Arise Festival Returns to Loveland, CO
August 7th kicks off 2015’s Arise Music Festival in Loveland, Colorado. This 3-day music, art, yoga, workshop, eco-conscious extravaganza was definitely my favorite gathering of 2014. This year’s lineup includes Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, The Polish Ambassador, Emancipator Ensemble, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Trevor Hall, Rising Appalchia, Wildlight, TURKUAZ , Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The Human Experience, Earth Guardians, Lulacruza and more to come (initial lineup here)!
The Yoga Zone this year will feature teachers and practices from around the globe, with over 15 instructors to hit the mat in what was last year an extremely packed out yoga tent. Workshops (those that have been announced so far) promise to be extremely multifaceted, ranging from belly-dancing, to body awareness, from natural cures and remedies to sexual vitality, even visionary stewardship and consciousness teachings, and of course hooping and poi to bring in the art of flow.
This year Arise has added what they have dubbed the Playshop Sessions at the Sunrise Dome. Here is where artist and fan interaction will build from a simple beat into sonic storytelling, as music is broken down and rebuilt with the help of some of our favorite artists. The Shook Twins and Bridget & Bonnie of Elephant Revival will be leading Songs Stories From Inspiration to Delivery, after which Exploring Truth through Songwriting and Looping will be lead by Ayla Nereo and Xerephine.
The Solutions Village and the Wisdom Village are what truly separate and empower Arise to be a visionary gathering amongst a continuously denser transformational festival scene. At the Solutions Village one can engage their inner steward and learn about various environmental and social issues currently impacting the micro and macrocosm. Not only informational, this area includes interactive learning and opportunity for engagement in and outside of the festival grounds. The Wisdom Village engages those aspects of ourselves that can so easily be neglected at a 3-day party- introspection, meditation, and rejuvenation. Last year’s Wisdom Village brought healers, wisdom keepers, and attendees of various traditions together, connecting around the flame of the sacred fire. When spirituality is realized and honored as inextricably linked with action, we as a community can begin to create change within and without on a large scale. That’s what gatherings such as this promote, and that’s where I hope to see you all this summer, August 7th -9th at the Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado.