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Experience Lightning in a Bottle Memorial Day Weekend
Written by Zachary Fenell   
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 18:40

Live music, family friendly atmosphere, and focus on spiritual health continue to thrive as a Memorial Day Weekend tradition thanks to the Lightning in a Bottle festival. Like our live Lightning in a Bottle coverage here at OC Reloaded noted last year, “Lightning in a Bottle is becoming a destination festival of sorts.” 2012 looks to keep this trend going when Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado, CA captures and plays host to the festival for a third time in LiB history, from Thursday May 24th to Monday, May 28th.

A glance at LiB’s music lineup, speaker schedule, and activities planned for 2012 and you could safely predict the festival will maintain their upward momentum. Bassnectar headlines a lineup featuring over 65 musical acts. Inspirational speakers, including Reverend Michael Beckwith and Barbara Marx Hubbard, will aim to cultivate you spiritually. The various activities planned, such as urban permaculture and herbal tonics workshops, will help promote green living.

Bassnectar not only provides an energetic performance, but shares similar ideals to those Lightning in a Bottle promote. DJ Lorin Ashton breathes life into the Bassnectar name. His use of lights and screens allows the live concert experience to transcend audio into a visual journey too. Philosophically LiB’s website bio of Bassnectar shares “According to Ashton, ‘We are so blessed, and so deeply fortunate to be alive and awake right now…it's a basic truth, but it's very powerful.’”

Amongst the other 65 plus acts set to play Lightning in a Bottle in 2012 The Glitch Mob seems especially noteworthy given the group also personifies festival characteristics. Last year we at OC Reloaded received the opportunity to interview event co-founder Dede Flemming (click here to read). Flemming discussed how LiB evolved from a small gathering of friends and family into the well celebrated international gathering it is today. The Glitch Mob holds a similar background, composed of friends who have gone on to sellout venues coast to coast and perform at big time festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza.

Oak Canyon Ranch supplies an ideal place for Lightning in a Bottle to flourish. Located in the Santa Ana Mountains the scenery proves simply gorgeous. Checkout the photos posted at http://lightninginabottle.org/experience/location/ and you’ll be crazy not to agree. Ultimately the peaceful imagery symbolizes the spiritual peace LiB hopes to encourage with their inspirational speakers and various activities.

Key speakers set to provide spiritual guidance Memorial Day Weekend at Oak Canyon Ranch include Reverend Michael Beckwith and Barbara Marx Hubbard. Reverend Michael Beckwith penned Inspirations of the Heart, Forty Day Mind Fast Soul Feast, and A Manifesto of Peace. Additionally he has served on international peacemaking panels and co-founded the Association for Global Thought. The reverend will deliver the morning service Saturday, May 26th on the Main Temple Stage.

Not to be outdone Barbara Marx Hubbard has also co-founded a foundation and written multiple books. She co-founded and serves as the chairperson of Foundation for Conscious Evolution. Hubbard’s books and work in general garnered praise and respect from many individuals. For example, fellow author and international lecturer Marianne Williamson publically endorsed Hubbard saying, “Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Foundation for Conscious Evolution are giving us an extraordinary guide and the tools and technology to effect desperately needed changes, and indeed the healing of our society and planet.”

Healing our society and planet proves a motive for the green living activities held at Lightning in a Bottle, such as workshops on urban permaculture and herbal tonics. For anyone unfamiliar with these terms here are the basics courtesy of a LiB press release. The urban permaculture workshop entails “how to create an ecological, sustainable garden and human settlement.” Meanwhile the herbal tonics workshop displays how you “can help restore, tone and invigorate the body and promote health and well-being.”

2012 Lightning in a Bottle festival admission passes offer options for single day, two-day, and full weekend. Single day passes give you entrance into the festival Sunday, May 27th. Two-day admission proves good for Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th. Full weekend and two-day tickets include camping. Costs for the various ticket packages go $85/single day pass, $165/two-day pass, and $215/full weekend deal. Kids 12 and under get in for free and teenagers between the ages 13-16 cost a reduced $100. Adults must accompany minors. To order tickets go to http://lightninginabottle.org/buy-tickets/.

When ordering your Lightning in a Bottle passes, feel confident that you’ll enjoy a complete experience. Watching the live music will help you create fond memories. Soaking in the insights from the different inspirational speakers will empower you. The knowledge gained from workshops and other activities will allow you to live healthier. Simply put spending Memorial Day Weekend Thursday, May 24th through Monday, May 28th at Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado, CA will enrich your life.

Gallery from last year's LIB festival below!



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