Lightning in a Bottle 2017 Preview

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Lightning in a Bottle 2017 Preview

As if Lightning in a Bottle could get any better, now introducing:

WATER

The glorious rains of this winter season have allowed the previously dry valleys of Lake San Antonio to fill with life giving water. This new addition to the festival grounds will provide great relief from the desert heat of Memorial Day Weekend in Bradley, CA. Perhaps is Mother Earth's way of sending appreciation for the fact that LIB has received the Greener Festival "Outstanding Award" for five consecutive years. Let the swimming commence!

As a whole, LIB provides a sense of community united in resolve for a more consciously created tomorrow. If you feel like the political climate of the past year has taken a toll on you, perhaps Lightning in a Bottle will be the hug and the push you've been longing for as encouragement  to continue on a seemingly uphill road.  Surround yourself with the energy of love and positivity as we unite on this path towards progressive change on a mass scale. 

At this transformational festival, you may choose to spend your day feeding your mind, body, and soul with nourishing messages and offerings of support in the form of music, nature, discussion, human interaction, and physical movement. Whether you should choose to join in on a belly dance class or a fermentation workshop you will have access to learning conscious lifestyle techniques new and ancient. However you should decide to enjoy your experience, the overarching infusion of eco consciousness, positive vibes, and heartfelt art will undoubtedly inspire you to tap into your creative potential.

 

Should you decide the dance the entire weekend away, you will not be disappointed by your auditory options. With a lineup that includes Bomba Estereo, Kaytranada, Rufüs du Sol, Bob Moses, Jhené Aiko, and Bassnectar, El Papachango, and Jeremy Sole, your days and nights are guaranteed to be filled with joyous release. 

So if not now, when? Join us at LIB 2017! Get your tickets HERE.

 

Visit some of our past experiences at LIB:

Behold the Goddess: Sacred Dance at LIB 2016

9 Ways LIB Transforms Lives

 

 

 

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WildLife: Sensual Sundays

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WildLife: Sensual Sundays

This day and age it is radical to love oneself. It is daring to radiate personal bliss. Especially if you are a woman. Yet more and more, the opportunity for evolution of the feminine experience  proves that it is a woman's right to indulge herself in boundless soulful pleasure. And furthermore, it is her duty.

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A Journey to Peace: Woogie Weekend

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A Journey to Peace: Woogie Weekend

Driving up to Oak Canyon Park near Irvine, California, I arrived in surprise.  Although I knew Woogie Weekend was taking place in a park, I hadn’t realized it would be so much park, especially in Irvine, of all places. Cooped up in Los Angeles with neighbors every five feet from my doorstep, I nearly forgot that it only takes an hour drive to escape from the square box of my city life. To many other people’s surprise, I arrived alone. I came as a solo female traveler with a backpack too big for my body stuffed with dehydrated food, a tent, sleeping bag, a small propane stove, and everything I owned that had glitter or sequins on it.  (As my older sisters all so kindly liked to point out, I was never the most practical person in the family.)  But as with all the Do Lab festivals, this is where the artisans come to express themselves vividly, through costumes inspired by mermaids, butterflies, or belly dancers, to name a few.  This was our place to live out the fantasies that had been locked away in our closets in the real world, and I was not going to deny myself that opportunity.  I plopped my stuff down near the back of the property, and took a look around.  It was Friday and the sun was still in the sky.  Technically it was Day Zero, as festival goers call it, but the campgrounds were already filled with small tents, large tents, tents in the shapes of domes, colorful tapestries blowing in the wind and music bumping into the large blue vastness from all directions.

I meandered into the festival grounds and took a lap to see what was in store for the weekend.  Witnessing the crowds, it was almost as if they were moving in a trance, because how else could you dance for six hours straight if you weren’t spellbound?! The Kaleidoscope stage was a maze of highlighter hued pipes where Blond:ish, Claptone, Beacon, and Sebastian Mullaert would have the crowds grooving for days. Across the pond, over the bridge, past the artisans painting on large canvases, and parallel to the tents serving mostly vegetarian food, was the The Hive stage. The Hive stage is a colorful replica of Woogie’s beginnings at the Lightning in a Bottle Festival, in the shape of, you guessed it, a bee’s hive.  This is where we would have yoga in the AM with renowned yogis Gigi Snyder, Kishan Shah, Michelle Bouvier, and Shayn Almeida.   Here we would unwind our twisted and wiry tent bodies and reclaim space in our mind so often dedicated to the stress and anxiety of the “real world”. For those who made the meandering walk at 8am, none experienced regret. In fact, I know more than a few who expressed how they wanted to take this habit home with us.  And not just this habit, but many others.  Because people don’t only venture out here for the music.  (Although the music is a wonderful reason to come alone).  They come for the people, the friendliness, the open-mindedness, the non-judgment.  

