See you at Sunset Campout July 22 – 24!

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After much envisioning, planning and organization we are excited to see Belden Town, CA transform once again into Sunset Campout, for  another magical weekend in the woods.  Join us on July 22 – 24th for our 2016 celebration to gather and dance outside in the sunshine and beneath the moonlit starry sky along the enchanting Feather River. This year we are abstractly weaving in alchemic mystical elements into our thought processes and creations, as we honor the nomadic ritual of generous hospitality from the ancient near east.

ALTARS

Sunset Campout Main Altar 2015

Sunset Campout Main Altar 2015

We began designing altars for Sunset Campout back in 2002. The Main Altar, located on the side of the main dancefloor, is there as a graceful reminder to respect and to serve as a sacred space for blessings, meditation, reflection and to spark connection with that which is greater than us. This years altar is inspired by a Jain communal ritual in which a stone sculpture is anointed over the course of four days. Devotees pour various offering substances in the form of blessings and prayers over the figure. The Sunset Campout main altar will be adorned with a stone Ganesh, remover of obstacles, and campout attendees are invited to participate by pouring their blessings and prayers over the sculpture. Offerings in the form of sacred herbs and flowers will be provided.

THE FAERIE RING

The Sunset Campout Faerie Ring is an interactive heart centered communal environment designed to relax, breathe, reconnect and experience a little Sunset Campout magic. Throughout the years, the area has evolved into a space hosting yoga, meditation, sound healing, creative conscious workshops, ceremony and more. As creators and hosts of the Faerie Ring, altars and workshops, if we aren’t on the dancefloor, come find us in the Faerie Ring, on the lawn across from the lodge, for a wide range of conscious workshops and activities.

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Below are list of activities planned for the weekend. For the music line up, artists, things you MUST KNOW, directions and more information on Sunset Campout please be sure check out to the website.

SUNSET CAMPOUT OPENING CEREMONY

BEACH STAGE, FRIDAY 12noon

Join our Sunset Campout crew for opening ceremony to reunite and connect with the elements. Shaman Durek, Living Fae, Anna Scott, Lois Langevin-King, Ursula Young, Bali Young, Alexandra Sargent, Lacey Patterson, Jamie Lynn Pitman, Julianna Maria, Krystal Pinon, RayRay, Silver Lucy, Galen, Solar & Crew with Special Guest Danny Goldberg on Gong.

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Sunset Campout Opening Ceremony 2015

 FAERIE RING WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES

TRANSFORMATIONAL HEALING

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Shaman Durek

The Journey of Obstacles [Shaman Durek]: Take a journey with Shaman Durek to connect with levels of Self. Dive into the subconscious and meet head on with different aspects of yourself. First meet the guide, which is the heart, then face your fears and meet the hero. After you learn the lessons you will become the teacher of the things you went on the path about.

The Sacred Gift [Shaman Durek]: Shaman Durek will lead you on a meditation, then discuss being a nomad and what being in nomadic love means for our future now. After the discussion, he will guide you through a group exercise and finish with a closing breath.

SOUND HEALING

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Danny Goldberg’s Sound Immersion Experience

Crystal Bowl Sound Meditation [Jessica Neideffer]: Crystal singing bowls work with our intention to accelerate this healing process. Based on Vedic medicine we work with the notes of the musical scale. When sound is projected with intention into the dis-eased area correct harmonic patterns and vibrations can be restored.

Sound Immersion Experience [Danny Goldberg]: A restorative sound healing with gongs, Tibetan bowls, flutes, chimes and ocean drum to guide you into a deep meditative state. Through the vibrations of Danny’s collection of instruments, you experience an inner calm and deep relaxation that enables you to journey within and center.

Chakra Balancing & Sound Immersion Experience [Living Fae & Danny Goldberg]: A Chakra Balancing with vibrational sounds and deep heart expansion followed by Danny’s Goldberg’s Sound Immersion Experience with gongs, Tibetan bowls, flutes, chimes and ocean drum. This experience includes essential oils.

432Hz Healing Soundbath [Torkom Ji]:  A vibrational magic carpet ride through the harmonic tones and frequencies of the universe. Lay back and receive ethereal sounds as Torkom channels vibrations through his synthesizer with vacuum tubes tuned to 432Hz. This one-of-a-kind healing experience is designed to give the body and mind a full reset, and deepen your weekend experience.

PERFORMANCES & MOVIES

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Timo Beckwith

Original World Fusion Music [Timo Beckwith]: Original World Fusion Music by Timo Beckwith featuring exotic trance vocals, Shruti Box, Gourd Ennanga, Birimbau, Dunbeck, Pandiero, Darbuka, Flute, Frame Drum and Balaphone. Taking you on a soulful musical journey that can range from soft and subtle to intensely power jammin primal!

Tales of Love and Darkness [Shadow Dream Theatre]: An experimental mix of shadowplay, digital video and electronic music takes as its point of departure a masterpiece of modernist theater. A slapstick comedy performance, staged as Beckett’s “Act Without Words”, where the main character finds him(her)self thrown into an unfamiliar desert world.  As he/she explores her new, empty and harsh, reality, first trying in vain to escape, then trying to figure out how to survive in it, even stranger things begin to occur: some invisible force appears to hand some familiar objects to the protagonist that might be just the things he/she needs to survive and be happy or not…

Sunday Night Movies: Wind down, get cozy and chill out to a collection of independent, counter culture and classic films specially selected by the Sunset Campout crew.

CEREMONY & WORKSHOPS

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Jessica Choate

Faerie Tales & Faerie Rites [Living Fae & Pixie Pam]: Join us for tea and stories about how we work with Faeries and magic. Followed by a meditation and offering of energy to spark the seed of your connection to the Faerie Realm. Strengthen your faerie sight and integrate with Faerie and Earth energies to awaken ancient wisdom, guidance, creativity, wild playfulness and an indigenous heart. Receive your Faerie name.

Despacho Ceremony [Pixie Pam & Tara Samiy]: This gratitude ritual will allow us to thank all that we are grateful for in our life now and to come. Set your intentions for your Sunset campout experience to be filled with gratitude, love, happiness and more. We will create a larger despacho for the Sunset campout community for all the laughter, dancing and magic we will have and then create individual despachos for personal honoring. All materials will be provided.

