Refuge Outside Festival returns for a second year


The Refuge Outside Festival is returning for a second year to Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation, Sept. 27-29. The festival is a 3-day camping encounter geared toward individuals of colour, outside recreation and neighborhood constructing.

Refuge was launched by Chevon Powell, a Texas-native who moved to Seattle nine years ago. Powell stated she made the festival just after she had an incident with a police officer in Vermont. Soon after getting followed, stopped and questioned by the police officer, Powell stated she saw that as an chance to make an encounter exactly where individuals could come collectively and develop neighborhood.

“As an occasion planner by trade, I believed I could use my capabilities to modify what individuals see about individuals of colour getting outdoors,” she stated. “I wanted to bring neighborhood collectively so that we can all be in a secure space outdoors and take pleasure in a weekend together… it is like a loved ones reunion.”

The festival is a planned to be a secure spot that brings collectively individuals of all ages and recreation levels to discover and celebrate diversity, nature and life. The festival contains day-to-day outside recreation activities such as hiking and fishing, neighborhood conversations, nightly conversations, workshops, yoga, meditation, music, dancing and art. Friday will kick off with a couple of workshops, an ice cream social and a land recognition performed by the Snoqualmie Tribe. Saturday is packed with workshops, outside activities, music and silent disco to finish the evening. Sunday will include things like a service project and conversation.

“There’s a notion that individuals of colour do not do the [outdoors],” Powell stated. “There’s a lot of unfavorable stereotypes and perspectives in individuals of color… I wanted to make a space exactly where we could have these conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion in the outdoors particularly.”

This year, the festival is expecting about 200 individuals. Powell stated neighborhood members are welcomed to drop by for a complete day or keep the complete weekend. Refuge is an intergenerational occasion and all are welcome — individuals of colour and allies.

Complete access passes are $110, youth passes are $45, kids beneath eight are no cost. Ticket info is accessible on the web at Detailed festival lodging info can be identified on the festival web-site,

“There is a low quantity of [people of color] in the outside market. We do not necessarily get the chance as individuals of colour and this is the chance to find out from individuals that appear like us, and I believe that is crucial,” Powell stated. “Refuge is producing that space exactly where you can obtain these points and find out from individuals that could possibly appear like you.”

Refuge was made by Golden Bricks Events — Powell’s consulting organization — which has a record of building events and festivals that encompass outside recreation, neighborhood and diversity.

Golden Brick Events builds experiences showcasing the voices and faces of individuals of colour and marginalized communities, bringing individuals collectively in the outdoors and serving the demands of a diverse and inclusive neighborhood.

The Refuge Outdoor Festival is creating a space to explore and celebrate diversity, nature and life. Photo courtesy of Tennishia Williams

The Refuge Outside Festival is producing a space to discover and celebrate diversity, nature and life. Photo courtesy of Tennishia Williams


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