Considering the island's long history, the hippie period of Ibiza is probably one of the most remarkable in modern times. Artists, beatniks, naturalists, experimentalists, sannyasins, political dropouts, draft dodgers, soul seekers, queers, freaks, vagabonds, outlaws, and others counter-cultural elements in various combinations... Dissatisfied with their lives at home or threatened, they were fleeing to the island in large numbers to shape an alternative lifestyle dedicated to expressive individualism which – balanced, mutually respected, appreciated and reinforced – would be the foundation for their community. Indeed, their movement was growing at a rate of roughly 100,000 persons per annum dovetailing into the demography of the period from 1930s until early 60's, when life on the island was already quite a bohemian affair. An isolated backwater and hassle-free environment, Ibiza was enjoyed by international writers, painters, musicians, intellectuals and other free minds.