Embracing the Mystery: Serenity Gathering at Joshua Tree, CA
With just a month before the big day, Serenity Gathering had announced a change of space; from the lakes and forests of Lake Hemet to the mysteriously beautiful Joshua Tree. For those who haven’t been lucky enough to have experienced camping in J-Tree, you’re in for a treat. The whole area is a playground for climbers, seekers, finders, explorers, and wanderers. There is something about the desert, the mystery and magic, of its harsh ecosystem that prompts growth; whether that be spiritual, physical, or emotional. So why should you celebrate a time of blossoming far away from the fields of flowers?
- Desert nights are notorious for their sunsets and starry night skies. With little to no city activity happening within miles of Joshua Tree, the chance to see an epic sunset fade away into a full sky of shooting stars is very likely. Once on my way back from Las Vegas, I drove down a dark highway that passes through Joshua Tree, connecting the desert to L.A. I’ll never forget just how dark it was, dark enough that if you turned off the headlights the sky vibrated with a million diamonds. With so many shooting stars its easy to start off the new season with a visually tangible way of setting an intention.
- The landscape is incredible. There are so many rocks and crevices to climb and hide in. With the heat of the day reaching the 80’s it is definitely a relief to find some shade between boulders. Deserts also provide habitat for some of the craziest looking trees– especially Joshua Trees. Besides the trees and boulders, there are also plenty of rocks to stack for those who are looking for some solid creative, meditative time in between the music, workshops, yoga, and dancing. And of course, keep your ears open to hear the coyotes sing in the distance.
- Mystery. Deserts are like the ocean, so much is unknown, yet so essential to our Earth. California is currently facing a drought and needs all the love it can get. So, what a time to be connected with thousands of other conscious minds embracing the ecosystem that keeps alive through some of the harshest conditions; hot days, cold nights, little rain, flash floods. It is a habitat of contrasts and with the spring equinox asking us to shed the winter skin and embrace change, the desert shows us how it is essential to flow with the ever-changing unknown.
I am always in awe of Joshua Tree. It holds a special spot in a lot of Californian’s hearts, so I’m excited about the change of venue for Serenity Gathering. With the healing musical medicine of Nahko and Medicine for the People, the mysterious and entrancing beats of Shpongle, along with many others, I think we’re in for a weekend of community, healing, awakening, and rebirth with the equinox. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see the Desert Dwellers in the desert? Join me on March 17-20 in Joshua Tree to be a part of the rebirth.