Transformational Festivals

Sacred Bass Sessions + tea = LOVE


Reposting this from our friends over at Sacred Bass Sessions:

The Sacred Bass Sessions crew is thrilled to be partnering with the
SynchroniciTEA House to help facilitate some informal ambient/downtempo sets at Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival! We've got some of our favorite producers and bass wizards dropping in to conjure up some vibes ~ these sessions will be spontaneous and the musicians are encouraged to jam with the mood of the teahouse, getting as experimental / chill / weird as they want to (you can catch their more "traditional sets" on stages throughout the weekend)!

If you've attended a Sacred Bass Session before, you likely enjoyed some delicious tea and loving, grounding vibes at the SynchroniciTEA House ~ they're excited to be a part of Cascadia for the second year in a row, offering a communiTEA space for relaxation and inspiration, daily yoga and playshop offerings, lighting design by Acorn Productions and most importantly, FREE TEA FOR THE PEOPLE!

This 3-minute video tells the story of the SynchroniciTEA House, from Burning Man to SBS to Photosynthesis, and hopefully will inspire you to make a tithing towards their efforts of serving enlightened infusions for festival-goers at gatherings around the NW this summer: http://www.gofundme.com/synchronicitea

Here's a new mix from DJ Playaduster + Kaya Rainfall of
Destination Burning Man created for SynchroniciTEA House, featuring exquisite sacred bass music from Subaqueous, Erothyme, GUDA, The Polish Ambassador, BioLumigen, Soulacybin, David Starfire, Goopsteppa, Beatfarmer & ancient oolong codes from teamasters around the planet (free download) :

Hope to see you at Cascadia!

Summer Outlook: NW Festie Tour


Greetings friends, fellow Burners & faithful listeners! Destination Burning Man and the Get Found crew has decided to sit this upcoming Burning Man out - maybe with a few exceptions - for the first time since 2009 (I think, hard to keep track!)

We’ve had more and more pull towards smaller regional festivals, based close to home in the Pacific Northwest. The past few summers have found us dabbling here & there, and this year we’ve got an extremely well-researched, solid slate of regional transformative festivals we’re working towards:
Luminosity on the Sunshine Coast of BC, Cascadia NW Festival in the woods north of Seattle and Beloved in Oregon.


A gaggle of Get Found yogis will be participating in Wanderlust again this year in Whistler, BC, and we’re also eyeing Inspire Gathering at Doe Bay Hot Spring Retreat on Orcas Island in Washington and, last but definitely not least, Symbiosis 10 a few hours east of San Francisco, California.

Having collaborated on several Burning Man camps together over the years, culminating in the founding of the SynchroniciTEA House in 2011, we haven’t been content with showing up at the Burn or festivals empty-handed. The joy and presence and community we’ve felt in serving tea in particular ~ steamy cups of oolong, pu’er, white and herbal blends ~ has led us down an unexpected, intuitive road that morphs and evolves each year. It is a calling, and we are honored to answer ~

SynchroniciTEA House is more than just a teahouse: it is a hub of creative community, engagement and exploration. It is a vessel that facilitates Get Found’s desire to contribute to the emerging transformational festival culture and serve others. As a collective we are intentionally working to manifest the emerging New Paradigm.  Each cup of tea is infused with love consciousness and a seed of the high frequency shifts needed to support new ways of sustainable living on the planet.

Learn more here and if you feel inspired to support our efforts, donate here.

We’ll be using this here dBM blog to give you previews and reports as the summer rolls on…. have fun out there!

What is the SyncroniciTEA House?

A few words of explanation from Get Found:

Destination Burning Man is a proud partner in the SynchroniciTEA House project, bringing inspired tea infusions, healing arts & yoga, fresh DJ sets, the Mystery School Library & a place for grounded CommunitTEA at festivals around the Pacific Northwest this summer! Will you help us help the well-being of our community by making a donation, however large or small, to the SynchroniciTEA House today?


SynchroniciTEA House is more than just a teahouse: it is a hub of creative community, engagement and exploration. It is a vessel that facilitates Get Found’s desire to contribute to the emerging transformational festival culture and serve others. As a collective we are intentionally working to manifest theemerging New Paradigm.  Each cup of tea is infused with love consciousness and a seed of the high frequency shifts needed to support new ways of sustainable living on the planet.

