Last month I was lucky enough to go to Lightning In A Bottle for free with my friend Jason, thanks to KXSC. This amazing music, art and movement festival takes place in California, this year about half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Though I had never been, I had heard good things and was excited. Surprisingly, the fest exceeded all expectations.
Tickets included free camping. I woke up every morning and went to a free yoga class. Then I spent all day going to inspiring talks and workshops under big oak trees on everything from permaculture to qigong to feminism to mandala drawing. When things cooled off in the evenings, I wandered back and forth among the three main stages dancing the night away to the best up-and-coming electronica talents, as well as a couple established greats. This comprehensive, and well-organized approach to producing a festival created a unique and palpable culture that touched all facets of the event and engendered a lot of positive vibes. It felt like only friendly, kind, fantastic people were in attendance. In short, I felt like it offered up the best of both Coachella and Burning Man with very few of the drawbacks. It was just what I needed, and I recommend it to everyone.
I took over a hundred photos, but the few below give a good overview of the general scene. If you want to have a better idea of what it sounded like, you can stream my recap podcast here.