Coming alone, I was concerned that I would have trouble making friends, but within hours, the twenty some odd people around me would introduce themselves, offer their food, water, and a friendly conversation.  Everyone shared everything they had.  Someone brought the tortillas, I contributed the avocados, another the beans, someone the whiskey and before you knew it, we had a meal.  We shared clothing, food, conversation, and most importantly, ideas.  We took solace that we had a haven away from all distractions, provided by the ferocity of the mountains holding us in a fierce collective (and a lack of cell phone service).  At one point, I found it easy to envision what a post-apocalyptic society would look like.  With all the violence and political turmoil taking place in the outside world, Woogie Weekend provided a place where we could rest in ease, and create a new sense of hope for a better world.  

The days that would follow would be filled with bodies finding their own rhythms in dance, hammocks, slip-n-slides and naps on grassy hillsides.  At one point, I found myself dancing on a very fluffy flamingo, the weekend’s solo art car, and I was only slightly worried that twenty bumping bodies wouldn’t bring this hot pink truck to its death. (It didn’t.) We danced, and danced, and danced.  I “took a nap” Saturday night for three hours and awoke to join some new friends to dance with the yawning sun.  We all decided to climb a mountain and look down at the campsites and the festival from above, and post-apocalyptic rang through my head once more as we witnessed the fog float through the trees, and triangle shaped domes below.  I recognized then that these are the people who push the envelope on peace.  It takes a community of all kinds, and it certainly takes this kind to create a better world for all of us.  These are the sensitive people, the artisans, the warriors of light and love, who are intended to be our leaders in wisdom, in grace, and in justice.  I came alone, but I left with a family.  This is something everyone talks about when leaving a Do Lab festival, that they don’t want to lose what they have found here.  It feels something like a groundedness, a calmness, and an acceptance of self.  It feels something like hope, and something like empowerment.  Whatever it is, I recommend it to everyone.

Check out the Recap Video Here: 

Written by Co-Founder Kelli Radwanski

Photography by Aaron Glassman, Juliana Bernstein, and Watchara

 


ABOUT DO LAB

 

Based in Los Angeles, Do LaB’s mission is to craft experience as art and bring communities together. In addition to Woogie Weekend, Do LaB is well known for creating unique art installations/stages and curating cutting-edge acts at Coachella in addition to producing the West Coast’s premiere camping, art, yoga, and music festival, Lightning in a Bottle and the 2012 Winter Solstice event The Great Convergence, which took place at the pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Do LaB’s work has also been showcased at Virgin Music Festival, Global Gathering, Dirtybird Campout, Portugal’s Boom Festival and many other international events.

 

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A Tale of an Enchanted Forest

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A Tale of an Enchanted Forest

Enchanted Forest Festival is occurring this weekend in Northern California, and I guarantee you, this is not one you would want to miss.  The music is incendiary, the speakers are educational, and undeniably interesting, and yogis will be traveling from all ends of the world to bring you their transformative magic.  Celebrated as NorCal's "premiere conscious living, music, and movement festival", this event takes place on the hallowed ground of Black Oak Ranch, known for its history with Grateful Dead and other heavy hitters. 

Headliners include Shpongle, the Polish Ambassador, PantyRaid, and Aylo Nereo. Some of the workshops include Therapetuic Lap Dancing, the Sensual Art of Spanking (oh my!), the Conscious Carnivore, Conscious Speed Dating, Make Love Like a Goddess, a class in Environmental Studies and Thai Massages. I can't fail to mention that there will also be a Dr. Bronner's Foam Party combined with amazing techno beats occurring all day long. There will be art sculptures galore, conscious creatives, and a friendly sharing atmosphere that can be found within the culture of those who attend conscious festivals. 

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If you do plan on making the well worthy journey up to Medocino County, the creators of Enchanted Forest suggest that you bring a gift along! An idea would be to make a beautiful sign to put next to your tent with an uplifting message, or positive affirmation, like "YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! Or FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS, YOU BEAUTIFUL CREATURE! Or YOU ARE LOVE!" Just ideas, but you get the gist. With the violence, and fear based politics occurring so prevalently in the United States at the moment, we could all use some healing, and progressive inspiration on how to positively expand our influence in an unbalanced world.

 

Buy your tickets HERE, and get packing. We have a weekend filled with magic to partake in!

