We’re delighted to introduce the first blog post from our very own Lisa Chadderton, Creative Account Director of the recently opened About Time Creative Ibiza office. Lisa will be reporting regularly on what’s trending on the White Isle as well as talking about the work we are doing in the creative industry there. In this, her first article, she talks about the arrival of Autumn on the island and with it a succession of vibration-raising events that help her creativity to flow.
IBIZA’S COSMIC SPIRIT RISES IN AUTUMN
Autumn has arrived on Ibiza and I have to say I am feeling rather more relaxed than I have been for some time. As the heat and madness of the 2017 summer season dies down and the last remaining clubs close their doors, a new energy starts to rise on the island, catalysed by events like the Ibiza Spirit Festival at Atzaro, Cosmic Pineapple at Pikes and the forthcoming Energy Week 2017.
It’s no great secret anymore that, aside to it’s reputation as being a magnet for hedonists, our little Balearic rock in the Med also attracts, and is a home for, a huge amount of wellness seekers. In fact, neither of these things are new phenomena on Ibiza. Due to it’s strategic location on the old merchant ship trade routes, people have been stopping off at the island to rave, relax and rejuvenate for centuries. However, in recent years the health and wellbeing industry in particular has seen a massive increase on Ibiza, with an explosion in yoga retreats, conscious events and holistic therapists being available.
THE IBIZA SPIRIT FESTIVAL AT ATZARO
I recently enjoyed taking part in the Ibiza Spirit Festival, a huge bi-annual event that paints a wonderful portrait of this facet of the island. The most recent one took place on Sunday 1st October at the beautiful Agroturismo Atzaro and it offered a wide range of classes, therapies, workshops and circles for the general public to take part in. There was also a fantastic market, children’s area and an uplifting programme of live music that set the perfect tone.
The Spirit Festival was absolutely packed all day with more than a thousand people passing through the gates, each contributing a 10 euro donation as they entered, which went to the APNEEF children’s charity , based on the island. The event was bursting with beautiful Ibiza souls and I got a chance to catch up with many people I hadn’t seen all summer due to our busy work schedules. It was a perfect way to reconnect with myself, my community and the island – ready to face the shifting season with a smile on my face. I feel these type of events are vital at this time of year for the rebalancing of the whole island and it’s inhabitants. For me personally this rebalancing allows me to focus more clearly on my Winter projects by unblocking any residual summer stress and allowing that all important creativity to flow.
“The Ibiza Spirit Festival is a great opportunity for us to come together twice a year in the spirit of love and celebration,” said Sabina Brownstein, one of the organisers of the event.
“The festival on October 1, was the busiest and best ever with all of the classes and workshops filled, and the Spirit of Ibiza all around us. Each year, in May and in October, we create an opportunity for the wonderful people of Ibiza to ‘spread the love’. The beauty of Atzaro blended with the joyful ambiance opens people’s hearts and minds to new ways of thinking and being.” I couldn’t agree more and I felt the event had set me up brilliantly for the new week, new month and new season ahead. However, having been working at Ibiza Spirit Festival giving readings, I hadn’t had the opportunity to soak up any of the amazing treatments or classes on offer for myself. I was in luck though as later that same week, the forthcoming Cosmic Pineapple event promised me the chance to do just that.
PIKES HOTEL GETS COSMIC
The location for this cosmic gathering on 5th October, was none other than the legendary Pikes Hotel, a place that has, at times, been my second home on the island . I arrived at Pikes, feeling resplendent in my favourite Unicorn top and blue feathers in my hair, and was instantly imprinted with a matching splodge of blue glitter in the centre of my head, daubed on by the wonderful Carli Su Su. Never one to shy away from a glitter shower, I have to confess I have never really given much thought to what it was made of. Susu soon set me straight, explaining how standard glitter is made from flattened plastic microbeads, tiny toxic particles that don’t break down and end up in our waterways. Susu’s Eco Glitter , however, comes from sustainably grown eucalyptus trees from where it is made into a biodegradable film which is later metabolized by micro-organisms and disappears back into the earth. She advised me that it was therefore safe to spread my glitter like love, generously and everywhere! It was a great little mantra that I walked into the party with.
As I made my way up to the renowned Pikes pool area I was greeted by the sight of three stunning mermaids in the pool, courtesy of the event styling company, The Minx FX. They were splashing around to the sounds of Mark Broadbent and Andrew Livesey AKA The Brothers Grim who were playing some suitably laid-back, early evening deep grooves, setting the perfect mood . I sat down to take it all in and was blown away by how many island faces were there, many of the same faces I had seen at the Spirit Festival, and the phrase ‘twice in one week’ seemed to be bouncing around.
Having exchanged some happy end of season conversations, I set off for an exploration and was delighted to see every nook and cranny of this stunning venue being used to the fullest. I’m really pleased that Pikes is leading the way in embracing more conscious events and it seems like the perfect place to embody this spirit of the island. From the outside world looking in, it can seem like conflicting ideologies – yoga and a healthy lifestyle versus party-all-night hedonism. But the Cosmic Pineapple event brings it all together harmoniously, after all, it’s about celebrating life.