The Lucent Temple Of Consciousness Relaxes and Recharges Attendees at Lightning in a Bottle – A Look Back at LIB 2012 Part 2 of 5

Photo by Greg Peterson.

Words by: @DukeDuRock

Featured photo by: Daniel Jung

At this year’s Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) festival, more people than ever before explored the Lucent Temple of Consciousness, which has become ‘that special spot on top of the hill’ at Oak Canyon Ranch where attendees can relax, recharge and re-imagine what is possible.

“I feel like every year it just gets better and better,” said Dream Rockwell, founder of the Lucent Dossier Experience, who curates the Lucent Temple of Consciousness at LIB. “More people are making their way up the hill and taking in the yoga, classes, speakers, amazing world influenced music and good vibes!

“This area is really my home in the festival and favorite place.” -Oshan Anand

Rockwell added, “I think we’re like that secret location at LIB. We’re like a restaurant or club without a sign that you have to know about or search a little for, but once you find it, it is like a reward and then you want to tell everyone about it. The crowds were bigger than ever this year and I feel super grateful to all the people who came to the top of the mountain and shared in the experience.”

Photo by Aaron Gautschi.

Lucent Temple 2012 Redesign

This year the Lucent Temple of Consciousness grew considerably in both size and scope. It was completely redesigned by the vision of Brent “Shrine” Spears, who worked closely with his Lucent Dossier partner Rockwell and a talented team to create the all-new area.

“I loved Shrine’s installations at the Temple of Consciousness,” gushed Gianna DeFlice, who curates the yoga offerings at LIB. “I stayed up one night and watched the sunrise from the Temple; there was something so magical about Shrine’s art against the sunrise that I will never forget.”

“The added emphasis this year on the Lucent Temple of Consciousness has been really impressive,” offered Oshan Anand, whose Om Shan Tea yurt was back by popular demand, once again providing a soothing refuge for festival-goers and a place to connect on a deeper level. “This area is really my home in the festival and favorite place.”

Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom.

Photo by Daniel Jung.

Lucent Temple Offers Something For Everybody

From incredible sunrises, to afternoon yoga sessions and late night chilled vibes, the Lucent Temple of Consciousness is the area at LIB where attendees can come to exhale and really bask in the welcoming environment of the festival.

“A festival which is full of light, celebration, love and possibilities and good music, is really a platform for the next stage of evolution.” -Dr. Michael Beckwith

“Up here at the Lucent Temple, you have a lot of serenity,” said Ken Colgan, who at 51 was attending LIB for the first time. “It’s very quiet and meditative, so over the course of four days here, you need a little bit of that to recharge the batteries. Later in the evening when you want to let some energy out, you head down the hill to do some dancing and just let it all go. Then you come back up here to rejuvenate.”

“It’s just unconditional love here, added his friend, Doug Hetrick, 63, who was attending his third LIB. “There’s acceptance of everyone to be here. It’s the most loving vibration of any of the festivals that I’ve ever been to.”

Photo by Greg Peterson featuring Mirabai Devi.

Born to be Part of LIB

Both Colgan and Hetrick were thrilled to stumble upon one of The Lucent Temple’s insightful speakers, celebrated author Mirabai Devi, who was attending her first LIB after a warm invitation from Rockwell.

“That’s my mission; to bring people into the light.” -Mirabai Devi

“I was given her book called ‘Samadi’ by my mom almost 10 years ago and it has sat on my bedside table all these years,” recalled Rockwell. “I open it and read it whenever I’m in distress and I have gotten so much insight from that book. To me it’s one of the greatest books ever written. The people of LIB have given so much to me and to Lucent Dossier over the years, so I wanted to give back and for me, she was my gift back to all the amazing LIB’ers.”

“I was ecstatic when I got her email and I said, ‘Dream, this is my dream. This is what I was born for,’” recalled Devi, who also gave the introduction to Lucent Dossier’s main stage performance. “I hope that everybody who came to my workshop notices that they feel good and have more light in their bodies and their pain has gone away. To know that whatever they are presently working through in their lives that they have help. That’s my mission; to bring people into the light.”

Photo by Greg Peterson featuring Michael Beckwith.

Inspiring the Next Generation

The insight and inspiration that can be gleamed from speakers like first-timer Mirabai Devi or a festival favorite such as Dr. Michael Beckwith, is one of the reasons that makes attending LIB so unique. This year the magic from the top of the hill was also brought down onto the main stages, providing a bigger platform to allow for even more people to experience this aspect of LIB.

I remember being here last year and I loved the enthusiasm,” explained Beckwith, who is the founder of the renowned international spiritual center, Agape. “I loved all the different age demographics and the young people who are all available to be part of the next wave of change on our planet.”

“The young people here have all of the verve and creativity, Beckwith continued. “They haven’t sold themselves out to a decadent system. So they are still available to something new happening. A festival which is full of light, celebration, love and possibilities and good music, is really a platform for the next stage of evolution. I’m incredibly happy to be here because at a festival like this, you’re seeing life ooze out from everywhere. What we do at Agape is similar to what’s going on here. Providing the context for people to have insights so that they can break out of the paradigm that they are living in now and live the life that they are meant to live.”

“I have to say that I really love LIB,” added Devi. “It’s an incredible festival and I’m very genuine when I say that. This festival has been really spiritual to me. Everybody here is treated with honor and respect and is valued.”

Temple Vibes Set to Increase at Rise & Shine Gathering

The combination of elements that make up the Lucent Temple of Consciousness will be taking center stage at The Do LaB’s first annual Rise and Shine gathering this October, which will expand ‘that special spot on top of the hill,’ to cover the entire grounds at the beautiful Hummingbird Nest Ranch.

“I think that people can expect to have an entire festival with the warm charming vibe of the temple blooming up everywhere,” Rockwell previewed. “We’re all very excited to share more yoga, workshops, delicious music and love with everyone so our focus is shifting. I actually think the world is shifting and we’re responding to the shift.”

That shift was definitely felt at LIB this year as the positive energy emanating from the open minds at the top of the hill rewarded all the hard work of Rockwell, Spears and their entire team.

“I will tell you truthfully that coming into this year’s festival I was super exhausted and couldn’t even imagine how I was going to physically make it through the weekend,” said Rockwell. “But the moment everyone began to arrive, the love and energy was so delicious and full. I was energized all weekend and had the time of my life. It’s really the people who support the festival that make the magic in the end. That’s what’s so amazing about the festival experience.”

Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom.

The Do LaB thanks Dream Rockwell, Brent “Shine” Spears, their talented team and of course the artists, speakers, teachers, yogi’s and especially YOU who helped to make this year’s time at the Lucent Temple of Consciousness so unforgettable.

Check out more photos from Lightning in a Bottle on our Facebook page.

Tell us about YOUR magical moments at the Lucent Temple of Consciousness in the comments section below.


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A Look Back at Lightning in a Bottle 2012 With The Do LaB Part 1 of 5

Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom.

Words by: @DukeDuRock

Video by: Matthew Smith

Featured photo by: Daniel Jung

In the weeks since Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) 2012 took place, we’ve been overwhelmed by all the positive responses and we want to thank all of you that attended for helping make this the best LIB yet! The festival has continued to grow and in our third year at the beautiful Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado, all of us at The Do LaB and everyone on our crew worked harder than ever to help ensure the most well received festival experience to date.

