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April/May 2013

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FOrECASt By lori denman lightning in a Bottle 7/11–15 Photo: Adam Latham www.lightninginabottle.org Over 13 successful years, this festival has grown to become an LA favorite. Now at Lake Skinner in Temecula, with a gorgeous park and views, LIB offers a diverse mix of music and spirituality. Dancing day and night to world-famous DJs and bands; yoga with top instructors; discussions with activists and environmentalists—this festival caters to all. "It's going to be an unforgettable playground for everyone to enjoy," said Dede Flemming, co-creator and producer with Jesse Flemming and Josh Flemming. The lake is a reservoir so no swimming, "But rest assured there will be plenty of water features, and the park has an amazing 'splash pad' that will keep people cool all weekend." LIB'S ToP 5 SECRETS FoR SuCCESS • Stay true to your vision. Things evolve but the core principles must always be there. • Create the ultimate experience for the festival goer, not yourself. • Create an atmosphere that lasts more then a weekend. Give people an experience they can take home with them and a culture they can recreate in their everyday lives. • Set the foundation for community building. When you have 15,000 people Rea, Sara Ivanhoe and many more. Nubia Teixeira's workshop, BhaktiNova Dance: Where the Soul of India Meets the Heart of Brazil! is a sure winner. Bhakti's bill includes many of the same artists, as well as Krishna Das. Both events take place at the 400-acre stunningly beautiful high desert Joshua Tree Retreat Center. worldfest 5/19 www.worldfestevents.com The WorldFest Earth Day solar-powered festival is packed with music and activism. Held at Woodley Park in Lake Balboa, it offers education, entertainment and enlightenment. Big name bands play the main stage, and talks include Ed Begley, Jr., Dan Piraro, Mariana Tosca and Saginaw Grant on topics ranging from animal welfare to sustainability. The festival's Earth Lounge features jazz, rock and funk artists, along with poets and world music groups; the Healthy Hut focuses on health, yoga and meditation; and the EcoTent hosts talks about sustainable living and environmental issues. Kids' World features storytelling, face painting and children's entertainers. (No pets allowed.) pranafest 9/19–22 www.pranafest.org With kirtan, yoga, workshops and hot springs, this festival at the Jackson WellSprings in Ashland, Ore. has everything for everyone, student to sybarite. Pranafest's coming together and camping together for four days, you're essentially creating a city. We strive to make it the best city we can with the necessary tools, food, education and entertainment to make them feel like they're in a wonderland. • Provide a platform for interactivity. We bring in an amazing lineup, beautiful art, yummy food and tons of weird and amazing things to do, but one of the key elements is always the unknown. We inspire people and they create the secret ingredient every year. vision is to honor and activate the power of community. "All who attend will participate in igniting a global movement to live in integrity and grace, in constant communal prayer torward our conscious evolution, and in constant gratitude and appreciation for this existence," their website explains. Kirtan and yoga lovers will enjoy C.C. White, Donna De Lory, Govindas and Radha, Jai Uttal, Ashana, Andres Salcedo, Joey Lugassy, Sita Devi, Durga Das, Sara Ivanhoe and more, with evening performances under the full moon. Green festival 10/19–20 www.greenfestivals.org Perhaps the largest and longest running green consumer event, Green Festival L.A. takes place at the LA Mart in October. The weekend-long show unites a green community of speakers, entrepreneurs and artists, and features a unique marketplace of more than 300 businesses with an eco friendly flair. Learn about best practices in sustainable services and products, and enjoy local musicians, organic beer and wine, do-it-yourself workshops, responsible investing, youth programs and renewable energy. There's a green fashion show and even a yoga pavilion. Festival.indd 11 April/May201311 3/26/13 5:50 PM

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