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Lightning in a Bottle Announces "The Village" Workshop and Presenters

Do LaB proudly unveils the 2016 theme, presenters, workshops and offerings for Lightning in a Bottle’s micro-environment and sacred epicenter, The Village. Built around a beautiful Grandmother Oak, paying homage to its 2016 theme, “Tree of Life”, The Village will give attendees a unique opportunity to learn by doing, develop hands on skills and discover what it takes to create and sustain a living Village together as a community.
Fueled by the intention to bring ceremonial and ancient wisdom traditions into festival culture, The Village will create a regenerative, restorative way of life through educational demonstrations, enlightening workshops and singular metamorphic experiences. Step inside the Community Lodge to explore daily workshops centered around earth-based traditions, rituals, social action strategies and plant medicine teachings. Luminaries taking the Lodge stage this year include visionary activist and founder of Portland’s renowned Village Building Convergence Mark Lakeman, festival returnee Mexihcah medicine man and lineage holder Kuautli Vasquez, Community leaders and ceremonialists Isis Indriya and Eve Ladyapples who will lead a fully experiential and participatory journey up the kabbalistic Tree of Life, and Esperide Ananas the Ambassador of Damanhur (an Italian-based federation of spiritual communities, with its own culture, art, currency, schools, and underground temple built entirely by hand, which is known as “the eighth wonder of the world”) who will speak on the Magic and Power of Community.
The Village’s 2016 theme, Tree of Life, will focus on re-integrating humanity into right relationship with our ecosystem. A carefully selected groups of Village Earth Stewards will deliver a wide range of programming to help participants move naturally into their empowered role as agents of the lands. These Stewards include two legends of permaculture and regenerative design visionaries Penny Livingston Stark and James Stark, owner of Permaculture Artisans Erik Ohlsen who will speak on Permaculture Visions for LIB and Beyond, and a myriad of speakers from Planet Experts, a growing community of global change makers that includes scientists, advocates, innovators, visionaries and journalists who are committed to protecting our planet by sharing stories that matter.
Other Village environments include the Essential Oil Learning Lab, sanctuary refuge space The Haven, Casa Sagrada space for sacred healing, the magical Witch’s Hut for mystic, esoteric teachings and herbal apothecary, the Permaculture Action Hub, a Mentor Space for personal connections with LIB’s elders and wisdom keepers, and the beloved Ancestral Arts Arbor for mentorships of traditional skills such as fire by friction, and wood carving. And for the first time ever, The Village will present the farm-to-festival theatrical dining experience, the Last Supper Club, where diners will fuel their imaginations and enchant their tastebuds.
As the sun begins to set over the native grounds of LIB each evening, participants are invited to lend their presence and energy to the Sunset Ceremony, and witness the daily ritual of the lightning of the Sacred Fire. Forming an elemental triad, the Sacred Fire joins the Community Fountain and the Seed Mandala to form the ceremonial center of The Village – truly a sight to see and experience!
For a taste of what’s to come at The Village at LIB, seekers can go to Nevada City, CA from April 21-24 for The Village Symposium. This gathering is a journey into community building, education, ritual and social change with workshops, ceremony, performance, dancing, and feasts. Visit their Facebook event page for more info.
Lightning in a Bottle 2016 is California’s premiere camping, music, and art boutique festival that takes place Memorial Day Weekend (May 25 – 30, 2016) at the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA, and features music headliners Chet Faker, Jamie XX, Grimes, Tokimonsta, Guy Gerber, Cashmere Cat, Four Tet and over 100+ artists performing over multiple majestically structured stages. Additionally, LIB features visionary artists and interactive zones including The Village, the Grand Artique, Amori’s, Kid’s Village, and Lucent Temple of Consciousness with an expanded Learning Kitchen, Healing Sanctuary, Meditation Nest, Mystery School, Pineal Playground, two yoga tents and more. Learn more by visiting the Lightning in a Bottle website, and click here to purchase tickets.


Pleasurekraft at Spybar

A distant trance beat led us down the stairs as darkness quickly engulfed into the comfort of Spy Bar’s black walls and industrialized ceiling. Red mood lighting sprayed the walls enticing us to walk further into the sex drive of this ultra-lounge. Modern chic decor paired with the intrigue of an underground feel and always providing the most tasteful choice of music. The modest and refreshing choice of stage provides an unparalleled intimacy that is felt between the guests and the DJs alike. 4500 square feet with fully open dance floor space, equipped with an island bar, and as well as a second bar along the wall side of the dance floor allows for easy access to drinks throughout the night. The club proves to hold an ample amount of tables accommodated with friendly staffing for bottle service. “The River North Party Paradise” according to Rolling Stone Magazine, has been running strongly for 18 years and has become a legend in Chicago.
Pleasurekraft, played a SIX HOUR exclusive set that went strong throughout the night. Thanks to the generosity of the Club owner, a Patrón on the rocks began to work its magic on me as I joined the celebrating crowd. Whilst becoming inebriated, I contemplated over whether I should be interpreting the name PleasureKraft as some sort of alien sex craft or rather an artful craft of providing musical pleasure but ended up deciding either name was was quite fitting and let go allowing these otherworldly synthesizers to mesmerize me.
Melodies wrapped tightly around the knocking of the beat as if it were a spine drawing all the elements seamlessly together. The catchy rhythms would not allow for the possibility of standing around and Pleasurekraft had the dance floor captivated by the shuffling patterns of music.
Even after the set the dance floor cheered for one last song; as if six hours wasn’t enough time for them! Pleasurekraft has successfully developed a very mature sound after the years of playing and is a true artist at the core. After speaking with him at the end of the night it seems all artists have much in common with evolving new sounds and retiring the old. It was a great boost of confidence and enlightenment that many artists go through the same struggles but should always persevere forward!
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Lightning in a Bottle Announces Temple Days – March 26th 2016

Save the date for the 2nd annual Lucent Temple of Consciousness – Temple Days!

March 26th 2016

Situated in the heart of LA at Wanderlust Hollywood, this 12 hours urban wellness retreat focuses on exploring the diverse programming found within the Temple areas that is at the vibrational heart of Lightning in a Bottle. Temple of Consciousness encourages attendees to expand their mind with an abundance of heart opening spiritual lessons, whimsical teachings, group rituals and ceremonies, deep healing modalities, potent ancient technologies and breakthroughs in next level consciousness. Temple Days teases those transformative experiences by providing guests with workshops, yoga and movement, food, art and musical performances–just a taste of what to expect at LIB 2016.

This year’s “Temple Days” features an inspiring lineup comprised of world-class speakers, yoga, meditation, experiential workshops, performers, musicians and DJs – a high caliber curation that has become a signature characteristic found at both Lightning in a Bottle and Wanderlust events.

The March 26 pre-event takes place from 12am to 12pm at Wanderlust Hollywood,1357 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028. To purchase tickets for Temple Days visit the website here and RSVP on the Facebook event page. Ticket prices start at $35, increasing to $45 on March 3rd and then up to $55 on March 24th.

Lightning in a Bottle 2016 takes place Memorial Day Weekend (May 25 – 30, 2016) at the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA, and features music headliners Chet Faker, Jamie XX, Grimes, Tokimonsta, Guy Gerber, Cashmere Cat, and Four Tet, in addition to the Lucent Temple of Consciousness with an expanded Learning Kitchen, Healing Sanctuary, Meditation Nest, Mystery School, Pineal Playground, two yoga tents and more. To learn more about Lightning in a Bottle visit, or purchase tickets here.