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Om Shan Tea, Gong Sanctuary and the Black Rock Observatory

Looking for opportunities to learn that tickle the senses? Back for more LIB this year we have three areas that are dedicated to the science of experience during your stay at LIB. Whether you’re interested in the mysteries of space travel, the healing properties of medicinal elixirs or the power of sound, peruse these incredible interactive areas at the festival and buckle up for a head-first adventure into the magic that surrounds us all the time.


Courtesy of Black-Rock-Observatory

Photo Courtesy of Black Rock Observatory

Showing the universe as art is an admission that the truth is sufficiently beautiful and that it deserves our attention.

Black Rock Observatory strives to show participants the incredibly glorious vista of the planets through a telescope. There’s a beautiful moment when the participant’s worldview expands to include the planets they learned about in school. They’re not just fairy tales or abstract concepts anymore. It’s real. Sometimes this can be terrifying. It’s always awesome. Lines often form. There’s also a calming sense of scale that comes along with observing the sky, making the observer feel small, even humble.

Om Shan Tea’s Tea Temple


Photo by Jasmine Ibarra

Nestled in the heart of The Compass area, Om Shan Tea (our resident Tea Temple) returns to bring warm cups, open hearts and the conversation dreams are made of. Get ready for aromatic blends that are both rejuvenating and calming, for a taste of something truly special where a casual passerby can become a dear friend. 



Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom

Lay down & relax to receive the sound vibrations of singing bowls, gongs and chimes as they guide us into a deep meditation. The healing vibrations pass through our bodies, opening blockages and allowing our minds to quiet. A wide range of ancient world traditions from Confucianism to the Pythagoreans claimed that sound could not only tune the soul but affect our cosmological & social worlds as well. The physiological impact of sound on the body, emotions & cognition is apparent. Through the vibrations of these instruments, we experience an inner calm and deep relaxation that enables us to journey within and center. 

Experience all this and more when you join us at LIB!


by: Graham Berry

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