Festival Recap: Enchanted Forest Gathering
I recently had the ≈opportunity to venture to the fairytale setting of Laytonville, Northern California to attend the infamous Enchanted Forest Gathering. I was so excited to return to the historic Black Oak Ranch for a magnificent sixth season of music, knowledge, movement, and connectivity. It was truly a spirited community, encompassing the world’s preeminent musicians, fanciful movement/yoga workshops, and enlightening educational forums.
They featured a trove of marvelous wonders just waiting to be unearthed… and needless to say, I had a blast! Serving as a catalyst for self-discovery, Enchanted Forest Gathering aspires to create a world in where individuals are empowered to fully embody their highest potential and truest self. They featured over 70 musical acts performing atop statuesque, intricately designed stages, bringing a bass-heavy, booty-shakin’ curation to the forest. There were even yoga classes, flow arts and dance workshops, educational workshops and forums, a healing sanctuary, dance floors made of foam, shade and chill zones, trees providing natural shade for camping, delicious and healthy food vendors, and artisan merchants. There was basically something for everyone to enjoy… and I had such a fabulous time splashing around in refreshing watering holes, meditating around the sacred fire circle, and relaxing in the natural splendor and beauty of Mendocino County.
The festival felt that it was very important to keep Black Oak Ranch an enchanted land for years to come, so they implemented numerous green initiatives (including the widespread use of solar power, plentiful recycling receptacles, composting, and a renewable dish program, and has reusable utensils available for purchase). To top it off, the festival embraced a safe, alcohol-free environment promoting a “Get saucy, not sauced!” policy. With all these forward thinking initiatives, the 2016 gathering successfully cemented a lasting imprint on the legendary grounds for years to come. For a glimpse at what makes Enchanted Forest Gathering truly enchanted, watch the 2016 Official Video – Dance With Us. And make sure to check out the magical photos I was able to snap in the gallery above!