“We had a killer crew this year,” said Josh Flemming, who with Heather Shaw serves as LIB’s principal designers and along with his brothers, Jesse and Dede, is a founding member of The Do LaB. “We brought in some extra help this year; a lot of skilled laborers who filled in the gaps that were needed in the various departments. That extra help shows because we’re getting a lot of compliments on how smoothly production has been running. So that feels really good. We put a lot of hard work and energy into LIB, so we take pride in hearing that.”

To us, the production of the festival is just as much of an art form as building one of our elaborate stages or art sculptures. – Josh Flemming

“This is our third year at this location and every year we take extensive notes,” added Jesse Flemming. “After the festival is over, we really focus on solving the problems and finding solutions for things that didn’t work. This year we’ve assembled really amazing teams of people to cover every department. We’re really trying to dial it in and create the smoothest festival experience possible for people.”

Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom.

The Dedicated Volunteers of LIB 2012

This year at LIB there were a lot of new faces and first time volunteers who were all eager to play a pivotal part in the creation of the festival. “We had 600 volunteers, who worked 20 hours before, during, and after the festival,” said Bridget Baker, who serves as the LIB volunteer coordinator along with Shiho Yoshida. “Some of the volunteers sorted through waste for the hardest working shifts, which helped to keep our trash roll-offs sorted, and keep us as green. Others worked 10 hour days, putting up fences, and working hard on building structures. My personal highlights have been connecting with all of these volunteers and seeing how they love participating and being a part of making the LIB experience possible.”

“I volunteered last year for the kid’s village and I had a wonderful time,” shared Naomi Hummel. “Out of all the festival’s that I’ve been to, this one is by far my favorite. It’s also one of the most skillfully run.”

At LIB, I actually feel like my efforts as a volunteer are going to creating something special as opposed to me just fulfilling a set amount of time to get a ticket. I actually feel like my energy is being used well here. -  Naomi Hummel

“We all wear a lot of hats here,” added Bryan Foley, a longtime core member of The Do LaB. “We may be getting bigger but we’re still grassroots at our core. A lot of us cover shifts that start at sunrise and end at sunrise. The magic of LIB, is the people that help us build the festival, along with all the volunteers and the people that show up.”

Photo by Kyer Wiltshire.

A Welcoming Experience Upon Arrival

The LIB experience begins from the moment you arrive to pick up your tickets, as the box office team headed by Brian Shaw and Jesse Shannon of beTicketing, along with manager Erika Leigh Raney worked hard to ensure festival-goers got in quickly and were greeted with a smile.

“LIB has definitely been on a steady growth upwards,” said Raney. “We’ve been paying more attention to the outside of the festival as there’s been a little bit more love given to the fact that we have to organize LIB from the outside in. The box office is an important component because every single person in this festival comes through here. So the experience that an attendee has when greeted at the box office kind of colors their entire experience, at least for that first day.”

“The festival is getting younger, but it’s also getting older at the same time.” added Ranney. “The demographic is expanding. I would hope that the new people would really assimilate to our culture and really embrace what we have here. Because it really is such a special environment. It’s an incredible way to create this Burning Man atmosphere without being out on the middle of the desert, miles and miles away from anything. All of us are really fortunate to be able to give this to all the participants and the families that come. But I also think it’s incredible that we can give it to each other as well.”

Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom.

The Family Aspect of LIB Continues to Grow

The family camping experience at LIB this year was bigger than ever, stemming from the hard work of Marsi Frey and her team, where families could spend quality time together to both play and learn.

“There really were a lot more families than we’ve ever had in the past,” marveled Dede Flemming. “We asked the families to email us to pre-register, just so we could prepare the family camp and the size of it. The responses just kept coming in and I was really excited because having a family element out here really enhances the vibe and the energy. Seeing kids running around really makes me smile.”

“We love to have the kids here, we always have,” added Jesse Flemming. “They really bring an element to the festival that helps to balance things out. We don’t want to have LIB be all about the party and by having kids here it really helps people to stay responsible. These little kids are really amazing too. They’re cruising around and learning things that I didn’t get to experience until I moved out here in my early twenties.”

These kids are going to grow up in this community surrounded by the amazing creativity and positive energy that all these people have. So the future is bright. – Jesse Flemming.

“I love the whole pack it in, pack it out mantra that’s here at LIB,” offered mother Jenny Lynn, who brought her young daughter, Meadow. “It really teaches the kids about sustainability and playing their individual part. I also love how kids under 12 are free. I’ll buy a weekend pass and I don’t feel selfish because I’m not just doing it for me. LIB is something I can bring my daughter to as well and she feels completely accepted because there’s tons of families here. I think the biggest thing that I would hope that she takes from this experience is just the strong sense of community here. The fact that we can create something different in this world. Why can’t her and her friends do something different as well? This is not just a music festival, it’s an all-around, life affirming festival. I love it. LIB is the best.”

Photo by Gerg Peterson.

The Future of LIB

It was another magical year at LIB and it couldn’t have happened without the tremendous work of so many and of course all the special energy of the festival’s attendees who each year continue to make LIB feel like coming home. With so many new people in attendance, The Do LaB is excited to see what the future holds for the festival.

“The fact that there’s such a focus on conscious and green living here is wonderful,” said Brian Shaw, who has brought his two year old daughter to LIB since before she was even born. “A lot of this stuff I didn’t have the opportunity to learn when I was younger because I didn’t have an outlet like this. So the fact that my daughter does is really special.”

“I would hope these kids leave here knowing what can exist,” added Dede Flemming. “A different way to go through the day and life and treating people. Here there’s an open-mindedness that you might not normally get in elementary schools in 2012. The kids that I see out here are so open and so free I think it’s amazing. The festival culture children are just awesome and I hope the element continues to grow at our festival.”

He added, “Keep coming and keep inspiring us and each other. The spontaneous stuff that I see out here every year, that’s the stuff that really makes LIB special. We put some stages out, bring some art in and provide good music, but it’s the attendees who really bring this magical energy into the event to make it unlike any other.”

Photo by Cameron Jordan.

The Do LaB would like to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to creating this year’s festival along with all the special energy of the attendees who came out to make this the best LIB yet!

Be sure to keep watching our blog for more exclusive inside looks at all the different aspects from this year’s festival.

To see more photos organized by photographer, visit our Facebook page.

Share your photos with us in our LIB 2012 Flickr Group!

What were your favorite memories at LIB 2012? Please share them with us in the comment section below..

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LIB Photo Scavenger Hunt Winners Announced

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in photographing LIB! After careful consideration, including viewing over 3,000 photos on Instagram, we have chosen the winners of the LIB 2012 Photo Scavenger Hunt Contest.

Grand Prize Winner: Joseph Finton (@jJice)


Joseph uploaded over 300 LIB photos to Instagram! Along with that massive quantity of photos, he also managed to capture very complete coverage of all the aspects of the festival. Our Grand Prize winner will receive a ticket to Lightning in a Bottle 2013!

1st Runner Up: Rei Yoshioka (@reiy)



2nd Runner Up: Elyssa Tommer (@etommer)



Both Rei and Elyssa’s photos caught our attention for both the quality of the photography and also the specific moments that they captured. Both runners up will receive a Lightning in a Bottle tote bag full of festival merch.

Be sure to connect with us on Instagram at @LIBfestival@TheDoLaB and @RnSgathering.

We invite you to take a trip down memory lane! Click the links or search the tags #LIBfestival and #lightninginabottle on Instagram to see over 3,000 photos from this year’s festival..

