The Ideenwiese was a a very special place and very special time. I heard about this little festival from a friend just two weeks before it was about to take place. Having felt a bit lost and in need for warm and appreciative people and a place to just be (in nature) this came just at the right moment. The Ideenwiese is (was) a little festival that is completely self organised with no payment for anyone involved, including the artists. The guests are asked to participate in the different tasks. So I took the opportunity and arrived before the festival to help setting everything up. Just the weekend before going there by body gave me a lovely surprise – a swollen parotid gland. After some anxiety, paranoia and worry, I realised its cause – pressure, expectations, people telling me how to be – a lack of balance and warmth. So what I had to do was clear – relax really hard and go to this place and be healed by the hippie energies. Surely that’s how it went. After two days of being there the swelling slowly started to fade.
The Ideenwiese with its inhabitants, organizers and location was a beautiful, magical place with so many lovely details – a lake for swimming and enjoying beautiful views, a sweat lodge to get you hot, a beautiful handcrafted bar, Mama Ganga – a place for relaxation, meditation and yoga, a stage and a wonderful variety of great musicians, a kitchen that cooked amazing meals for everyone, a variety of interesting workshops, a cinema in a tent and so much beautiful decoration – on top of it all peaceful nature all around and some sheep for furry company.
I met many amazing people that will stay in my heart and a few that became friends. After the end Raki and me stayed for some more days, pretty much until the end to help take everything apart again and to enjoy the hippie way of life for as long as we can.