After a full fortnight, we here at Blisstival reflect on the magic moments in time and space when mythic dreams collided with hard reality at the Lucidity Festival in Santa Barbara, California. Tucked away in a lush crevasse of the Santa Ynez Valley, an estimated 8,000 dream seekers came to realize a colorful waking life at the Live Oak Camp where Lucidity grounded its festival roots.
Only in its second year, Lucidity produced a truly amazing event for all those who came (especially yours truly here at Blisstival!). Using a Go Pro fixed to a DJI Phantom (remote control mini helicopter), innovative videographer, Trent Siggard captured the multifaceted, multimedia wonderland where the theme of spirit animal totems framed the fest with rich, wild character.
‘California Dweamn and business boxer’ Photo courtesy of David Pricco
Running a perceived risk of holding the fest during the same dates as the opening week of Coachella, the Lucidity crew committed to the event for their faithful festies and to the quality experience they created.
What did they offer that Coachella didn’t? A focus on expanding consciousness, mind-altering artwork, active participation, green camp living and heaps of healing cuisine. Lucidity producers also strongly encouraged festival goers to engage in radical co-creation by inviting attendees to build their own themed community camps.
With “The Totem’s Return” theme, attendees were invited to awaken their spirit animals to initiate an understanding of a deep rooted nature that perceives and acts from intuition and instinct, rather than the spinning thoughts of ordinary human self.
‘Animal spirit awakens for Lucid Dreamer Brian Barnicle’ Photo courtesy of David Pricco
Lux Moderna facilitated an opening ceremony where participants were guided through a moving meditation to honor and activate consciousness, and “invoke the blessings of the Spirits, unify as One Heart, offering ourselves fully to the realization of The Dream.”
Afterwards, invigorated animal spirits were set free to dance, feast, pray and play for three days through the audio, visual, culinary woodlands of Lucidity!
‘Giraffe Animal Spirit’ Photo courtesy of David Pricco
A Pandora’s box of multi-sensory activities were offered through interactive, fine art, dynamic DJs, World Sound stages and global gourmet offerings. Workshops of all wonders were held to explore unique educational opportunities that were endless in their variety…
One could learn, of course, “How to Lucid Dream”, or uncover hidden skills in flow arts and fire dance with a sword, fan, poi or bow staff. Yoga and martial arts classes of all kinds helped festies stretch their minds, bodies and souls in the Warrior’s Arena, while others restored themselves with ayurveda, somatic, or aroma therapies and a multitude of massage arts in the I Am Healing Tent constructed by the Sacred Spaces Village.
‘The Way Bhakti Fest Warriors Train’ Photo courtesy of David Pricco
In the throbbing heart of the Lucid City laid the Branches Fine Art Gallery. A cozy space where attendees could admire a stunning display of mind-blowing masterpieces by established and emerging Visionary Artists such as Michael Divine, Hans Walor and Brian Paul Smith (fractal art pictured below) while sipping a warm cup of fresh brewed Puer tea.
Fractal Art and Puer for the People-Photo Courtesy of David Pricco
Onlookers stopped in the their dancing tracks transfixed by the work of Darren Minke during live paintings he produced on the path toward the main Lucid Stage. Minke is featured in Alchemistas- Beyond the Veil, a newly released, multimedia Visionary Arts book composed of collective works from the most progressive and active individuals within in the current conscious art community.
Live oil stain painting by Visionary Artist Darren Minke
Other highlights included a screening of breakthrough festival documentary The Bloom Series Episode 1, the first ever to be projected at a transformational festival since its 2013 Spring release.The Zeitgeist Movement Dome encapsulated a truly giving space in which all Zeitgeist media materials including full feature DVDs were free for the taking to spread awareness and education about The Venus Project and a sustainable, resource-based economy.
We danced ourselves delirious each night to the heart-pounding bass and ethereal sounds of headlining world music DJs including Phuturprimitive, Zion I, ill.Gates and Kaminanda. Our hip-hop and trap taste buds were tickled by Liberation Movement, Luminaries and Tropo.
Other small-stage day acts kept the lucid vibration nation alive from the classical, beat-box stylings of Cello Joe, to the hard, sexy House spun by DJ Hogg and afternoon Jungle pumping by Porkchop. And, we of course got bhaved out while chanting with the Kirtaniyas and in the Hare Krishna Dome. Into the wee hours, we kept kickin’ around our dancing feet at the Silent Disco in the Audiowaska woods. Always a good nightcap!
‘Dance the Day Away’ Photo courtesy of David Pricco
‘Krishnas are always the last to cap out!’ Photo courtesy of David Pricco
We nourished ourselves with alchemic food creations after exhausting energy adventuring through the electric Lucid Forrest with sustainable bites served by Lydia’s Lovin Cuisine, Organic Circus Cafe, Sol Food Kitchen, and Harvest Santa Barbara who provided a fresh farmer’s market daily. Many other veggie friendly vendors served various plates of pure, delicious food love.
On Sunday, we surrounded an Intention Tree with our Blisstival hearts burst wide open during a sundown ceremony centered in the Healer’s Sanctuary. We offered our most sincere gratitude for the Lucidity Fest experience while Om-ing and swaying in a close circle of sacred reverie.
In what evolved to be the most spiritual, suspended moment of time spent at Lucidity, we honored Mother Earth, Father Sky, Sister Moon and Brother Stars for the bounty and the beauty we were blessed with during the transformative trio of days. We couldn’t have been more blissed basking in refreshing rays of sunshine, wandering under starry Spring nights.
Lucidity proved not to be a dreamy illusion, but rather a consecrated space grounded in reality where the pillars of co-creative community, divine arts, inspiring vibration and rising consciousness are holding up a natural home where all those in the One World Family are warmly welcome.
Look up Towards the Future of Transformative Fests’ Photo courtesy of David Pricco