The Shift – A Cacao Ceremony [D’ete Blackshire & Veronica Elizabeth]: The cacao ceremony offered on Friday night of the campout will launch festival tribal members to the heights of ecstatic love setting the tone for a weekend of joy, creative expression, and tribal unity.  Supported by the sacred wisdom of cacao, D’ete offers a practice in the medicine and skill of embodied alchemy. We will discover the sticky places of resistance to being love within our bodies and release fight by taking action upon awareness for a deep integration. Veronica will lead meditation journey and breath guidance to offer centering for the ceremonial work.  Let’s step into this anticipated weekend by blowing our hearts open, freeing our minds, and shift!  Please, go to www.burnthemystic.com or she-shaman.com for preparation guidelines and information on our ceremonial cacao and the mind, body, soul health benefits.

The Alchemy of Life with Nature’s Gifts [Jessica Choate]: We will talk about capturing the essence of  healing natural remedies for self love of a more balanced life through the alchemy of tinctures, elixirs and other useful ways to benefit the healing properties of earth’s gifts.

YOGA

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Feather River Flow [Alexandra Sargent]: Start your sunset campout experience with this intermediate level hatha/ vinyasa based sequence. This class will be focused on calming the mind from all the excitement for the weekend, and engaging the body through a strengthening and awakening flow. Prior yoga experience recommended, simple twists and gentle backbends included. Bringing a block or towel is recommended.

Yoga Mind, Spirit, Body [Alexandra Sargent]: Yoga is a technique for arriving in the present moment. The very moment you focus your attention back into your body and breathe, you begin to experience a deep sense of stillness. Influenced from the teachings of vini-yoga, this gentle sequence will involve less physical strength, and more focus on simple movements and breath control. A block or towel is recommended to bring with you.

Fun Flow [Zalia Aliriza]: Wake up easy and get moving in this one hour, all levels, flow class, that will guarantee you’ll be ready to hit the rest of the day with an open heart & a big smile. An invigorating combination of light workout and deep stretch, you’ll be encouraged to explore a variety of postures, link breath and movement as you stretch and awaken.

Mystic Vinyasa Flow [Erika van Gemeren]: We will journey into our hearts and move our bodies from this space so that we will feel a deeper connection to our own selves and all the beings on this planet. We’ve all had mystical experiences, a sense that one cannot adequately describe the richness of the experience, we’ve had feelings of deja vu or feelings like you’ve know someone in prior lives, that’s because we really have been with each other infinite amounts of times. Our planet is awakening and we are the ones they have been waiting for. Let’s do this for all!

Yoga Eye Flow [Kim Abels]: Yogi Eye Flow is a Vinyasa Flow Class that creates the synergy of internal focus and release of mind. Using the movements and continuous focus of breath, you will find your own flow. Maintaining strength and balance will come naturally with each transition and hold of poses. Music intended to take you outside of your mind to allow no judgement of the practice. Yogi Eye Flow will leave you feeling back to your self with some fresh skin, restore everything underneath the flesh & capture your true spirit.

Gentle Yoga [Cara Smith]:  75 minutes of a gentle yoga flow, a combination of Hatha yoga with the idea of restoration in mind. You’ll leave the class feeling both relaxed and energized.

TAROT READINGS

Ida Feshangchi is a tarot reader and Reiki practitioner with 12 years of experience in the metaphysical sciences and healing arts. She will be available for readings Friday-Sunday from 1-5 pm. Come by and sign up for a reading.

Love, Light and Faerie Dust

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Melanie & Anne

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Restorative Yoga and Sound Healing, Sundays

This workshop is offered again March 13th, 2016. For a complete listing of Sound Healing workshops please go to Danny Goldberg’s event page.

On Sunday, December 13th Sound Healer and Yoga Instructor Ambika Devi Daniella Cotreau and Sound Healer Danny Goldberg host their Restorative Yoga, Sound Healing and The Heart workshop at Breathe in Los Gatos, CA.

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Ambika Devi Daniella (L) and Danny Goldberg (R)

This is a very powerful, transformative and relaxing 3 hour class to restore and invoke a deeper connection to the heart.

The first 2 hours of the class are a Restorative Yoga led by Amibka Devi Daniella. During the workshop you’ll be anointed with Ambika Daniella’s special Essential Oil blends for the heart and intuition, and be guided with her yogic wisdom, while Danny Goldberg plays the gongs and Tibetan bowls to help raise your vibration and remove blockages.

For the last hour, you’ll lie restful and experience Danny Goldberg’s Sound Immersion with gongs, chimes and Tibetan Bowls. The bowls can be placed on your body to amplify the experience. Ambika Daniella also sings with mantra, toning and playing her harmonium.

The workshop closes with a group chanting to invoke the heart energy.

The holidays can bring us great joy and blessings, but they can sometimes also prove to be stressful and unhappy. Whether you are joyful like Cindy Lou Who this holiday season or feeling stressed and unhappy (especially if you are stressed and unhappy) like the Grinch, I recommend treating yourself and experiencing this workshop to expand your heart.

I’ve been blessed to have experienced this workshop more than once and I more than highly recommend it. I think its my favorite workshop of all time. Both Ambika Devi Daniella and Danny Goldberg are masters at this work, and Ambika Devi Daniella is the embodiment of a true Living Fae.

Fore more information check out any of the following links:

Love, light and faerie dust! ¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*¨*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.

 

 

Sunset Campout 2015 Faerie Ring Activities & Conscious Leaders

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Sunset Campout Faerie Ring

The Sunset Campout is fast approaching! Below is a detailed list of workshops, activities and information on each of our workshop leaders. For a detailed schedule of workshops please see the Sunset Campout website. See you in Belden, CA July 17 – 19th!

FAERIE RING WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES

MEDITATION

Daily Morning Guided Meditation [James Brown]: A 30-minute mediation aligned with the Faerie Ring theme of the day.

  • Friday – TRANSFORM – The meditation will help people align with the source of those steering impulses that are meant to guide us along the path of life. The more we are aligned with these impulses that more fully we can evolve, to better fulfill our role in the evolution of all things.
  • Saturday – ILLUMINATE – The meditation will help people connect to the light that shines from within so that we radiate with the full brilliance that is our birthright.
  • Sunday – RESTORE – This meditation will allow people to cultivate a deep and powerful state of restfulness and to connect to the source of energy and intelligence from which all our best ideas arise, as does the energy needed to bring them to life.

Flow Mediation [James Brown]: An hour-long workshop in Flow Meditation, a practice in which we learn to get out of the way and allow the mind to settle. The workshops will be a mix of lecture and eyes-closed practice. Each workshop will be self-standing, but there is great benefit in taking them back-to-back.

