Welcome to the first installment of 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. First up is Andy Gullen.
“Real World” job: College Instructor
Shambhala Job: Shuttle Bus Driver, Parking Dept.
Shambhala Spirit Animal: Beaver–an industrious creature, quietly moving about collecting things in the early morning
Favorite Snack on the Farm: Breakfast at the crew kitchen
SMF: What made you join the crew?
AG: It started as a novel curiosity, but it’s become a part of who I am. To be honest, my generation (and perhaps others) were convinced that Shambhala was the “gateway to hell”. I was approached on Baker Street in Nelson, BC during a recruitment drive, and my curiosity was sparked. I wanted to find out what Shambhala was like for myself. The practical side of me wanted to witness the infrastructure that is required to support and entertain 15,000 plus people on a working farm.
SMF: What does Shambhala mean to you?
AG: It is a week of human interaction unlike any other. Energy, excitement, joy, sadness, freedom, hard work, stress. For many festival goers, this is a week to escape the pressures of daily life, the student loans, career issues and to be unreserved and free. As a shuttle driver, I get to experience the festival energy and the crew energy, and it has always been positive.
SMF: How has Shambhala changed your life?
AG: My opinions and perceptions of people have changed to be less judgmental. I have learned that everyone has a story or circumstance. I’ve learned to appreciate the people around me, and how good my life actually is.
Join Andy on the Parking or Transportation Crew!
Parking Crew help keep the flow of traffic moving smoothly. Parking is one of the most vital and integral roles on the farm. As a team, we park cars efficiently, keep roadways and fire lanes clear, direct traffic, and keep the flow moving in the drop zone. If you like keeping on your feet in all weather and interacting with people, this job is bound to keep you busy and help you forge new friendships. Volunteer and paid positions available.
Transportation crews (Transpo for short) are an amazing team of qualified drivers and operators for our garbage and enviro trucks, onsite shuttle & bus drivers, off-site transport, and other special equipment operators. Do you have specialized equipment skills? A perfect driving record? Drive a semi or bus in the “real world”? Put your skills to good use on the Shambhala Transpo team! Paid positions available.