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September 20-23 2013
The 10th Annual T.O.U.C.H. Samadhi Psychedelic Music & Arts Festival
$75 until Sept 1st
$85 at gate
T.O.U.C.H. Samadhi is honored to invite you to coalesce with us in the lavish terrain of Appalachia for our 10th annual celebration of the autumnal equinox at Deerfields.
Equinox will take your spirit through an alchemical initiation of experiential bliss through psychedelic sounds that ignite the fire of primordial consciousness. Together we will root our energy into the earth, purify in the pristine mountain waters, and become uplifted by the cool, crisp Appalachian air. With one another, we co-create a utopia of euphoric music, visionary art, and workshops for enhanced awareness and higher vibrational living. We are blessed to become inflamed with you as we enkindle the archetype of group trance dance on this sacred planet we call Earth.
Musician since almost his birth, played from guitar to Drums in his Metal Band in early 90s. His introduction and interest for electronic music started in 1995 with the Techno scene in Portugal,in 1997 he goes to his first Trance event. Boom Festival 1998 made him think about doing this type of music. Four years later, in 2002, Dani released his first album “Natural Behaviour” under the name Menog on the label Starsounds Rec. from Greece. Menog is one of the founders and manager of Spectral Records. In 2005 he releases EMOTIONS! cd002 from Spectral Records, and 2nd solo album. He released several tracks on various compilations and labels worldwide, like Spectral Records, Nutek, 3Division, Shiva Space Tech, Phantasm , SpaceTribe Music, Digital Psionics, Acidance, Timecode, Nexus Media, Planet Ben, Fungi rec , Noize Conspiracy, Hadra , etc… Lately Menog´s music is being played worldwide thru his emotional and enthusiastic live appearances. In the last years he played all over the world,like Australia, Japan, India, Brazil, Israel, South Africa, Russia, Dubai, Morocco, USA, Finland, Cyprus, Macedonia, Turkey, Greece, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, England, Spain, Portugal, etc… Menog´s 3rd album was released on Nutek Records (CPU’s label), which was a Remix album, something that Dani wanted to do for a long time already… Rmx´s from CPU, Space Tribe, Bliss, Rinkadink, Shift,Audialize, just to name a few… His 4th album “Musically Speaking” was released in the end of 2008 on Spectral Records,and its been hitting dance floors all over the world. Menog released his Digital EP called “I see Change”, out on Spectral Records in 2012. Emotions are what he wants to transmit to people when playing live, on stage. His music is a story with a beginning, middle and ending. His tracks are made with a single purpose… to make people DANCE!!
Dani the Menace
His introduction and interest for electronic music started in 1995 at Techno Events in Portugal. 8 years later, in 2003, Dani released his first album “Natural Behaviour” under the name Menog in the Trance Scene. Since then, he has played in Japan,Brazil,Australia,USA,South África and all over Europe with his Trance project. In 2008, Dani decides that he should experiment other types of music, more techno/minimal oriented, that´s when “Dani The Menace” project was born. A mix betwen Techno,Minimal and a slice of Trance its what you can hear in this project.
DJ Nod is based out of Brixton, observing and participating in the global bass music scene both at home in London and through his world-wide travels. Since his move from the USA in 2009 he has played events across the globe, ranging in size from massive festivals such as OZORA and Hadra to smaller events in the US, Europe, and Japan. During this time he has become known for his smooth mixing and heavily psychedelic track selection, skirting around the edges of dubstep and other bass-driven music to procure a wide range of sub-shaking sounds.
D.A.R.K Records – Milwaukee/Chicago WI/IL
The Primordial Ooze project evolved from Kaiser Soze’s and S.O.T’s obsessions with weird natural world. Flowing sounds that seem to bubble and evolve like primitive life forms. These bundles of frequencies collaborate in a swarm like manner, creating intelligent patterns and movement. The Ooze sound creates a unique twist on the ever changing sound of psychedelic music.
Touch Samadhi – Gulf Breeze, FL
Dragon, aka David Scruggs, is a dark psytrance artist living near the sunny beaches of the Florida panhandle, producing a unique style of darkpsy music. Learning to dj in 1997, he made the trek from progressive trance to the realms of psytrance by 2001, and started composing his own music around 2004. He has been a cornerstone of the trance scene in the South Eastern US, representing the TOUCH Samadhi coalition based in North Carolina. Dragon’s musical productions include a handful of singles and two full-length albums. “in.formation” released in January of 2009 and “spirals of time” released in March of 2011, as well as a third album in progress, set to be complete in 2013.