The Journey Home: Finding the Shangri-La Within [Pixie Pam & Tara Samiy]: This restorative meditation workshop involves a shamanic journey, guided by the beat of the drum, to explore the Shangri-la within. Shangri-la is an oasis for the soul. In this workshop we learn how we can become Shangri-la and share it in every moment.

YOGA 

Sunrise & Shine [Alexandra Sargent]: Come arrive in Belden, through your body, mind, and spirit. A one hour gentle hatha/ vinyasa flow, simple twists to awaken and activate your body, with a guided meditation at the end. Light yoga experience recommended.

Sunset & Flow [Alexandra Sargent]: One of the practices in the utopia of Shangri-la was moderation. Come practice this concept on your mat in this gentle one-hour vinyasa flow class, moderation of movement and stillness, of exertion and surrender, of awareness and meditation. A very short physical practice with extended savasana at the end to help calm the mind before a weekend of excitement!

Igniting Your Fire [Dave Larot]: This 90-minute yoga class focuses on the 3rd chakra (manipura) and is based around the core. It includes some arm balancing poses and of course Kalabati breath work.

Heart of the Warrior [Dave Larot]: This one-hour yoga class focuses on the 4th Chakra (anahata). It will include a lot of heart openers with some shoulder work. Come experience a back bendy and hip opening session with some twists.

Restorative Yoga [Zalia Aliriza]: This all-level, 90-min restorative yoga class is designed to heal and revitalize bringing light and stability to the body and mind. Concentrating on a handful of nurturing poses with long holds to help unwind, we’ll work on centering breath and energy movement through the body, opening hips, hamstrings and heart. Appropriate for those seeking to stretch, relax and invigorate.

Kundalini Yoga [Isabel Cali]: Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. This 90-minute kriya (set of exercises) will include powerful breath work along with movement, chanting and deep relaxation, to carefully raise our kundalini energy, the creative force which lies at the base of the spine. This practice clears blockages in our physical, emotional and mental bodies rapidly, leaving space for the new things to come. Kundalini yoga is unique to other styles, come with an open mind and be ready for a natural high on Sunday morning. 

SOUND HEALING

Sacred Sound Healing [Danny Goldberg]: A one-hour restorative sacred sound healing with gongs, singing bowls and chimes to guide you into a deep meditative state. Healing vibrations pass through the body, opening blockages and allow the mind to quiet. Through the vibrations of Danny’s collection of instruments you will experience an inner calm and deep relaxation that enables you to journey within and center.

Overtones of the Heart – a Sound Healing Concert [Aya Dunin & Friends]: An instrumental mediation where you receive the rippling benefits of Vibrational Medicine. Angels, Ascended Masters, Spirit Guides and Spirit Animals will be called upon to hold sacred space. Aya Dunin will play a Heart Chakra Crystal Singing Bowl, Coco Cohen will play DNA and Ozone tuning forks and tubes, and bells. Awny RAel will apply tuning forks to acupressure points.

TRANSFORMATIONAL HEALING

Shamanic Rhythmic Breathing [Shaman Durek]: A 90-minute session with Shaman Durek that opens dormant energy channels and clears out black effluvia allowing spirit to cleanse you.

How to Authenticate Your Power for Quantum Dynamic Change [Shaman Durek]: A 90-minute session with Shaman Durek where you learn how to increase your vibrational frequency and authenticate your power.

Manifesting Your Dreams and thriving in the New Paradigm [Danny Picard]: A corrective group hypnotherapy that connects with the angelic realm and clears limitations. Danny will work with the audience to understand what thriving means to them, and then take those responses and form a powerful group hypnotherapy session. Violet flame, meditation, high vibrational forms of energy healing and hypnotherapy all in one! 

Light Wave Theraphy & Voice Bio [Danielly Aldana]: A talk with Danielly to learn about the benefits of Light Wave Theraphy and the sound diagnostic tool Voice Bio. Danielly will be available all weekend for personal one-on-one sessions. Sign up for an individual session with Danielly to help gain confidence, balanced relationships, and restful sleep.

PERFORMANCE & BLESSING

Sunset Campout Opening Ceremony [Shaman Durek & Living Fae]: A special collaborative sacred ritual on The Beach Stage to open and bless Sunset Campout 2015.

Sunset Campout Closing Ceremony [Shaman Durek]: Shaman Durek winds things down on the Beach Stage with a closing blessing after the last DJ on the Beach.

The Faerie Rites [Living Fae & Pixie Pam]: An offering of energy to initiate the seed of connection to the Faerie Realm. This blessing is a gift called upon to honor An Sí. Receivers of The Rites will be integrated with Faerie and Earth energies and awaken to ancient wisdom, guidance, creativity, wild playfulness and an indigenous heart.

Faerie Sight Tea Service [Living Fae]: A grounding meditation, blessing, and special faerie tea with Living Fae. Warning: this tea service will strengthen your eyes sight to the light and love of Sunset’s faeries.

An Acoustic Session [Lacey Patterson]: Fae Goddess Lacey will bless the Faerie Ring with an exclusive solo performance of folk rock blended with jazz, blues and experimental sound.

ALTERNATIVE WORKSHOPS

Learn the Basics of Tarot [Ida Shaw]: Ida will give you a basic understanding of tarot card reading. Throughout the weekend she will provide private one-one sessions of tarot readings for those who sign up.

Feng Shui for Awesomeness [Stephanie Frame]: By incorporating modern-day knowledge with ancient feng shui principles (the “art of placement”) you will learn to see your home, work space or camp site with “feng shui eyes”. Your environment will become a powerful gateway into the co-creation of a truly awesome life!

Introduction to Essential Oils [Stephanie Frame]: In this hands-on workshop, you will learn a brief history of essential oils, how they are made, how they work, different ways you can maximize/utilize their healing powers (ie how to use them!), and how to choose oils of the highest quality and vibration.

Herbs & Tinctures [Jessica Choate]: Learn the benefits of of herbs, creating your own herb garden and tincture blends.

Invoking Magic [Tara Samiy & Jacob Art]: In this workshop will we explore magic as the experience of the natural, phenomenal world beyond our projections, beyond the conventional view. When we see ourselves as part of it, integrated with it, we have a sacred magical outlook on nature.

Street Dance Fusion [Samantha Giron]: Street Dance Fusion is mixed levels and perfect for anyone who loves to move. If dance is your way of communing with the gods, spitting game, or celebrating life with your community, this class is for you. Class starts with stretching to music and moves through a guided dance improvisation, and a few power moves. Put it all together to make a short choreographed dance. You’ll have fun, sweat and learn a few moves to take back to the dancefloor!