SynchroniciTEA House : enchanted elixirs for the masses

Get Found is a collective of friends with roots in the Pacific Northwest that stretch down the West Coast: Seattle, Bellingham, Olympia, Portland, Sebastopol and San Francisco. We came together at Burning Man 2009 through a series of serendipitous events and have spent every summer since sharing in adventures, creative work and community building. In 2011, we came together 30-strong to create the SynchroniciTEA House at Burning Man, a respite from the desert sun that offered loungey vibes, music and performance, a place to recharge and connect over endless flowing infusions and elixirs. Our special love is for oolong tea, and we have a supplier in Taiwan who sends us the most choice leaf available; we also serve pu’ers, herbal blends and more.  


After the successful Burning Man experiment, the teahouse was reconfigured to be mobile and began making appearances at gatherings like Sacred Bass Sessions in Bellingham, Pranaforce Yoga’s “Dream it Real” events in Seattle and the 2014 Photosynthesis Festival. Through our experiences, we have learned that it is rewarding to show up and be in service to the community.

As we look forward to Summer 2015, we want to take the SynchroniciTEA House to the next level for the people ~ we have plans for a bigger, bolder teahouse structure, space and amplification for playshops and performances, daily yoga and healing arts offerings and even more exquisite tea sourced from around the planet, with even more potent high frequency infusions.

SynchroniciTEA House is more than just a teahouse: it is a hub of creative community, engagement and exploration. It is a vessel that facilitates Get Found’s desire to contribute to the emerging transformational festival culture and serve others. Each cup of tea is infused with love consciousness and a seed of the high frequency shifts needed to support new ways of sustainable living on the planet.

We have never asked for money for our tea service over the years ~ all are welcomed in, all are given a seat and a steamy cup of tea.  Our patrons leave with the magic warmth of tea in their hearts and a sense of belonging to something greater. This year, we have sketched out a dream budget of $4000 to fund our next-level vision.

Will you help us help the well-being of our community by making a donation, however large or small, to the SynchroniciTEA House today?


Help fund a movement that is much greater than all of us, a movement that is rising from the ground up, like steam off a hot cup of Oolong, unstoppable. May we see you at our table this summer, and may we soon share a cup of tea!

Luminosity Gathering 2015

Join us at Luminosity Gathering 2015 in beautiful British Columbia!

The music of Beloved 2014

Destination Burning Man is stoked to be headed to our first Beloved Festival August 8-11 with some of our Get Found playa crew. The art and workshops and festival grounds all look delicious, and you know we're also looking forward to the musical artists on the slate too! Here are a few of the musical highlights we are looking forward to at Beloved 2014:

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Beloved 2014


Destination Burning Man is excited to be attending our first Beloved Festival August 8-11 next month! As we noted earlier this week, we're skipping another Burn this summer is exchange for checking out a wide variety of West Coast transformational festivals. We've already had amazing adventures and connections at Luminosity and Photosynthesis, now packing up for Wanderlust Whistler, and the Grand Finale will be our trip to Tidewater Falls, Oregon with some of our Get Found tribe to take in this legendary gathering...

Here's a short video from the Bloom Series on Beloved that shows a lot of reasons why we NEED to be there this summer:

And here's some basic information about Beloved 2014; we'll be reporting more before, during and after the gathering...

2014 Beloved Festival | Sacred Art & Music Festival | Tidewater Falls, Oregon

The Beloved Festival is a wild and wonderful, 4-day, camping, art, and music festival on the Oregon coast. Since it’s beginnings in 2008, the festival has grown to over five times it’s original size and is known for selling out as early as 6 months in advance… sometime before the lineup is even released! It’s creator, Elliot Rasenick has described the Beloved Festival experience as “art and music presented in a way that eradicates the illusion of separation from each other, from the earth and the origin of all things, The Beloved.”

Beloved Festival offers a unique mix of leading-edge EDM and world music, interactive art installations, live painting, yummy, local, organic cuisine, and educational programming, including workshops on yoga, ancient wisdom & eco-ethics. All of this together makes for an incredibly powerful festival experience that is easy to say, “YES!”

• A “Temple Meadow,” designed as a space for individual and group prayer as well as the home of workshops in Yoga, Qigong, etc. designed to give non-denominational guidance in prayer and meditation;

• A health and well-being area, including a sauna, showers, massage and bodywork offerings;

• A village featuring a carefully curated selection of merchants selling thematic goods, whole foods, treats, beverages and tonics, as well as an information booth to assist patrons in their navigation of the festival and first aid booth to provide assistance to patrons with their physical, mental, and/or psychic health.

