Three years ago a fellow green blogger and friend of mine mentioned she was attending a festival called Lightning in a Bottle (LIB). I had never heard of it, but her coverage on the event really sparked my interest; she had me when she described it as "Coachella for the greener" and "Burning Man with an eco-twist". Last year I was invited to attend to do press coverage and I was deeply disapointed I couldn't make it, so this July I'm determined to go and share my experiences with you! If you're looking for an inspiring escape from the day-to-day, here's why you should join me at the 9th annual positive and uplifting experience instead of waiting for my video documentation.
The motto for this year's LIB is "Choose Your Adventure" and the organizers have an ongoing mission to "craft experience as art and bring communities together." This boutique music and arts festival features spiritual living workshops and various demonstrations of conscious sustainability. I'm especially excited about the Lucent Temple, which is built out of recycled and found objects and will include over 300 different experiences in yoga, workshops, speakers and exotic world music. Their commitment to the planet is impressive - they offer
- free filtered water (bring your resusable bottles!)
- stages and art from rapidly renewable and reused materials, LED stage lighting
- renewable energy fuel sources: biodiesel runs light towers, generators, camping shuttles, and crew vehicles
- net zero energy through carbon offsets
- workshops on easy, low cost, do-it-yourself (DIY) ways to lower resource use, driving, purchasing, packaging, and learn to grow food and make resources
Many people attend LIB for the auditory experience alone. I admit, I'm not tuned into the independent music scene at all - the only act I recornized from the 2013 lineup is William Close and the Earth Harp Collective, whom produces extradionary tunes. Hailed headliners include Purity Ring, who recently rocked Coachella, as well as Nicolas Jaar, Rusko, Tycho, Paper Diamond, Emancipator, PANTyRAiD, Lee Burridge, GRiZ.
Lightning in a Bottle - A film by Smash LeFunK from The Do LaB on Vimeo.
If I do attend LIB it will be my first time at an art-meets-spiritualty festival. I've never been to Coachella, Burning Man, Bhakti Fest, Lucidity Outside Lands. I'm fascinated by the transformative experiences friends of mine have had. Have you been to any of these events? Why or not? What do you think of LIB and do you intend on going this year?
Lightning in A Bottle: July 11-15 at Lake Skinner in Temecula, CA.