FAERIE RING CREATIVE CONSCIOUS LEADERS

Shaman Durek

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Shaman Durek is a Los Angeles based spiritual guide and gifted healer. As a Shaman, he acts as mediator or “bridge” between the spiritual and physical planes. He applies ancient wisdom, coupled with decades of devoted study and practice, to help bring success, happiness and healing into people’s lives. Shaman Durek studied the practices of the Whirling Dervishes and the Sufi’s, did meditation work in Turkey and was features in Cosmopolitan Magazine for his service to the people. He learned about herbs in Belize in the jaguar jungle and on the island of Tobacco Cave, practiced Hare Krishna in San Francisco, and has studied the Bhagavad-Gita along with Hinduism and yoga. Durek has also studied Reiki and learned Hawaiian forms of healing from a Maori healer.

Danny Goldberg

Sacred Sound Healing

Danny Goldberg’s Sacred Sound Healing weaves the restorative vibrations of singing bowls, gongs & chimes to create a blanket of healing sounds. The vibrations of these instruments enable us to journey within & center. The sound provides a channel for release, opening & transformation, tuning our vibrational frequency. Danny performs solo & in collaboration with Yoga, Qigong and Breathwork. Danny offers Sound Healing at yoga studios, healing centers & events throughout the U.S.including: Globe Sound Healing Conference, Phases of the Moon Festival, New Living Expo, Wanderlust, Breathe Yoga, Divinitree Yoga, Yoga Tree, UC Santa Cruz & Foothill College Music Programs, Science & Nonduality Conference, Lightning in a Bottle, Beloved, Lucidity, Symbiosis & many more.

James Brown

Daily Morning Meditations, and Flow Meditations

 James Brown teaches daily meditation for the modern life. He studied with Vedic Master Maharishi Vyasananda Thom Knoles high in the Himalayas to complete his teacher training in Vedic Meditation. Before going to India, he studied intensively stateside with Thom’s protégé, Christian Bevacqua. Vedic Meditation is a technique  developed 5,000 years ago in India for what they called householders. Vedic Meditation is not a monastic practice. It was designed for the every day working person with a busy life. James can be found teaching his meditation techniques all over the Bay Area and the Pacific Coast.

 

Danny Picard


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Danny G. Picard is an Intuitive Empath and Certified Hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists.   He received his Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Mastery in 2005 and received his Lightarian Reiki Mastery as well as Metatronia Therapist Level 1 attunement.  Danny became Master Metatronia Therapist and Official MT Workshop Facilitator in 2013 through MT’s founder Tammy Majchrzak.  Danny teaches groups and individuals all over higher vibrational forms of energy medicine beyond Usui Reiki Mastery. He holds a certification as a Holistic Massage Therapist through Mendocino School of Holistic Massage and Advanced Healing Arts as well being a (non practicing) Metaphysician, Unicorn Wrangler, Wizard, Friend Activist, Multidimentional Healer, Lecturer, Webinar Host and Founder of The Epic Human Project.

 

Living Fae

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Living Fae are creators of the Sunset Campout Faerie Ring and altars. Melanie and Anne have been holding space, designing altars and sacred space, and performing opening ceremony for Sunset Sound System parties and Sunset Campout since 2002. Melanie began her spiritual study and practice in 1995 and later studied with a Thelemic organization named the Invisible House Society. Anne has been practicing magick and mysticism since 2002 and is a certified Pilates instructor. Their light and love creations serve to inspire and uplift those touched by their ritual magic, and have blessed numerous festivals and events including: The Gathering, Lightning in a Bottle, Agape International Spiritual Center, Faerie Worlds, their annual Summer Solstice Celebration and Living Fae ritual events.

Pixie Pam

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Pixie Pam comes from a family of yogis and healers in Dublin, Ireland. As a Yoga Instructor, Acupuncturist and Celtic holistic healer, Pam has been working in the field of holistic therapy and fitness since 2004. She was certified as a Hatha Yoga teacher in 2005 and later furthered her knowledge in India with Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow disciplines in 2009 with Yoga Tribe. In 2007 Pam was welcome in the Celtic Shamanic traditions at Sli an Chroí School of Shamanism in Ireland and then went on to learn from the Quero people in Peru’s’ Andes. She facilitates ritual awakening and transformational healing with women’s groups, men’s groups, Solstice gathering, and festivals around the world.

 

Alexandra Sargent

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Born and raised in California, Alexandra Sargent grew up in the East Bay then attended the University of Redlands where she enrolled in ‘Environmental and Social Activism Through the Arts’. It was with her advisor, Patricia Geary, that she began her journey with Yoga. Post college, Alexandra’s journey took many unconventional turns; from Spiritual workshops, Ceremonial Sweat Lodges, a vision quest lead by her Shaman Ruud West, living at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland Colorado, an intentional/Spiritual community and participating in their Full Self Emergence program, to completing a permaculture/farming internship, it became clear that her that the path was about the journey inward. All the while, her journey with Yoga continued to deepen. As a practitioner, she has practiced Anusara, Bikram, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha, Vinyasa, Sridaiva, and practiced with teachers such as Madhuri Martin, Maria Patella, Desi Springer, John Friend, Melanie Salvatore-August, and Mynx Inatsugu. Alexandra taught her first yoga class in the Faerie Ring in 2014, and was highly praised for her leadership and dedication to connecting with the divine. Her vision is to assist others in connecting with their highest selves.

Dave Larot

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David Larot is a Bay Area native who began his yoga practice in 2002. After years of skateboarding and snowboarding his body had taken it’s toll of injuries including a torn ligament in his shoulder. Experiencing the benefits of yoga lead him to realize that he had found the missing link to an active lifestyle. In 2004 he started leading classes under the guidance of his teacher. It was an unexpected calling but nonetheless he found a new passion. “I enjoy guiding people to that deeper sense of themselves, taking that whole awareness and bringing it into their daily lives.” In 2008 David enrolled in the 200hr teacher training intensive at Yoga Works SF. He was so inspired that he continued his studies and in 2010 completed his 500hrs under his mentor Nikki Estrada. Having practiced and trained in various styles including Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa, David brings to us a safe but dynamic flow to the mat consisting of effective sequencing, awareness of breath and proper alignment. David is a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance at the 500hr level.

Zalia Aliriza

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Founder of Avalon Road, an organization providing holistic personal development & well-being retreats, to recharge the body & mind, Zalia has been a practicing yogi and spiritual adventurer since the age of 17. She is honored to have trained with Janet Stone, Rusty Wells and the Sivananda Center. She incorporates these disciplines as well as her training in nutrition and Reiki into her teachings.