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Updated event details at

Wanderlust Whistler, July 31-August 4

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In our
ongoing exploration of non-playa-related West Coast festie offerings, we're very stoked to be heading north to BC next weekend for Wanderlust Whistler — here's a little story we wrote for our local alt-weekly newspaper here in Bellingham:

If downward dog, “activating the heart chakra” and Surya Namaskar are common phrases in your lexicon, you’re not alone.

According to a recent study by the Yoga Journal, 20.4 million Americans practice some form of yoga, a surge of interest that has given rise to a $27 billion industry, including an 87 percent increase in spending on classes, clothing, videos and retreats over the past five years.

Here in the Fourth Corner, the yoga scene is likewise thriving, with more than a dozen studios scattered throughout Bellingham and the county, as well as classes being offered at gyms, schools, parks and clinics. Teacher training workshops, sound healing and kirtan concerts and
last winter’s successful series of Sacred Bass Sessions—events combining asana practice, art and electronic music—all demonstrate a local hunger for yoga-inspired movement, spirituality and community.

Just in time for peak summer, one of the most expansive yoga festivals in North America is coming to our backyard.

Wanderlust Whistler is a five-day gathering at the scenic home of the 2010 Winter Olympics—three hours north of Bellingham—that offers dozens of yoga classes, workshops and lectures, outdoor recreation activities, organic wine and beer tastings and a farm-to-table meal, as well as live music from Charles Bradley, Emancipator, Tycho, RJD2 and MC Yogi and the Wanderlust Spectacular, a “Cirque du Soleil of yoga” that brings together acroyoga, slacklining, Budokan yoga and hooping.

In addition to yoga teacher superstars like Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, and Eoin Finn, Wanderlust Whistler taps into local talent too, including Bellingham’s Melissa Longfellow and Summer Huntington. Both are popular teachers in town—Longfellow at 3 OMS Yoga Studio and Huntington at Fit Body Wellness—and have volunteered their talents at Sacred Bass Sessions and other community events.

Longfellow opened 3 OMS Yoga in 2009 with Amy Robinson, and currently teaches power yoga, trains future teachers and offers life-coaching counseling. She is also active in one of the more unusual, playful variations on this ancient tradition: yoga on standup paddleboards through Yoga on Liquid and SUP Yoga Bellingham.

“The awesome thing about practicing asanas on a paddleboard is the influence the water has on your poise and balance,” Longfellow explains. “The constantly moving medium challenges you to stay in your center even more than when you’re on the mat, and also strengthens core muscles as you make constant micro-adjustments.”

Longfellow will lead seven SUP yoga sessions in Whistler, as well as an afternoon practice accompanied by DJ HyFi.
“I’ve taught at Wanderlust festivals in Tahoe and Oahu before, but never here in my own backyard,” she says. “It’s hard to think of a more beautiful and inspiring setting for so many seekers to gather.”

At Wanderlust Whistler, Huntington will be teaching Clubbell Yoga, a contemporary blend of strength training and yoga using weighted clubs that is derived from ancient martial arts training. Clubbell Yoga incorporates three elements—“awaken, condition and practice”—and is designed to assist beginning yogis, athletes and strength trainers in learning transitions in yoga as well as developing core and shoulder strength.

“I’m really excited to bring this unique fusion that that unites body, mind and breath through thoughtful sequencing to one of the biggest yoga festivals in the world,” Huntington says, having already introduced audiences to the Clubbell practice in Seattle, New York, London, and Budapest.

Whether it’s chakra tuning and purification, meditation flash mobs, “yoga for dudes,” capoeira, rock climbing, Ayurvedic healing, hiking, Kundalini for the heart, Bhakti devotionals or dancing into the night, Wanderlust Whistler has everything yearning Cascadian yogis and yoginis might desire.

Think globally, Burn locally...

Well, it’s been a minute since we’ve posted anything up here on the dBM blog, and so we thought we’d take a moment to check in and say hello. As the 2014 Burn approaches, there’s a huge surge in visitors surfing their way to our website, looking for information, videos, survival tips, hot gossip, fuckleberry mojito recipes and, most of all, music via our dBMcast project. There is a ton of information you can access from 8 years of keeping up this website and blog, and hope you’ll find something useful or inspirational here. Or at the very least, a ton of music mixes to load up on for your roadtrip to the playa and/or theme camp soundtracks!