 

 

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Do Lab's Woogie Weekend

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Do Lab's Woogie Weekend

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Perfectly positioned between Los Angeles and San Diego at the beautiful Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California, conscious festival-goers will be congregating to celebrate the beginning of a very sexy summer. With the heat we have been experiencing on the West Coast the past few weeks we can’t think of anything more satiating than getting wet beneath the sounds of deep house beats of some of our favorite DJs at the Do Lab’s second annual Woogie Weekend.  As with all the Do Lab’s festivals, this is a place to experience authenticity of self, while dancing until you collapse in content exhaustion, and then wake up again to do yoga at dawn.  Headliners this year include Benoit & Sergio, BLOND:ISH, Claptone, Damian Lazarus, Eli & Fur, Kidnap Kid, Mathew Jonson (live), Oliver Huntemann, and TȂCHES

If you're looking for what to wear to this wet n' wild weekend, make sure to bring your most exotic and colorful, and a swimsuit.  Also, Southern California is still a desert and it gets a bit nippily at night, so don't forget your faux furs, leathers, or simply find someone pleasing to the spirit to cuddle up to. 

Check out this playlist created for you to get a taste of what is to come.  

Party starts July 8th and ends July 10th. Buy your tickets here! We wouldn’t want you to miss it.

 

 

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Los Angeles unveils new multicultural Fashion Line: Swaje

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Los Angeles unveils new multicultural Fashion Line: Swaje

A new Los Angeles brand launches this weekend in downtown LA that celebrates diversity, craftsmanship, and artistic expression.  Created by mother-daughter team, Imani and Carolyn Quinn, SWAJE reflects in a wearable form the multicultural world that has developed out of the ever-swirling melting pot that we, in the United States, call home.  

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Behold the Goddess: Sacred Dance at Lightning in a Bottle 2016

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Behold the Goddess: Sacred Dance at Lightning in a Bottle 2016

Behold the Goddess in her element. Grounded in nature, surrounded by intentions of sisterhood and brotherhood. Raw and real in her emotions. She is bold in her creativity and free in her movement.

 

At Lightning in a Bottle, a safe haven to revere and call upon the Goddess* is created from the ground up at a time in history when an environment welcoming of the feminine, is still an extreme novelty. At a time when women remain afraid to walk the street alone in broad daylight without being verbally or physically harassed, when women die from botched circumcision, the very right for her to reveal the upper half of her body is considered a sex offense, this is no small feat.

 

Yet at San Antonio Recreation Center in Bradley, CA, once a year and for 5 days, this is a reality. Here, the rumblings of resurgence are undeniable. Balance is restored for a weekend, and the sensation reverberates into the daily lives of everyone who attends.

 

One powerful way in which Lightning in a Bottle facilitates this is through the medium of movement. The practice of Dance as Sacred is a cornerstone of this experience. LIB creates a sanctuary and catalyst for the Rise and expression of a fully embodied Feminine energy*. Each creatrix, not only standing in her power, but calling upon others to do so as well.

 

 

 

The most resonating and direct of these moments was during The Lucent Dossier Experience performance. After the visual decadence of aerialist Alicia Marie, and captivating contortion, the closing number highlighted the purpose of this performance at large. Director of Lucent and Co-Founder of Lightning in a Bottle, Dream Rockwell, took the mic to bellow across the mesmerized audience:

 

 

 

“I AM YOU”

 

 

 

 

 

Elevated above the stage and speaking with profound resolve, Dream’s speech was a call to each of us that whatever our heart begs for us to create is possible. Hearing the Co-Founder of this festival insist that we are one was a moment of nearly tangible empowerment in action. Underlining that, performing at an elevated position can be an invitation to each of us to realize our own infinite potential. Rather than to get caught up in worship of what occurs on the stage, to hold ourselves accountable in realizing our own abilities. It is through a willingness to be a messenger of authenticity and to delve deeply into truth that Dream consistently brings LIB as a collective consciousness, even higher.

 

Today sensuality is misunderstood, embedded in demi-mondes, mired in myth and shame ridden. Yet the women of LIB claim and proclaim their right to stand in their power and in their pleasure, allowing others to bear witness as they open their hearts and tunes into their womb. By doing so, they invite us to do the same. These courageous women give us examples of what empowered femininity looks like at a time when it is all around too scarce.

 

On the ground level, Tribal Fusion Performer and teacher Zoe Jakes addressed her workshop saying “As a woman, and as a man, you have permission to feel sensual. So feel powerful in this movement!”. She invited each of us to explore the sensual movement of belly dance on our own bodies. Not to shy away from it, but to own it. In her performances and alongside her troupe, House of Tarot, she tapped into a wide range of emotion- leading her audience through the dark and the lighthearted, demonstrating the limitlessness of femininity in an era where this word is too often depicted as 2 dimensional.  Her performance alongside Stellamara was as enchanting as powerful in its demonstration of strength, evoking a current of emotion.

