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The Enchanted Life

Eeeeeeeeeeek! Where has 2016 gone? How is it mid-July already? Oh, and by the way, will I see you next weekend at Enchanted Forest Gathering? I better. For the last few months, my life has basically been consumed with producing and marketing my favorite festival.

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This post sat blank as a draft for weeks as it grew closer and closer, and somehow it just never got done, with all of my jobs, attempting to pull off a garden this summer, and getting ready to move. Again. (More on that later…) So here we are, less than a week until gates open, and still far from our ticket sales goal, and I am hoping for a miracle as I write my annual love letter to my enchanted family.

The past few months have taught me more than I can really wrap my head around. This entire year has been a roller coaster. Through it all I have been working on Lucidity and Enchanted Forest. I have taken on more than ever before in these roles, doing everything I can to help my team succeed and learning from amazing collaborators in the process. It blows me away that in the span of two years, I have gone from attending and volunteering at festivals to helping create them. I never thought my hobby would turn into my dream job.

My favorite thing about working at these events has been getting to pull my friends into roles in the organizations I work with, giving them a chance to shine, and watching them completely amaze me with their brilliance. I am inspired by the people I have the pleasure of working with every day, and at my friends’ capabilities when given a platform and a purpose. The plans have been in the works for months. Our team has been working our asses off, and this precious child we’ve incubated together over the past six months (honestly, more like six years, as this will mark year six of EFG) is about to be born, ready or not, into a world that may or may not be prepared for it.

I never feel ready. No matter how early we start planning and marketing, the event itself sneaks up on me. But I jump anyway, trusting the hard work I’ve put in, the team that surrounds me, and my community.

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Listening to our amazing music lineup, checking out the weather forecast, and planning our camp full of locals and collected friends from near and far have left me buzzing with excitement.

Last weekend I traveled to Seattle and back to my little sister’s wedding. I feel like being so busy working on festivals has left me with way less time than I’d like to help her plan her wedding, but luckily, she is superhuman, and the entire thing was meticulously planned and went beautifully. We even managed to avoid the rain that was on the forecast. In SEATTLE.

I hated that I had to take my laptop on a wedding trip and spend down time working. But alas, with this labor of love, I can’t give enough. EFG, you have my heart.

I am not only the Marketing Operations Manager, helping keep the marketing machine moving along, but this year I once again co-coordinated the Flow Zone workshop space. This time I got to share that honor with my partner in flow, James, and we are super excited about the talented roster of teachers & performers we’ve put together.

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This year boasts our most epic lineup yet, with some exciting new micro-environments, a HUGE variety of workshops, and all kinds of magic in the making. This year our team, our website and branding, and our systems all got a major upgrade. We’re finally growing into our new venue, Black Oak Ranch, and collaborating with some of the people we could only dream about working with even a year ago. I am truly excited to see where this YUM train goes… I just hope we get enough people there to make this dream viable.

It’s become a very tough and oversaturated market in the last few years, and with so many festivals it has been hard to draw the crowd we need to sustain the ridiculously epic production we’re putting on. The intention is on point, the team is amazing, our lineup is strong, and now as we set sail on this adventure, we can only hope for the best. I believe. I always have. I always will. There is no place like home. And for me, home is among my friends in the Enchanted Forest.

I hope you’ll join me in the dream… We’re building it. Who will come be a part of it?

Festival Season is in Full Swing

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This coming weekend I am lucky enough to get to go to Emissions: West Coast Bass Culture festival in Belden town, CA, about 4 hours northeast of home. I wasn’t sure about any festivals this summer, but thanks to working really hard since coming home from our trip, we get to see this epic music line-up including some of my favorites who I haven’t seen in years like Mimosa and Minnesota, and a few totally new to me like The Widdler. James has been wanting to go to this one for years, and Camp ? always throws a good party, so we’re starting off summer proper and loading up Loretta with friends and festival gear this weekend!

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At the end of May is one of my favorite festivals ever (of course, I’m a bit biased towards all things locally grown), Enchanted Forest, right here in Mendocino county. This year the crew James DJs with, Acacia Beats, will be playing again, along with some of our favorites from down under, like Mr. Bill (!!!!) and Opiuo. I am very grateful that this festival is even possible for me, as tickets have been sold out for a couple weeks now. I will be working at the festival, assisting our friend Tulku who organizes the festival as he runs around dialing it all in to create this epic and beautiful blissful event in the magical redwoods.  And it’s at a new venue this year, right on a beautiful river and apparently there’s even showers and saunas. Ooooh la la! We do it right here in Mendo! *SO EXCITED!!!*

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The weekend after Enchanted Forest, I’ll get another chance to play and relax instead of work, at Raindance Campout, also at Belden town. I went to this festival last year, and James has been to it for 5 or 6 years in a row, it’s kinda his “home” festival. I wasn’t sure about being able to go, but then James worked his cute little booty off and bought us both tickets for Emissions, and meanwhile his awesome friends that camp with us at Raindance bought his Raindance ticket this year, so now I can afford mine! Gotta love it when your festival family takes care of you. Raindance always has a killer line-up and a relaxed, family vibe.

The next four weeks we’ll be at three festivals, and unfortunately in the process we’ll miss one of our favorite flow arts festivals, FireDrums, which is the same weekend as Enchanted Forest (we’ve decided we’re just gonna have to go to the smaller Pacific Fire Gathering run by the same folks in September on the Oregon Coast instead). So the next month will be our big festival binge of the summer, with family & friend visits and hopefully lots of chilling at home, river days, gardening, and BBQs to finish off the summer. It’s not looking like there are any conclave tickets left in our local group, so we’re most likely not going to make it to Burning Man until next year. But our friends do have an art car that’s going to be in two local 4th of July parades, so we’ll be having plenty of fun this summer regardless.

Enjoy your summertime adventures and HAPPY FESTIVAL SEASON! What festivals are you going to this year? 🙂

Building Community, Mendo Style

On Beltane, halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice, a few Mendocino coast ladies have been organizing a Maypole dance and ceremony on Big River Beach for the past several years. This year I got involved and we had perfect sunny weather to ring in summer with!

I had never participated in a Maypole dance before, and it was quite an experience, as you can see. It’s chaos at first, but eventually everyone gets in the rhythm and as the colorful pieces of fabric weave together, you circle around and around, seeing familiar faces with each rotation and weaving over and under each person you meet. The result is never perfect, but somehow more beautiful for its imperfection and texture. Each person’s piece of fabric is an interconnected part of a more beautiful whole, individual pieces grow difficult to distinguish but what they create together is far more interesting. Beltane reminded me what a vibrant, varied, fun, and loving community I live in.

We finished off the ceremony with a potluck, drum circle, music and, of course, fire spinning. What a beautiful evening! I am so grateful to live in a place that nurtures community and gathers to build beautiful things together. It was a wonderful demonstration of building community and expanding social circles, what a lovely gathering. I can already tell that this is going to be an amazing summer! Beltane Maypole Dance - Mendocino 2014 Beltane Maypole Dance - Mendocino 2014 Beltane Maypole Dance - Mendocino 2014 Beltane Maypole Dance - Mendocino 2014 Fire Spinning on Beltane, May 1 2014