Lock up your phone, don't wash your hair and create an old-school photo album of memories: How to hold onto those festival feels back in the real world
Festival season is HERE! And with it comes a load of opportunities to ditch the desk, forget our phones, talk to strangers, stare at the stars, eat weird food out of vans, try something new and wear something silly.
Lost weekends in the country are one of the best ways to reconnect with family and friends, ourselves and nature. But we can't spend EVERY weekend camping and dancing around in sequins in fields. So how do we hold onto that festival feeling when we land back in the real world?
Shelf Help was at The Big Retreat Wales this year to host author interviews in the Talk Tent (as well as putting up some gazebos and helping with the gin tasting) and so we asked some of the experts...
1. TANYA GOODIN, DIGITAL ENTREPRENEUR AND AUTHOR OF OFF: Your digital detox for a better life
“Unplug from your phone, put it in a drawer and go for a walk outside. All the benefits you get from a festival are available to you if you just disconnect from the buzz of the digital world and reconnect with nature. It’s easy and accessible and you can do it every day - wellies not required!”
2. MARIANNE POWER, journalist, author and professional Londoner
"I'm not a big festival person because I get tired by too many people, get cold easily and can be quite princess-y when it comes to tent assembly, but what I do love about festivals is sitting on the grass, stomping around in wellies, giggling with friends and letting the hours slip away.
"Being away from home means there's no nagging feelings of jobs to do or places to be - you are just there in that moment. I guess the trick is to try to recreate this feeling in our real life - hanging out in nearby parks, walking in the woods, open water swimming - anything that puts us back in nature and the simple joys of life. I also love any excuse to not wash my hair - also something that can be replicated at home!"
Marianne's first book, Help Me! is out this September. Help Me! is the story of One Woman’s Quest to Find Out if Self-Help Really Can Change Her Life. It's funny and enlightening and you can pre-order it HERE. AND you can meet Marianne at the next Shelf Help X Soho House event on Weds 27th June in West London. Tickets free for Soho House members and friends of Shelf Help. Get on the list HERE.
3. Amber Lort-Phillips and Diane Hinde - founders of The Big Retreat Wales
“Looking around the Festival site at The Big Retreat Wales we loved seeing memories being created – laughter, sunshine, fathers, daughters, friends, mums & kids – knowing they will last a lifetime. Hang on to that feel-good feeling by making a photo album, either creating an actual book of your favourite pictures from the event, or using them as profile pictures or desktop photos. On the Big Retreat app you can see everyone else's favourite 2018 pics, which helps to reconnect with that sense of community we all feel at festivals.
"We also recommend making a pact with yourself to take a few minutes a day to relax, breathe and recall those good feelings. And putting the next one in the diary is a sure-fire way to keep the excitement buzzing. Email a friend and say ‘see you at The Big Retreat Wales next year’ – and book your tickets asap."
Shelf Help will be back at The Big Retreat in 2019 (details TBC) - get your tickets HERE