New Orleans Vanlife Gathering

Date(s) - October 18 - October 20
All Day

Mt. Hermon Surf Club

Hey y’all!

Dustin & Noami of Irie to Aurora here. We’re so excited to team up with Vanlife Diaries to host the FIRST ever New Orleans Vanlife Gathering! This is a kid-friendly, pet-friendly get-together, filled with community, good vibes, and tiny living.


This is a three-day, two-night campout at the beautiful Mt. Hermon Surf Club in Mt. Hermon, Louisiana. It includes some amazing activities: LIVE MUSIC, YOGA, WORKSHOPS, VAN TOURS, POTLUCK DINNER, RAFFLE, COMMUNITY-LED DISCUSSIONS. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Healthy Gulf – formerly Gulf Restoration Network.

VANLIFE IS NOT A VEHICLE, IT’S A STATE OF MIND. So you don’t need a van to attend. Bring what you got: tent-lifin’, bike packin’, RV’n, car campin’, skoolie livin’, ALL ARE WELCOME. As long as you can camp off-grid (there will be no hookups and generators are NOT allowed). If you’re curious about vanlife, this is a great opportunity to tour some rigs and get inspired. The only requirement for this event is that you have an open mind, enjoy alternative ways of living, and want to meet some interesting people.

This is a LEAVE NO TRACE EVENT. There will be no trash cans on site, so PACK-IT-IN, PACK-IT-OUT. We’ll also be playing a fun little game: cleanest campsite wins a prize!


Hi! We’re Dustin & Noami. We’ve been cruisin’ the American open road for the past three years in our ‘85 Westy called Irie. Six months into life on the road, we found ourselves outside of Yellowstone National Park feeling lonely, lost, and ready to give up. Then we heard about a “van gathering” up in Bend, OR, and we figured “why not.” That’s where we found community on the road. We’re so excited to host our first van gathering and bring together like-minded individuals, forge friendships and build community in one of our favorite places in the world!


We will be donating 10% of ticket sales to the Healthy Gulf – formerly Gulf Restoration Network! This incredible non-profit is committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region. Their work is devoted to conserving marine life, defending wetlands, sustaining coastal communities, and protecting our waters.


The Mt. Hermon Surf Club is located 75 miles (about 1.5 hours) from downtown New Orleans, and less than an hour from the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The property features a spring-fed creek and over 100 acres of beautiful pine forest interlaced with hiking trails.

Bathrooms on site. Off-grid electric setups are welcome, but NO GENERATORS PLEASE. There is NO POTABLE WATER on site. Please bring enough water and food for the weekend. Pack it in, pack it out.


$50 per person (children under 16 are free). 10% of ticket proceeds will go to the Healthy Gulf. There are only 300 tickets available for this gathering. Secure your spot now!


We’re still looking for volunteers! If you’d like to volunteer during the event, please contact Dustin & Noami: [email protected]

There are no cancellations, refunds, or exchanges on any order for any reason once it has been submitted to us. If you are no longer interested in attending the event or using the tickets you originally purchased, we welcome you to list your unwanted tickets for sale on the Vanlife Diaries Social Forum.

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