One reason for the prolonged silence is because our Burning Man camp crew, Get Found, is once again skipping over the Burn — we will have a loose assortment of our people on-playa here & there, but no organized camp nor SynchroniciTEA House.

As for myself, this is the 2nd year in a row I’ve procured tickets then let them go as the Burn grew closer. Like last summer, I am feeling pulled to participate in local/regional/West Coast festivals. I am really appreciating the intimacy of gathering with smaller groups; the option of camping in the woods, or on the beach, or next to a river; the comparative ease of getting there & back again, as well as financial and vacation days savings; and the music at the festies I’ve been visiting is top-notch! I just haven’t felt the flame of inspiration or motivation to make the trek to the Black Rock Desert, and lacking the passion, I can’t fire up all the creative energy needed to make Burning Man happen. I think about all the shopping and organizing and camp logistics and thrift store browsing and creating, and then the strenuous drive in a sub-adequate vehicle, the lining up to get in, the paranoia of getting past the big law enforcement sting operation at the gates, the 2 days of hard, dusty work in setting up camp and the teahouse….sigh. I just don’t have it in me this summer. Again.

“I just want to get airdropped in to Black Rock City!” I mentioned to a friend today. Maybe that will be my 2015 plan of attack. I know I’ll LOVE IT once I’m there, back in the dust with all the amazing art, booming bass and beautiful Burners — it is just the getting there I’m not up for.

For now, I am very content with exploring West Coast gatherings, reuniting and hanging out with friends and local musicians, artists, healers & teachers, camping under the trees and swimming during the heat of the day, meeting new local peeps and networking for Sacred Bass Sessions, connecting with my native ground and spreading moontrolling love in the Pacific Northwest!

Moontroll's Summer 2013 Festy Report, Part 3


The third stop on my Summer 2013 Festy Tour, after Photosynthesis and What the Festival?!, was back up to northwestern Washington for the 13th annual Summer Meltdown. I won't spend too much time reviewing it here, as it really doesn't belong in the "transformational festival" category. Meltdown doesn't have yoga domes or interactive art or daytime workshops on "Healing the Planet with Mushrooms" or "Vegan Zen Anarchy for the 21st Century" or "Better Living through Sacred Geometry." It doesn't try to be anything that it is not, but instead revels in its local, grassroots, camping-and-partying-in-the-woods vibe. It's a really lovely way to spend a summer weekend close to home, especially with the Stillaguamish River nearby for daytime swimming and the overall non-pretentious and friendly folk who gather year after year.

Meltdown also offered me a good helping of mostly non-electronic music — funk, bluegrass, hip-hop, folk, world beat, blues — for which I am always grateful as a way to address my Acoustic Deficit Disorder (ADD). Highlights for me included Ivan Neville's Dumpstafunk, Chali 2Na, The Cave Singers, Lotus, Xavier Rudd, Polecat, Acorn Project, March Fourth Marching Band and an array of local stringbands. And I did get a little electro-music fix from great sets by Odesza and Emancipator!

Enjoy some photos and videos I shot from Summer Meltdown:


March Fourth Marching Band


The Cave Singers


Xavier Rudd









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Moontroll's Summer 2013 Festy Report, Part 2


Photosynthesis (read the first installment in my Summer 2013 Festy Report here), I bid farewell to my campmates Maketa, Lisa and Michael and headed down the Pacific Coast towards Oregon. To give myself some post-camping post-festy love, I booked a bunk in the hostel at the McMenamin's Edgefield in Troutdale on the Columbia River — my favorite place to stay the night pretty much anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. I was able to feast upon tater tots, swill fresh-brewed pints, float around their luscious soaking pool and spend time in Jerry's Ice House, their cozy, hidden Jerry Garcia bar/shrine.

The next morning I headed out to a trailhead in the Cascades east of Salem, and was joined by Torsten, who drove up from San Francisco, and Orbit, from Portland. We hitched our backpacks on and sauntered up Ruby Creek for several miles and then camped beneath an old-growth cedar tree beside the crystal-clear flowing waters. Ah, soul rejuvenation, in the backcountry with my brothers!


