Throughout life we hear whispers and echoes of the Mysteries of Kemet (the Black Soil.) And in these times, when we are needed to be of service more than ever, we call in initiation to not only help us tap into the innate intelligence within, but to also uplift our spirits so we may move forward on our path reborn with more clarity and connection. As Creators, it is our duty to take care of ourselves so we may be of service in a good way.
With that said:
You are cordially invited to a very specially arranged Initiation Journey into the mystic lands of Egypt. On this journey of remembrance, we will travel the path of the Initiate to the Temples along the Nile. We will complete our journey for Initiation in the Great Pyramid & at the Sphynx.
Collectively we will humbly and in reverence make offerings, tap in, and allow internal awakening to occur by connecting with the technologies of these ancient structures.
All across the planet there are Sacred Sites that are all linked in a network. In choosing to come to these Sacred Sites, most specifically the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, you will be a participant and contributor of making beauty into this great Web and network as every authentic offering made at these sites will send a rippling effect into the network.
We are woven.
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. “ Chief Seattle
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The Compass holds the educational heart of Lightning in a Bottle festival, offering a diverse array of programming to engage the senses, expand the mind, and inspire community action. It is also home to cutting edge music and performance focused on creating uplifting and nourishing shared experience.
$600 and includes LIB ticket
(does not include food and lodging during retreat)
No refunds after April 8th
You are not considered registered until you have completed payment
In this new evolution of our beloved multi-day immersives, we will gather for a 5-day Ritual Theater intensive April 21 - 25th, 2019 in Nevada City, CA. Eve and Isis will be creating a basic script beforehand, which we will continue to develop and refine in a collaborative way throughout. Our time together will culminate with a public performance of the piece we will be creating together, which will then be performed again at Lightning in a Bottle Festival, dates TBA. Entry into LIB is included in the cost of the immersive.
Over the course of this week, we will explore the nuanced craft of Ritual and Performance, an ancient cross-cultural practice that holds the origins of all theater, bridging the performative catharsis and creative expression of the stage with the profound transformation and multi-dimensional healing of ceremonial practice. This work intentionally dissolves the conventional boundaries between audience and performer; between art, activism and prayer.
We engage in this initiatory work on both individual and community levels, learning to be vessels for timeless myth to reveal itself and its medicine for our current stories. We utilize a variety of generative theater games, vocal, movement and dance forms and ritual practices to build tools for navigating the unknown and holding sacred creative space within the context of public performance. We recognize and refine the unique keys that each person holds for breathing life into these stories of power.
The primary purpose of this class is to reawaken our individual and community relationship with the lineage of this sacred art form, creating offerings of great potency, with cultural, spiritual and artistic worth.
We are honored to collaborate this year with some incredibly talented guest teacher/practitioners on this journey:
Eve Bradford & Isis Indriya
Sonja Drakulich--Vocal Freedom: Songs of the Soul
Schirin Chams-Diba--Temple & Ceremonial Dance
Kyle Lemle--Anti-Oppression Training and Choral Workshop
TOPICS OF STUDY
Cross-Cultural History of the Ancient Connection between Ritual and Theater
Exploring the Central Role of Myth in Ritual & Performance
Art as Offering, Offering as Art
The Body as Temple, Becoming a Vessel
The Magic and Power of Ceremonial Dance
Opening the Voice: to Listen, to Speak, to Sing, to Write
Ancestral Story, Song and Ritual
Cultivating our Relationship with the Mystery, the Sacred Elements and the Wild through Ritual
Ritual Garment, Adornment and Tools
Script Development for Experimental and Narrative Forms
Pathways of Improvisation
Independent Theater Production
Living Village Culture & Jumpsuit Records proudly present: Chemistry: An afternoon and evening event to amplify the heart
You are cordially invited to Chemistry, an afternoon and evening to amplify the heart. Come with love, come find love, come be loved, come be love. This is a community event woven together through the intention and heart of many local businesses & artisans. Please scroll through the event description to see all of the amazing booths, artists, and offerings.