Tara Samiy

Tara_SamiyInvoking Magic, The Journey Home: Finding Shangri-la Within

Tara has studied mind-body health and consciousness, neuroscience, psychology, psychotherapy, yoga, dance and psychedelic research for over 20 years. In 1989, her discovery of underground dance music spawned her lifelong love of music and dance, and the role of dance/movement in entheogenic journeying, ritual and phenomenological dance experience. Since the age of 17, she has studied the relationship between mind and body, with emphasis in the psychopharmacology and therapeutic potentials of psychoactives via a B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA.  Her thirst for further understanding the human mind, beyond the limitations of science, led her to study Eastern, Western, and indigenous psychological and spiritual traditions at the California Institute for Integral Studies, where she earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Lacey Patterson

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Lyrical singer and guitarist Lacey Patterson tells stories through her music. With her previous band, LoveLace, she composed works that thrived at the intersections of love, lust and melancholy with an effort to discover and weave together new modes of perception. Now a solo artist, Lacey performs folk-rock music, while currently developing her style to include elements of jazz and blues and experimental sound.  Her exploration of the voice as an instrument, as a language in and of itself, attempts to expand the boundaries of basic folk-rock and create new landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories for which we have very little words.

Danielly Aldana

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Danielly de Jesus Aldana has been exploring personal empowerment tools since experiencing an uplifting energetic shift in 2013. Her path as a certified Lightwave Energy-Infusion practitioner was a natural one after fulfilling many traditional jobs such as test proctor, recruiter, & docent to the natural sciences; she is still maintaining her role as a designer while exploring the healing arts. Her etheric rites of passage were recognized and confirmed by the Starseed Radio Academy. Danielly will be offering individual sessions that will help you gain confidence, balanced relationships, and restful sleep. In each Lightwave session, you will receive a series of high-frequency energy infusions to clear and balance your 9-point chakratic system, activating your electron bodies, fortifying your akashic windows, and aligning you with your Higher Self while offering multidimensional and spiritual guidance for your everyday life. Danielly will also introduce other healing modalities based on her coursework with VoiceBio ©™, a sound based diagnostic tool developed by Kae Thompson-Liu, a Marin native and health researcher.

Samantha Giron

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Samantha Giron had her formative dance experience at underground electronic music events (like the first Sunset parties!) and went on to build her career as a professional choreographer, dancer professor/educator and dance scholar. She holds a MFA in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Dance from Mills College. Her choreography utilizes a blend of contemporary and street dance to address social issues such as women and sexuality, Hispanic Ancestry and why people get married. Her work has been staged at 1015 Folsom, The Supper Club, Mezzanine, Public Works, ODC, Z-Space and Dance Mission. Samantha has spoken at the National Dance Conference and The Conference for Global Transformation. Her movement style involves sequential articulation of shoulders, ribs, spine, pelvis and head – moving in opposition with a dynamic range of stretch, weight and tension. The dancer moves with a low center of gravity as joints are expressed in circular and oppositional patterns.

Jessica Colette Choate

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Jessica lives and breathes her life through passion and if you’ve ever had the pleasure to cross her path you would know of her magnetizing energy that moves mountains. She has a rich antiquity of knowledge on plants, herbs, and holistic practices that were passed down from her family heritage on their land in Texas.  As an incarnate garden faerie, she started gardening before she could even walk.  Through self-exploration she began making tinctures in early 2007. What started as her Burning Man gift exchange, turned into a much deeper purpose to spread knowledge of self love.

Stephanie Herzog Frame

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Stephanie Frame is an interior design student with 10 years experience studying Feng Shui, and holds a red ribbon membership with the International Feng Shui Guild. She has experienced first hand how Feng Shui improves life and works to manifest personal goals. In addition to her passion with the awesomeness of Feng Shui, Stephanie is a seasoned Reiki Master with over 20 years experience working with essential oils. She discovered Young Living essential oils at a holistic dance day party in the late 90s and has been sharing and blessing parties, families and friends ever since.

Aya Dunin

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Aya Dunin is a Sound Healer, Reiki Practitioner, Shaman on Path and Yoga facilitator. She leads women empowerment circles in California.
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Coco Cohen

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Coco Cohen is a Reiki Practitioner, energy healer, and uses Shamanic practices in her healing work. She owns Stone Pony, a Gem and Vintage clothing store in San Francisco. She shares her space for women empowerment gatherings, sound healing, tarot reading, and energy work.  instagram.com/stoneponyvintage

Awny Rael

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Awny Rael is a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist and founder of On Point Acupuncture & Wellness.  Awny realized her path as a healer and began her holistic studies as a massage therapist in 1996. During her Bachelor’s studies in Integrative and Holistic health, she was drawn to Chinese medicine for its intricate and complex understanding of the human body, mind, and spirit; as well asChinese Medicine’s power to harmonize, balance, and effectively prevent and treat disease.

Awny takes a holistic and individualized approach to her healing practice, creating customized treatment plans for each patient. In her customized treatments she may draw upon such modalities as: acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, moxabustion, physical assessment, lifestyle coaching, nutrition coaching, body-mind awareness, western & eastern herbal medicine and supplements, heat therapy, Reiki energy healing & Qigong, guided visualization, and sound therapies.

Jacob Art

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Jacob has been using ritual to connect with nature and for personal transformation since he was a child. He embodies wise magician infected with trickster energy. Professionally, Jacob is a licensed psychotherapist who works with individuals and couples to awaken their hearts to undefended love and intimacy. Jacob is also an expert wigglebummer.

Isabel Cali

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Isabel is a 500 hour certified yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She completed teacher training in Iyengar yoga at IYISF in 2004 and Kundalini Yoga with the East Bay teacher training program in 2014. She is also a shamanic practitioner and guide and trained in several modalities of healing arts.

Ida Shaw

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Ida Feshangchi Shaw is a tarot reader and Reiki practioner with 12 years of experience in the metaphysical sciences and healing arts. She became interested in metaphysical studies at a very young age and has anyways been a natural intuitive and an empath. She is inspired in tarot by the great teachers and wisdom of the Golden Dawn . There is great symbolism in the cards and archetypes that we can all relate to and Ida will help you find what resonates for you and help you gain wisdom, clarity, guidance and comfort from the cards.

Ida is also an Okuden practitioner of Usui Reiki and had been using the healing arts to provide a space for the body, spirit and mind to relax and heal. Using powerful crystals, she can help to balance the chakras and restore the body to its healthful and connected state.

