Ethos - Lightning In A Bottle


6 Ways of LIB

The 6 Ways of LIB are our community’s guiding principles that can be applied to all aspects of the LIB experience. They are simple, but when we all put them into action they are powerful. Let’s remember these Ways of LIBing and create magic together!

Celebrate Life

In every action and experience at LIB we cultivate feelings of fun, joy and togetherness. We always remember that we are here to create and share the best time!

What Why How

Create Community

At LIB we act in accordance with a shared sense of belonging. LIB belongs to all of us and we are happy to share it with one another in all its spaces and interactions.

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Respect Yourself, Respect One Another

We recognize and respect personal boundaries. In respecting boundaries, we take responsibility for how our actions affect ourselves as well as those around us.

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Actively Participate

We all take an active role in creating the LIB experience for everyone. We stay off the sidelines (and our phones!), exploring the possibilities of being the best versions of ourselves.

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Honor The Land

We have gratitude for the land and community where LIB is held. We strive to leave the land better than we found it and make a positive impact as part of the community.

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Be A Citizen

We keep the wonderful experiences and teachings of LIB with us after the event so they can guide us in exercising our citizenship in our wider communities.

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Lightning In A Bottle is designed, built and curated based on a core ethos centered on sustainability, harm reduction, cultural respect, and most of all, creating an environment for extraordinary experiences. These principles guide LIB’s vision and its team’s decision-making every step of the way.

Sustainability Mission

Renewable Energy

LIB reduces as much energy use as possible through energy management initiatives. These include investing in LED stage lighting as much as possible, and using compact fluorescent bulbs in all other areas. Where possible, we also use solar lights.

Free Water

Since 2006 we have been giving away free water and are happy to see other festivals around the world pick up on that trend. This initiative creates zero waste, zero shipping, zero fuel, and eliminates plastic packaging and toxic chemicals leaching into the water.









Green Team

LIB’s Green Team tirelessly works to keep the event green and clean. The Green Team educates attendees on recycling, composting, and keeping the grounds clean for a greater festival experience.













Have a question? Need medical attention? Want to talk with somebody about your experience? LIB has many resources to support a healthy and happy festival journey. See map onsite for locations.

LIB Rangers

You’ll see these folks walking around wearing khaki t-shirts and sporting a radio. They are skilled in conflict resolution and calling for any help needed.












Harm reduction and medical services are available, check the map for our two locations. In an emergency, find someone with a radio and medical attention can come to you.






MAPS Zendo Project

If you’re having a difficult experience you can find a safe space at the Zendo Project. Located next to the medical tents.



















Stop by their booth for a free pair of earplugs or to learn how to have a better and safer festival experience. DanceSafe has been promoting health and safety since 1998, and on site at LIB since 2013.

LIB’s Zero Tolerance Sexual Harassment Policy and the Safety Teams That Support It

Since its inception, we at Lightning In A Bottle have worked hard to create a safe and caring space where everyone can feel free to celebrate and express themselves without fear. The recent reports of sexual harassment and assault at festivals breaks our hearts and remind us all to remain vigilant around the issue of consent.

To be clear, LIB is a space with zero tolerance for any form of harassment or assault!

It is our responsibility as a community to foster a safe space for everyone in attendance at LIB. Festival’s are dynamic environments where it is easy for signals to get scrambled. Only yes means yes and enthusiastic consent must be obtained for any type of physical touch or sexual encounter.

If you, or someone you know, experiences harassment at any time please immediately reach out to our medical, security, ranger, and/or harm reduction staff (our Safety Teams). If you see anyone being harassed or a vulnerable person in danger of being assaulted find the nearest ranger (dressed in khaki and wearing a radio) and alert them to the situation. If there are no rangers nearby find any staff member with a radio, calmly explain the situation to them, and wait for assistance. Please respect the privacy of all involved and practice discretion and confidentiality when reporting an incident.

LIB’s Safety Teams are available day and night to ensure that you are safe, comfortable, and thriving at LIB throughout the entire weekend. The rangers and medical team are trained and ready to support you and ensure confidentiality to the highest extent possible in any situation of harassment or assault, so please make use of this valuable resource if you feel unsafe or hurt in any way.

The above goes for any type of situation you experience or observe that may be dangerous, harmful, or threatening. Our Safety Teams are here to help and support. Please rely on them.

Thank you for keeping our community a place where people can escape the worries of everyday life to gather, create, and inspire those around them. With each individual positive action, we take a step closer to changing the world.

LIB champions cultural respect of all kinds. We focus special attention on music festival culture and its relations to Native cultures. Embracing the current tribal trends does not assert individuality, rather it situates oneself comfortably among a culture of power that continues to oppress Native peoples.


Sporting a headdress or other imitation accessories that were not received through cultural rights or permission, and the understanding that comes with it, means being a walking representative of 500+ years of colonialism and racism. Native peoples are still here, fighting for basic human & religious rights, and for respect. The realities they face often remain invisible because the majority of society learns about Native cultures in textbooks, cartoons, and movies. At Halloween, Indian costumes are sold alongside Spiderman, mermaids, and fictional characters. Many people grow up playing “cowboys and indians” or watching sports that have Indian mascots. These experiences support the entitlement of non-native people to perpetuate stereotypes (noble savage, warriors, pristine environmentalists, shamans or magic indians).