Why the Forest? Edition 8/9 – Breaking Barriers Project

Electric Forest is officially underway, and we can feel the love all the way from the Double JJ Ranch in Michigan. People are traveling from all over the country to come home to the togetherness that is The Forest experience. All come from different backgrounds. All are heading to the Forest with different intentions and purpose. Every attendee has a different story. The folks at Electric Forest and To Write Love on Her Arms are inviting attendees to be a part of an interactive growth experience. The second to last edition of our series Why the Forest? invites everyone to be part of the Breaking Barriers Project.

As with many ideas at Electric Forest, the Breaking Barriers Project manifests itself in physical form. The challenge is to “acknowledge everything that seeks to keep you apart from your fellow Forest dwellers – this Family will build a physical wall together, decorated and dominated by our aspirations for growth, with our barriers left in the past.” The wall will stand on Mainstreet at the festival. The Breaking Barriers Wall will grow the whole weekend, with everyone contributing words, stickers, art, anything representing what separates us from simply being humans together in one place.

“The Forest is built upon acceptance, kindness, freedom, respect, peace, and love. As the weekend winds down, the wall and all of our internal barriers will be dismantled, deconstructed, and destroyed. Its pieces will then be distributed to attendees and offered as a token of our aspirations for improvement, and a reminder that the walls in our lives are not permanent. The Barrier Project pieces will be a symbol signaling that the unity we feel in The Forest can also be experienced back home.”

The Breaking Barriers Project is another reason why Electric Forest is a festival beyond the music. It is a togetherness gathering for every person in every walk of life. The Sensible Reason team is heading to both weekends of the Forest. Stay tuned for photos, interviews, and our inside view of the festival from setup to the final set.

Breaking Barriers

Ashley Cizek

Went to school at UW-Madison, graduating with a BA in psychology. I hula-hoop, I write, I enjoy sunlight.

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