any other conditions or circumstances.
Pass holders who cannot provide proof of vaccination or who have not received a qualified exemption will not be granted access to the festival.
All persons entering the Interfusion Festival grounds are required to show results of passing a symptom screener, provided at registration by Interfusion Festival, by answering questions about possible symptoms of COVID-19. “Passing” a symptom screener means that persons have no symptoms of COVID-19. See the UCLA Screener or CDC Screener to get an idea of symptom screeners and what they ask.
“Passing” a symptom screener means that persons have no symptoms of COVID-19. Persons that do not pass a symptom screener should follow CDC-recommended steps and immediately separate themselves from others, and will not be granted access to festival grounds. Persons may return for new rapid antigen tests and symptom screeners once previously noted symptoms have subsided.
Temperature checks will be administered at points of entry as an additional level of protection to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 to participants and are required for access into the main festival grounds.
It is recommended that participants do not seek access at temperature check entry points within 30 minutes after exercising or after taking medications that may affect your temperature.
Persons found to have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be granted access at the time of the temperature reading and should take CDC-recommended steps, in addition to taking an additional COVID-19 test, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 or other possible illness.
In the case of persons who were found to have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher at the festival, and later have a lower temperature, these persons will be asked to show another negative rapid test result taken after the high temperature was registered and a new, clear symptom screener in order to enter the festival grounds.
3-Ply and KN95 masks will be provided to pass holders at registration. Interfusion recommends use of 3-Ply and KN95 masks, however, any mask or face covering that securely fits the face and is worn completely over the mouth and nose will qualify.
Face mask use is optional to program artists while teaching on a stage AND positioned 10 feet or more from their audience and others. To help ease facilitation with attendees, Interfusion is also providing clear masks to all program artists upon arrival, which are intended to help participants understand verbal/non-verbal instruction more clearly. All studios will also have high-end head microphones, with most studios having two microphone devices, to ease challenges with mask use.
More than 150 Interfusion staff and volunteers give of their time and talent to serve our community, who will be circulating the event at all times and kindly reminding pass holders of proper use and wear of face masks and coverings.
First, remove yourself from any persons you feel uncomfortable around. Next, notify an Interfusion staff member or volunteer, either at registration or the Care Center, about your observations, providing the name, location, and/or appearance of the person who is not observing the mask use policy. Our team will seek to contact and remind the person about the policy.
Pass holders will first be reminded of the mask use policy and asked to comply. Pass holders who refuse to comply with the mask use policy—of wearing a mask at all times fully over the mouth and nose—will be asked to leave the festival grounds by festival staff and security.
Regarding drinking: Attendees may briefly lower or remove masks to drink water/beverages on festival grounds. All attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own water bottles/containers to the festival for personal re-use. Interfusion will provide water stations in workshop studios that pass holders can use to refill their own water bottles/containers; Interfusion will not provide single-use cups at water stations in order to help prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 and to also reduce single-use waste.
Regarding eating: All attendees are asked to please refrain from bringing food into festival grounds. Eating will not be allowed in workshop studios nor on festival grounds such as hallways or in Expo grounds. Attendees are encouraged to eat discreetly and away from crowds.
If an individual is having complications with mask use while engaging in physical activities, frequent breaks are recommended to take rest before returning to those activities. While use of masks makes some physical activities more difficult to perform, 100% mask use requirements have been successfully implemented at many other events with physical activity components in the past, and have been shown to help reduce risks related to COVID-19.
If breathing complications persist, please ask for help from an Interfusion volunteer who can get help from Interfusion’s Medical Care Team.
The following 2 options may be used to meet the testing requirement for participation:
1. Molecular lab PCR/NAAT test taken 72 hours before arrival; and/or
2. Antigen self-test taken on the same day as arrival.
Proof of the negative test result may be provided with 1) a digital or hardcopy with the person’s full name and date of the test result or 2) a date- and time-stamped stamped photo of test result.
Note: PCR tests have the highest accuracy rate are highly encouraged. Antigen self-tests are less accurate than PCR tests but may be more accessible. For persons using a self-test, we recommend acquiring an antigen self-test in advance to test on the same day as arrival. Self-tests may be administered before arriving at the event at home or in a hotel room.
Interfusion encourages persons to self-quarantine or isolate after testing as much as possible until arriving at the event.
At this time, there are many low to no cost COVID-19 testing options available in the US (CVS Health, Rite Aid, and Walgreens for example). See the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services summary on community-based testing sites for COVID-19 for a more complete list here.