Next up on this charmed journey was
Breitenbush Hot Springs, a hippie commune/resort full of magikal energies and healing waters. It was here, deep in the Oregon woods, that Get Found gathered, the reunion of our Burning Man crew arriving from Oakland, Boulder, Seattle, Portland, Sebastopol, Olympia and Bellingham. An afternoon of splendid soaking led to a campout down the road, with bottles of champagne and lots of stories to catch up on.

We rolled out convoy-style the next morning north towards Mount Hood, and arrived at the
2nd annual What the Festival?! as gates opened. This was to be my second smaller regional fest of the summer, one I was looking forward to after an amazing debut the previous summer — I was able to see outdoor sets from Bonobo, Paper Diamond, Beats Antique, Griz, PhuturePrimitive, Emancipator, Sugarpill, An-ten-ae, Scuba, Hudson Mohawke, Claude VonStroke, Bluetech, Sepalcure, EPROM, Ana Sia, Dillon Francis and others in the short span of three days, all the while surrounded by a natural setting subtly enhanced with lighting, art installations, chill zones and lots of space. The event was so good that we were able to convince our far-flung troupe to make the trek all the way out to Dufur, Oregon for round two.

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Moontroll's Summer 2013 Festy Report, Part 1


Well, here we are, with the summer at our backs, facing forward towards Fall.

This summer, I made the decision not to go to Burning Man, after seven Burns, and four consecutive: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. The time had come to take a step back and, by conscious design, allocate our energies in different ways for a change. I had a couple of questions in mind: If I took all of the money, prep time, vacation days, physical and creative energy and road miles that I usually spend on my 2-week pilgrimage to the desert and put it towards other things, spread it out over more, what would summer look like then? What was I sacrificing by putting the majority of my resources towards that one-week blowout in Black Rock City? What do I even do in the summertime before I was introduced to the Burn in 2004?!? Good questions. I had to find out….

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Symbiosis Gathering 2013 : Part 3 : Everything else!

Well, kiddos, here we go with the third of three dBM blog posts exploring Symbiosis Gathering 2013, five days of art, music, community, interaction, ceremony and nature being held over the Autumnal Equinox—which is also the Harvest Full Moon—at Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, California, September 19-23. You can get tickets, camping information and everything else you might need at symbiosisgathering.com.

Part one looked at the deeper intentions that go in to creating Symbiosis gatherings, and what makes them different than your average summer music festival. Part two delved in to the musical offerings spread out across four unique stages. And we're going to close out with a round-up of the rest of the features that beckon us to the gathering grounds….


The Venue:

Surrounded on three sides by crystal clear water, floaties encouraged! Only 90 minutes east of the Bay area, this year's Symbiosis gathering grounds look the perfect place to give summer a goodbye kiss and make the turn towards Autumnal energies. More photos at http://www.symbiosisgathering.com/venue/

Click here for "Symbiosis Gathering 2013 with Micha and Leighton" if video isn't displaying properly above. From Symbiosis Gathering on Vimeo.


The Edwardian Ball Roadshow:

from the website:

The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author Edward Gorey. Set in our own version of “Edwardian” era, this multi-media extravaganza has grown over the past fourteen years, from a small underground party into an internationally recognized festival, even garnering the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

Costumed and enthusiastic attendees, traveling from all reaches of the globe, gather for a delightful blend of ballroom dancing, live music, riveting stage shows, DJs, fine art galleries, absinthe cocktails, steam machinery, parlour games, sideshows, and our highly acclaimed Vendor Bazaar. All ages are welcome in this darkly humorous and elegant setting, where literary aficionados rub elbows with insect-like creatures parading on stilts… where Edwardian recreationists waltz past the steam-powered tea garden… where the only guiding rule is that you join in on the fun!


On the stage...

Vau de Vire Society
Rosin Coven
Dark Garden
Shakti Bliss
Fou Fou HA
The Klown Korps

Out and about...

Living Statue Garden
Portrait Booth
Klown Croquet
Ballroom Dancing
and much more…



from the website:

We are here to SHARE LOVE, HEALING, INTENTION and hold the sacred container of CREATION for the Kidzbiosis tribe through fun and activating workshops in ENERGYPLAY, SOUND & CRYSTAL EXPLORATION, SACRED GEOMETRY, ECSTATIC DANCE and engagement of I AM PRESENCE with youth and community! Join us in our mystical FAMILY GARDEN, where all people are participants, all children are FAERIES and HEROES and all DREAMS COME TRUE in the blink of an eye!"