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The LIB Citizen Interviews Suzanne Sterling

The LIB Citizen is about taking the Lightning in a Bottle philosophy of “Leave It Better, Leave It Beautiful” from the festival out into our every day lives, so that we may actively engage with all of life as a proud citizen of our deeply connected planet.

Here you’ll find interviews with members of the LIB Community in their journey to take action in the world, as well as opportunities for you to join them.  Whatever it is you are inspired to do, in the words of the Tibetan meditation master Milarépa as he spoke his last great secret to his student, “The important thing is to actually do it.”

This week on LIB Citizen Suzanne Sterling talks about what it means to be a Conscious Activist, how to find balance in the overwhelm, and why LIB is her favorite festival. Suzanne also gives a little preview of what she’s bringing to LIB this year.

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photo by Wobsarazzi

Full Interview Transcript:

LIB Citizen(Shena Turlington): You’re listening to LIB Citizen, and I’m Shena Turlington, the Environmental Sustainability Director of Lightning In A Bottle, and member of the Do Lab collective. And I am honored to be here today with Suzanne Sterling, a professional singer, composer, and earth activist, also known as a “musical priestess” who is using her connection with the soul and earth medicine to reach out and inspire people across the world. Suzanne co-founded “Bare Witness” Humanitarian Tours and Off the Mat Into the World, which are really unique programs designed to connect people through their passions and their practices into offering active service into much needed areas of the world.

Thanks so much Suzanne for joining us today!


Suzanne: You’re welcome, totally my pleasure. 


L: Suzanne, I am really inspired by your ability to turn your joys, your practice, and your passion into service-oriented offerings to the world, reaching many people and inspiring many more to follow suit.  In essence, this is what so many people are looking for right now: ways to express their most authentic selves through the power of their gifts.  Can you share with us a little bit about what was your path from following your passions and becoming an expert in them, to turning your life offerings into activist organizations? 


S: Great question.  One of the things we really focus on in the Off the Mat Training, which are trainings to get people to look at their motivations for service, is to look within before going out in the world and change anything – really just a deep sense of self inquiry.  One of the things we talk about there is that in a way our deep wounds can become our greatest gifts to the world.  If they’re examined, if they really have a deep relationship with some of the challenges of our own lives, the ways in which we cope with some of those wounds and the way those wounds can become the seed of compassion and the seed of our gifts to the world, it can really turn around and look like that instead of saying “I’m ashamed and this thing didn’t happen today”, looking at it and saying “what does this bring about in me, what inspiration is rising up in me, what strength is rising up in me.”  Really what breaks our heart about the world and what we feel passionate about has a lot to do with our own life experience.

I would say my own passion about my own self expression was growing up in an environment where I did not have a voice.  Because I’ve gone through a long and not always easy process of continuing to find my authentic voice and stand up and speak my truth, take risks, and… you know I grew up as a performer, but really shifting from performer mode into self expression, and those being two different things.  I think that was a really good training field as a performer, but then to go into a situation where it’s like “no I’m going to be vulnerable here, I’m going to take risks, I’m going to be vulnerable in my pain and in my joy” – that to me is the best gift that I can give.  It’s not always easy because it’s tied into some of my deeper wounds, but that passion that comes from my pain and breaking through whatever coping mechanisms I have around that pain and really stepping out into places that scare me, I think is where the juiciest stuff is for people.  I see it over and over again – we think that the best activist or best artist in us is almost this ideal outside of us, when we stop and actually notice what is and take a deep look at it and have some kind of a relationship with it, that’s the jewel.  I would say for me that the discovery of a more authentic expression of  myself ahs come from not being afraid of the shadow aspects of my personality and giving voice to it, and in giving voice to it there’s some different kind of empowerment there.


L: I love that, I love that it’s the wound that becomes the gift, that becomes the fuel for moving out into the world.  It’s like activism becomes the path of the wounded healer.


S: Absolutely.


L: And you’re known for being a big proponent of the Sacred Activism movement, this movement that’s been growing in the past decade.  Tell me about this – how is it different from traditional activism, is it related to this idea of the wounded healer?


S: It’s related to the idea of the wounded healer and it’s also related to the idea that we often feel like if only somebody else changed then things would get better.  If only that person was different, then maybe there would be peace on earth.  Actually what happens is, it all has to come from within.  So as a conscious activist I have to look at places where I’m still in separation or I’m still at war, either with myself or with the world.  Even in cases of disagreement.  Not to say I can’t have discrimination and I can’t have conscious communication around conflicting ideas and especially around destructive practices, I feel like we do need to stop some of the destructive practices on the planet, but I also feel like it’s important for us to innovate and come up with new creative ideas and I think it’s important to have a spiritual context for what we do.

There’s a raging conversation right now in the yoga world – do spirituality and politics mix?  Well, actually in my opinion, you can’t separate them.  For me the conscious activist is always someone who is starting the conversation from within – what do I need to change, what do I need to  learn, how can I take responsibility for this, how can I get educated on the root causes of some of the problems rather than just seeing them on the surface, how can I engender communication and really compassion, and how can I look at the face and suffering and maybe not right away try and fix it, but just be present to it.  Be present to my own pain, and be present to someone else’s pain.

What we learn in activism is that listening deeply is one of the most powerful and healing things that we can do.  Rather than saying I’ve got an agenda and here’s how we need to change it and everything will work out, what actually works in global aid is going into situations and listening and saying I don’t know everything, but I’m going to deeply ask the right questions and I’m going to take enough time to drop in enough and be present enough, not with sympathy for the suffering of others, but simply empathy.  I know suffering too, we are both human, we suffer together, and I see your suffering, and if there’s any way I can help to alleviate it, I will.  But not going in and saying, “here’s what we need to change or shift right away.”

I think there’s a longer trajectory in conscious activism, and I also think the difference is looking within and saying, “what needs to shift in me?  Where am I blaming the the world for something I’m just projecting on the world?”


L: Yes, that’s such a clear perspective, that activism is a listening practice, going in and listening and offering, vs. a proposing or pushing an agenda.


S: Yeah. There’s great stories about how that works, about people who are simple and listen and practice presence, which is what spiritual practices do, that much more gets communicated that way.


L: And a lot of times, related to this pain, when people are listening, especially people that are activists, it’s a common thing for them to feel that what they’re doing is never enough.  And being aware of all the opportunities to help in the world, and if we’re really listening, all the pain that’s really there, there’s a lot of overwhelm.  Do you ever have that sense of overwhelm, and if so, how do you deal with it.


S: Omigod.  We see it all the time.  A lot of times in our trainings we get half yogis who are like “okay, my life’s kind of handleable, I’ve worked out a lot of my personal problems, I just want to help and I have no idea how”, and then half the room who are activists who are out there, and they’re just working themselves to the bone.  There’s no sustainability there, there’s this whole activist fatigue thing that happens, and there’s no willingness to take care of oneself.  So a lot of times when we’re out there trying to fix, many of us, especially those of us who are codependent, we’re just trying to fix the world because we’re trying to avoid our own pain.  It’s like, if I focus on and fix your pain I don’t have to look at my own.  So rather than saying, “I’m going to look at my own pain, I’m going to look at myself on a deep level, and at the same time I’m going to take action.” And what does it look like to be as committed to the self as the other?  And it’s not like either one is helping – you know there’s a lot of navel gazing yoga practitioners who never do anything because they’re trying to perfect their practice too.   So it’s like finding that balance about self care and caring for the world, and not looking for perfection either area, and just accepting that there has to be balance.  Certainly I’m not the poster child for sustainability, but I’m learning more and more and more that if I do take care of myself I have way more to give to other people.  Way more.