The Polish Ambassador
The Polish Ambassador (real name David Sugalski) is raising the bar for what it means to be a professionally touring musician. Sure, the electronic musician lays claim to producing the sweetest beats this side of the Milky Way Galaxy, but the world’s funkiest diplomat is also using his popularity to steer the millennial generation toward a nourishing and sustainable way of relating with art, community and the planet. From birthing the Permaculture Action Movement (a movement where the energy of show/festival goers is catalyzed into community action), to launching a Village Building Convergence in his hometown to creating a program where nutritious beverage options are available at music venues on a routed TPA tour, the ambassador is using his clout to make real, tangible change, and along the way inspiring hundreds of thousands.
Wildlight is the space between the notes, the earth’s undulating pulse, the modern echoes of ancient rhythms. It is a sound that will spark your body into motion and swing your soul into flight. An unlikely pairing of a folk songwriter and an electronic music composer has yielded a new sound; music that gracefully traverses human emotions, but can also jumpstart a party into a syncopated bounce.
Wholeheartedly fed by the folk and gospel traditions, MaMuse (Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker) create uplifting music for the pure joy of it and to inspire the world into thriving. Interweaving brilliant and haunting harmony with lyrics born of honed emotional intelligence, MaMuse invokes a musical presence that inspires the opening of the heart. Playing a family of varied acoustic instruments including upright bass, guitar, mandolins, ukulele, and flutes, and backed by inspired drummer (Mike Wofchuck) these two powerful women embody a love for all of life. The synergy that is created through this musical connection is palpable and truly moving to witness.
Mariee Sioux was raised in Northern California and is of Indigenous and Polish Hungarianancestry. She prefers to be known as an abstract storyteller and a voice for the natural world and trials of humanity through song. She’s been given gifts of songs for over 10 years. Her songs
have been described as medicinal, hallucinatory, and haunting, with a trance like performance.
Participating Artisans and Community Leaders
Feast of Delights by Tutku
:a Turkish Cuisine Culture Dining Experience:
Tutku brings you a unique, soulful and intimate full-sensory dining experience. We will gather in a mystical ambiance reveling in beauty, music, poetry and the ritual of eating.
The intentions of this sit down feast are to invoke passion, celebrate life, honor longing, rejoice in connection, and allow ourselves to be transported in time of endless explorations of senses through the experience of food as sacrament.
Let the nourishment of food and community fill your senses, heart and soul. Give yourself the gift of pure delight in this special evening.
10 distinct + traditional meze recipes will be served to share with your beloved/s, crafted with organic and sustainably-sourced ingredients from our incredible local farmers and suppliers. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and conscious meat options will be served.**
Each dish is paired with a soulful poem by Rumi, the 13th century mystic poet, who was truly one of the most passionate and profound poets in history and who lived many years of his life, until his passing, in Turkey.
(This is a separate ticketed event within the larger event. Purchase a ticket to just this dinner, or save some money and purchase a ticket to the show as well!)
Ken Knoll and Georgia Green met at a singles dating event, and subsequently became friends, lovers, life partners & co-parents (they each have one child). They recognized an epidemic of isolation and swiping app frustration - and a real need for opportunities to connect, in-person, with other single adults. They truly believe in the power of our personal relationships (both platonic and romantic) to transform our community and evolve the consciousness on the planet. Creating opportunities for meaningful, heartfelt, passionate connections. Teaching real-world skills to overcome the obstacles of modern dating.
John Waking Crow Portrait Studio
"I kind of see what I do, it’s not just art but kind of a healing art. My clients come away from a shoot with empowerment and there is a ripple affect on the world."
Lulu's Chocolate was created from a passion for exquisite chocolate paired with a desire to eat pure and whole foods. Purity. Pleasure. Chocolate without compromise.
Tarot Temple of Deep Desire hosted by Cult of Gemini
Free your wild heart and tap into love with Tarot Readings from the Gemini witches from Cult of Gemini. Ginger and Kat bring special spreads to this event to access your heart's longing and awaken the magick of connection. Lay down your guard and enter the Temple of Deep Desire for insight, clarity, guidance and healing. Hugs and smackdown wake up calls are equal possibility from this dynamic duo who interpret messages from the cards with wisdom, wit, and a sensitivity for what you most need to hear right now.