Sunset Campout July 17 – 19th: Faerie Ring with Living Fae

Our favorite annual 3 days of art, music, and camping event, Sunset Campout, is quickly approaching and we are fervently planning enhancements and an evolution to the Sunset Campout Faerie Ring and Workshops. Sunset Campout takes place in Belden Town, CA along the breathtaking Feather River July 17 – 19th, 2015.

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Sunset Campout ~ Feather River

We are over the moon in anticipation for another utopian weekend in the woods with our Sunset family and friends, and in our 13th year designing altars and sacred space for Sunset.

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Faerie Ring Faerie Temple

As with previous years we began planning early on with our Sunset Sound System organizers, Galen and Solar, with a desire to inspire and enlighten the crew and festival goers. That early collaborative planning gave birth to this year’s Sunset Campout theme.

Walkway to Dance Magic

Walkway to Dance Magic

“Starting in 2013 we began to create an inspirational theme for the Sunset Campout as a way to unify all our creative crews and festival goers in a way that reflects the mood of our current collective.  The theme is not meant to be only a literal guide but more intended to trigger mental imagery or a feeling one can draw upon for inspiration that will connect us all for our amazing weekend in the woods.  This year’s theme is ShangriLa, the mystical utopia of the Himalayas. ShangriLa represents both a magical hidden place and an era of enlightened consciousness.  In the 1933 novel, The Lost Horizon, it’s described as an earthly paradise, where people are permanently happy, have a sense of purpose and are almost immortal.  It’s a place filled with enchantment and wonder that lies deep within the hearts of those who live there and those who seek to find it. For many of our attendees and contributors alike, the Sunset Campout has been described as an almost utopian setting. This is our own ShangriLa, nestled in a hidden valley, protected from the outside world, for one weekend together. This year we invite you to be inspired to recreate and embody your version, no matter how abstract, of ShangriLa.” ~ Sunset Sound System

Beach Stage

Beach Stage

With the careful and thoughtful planning of our organizers comes this year’s stellar music line up! Magda, Alex Bowman, Eddie C, Thugfucker, Gavin Russom, Aurora Hall, Magic Touch, Monty Luke, Carlos Souffront, Solar, Galen, J-Bird and many, many, many more. For details, audio and a complete listing go to the Sunset Campout website.

Sunset Campout Faerie Ring

Sunset Campout Faerie Ring

In a steady effort to evolve and grow the Faerie Ring, Sunset is providing the festival with more yoga, meditation, workshops and performances. This year the Faerie Ring will play host to Shaman Durek who is taking a break from his international tour to share his Transformative Healing work with us. Vibe Shaman, Danny Goldberg, is performing a special restorative Sacred Sound Healing on Sunday. Vedic Meditation facilitator, James Brown, is leading Morning and Evening Meditations throughout the weekend. The Epic Human, Danny Picard, is joining us for a workshop on Dream Manifestation, and our Shamanic sister, Pixie Pam, is returning to join Living Fae to gift The Faerie Rites and for another magical Journey Home workshop; in addition to a plethora of many more activities with our Faerie Ring Creative Conscious Leaders.

See below for Schedule of Activities. For Workshop Descriptions and information on our Creative Conscious Leaders check out our Workshop & Activities Blog Post, or for more information on everything you need to know about Sunset Campout check out SunsetCampout.com.

Opening Ceremony with Shaman Durek & Living Fae

Opening Ceremony with Shaman Durek & Living Fae

SUNSET CAMPOUT OPENING CEREMONY, is a special collaborative sacred ritual with Shaman Durek & Living Fae. Ceremony starts at 12noon on Friday, July 17th on the Beach Stage.

FAERIE RING SPOTLIGHT

Shaman Durek

Shaman Durek

Shaman Durek

Shaman Durek is a Los Angeles based spiritual guide and gifted healer. As a Shaman, he acts as mediator or “bridge” between the spiritual and physical planes. He applies ancient spiritual wisdom, coupled with decades of devoted study and practice, to help bring success, happiness and healing into people’s lives. Shaman Durek studied the practices of the Whirling Dervishes with the Sufi’s, did mediation work in Turkey and was featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine for his service to the people. He learned about herbs in Belize in the jaguar jungle and on the island of Tobacco Caye, practiced Hare Krishna in San Francisco, and has studied the Bhagavad-Gita along with Hinduism and yoga. Durek has also studied Reiki and learned Hawaiian forms of healing from a Maori healer.

Danny Goldberg

Danny Goldberg

Danny Goldberg

Danny Goldberg’s Sacred Sound Healing weaves the restorative vibrations of singing bowls, gongs & chimes to create a blanket of healing sounds. The vibrations of these instruments enable us to journey within & center. The sound provides a channel for release, opening & transformation, tuning our vibrational frequency. Danny performs solo & in collaboration with Yoga, Qigong and Breathwork. Danny offers Sound Healing at yoga studios, healing centers & events throughout the U.S.including: Globe Sound Healing Conference, Phases of the Moon Festival, New Living Expo, Wanderlust, Breathe Yoga, Divinitree Yoga, Yoga Tree, UC Santa Cruz & Foothill College Music Programs, Science & Nonduality Conference, Lightning in a Bottle, Beloved, Lucidity, Symbiosis & many more.

James Brown

James Brown

James Brown

James Brown teaches daily meditation for the modern life. He studied with Vedic Master Maharishi Vyasananda Thom Knoles high in the Himalayas to complete his teacher training in Vedic Meditation. Before going to India, he studied intensively stateside with Thom’s protégé, Christian Bevacqua. Vedic Meditation is a technique  developed 5,000 years ago in India for what they called householders. Vedic Meditation is not a monastic practice. It was designed for the every day working person with a busy life. James can be found teaching his meditation techniques all over the Bay Area and the Pacific Coast.

Danny Picard

Danny Picard

Danny Picard

Danny G. Picard is an Intuitive Empath and Certified Hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists.   He received his Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Mastery in 2005 and received his Lightarian Reiki Mastery as well as Metatronia Therapist Level 1 attunement.  Danny became Master Metatronia Therapist and Official MT Workshop Facilitator in 2013 through MT’s founder Tammy Majchrzak.  Danny teaches groups and individuals all over higher vibrational forms of energy medicine beyond Usui Reiki Mastery. He holds a certification as a Holistic Massage Therapist through Mendocino School of Holistic Massage and Advanced Healing Arts as well being a (non practicing)  Metaphysician, Unicorn Wrangler, Wizard, Friend Activist, Multidimentional Healer , Lecturer, Webinar Host and Founder of The Epic Human Project.