L: So the solution to overwhelm is really just turning inside and looking at what needs to be fed at home here, as well as out in there, and finding that balance.  It so relates it sounds like to the practice of yoga, the balance, as well as the service.


S: It is.  Yoga’s interesting because we’re really just putting ourselves in these challenging positions and learning how to breathe and be present.  And learning how to relate to what comes up, because the body will hold all the information of the emotional life.  So everything we need to know is literally living in the body, and we can heal through various different physical practices, and that’s why yoga is such a great portal into self awareness, and out of self awareness real deep awareness of the world and what’s happening for other people.  It does begin to engender a sense of curiousness and an invitation to the world to come in.  It’s no longer distracted by the compulsive need to consume things, or the compulsive need to be perfect.  That stuff falls away and then you can really begin to invite the world to penetrate you, and then you can really make things happen.


L: So tell me about the work that you’re doing with the yoga community and with your projects with Off the Mat, and Bare Witness, and what’s happening for you right now.


S: It’s really exploding, it was an idea that there were three of us who founded the organization, and we now have eleven people running the organization, and it’s a really great team.  We do trainings where we do a week long intensive with a trajectory of beginning with self inquiry and learning about the mind-body connection and taking responsibility for ourselves, and then moving out into non-violent communication, deep collaboration, we talk a lot about sharing power and shifting power paradigms as they exist on the planet right now through this idea of collective collaboration and sharing power, and we model that a lot in our programs.  Then we get really practical, like helping each person find their passion, find their purpose, and give it expression.  That’s really where much of my work comes in.  I feel that part of my work in the world I just to help people know that they have a voice, know that they are a creative, joyful artist, their activism doesn’t have to be a huge…you know, shame or guilt or anger-driven drag, it basically can be an inspiring, creative, joyful, expression.

My big thing is I feel that every person on the planet is hard-wired for authentic self-expression in community.  That’s what we in the west have completely lost, completely lost.  My favorite thing is we go to all these different countries with people on the Bare Witness Tour – we take people who have raised money with us on these work trips, and they actually get to work on the projects they’ve been supporting with their fundraising efforts – and everywhere we go, people come out and they sing with us, they dance with us, and they’re always surprised when we sing and dance back, because we’re a bunch of westerners and they’re not used to that.  Yet I know that even here in the west it’s part of what we’re hard-wired for, and when people give themselves to sing and express – and not as professional artists, but as human beings, we love to express ourselves, especially through our voice and our bodies – and when we do it in community, it’s a deeply spiritual experience.  And that’s part of my work, I feel really really passionate about it, partly because of my childhood of not feeling like I had a voice, but I feel like part of my job on this planet is to continue to find my voice and then help people find theirs.  So the next step for us in the intesive now is, “what do you want to create”, and getting people to practically vision what they could do right at this moment, not fixing or changing anything, knowing that things will be fixed or changed over time, but rather than wait to reach that state of perfection where we feel like we’re ready, just taking the first step, leaping off the cliff so to sepak.


L: It’s so profound, this notion of voice, and as a vocalist, you working through your voice literally in helping to bring people to their true voices, and with their voices extending their power to affect change in the world.  I have seen in my own work with Amazon Voice, how the lack of voice in the international or political scene can be extremely detrimental to humanitarian rights, and I just love this idea that you’re saying the voice is literally the voice and then also the voice of what you’re doing is this spiritual expression that creates a shift for people and what they’re doing in the world.


S: Yeah, there are so many people who are just dying to express themselves and dying to tell a story, and dying to speak truth to power, and they’re just so deeply afraid.  I get it, I get how vulnerable the voice is.  It’s one of the most profound tools we possess, it’s often where most people have shut down at some level.  But what happens when people shut down is that the whole system goes into inertia, so there’s not as much give and take, you’re not as available to the world and the world isn’t as available to you if you’re not willing to respond.  We in the west have shut down are responding tools.  The responding tool is the body, and the other responding tool is the voice.  So we’re supposed to be in this deep relationship with the world with our bodies, with our voices, with our souls, and for most people all that energy and all that intention and all that beauty and all that grace gets stuck in the voice. So moving energy through the voice and give people an incredible…it’s a very powerful experience when people do connect with their authentic voices, it’s beautiful.  I love it.


L: So what would you recommend to someone who feels really shut down in their voice right now, and is having that strong desire to really give birth to something, but…. what’s a simple step they can take to open that power up?


S: You know, one of my favorite things that I did in my own life for so many years is I had my own yoga practice at home, and I made a lot of noise.  It wasn’t always pretty noise.  Just knowing I was releasing trauma from my body through the vibration of the sound – sound is a physical thing and it can move old stuck energy out of the physical body because it’s so physical, and I feel like once people give themselves permission to make sounds, not necessarily pretty sounds, but through the body whether it’s through yoga or through dance, that simply moving energy through the fifth chakra, through the throat, is a crucial piece.  That’s one thing.  A lot of people sing in their cars and their showers, and I would say do that even more. Roll your windows and go for it, and not feel ashamed or embarrassed.  If you feel there’s a scream in you that needs to get out, roll your windows and go for it, it’s actually really healthy for us to use our voices.


L: So speaking of free expression, I know Suzanne that historically you, and you continue to be a big participant in the festival scene, and I know you’re coming to Lightning In A Bottle, and you’re a big part of Earthdance, and Harmony, Buringman, and Power to the Peaceful to name a few…  what is it about festivals that draws you to put your gifts and your energy into them?  And if you want to speak a little bit about what you’re bringing to Lightning In A Bottle, and maybe the potential you see in festivals.


S: It’s an interesting perspective, doing it for the last…15 years or more… mostly on the west coast, is watching that culture develop.  it’s a fastening conflux of music, ritual, healing arts, technology, activism, all those pieces are coming together.  The parallel for me is for a long time my life felt very categorized.  Over here I did music, and over here I did ritual, and over here I did some activism, and they were kind of separate. And then probably about eight years ago I started being asked to come and do a musical performance and facilitate a ritual and maybe teach a workshop, so it felt like the festivals were giving an opportunity to do this weird strange mix of things that I know how to do.  And it’s a weird strange mix.  I’m not just a musician, I’m not just an activist, I’m not just a ritualist, and I’m trying to pull all those things together to create community, to literally create culture, and I think it’s time for us to see that we’ve created an incredible culture.  There’s a festival culture and it’s yogic, and it’s music, and it’s self-expression, all these pieces, and it’s exploded actually.  We’ve seen it explode, and if we can bring more of the festival culture into peoples’ daily lives, I think it has a tremendous capacity to inform how we meet these interesting crisis times we’re entering into.  We’re at this interesting crossroad as a species and environmentally on the planet, and things have to shift, I for one believe in the power of ritual and in the power of art to really make culture, and to shift things.  And I’m watching it explode in the festival culture, I’m watching people make connections and use technology to make revolution happen. Small revolutions, but those small revolutions have profound effects.

So I feel like the festival culture is giving people forums to be creative.  Lightning In A Bottle is my favorite festival, and I’m going to go on the record saying that and I’m not just saying that because I’m doing this interview, and one of the thigns I love about it is there’s art going on there all the time.  And htat wasn’t the case seven or eight years ago, there wasn’t live art going on all the time, and Burningman was – look at how much art got created at Burningman, and now that that’s rolled out, there’s huge Burningman sculptures all over the country in various palces, and getting placed more and more out in “muggle” world, or the regular world.  So it’s givng people form.

