A selection of the best articles on festival culture:
By Erik Davis
Every summer, tens of thousands of participants descend upon dozens of festivals and gatherings, great and small, that occur on the West Coast of North America: Shambhala, Oracle, Moontribe, Lightning in a Bottle. The first thing you learn about the festival is: to get there, you must leave here. You must cross a threshold.
Dancing in the Cosmic Sweet Spot: Total Solar Eclipse Gatherings
By Graham St John
The union of the Sun and the Moon is recurrent in philosophies and myths world-wide. Realms of consciousness hidden to us in our daily lives are perfectly represented by the corona of the Sun in union with the Moon. A total solar eclipse signifies an alchemical exchange of phases of consciousness, a peak psychocultural experience, while a whole new social event has come into being as a highly specialised traveller phenomenon.
By Graham St. John
I'm on one of the most expansive and impressive outdoor dance floors on the planet. An eight-day event, Boom is the premiere production in world psychedelic trance (psytrance) and visionary arts culture, with its Temple attracting near 25,000 people holding passports from approximately seventy countries.
Sampling Paradise: Goa Trance
by Erik Davis
As we hurtle into the twenty-first century, refugees from the First World have poached the info tech that's speeding up the march of progress and made an abrupt about-face towards the archaic. They drag it to the rocks and jungles. Technology loves connection, so they sync it with the ancient wheel of the heavens
A Letter from Australia: EGA, Lost Tribes and The Origins of Consciousness
by Doron Francis
Australia has a hugely vibrant psychedelic community. This island continent is steeped in shamanic tradition; its the spiritual home of the Dreamtime and the timeless dances practised by indigenous Australians to tell ancient stories, invoke spirits or send off a loved one.
Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics
by Ne?e Devenot
Over the weekend of October 14-16, 2012, "Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics" — the longest-running psychedelics conference in the United States — will convene in New York City for its sixth year. In anticipation of this reunion of intellects, I sat down for a conversation with Neal Goldsmith, the conference's emcee and speaker curator.
A Report from Psychedemia, 2012: Integrating Psychedelics and Academics
I was fortunate to attend Psychedemia in Philadelphia and felt blessed to participate in the highest expression of the current Uranus-Pluto square, the transit defining the 2010s.
Electronic Healing: An Interview with Nadis Warriors' Jason Hahn
By Faye Sakellaridis
Jason Hahn, the visionary behind the production company Re:Evolution Media and member of the electronica band Nadis Warriors, is dedicated to uniting members of the spiritual community through the celebration of our creative capacity. In this interview, Hahn discusses the "psychedelic explosion" in electronica, performing alongside visionary artist Alex Grey, and Nadis Warriors' approach to healing through art.
Incendiary Person in the Desert Carnival Realm (A Burning Man Story)
By Jonathan Zap
I had come to the High Desert Carnival Realm with a magical agenda: to ritualize the experience by associating the Incendiary Person with aspects of myself that I wanted to transform, aspects I linked to Thanatos, the death drive, so that the burning would parallel my intention to transcend.
The Symbiosis Eclipse Festival: Neo-Tribal Dance Culture Meets Tribal Reality
By Mark Heley and Sobey Wing
To those attending the Pyramid Eclipse festival at Pyramid Lake, NV, it is important to understand the loaded history of the area you will be visiting so mutual respect can flow between the festival-goers and the permanent residents of the area.
I Am … We Are … It Is
By Larry Harvey
Burning Man is this wild party on the one hand, and the most public-spirited city in America on the other. The essential cause of this is the giving of gifts. A gift economy is founded on principles that are diametrically opposed to those that dominate our consumer culture.
Giving in to Astonishment: Scenes from Burning Man's American Dream
By Michael Garfield
Wandering the streets of Burning Man this summer, my contemplation of sacred geography and comparative mythology lead me to explore the relationship between the outer and inner worlds, death and rebirth, synchronicity, symbolism, and ritual.