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So lovely that it’s mad

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0090.Feel the energy refreshed

anew

a new day

a new pattern

watch the particles collide

so close yet so far

do not resist the sun on your face

it is there for a reason

a changing of a season

doesn’t mean the same for everyone

as all our paths are unique

dancing and interweaving together

so much method in the madness

so lovely that it’s mad

many lifetimes to be had

let it all happen

let yourself be free

there is always more to see…

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My First Ever GoPro Video!

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So I’m pretty pumped to say that I finally did it the other day and purchased a GoPro, a camera I have been hoping to get for a while due to it’s ruggedness and ease of use. In my opinion, everything should be waterproof and I can say I am super impressed with this purchase. My first time using it a couple days ago I just so happened to drop all my stuff in the snow, things that shouldn’t get wet, while the trusty GoPro shrugged it off and kept filming. It may become my new partner in crime. Even though I went with the Hero4 Silver with the back touch screen, I love that you don’t need to look at what you’re filming, you can just point it where you’re looking and the ultra wide fish eye will generally take care of the rest! (As long as you’re pretty close;)) So to test this baby out before it is up in the ranks of diving and cliff jumping, I took a nice walk in the park, in the snow, and captured a little bit of footage, clipped it up and added some music, to produce my first little GoPro video. It’s amateur, but as one who’s not very technically inclined, I’m pretty proud. 😉 More to come!


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Racing the Wind

Step by step, tree by tree, I continued down the path. Footsteps melted into the rock and left only slight prints, mild traces of something that was now gone, further along the trail.  The smell in the air that of fall and leaves and twigs. The scent of innocent green that comes from within tiny branches, and of the sturdiness of the trees in the wind. Reaching out I brushed the trees rough skin. The leaves all danced overhead and I could feel tiny rays of sun poking through the thick, and in the shadows, see the night already, where the glowing moon would shine like a beacon of love over it all. In an instant I felt the ground move quicker beneath me as my legs carried my beating heart along, or the other way around, racing with the wind, escaping from delusion.IMG_9204IMG_9190IMG_9182

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A Summer Festival Recap: Shambhala Music Festival

Alright so here it is, round 3 of my beloved Shambhala, the festival that stole my heart, changed my life and continues to feel like home. I remember thinking after the first year “how can it get any better?” yet every year, as the universe would have it, it does. And this is just the nature of life. Change is the name of the game, and the festival evolves, the events of it evolve, and we evolve with it. Thank you to all my fellow Shambhalovelies, friends and fam for making this year explosively amazing.

This year I drove from Alberta instead of the coast of BC, so the drive was new to me, a lovely winding trail of excitement through southern BC to the dusty lineup trail and into the welcoming arms of the grassy parking lot. So much love. Sitting and dancing in that lineup is just the first amazing checkpoint in what is about to be a crazy ass bunch of days filled with the unimaginable, just how I like it. Unbenounced to us, one of our best homies had flown all the way from New Zealand to be at this world-rocking festival with us, talk about surprise. And this was just the beginning. 10577146_10154429912345332_7623776418651210329_n10599337_10154429911330332_5347113477686922334_n

While camping in the field is fun and I for one love heat, camping in the ‘Fractal Forest’ little elf hideaway area this year was the best idea since pb and j. Perfect temperature in the day and just enough light, not the kind  of scorching sun that busts you out of your tent early in the morning. 10568878_10154429909610332_5584683973236373519_n10426208_10154429902420332_3114472907029974120_n

Christening the arrival to the ranch always starts with a dip in the cool waters of the river. I still felt at this point that I wasn’t here, it was all so surreal. 10950_10154429893610332_3358343127313007471_n

The opening act was Wakcutt and Deeps again this year, who just destroyed the Amphitheatre. Getting down and weird in the sand, feeling the bass again in your chest, that’s when it all starts to set in. 10561567_10154429901755332_2608094340531802968_n

Between dips in the river, frolicking through crowds of happy people and who knows what in the city of Shambhala there were some of the best sets this year that just blew my mind. In addition to the usual stages, ‘The Grove’ was a new installment this year, with crystal clear sound that shone through in the music of some of my favorite artists like Phaeleh and Opiuo. The Grove was definitely a successful addition.

Going to Shambhala each year is like watching a movie multiple times, you continue to notice more and more details, uncover more new and beautiful experiences just waiting to happen and become more and more one with the place itself. As for favorite sets, Truth, Toltek, Phaeleh, Commodo and G Jones were top of my list.

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I have few words to say, but the feeling is strong. Shambhala, you are a gift. A grounds where seeds are planted, the magic of life is realized and love is abundant. See you next year! 10411357_10154429909170332_16182084341990078_n

 


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A Summer Festival Recap: Astral Harvest

This year after returning to Canada I spent the first couple days back resting up and preparing for Astral Harvest Music Festival in Slave Lake AB.  No matter how much you prepare, these life-changing places always surprise you. As long as your mind is open, they can present the unimaginable, impress, inspire. Hope you enjoy this little recapturing! Astral Harvest is a music and arts festival in Northern Alberta that keeps growing and growing, and has become a ‘favorite’ for many a festival goer for it’s groundroots feel and community atmosphere, as well as amazing music. This was my first year at the festival and the perfect way to kick off the summer back in Canada as we ripped up north, eager to lace up dem dancin’ boots! I was a volunteer at Astral, which was an amazing experience and something I’d love to do again. Working the main gate you get to meet excited festival goers while hanging out with new friends and contributing to it all. As I learned the hard way, bring your rain gear, including boots, or you could end up praying for feeling back in your wet feet if the storm clouds roll in. No matter the weather, it’s a great gig. 20140703_224235 IMG_8424With 3 large stages and a couple of smaller ones, as well as workshop spaces, open play areas and whimsical art installations, this was how I imagined Shambhala would be like in it’s infancy. A nice amount of people where if you lose someone you will probably see them again, more intimate stages and a real family vibe. The lineup included a diverse and talented group of artist featuring many awesome homies like Griz, Tipper, Mat the Alien, Far Too Loud, Taiki Nulight, The Librarian, Random Rab, Pumpkin and Goosebumpz, to name a few. Oh yeah. 10524358_10154301767590063_815100212081266551_nSomething that made Astral Harvest great was that it was packed with workshops and things to do during the day as long as you weren’t off sleeping in the grass or down at the river. From Kirtan to yoga to traditional Aboriginal Hoop Dance, Astral had the workshop thing covered, with dedicated and wonderful facilitators that would later meet you on the dancefloor.IMG_8450IMG_8432 Also an alcohol free event, Astral Harvest allows children (as long as they are with a parent) and features a cool daytime activity area for the wee ones, letting them get in on the fun and bringing a wholesome vibe to the festivities. Though there weren’t too many food vendor options, I did enjoy some delicious digs from the lovely people at Noorish, serving up the curries and chais like nobodies business.IMG_8463 Thank you for a memorable first year to everyone who put on this wonderful event, to all the great friends I made and all the crazy people on the dancefloor gettin’ weird! See you next year, Astral Fam!

Thanks for reading! What are some festivals you love?