Rachel "Ginger" Lazarus, founder and owner of Cult of Gemini is an ecclectic witch. She loves working with herbs, crafting her own incense blends, and candle magick.
We are the Rebels who stand in opposition to modern disease management. By combining ancient wisdom with modern technology, we alchemize elixirs to support both the physical body promoting homeostasis and shifting the frequency in the emotional body to heal the root of the dis-ease.
Elixart is an herbal elixir lounge and visionary art gallery offering the highest integrity and highest vibration ingredients throughout our menu of mood-enhancing elixir drinks, kava, tea, and other exotics; raw food, and premium organic products. Elixart was founded by Colter Merrick and Sharon Cummings in 2012 in Nevada City, CA when they saw an opportunity to open a space that supported a shared conversation and curiosity around ways to nourish our bodies through healthy food and drink practices.
Wonderlove Fireside Chat & Storytelling with Elisa Parker
In pursuit of connection, happiness and joy, Elisa Parker & friends invites you to our fireside chat. Share stories in circle, amongst the flames that ignite your heart and together, discover the wonder within. To witness, to be heard, to be seen; that is the medicine of storytelling from your soul. Join us! You are more than you can imagine.
Hands on Bodywork House
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Bringing together sacred materiality, symbology, and dynamic energy, Living Altars creates experiential PrayerScapes that are a reflection of the multidimensional and ever-evolving world we live in. Working with celestial and earthly elements, Isis, Tracy, and Ashli collaborate to both honor and offer opportunities for meaningful connection to the divine.
Living Village Culture is a partner for this event Chemisty. We are a large collective of artists, educators, musicians, and producers dedicated to creating platforms for connection to Self, community, and the Sacred.
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Roaming Love Goddesses
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Gene Key Readings
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Presented by Foundation of Sacred Sciences
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Instructor: William Kiesel
The principles and practices of Hermetic ritual magic are addressed in this two-day workshop. The aim is to introduce the theory and practice of magical techniques that will offer the seeker an array of tools to approach the mysteries effectively and harmoniously. In addition to the description of the symbol systems of ritual magic, William will offer practical instruction and demonstration of four specific rites used in the regular repertoire of the Hermetic magician. Segments of each day will be devoted to a question and answer period for more in-depth inquiries.
***Day One - 4 - 6 hours***
ORIENTATION: MAGICAL CONSCIOUSNESS
An introduction to the techniques and tools of magic designed to aid the practitioner in understanding, transmuting and illuminating magical consciousness. A discussion of the correspondences, hieroglyphs and magical grades in the spiritual ascent. Traditional methods of Hermetic practice for daily observance and successful application.
PURSUIT OF THE QUINTESSENCE: THE MAGICAL ELEMENTS
The tools of ritual magic and their correspondence to the senses and the magical elements. The symbolism of the Pentagram and its use in elemental and microcosmic magic.
*PRAXIS: The Pentagram Ritual
MUSIC OF THE SPHERES: THE PLANETARY POWERS
The Seven Wanderers in the firmament provide a complex array of influences from the macrocosm. The Hexagram in ritual magic, Magic Squares and talismanic magic. Angelology in Hermeticism.
*PRAXIS: The Hexagram Ritual
***Day Two - 4 - 6 hours***
LIGHT AND ITS REFLECTIONS: RITES OF SOL AND LUNA
Astral Light in Magical Practice. Will and Imagination activated in consciousness.
CONSCIOUSNESS: SOLAR RADIATIONS, PRANA, BREATH AND VIBRATIONS.
*PRAXIS: The Solar Adorations
UNCONSCIOUSNESS: LUNAR CYCLES AND THE MANSIONS OF THE MOON.
*PRAXIS: Lunar Mansion Rite
WILLIAM J KIESEL
William Kiesel is a Hermetic Qabalist pursuing a career of esoteric practice spanning three decades. His interest in symbol systems and comparative religion have allowed him the opportunity to share experiences with a large community of practitioners in the US and abroad. William is the publisher at Ouroboros Press and the proprietor of Mortlake and Company a metaphysical gallery in his home town of Seattle, Washington.
Presented by The Oracle Clan
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Since Dec 21st & 22nd 2016 at the Sphinx in Egypt, we have been hosting different Oracles every Winter Solstice to bring forward transmissions for the new year coming. Each Oracle has a unique way in which they bring forward the messages so in this way we learn the various forms of Divination.
Coming this Dec 22nd, we will host 3 Oracles (bios here). The forms they will be working with are Channeling, Divination by throwing stones, and Black Mirror reading.
The event begins at 3pm for gathering and mingling and the Oracle Rite starts at 5pm sharp followed by a community potluck.
Please bring a potluck dish for a shared meal after the Rite, flowers for the Altar, and chocolate and/or fruit for the Sacrament Platter.
Dress to be shining and at ease in Ritual.
This is an invite only event. If you wish to invite someone please inquire with us first.
We look forward to sharing this special evening together.
The Oracle Clan
LOCATION: Private Residence TBA
TIME: 3pm into the evening
5pm Ritual Starts
DONATION: $15-25 for the Oracles
Two day intensive on Tantra Yoga for all levels of yogis. Explore the Tantric approach to meditative asana practice, learn the core principles of Tantric Knowledge, experience Tantric Culture by participating in a puja (goddess consecration ritual) and leave with the abilities to give an Ayurvedic Walking Massage.
Cost: $250pp. Pre Pay $220. $20 discount for Two; couples or friends. Vegetarian Meal Included
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You are warmly invited to our monthly New Moon Nomad Andean Despacho Ceremony on Thursday, December 6th, 2018, in the sign of Sagittarius.
This evening we will dive deep into the Andean Art of Despacho, gathering our open hearts in gratitude and collective prayer to set new intentions for the coming Winter, heal and play on the planetary level of living energy to focus our vision, hearts and soul's journey, and align ourselves to the highest order and intention for the coming new year.
We will end the evening with a fire ceremony, releasing the Despacho to the receptive cosmos and far corners of the universe. This evening we will be unwrapping the magic and pure energy of an ancient mystical tradition and universal technology, a Peruvian indigenous layer to the Art of Ritual, as we enter into the realm of the Andean Cosmology and elemental magic of the Peruvian Paqos, the mountain medicine men and women of the High Andes, as we co-create together The Golden Age of the Homoluminous and shift and heal with light, the collective consciousness.
Our intentions of the December New Moon will last into the coming four weeks up to the Solar Eclipse on the 5th of January, 2019, and beyond.
Minimum Donation: $10 to support the space.
Location: Luxe Nomad Collective 318 Broad St. Nevada City
Please RSVP in advance to help us accommodate the group as we have space for 40 brothers and sisters.
Please bring a special flower, candle w/ holder, fruit, nuts &/or chocolate offering for the altar.
We are very much looking forward to continuing to build and share in this way together. May the New Moon Gatherings continue for many years to come.
We look forward to gathering with you.
We invite you to join us, as we discuss aspects of the Andean Cosmovision, inclusive of the Visions of the Eagle & Condor and the 5th Sun, the time of Change we are living in known as the TARPAYPACHA & PACHAKUTI within the lineage of the Grand Central Sun, dating back over 26,000 years to the present~with Q’eros~from the ancient Motherland civilization of MU to Now.
Learn about the International Q’eros Foundation and projects that are seeding the life- sustenance of the Indigenous Q’eros peoples, their visions, traditions and the reality of the 5th Sun and 5th level of consciousness.
We will offer insight on the Karpay Direct Transmissions (Solar Initiations) and the evolution of Luminosity within yourself and our planet; the new location of Earth’s Kundalini & lineage aspects within Tibet, Hopi and Maya. Other aspects of conversation will include Zero-Point consciousness on our Planet manifesting in Peru’s Sacred Valley.
Further, we will discuss the 3rd/4th/5th and 6th levels of consciousness, what they “look like” & how they are manifesting today on our Planet and in our lives.
