And now, a message from our Production Manager


A message from Corrine Zawaduk, Shambhala Production Manager

Corrine on the job, Shambhala 2010

Shambhala 2011, city of 12,000 for 6 days and nights, celebrating arts and culture against the backdrop of Kootenay wilderness, here we come.!  It is a giant undertaking. We take the brilliant surroundings of the place we live, then layer on art and music, blending modern, cutting edge technology with art and culture in a way that creates our intimate community.  And then, like a dream, it’s gone again for another year.

The festival started with a group of hardworking friends, many whom are still a part of the festival today, who had a vision to create a space for a cultural experiment, a 3 day bush party like no one had seen before.  We all worked so hard to pull it off the ground.  It took many, many years to make the festival fly.  And now, looking back, I am proud of the friendships we have forged and the admire tenacity of the people working with us still.  The festival has grown, we have grown, yet we still stand behind the creative principals we laid out for ourselves over a decade ago.

"This above all - to thine own self be true." ~ William Shakespeare

Now here we are, on the edge of another amazing year.  As we grow, it has become increasingly important that we continue to keep the feel of the festival the way we intend it.  As more people come, it becomes increasingly difficult to influence every guest as to the vibe that is so important to us; one of respect, one of creativity, one of being brave enough to be yourself.

This is a call out to all who feel they can help spread the Shambhala spirit.  We need you to volunteer with us, to help us keep the Shambhaluv alive, to be Shambhalovely.  Shambhala is a small city, and every city needs an army of workers.  We need people who love the festival, who want to help.  We need more Shambhala Warriors to sign up on our teams.  We call to those with a good heart to join our ranks; to keep our grounds clean, greet our guests, to be wayfinders and so much more.

The Farmily grows over the years.  I am lucky to count amongst my closest friends many of my coworkers.  Our Team Leaders have seen the festival grow and have helped

Join our Farmily!

improve the operations every year.  We joke that Shambhala is a lifestyle and not a job.  It’s a frame of mind that once you get in, is hard to get out of.  I walk down the street on my holidays and take pictures of a great looking garbage can, because wouldn’t that be cool at the show?  A garbage can that looks like a lantern! When most people get off work, they’re off work.  We can’t stop daydreaming of an improved festival!

So, Shambhala Warriors, check out our application form and let us know where your passion steers you in life.  Let’s find a place for you to shine!


Production Manager,

Corrine Zawaduk

Corrine is the daughter of Rick and Sue Bundschuh, owners of the Salmo River Ranch, on which the event is held. Along with her two siblings, and the help of many others, our temporary city comes to life each August.

Click HERE to view our previous blog post with tips on filling out our 2011 Volunteer Application!

Click HERE to go directly to the Get Involved page of our website to fill out an application now!

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5 Responses to And now, a message from our Production Manager

  1. Jordan Laboucane says:

    All day every day I daydream about Shambhala and all the Shambhalovely’s. Everyday I think about all the love and unity, and everyday I make a wish that the spirit of Shambhala stays alive.

  2. Ændrew says:

    Last year was my third at Shambhala, first helping out, and perhaps the last time before I move overseas.

    I have to say, of the three years I went, the one where I volunteered was, without a doubt, also the most fun. I helped out by stagekeeping, and although two of my shifts were in the dead of night before the festival had even started, just hanging around and chatting with the people who build the absolutely astonishing environments at Shambhala was an immensely rewarding experience in and of itself.

    I’ve met a lot of people who have gone to Shambhala their first year and realize they want to give back some how. In some ways, festivals like Shambhala are important not just for the music being played, but also just as a space where people feel comfortable enough to do their “thing” — whether that be through dancing, hooping, engaging in drum circles, dressing up or whatever. This causes a cascade effect, ultimately liberating others from pretension and making the environment as a whole that much more colourful. If you’re reading this and are either at a loss as to what your “thing” may be, or already have a “thing” and want to give back even more, I’d highly suggest volunteering. Not only are you given the freedom to still enjoy the festival (largely) how you wish, but you also meet fantastic people and really do feel good walking back to your tent after a long night’s shift.


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