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The Interfusion Festival is coming to Arlington. But what is it?

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People participating in acro yoga at last year’s Interfusion Festival. (Photo courtesy of Interfusion Festival)

In 2016, local resident Chris Rodriguez wanted to gather his friends and community members together for a weekend of conversation, activities and connection in a small space on 14th Street in Washington, DC.   

Fast forward five years later, and the former grassroots operation has become the Interfusion Festival, a five-day affair attracting thousands of people from across the country to Arlington to celebrate holistic wellness and human expression. 

“It’s become so much larger than I could even imagine,” says Rodriguez, who serves as president of the Institute for Integrative Wellness. “It started as just something for my friends and I to do for some head space, and now it’s really become a movement.”

From Thursday, Jan. 16 until Monday, Jan. 20, nearly 120 workshops, parties and discussions will take place inside the Crystal Gateway Marriott, all led by artists, health professionals and experts in social connection. On the schedule, guests will find anything from a lesson in acro yoga to scientific-based lectures on sexuality to candlelit meditations and so much more. The point of it all, according to Rodriguez, is to “elevate individual and collective consciousness.”


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Sun Park—an artist and educator from Atlanta who has been part of the 200-person team behind the operation since last year—describes the annual festival as a “unicorn,” due to the degree of professionalism involved in the entire process.

“When I saw it [the festival] for the first time, I was in awe from a distance,” says Park. “It’s a beautiful platform to bring the community together to open up spaces inside of ourselves that we normally don’t explore alone, let alone with strangers.”

No matter the event you take part in, whether it’s healing arts or expressive movement, each workshop gives participants the chance to refresh the mind or body, led by experienced professionals. Plus, there will be a variety of wellness-focused goods on sale throughout the five-day festival, including sound bowls, candles, yoga mats and more. 

For Park, the power of the event is its ability to connect people in an era that generally lacks human connection.

“We’re at a really interesting time in humanity right now, in that we are seeing a lot of cracks in the system. We are shifting into a new decade, people are really questioning the old paradigms, whether that be systematically or internally,” explains Park. “What the festival does is hold space for what is coming in. There’s a reckoning with that. People are realizing this can’t be it and there has to be more. And so Interfusion provides the space for people to explore and question that.”

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Turns out, first impressions are more like instant impressions

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Partying tonight?

Here’s a revealing stat to start the New Year: Not only do you have but one chance to make a first impression. You only have seconds to make it. It’s that quick.

Dating, job interview, party encounter, coffee shop, friend-of-a-friend no matter how long you have when meeting someone new, they’re making an almost immediate judgment about you.

And truth be told, if you’re honest about it, you’re doing the same.

The new survey of 2,000 Americans was trying to determine what assumptions people make when meeting someone for the first time, why they do that and how long that process takes.

Turns out, there are only a few crucial factors to making a good first impression. People scan and process them quite quickly. And on average you only have 27 seconds to make them work for you. Or get caught out. No pressure there, right?

Top readings involve whether you’re smiling, if you’re a good listener and if you’re polite. Two other contributing factors to a good impression are also extremely important: Whether you make eye contact (my Dad told me about that one many years ago) and — wait for it — how you smell.

Interestingly, fully 85 percent said a person’s smell was very important in making personal judgments. But then only 68 percent said they pay much attention to their own scent.

Confidence also seems important. More than eight-of-ten say they’re likely to have a positive impression of someone if they appear confident.

And while listening is a big deal, talking is apparently not. Nearly three-quarters of the poll’s respondents said they make a judgment about a new acquaintance before that person utters even one word.

Sixty percent say they make judgments about new encounters faster on a date than in other social occasions. And after just a quarter-hour during a date, they claim they already know if they want a second one. Just think of all the marriages, families and babies that aren’t because of such split-second judgments, that may or may not be accurate.

Unexpectedly, the poll also found it took longer than a half-hour for a majority to decide if they were going to marry the new person. (No, I made that up — in only two seconds.)

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