 

Perhaps the most erotic performance we had ever witnessed was Kamali Minter’s fearless, unrehearsed dance of her rawest self before her partner, which she courageously invited all to watch. In her workshop titled, Tantric Lap Dance, she invited each of us to honor our womb space as we practiced tantric breathing and allowed ourselves to be fully seen before a partner.  She instructed us to trust our womb to reveal the most pleasurable movement we could experience next and to surrender to it. In watching her brave demonstration, we were each called to rise with our freest dance.

 

 

 

Each performance and experience a world unto itself. Aya Serpent delivered an exotic dance, erotically charged with reverence of female as enchantress. Meanwhile Jacqui Lalita led a workshop titled Sultry World Dance Odyssey. Yoga of Bass took us all on a journey from yoga to dance as we felt bass vibrate the mulch beneath our backs. Paradox led us on multiple journeys of Balinese Monkey Chant, a profound experience of community through chant and repetitive movement.

 

Of course, Sacred Dance doesn’t end in workshops, nor does it end on the stage. Throughout the course of the weekend, you can witness individuals having their own spiritual awakenings throughout the land. As expressed by Rochelle Schieck, teacher of Qoya, who taught multiple times over the course of the weekend,

“One reason I loved teaching Qoya at LIB  is Qoya is based on the idea through movement we remember.  We remember our essence is wise, wild and free.  In a festival environment where so many people dance all night long, we are all connecting to what we know innately.”

Dance has been intertwined with rituals of the Feminine since as far back as history has been recorded. Yet we have forgotten it. Sold it, commercialized it, burned it, sexualized and soiled it. Today, we must work twice as hard to reclaim it as integral. Not that it needs validating, but that mass commitment to this freedom is necessary to move forward with intentions of balance and liberation of the feminine and masculine energy within each of us. Thus with the individuals who participate- from the performers to the speakers, teachers, and the festival goers- this weekend is infused with this message from the ground up and from the top down. Ensuring that we all meet in the middle. Now it is our duty to bring this back to our communities, hold space for it within ourselves, and create change on a global scale.

 

*** An important note to make is that when referring to the Goddess, Divine Feminine, Femininity, Feminine energy, it is understood that each individual regardless of gender possesses a spectrum of energy- feminine and masculine. In this article, we primarily honor the women who carry the torch of empowered femininity. However, the role of masculine energy, and men of LIB play an integral role in creating a space of safety, security, and openness for this energy to circulate freely.


Written by Alyssa Aparicio

Alyssa writes to live life twice. As a professional dancer and music journalist, she applies her study of anthropology to the cultural phenomenon of the modern music festival. From SXSW to Lightning in a Bottle, Electric Zoo to EDC, she has traveled extensively performing in and writing about her experiences at the world's most anticipated events. Alyssa is Creative Director & Co Founder of WildSpice Magazine and Art Director of The Carnavalesque Beauty Movement. AlyssaAparicio.com

 

Photography By Talltree

Talltree is a freelance photographer and videographer by trade. His specialty? Creating honest art. "The challenge is recognizing what you truly feel and then figuring out a way to express it in a pure form, without filtering too much of the original feeling in the process. The beauty though is that the piece will most likely change into something you weren't expecting, expressing and meaning more than what you began with." See more of his work at Talltree.co

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Lightning in a Bottle  2016 Giveaway!

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Lightning in a Bottle 2016 Giveaway!

Enter to Win an Ultimate Lightning in a Bottle 2016 Festival VIP Package!

 

Masterful event creators and production innovators, Do LaB, are offering an incredible opportunity to win the ultimate VIP package for the 11th annual Lightning in a Bottle music, arts, yoga and camping festival taking place Memorial Day Weekend May 25-30, 2016 at San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA.

 

World-renowned as California’s premiere camping, music, and art boutique festival, Lightning in a Bottle brings together a community of inspired individuals, internationally acclaimed musicians, enlightening speakers and illuminating workshops designed to expand the mind and open the heart. This year’s festival features musical headliners Chet FakerJamie XXGrimesTokimonstaGuy GerberCashmere CatFour Tet, and over 300+ artists performing over multiple majestically structured stages. Additionally, LIB features visionary artists and interactive zones including The Village, the Grand ArtiqueAmori’s CafeKid’s Village, and Lucent Temple of Consciousness with an expanded Learning KitchenHealing SanctuaryMeditation NestMystery SchoolPineal Playground, two yoga tents and more. For a peek inside the magic of LIB, watch the 2016 Lightning in a Bottle Official Video or learn more by visiting the Lightning in a Bottle website - click here to purchase tickets.