Everyone’s an artist, and I know everyone’s an artist.  Everyone’s infatuated by that idea.  I went to Bali in…I don’t know, 1987or something, because I found out that everyone in Bali is an artist and everyone grows rice, and I was like well how does that work? Because here we’ve separated it out.  So I love the festival culture, I think it’s fascinating, I think it’s allowing people to step away from what’s expected, the routine, the sort of soul killing categories and boxes people try to fit their very unique and brilliant souls in, and it’s giving people permission to create and cross-culturally create, and pollinate.

So that’s exciting to me, and what I’m bringing to Lightning In a Bottle this year like I have for the last couple years is I teach a workshop called “Sing Yourself Awake”, and I do it in a bunch of different venues and festivals, and we just get into our bodies, we go into the yoga practice, and then we simply improvise sing together.  I’ve had some really incredible moments doing that, because again if you get people in the right space, if they give themselves permission, they step past the wall of fear and terror, they move into self-expression, and then they’re in community in self-expression, and something really deep taps in.  Because it’s what we’re meant to do. Every indigenous culture on the planet does it, we’re the only ones that are like “yeah, we don’t sing together, we don’t dance together, we don’t celebrate life together.”


L: Mmm, it’s so true.  Well I’m looking forward to that workshop, and just for people who are curious about how to get involved with your organizations now, what’s happening for you, how can they do that right now?


S: The good news is I’m just about to do a Kickstarter campaign for my next album and that’s exciting, and the Off the Mat Into the World community does a lot of different projects.  In April we’re doing what’s called the Empowered Youth Initiative working in Los Angeles with amazing people who are working with marginalized communities and at-risk youth in Los Angeles, and we’re doing a big celebration for the truce between the Cripps and the Bloods. So that’s exciting, and we also have our global fundraising initiative, and this year we’re raising money for organizations that are rescuing and rehabilitating victims of sex trafficking in India, and we’re also going to do some cleaning up of the Ganges River.  So that is another way that people can get involved, and we have a number of intensives coming up, Off the Mat is going to be at a lot of festivals this summer, and I will also be at many of them, and my website is, and I have a monthly newsletter that I send out illuminating all the various projects and ways that people can get involved.


L: Super exciting!  So anyone’s who interested can find those links on our newsletter to the Empowered Youth Initiative, and the Global Seva Challenge, and the Kickstarter campaign, and just one last thought Suzanne for anyone who is out there who are maybe Suzanne Sterlings maybe 10 years ago and feeling that call but not really knowing how to transform that call into a viable model, what advice do you have for them?


S: I would say for me, trusting all the deviations from the path.  Speaking as someone who’s very very driven and willpower-based, and think I know how things should go all the time, letting go of that has made me a much happier person.  And it’s also really interesting from this vantage point now, to look back and see all the things that I was doing that didn’t seem connected when I was in my twenties, now it’s all making sense. The other thing I would say to people is do not be afraid to do your own thing – to make it up as you go along, to do something you haven’t done before, and to take risks, and be a maverick or a trailblazer, and maybe don’t even look for someone who is going to guide you, but find that guidance from within and trust it, and let yourself be a unique, strange, out of the box individual.


L: Spoken like a true wise woman on the path, easier said than done to surrender to the deviations, but that is always the answer, to surrender to the unknown on the path.  Well thank you Suzanne for following your voice and for following those wounds and the deviations on the path, and taking those risks to create change in the world.


S: Mmmhmmm, my pleasure!


L: And to the listeners, thanks for joining us on LIB Citizen, and be sure to check out those links for more ways you can get involved in positive activism.  And we’ll see you next time, with another active citizen from the LIB community.


Music playing can be found on Suzanne’s page at


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Do ArT Foundation Brings Together Most Live Painters Yet – A Look Back at LIB 2012 Part 4 of 5

Photo by Kyer Wiltshire of Hans Walor. Featured photo by Daniel Jung of Joseph Skala.

Words by: @DukeDuRock

The live art aspect at Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) continues to grow and in 2012 there was more of it in more places throughout the festival than ever before. The Do ArT Foundation brought together over thirty talented and diverse live painters, who each captured the audience’s attention with inspiring works of art and creative collaborations.

“Every year we try to arrange the lineup so that attendees will see new artists out on the field as well as enjoy the progression of artists whom they have seen in previous years.” – Carmen Zella

“Incredible,” was how The Do ArT Foundation’s Executive Director, Carmen Zella, felt about the art at LIB 2012. “Every year we try to arrange the lineup so that attendees will see new artists out on the field as well as enjoy the progression of artists whom they have seen in previous years. This year there was a wide diversity of styles ranging from Abstract, to Graffiti-based, to realism. The amount of inquiries we received on the artists and their work was overwhelming and many people are now excited to see the artists’ profiles and final pieces on our gallery site.

“A surprise discovery was placing three artists in the Temple of Consciousness,” Zella added. “I was unsure of how this separation would effect the reception of the artists, but it seemed to work somehow. As the festival is growing, the expansion of the live art should also work its way into other areas of appreciation.”

Photo by Koury Angelo.

The Do ArT Foundation Team

“The Do ArT team is built on volunteers who come together to build this event and accomplish this triumph to raise money for the humanitarian projects that we are working on.” – Carmen Zella

The passionate appreciation for art by LIB attendees has endeared the festival over the years to the artists in this community. Zella and her dedicated Do ArT team worked hard so that all the artists’ creative needs were taken care of so they could be free to focus exclusively on their paintings.

“The Do ArT team is built on volunteers who come together to build this event and accomplish this triumph to raise money for the humanitarian projects that we are working on,” explained Zella.  “Setting up the art walk and moving over 38 artist’s paintings into that space is a huge feat when they are not all completed and spread out over the festival grounds. So this year was absolutely epic in that regard.  We built 20 additional easels, plus worked with the incredible power and lighting team to ensure all the artists had light in the inspirational places that they landed to paint.  There’s so much love poured into this event and everyone on the team has a passion and respect for the artists beyond it being work.”

“It’s been a good experience,” shared Codak, The Do LaB’s featured painter at Coachella this year, who was experiencing his first LIB. Codak’s signature fusion of fine art and graffiti added a unique element to the Lightning in a Paintcan project. “Something like this is great to take part in once a year to take yourself completely out of your everyday life and immerse yourself into something that’s purely creative and conscious.”

Zella added, “I walked out at 4am in the morning and saw more then 5 artists still working on their canvas and sleeping beside their easel. That energy and vitality is there for them to be inspired. The gratitude is there.  It carries them through many months throughout the year, in a career full of doubt and competitiveness, they come together at LIB and fuse collaborations and share techniques, materials and passion for creating art.”

Photo by Kyer Wiltshire.

A True Interactive Experience

“Art has always been the thing that’s drawn me to LIB. That’s why I’m involved in this community.” – volunteer Chris Stockton.

At LIB attendees get the chance to see both the art up-close and interact with the artists throughout the course of the festival. The painters have come to appreciate the immense respect for their work shown by the festival-goers, which is a big reason why LIB has become one of the premier destinations for live art in the country.

“Art has always been the thing that’s drawn me to LIB,” expressed Chris Stockton, one of The Do LaB’s talented volunteers. “That’s why I’m involved in this community. It’s not the music. It’s the art.”

