Imagine Gathering will be held at Doe Bay Resort on magical Orcas Island

Imagine is different than other transformational festivals. We are softer, more elegant. Our goal is to seek refinement in art and music and to find a balance of power and beauty. Imagine is a place to make connections. It is a place for the practice of moderation and personal depth. Doe Bay Resort is a private business located in a rural, residential neighborhood and we are using many of the neighbor’s land. They have welcomed us here and it is of the utmost importance to come as if we are entering someone’s home. Please bring an attitude of respect and kindness. The island has been kind enough to let us be here for our 4th year. Perhaps we can leave it better than we found it.

Event Flow

Once you arrive on Orcas Island you will make your way across the island to our off-site parking area. Once you pull in you will be instructed to park and check in. Our ticket office will be at the parking are so you will check in and receive your wrist bands. Once that is done, load all your gear on to a truck and ride the shuttle to Doe Bay for the event. There will be a shuttle driving people back and forth about every 10-15 minutes.

Doors will open at 3pm on Thursday afternoon for early arrival on September 6th – please do not arrive before then, as we will have to turn you away.

All music and programming will end at 3:30pm on Sunday the 9th. Campers are welcome to stay until 11am Monday. Please remember that Doe Bay is a private business and they are open for business on Monday. Event security will begin doing rounds at 9:30am Monday morning to make sure everyone is out by 11am sharp including vendors and performers. 

Event Flow Continued…

We are once again constructing a beautiful Main Stage which will feature our music performers from 11am to 9:50pm on Friday and Saturday, and then from 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

After 10pm Friday and Saturday nights, in respect of the San Juan County’s sound ordinance, the Main Stage will switch to Silent Disco dance music via headphones on the Mainstage (details below!). We’ll  also offer several other quieter zones, including an indoor electronic dance music zone, an acoustic music tent, tea gardens, art galleries, and much more, as you will soon discover!

Silent Disco Late-Night Dance Music

After 10pm Friday and Saturday nights, we will switch to Silent Disco Mode! This consists of a wireless FM broadcast of the DJ’s music. We will have headphones available for people down at the mainstage.

We ask that instead of enthusiastic vocalizations (“WHOOOOOOOO!”) when the DJ drops a dope beat, you show your appreciation for the music by waving your hands in the air and snapping your fingers! Remember: “We’re not trying to rage it here, Bro!”™  😉


We will have a number of food vendors on site serving up delicious food. Doe Bay Cafe is also open and will be serving food throughout the weekend. Doe Bay Cafe is an amazing place to have your meals. With a view of the cove it is a great atmosphere, the produce used is sourced from our onsite garden, food is almost entirely organic and procured locally with amazing vegetarian and meat options. Attendees are also welcome to bring there own food and prepare it at their campsite.


Joining us for Imagine involves three component parts:

  • A ticket for the event
  • A place to stay, and
  • A way to get here!

The Imagine Music and Arts Festival takes place at Doe Bay Resort and Retreat on glorious Orcas Island, Washington. Considered the Emerald Isle of the San Juans, you will be repeatedly stunned by the beauty of your surroundings, and many consider Doe Bay to be Orcas Island’s crowning jewel.

 Travel By Car

  1. Make a ferry reservation (if you plan to drive onto the ferry)
  2. Drive to Anacortes Ferry Terminal
  3. Drive onto your reserved ferry that goes to Orcas Island
  4. Drive from the Orcas Island ferry landing to Doe Bay Resort and Retreat

Don’t be too concerned if you cannot make a reservation right away. The reservation system releases reservations in waves and you can always just go to the ferry and you will get on a boat. Many reservations go unclaimed so if you show up early for a boat you will most likely get on it, and the worst that will happen is you will have to be on the next boat. Please do yourself, your wallet, Doe Bay, and the planet a favor by carpooling! We have created a Facebook Imagine Carpool Group for coordination. The fewer cars the better. If you have a space available in your car, tell the FB group about it, make a new friend, and save some money collectively!

Ferry Reservations

It is advised that you RESERVE passage on the Washington State Ferries’ website from Anacortes Ferry Terminal to Orcas Island AND back again. Only one reservation per car is needed. Passengers (and walk-ons) do not make reservations. The reservation system is intended to abate the typical long lines and multi-hour waits for the ferry. MAKE A FERRY RESERVATION AS SOON AS YOU CAN AFTER PURCHASING YOUR TICKET! You will not have to pay for the ticket when you make the reservation – it’s just a place-holder – although you will be charged $10 if you do not show up for your reserved spot.

Please visit the WSF website for more information and to make a vehicle reservation! For those biking or walking on, no reservation is necessary.

Vehicle reservations are released in 3 tiers by the WSF:

1) 1-2 months before the season begins for all sailings for that season
2) 2 weeks prior to sailing
3) 2 days prior to sailing

If a reservation is not available for your desired travel time, try again either 2 weeks or 2 days prior to your sailing date. And don’t forget to make a reservation for your return trip to Anacortes!

Travel to Orcas by car:

The ferry reservation system has made some people nervous that there are not enough ferry spaces available. Have no fear: you will get on a boat even if you can’t make a reservation right away. Every sailing has about 30 cars that don’t show up for their reservations so if you show up two hours prior to departure for any boat, you will probably get on it. If you miss that one you will definitely be on the next one. Everyone gets on the island eventually, so have no fear. Just come early. Enjoy the beach and the trails at the Anacortes ferry landing. We have been doing this for years and everyone gets on.

Ferry fares are only collected for travel TO the islands – the return trip to Anacortes is free (although a reservation is still needed for any vehicle returning to Anacortes).

Orcas Island Taxi services:

Orcas Island Taxi Service – (360) 376-8294
New Orcas Taxi Tours – (360) 298-1639
New Orcas Taxi Cab – (360) 376-6668

No pets

We have a no pets policy – please do not bring your pets. There is a kennel on Orcas Island if needed. If you do bring your pet you will be asked to bring your dog to our local kennel or leave the event. We are not kidding about this one.


Clothing should be worn at all times. Nudity is only permissible in the Doe Bay Spa and Soaking Tubs which is a clothing optional facility.

What to bring:

  • Warm clothes & blankets to bundle in – it WILL be chilly at night!
  • Cash for vendors and parking
  • Your radio receiver or radio enabled headphones for Silent Disco under the stars!
  • Flashlights and glow-bling!
  • Sacred water for the water ceremony
  • A towel for showers and spa
  • A water bottle, preferably not glass
  • Kindness
  • Joy
  • A willingness to be present, listen, and play
  • Your dreams of the future

What not to bring:

  • Illegal substances
  • Weapons
  • Bad attitudes