Beloved Festival Preview: The 4 Principles
Beloved will be celebrating its 9th year as a festival that truly stands out among the rest. Housed in Tidewater, OR, 2016’s Beloved will carry on the traditions of unity, sacredness and sustainability that they always have. With an amazing lineup of conscious-expanding artists, a beautiful location, and a set of principles dedicated to celebrating the divine oneness of the Earth and decolonizing the mind, this festival will not disappoint.
Only one stage will stand throughout the 4-day festival. Beloved aims to channel the attention of the audience to the sacred stories being told by the carefully picked artists. This story being one that spans throughout their core principles of community and awareness — both inside and out.
In spirit of the sacred number 4, there will be 4 main attractions on site; the main stage, a temple meadow for prayer and workshops, a health and well-being area, and a village with vendors. Beloved also follows 4 principles to make the festival an inclusive, safe and transformative space for all of its attendees. Those principles are: consent, eco-ethics, devotion and intention.
- Consent: Creating a space that is free from oppression, sexual violence, coercion and manipulation. Beloved’s aim is to make space for individual and collective creativity; a place for expression to flourish without fear of judgement. Recognizing the need for learning and healing, they are offering several steps to promote consent: a CARE team offering resources for victims of abuse, a sanctuary space for women, following a community based justice model, and an attention to accountability, inclusion, compassion and communication. There is also a focus on understanding oppression and dismantling the patriarchy.
- Eco-Ethics: Sustainability as a way to respect our Mother Earth, and a practice to mitigate the climate crisis. While sustainability at a festival, as they note, is not entirely possible, it is important to do as little damage as possible and keep in mind a “leave no trace” attitude. The folks at Beloved understand that festivals use a lot of power and generate a lot of waste, but hope to use these negatives as a tool for education. They’re also utilizing compost porta-potties, reusable plates for food vendors, and a push towards alternative means of transportation, among many other actions. Beloved is also working with Trees, Water & People to reduce the environmental impact.
- Devotion: There will be a big focus on using spirituality as a way to work towards recognizing oneness and developing spiritual abundance. There will be no focus on one set practice, but an attention to all of these ways of honoring the divine spirit within ourselves. The goal is to provide a space that brings the audience to realize their potential and the potential of the community. Workshops and prayer space will be offered and encouraged to be in line with and practice one’s devotion.
- Intention: Engaging the audience through music, art, prayer, and play. A collaboration of all the principles above, Beloved aims to expose the audience to new music, celebrating all spiritual paths, creating an inspiring community, fostering a positive ecological footprint, being honest with one another, and of course having fun!
The 9th annual Beloved festival will be taking place on August 12-15 in Tidewater, OR.