A new kind of festival has emerged. Forget the beer-and-band-fuelled misadventures of events like Glastonbury or Coachella; instead, think “galactivated yoga”, gong meditation, psychedelic art, compost toilets and group crystal-sound healings known as “snuggle puddles” – all in the name of good juju. Inspired by original new age hippie fest Burning Man (25 August – 2 September), the so-called “transformational festival” centres on a subculture of “communal spirituality” and “radical self-expression” with an emphasis on healing, not hangovers (at some festivals, alcohol is not just discouraged but banned). Anthropologist Graham St John describes such festivals as “civilised tribalism”. The hotbed of these feel-good get-togethers? To no-one’s surprise, California. Try this for a roster: CRSSD (2–3 March); Lucidity (12–14 April); Serenity Gathering (27–29 April); Lightning in a Bottle (8–14 May, pictured); SoulPlay (6–9 June); Stilldream (20–24 June) and, in Oregon, Beloved (9–12 August).