 

 

Do LaB’s Lightning in a Bottle 2016 Prize Packages Include:

 

Grand Prize “Ultimate LIB VIP Package” (One Winner)

  • Two passes to LIB 2016
  • Two Early Arrival passes which will allow LIB pass holders entry into the festival when gates open on Wednesday May 25, 2016
  • LIB Uber Great Camping Experience which includes
    • One 16' Luxury Canvas Bell accommodations with interior height of 9'8" and 200 sq ft of living space which will include one full size elevated bed complete with real mattress, fresh linens, shower towels, indoor furniture, lighting, power outlets, personal cooler w/ complimentary ice, outdoor seating area, and access to upgraded restroom suites with full length mirrors.
    • Two keepsake Lightning in a Bottle water bottles
    • Two lush lounge visitor wristbands for friends not staying in boutique
    • On-site concierge service
    • One Welcome package from LIB sponsors
  • Two tickets to a Sit-Down Dinner at one of the LIB boutique environments - Amori’s Cafe, Giggle Juice Cafe, or The Last Supper Club
  • Two LIB 2016 Official T-Shirts

Second Tier Prize (One Winner)

  • Two LIB festival tickets + One on-site Car Camping Pass

Third Tier Prizes (Five Winners)

  • One Free Pizza from the Dough LaB on site at Lightning in a Bottle

Please read below for the list of rules before you enter the giveaway. Contest will close on Sunday May 1, 2016 at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be notified by email on May 2, 2016 - Good Luck!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

Contest Rules:

  • Entries can be submitted until May 1 at 11:59PM PST.
  • Entries are handled through the Rafflecopter widget above. You may enter without any obligation to social media accounts, but you can gain extra entries through social media shares.
  • Your email address is required so we can get in touch with you if you win, but it will not be given out to any third parties.
  • Must be 18+ to enter. Contestants can come from anywhere in the world but need valid ID. Travel out to the Lightning in a Bottle festival will not covered.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly. One (1) winner will receive VIP Prize Package, One (1) winner will win the Second Tier Prize, and Five (5) winners will receive the Third Tier Prize.
  • Winners will be notified via email. Winners must respond within three days of being contacted to redeem prize. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen at random. Make sure that the email account you use to enter the contest includes your real name and a working email.
  • Prize packages are part of a promotional giveaway and non-transferable.

 

STAY CONNECTED! 
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Temple Days Recap- A Lightning in a Bottle Pre Event

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Temple Days Recap- A Lightning in a Bottle Pre Event

As a first timer at the 2nd annual Temple Days, the biggest trip wasn’t a 3 hour drive into the desert but the fact that this familiar experience was created within a building. Without the packing, hours drive, and sense of newness one feels at the first sight of an open field on the ride out of a big city to Lightning in a Bottle, it was almost jarring. To arrive at the door of Wanderlust Hollywood and be met with the vibe of the Temple made the wheels spin in my mind… could this feeling be accessible even in this urban setting?

In a place notorious for its tendency to be fake, Hollywood was the scene of this urban getaway for truth seekers. 4 stories of a departure from the normal Saturday. Meeting old friends and connecting with strangers, multiple yoga and dance classes, opening your heart, taking in sun, experiencing new art, exploring new subjects. All in the most welcoming of a space, Wanderlust Hollywood. Its large windows complete with view to the sky (ok and maybe some construction) and bright open rooms in which to stretch out and learn allowed for the perfect home for an LIB pre party.

Attendees weren’t crusted in dust, half (or fully) naked, nor were there extravagant light displays. Yet, without the “distractions” of festival dramatization, there was undoubtedly that familiar feeling of camaraderie. That knowledge that each person around you longed to go deeper. That infinite sense that there is so much to be learned, so much to be celebrated. Over the course of the day, it became clearer to me that this foundation unites this community even without costume and within a different circumstance.

Arriving and immediately wandering into Rochelle Schiek’s Qoya class, we were navigated directly from mind and into body.  A collective catharsis began to unravel us and plug us into something greater. Rather than the thoughts whirring around our minds as we got off the 101 just minutes before, bodily wisdom began to lead. The underlying teaching of Qoya is that “through movement we remember, we remember our essence is wise, wild, and free”. And through this session of meditative yet wild dancing, we were unlocked and in a state of openness that would allow us to absorb the proceeding speakers and workshops in a state of wonder and gratitude.

Next a Q & A with Bashar in which he explained the importance of acting on your excitement, one by one and in the moment. Experiencing a channel-er of this nature can change one’s whole perception of what is possible. Especially reassuring as always to hear him underline the fact that “What you put out is what you get back… It’s formulas. It’s physics.”  

Angelic Breathing with Madeline Giles allowed us to channel for ourselves. Her deeply guided meditation brought us each to a space where we could elicit and communicate with the guardian angels who she insists are always around us watching over us and sending us messages constantly.

