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Shambhala 2017 Theme Camp Application

Have you ever thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if Shambhala had _____________,”? Here’s your chance to make your vision a reality!

We’ve always been supporters of people bringing their creativity to the party and sharing it with others – whether it’s in the form of crazy costumes, totems, art or attendee-hosted special events.

This year we’re taking things a step further. We’re excited to introduce dedicated space in the Starlight Camp Zone for our guests who wish to bring Theme Camps and Art Installations.

Successful applicants will secure reserved, prime camping along the main road in the Starlight Camp Zone to share their offering with the Shambhala community.

Tell us about your Theme Camp and how you will add to the magic of Shambhala! If you're selected, you'll get a prime camping spot along the main road in the Starlight Camp Zone.

Theme Camp Qualifications

To qualify as a Theme Camp, a group must:

  1. Show that their camp is a service to the community.
  2. Bring something very unique to the festival, or provide exceptional social value.
  3. Must contain communal space, open to the public, and be welcoming to all attendees.
  4. Should have some kind of internal level of organization in which there will be hosts at the camp for the duration of the festival.
  5. Check in at the Press / Media tent daily with the most interesting stories from your space so we can blog about it. :)

Application Screening & Adjudication

When reviewing applications, our adjudication team will select theme camps based on the following criteria::

  • Uniqueness of idea
  • Visual appeal
  • Potential for social interactivity
  • Proposed layout and use of space, number of vehicles, and number of personal tents / trailers.
  • Overall camp size
  • Safety and logistics
  • Overall value to guests

Application screening will begin after applications close on July 5th


Check out our Theme Camp Terms & Conditions for more information and the full list of rules, or email

Theme camp applications will remain open until July 5th, 2017.

Tell us about yourself

About Your Camp

Please express your camp's exact space requirements in feet. (ie. 10ft x 10ft, 50ft x 50ft). Please note that space is limited and large camps must provide an exceptional experience in order to be selected.

Upload Camp Drawings / Photos

In order for us to analyze your application and determine if you are a good fit for our theme camp area, please upload files outlining the following information:

  • A hand-drawn, or digitized layout of your campsite. Please remember to include measurements for items and overall footprint, as well as indicate placement of vehicles and personal tents within your zone.
  • Photos of your camp or art installation (if available).

There is a combined limit of 8MB for all files attached to your application

Please optimize any images for web viewing prior to uploading them to our application form. Images should be around 1500 x 1500 pixels. If you are looking for a tool to resize your images, try Pixlr.

* You must upload at least one file

File One - Camp Layout

Please include a hand-drawn or digitized layout of your campsite. You should use exact dimensions as much as possible. Remember to include (and label) all vehicles, personal tents, and any other structures in your area. Your application will be judged based on your layout, so do your best to include all the relevant pieces.

File Two - Photo of Your Camp

File Three

I have read, and agree to, the theme camp terms & conditions *

Please note that we will be reviewing theme camp applications beginning on July 5th, 2017 and will be choosing applicants at that time. You can expect to hear back from us no later than July 11th informing you of your application status.

If you have any additional questions about theme camps at Shambhala, please contact us at

Important Dates to Remember

Wed, April 20th

Theme Camp Applications Open

Wed, July 5th

Theme Camp Applications Close

Tuesday, July 11th

Noticed delivered to successful theme camp applicants

Friday, July 14th

Welcome package and entry instructions delivered by email to approved theme camp operators.