The fundamental idea of Waking Life is to facilitate a spellbinding playground where fun, music, creativity and co-creation are key and where humans and non-humans of all walks are free to (dis)connect. Waking Life aims to be part of the transition towards taking environmental and social responsibility in our society.


Waking Life 2019 starts on Wednesday August 14th and ends on Monday August 19th. Our camping site will open on Wednesday August 14th, 12:00.


Keep an eye on each other and yourself. Locate the first aid, emergency meeting points and emergency exits on your map upon arriving in case you or a fellow traveller would be needing them later on. Bring a small first aid kit if you can. Of course, our medical team will be of assistance for people with physical or psychological issues at any time. There are quiet places to relax and have a rest.


Respect each other’s space and willing. Give help to those in need and be mindful towards the limitations of others, especially children and people with disability. React in case you see discriminatory behaviour, being it sexist, homophobic, or any other form of harassment.

Weather / Health

Temperatures in Alentejo in August can fluctuate between 25 and 40 degrees Celsius. Wear (biodegradable) sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburns and drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated. This a hot area, germs spread quickly. Wash your hands regularly and be careful sharing drinks or cigarettes.


Portugal alone accounts for more than half of all forest fires in the EU. It’s strictly forbidden to make fires of any kind ((bbq, camp fires, candles, …) on site. If you see anyone making a fire, please inform them about the risk and ask them to put it out. Be extremely careful with cigarette butts too, put them in your portable ashtray. Locate the nearest fire extinguisher to your camp in case of an emergency. It’s forbidden to use camping gas.



Drinking water is available for free at the water points spread across the site. Water is a valuable resource, use it wisely. Please be careful with your water usage and only use what’s necessary. Take short (refreshing) showers and refresh in the lake.


The lake is no washing area! Remove sunscreen from your body before swimming. Swim safe, sober, and only by daylight. Our Baywatch team will keep an extra eye too. For safety reasons, it’s forbidden to swim at night. Watch out for stones when diving.

Leave no trace (but positive)

One of the most important values of Waking Life. Please keep the site and its surroundings clean by planning ahead, leave what you find, don’t leave stuff behind, dispose of your waste properly, respect nature, and be considerate to other participants. It’s just that easy!

Waste collection point

Before you go, earn your waste deposit back by handing in your full (and recycled) bags of waste you generated. Make sure to bring along your along your garbage deposit ticket. Not enough waste in your bag? No problem! You can collect some on the terrain throughout the week. Here, you’ll also find a collection point. If you have food, a tent (we sincerely hope this won’t happen) or other useful materials you won’t be taking home again: bring them there, so they can come in handy for other people.


Be aware of how your consumption and travel impacts the environment and try to take action accordingly. We will provide as much support as possible to keep our location intact and all initiatives concerning sustainability are most welcome.


As an environmentally aware event we aim to reduce our impact as much as possible and increase awareness about our landscape-ecological context. Our food shops will therefore sell a wide variety of fresh vegetarian food.

Disability access

Waking Life wishes to offer a unique, accessible experience to all participants, including people with disability. However, bear in mind that the festival terrain is rough and gets very hot in the month of August. Therefore, we are offering an extra ticket to any person with a disability to bring along one person to assist you, free of charge. If you wish to apply or receive information on guidance dogs, parking, camping or anything else, please get in touch via

Cashless payments / ATM

As of this year, we will work with a cashless system. You can acquire Klingelings at one of the ticket counters, in exchange of cash, or paid by card. The first time you get some, you’ll receive a card (*cost 1 euro, made from recycled plastic) which you can keep with you throughout your stay. After Waking Life, you have two weeks to reclaim the remaining value on your card, should you have any left. If for some reason you are in need of cash, euros can be withdrawn at the cash counter at the info point.


Social media

We would like to encourage everyone to disconnect from the digital realm and plug into the natural world.  Feel free to take a picture every now and then, but don’t expect to take your experiences home on a camera. Please try not to film, especially not in front of a stage: not everyone likes to be caught on camera while partying and it can be disrupting for the engaging artists. In all circumstances respect people’s privacy.


Please don’t bring glass to the grounds, it increases risk of injury and fires. Try to bring a stainless-steel water container instead.


Sun, dehydration, noise and people can increase the stress and health problems of your pets. Therefore it’s not allowed to bring them to the festival.

Pirate shops

Bring anything you wish to share with fellow participants, we’re creating this experience together! Note that it’s not allowed to sell anything at or around Waking Life, unless you are a registered vendor. Pirate shops will be taken down and removed from the terrain.


Although it’s fun to play with confetti & glitters, they are not environmental friendly and a real pain in the ass to clean it all up, literally. Therefore: please leave it at home.

