Welcome back to our Crew Appreciation series. It takes a community of dedicated, passionate individuals to help create the magic of Shambhala. We are so fortunate to host talented crew members from across the globe as we all come together on the Farm to turn dreams into reality. Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring influential members from various teams on the Farm. Today we feature Al Barmby, Transport Driver & Amber Shultz, Garbage Truck Volunteer Assistant; Celina “Daisy” Parkin, Parking Administrator, Colin Worobetz, Volunteer Mechanic Assistant; Anthony Keen, Site Supervisor & Emma Budd, Site Quartermaster.
Al Barmby & Amber Shultz
“Real World” job: School Bus Driver for SD8
Shambhala Job: Transport Driver & Garbage Truck Volunteer Assistant
Shambhala Spirit Animal: A swallow
Favorite Snack on the Farm: Donairs
SMF: How did you hear about Shambhala?
AB & AS: We grew up locally so it’s in our veins!
SMF: What does Shambhala mean to you:
AB & AS: Ultimate healing! Unconditional love! And ultimate non-judgmental blessings!
SMF: What is your favorite Shambhala memory?
AB & AS: Our favorite memory is of Christa, the Site Manager, taking us under her wing and really making our Shambhala experience amazing. She got us both signed up as crew. It was an incredible experience and she helped us all the way through. We look forward to working with her and everyone else again!
Celina “Daisy” Parkin
“Real World” job: Elementary School Teacher
Shambhala Job: Parking Team Administrator, after many years of Dispatch
Shambhala Spirit Animal: Can it be a flower? Because I’m totally a Shasta Daisy!
Favorite Snack on the Farm: Anything delicious someone else has made for me. Also, Emergen-C’s.
SMF: How long have you been coming to Shambhala?
CDP: 13 or 14 years. I’ve never been to a Shambles without a job. My first 2 years I was an Event Staff member, then I moved into Dispatch and I stayed there until 3 years ago when I moved over to the parking department to take on the admin role.
SMF: What does Shambhala mean to you?
CDP: Two weeks on the farm working with the most amazing bunch of crazy hardworking people whom I love to bits. I can’t get through my year without squeezing and appreciating my Farmily!
SMF: What is your favourite Shambhala memory?
CDP: Oh my gawsh… too many! But the drive up the farm road onto the Salmo River Ranch gets me every time. It’s magical. And then leaving in what seems like the blink of an eye when it’s really been two weeks.
“Real World” job: I own a small machine shop, making anything and everything!
Shambhala Job: Volunteer Mechanic Assistant
Shambhala Spirit Animal: Disco Shark!!
Favorite Snack on the Farm: Oh man, it will sound weird but ice cold water on those 35 degree days. Nothing better.
SMF: What does Shambhala mean to you?
CW: Shambhala to me means a break from the “real world” for just a little while. Time to not take yourself so seriously, and just enjoy yourself with a bunch of like-minded friendly people!
SMF: How have you applied skills from your everyday job to your SMF job?
CW: I’ve used my mechanical skills to no end on the farm, seeing as sometimes you have to get pretty… creative to fix what the farm throws at you (we call this “Farm Factor”). I’ve also used my machining skills at the farm to help build some of the decorations on the new Pagoda stage and the Grove stage as well! It’s been fun to use my practical skills for art.
SMF: What’s your favorite Shambhala memory?
CW: My favorite Shambhala memory has to be during Rich-E-Rich’s final set on the Monday last year. A friend of mine and I were wandering around after we’d gotten some sleep, just people watching. As we sat on a rock to the side of the stage and watched a barefoot man carrying a golf club walk over. He proceeded to put a banana on the ground. Both my friend and I shared a look of “Noooooooo….” as this man then sliced the banana into the crowd Happy Gilmore-style. You never know what you’ll see Monday Morning at Fractal.
“Real World” job: Man of Mystery
Shambhala Job: Site Supervisor
Shambhala Spirit Animal: The gentle Mayfly
Favorite Snack on the Farm: The Wedge Pizza
“Real World” job: Barista at Dragonfly Cafe in Salmo, BC
Shambhala Job: Site Quartermaster
Shambhala Spirit Animal: Hummingbird
Favorite Snack on the Farm: I’m a sucker for pizza at 3am at The Wedge
SMF: What made you join the Shambhala Crew?
AK: I had been going to Shambhala for 5 years and, as so many can relate, Shambhala changed my life in so many ways. The festival has given me so much in personal & spiritual development, exploration and expression that I felt it was time to give back. I wanted to see a different side of the festival, to contribute my energy to making the magic happen and to be a source of guidance for first-time Shambhala goers and help make their experience a little more extra special.
EB: Volunteering on the farm is so much fun… it doesn’t matter if there are 4 people or 15,000 on site. I love being on the Ranch! It’s always a joy to return “Home” each year.
SMF: What keeps you coming back to the Shambhala Crew?
AK: The people who work behind the scenes are amazing, it’s unlike anything I’ve experienced before, so much fun!
EB: The people, the people, the people, the people. I can’t say it enough.
SMF: What did you learn from Shambhala that you apply to your daily life?
AK: Don`t sweat the small stuff, keep your eyes on your goal.
EB: That a positive attitude can get you anywhere!
Join Al & Amber, Daisy, Colin, Anthony & Emma on one of our Site Operations crews! It takes a village to raise a festival, and we’re the ones getting dirty behind the scenes making sure everything keeps running smoothly.