Tribal Gathering
 

LOCATION

A BREATH-TAKING CARIBBEAN BEACH
OFF THE EDGE OF THE MAP IN PANAMA

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The north coast of Panama has a raw unexplored quality. Large swaths of exotic jungle sweep down to the coast. The flora and fauna is amazing, monkeys, sloth, jaguar, cayman and a multitude of colorful birds.

A balmy 30 C° with a constant refreshing breeze. Golden sandy beaches, majestic bays, rock pools and coral reefs, a river and a waterfall, making it the perfect location for Tribal Gathering.

The region has a rich cultural blend of local indigenous and Afro-Caribbean heritage. People are lively and friendly. And their traditional cuisines make for simple but delicious food! This truly is a paradise on earth.

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Getting here is relatively simple. Approximately 3 hours drive from Tocumen International Airport. Buses are regular and cheap or if you want it easier we provide a shuttle service to and from the site.

 
 
 
 

TRIBES

"Indigenous peoples across the world are the ones keeping the human race from destroying itself and leading earth to a disaster".. Noam Chomsky

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Climate crisis and pollution endanger indigenous communities worldwide, even though indigenous peoples contribute the least. Societies forged from the industrial revolution have grown rich at the expense of the planet. Their actions have put indigenous communities at risk due to pollution, climate crisis, and the theft of their land.

Indigenous peoples have lived symbiotically with the planet for thousands of years. Their ancestral knowledge of and connection to the natural world has been recognized as a way to guarantee a healthy environment and cope with climate change.

To listen to representatives of indigenous communities is to confront a different worldview, particularly for those of us who exist in the urban, western world. Yet society seldom listens to them to learn how to best protect our natural resources.

Tribal Gathering offers the unique opportunity to meet with and learn from indigenous cultures from around the world. We offer a platform for debate, education, creativity, sharing of our resources. By learning from our tribal elders, we can become better stewards of the planet and help to build a better world.

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"Kids all over the world have to pay for mistakes we didn’t even make. This is our future. We’re the next leaders. This is our future".. Autumn Peltier

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CONFIRMED TRIBES GUESTS FOR 2020

Below you can learn more about the INDIGENOUS PEOPLES and MINORITY ETHNIC GROUPS that will be joining us for the next edition of Tribal Gathering. Detailed information about the guests and their offerings will be added here over the next months.


AND MANY MORE WILL RELEASED SOON!!

Unlike indigenous groups, ethnic minorities have often been displaced from their native territories at some point in history, but still hold today strong ties to their ancestral traditions and rich cultural heritage.

Indigenous and minority ethnic groups all over the world share similar struggles caused by predatory oppression from the dominant western cultures throughout the centuries.

Lets put an end to injustice and work together to ensure environmental and social balance

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GLOBAL STAGE

16 DAYS OF REFINED ETHNIC SOUNDS
INDIGENOUS MUSICIANS FROM AROUND THE PLANET

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THE FIRST WEEK OF GLOBAL STAGE

We are curating an amazing indigenous musical journey through TIME and SPACE

Indigenous musicians, bands and artists from so many countries are coming together to give us a musical journey through TIME ‒ With ancient tribal rhythms to modern dance beats and SPACE ‒ From the other side of the planet to just up in the jungle.

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Hang in there it's still early days and we have lots more acts to come.

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THE SECOND WEEK OF GLOBAL STAGE WE KEEP THE FOCUS ON ETHNIC SOUNDS WITH A DISTINCTLY ELECTRONIC HEART

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Music producers, dj´s, bands... wanna share some tunes at Tribal Gathering 2020?

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LOTUS STAGE

FOR THE FINAL WEEK WE EXPLOR DEEPER STATES OF MIND
A TESTAMENT TO THE FINEST PSYCHEDELIC TRANCE

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Cutting edge mapping on organic driftwood structures, harvested from the beach. Incredible LED sculptures, state of the art lighting and the amazing Void sound system make this a very special space.

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THE CARNY

Celebrates the cabaret of life.
Sensitive, subtle, poetic, explosive, macabre and beautiful....
Traditions run deep in the world of Circus!

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Calling all performers, circus, theater, dance, comedy, storytelling, juggling alike!

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WORKSHOPS

YOGA, MASSAGE, MEDITATION, WORKSHOPS AND TALKS ABOUND

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JUGGLING & SLACK LINE

TRIBAL SKILL EXCHANGE

BODY MOVEMENT

NATIVE RITUALS

SOCIO ECONOMIC INSIGHTS

TRADITIONAL FOODS

BOTANY

MEDITATION

TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTS

TRIBAL DANCES

MAKING CHICHA

MUSIC PRODUCTION

LOCAL MARINE ECOLOGY

INDIGENOUS CULTURE

STORYTELLING

COCOA & CHOCOLATE MAKING

MEDICINAL HERBS

YOGA

DRUMMING

SUSTAINABLE AGRO FORESTRY

PERMACULTURE

AND MUCH MORE

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Every year, a big part of the educational program is provided by attendees willing to share their knowledge and skills with the tribal community.

Looking forward to receive your proposals, submit your application now!

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ART HUTS

SHARE NATIVE SKILLS AND HELP KEEP HANDIWORK TRADITIONS ALIVE

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CARVING - WEAVING - DREAM CATCHERS - BODY PAINTING
INDIGENOUS JEWELRY - TEXTILES - NATURAL FABRIC DYES
SPEARS - ARROWS - MUSIC INSTRUMENTS - NATIVE ART

...AND MANY MORE HANDS-ON TRIBAL WORKSHOPS

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RECYCLING

"Only 9% of the planets recycled material is actually recycled"

Each day millions of tons of trash washes up on beaches

The beaches at Tribal Gathering are much the same with trash washing ashore each day. We clean them regularly. But what to do with all that never ending supply of trash? We have set up various upcycling programs with the plan to utilise the rubbish for the event build.