Eva Clay & Robert Kandell’s discussion of Sex & Love Games gave us each a new perspective on the ways we avoid telling ourselves and our partners the truth about our feelings and authentic selves. Powerful eye gazing and sharing activities connected us as a community in search of deepening our potential for partnership and intimacy.

Conscious vendors included HoneyColony with their line of superfoods and CBD oil complete with commitment to high quality, honest products. Also present was Sanae Intoxicants Hand-blended Natural Perfumes with natural, hand blended perfumes.

With a closing yoga and dance party led by FreQ Nasty of Yoga of Bass followed by DJ Tasha Blank, the process of blossoming and then celebrating said blossoming was realized. All on one of the first days of spring well before the onset of festival season. What a beautiful day overflowing with gratitude for the present moment.

And that was just the sampler! We can’t wait to see you at this year’s Lightning in a Bottle. Check out the lineup and get your tickets here: LIB 2016


Written by Alyssa Aparicio

Photography by Kelli Radwanski

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Hawaii Retreat w/ Zoe Jakes & Kami Liddle Recap Video

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Hawaii Retreat w/ Zoe Jakes & Kami Liddle Recap Video

We present to you, a deep dive into the art of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance through our in depth recap of the Hawaii Retreat with Zoe Jakes & Kami Liddle.

Picture this: you receive the opportunity to disappear off of the map and immerse yourself entirely in your passion, do you take it? 

Seven full days into the jungles of The Big Island of Hawaii to dedicate your entire focus to a deep dive into the art form that keeps your heart pulsating. You disappear into the lush greenery of Hawaiian rainforest to indulge in a thorough immersion into said art, intimately guided by masters of your craft. 

In summary, this is the Hawaii Retreat with Zoe Jakes & Kami Liddle.

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Videographer: Talltree

Talltree is a freelance photographer and videographer by trade. His specialty? Creating honest art. "The challenge is recognizing what you truly feel and then figuring out a way to express it in a pure form, without filtering too much of the original feeling in the process. The beauty though is that the piece will most likely change into something you weren't expecting, expressing and meaning more than what you began with."

See more of his work at Talltreetreeoflight.com.

 

Creative Director: Alyssa Aparicio

 

Alyssa writes to live life twice. As visual artist and writer, she applies her study of anthropology to the exploration of sacred dance and the cultural phenomenon of the modern music festival. Alyssa is Creative Director & Co Founder of WildSpice Magazine and Co-Founder of Flash The Abyss.          

 AlyssaAparicio.com


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Amber Rose, Kanye West, and Why You Can’t Fight Slut Shaming with Slut Shaming

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Amber Rose, Kanye West, and Why You Can’t Fight Slut Shaming with Slut Shaming

I have a love-hate relationship with Amber Rose and Kanye West. Derogatory labeling. Gender inequality. These are the things that Amber Rose has dedicated her life and career to ending. So why, after Kanye threw some serious shade at her and her ex Wiz Kalifia via Twitter, was Rose’s first instinct to publicly shame Kanye for what he likes in bed? You know the phrase “You can’t fight fire with fire”? It seems to me that you can’t fight slut shaming with slut shaming, either.

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Hawaii Retreat with Zoe Jakes & Kami Liddle

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Hawaii Retreat with Zoe Jakes & Kami Liddle

Picture this: you receive the opportunity to disappear off of the map and immerse yourself entirely in your passion, do you take it? 

Seven full days into the jungles of The Big Island of Hawaii to dedicate your entire focus to a deep dive into the art form that keeps your heart pulsating. You disappear into the lush greenery of Hawaiian rainforest to indulge in a thorough immersion into said art, intimately guided by masters of your craft. 

In summary, this is the Hawaii Retreat with Zoe Jakes & Kami Liddle.

The Founder and Organizer of the retreat, Kalae Kaina is a loving, soulful energy that keeps the intentions and flow of the week that of serenity. A native to the island of Oahu, Kalae created this event as a way to bring students and teachers to Hawaii where previously no Tribal Fusion community existed. Since she began inviting and uniting, the community has blossomed and this retreat has been ongoing successfully for the past 5 years. It is led by two of the most revered dancers of our generation: Zoe Jakes and Kami Liddle. As you spend your days learning from these inspiring women, you also get to know them. They do not just dictate from their podium and then disappear elusively immediately after. Together you share meals, laughs, constructive criticism and deep conversation.

Zoe and Kami’s styles of teaching are incredibly complimentary. Zoe takes us on a journey of the styles that have influenced her most during her career and that she continues to diligently study. She teaches with the principal that once you become exhausted, your body is more susceptible to truly learning movement. Thus, her classes are packed with drills, intricate choreography, and repetition. The hours pass with a sense that you have physically and mentally challenged yourself intensely. Yet Zoe's sense of humor, storytelling, and quirky musical choices keep you wildly entertained and hanging on her every word. 