FAERIE RING WORKSHOP & ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE

FRIDAY – TRANSFORMATION

Morning Yoga with Alexandra Sargent

Morning Yoga with Alexandra Sargent

Friday Morning

  • Morning Mediation Transformation with James Brown
  • Sunrise & Shine Yoga with Alexandra Sargent

Friday Afternoon/Eve

  • Feng Shui for Awesomeness with Stephanie Frame
  • Invoking Magic with Tara Samiy & Jacob Art
  • Herbs & Tinctures with Jessica Colette Choate
  • Flow Meditation with James Brown
  • Sunset & Flow Yoga with Alexandra Sargent
  • Shamanic Rhythmic Breathing with Shaman Durek
  • Faerie Sight Tea Service with Living Fae

SATURDAY – ILLUMINATION

Transformational Healing Workshop with Shaman Durek

Transformational Healing Workshop with Shaman Durek

Saturday Morning

  • Morning Meditation Illuminate wth James Brown
  • Igniting Your Fire Yoga with Dave Larot

Saturday Afternoon/Eve

  • Street Dance Fusion with Samantha Giron
  • Light Wave Therapy & Voice Bio with Danielly Aldana
  • Overtones of the Heart – a Sound Healing Concert with Aya Dunin, Coco Cohen, Awny Rael, & more
  • Introduction to Essential Oils with Stephanie Frame
  • Acoustic Guitar Sessions with Lacey Patterson
  • Manifesting Your Dreams and Thriving in the New Paradigm with Danny Picard
  • Flow Meditation with James Brown
  • Heart Of The Warrior Yoga with Dave Larot
  • How to Authenticate Your Power for Quantum Dynamic Change as According to Mystics with Shaman Durek
  • The Faerie Rites with Living Fae & Pixie Pam

SUNDAY – RESTORE

The Journey Home with Pixie Pam & Tara Samiy

The Journey Home with Pixie Pam & Tara Samiy

Sunday Morning

  • Morning Meditation Restore with James Brown
  • Kundalini Yoga with Isabel Cali

Sunday Afternoon/Eve

  • Restorative Yoga with Zalia Aliriza
  • Sacred Sound Healing with Danny Goldberg
  • The Journey Home: Finding Shangri-la Within with Pixie Pam and Tara Samiy
  • Sunday Night Movies in the Faerie Ring

A schedule of workshop times will be listed in your Sunset Campout program when you arrive. We look forward to seeing, dancing, transforming and playing with you. See you there!

Love, Light and Faerie Dust!

Left to Right: Anne, Melanie

Left to Right: Anne, Melanie

 

Living Fae at Sunset Campout 2014 ~ July 25th – 27th

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We are once again fluttering about in anticipation for our favorite annual event, Sunset Campout. Sunset Campout takes place in Belden Town, CA along the breathtaking Feather River July 25th – 27th.

We have been designing altars for our friends and Sunset Sound System community for 12 years, and feel very lucky and blessed to be given the space to express the divine inspiration channeling through us. We love our Sunset friends and family so much and can’t wait to work, play and dance with everyone again.

The Beach

The Beach

As always, there is a stellar musical line up and amazing art. Performances by Soul Clap, Danny Daze, Three, Dave Aju, and Pillow Talk to name only a few, so be sure to check out the Sunset Campout website for details on the line up.

DJ Galen ~ Main Stage

DJ Galen ~ Main Stage

The Sunset Campout Faerie Ring is back and we are excited to expand the area and activities this year. We will host more yoga, meditations, healing workshops, a juicing demo and a very special Hang Drum performance by Laura Inserra. Our favorite shaman, Shaman Durek is with us again to share his knowledge and healing magic. For our Schedule of Activities see below or for more information, please see the Sunset Campout website.

Faerie Ring

Faerie Ring

Faerie Ring with Shaman Durek

Faerie Ring with Shaman Durek

OPENING CEREMONY, a special collaborative sacred ritual with Shaman Durek & Living Fae, starts at 12noon on Friday, July 25th on the Beach Stage.

FAERIE RING SCHEDULE ACTIVITIES

FRIDAY, July 25th

Morning

AS10:00am – 11:00am
Yoga: Sky Above, Earth Below
Alexandra Sargent
A grounding and revitalizing hatha-vinyasa flow to wake us up and welcome in the love and beauty of the Feather River and Belden.   

 

Friday Evening

AS6:00pm – 7:00pm
Yoga: Sunset Salutations
Alexandra Sargent
“The sun shines not on us, but in us. The river flows not past us but through us.” John Muir. A invigorating flow through the sun salutes, to bring awareness to our breath, for clarity and awareness in all our actions.

 

LI7:30pm – 8:30pm
Hang Drum: A Musical Journey 
Laura Inserra
Join Laura Inserra for her collection of soulful sounds to induce a meditative atmosphere in this ambient hang drum performance.

 

durek9:00pm – 10:30pm
How to Connect with Your Spirit Guides
Shaman Durek
Shaman Durek will teach you to make an introduction to your guides, how to understand your guides and learn how to create a relationship with them so you have awareness in all areas of your life.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 26th

Morning

Dave10:30am – 11:30am
Yoga: Morning Salutes to the Sun
Dave Larot
A moderately paced class to bring synchronicity between breath and movement; backbends are included.

 

tommie12:00pm – 1:00pm
The Liquid Garden Juicing Demo
Tommie Murphy
A demo showcasing a variety of methods on how to juice/blend your produce into a healthy beverage. Including a discussion on the many health and wellness benefits attained through a daily juicing practice.

Saturday Evening

am6:00pm – 7:00pm
Energy Center Alignment
Living Fae
A guided meditation to align your energy centers and create greater heart expansion by developing an awareness of the power and life giving force of the Sun.

 

Dave7:30pm – 8:30pm
Yoga: Firing Up the Gods & Goddesses
Dave Larot
Transform your body with deep twists to work your outer hips and core.

 

durek9:00pm – 10:30pm
Shamanic Elemental Breath Work
Shaman Durek
Release toxins and blocked energy, increase blood flow, and illuminate and raise the vibration of your spiritual body in an intensive breath work session with Shaman Durek.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 27th

Afternoon

pam3:30pm – 4:30pm
The Journey Home
Pixie Pam & Tara Samiy
A guided meditation to prepare for the journey home. Pam and Tara lead a sacred ritual through the sound of the drum, a rhythm that runs through nature and our hearts, to help ground, recharge and reflect on our weekend.

See you there!

Love, Light and Faerie Dust!