Here’s a couple of them

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PLASTIC PARADISO

A project to create art from washed up plastic that is used in campaigns to make those companies responsible help clean the seas their plastic is poluting.

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PRECIOUS PLASTIC

We collect the HDPE plastic. Essentially all the plastic bottle tops, wash them, chip them and re-injection mold the melted chippings into various objects to be used during Tribal Gathering.

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Flip-flops are recycled into hinges for doors and gates. Ropes reused and bottles and tin cans are turned into lighting fixtures.

After we have up-cycled as much as we can, we grind down most of the rest and use it as aggregate to make paving slabs that we line the floors of our kitchen with.

The idea being to recycle everything directly into the events infrastructure rather than send it off to some recycling centre to be shipped off to some hole in the middle of a forest in Malaysia.

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WELLNESS
HOLISTIC BEACH

TREAT YOURSELF AND RELAX

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YOU WILL BE IN CAPABLE HANDS
WITH MANY CHOICES OF HOLISTIC THERAPY

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As part of our health and nutrition educational program, we open a space for practitioners attending Tribal Gathering to teach and showcase effective therapeutic modalities, preventive strategies and healthy life style systems.

You may also apply to sell private one on one sessions at the official wellness facilities as a third party vendor.

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ELEMENTS
OF RITUAL

 

EARTH • WIND • FIRE • WATER

 
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A unique space of healing rituals. Combining the sacred traditions of the sweat lodges and spirtual ceremonies.

Detoxify your body, mind and soul. While immersing in cultural and spiritual experiences that deliver journeys of physical purification and personal initiation.

 
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THE VILLAGE
MARKET

TRIBAL GATHERING CATERING

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Tribal Gathering official catering consists of two bars, restaurant, butchers grill, chai-shop, cafe, smoothie bar, pizzeria/bakery and drinks trolley. The main restaurant, grill and pizzeria are run by a multicultural team made of international and local cooks serving global and local dishes, yummy pizzas and farm-to-table grill cuts from local farmers.

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There are plenty of vegan and veggetarian options to suit all tastes. With a plethora of natural healthy homemade beverages like teas, coffee, juices, smoothies, kombucha, lemonade and ginger beer served from our cafe, smoothie bar and chaishop added to your regular alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks served at the bars, we aim to cater for everyone and every mood.

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FOOD VENDING

There are also a bunch of third party food stalls in The Village Market, featuring indigenous, local, Panamanian and international cuisines. Top quality and affordable prices with the convenience of being able to use Tribal Gathering bracelet cashless payments for all the food outlets.

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LOCAL FOOD

Meals styles will range from international cuisine, to local rice and beans. There will be mix of meaty, veggie, raw and vegan as well as a few food allergy options.



Local tribal fishermen come each morning in their canoes (sea permitting) and sell their morning catch right from the beach. Most of our food is locally grown, reared etc.. Apart from the garlic (China) I know right?

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SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

We ask that no supermarket food is bought on site as it lines the pockets of the already wealthy and brings with it a lot of rubbish.

Our food shops are run by local and indigenous folk selling local food, vegetables, fruit etc, they have a lot of variety on offer, stuff you know and will possibly be trying for the first time, they are very poor and really do need the income.

Drinking water

Beautiful, 3 stage filtered drinking water that is piped to site using only gravity from a stream in the jungle a couple of miles above the event is available for free. Bottled water can also be bought at the bars, but it comes in plastic bottles and the eco issues associated with such packaging. The choice of course is yours to make.

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COMMUNAL KITCHEN

With this produce in mind we provide a communal cooking area, with wood burning stoves, so bring your pots and pans if you wish. The communal kitchen will also host local and indigenous traditional cooking demonstrations throughout the gathering.

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MERCH STALLS & BLANKET VENDORS

At the heart of The Village you can find an amazingly diverse artisan market brought in by indigenous and non-indigenous international craftsmen from all over the world as well as local and national vendors.

Gorgeous pieces of jewelry, textiles, carved masks, musical instruments, essential oils, incenses and many more treasures can be found here for our delight.

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CHILDREN

Tribal Gathering is a kid friendly event: natural and safe environment with many activities in the eco-cultural program suitable for the little ones, specially the arts, crafts and hands-on workshops. A truly magical place where they can experience many different cultures sharing with one another in a symbiotic way. The festival provides a profound sense of respect and harmony between cultures of the Earth which we believe is crucial for our future.

Tribal Gathering does not offer childcare services or babysitting. Parents are at all times responsible for their kids. We encourage parents to self organize and be pro-active to make the children's area an interesting space. There are also plenty of fun activities in Panama for families to partake before and after Tribal Gathering... All in all, this is an opportunity like no other to enjoy a family holiday together!

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Children who are 14 years old or younger can come for free accompanied by an adult. Tribal Gathering will provide an amount of free meals and drinks credits for kids 5 years old and under. Come to the info desk to get yours!

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GEOPARADISE

THE CHARITY BEHIND TRIBAL GATHERING

Tribal Gathering is the main charitable project of the public charity GeoParadise, but things dont stop here!

With the donations collected from Tribal Gathering participants and vendors, we run outreach programs throughout the year with the tribes in attendance.

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Tribal Gathering is also a cooperative platform where charitable projects are inspired for the following season, and we all get the chance to involve ourselves in the creative process.

Our intercultural support network is only possible thanks to the unique cultural blend found at Tribal Gathering. We have been thrilled to witness our festival grow steadily year after year and turn into the thriving global community that is today…. A tribal family with no borders, looking after each other and protecting our planet!

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