In class with Kami, a sense that you are being held is prevalent. Her steady demeanor and gentle way of teaching is a great comfort as you break down and drill your movement from the basics up. Incorporating her studies of the Bartenief method and core-distal movement, the foundation of our physical structure is dissected by reflecting on our limbs’ connection to our core. She delights us with her elegant poise and neo vintage belly dance fusion choreography. In her lecture and in her classes she invites us to explore our personal style with a commitment to moving how our body feels called to move.

40+ scheduled hours of dance (not including the after hours parties). Surrounded by supportive and equally invested individuals who do not fear taking a leap of faith to increase their body wisdom. The uninterrupted and unfettered kind. Not the kind that is distracted by text message, cooking meals, or daily transportation headaches. At Kalani Retreat Center, located in Pahoa, an oasis of self exploration thrives. Surrounded by green grass and tropical flora & fauna, you are encouraged to move at your own pace and to be present to your immediate surroundings. With the roaring ocean as your backyard, this is an ideal location to convene with the magnificence of nature. To acquire the internet here is an intentional challenge, thus you are encouraged you to toss your cell phone aside and engage with your fellow retreat goers and the incredibly friendly Kalani staff. 

Allow me to walk you through a day.

First, you arise with the sun to eat breakfast at Kalani’s buffet of extremely healthy options that fit your dietary needs, be it Carnivorous, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free or so on, there will be something scrumptious for you to eat. Next, get up close and personal with Zoe Jakes as you follow along with her daily practice of Odissi, Indian Step. Silhoutted by the early morning light, your body awakens as it steadily creates otherworldly shapes, and the whole room falls into a trance. Next up, a 3 hour belly dance intensive with Zoe in which you explore the meticulous detail of the pillar movements of Tribal Fusion. Following that, a much needed lunch break where you once again are met with a decadent buffet that will energize and nourish your needs. A dip in the clothing optional pool and jacuzzi and you are back on the dance floor and ready for the afternoon session with Kami Liddle. Her drills include a wide array of contemporary and jazz infused tribal style. As the sun sets, you are ready for a delicious dinner again at the buffet. A night of stargazing from the jacuzzi, a lecture on musicality or an Essential Oils for Dancers session later and you are pleasantly exhausted from a day of hard work and play. 

At this years Bless Hafla, students and retreat leaders alike had the opportunity to share their own performance. A rich variety of performance style and music awed the crowd of Kalani and Pahoa community members. Kami seduced us with two enchanting pieces while Zoe mesmerized us with an energetic, quirky performance and a very moving exploration of moving through loss. The following night, Zoe DJed as Pussy Monster at the Hawaiian Sanctuary delivering a twerk worthy set to a crowd of retreat goers and locals alike.

 

Overall this retreat is for passionate lovers of dance looking to enrich their practice, find their personal style, and expand their horizons. It is not only an ongoing drill of Tribal Fusion fundamentals, but also a survey of many styles including Traditional Belly Dance, Indian Odissi, Balkan, Thai, Balinese, and Contemporary Jazz Fusion. It is a depthful exploration of Dance Theory and an examination of your own personal style.

Don't miss your opportunity to join in on this one of a kind event. Keep up to date by following the Hawaii Retreat With Zoe Jakes & Kami Liddle Facebook Page

 

 

 

Stay tuned for our video recap of the week long experience! 


WRITTEN BY ALYSSA APARICIO 

Alyssa writes to live life twice. As visual artist and writer, she applies her study of anthropology to the exploration of sacred dance and the cultural phenomenon of the modern music festival. Alyssa is Creative Director & Co Founder of WildSpice Magazine and Co-Founder of Flash The Abyss.            AlyssaAparicio.com

 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: TALLTREE

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Talltree is a freelance photographer and videographer by trade. His specialty? Creating honest art. "The challenge is recognizing what you truly feel and then figuring out a way to express it in a pure form, without filtering too much of the original feeling in the process. The beauty though is that the piece will most likely change into something you weren't expecting, expressing and meaning more than what you began with."

See more of his work at Talltreetreeoflight.com.

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Symbiosis Gathering: Lingering Takeaways

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Symbiosis Gathering: Lingering Takeaways

Symbiosis may have come to a close weeks ago, but has it truly ended for you? Have you allowed it to trickle into the back of your memory like a hazy dream? During the weekend we had more than one moment when we promised ourselves things wouldn’t be the same when we returned. Did you?

If so we'd like to share some simple ways to jog that feeling of euphoria back to the forefront of your mind. Start now and open the gates for the experience to resonate with you just as deeply as the week you returned home.