There's a Fairy Teahouse, Imagination Station 3D live mural mandala, dragon parade and even unicorn horn making for the little festivarians!

ps. can we talk about the MUSIC!?!

So, Destination Burning Man is heading south in a couple of days for Symbiosis and we hope to see old friends and make new ones! symbiosisgathering.com. whoopwhoop!

Symbiosis Gathering 2013 : Part 2 : The Music


With over 100 different DJs, bands, producers, singers and composers playing on four stages over five days, trying to comprehend the musical side of Symbiosis gets downright overwhelming pretty quick. The line-up is quite unlike any other summer festival from either coast: idiosyncratic, unpredictable, adventurous, taking risks. A mix of new and old, known and unknown, representing genres of bass and dance music from across the wide spectrum. The gathering promises an orgy of delicious sounds regardless of what muse you follow over the long weekend.

Many of the artists are well-known and well-loved by
longtime dBMcast listeners -- we've played the hell out of Vibesquad, Bluetech, Gladkill, Mount Kimbie, Phaeleh, Russ Liquid, Kalya Scintilla, Ana Sia, Thriftworks, Pumpkin, Kaminanda, Rab, Sun:Monx, The Human Experience, Plantrae, Desert Dwellers, Michael Menert, Ott, DJ Cheb i Sabbah, An-ten-ae and Emancipator. It boggles our mind, and frankly makes us wonder how we'll survive this much high-end advanced Bass Chakra Therapy all at once. Pray for us.

We're also familiar with, or looking forward to experiencing more of, artists including Bird of Prey, ODESZA, JPod, Knowa Knowone, Dov, Gaudi, Jamie Janover, Christian Martin, Lynx, Treavor Moontribe, Christian Martin and Sidecar Tommy.


And best of all perhaps is the element of surprise. We've learned that being able to put faith in a festival's organizer, to trust in both their intentions and their musical tastes, is a great gift. To be able to simply show up and not worry about any musical schedule, instead flowing from stage to stage based on a combination of randomness and synchronicity, and know that you're in good hands, that whatever music you encounter is going to move you, surprise you, intrigue you, entertain you, take you to places you didn't imagine…..this is pure bliss!

Based on what we've discovered about the Symbiosis Gathering founders and organizers' vision and integrity, as well as past lineups, as well as a close study of this year's lineup, Destination Burning Man is predicting that
everyone present is going to be blown away.

Of course, there are dozens more we haven't mentioned, in part because there are many names we don't know much about—haven't gotten to yet—including most of the large-font-size headliners like Policia, Iamwhoiam, Hudson Mohawke, RL Grime, Lunice, Brodinski, Chet Faker and, yes, even Shpongle and STS9.


Whether or not you're planning on making it to Symbiosis at Woodward Reservoir on September 19-23, aka the Harvest Moon, aka the Autumnal Equinox, you can dig in deep to the diverse musical line-up by checking out this new dBMcast—the Symbiotic Sampler—mixed by both DJ Playaduster and Kaya Rainface and featuring over 20 of the artists playing for us at the gathering: http://www.destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts/files/symbiosis-sampler.html

Also, Symbiosis has curated three music compilations of singles from many of the DJs and bands, and they're available for free stream or download via

For a look at the full line-up and day-to-day breakdown, visit

Sun stage photo by Rafael Reynolds of MuchThumpPhoto.com.

Symbiosis Gathering 2013 : Part 1 : Overview, roots, intentions….

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If the DoLab’s Lightning in a Bottle can be understood as the spring kick-off for Transformational Festival season, and Burning Man as its fiery apex in late summer, then surely Symbiosis is the grounding grand finale on the Autumnal Equinox.

The 2013 Symbiosis Gathering will be held September 19-23 at the Woodward Reservoir Regional Park in California, about 90 minutes east of the Bay area. Like past Gatherings, it offers a dizzying array of attractions, including four stages packed with live bands and electronic producers, the Edwardian Ball Roadshow featuring an “immersive, magical world of theatrical entertainment with an eccentric assortment of music, aerial acrobatics, circus acts, offbeat fashion and ballroom dancing,” interactive art installations and thoughtfully-curated chill spaces, healing arts, healthy food vending, yoga, classes on topics including capoeira, improv, spoken word, permaculture, parenting and even mushroom science, artisanal crafts and clothing vending, presentations by Saul Williams, The Yes Men, Dennis McKenna, The Second City, Rainforest Action Network and others, and, when your brain is full, a lake for swimming and splashing.

