Just coming back from hiatus slowly….
This awesome article is packed with great insights from a writer who is new to Festival Fire, but whose work you’ll be seeing a lot more of. ~ Saphir (photo by Kris Kish)
by Dr. Kelly Neff
It’s my favorite time of year again… Transformational festival season! I got a pretty early start this year at Envision in Costa Rica, but my first stateside festival is Firefly Gathering in Flagstaff AZ June 12-15, followed closely by Sonic Bloom in Rye Colorado from June 18-21. I will be covering both events for my website and radio show The Lucid Planet, as well as offering sexuality workshops on the topic of love, polyamory and open relationships.
What I really took away from these interviews was how transformational festivals connect us to ourselves and to each other on a much deeper level, and much more rapidly, than other events that happen in our daily waking life. In many ways, these events are the physical and energetic manifestations of the revolution of consciousness currently taking place on our planet.
“Here’s a recording of the online panel I was on last night about how Transformational Festivals can contribute to social change… if you don’t have time for the whole hour, my better rant goes from around 37:20 to 45:40.”
– Jonah Haas
There has been a wave running through our discussions as event producers over the last few years – a shift in the wind. As we move out of the Warrior mode into the new paradigm of caring for one another, we look to the archetype of GUARDIAN. We’re not “fighting against” anymore, we are Standing Up For, in new ways for us to live together. In expression of this modality, Lucidity will be offering Guardianship Training onsite as well as beforehand in Ojai at the Lovers Nest Village Fundraiser.
During Lucidity, on site, to be a Guardian is to be available to tend to the needs of those around you, to know where resources are, who are the leaders to call on, who has radios, and helping to resolve situations where help is needed. Taking one of these trainings gets you into the network for a position of Guardian during the gathering.
Originally posted to Fest 300 by author Maya Zuckerman on March 18, 2015 [rel=canonical]
Humans have come far from the days of ancient harvest celebrations and Greco-Roman festivals. Woodstock, which was hailed as “An Aquarian Exposition,” and where amenities included groundbreaking music and a ton of mud, helped transform music and festival culture forever (along with Altamont and the Newport Folk Festival ) by providing a unified gathering place as a catalyst for finding our humanity…… [Read more…]