 

Here are 6 actions that can establish visceral reminders of the ever impactful Symbiosis Gathering:

 

 

Continue to Learn

    Symbiosis is not a period at the end of summer, it is an ellipses… beckoning you to incorporate inspiring newness into the future that awaits. It is a gathering of like minded artists and creative thinkers… that also exist outside of the festival parenthesis of a weekend. By seeking out these teachers and artists, we allow ourselves to continue supporting this culture of transformation to make a lasting impact on ourselves and our society, rather than making an exception for one weekend a year. Did you have a yoga class that changed your life? Did you hear a speech that stirred you? Make it tangible in your real life. Go ahead and support Saul Williams revolutionary poetry by buying one of his  books. Seek out Dancehall Queen Shiva Ware and subscribe to her YouTube channel for inspiring videos and to applaud her movement. Listen to talks by Yoga of Bass on their Soundcloud. Order a mindblowing print from Hans Walor as a visual reminder that anything is possible.

 

 

Meditate on a Photo

    Studies show that meditating upon our meaningful photos often allow us to experience the feelings associated with these photographs on a deeply resonating level. By placing a photo from Symbiosis somewhere visible, or accessible, like on your phone, and intentionally meditating on this photograph daily, you can revisit the feelings of euphoria and purpose you felt in the moment it was taken. Who wouldn't want to remember that feeling of the midday sun reflecting off of the lake everyday?

 

 

Create a Playlist

    Chances are you heard some new music at Symbiosis that rocked your boat. Whether it was the breathtaking, mystical voice of Deya Dova or the trance inducing rhythms of Stellamara, there was tons of musicovery going on for 4 days straight. But it doesn’t have to stop there! Create a playlist that will remind you of your new and old favorites from performers at Symbiosis or find one that others have made on Soundcloud, Spotify or 8Tracks. You can continue to discover new music even after Woodward Reservoir is back to its normal state of silence. Why not listen to this playlist of favorites we’ve curated for you:

 


 

Create a Ritual

    How committed are you to feeling like your most ecstatic self daily? Enough to carve out just a few minutes for you to stir up the feeling in yourself? Whether its being outside at least once a day,intentionally viewing a sunrise or sunset, or taking time to disconnect from social media once a week, much of the invigorating feeling of being at a festival comes from severing our daily habits and cultivating the ability to be present. If we can make these practices part of our everyday experience, we will have succeeded at really taking something back home with us, rather than yearning for that festival experience as if it were a drug. Adding these elements into regular life creates a more sustainable relationship with festival life. Create a ritual that will return you to the synchronistic state of flow you experienced at Symbiosis. You can do so by asking yourself,  "What is it that I miss most about life at Symbiosis?"

 

 

Revisit Reflections

Certain lessons we learn and thoughts that strike our mind like lightning get recorded for remembrance and others float instantaneously away, never to reveal themselves again. Revisiting recorded revelations can prevent us from slipping back into doldrums that we once gained insight on how to avoid. We can even craft daily affirmations that act as poetic reminders of reflections we had on site.

One contributor, Elias Zwang painted a beautiful picture in his stirring reflection written early one morning at the Empire of Love:

September comes into my consciousness in waves, in storms, in sudden breezes and long sunsets, always too soon. It is the the season of harvest. It is the time of the equinox. The beginning of the end. The Symbiosis Gathering gathers itself at this time of transition, on the brink of everything, when the word symbiosis brings to mind acceptance of life’s seasonality, its fragility, and its constant change. The location: a dry, dusty peninsula jutting out into the noticeably depleted Woodward reservoir in the middle of California’s parched central valley. Every speck of dust and bone-dry cattail is a reminder of life’s inherent vulnerability, the threat it faces from human beings, and the threats human beings face from each other when critical resources become scarce. Wars have been fought for a lot less.

Situated at the crossroads of some of life’s great metaphors, Symbiosis is much more than just a music festival. It is a moment of spiritual truth-seeking, of intentional communality, of 10,000 individual streams of water suddenly becoming one torrential river, raging over the emotional blockages that once dominated their paths, pulled towards the promise of spiritual transcendence through the experience of art.  If only for a few days, its revelers attempt to summon a collective consciousness, yes, to celebrate great music and visual art, but also to imbue the celebration with a sense of reverence, of hope, and even of worship.

                                                                                                                                                                    -Elias Zwang

Revisit reflections often and craft them into daily affirmations for a long lasting effect.

 

Watch This Official Recap:

Revisit this magical land that was created and broken down all for one weekend of euphoria... and of course for the memories that will last ever after.


Written by WildSpice Co-Founder Alyssa Aparicio. Follow her @Flash_The_Abyss

Photos by Kosuke Haga. Follow him on Facebook or check out his blog www.poachedeggquest.com

 

 

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