As you can plainly see, Symbiosis is not just another music festival nor a laid-back West Coast hippie campout. Since its’ conception, the Gathering has been envisioned to be something unique, all-encompassing, a “multi-dimensional event” where the sum is greater than all of its diverse parts.

Symbiosis Gatherings, as their mission statement declares, “intend to facilitate peak experiences through a synaesthesia of art, music, transformational learning, and sustainable living integrated into an unparalleled extravaganza of fun beneath the starry skies."

Symbiosis Gathering... from Symbiosis Gathering on Vimeo.

Yes, the music, art and performances at Symbiosis will be mind-blowing, without any doubt. But there is a deeper level to this particular gathering that makes it intriguing, and binds it in to an underground network of other progressive events that seek to inspire, educate and transform: Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle, The Great Convergence, Shambhala, Beloved, Photosynthesis, even Rainbow Gatherings and Grateful Dead shows of days gone by.

Reality Sandwich explains, “Based on ancient community gatherings, the modern festival serves a profound purpose in the turbulent landscape of our times.”

Jacob Devaney, founder of the Culture Collective,
furthers, explaining that “we need places to immerse ourselves in new ways of living together, think-tanks for symbiotic expression and understanding in order to cultivate…a living practice to benefit the broader web around us instead of merely exploiting it for financial gain.”

But perhaps Symbiosis co-founder Kevin KoChen, quoting Alan Kay, sums it up best: "The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

KoChen was recently profiled by Reality Sandwich, providing context to the motivations behind Symbiosis Gatherings:

Armed with a team of artists and dreamers, KoChen sees his life’s goal as assisting in the expansion of consciousness through event crafting. By creating these environments and allowing attendees to live in what he considers both a futuristic and an ancient society, he is supporting this community’s growth towards positive, universal purpose…

“Festivals represent a moment out of time for people where they can be free to live in a village of enjoyment,” said KoChen. “It provides a space for people to ask deeper questions or celebrate with good friends and being alive in a beautiful world. Festivals can inspire us that life is not simply about being busy and earning money, but it’s about experiencing ourselves, our community, and artistic beauty in our beautiful world.”

KoChen bases his interest in event crafting in the ancient societies he studied during his traditional education. By looking toward the examples from the past, and applying their practices to today’s technological culture, he has carved out a niche of meaningful connection in a world characterized by turbulence.

Another insightful exploration in to this emerging trend of Transformational Festival culture is The Bloom Series, a multi-part documentary web series that is well worth watching. Check out the first two episodes, featuring footage of past Symbiosis Gatherings, at http://thebloomseries.com.

Check back next week for Part Two of Destination Burning Man’s exploration of the 2013 Symbiosis Gathering, with a focus
on the music you’ll hear at the festival.

For more information and tickets, visit

A report from Photosynthesis Festival


Here's a report from one of the smaller, regional, West Coast festies Get Found attended this summer as part of our NW travels in lieu of going to Burning Man this summer….cross-posted from our dBMcast page.

dBMcast#129: Photosynthesis : Into the Dream Dome

Mixed by Kaya Rainface, August 2013
Here's some Jedi Goddess Ninja Healer Mermaid Wizard music, inspired by the Photosynthesis Festival held at Hobuck Beach in the far northwestern corner of Washington State July 19-21, 2013 and mixed up by Kaya Rainface for Destination Burning Man. This set evokes the sacred bass celebrations held in the Dream Dome, tapping in to dream states, dream flights, subconscious massages & third eye galaktivations, a space where fantasies morph in to altered realities….let this musical sacrament take you to the places where you access your subliminal sides & express your secret powers!