Touch Samadhi – NC
The Annunaki first arrived on Earth probably 450,000 years ago, seeking an exotic beat to facilitate their trance states. Eventually we came to call them by many names, such as “the Nephilim” in Genesis, or simply “gods”. Whichever they are, they genetically engineered Homo Sapiens as perfect biological machines for dancing by crossing extraterrestrial genes with those of Homo erectus. Still incomplete, the machines required new patterns and rhythms to function to their fullest potential. So the “gods” searched, and waited, eventually finding the patterns and rhythms in Goa, India, where they studied and recorded these new patterns of mental concentration. Now their research has come to a close as the Annunaki prepare to enact their creations. Are they gods of good, or gods of evil?
Ovnimoon Records – Denver, CO
Behind the LABYR1NTH project is dj Labyrinth based out of Denver, Colorado USA. After a decade of djing psychedelic and progressive sounds across North America, the time has come to unleash his new project of original compositions bringing together many years of dance floor experience. Creating a sound that is groovy yet highly psychedelic, LABYR1NTH mixes modern production techniques with the atmosphere and vibes of the ‘old school’ to take the listener on an interstellar journey through space and time. Mystical melodies, tribal percussion, growling bass lines, and lush fx are utilized in this unique ‘Psy Prog Goa’ style. Debut EP Infinity Is Now out on Ovnimoon Records.
Geomagnetic Records – Seattle, WA
Coral began her DJing journey in 1999 when she was introduced to the irresistible sounds of psytrance. She has played alongside amazing international and local talent throughout her 14 years as a Dj. Coral’s passion for psytrance has naturally evolved into the world of production. In her Seattle based studio, she has spent the last 3 years sculpting her obsession into sound. Now weaving her own brand of melodic, bass heavy, driving psy into her sets. Her stage presence is half the fun of experiencing a Dj Coral set. Often found dancing harder than any spectator in the house. Corals gift is sharing her appetite, energy, and joy this music brings her!
Ultimae Records – Denver Colorado
After discovering the trance-ambient and Goa-trance sounds of the early 90’s, I took up the art of DJing in ’94 and have since played a spectrum of inspiring gatherings around the US, Italy, Greece, India, and South Africa. In the summer of 2008, I was honored to be invited as a label dj for the venerable Ultimae Records, France. My trance and downtempo DJ sets seek to combine intelligent melodies, tribal rhythms, organic textures, and ethnic emotions in an attempt to transcend musical genres and cultures by consciously exploring the evolution of spirituality through technology.
New Jersey – USA
Terrestrial Sound is a psytrance DJ from New Jersey. His first experience with psychedelic music stems from the deep woods of the Pine Barrens, where he instantly became hooked on the vibe and energy of nature. Terrestrial Sound incorporates many natural sounds into his sets, giving you the feeling that you are one with Mother Earth.
After several years in the scene, he co-created the underground psychedelic tribe of New Jersey, Psybolic Frolic, organizing events with crews all around the east coast. Terrestrial Sound mixes a variety of psychedelic music, specializing in Forest and Dark Psychedelic Trance.
Touch Samadhi – Asheville, NC
As a performer, Kri weaves a musical spell that indulges listeners into easily merging with and being uplifted by positive tracks. The sound he creates is being heralded around the planet and is breathing simmering new life into the world as if the music is propelled by a dragon high on Kundalini yoga. Kri’s superb intuition for playing to the human element produces a dance floor experience of complete immersion, of carnal union with the velvety flow of the beat, the body, the bass, the boom. Kri brings us music that forces us to remember why we are alive and to give thanks for every nuance of that sacred gift.
Pure Perception Records – Asheville, NC
Dj and producer intrinsic takes listeners on a psychedelic journey, often spanning hours and several genres, while maintaining a controlled energy and mood. Live he has been known to use midi controllers, joysticks, wii remotes, power gloves, smartphones and even kinect cameras to create and manipulate sounds, weaving them into a tightly knit tapestry of crisp waveforms and distinct melodies that are dripping with effects. He strives to provide a solid and consistent sonic structure to dance within, facilitating a blissful moving meditation to relax the mind and tune the senses.
PulseDrift.com – Crestone, CO
Emerging from 20 years of studio development by Avery Runner, sharing atmospheric sounds written from the solitude of the heart. Influences including Carbon Based Lifeforms, FSOL, Brian Eno, Der Waldlaufer, Ishq, Aphex Twin, Sun Electric and many minimal ambient techno artists, have been simmered down to become a unique form of modern EDM. Exploring global based rhythms, simple psychedelic leads, ambient field recordings and open bass lines… wash yourself in a resonant field of feedback while enjoying the calm and dreamy creations of Pulse Drift.
NativeCircuit – Crestone, CO
Kalisama has had a lifelong love for many genres of experimental electronic music, with an unwavering affinity for Psychedelic Trance. This passion eventually led her to DJing. As an organizer she has been producing events since 2004. She lives in perpetual retreat at 8000 feet in the desert mountains of Colorado.