The Q'ero are the direct descendants of the high priests of the INKA who still live in the INKA traditional style near Apu Huamanalipa at between 16-18,000 feet in the Andes. They are the last remaining INKA, having returned to the high Andes as the Conquistadores invaded Perú in the mid 1500’s and have survived with their cultural and spiritual traditions intact- for over 500 years. They were "invisible" to the outside world, and emerged in the 1950’s, as they were not “discovered”.
The Q'ero Paqos are some of the most highly respected medicine people in South America and are the Mystics, to whom many shamanic traditions go to receive their initiations. Considered as Masters of Living Energy, they are a people of Munay- (unconditional heart energy), and to sit with them & the APUS and PACHAMAMA, leaves you with a heart opening that is quite indescribable. Join us and learn how you can expand your consciousness with the Q’eros in the Andes directly.
For a week in September, a massive convergence of activists, politicians and cultural leaders will gather in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit. We are straddling a crucial tipping point on humanity’s journey with Climate Change, and the time is now for anyone with a vested interest in our future to come together and make a firm, specific commitment to helping reverse our current trajectory.
The Village Well Symposium, a parallel event to GCAS, is hosting a platform for a diverse array of deeply committed people to come together and dig into the true nature of the issues at hands, and the solutions that offer real hope in these intense times. This unique forum will build bridges between leaders of the indigenous & frontline communities, leaders from the science and technology communities, art & festival culture, and impact investment groups.
LVC continues their partnership with Bioneers by creating a tea and elixir house for networking between conference sessions, designed by our longtime collaborator Gerard Minekawa of Bamboo DNA. We will also be producing the Saturday night dance party with Stellamara and Brian Hartman.
Bioneers has been a huge inspiration to us over the years and we look forward to seeing many of you there.
In this 5 day intensive, we will explore the nuanced craft of Ritual & Performance, an ancient cross-cultural practice that holds the origins of all theater, bridging the performative catharsis and creative expression of the stage with the profound transformation and multi-dimensional healing of ceremony. This work dissolves traditional boundaries between audience and performer, between art, activism and prayer. This year’s Immersive presents the unique opportunity to work with the powerful energy and symbolism of a Total Solar Eclipse, which will be central to our work.
We are living in unprecedented times.
Uncertainty and Inspiration exist inside of each moment, waiting for us to choose which path we will take.
In these days, it is more important than ever to educate ourselves, to come together and share ideas about self-care, community care, and earth care.
It is from this understanding that we invite you to experience The Compass.
This newly reimagined area of LIB offers a diverse array of educational opportunities that engage the senses, expand the mind, and inspire community action.
Isis and Eve are deeply joyful to be offering the first ever Serpent Path Retreat, a full weekend of immersive evolutionary skill building and applied ritual practice. Every aspect of this timeless moment, from the setting in a tranquil private retreat in Lake Tahoe to the nutritiously decadent food is intentionally curated to contribute to the overall integration of the deep work we will engage in to identify, refine and manifest our soul's true purpose.
Eve and Isis are honored to be included as speakers on this revolutionary panel of cultural visionaries. Psychedelics, now being studied again by researchers for their promising healing potential, are still largely used within rapidly mutating subcultures, and they continue to have profound if hidden global socio-cultural impacts on eco-awareness, spirituality, creativity and sexuality.
Living Village Culture will be once again be holding and facilitating the Elemental Altars at Symbiosis Gathering, with a full array of interactive offerings aligned with the directions and elements. These spaces have been created from a place of recognition of the Elementals as holy beings themselves, beyond religion or dogma, a place for people of all traditions and ways of life to feel welcome to celebrate these foundations of life. We enter this space with the acknowledgment that wherever we are on Turtle Island, we are standing on unceded Native land, and in this case, specifically the land of the Me-wuk and Yokut peoples.
Isis and Eve are deeply honored to be in collaboration with Bad Unkl Sista, Zoe Jakes of Beats Antique, Morgan Sorne and Sonja Drakulich of Stellamara in creating the first ever Ritual Performance Immersive as a part of Symbiosis Gathering's Elemental Alchemy.
