Waking Life is a space for artistic experimentation, spirited self-expression and collective imagineering of the type of society we could cultivate if there was freedom to diverge from default reality. But in a communal space, default reality has some useful pointers to guide us, like ways of moving around, finding information and taking care of each other and our shared environment.

Covid-19

It looks like we are in a more open relationship with our planet’s viral visitor, Covid-19, so we can finally converge in group gatherings. We’ll communicate about regulations nearer the time of the event on a FAQ page, when policies and specifics regarding health and safety for the summer of 2022 are known.

Safe.r space

Waking Life is meant to be a warm, welcoming space for any gender, racial, ethnic, sexual, age, class identities. To create a truly vibrant, intersectional environment, we must respect each other’s boundaries, check our privileges, seek consent and be mindful about how we communicate and interact with others. React and talk with one of the Caretakers in case you see discriminatory behaviour, being it racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, body shaming, or any other form of harassment. We encourage everyone to celebrate their differences and to express themselves as freely as possible.

Privacy

We would like to encourage everyone to disconnect from the digital realm and plug into the natural world. Feel free to take a picture every now and then, but don’t expect to take your experiences home on a camera. Please try not to film, especially not on the dancefloor: not everyone likes to be caught on camera while partying and it is disruptive for the engaging artists. In all circumstances respect people’s privacy, ask for consent, and respect a no.

Caretakers

The Caretakers are performers, tripsitters, or simply empaths with an eye for anticipating the needs of others. The essence of this squad is curating a spirit of collective care, and showing how a mindful community tends to its members. If you see or experience anything uncomfortable, or just need a listening ear, don’t hesitate to approach one of the Caretakers. We will communicate later about how to reach and recognise them.

Avózinha

When humans are likely to enter altered states it is important to have a calm, cosy, protected space, with people who know how to care for you. Avózinha is the place to seek advice, and receive support during tricky psychedelic experiences. Warm, grandmotherly vibes, alongside chemical-testing is what you’ll find in our risk-reduction, psycare place.

Safety

Keep an eye on each other and yourself. Locate the first aid, emergency meeting points and emergency exits on your map upon arriving in case you or a fellow traveller would be needing them later on. Bring a small first aid kit if you can. Of course, our medical team will be of assistance for people with physical or psychological issues at any time. There are quiet places to relax and have a rest.

Disability access

Waking Life wishes to offer a unique, accessible experience to all participants, including people with disability. However, bear in mind that the festival terrain is rough and gets very hot in the month of August. Therefore, we are offering an extra ticket to any person with disability to bring along one person to assist you, free of charge. If you wish to apply or receive information on guidance dogs, parking, camping or anything else, please get in touch via info@wakinglife.pt.

Leave no trace (but positive)

Please keep the site and its surroundings clean by planning ahead, leave what you find, don’t leave stuff behind, dispose of your waste properly, respect nature (do not throw cigarette butts on the floor, please!) and be considerate to other participants. It’s just that easy.

(Waste) collection point

Before you go, earn your waste deposit back by handing in your full (and recycled) bags of waste you generated. Make sure to bring along your along your garbage deposit ticket. Not enough waste in your bag? No problem! You can collect some on the terrain throughout the week. Here, you’ll also find a collection point. If you have food, a tent (we sincerely hope this won’t happen) or other useful materials you won’t be taking home again: bring them there, so they can come in handy for other people.

Weather / Health

Temperatures in Alentejo in August can fluctuate between 25 and 40 degrees Celsius. Wear (biodegradable) sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburns and drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated. This a hot area, germs spread quickly. Wash your hands regularly and be careful sharing drinks or cigarettes.

Fire

Portugal alone accounts for more than half of all forest fires in the EU. It’s strictly forbidden to make fires of any kind (bbq, camp fires, candles, …) on site. If you see anyone making a fire, please inform them about the risk and ask them to put it out. Be extremely careful with cigarette butts too, put them in your portable ashtray. Locate the nearest fire extinguisher to your camp in case of an emergency. It’s forbidden to use camping gas.

Water

Drinking water is available for free at the water points spread across the site. Water is a valuable resource, use it wisely. Please be careful with your water usage and only use what’s necessary. Take short (revigorating) showers and refresh in the lake.

Lake

The lake is no washing area, and certainly not a toilet! Those who make their needs in the lake can be put outside the terrain at any time. Remove sunscreen from your body before swimming. Swim safe, sober, and only by daylight. Our Baywatch team will keep an extra eye too. For safety reasons, it’s forbidden to swim at night. Don’t dive.

Sustainability

Be aware of how your consumption and travel impacts the environment and try to take action accordingly. We will provide as much support as possible to keep our location intact and all initiatives concerning sustainability are most welcome.

Food

We aim to reduce our environmental footprint as much as we can. One of our ways of doing this is offering a wide variety of fresh veggie food, locally sourced if possible.

Cashless payments

We work with a cashless system. You can acquire Klingelings at one of the ticket counters, in exchange of cash, or paid by card. After Waking Life, you have two weeks to reclaim any remaining value. We have no ATM, be sure to bring enough cash and your bankcard.