In the DC/MD/VA area, PCR tests can be acquired at local pharmacies, urgent care centers, and/or Curative testing sites searchable by zip code. Keep in mind that most PCR tests results take a minimum of 48 hours to turn around, and may be longer in periods of high testing volume.
DC residents may get two (limit total 4) rapid self-tests from local libraries by providing proof of residence via a piece of mail or driver’s license. In addition, after meeting all festival entry requirements including providing proof of a negative test result, all full pass holders will receive a complementary BinaxNOW, QuickVue, or iHealth rapid test, along with other items provided by the Interfusion Team intended as additional layers of protection to further reduce the risk of all persons attending the festival.
No. In response to the challenges with accruing covid-19 rapid test with telehealth supervision throughout the US at this time, virtual supervision of self-test is not required at this time. Self-test may be administered before arriving at the event at home or in a hotel room.
Persons who have been infected by COVID-19 between November 14, 2021 – January 3, 2022 may waive the testing requirement by providing a copy of a COVID-19 positive test result with their full name and the date of the test to firstname.lastname@example.org. Persons who have previously recovered will still need to show proof of vaccination or a qualified and approved exemption, a temperature lower than 100.4 degrees, and a clear symptom screener to be granted entry to the festival.
Persons who have been previously infected by COVID-19 who test positive at festival entry and have not already provided a copy of a COVID-19 positive test result with their full name and date to email@example.com should email a copy to the provided email address. After doing so and passing all other elements of the COVID-19 entry policy, persons will be granted access to the festival grounds.
Persons who test positive (who have not recently recovered from COVID-19) will not be granted access to the festival grounds, should take CDC-recommended steps, should remove themselves from others, and should seek self-isolated quarantine of their own accord. Unfortunately, Interfusion cannot provide room, board, or financial assistance for pass holders who need to self-isolate and quarantine. Those who travel to Interfusion 2022 assume the risk and responsibility for their own provisions in the case of being infected with COVID-19.
As you return home or move on to your next adventure after Interfusion Festival, we ask that you kindly use the rapid self-test kits provided to test within 5 days. For those that have already used the 2 tests included in the Care Packs offered to all participants, please consider additional testing the week after the festival as well.
For awareness, covidtests.gov and special.usps.com are providing 4 free tests per household, and in DC, you can pick up free self-tests at local libraries.
If you test positive within 5 days after Interfusion Festival, send firstname.lastname@example.org a message to inform our team, and follow CDC guidelines including isolating yourself from others and guidance on taking care of yourself for a speedy recovery.
During the daytime explore workshops across multiple programs with full open access. The 2022 schedule has been 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 workshop facilitators often providing an option to rotate with others to create the best learning environment possible.
See the daytime program streams bringing a collective of experiences to support the community in rising to higher states of growth and wellbeing.
Opening & Closing
From intention setting to festival closing circle the night of the first full moon
Wisdom & Science
Deepen your knowledge of the self and the nature of reality
From individual reflection to community connection
Intimacy & Sexuality
Transcend inhibitions and discover the art of self-love and authentic connections
Time-honored traditions that connect us with our own innate wisdom and capacity to heal
AcroYoga & Thai Massage
A lively blend of Acrobatics, Yoga & Thai Massage
Bringing education and cultural understanding of Brazilian Zouk history and practice
Exploring movement and creativity in its many forms
Festival Wide Offerings
RUE PAYNE (et al.)
From understanding and use of intuition to guided mindfulness meditations each evening
INDIGO DAWN & SARAH TAUB
Practicing the art of conscious consent and intentional boundary setting
Schedule Open Access
Workshop access control volunteer teams have been reallocated to strengthen COVID-19 Policy & Action Plan protective measures, including temperature checks at festival entry points. Schedule sign-ups are no longer required for 2022 while they serve as a tool to help participants better plan their experiences.
See the artist lineup that will guide your experience with loving-kindness.
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 to 3:00 am. Interfusion’s Candlelight Conversations, AcroYoga Jam & Serenity Lounge are open throughout the night offering a retreat for those needing a break from the high-energy action.
Some participants choose to dress in the themes to add to their experience.
Dress themes are optional and provide suggestions on how to dress on the main nights of the festival. Mask are required. Onesies are not.
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.
