The winds of change are blowing today, for our festival, our country, and for the world. We are all feeling these winds and their call to take action. We are being called to evolve, as individuals, and as a community. The story of the United States is, as Lincoln put it, a perpetual story of “a rebirth of freedom.” In other words, we must keep changing to continuously light the wayÂ ahead, to progress forward. This is true for LIB just as it is true for each of us as individual citizens.Â
As a festival and gathering of like minded people, it is time for us to focus more on the world around us. On a world that needs our highest forms of love, devotion and intelligence. As we continue our journeys ofÂ personal transformation, the world calls to us for a collective transformation. Now more than ever, the time has come for our festival community to actively join and support the movements that workÂ every day to create positive change in the world. Today we invite you to join us in a new chapter and contribute your beautiful spirit, your deep wells of love, and your collective intelligence so that we may find an inspired direction forward, together.
To begin this new chapter,Â Lightning In A Bottle is introducingÂ The Compass, an evolution of our educational workshops and content offerings. The Compass will bring a renewed focus on connecting activism and grassroots organizing to our core ethos of education, healthy living, environmental stewardship, and cultural respect. To help accomplish this vision we are partnering with a variety of groups who are leaders of social movements and have experience building grassroots movements that create positive change. These content partners will feature speakers and workshops at the festival, as well as offer opportunities throughout the year for our festival community to contribute to their endeavors.
Overall, The Compass will be a refresh of our educational offerings with a focus on workshop and speakers that help us become more knowledgeable, engaged, and effective citizens. These include classes on grassroots political activism, social justice, climate change and indigenous land rights, digital activism, digital rights and cryptography, identifying truth in journalism and social media, decolonization, art activism, and more. At the same time, our existing offerings around personal growth and healing, healthy living, and spiritual connection will continue so that LIB remains a place of education as well as sanctuary.
Today we are proud to announce partnerships with Bioneers, Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), Planet Experts, and Living Village CultureÂ (LVC). Bioneers, founders of the influential National Bioneers Conference,Â is an innovative nonprofit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet.Â IEN is an alliance of Indigenous Peoples whose Shared Mission is to Protect the Sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination & exploitation by Respecting and Adhering to Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Law. Planet Experts is a media platform enabling renowned Experts and NGOs to directly impart unfiltered research, informed opinions and technological breakthroughs to the public. LVC is a collective of educators and cultural creatives dedicated to bridging art, immersive experience and activism to build awareness, strengthen relations and align in service with each other, the planet and the Sacred.
Learn more about our content partners here.
We are excited to have these content partners on board and will be sharing more of their vision and ways to participate in their efforts in the weeks ahead. ThereÂ will also be additional content partners announced in the coming weeks.
The Points of the Compass will consist of 13Â educational and healing areas on the LIB festival peninsula that previously featured the Temple of Consciousness and Village, which are being retired for the 2017 edition of the festival. Though these names will go away, their spirit will remain. The workshops, speakers, and experiences LIB has provided at the Temple of Consciousness and The Village have offered countless moments of healing, connection, and inspiration. Through these offerings LIB has inspired many other festivals to incorporate workshops and indigenous involvement, rewriting the rules of what a music and arts festival can be and do. With honor and respect to its predecessors, The Compass will continue in this great tradition at LIB with speakers, workshops and areas where we can connect with ourselves, each other and cultures to create profound growth, personal development, and meaningful action.
In the coming weeks we will be sharing more details on the different areas of the Compass and the speakers and workshops they will feature. There will be opportunities to directly connect with our content partners to learn more about what they are doing and how we can all participate before, during and after the festival. In the meantime, please share your thoughts and ideas about this new chapter using The Compass feedback survey. For those who feel called to offer your skills to The Compass, please submit a workshop/presenter application here, and if you believe your organization has something to offer The Compass as a content partner, please send us some info here.
The Lightning in a Bottle Team