Zella added, “Each artist expressed to us how much appreciation and love was poured onto each of them by the attendees. My personal highlight was walking around and standing beside a group of admirers as they watched artists work on their paintings.  The comments that I picked up in my ear filled my heart with love for the work that we do and the talent that keeps showing up at LIB every year.”

Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom.

The SMART Gallery Debut Proves Popular

This year also saw the debut of the SMART Gallery, which brought together the worlds of science and art. Stemming from Mindshare co-founder Doug Campbell along with longtime LIB artist and curator, Mike Russek, the mobile gallery entranced and educated audiences with futuristic art and cutting-edge workshops.

“I feel really great about how the gallery turned out,” said Campbell during a break from MCing the SMART Gallery workshops. “It’s one thing to have inspiration but it’s another thing to have that inspiration turn into some actual action.”

Campbell added, “What it’s all about is being able to go out there and be curious about the world around you. Whether it comes through art or science. Then to know that you can act on that. So I hope that’s what we’ve left in the minds of the LIB attendees who came to the SMART Gallery. Now go out there, be curious and create!”

Photo by Aaron Gautschi.

Art Walk Caps Memorable Closing Night

As is tradition, all of the live painters of LIB lined up their completed work on the final night of the festival, offering awestruck attendees a chance to see the finished pieces and also place their final bids in the annual silent auction to take one home, with proceeds helping to aid The Do ArT Foundation’s humanitarian efforts.

“You could not get a better and more art-loving and appreciative crowd anywhere than at LIB. We have been unofficially honored and titled the most ‘prestigious live painting festival’ among the artists in this community and people recognize this when they attend and see what we are bringing to the festival.” – Carmen Zella.

“There were so many people attending this art walk,” recalled Zella. “It was crowded clear past 1am in the morning. I feel that it adds such a special element to the evening. It is really the moment of glory that gives me inspiration and gratitude to keep doing what we are doing for the rest of the year.”

“The individual patrons buying the work is always one of the most heartwarming and heartfelt experiences ever,” added Zella. “To see the respect and the connection people have to the work is always so amazing. The artists, the Do ArT staff and volunteers are all filled with pride and love when this moment arises.”

The live art element of LIB continues to play a pivotal role in the festival experience while offering the artists a magical place to come and share their work with an open-minded audience.

“You could not get a better and more art-loving and appreciative crowd anywhere than at LIB,” said Zella. “We have been unofficially honored and titled the most ‘prestigious live painting festival’ among the artists in this community and people recognize this when they attend and see what we are bringing to the festival.

Photo by Koury Angelo of Dave Zaboski.

More Live Art Planned in 2012

If you loved the live art at this year’s LIB, Zella and her team will be bringing more to The Do LaB’s first annual Rise & Shine gathering this October. It’s another exciting opportunity to showcase some of the best artists on the planet.

“We are looking forward to being a part of this upcoming festival,” previewed Zella. “Creation and creativity is linked closely with spiritual growth. Finding elements of inspiration in all forms of art can create self-reflection and remind us of the power and beauty found in our fragile existence.”

The Do LaB would like to thank Carmen Zella, The Do ArT Foundation team, Mike Russek, Doug Campbell, along with all the volunteers and of course the artists who contributed their hard work in helping bring so much beauty to the festival! Stay tuned to The Do ArT’s Facebook page for the final gallery images and contact info for each artist.

See more photos from LIB on our Facebook page.

What was your favorite art discovery at LIB 2012? Share your thoughts in the comment section below..

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Yoga Classes Expand and Provide Balance at Lightning in a Bottle – A Look Back at LIB 2012 Part 3 of 5

Words by: @DukeDuRock

Featured photo by: Daniel Jung

It seemed as though everywhere you turned at Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) this year there was a packed yoga class taking place. Normally reserved for The Lucent Temple of Consciousness, for LIB 2012 there was also diverse yoga offerings during the day at the main music stages.

“Traditionally things like yoga, meditation, a lot of the speakers and workshops have been exclusively up at the temple,” said Jesse Flemming, one of The Do LaB’s Executive Producers and founding members. “But this year we wanted to make sure that all the people that are coming to the party get to experience more of the culture, education and spiritual side of the event. We’re really trying to bring some of those elements down to the main stages and move some of the music up there as well. We want people to go all over the place.”

“Every time I walked by the yoga temple there were over 100 people in class and participants packed it in so much that there was overflow at the edges of the tent.” – Gianna DeFlice

“Every time I walked by the yoga temple there were over 100 people in class and participants packed it in so much that there was overflow at the edges of the tent,” added Gianna DeFlice, one of LIB’s talented instructors who also curated the yoga lineup of the festival this year. “For many people, yoga was obviously a huge component of their experience. At one moment after Tony Guliano & Kenny Graham taught class with Steve Gold’s group playing live music, several students were hugging and crying. So many people that I talked to were blown away by the yoga experiences that they had this year.”

A Class For Everyone

DeFlice worked hard to bring together some of the brightest minds in the yoga community at LIB 2012. In addition to her own standout “Out of the Head and into the Heart” class, there were also notable offerings from festival favorites like Suzanne Sterling and Mark Whitwell. There was also more yoga classes that incorporated live music such as Micheline Berry’s “Rock The Shakti…Yoga with a Beat Journey 2: Yoga Unbound: Freeing the Creative Flow Within,” which was the perfect combo of breath and beats.

“The very meaning of ‘Lightning in a Bottle’ is that capturing of a rare, powerful moment of creative brilliance. It inspires the yoga we bring to the festival.” - Micheline Berry

“The very meaning of ‘Lightning in a Bottle’ is that capturing of a rare, powerful moment of creative brilliance,” explained Berry. “It inspires the yoga we bring to the festival. I remember our first year at LIB, we were so blown away by the amazing vibe of creativity right out of the box! So when we let go and follow the music… the drum beat… the breath… to its source, we arrive to a place of vast space where, for a moment we are one.”

Berry added, “For my musical family RED MUSETTE: DJ Drez, Joey Lugassy, Domonic Dean Breaux & Friends who played during my classes at LIB, being in an environment where music is the message facilitates a very natural and powerful meeting between breath & beat, musician & yogi.”

“This experience for me has been a big validation in faith in that there are people like me who are searching for something more out of life.” - Jennifer Hoffman

“It’s so powerful to look to your left and to your right and see these people marching the same path you are,” shared first time LIB attendee Jennifer Hoffman after taking part in Kiyomi Takahashi’s “Awakening the Spiritual Warrior” class at the Bamboo Stage, which came complete with DJ Fabian Alsultany providing a particularly serene soundtrack. “Everyone here is looking for the same truths that you are and reaching higher. It’s hard to push yourself sometimes when you feel like you are by yourself, but here there’s such a sense of strength in numbers. This experience for me has been a big validation in faith in that there are people like me who are searching for something more out of life.”

Photo by Mario Covic.

More Yoga Coming This October

“The idea behind Rise & Shine is to bring people together less for a party and more for a community gathering where we’re all learning together, teaching each other, sharing our intimate experience with each other to foster a stronger community. We want it to inspire people to go out into the world and do more positive things to inspire change.” – Jesse Flemming

If you loved the increased yoga presence at LIB this year, then you’ll definitely want to come to The Do LaB’s forthcoming Autumn event, the first annual Rise & Shine gathering which will take place October 19th-21st at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Southern California.