Sound systems

Own sound systems on the campsite or at the parking lot are prohibited.


You enter the site at your own risk and responsibility. The organization cannot be held accountable for any material damage that may occur on the site.


Crato is situated in Northern Alentejo, one of the most deserted regions in Southern Europe. A mythical place where the boundaries of time and space are limitless. A place with hidden realities waiting to be unveiled, in the water that entertains and cures, in the great open spaces in the midst of nature.

Getting there by plane

The closest major airport is in Lisboa. It’s a smooth drive from Lisboa which will take you just a bit over 2 hours. Rental cars in Portugal are pretty cheap. Other possible airports are Porto (3h45min), Faro (3h30min), Madrid (4h30min) or Sevilha (3h30min).

By bus

Waking Life shuttles will drive from Lisbon, Porto and Madrid airport to Crato on August 14th and 15th and return on August 19th and August 20th at various hours. You can book your bus ticket here until August 5th. Besides our shuttles there’s a daily bus driving from Lisboa to Crato which will take you about 3 hours. For departure times and other information, please visit

Shuttle bus Crato

On the days of arrival and departure (August 14th, 15th, 16, 19th, 20th) shuttles will drive regularly between Waking Life and Crato. The days in between, a shuttle bus will drive between Waking Life and Crato, departing at 14:00 at the gate, returning at 17:00.

By car from Lisboa

From Lisboa, take the A1 and exit to A23 Torres Novas. Take exit 15 for IP2 to Portalegre. Continue on IP2 until you see exit N245 to Crato. When you get near the village of Crato, road signs will guide you the way to Waking Life.

By car from Porto

From Porto, take the A1 direction Lisboa and take exit 11 towards Lousã, then take the exit onto A13 towards Lousã. Exit on IC8 and get on the A23 in Castelo Branco. Follow A23 and take exit 15 for IP2 to Portalegre. Continue on IP2 until you see exit N245 to Crato.

By car from Madrid

From Madrid, take the A5 towards Placencia and Portugal. Take exit 51 towards Cáceres and keep following. After 70km, take exit 551 for N521 towards Malpartida de Cáceres, Portugal. Continue on N-521, then take N359 and IC13 to Crato, Portugal.

By bike

If you’re looking for some adventure, come to Waking Life by bike! We’ll make sure that good ol’ two-wheeler of yours receives a warm welcome.


We highly encourage carpooling to those who have the possibility to do so! In our Hitch a Ride group you can offer empty seats to or from Waking Life to fellow travellers or ask them to share their ride with you.

Before and after Waking Life

Portugal is a fascinating country with a diverse culture and a unique personality; including its rich history, exquisite cuisine and its people’s love for music and art. Alentejo, one of the most authentic regions in the country, is known for a heritage enriched by a variety of cultures and landscapes of unique beauty, its local traditions, timeless villages, rewarding walks and good wines. If you can, we’d highly recommend sticking around for some time…


Camping is included in your festival ticket. Our camping site will open on Wednesday August 14th, 12:00. We would kindly like to ask you to leave the camping site before Tuesday August 20st, 12:00.

Tents and campers

There will be a separate campsite for normal tents and visitors with mobile homes. No cars are allowed on the campsite, mobile homes have to park in the designated area at the parking, right next to the campsite. Be aware that the land can be uneven at some places and it is your own responsibility to decide whether the vehicle is suitable for the terrain.

Sleepy Tipi

Tipis will be up when the camping site opens on Wednesday August 14th and taken down on Monday August 19th at 20:00. Upon entering your tipi a deposit of €100 will have to be paid which will be given back after leaving it in good condition. You can book your tipi here.

Creative camps

Participate! It’s so much more fun. Visitors who would like to set up a creative camp are happily invited to do so. This could be literally anything; from a morning class aerobics, a space for bedtime stories or a karaoke bar, to speeddating or a ping-pong tournament – you name it. Let’s get to it!


The opposite of hot sun. Used in a sentence: “The hot sun in your tent”. And yep, she burns here as well… To guarantee enough shade, we are setting up several shade spots across the camping. Even though we will double the amount of shade on the camping, it will not be possible to cover the entire area. We’d like to encourage everyone who can to bring their own shades.


Showers will be located at walking distance. Here you’ll also find refreshment points which offer drinkable water. Please be careful with your water usage and only use what’s necessary.


Upon entering the terrain you will receive a garbage bag. Please keep your camping spot and the festival site clean – it’s a piece of cake if everyone does their own share! Upon handing in a full garbage bag along with your garbage deposit ticket at the collection point, we’ll refund the garbage deposit.

Camping shop

Pass by our camping shop for local products, bio-degradable sunscreen, fresh bread, cheese, earplugs, fans and other useful things.