Melanie & Anne

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A Review of Lightning in a Bottle 2011

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I made my way down to Silverado, CA Memorial Day weekend to this year’s sold out Lightning in a Bottle festival put on by The Do Lab. It’s taken me a few years to get there, but I finally made it. This was my first year attending so I can give you my perspective of the festival as a virgin!

Honestly, I absolutely loved it. Minus a few (I’ll call them) discomforts I experienced my overall experience was one of wonder, inspiration, consciousness awareness, and joy. I arrived there on Friday around 2pm with my friend Usa Devi who I spent the weekend referring to as “Festival Queen”.

Apparently 2pm is the time many people arrive. Although it did sound like a gazillion people were there right at 4pm on Thursday. Anyhow arriving at 2pm and not having a car camping pass as a regular festival attendee means you not only take a people mover to your campsite but you have to fight your way on it against the cutters. Our campsite, due to arriving when we did, was in the upper level which was quite far from general parking. After having to wait what felt like forever (okay maybe it was about 45 min) in the heat with our abundance of glamping gear we fought our way onto the people mover. I only pushed one person off, I promise. [I’m kidding].

To give you an idea of what the people mover is, it’s a large white pick-up truck with red wooden beams on either side. You know the kind they pile immigrants onto in movies when they are sneaking off to the “new world”. I felt somewhat like one of those people. There I was smashed between my belongings and someone’s cooler digging into my back making my way to the Lucent Temple of Consciousness.

After only two trips and leaving the faerie tent behind in the car, we set up camp. I had a small cry but let go of the faerie tent as it was just a little too much to carry. Don’t worry, I was sure to ensure all my necessary glamping gear, aka the full length mirror, made it up the hill with us. Once we finished setting up and faerie beautifying ourselves, Festival Queen and I ventured off to explore the festival.

Now you might be asking yourself, why is she referring to Usa as Festival Queen. Was she really Queen of the Festival, the one so many women dressed up in their fancy outfits strive to be? No Usa was not the official Lightning in the Bottle Festival Queen. If that were the case I wouldn’t have had the delightful experience of the people mover now would I. I call her Festival Queen because I felt like I was part of a royal court being around her.

As we walked around I was pleasantly surprised by the choice of food vendors. There were so many healthy choices which were really nice to see, eat and drink. In fact, we didn’t bring a huge amount of food with us, and we didn’t need to. I typically am not one to eat a lot and at festivals I rarely eat. Usually people are trying to get me to eat. This time was different though. I ate, and ate very healthy. In fact, my friend Madhvi said every time she saw me I was eating, so apparently I was eating quite a bit. Good thing there was so much walking to be done!

This is a festival of music and art, and by my opinion the art was awesome. I really enjoyed taking it all in. There certainly was no shortage of it. Where ever you went there was eye candy and some very cool interactive pieces. Day time or glowing at night the art was plentiful. There were even some memorable Burning Man pieces on display. Sunday was the art walk. All the Lightning in a Paintcan live art is available for bidding in a silent auction. The auction is used to make money for the DoLab’s non-profit, The Do Art Foundation.

If you ask me what my favorite thing to do is, I’ll tell you it is dancing. Ok, maybe it’s dancing and building altars, but dancing is definitely right up at the top of the list. If there is a DJ playing good dance music you will typically find me dancing right in front of him/her. For the most part I found great music to dance to. I’m not a big dubstep fan, so I had tendency to dance away from anyone playing dubstep, but I was still always able to find something I liked to dance to. If you like dubstep, you won’t have a problem finding it there. I spent most of my dancing time at the Woogie Stage. I did make it over to the Lightning stage for some key performances by Lucent Dossier, Beats Antique and Pretty Lights. As to be expected they lit up the crowd with their performances and pretty light shows!

One of the areas of the festival I spent a lot of time at was the Lucent Temple of Consciousness. Being someone who builds altars and sacred spaces I always like to check out what others are doing. And even though it’s spiritual and I know what I’m seeing is a divine creation, I often find myself being slightly critical when I’m taking in what someone else has designed. Let’s just say I have a tendency to inspect the altar before I take it in and connect. I do my best to quiet that voice and acknowledge it’s my ego but sometimes the critical voice makes itself heard. Well on this occasion I was more than amazed by the design and creation of the temple. It was all breathtaking by my standards. When I looked around and considered the attention to detail, the work and energy put forth to create it, I was truly uplifted, and quite honestly a bit mesmerized. There were so many beautiful altars and different spaces created. I didn’t sit in all of them but I certainly found more than one where you could just sit and connect with that inner part of yourself. Derick Ion and the Satya Yuga Collective not only inspired me but allowed me to tap in and express the part of me that makes my heart go zing. They put on tons of workshops as well; everything from kundalini yoga, to permaculture and raw cooking to Marianne Williamson. Seeing the woman that wrote “Our Deepest Fear” was certainly a highlight of the weekend for me.

Now the last area I’ll talk about is the marketplace. I know a lot of people aren’t fond of consumerism at festivals, but I love it. It’s where I can find the type of faerie goddess fashions and accessories that I absolutely love wearing. I also like knowing that I’m supporting independent designers. If you like to shop like I do, you might find the marketplace a bit dangerous, so save up your money if you ever plan to hit this festival. Some of my favorite designers in the marketplace were Kelsey’s Creations, Fourth Dimension Designs, Kucoon Designs, Blue Star 7 and Timjan Design. I think I put together my next faerie goddess outfit with each of their pieces. Watch for it at the Carmel Valley Summer Solstice Celebration or the Sunset Campout this summer.

Before I sign off I want to say how impressed I was by the level of green consciousness the festival’s organizers put forth. It’s a large festival with a lot of people so it can prove to be a difficult challenge to keep people green. They are the winners of the 2010 Green Festival Award so they do have a lot to live up to, and I think they do a good job. Festival Queen was a little less impressed than me suggesting they should have compostable porta potties to be truly green. Based on the way the ground looked every morning after all the craziness died down I think some of the festival goers still need some waking up. But I believe the more the organizers continue their passion for being green the more conscious the attendees will become. You gotta have faith! With a motto like Leave it Better, Leave it Beautiful I’d like to think they are well on their way to waking some of those less conscious attendees up.

There is so much more I experienced and could say about this festival. I truly had a lovely time and recommend it to anyone thinking about checking it out next year. A few words of advice: get a car camping pass, otherwise pack light; bring comfortable shoes, you’ll do a lot of walking; bring a very warm jacket for the evenings, it was COLD; save your money and bring lots of cash if you like to shop!

This faerie gives Lightning in a Bottle five faerie stars! I’m already looking forward to next year! ~ Melanie Dawn