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.