“Rise & Shine will offer all of the aspects of LIB that people love… art, music, culture, sustainability, self exploration and expression but with even more of an emphasis on yoga, movement, and consciousness,” DeFlice previewed.

“With Rise & Shine, we’re tying to capture much more of that,” explained Dede Flemming. “We want those aspects to be the majority of the focus of the gathering. We’re calling it that because it’s more intentional. The music element will be for the night, but it won’t be the focus. It’s going to be some sexy, groovy, let’s get down and celebrate life kind of music.”

“The idea behind Rise & Shine is to bring people together less for a party and more for a community gathering where we’re all learning together, teaching each other, sharing our intimate experience with each other to foster a stronger community,” added Jesse Flemming. “We want it to inspire people to go out into the world and do more positive things to inspire change. That’s why we chose the title Rise & Shine because really what it is is a call to action. Step up, let’s rise, let’s shine and do what we do as a community to help make the world a better place.”

The Do LaB would like to thank Gianna DeFlice and all the incredible yoga instructors who brought so much serenity, consciousness and fun to the festival! Stay tuned to The Do LaB blog for more details about Rise & Shine gathering this October!

See more photos from LIB on our Facebook page.

Share your photos with us in our LIB 2012 Flickr Group.

Which yoga class was YOUR favorite at LIB this year? Share your favorites in the comment section below.


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Bus Transportation Departure Locations

Listed below are all bus departures information. Please locate your bus and take note of its location and departure time.


Los Angeles Departure Date & Time:

Thursday May 24th, 3pm (2 Buses)

Friday May 25th, 10am

Los Angeles Pick Up Location:

QuickPark LAX located at the Crown Plaza Hotel. The Lightning Buses will be parked on W. 98th St. and Avion Dr. PLEASE MAKE SURE DRIVER STOPS AT THIS CORNER.


San Francisco Departure Date & Time:

Thursday May 24th, 12pm

San Francisco Pick Up Location:

The Best Buy Parking lot (13th & Harrison St.)

1717 Harrison Street

San Francisco CA 94103


San Diego Departure Date & Time:

Thursday May 24th, 1pm

San Diego Pick Up Location:


1650 Garnet Avenue

San Diego, CA 92109.

Lightning in a Bottle Carpool Sweepstakes

In an effort to encourage all our participants to carpool to Lightning in a Bottle we are going to offer the following prizes, at random, to a dozen lucky people that are part of a carpool/rideshare to the event with 3 or more people in their vehicle:

1 ticket to Lightning in a Bottle 2013
1 brand new New Belgium bike
10 LIB Merch items of the winner’s choosing including our reusable bottle, shirts (mens, ladies),

In addition, as always, everyone who carpools to the event will NOT have to pay for parking.


1. If you have space in your ride, or are looking for a ride, Ride Amigo’s Ride Share service is your best bet. Find their link on our website:

2. All vehicles with 3 or more people will be given specially number tickets.

3. Take these tickets to the LIB Merch Booth, where we will have preselected the winning numbers.

4. Enjoy your prizes. Everyone wins when we work together to take care of the environment by traveling consciously!.

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Lightnin-Insta-Bottle-Gram – The LIB Photo Scavenger Hunt

Participate in our Photo Scavenger Hunt and you can win tickets to Lighting in a Bottle 2013 as well as LIB grab bags full of legendary shwag.


1. Using our shot list below, take as many amazing photos as you can during the
festival and post them on Instagram.

2. Tag every photo with #LIBfestival and the appropriate shot title tag listed after
each item on the list, i.e. #art, #music, #yoga, #legendary, etc

3. Submit your Instagram User Name to us via email by June 5th 2012 to be eligible:

4. The 1st place winner will receive a ticket to LIB 2013. 2 runners up will receive a grab bag of LIB festival merchandise.

*Pro Tip: Cell service is limited at LIB. Focus on taking the pictures now and
then upload them when you get home.



Take impressive photos of any and all art at the festival including the Do LaB’s installations (Lightning & Woogie stages, the Pagoda and Lumi Cafe, Scrambled Eggs, and Squiggs), all other big, small or interactive art installations, live painters as part of the Lightning in a Paintcan project, and anything handmade. (hashtag: #art)


Take exciting photos of any and all musicians, DJ’s and performers at the festival on any of the stages or roaming through out the event grounds. (hashtags: #music & #performance)


Take interesting photos of all the workshops and yoga classes you participate in as well as any of the featured speaker engagements that you attend. (hashtags: #workshop, #yoga & #speaker)


Take revealing photos of all the different areas of the festival. (hashtags: #lucenttemple, #healingsanctuary, #yogatemple, #lumilounge, #smartgallery, #nightrainbowzone, #kidzone, #meditationtemple, #libmarketplace, #jivejoint, #omshantea, #creationstation, #liblatenight, #camping)


Take as many photos of all of your sustainability efforts as well as your participation in our festival wide initiatives including using a reusable bottle at our free water stations, recycling, sorting waste, etc. (hashtag: #sustainability)


Take beautiful photos of the natural environments including the lake, mountains, trees, sunsets and sunrises, etc. (hashtag: #nature)


Take legendary photos of all the amazing things not listed above including yourself, your friends, the people that you meet, and fun things you do during the festival. Be creative! (hashtag: #legendary).

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Set Times for Lower Festival Stages Announced!

Please don’t print this schedule, it will be provided to you in the official LIB festival booklet when you arrive! 

Lightning Stage


  • 12:30-2:00am  Tipper
  • 12:25-12:30     Andrey Moraru
  • 10:30-12:00     Shpongle
  • 9:40-10:00       Wilderbe
  • 7:55-9:10         Apparat
  • 6:15-7:25         LYNX
  • 5:35-5:55         The Sher Fndn.
  • 4:15-5:15         Lila Rose


  • 12:30-2:00am  The Glitch Mob
  • 11:00-12:00     Lucent Dossier Experience w/ feat. guest Mirabai Devi
  • 9:00-10:30       EOTO
  • 8:15-8:30         Fou Fou Ha
  • 6:55-8:10         Bluetech feat. Amazon Voice
  • 6:35-6:45         Shimmy Sisters
  • 5:10-6:25         Janover
  • 4:50-5:00         Andrey Moraru
  • 3:25-4:40         Derek VanScoten (D.V.S.)
  • 3:00-3:15         Mandala Danceworks
  • 1:00-3:00         Reverend Michael Beckwith
  • 12:20-1:00      1 Giant Mind -Lightning in a Bottle Experience


  • 12:15-2:00am  Bassnectar
  • 12:05-12:15     Nudigenous
  • 10:25-11:40     Big Gigantic
  • 9:35-9:57         El Circo
  • 8:25-9:25         R/D
  • 7:00-8:15         Random Rab
  • 5:30-6:45         Govinda
  • 4:00-5:15         SaQi Ensemble
  • 3:30-3:45         Mandala Danceworks
  • 2:20-3:20         Dali Quartet

Bamboo Stage


  • 12:00-1:30am  Nit Grit
  • 10:30-12:00     Minnesota
  • 9:00-10:30       GAUDI
  • 7:30-9:00         Gramatik
  • 6:05-7:30         Michal Menert
  • 4:30-6:00         Kalya Scintilla
  • 3:15-4:30         Marley Carroll
  • 2:00-3:15         Thriftworks
  • 12:45-2:00       Quade
  • 11:45-12:45     Workshop: Poifessionals
  • 10:30-11:45     Yoga: Gigi Snyderw/ The Human Experience
  • 9:15-10:30       Yoga: Shawn Bisi