Glass

Please don’t bring glass to the grounds, it increases risk of injury and fires. Try to bring a stainless-steel water container instead.

Pets

Sun, dehydration, noise and people can increase the stress and health problems of your pets. Therefore it’s not allowed to bring them to the festival.

Pirate shops

Bring anything you wish to share with fellow participants, we’re creating this experience together! Note that it’s not allowed to sell anything at or around Waking Life, unless you are a registered vendor. Pirate shops will be taken down and removed from the terrain.

Confetti

It’s fun to play with confetti & glitters, but they are not environmental friendly and a real pain in the ass to clean it all up, literally. Therefore: please leave them at home.

Sound systems

Own sound systems on the campsite or at the parking lot are prohibited.

Liability

You enter the site at your own risk and responsibility. The organization cannot be held accountable for any material damage that may occur on the site.

Location

Crato is situated in Northern Alentejo, one of the most deserted regions in Southern Europe. A mythical place where the boundaries of time and space are limitless. A place with hidden realities waiting to be unveiled, in the water that entertains and cures, in the great open spaces in the midst of nature.

Carpooling

We highly encourage carpooling to those who have the possibility to do so! In our Hitch a Ride group you can offer empty seats to or from Waking Life to fellow travellers or ask them to share their ride with you.

Getting there by plane

The closest major airport is in Lisboa. It’s a smooth drive from Lisboa which will take you just a bit over 2 hours. Rental cars in Portugal are pretty cheap. Other possible airports are Porto (3h45min), Faro (3h30min), Madrid (4h30min) or Sevilha (3h30min).

By bus

Waking Life shuttles drive between Lisbon (4h), Porto (5h) and Madrid (7h) airport and Crato. Besides our shuttles there’s a daily bus driving from Lisboa to Crato which will take you about 3 hours. For departure times and other information, please visit www.rede-expressos.pt.

Shuttle bus Crato

On the days of arrival and departure shuttles drive regularly between Waking Life and Crato. The days in between, a shuttle bus will drives between Waking Life and Crato once a day.

By car from Lisboa

From Lisboa, take the A1 and exit to A23 Torres Novas. Take exit 15 for IP2 to Portalegre. Continue on IP2 until you see exit N245 to Crato. When you get near the village of Crato, road signs will guide you the way to Waking Life.

By car from Porto

From Porto, take the A1 direction Lisboa and take exit 11 towards Lousã, then take the exit onto A13 towards Lousã. Exit on IC8 and get on the A23 in Castelo Branco. Follow A23 and take exit 15 for IP2 to Portalegre. Continue on IP2 until you see exit N245 to Crato.

By car from Madrid

From Madrid, take the A5 towards Placencia and Portugal. Take exit 51 towards Cáceres and keep following. After 70km, take exit 551 for N521 towards Malpartida de Cáceres, Portugal. Continue on N-521, then take N359 and IC13 to Crato, Portugal.

By bike

If you’re looking for some adventure, come to Waking Life by bike! We’ll make sure that good ol’ two-wheeler of yours receives a warm welcome.

Before and after Waking Life

Portugal is a fascinating country with a diverse culture and a unique personality; including its rich history, exquisite cuisine and its people’s love for music and art. Alentejo, one of the most authentic regions in the country, is known for a heritage enriched by a variety of cultures and landscapes of unique beauty, its local traditions, timeless villages, rewarding walks and good wines. If you can, we’d highly recommend sticking around for some time…

Camping

Regular camping and free parking are included in your ticket.

Tents and campers

There is a separate campsite for normal tents and visitors with mobile homes. No cars are allowed on the campsite, mobile homes have to park in the designated parking areas. Be aware that the land can be uneven at some places and it is your own responsibility to decide whether the vehicle is suitable for the terrain. Caravan / Campervan tickets have to be purchased by participants coming with a camper vehicle. More info can be found on the ticket page.

Creative camps

Participate! It’s so much more fun. Participants who would like to set up a creative camp are happily invited to do so. This could be literally anything; from a morning workout followed by tea and biscuits, a space for bedtime stories or a karaoke bar, to nude speeddating or a ping-pong tournament – you name it.

Shade

The opposite of hot sun. Used in a sentence: “The hot sun in your tent”. And yep, she burns here as well… To guarantee enough shade, we are setting up several shade spots across the camping. Even though we will double the amount of shade on the camping, it will not be possible to cover the entire area. We’d like to encourage everyone who can to bring their own shades.

Showers

Showers will be located at walking distance. Here you’ll also find refreshment points which offer drinkable water. Please be careful with your water usage and only use what’s necessary.

Waste

Upon entering the terrain you will receive two garbage bags. One for plastic, one for mixed waste. Please keep your camping spot and the festival site clean – it’s a piece of cake if everyone does their own share! Earn your waste deposit back by handing in your full (and recycled) bags of waste along with your waste deposit ticket.

Camping shop

Pass by our camping shop for local products, bio-degradable sunscreen, fresh bread, cheese, earplugs, tobacco and other useful things.