Guidance & Resources
Community Volunteer Program
The Community Volunteer Program (CVP) is made up of nearly 150 participants coming together to serve the wider community at Interfusion Festival 2022. Founded in 2016, it has grown to now include over ten teams of community members serving in roles supporting consent, health and safety, logistics, guest relations and more.
The CVP application form may be used to apply as a volunteer anytime with entries considered for the 2022 - 2023 festivals.
Marcella & Matt
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
When you arrive, please check in on the 1st floor at the festival registration desk located just next to Studio 1 (i.e. Skyview). Check in begins as early as 4:00 pm Thursday and remains open each full festival day. Festival registration hours are as follows:
- Thursday: 4:00pm – 12:00am
- Friday: 8:00am – 2:00am
- Saturday: 8:00am – 2:00am
- Sunday: 8:00am – 2:00am
Please have your ID handy with you and other resources concerning COVID-19 Policy requirements.
Once you arrive at the hotel, proceed to the 1st floor and have your ID handy, along with other documents needed to be screened before receiving your festival pass.
How to dress and what to bring will depend on the classes you’re planning on taking and other activities you’re planning on participating in.
● Yoga mats will be provided but we recommend you also bring your own if you are local. If you use blocks for yoga activities, consider bringing them as well.
● For partner dance classes: we recommend dance shoes and/or socks and comfortable clothing. If you choose to wear heels, they must have an ankle strap.
● For Acrobatics: yoga type clothing is recommended. Please avoid loose fitting clothing and jewelry as they may become safety hazards. Sport towel, hand sanitizer and dry chalk are recommended but not necessary.
● For healing arts: comfortable clothing.
● Reusable water bottle to keep hydrated and reduce waste.
To highlight while the festival will have yoga mats in each major studio location, we highly recommend local attendees bring a personal yoga mat. Likewise a personal water bottle for all festival attendees is strongly encouraged.
To create an Interfusion framed photo on Facebook 1) click on your profile photo 2) click add frame 3) search for “Interfusion” 4) select from “I’m Going” and “I’m Ascending” options. You may also click here to be sent directly to a frame if you have Facebook on your device.
Absolutely. The festival has plenty of choices for beginners. Please refer to the full festival schedule before the event and look for offerings marked as “beginner” or “all levels” to plan your experience.
No partner is necessary. Partnerships may be created during workshops with instructors often providing an option to rotate with others to create the best learning environment possible. You may also choose to stay with one partner.
Yes. Take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary round trip shuttle to Reagan National Airport and travel with ease. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 05:00 AM - 12:00 AM. If you would like to arrange pick up from the airport to the hotel please call the Shuttle Phone at 703-920-3230. The airport is located just 2 miles from the hotel.
The entire DMV, just an escalator ride away. The hotel is located directly above the Crystal City Metro stop, making it easy for you to travel in the areas in and surrounding the nation’s capital.
Parking is available at the hotel at discounted rate ($29.25 per day). Additional parking can be found at:
- Crystal City Shops at 239-241 18th St S, Arlington, VA 22202 Free after 4pm & weekends
- Colonial Parking Garage: 2200 S Eads St. Arlington, VA 22202
- SpotHero is also recommend
We have security guards on-duty during festival hours to ensure the safety of our community members. If you are needing assistance from security please go to the registration desk and the security guard will be notified for assistance.
Yes. We have a team of Medics and Nurses on call for the physical safety of our community members. If you are in need of medical attention please go to the Care Center and the medical team will be notified for assistance.
Yes. We have a team of volunteer therapists and counsellors on call to support the mental health of our community members. If you are in need of mental-emotional support please visit the Care Center.
Yes. The videographer creatives filming at Interfusion 2022 are:
🎥 SBKZ Media (Kyle Mikami)
🎥 Vagantur Media (Elias Travers)
🎥 Flambé Media (Niranjan Dinesh)
Yes. In response to requests for more access options outside of the full festival pass, One Day Passes and One Night Passes have been made available the final week before the festival.
Confirmed 2022 DJ Artists include:
The Interfusion Festival Artist Lineup is currently full and persons interested in applying for future artist positions may submit their information and resume/CV under the application form here.
Program Directors have discretion over the selection of artists of their respective programs and review applications when there is a need or opening to fill.
Artist selections are made and approved by Program Directors with a vote of concurrence by the Board of Directors (BOD) from a resources and shared initiatives/values standpoint. Please direct all inquiries to teach, speak or DJ at Interfusion Festival through formal application.