  • 12:15-1:15am  Star Slinger
  • 10:45-12:15     An-ten-nae
  • 9:15-10:45       Sugarpill
  • 7:45-9:15         Jupit3r
  • 6:30-7:45         Russ Liquid
  • 5:30-6:30         Robot Koch
  • 4:00-5:30         GoldRush
  • 2:45-4:00         Lafa Taylor
  • 1:25-2:40         The Human Experience
  • 1:00-1:25         Workshop:“Inner Jedi Activation” – Staff Spinning
  • 12:00-1:00       Workshop:“Psychedelic Spin” – Hooping
  • 11:00-12:00     Workshop:
    Nomad Dance
    presents “Fusion Partner Dance”
  • 10:00-11:00     Yoga: Kiyomi Takahashi
    w/ DJ Fabian Asultany
  • 9:00-10:00       Yoga: Daniel Stewart


  • 11:45-1:00am  OPIUO
  • 10:30-11:45     Dj Laura
  • 9:15-10:30       Sidecar Tommy
  • 8:00-9:15         Salva
  • 6:30-8:00         Shawna
  • 5:00-6:30         El Papachango
  • 3:45-5:00         Dirtwire ft. David Satori
  • 2:30-3:45         Sweet Anomoly
  • 1:20-2:30         Hopscotch
  • 12:00-1:05       The Fungineers
  • 10:45-11:45     Workshop: Dubstep Popping Dance
  • 9:30-10:45       Yoga: Suzanne Sterling
  • 8:30-9:30         Yoga: Chris Armas “Finding Grace w/ Gravity”

Woogie Stage


  • 12:00-2:00am  Justin Martin
  • 10:00-12:00     J. Phlip
  • 8:00-10:00       Android Cartel
  • 6:30-8:00         Red Sonya
  • 5:00-6:30         Anton Tumas
  • 3:30-5:00         Lee Reynolds
  • 2:00-3:30         Gravity
  • 12:30-2:00       Tim Herrlein
  • 11:00-12:30     Malarkey


  • 12:00-2:00am   Alexi Delano
  • 10:00-12:00     Jesse Rose
  • 8:00-10:00       Sammy Bliss
  • 6:00-8:00         Tim Xavier
  • 4:30-6:00         Mikael Stavostrand
  • 3:00-4:30         Justin Levi & Grant Kaye
  • 1:30-3:00         Mikey Lion
  • 12:00-1:30       Cupcake Project
  • 10:30-12:00     Mystic Pete


  • 12:00-2:00am  Nick Warren
  • 10:00-12:00     idiot Savant
  • 7:00-10:00       Lee Burridge
  • 5:30-7:00         Pumpkin
  • 4:00-5:30         Jeremy Sole
  • 2:30-4:00         Derek Marin
  • 1:00-2:30         Zach Moore
  • 11:30-1:00       Hyjynx
  • 10:00-11:30     gruvhaus



Thursday Night

  • 2:00-3:00am     Aaron Glass and friends
  • 1:00-1:45           Space Funk Odyssey
  • 12:00-12:45      Freeradical Projekt
  • 11:00-11:45      Kai Brown
  • 10:00-10:45      Ultra Love
  • 9:00-9:45pm     Sophie Holt
  • 8:00-8:45          Hanna Leess


  • 3:30-4:00am     The Random Actsof Kindness
  • 2:00-3:00           Vintage Trouble
  • 12:55-1:05         Viola La La
  • 12:00-12:45      Stevie Starlight
  • 9:45-10:30         Revoltaire
  • 8:45-9:30           Yogi
  • 7:30-8:15           Shannon Moore Band
  • 5:30-6:15pm     Odd Us
  • 4:45-5:15           Lantz Lazwell


  • 4:00-5:00am     Birdseye
  • 3:00-3:45           Sea at Last
  • 2:00-2:45           Diamond Light
  • 12:00-12:30      Trevor Manear
  • 11:20-11:30      Viola La La
  • 10:30-11:15       Love in the Circus
  • 8:00-9:00           The Makepeace Brothers
  • 6:15-7:00           The Jake Davies
  • 5:00-5:45pm     Early Bird Circus
  • 4:20-4:30           Global Groove
  • 4:00-4:15           Gina Almaguer


  • 2:00-2:45am     Herbert Bail Orchestra
  • 11:40-12:30      The Americans
  • 10:35-10:45      Viola La La
  • 9:30-10:30         Paul Chesne
  • 8:25-9:15           Clayton Joseph Scott
  • 6:25-7:10           Raining Jane
  • 5:25-6:15pm     Shawn Bisi
  • 4:50-5:00           Global Groove


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1 Giant Mind Experience at Lightning in a Bottle Saturday at 12:20pm on the Lightning Stage

We are thrilled to be teaming up with 1 Giant Mind to bring you the 1 Giant Mind Experience at Lightning in a Bottle happening at 12:20pm on Saturday at the Lightning Stage for a mass meditation.  The experience of sitting with thousands of others all meditating at the same time is one of the most unifying experiences we humans can share. 1 Giant Mind facilitates these mass experiences worldwide to gain insight into how we may harness this power to affect progressive change in our world.

Although science is yet to explain how and what the effect is that is created by large groups, the science to date demonstrates that something extraordinary occurs that is palpable to the human senses and has far reaching positive implications of society at large.

1 Giant Mind is dedicated to facilitating these mass experiences across the globe to further our understanding of the phenomena and gain greater insight into how we might be able to harness this immense power of the collective human mind to affect progressive change in our world.

Their goal is to unite 100 million people around the world in simultaneous eyes closed silence by 2020 and have the world’s leading researchers study the effect.

Watch their video below:

Jonni Pollard will present the mediation which will be lead by Light Watkins. Please join us by the Lightning Stage on Saturday May 26th at 12:20pm where we hope to gather at least 1,000 people for this profoundly deep group experience.

In addition to the 1 Giant Mind group meditation, there will be a variety of opportunities to tap into higher consciousness through meditation.

Gregg Fleishman, a brilliant Los Angeles based architect, designer, artist and innovator has been working with his crew to create a stunning Meditation Temple for Lightning in a Bottle. Gregg has been widely acclaimed for his progressive, innovative building technique and has developed ways of working with shape and form that simply takes our breath away. The Meditation Temple is placed in the outlying edge of the Upper camping lot, with stunning lake views. Enjoy the solace.

Meditation Temple Schedule:

Sunset 7:45pm Opening Meditation and Intention Setting Ceremony with KK

Sunrise  5:45 am     Guided Meditation: Diving Into Loving Communion by Marsi Frey
Sunset  7:45 pm Guided Meditation: The Golden Room by Kevin Raich

Sunrise  5:45 am Guided Meditation: The Golden Room by Kevin Raich
12:20 pm Mass Meditation on the Lightning Stage by 1 Giant Mind.
Sunset 7:45pm Guided Meditation: I am THAT by Shawn Bisi

Sunrise  5:45 am Guided Meditation: Into the Arms of the Divine Mother by Gemini Ferrie
Noon 12:00pm Meditation Workshop for Everyone by Matthew Smith
Sunset 7:45 pm Guided Meditation: 7 Layer Healing Meditation  by Melissa Rampe

Sunrise 5:45am Guided Meditation:  Seeding These Blessings by Marsi Frey.

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