A lucid dream is a dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. The definition of lucid itself means to clearly understand. In coming to and experiencing Lucidity Festival 2015 I have come to a place of understanding like no other. The understanding that I am in fact, "Living The Dream." I am aware that I am living this dream and by this very important awareness it creates a subtle yet passionate appreciation for my life that I can carry with me each step that I take. I did not get here to this magical place of beauty and understanding by chance. I took risks, I listened to my heart.
But this understanding goes beyond myself.. There are others. Many others who are engaged in a similar process, walking paths that interweave with each other, experiencing unique expressions of the All. This is the story of the Kindred Quest, Chapter 4 of the six year story arc. This is a transformational festival that takes the experience to the next level, creating an epic saga storyline of personal and collective transformation. For this year, we ask the questions: How do we live in a world in right relationship with each other and the planet? As well as, How do we transform our cultures and societies to make space for a brighter future for our children's children? For the answers to these questions, we look to our heart and we look to our ancestors. In this Kindred Quest, we pay homage and make humble inquiry to humanity's indigenous knowledge systems and native wisdom traditions and stand them alongside that which is gleamed from contemporary mysticism, scientific rigor and careful, prolonged observation.. Ever looking, ever learning, ever loving, ever lucid, we are coming together as on community with one voice.
Beyond the epic storyline of this festival was the ever tasteful musical sets, amazing art installations, workshops, live painters, and delicious food vendors that enriched the environment in every way. Some of my favorite acts were Hartwell, T Sisters, Elephant Revival, Pumpkin, The Human Experience, and The Polish Ambassador. The festival had 4 official stages and the layout was actually the best layout that I have ever seen. It was all compiled into a large circle with camping on-site without any restrictions of getting to one side or another. This made for a super easy way to catch all the workshops and shows you wanted to see. I would certainly say that my favorite set of the weekend was Pumpkin's set at the Nomads Nook where he threw down a remix of Otis Redding's hit, "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay," that nearly brought me to tears as I watched hundreds of people vibe together while the sun was setting through the trees and the sky was painting a glorious masterpiece seen by all.
Of course by mentioning the glorious artwork in the sky I can't help but recall the biggest art gallery at a festival that I have ever seen. There were not just a few dozen paintings, but near or over a hundred masterpieces. Seriously, this crew of organizers for Lucidity went over the top, they looked at all the aspects of what made for a good transformational festival and completely shattered the expectations.
Yes, every festival seems to have it's very own set of downfalls and this sure wouldn't be a proper review if I didn't list some that I encountered. So, here it goes. First off, it seemed strange to me that the was no festival guide they did have a schedule to organize via phone but often times service is not good and it is really tough keeping a phone charged at a festival.. I understand the need to be as eco friendly as possible but to me, a festival guide is an extremely vital part in keeping the experience organized and productive. Time is a form of grounding. Especially for a photographer on an assignment. Also, live music ended at midnight every night. Yes, there was a very cozy acoustic option for those who still wanted some form of music till 4AM each night in the Lovers Nest but after eating super healthy high energy foods and starting my day with yoga, I just have way too much energy left over to call it quits at midnight.
Overall, this festival offered the ability for me to look within and see the true beauty of my life as it is. This was the ending to a chapter of living in one state and transitioning to another and I took my transitioning experience along with me at Lucidity where I was able to let the creativity speak to me and affirm what was really in my heart. This is apart of the quest, understanding that each decision that we make does not only affect you, but it also shapes the direction of many other lives. When we listen to our heart, we can listen to others. Thank you Lucidity for this experience!!!
- Alex Fornes
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