Jon Hopkins "Sun Harmonics"
Subaqueous "Invoking"
Kaminanda "Liquid Sunrise"
Plantrae "Taiga Bloom"
Drumpyder remixes "Shiva Ntaraj > Bodhi Mandala" (Desert Dwellers)
Aligning Minds "In the Wake of Forever"
Osiris "Immersion > Sole Diver"
Kalpatura Tree "Naked Soul Dub"
Kalya Scintilla "From Day to Night and Back Again"
Elephant Revival "The Raven Song"
Russ Liquid "New Beginnings"

Photosynthesis began with a ritual. An elder from the Makah tribe—we were holding our gathering on their tribal lands, at their invitation—said prayers in his native tongue and then blessed the ground we would dance upon all weekend by sprinkling white puffs of eagle down from his medicine bag. It was an offering that galaktivated the Dream Dome. The line-up of DJs—combined with the visionary artists, VJs, tea servers, dancers and many wild, organic shrines—created a deep vibe that persisted over three long nights of ritual and dancing. The swollen moon waxed in the heavens above, ravens and eagles flew overhead and the hypnotic roar of the Pacific Ocean backdropped everything.

Plantrae playing violin and dropping botanical beats in the Dream Dome

In this mix, Jon Hopkins gives the opening invocation with "Sun Harmonics," appropriate for Photosynthesizers beneath a grey blanket of sea fog and salty mist. The rest of the artists contribute to the musical journey in more or less the order they performed in the Dream Dome over the weekend: amazing contributions from (mostly) West Coast/Pacific Northwest producers Subaqueous, Kaminanda, Plantrae, Drumspyder, Aligning Minds, Osiris, Kalpatura Tree and Kalya Scintilla. Elephant Revival shares a closing prayer with "Raven Song" and, as we drift off from the Dream Dome at dawn, the sounds of Russ Liquid coming from the Mandala Dome carry us home to our tents in the trees….

I should note that Hopkins and Elephant Revival did not play at Photosynthesis, but their opening and closing mantras to the mix are in alignment with the Dream Dome vibe and we're happy to have them!

Visionary art in the Dream Dome

The vocals are Makah elders speaking in their indigenous language, including a whaling chant. They are incorporated in Kaya Rainface's mix in the spirit of respect for their culture and gratitude for letting us gather to dance, celebrate, commune and heal on their ancestral land. You'll also hear elements of the land: waves crashing, birds calling, winds blowing…it was an overcast and somewhat chilly weekend, though we were spared rain, and the chill brought us closer together around campfires.

Kalya Scintilla closes the weekend ritual Sunday night in the Dream Dome

Gratitude. We are grateful to the DJs, artists, dancers, temple builders and festival organizers. See you back at Hobuck next year!


Celebrating the bass music of What the Festival?! with two-part What the Mixtape?! from DJ Playaduster

I’m just back from the first-ever What the Festival?! in the White River Canyon of Oregon and am so incredibly inspired by what went down there: an eclectic roster of top-shelf DJ talent dropping their jams through Function One soundsystems, the gorgeous landscape accentuated by art and light installations, lots of chill spaces full of kind and creative people, good food, minimal security and hilarious pool parties during the heat of the day — I can’t say enough good things about this gathering and the team that put it on. Big ups to the WTF?! crew for pulling this off so flawlessly, and to my own Pacific Northwest Get Found tribe for representing the love.

The rush of inspiration we felt in the White River Canyon has carried over and DJ Playaduster quickly spun out a a 2-sided music mixtape project to commemorate the weekend of music, art, nature and community.

Side one of What the Mixxtape?! features some of the artists I saw and danced my ass off to through the dark of the night, with a focus on the glitch-hop, dubstep, whomp and other soundz from the heavier end of the Bass Chakra spectrum, including Bonobo, Beats Antique, GRiZ, Gladkill, Ana Sia, MartyParty, Sugarpill, EPROM and Paper Diamond.

Side Two goes deep with more experimental bass frequencies from What the Festival?!, including Sepalcure, Scuba and Sinjin Hawke, some acid crunk from Low Ryderz, a long soothing set from Emancipator and forward-leaning low-end wavelengths from Gladkill, Bluetech, PhuturePrimitive and Sugarpill.

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Bonobo’s excellent Sunday night DJ set…seen from the hillside:

From the environment to the art to the people to the lighting to the vibes to the splash pool and ESPECIALLY to the expertly curated schedule of to-notch DJs, the organizers did it right. We can't thank them enough for all the special touches, large and small.

Photos of MiMOSA, Beats Antique, Ana Sia, Emancipator and more — including scenes from the WTF?! environment — after the jump…..
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