In this 5 day intensive, we will explore the nuanced craft of Ritual & Performance, an ancient cross-cultural practice that holds the origins of all theater, bridging the performative catharsis and creative expression of the stage with the profound transformation and multi-dimensional healing of ceremony. This work dissolves traditional boundaries between audience and performer, between art, activism and prayer.
We will engage in this initiatory work on both individual and community levels, learning to be vessels for timeless myth to reveal itself and its medicine for our current stories. We will utilize a variety of generative theater games, movement and dance forms and ritual practices to build tools for navigating the unknown and holding sacred creative space within the context of public performance. We will recognize and develop the unique keys that each person holds for breathing life into the stories.
The primary purpose of this class is to reawaken our individual and community relationship with the lineage of this sacred art form, creating offerings of great potency, with cultural, spiritual and artistic worth. All participants in the intensive will have an opportunity to participate in a collaborative performance during Symbiosis.
- Cross-Cultural History of the Ancient Connection between Ritual and Theater
- Exploring the Central Role of Myth in Ritual & Performance
- Art as Offering, Offering as Art
- The Body as a Temple, Becoming a Vessel
- The Magic and Power of Ceremonial Dance
- Opening the Voice: to Listen, to Speak, to Sing, to Write
- Ancestral Story, Song, Ritual
- Studies in Stillness : Experimental Movement
- Cultivating our Relationship with the Mystery, the Sacred Elements and the Wild through Ritual
- Ritual Garment, Adornment and Tools
- Script Development for Experimental and Narrative Forms
- Pathways of Improvisation
- Theater Production in a Festival Context
Isis will be teaching The Art of Offering at this year's legendary Boom Festival in Portugal. This class provides a sacred container for anyone seeking to cultivate an authentic ceremonial practice, within a supportive community. Drawing from personal lineage and indigenous wisdom, we will be exploring and embodying ways that integrate the foundational concepts of gratitude, right relations, elemental awareness and being of service to a story larger than our own.
Eve is overjoyed to be returning to teach at the mythical 4th annual Spiritweavers Gathering, an all women's skillshare and ceremonial gathering in the redwoods of Mendocino. She will be teaching 3 different classes this year: Traditional Peyote Stitch Beadwork, The Art of Offering, and a new class developed just for this gathering called Love Letters to the Holy Wild, a ritual exploration of language, power and ecstasy all in service to the Divine Feminine principle that is the fertile ground of the natural world.
The Village Symposium is a journey into community building, education, ritual and social change. This gathering that took place April 20th-24th 2016 at The Haven in Nevada City was a warm-up event for the Village at LIB, a conference exploring the place where science and mysticism meet and how humans can reinstate ourselves back into a harmonious and symbiotic relationship with the web of life.
We are seeking to collectively remember the ways of an offering based culture, and to grow local as well as global community connections within a powerful network of practitioners focused on earth-based wisdom and mystical traditions.
A whole crew of Village family, lead by Isis, Eve, Jenna and Lyric represented at Envision Festival 2016 in Uvita, Costa Rica. We managed the programming for the Temple (beautifully built by another core Village member, Tigre Bailando) the Tree of Life and the Sacred Fire, which we built together under the full moon. Isis and Eve taught their Serpent Path Ritual Workshop and along with Lyric, also taught the Sacred Art of Anointing with Essential Oils.
A truly extraordinary evening of immersive performance and magic within a 100 year old gothic manor in Yonkers, NY, with several acres of grounds & sculpture gardens. The entire place was transformed into a magical reality and in the tiny little chapel built onto the side of the manor, Eve held space as the Oracle, offering one-on-one and group transmissions for 6 hours straight, in a trance of intuitive attunement.
The Sea to Seed Tour is an experimental collaboration between artists, media makers and farmers to explore the potential for art and culture to effectively support those on the land who are working to localize food systems, cultivate sustainability and build community. Spending a month touring by sailboat through the islands of the Coast Salish Sea, collecting and sharing the stories of the farming communities there, our intention was to learn more about how we could be of service to their work while sharing our own offerings through feasts and performances.