Tecropolis – Athens, Ga
xb is not dead, despite the fact that he’s been spinning psytrance for over 13 years. As one of the founding members of Tecropolis (Athens, Ga), he has been entrusted with corrupting the hearts and minds of a whole new generation of electronic music fans with his trademark combination of progressive night full-on psytrance. Because he can.
Touch Samadhi – Asheville, NC
Coming at you with full-on pure psychedelic intuition, Medisin will guide you through an emotional journey of Beats and Frequencies from around the universe !!
Waveform Modulations – Asheville, NC
Performing live original music from coast to coast in addition to releasing an extensive discography of official studio albums and singles incorporating a style utilizing timeless geometry and an improvisational approach as a biomusicological navigational tool of multidimensional exploration.
Wiquid Liquid Records – Springfield, MO
Kataphasis is the psybient project of lifelong musician Patrick Bloomberg. He has been creating psybient soundscapes for five years. In that time he has released two albums, Ephemeral Forms and Earth Magick. His music is comprised of lush ambience, transformative melodies, and emotionally intense fusions of organic and percussive samples.
Diamond Thieves – Asheville, NC
I was raised by a feral clan of dirt nannies. Sometimes on hot summer nights we would gather around a compost pile, selected for it’s overgrowth of soldier fly larvae. Rites were enacted symbolizing the transformation of living mass to fertile soil. We would take our cues and inspirations from the sounds of those maggot-like creatures breaking it all down. Out there, naked in the darkness, improvising along with the soundtrack of natural process, we experimented with great symphonies of sound. Those experiences form the basis of my continuing quest to paint the sound of the paper wrapping the great IT
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Touch Samadhi – Athens, Ga
Mar Oso is a devoted music connoisseur providing a vast collection of intelligent and deep surreal grooves for a spectrum of atmospheres and experiences. Inspired to twist and tweaking tracks to create a unique library of personalized Grove combined with the latest effects, tempo manipulation and layered mixing leaving the listener Engulfed in the hypnotic rhythm and crispy swirly mayhem!
Archaic Revival – Atlanta, Ga
Based out of Atlanta GA, Moksa plays an eclectic mix of psychedelic trance. After first buying turntables in ‘98, Moksa experimented with many different styles of EDM. It wasn’t until he heard DJ Brian’s Hard Desert Trance series, that he truly understood where he wanted to direct his passion and time. Since 2000, he has embraced the Goa spirit by expanding his library of earth-vibrating tracks. Moksa’s intimate knowledge of the powerful Psychedelic Trance style, and his appreciation of a seamless mix, contributes to his grassroots effort to spread love and energy to the trance community. Moksa has a phenomenal style that matured through a passion to move the spirit of his listeners.
Digitally Imported – Raleigh, NC
Sanguine Mandragoa is a collaborative DJ project of Shoom and Bloodwing. With their uncanny ability of reading each other’s minds they are able to put together epic, impromptu tag-team mixes. Often fueled by the chaos of the natural world, their mixes melt together the esoteric teachings of our primal past and the shamanic technology of the future.
DI.fm – Raleigh, NC
Having roots in the back woods and city streets of North Carolina and influences ranging from Joe Satriani to Kraftwerk to Aphex Twin. Found his passion for psytrance from the events of T.o.u.c.h Samadhi and ATLPSY. . Horus has acquired the knowledge and skills over the past 8 years that make him a staple in the southeastern psy scene. Always playing and pursuing sounds that tend to range from the uplifting to the gritty. Dancers have found themselves enveloped in a myriad of beats, bleeps and tweaks that keep peoples hearts pounding and minds yearning for more. Molding the groovy of house ,hallucinogenic of psy, and the energy of trance, Horace keeps a party vibe captivating and vibrant. His rapidly-gaining popularity has also earned him peak-hour spots at festivals and Clubs alike, and most recently a monthly radio show on Digitally Importeds Progressive Psy channel.
Touch Samadhi – Greenville, NC
Jacob Goadream caught the electronic music bug back in the early 90’s. Attending some of the first warehouse parties in Houston, Texas, Jacob quickly developed a love for House music. Around 1999/2000 he was introduced to the wonderful world of psy-trance. Thru the Universal Mind Productions gatherings, via Robin Triskele, an itch for psy-trance was quickly developed; it was all over from there! Shortly after Jacob move to the Carolinas where he discovered the T.O.U.C.H. Samadhi crew. Their epic parties at Deerfields thoroughly split his third eye wide open with a psychedelic hammer! Over the last few years equipment has been acquired, skills honed and a decade of music collected. You can be sure to hear a wide range of psy leaning towards full-on/neo-goa on a dance floor near you! BOOM!
3rd Eye Squeegee – Pittsburgh, PA
Perhaps the midwest’s best-kept psytrance secret, Sweet Chaos has been facilitating ecstatic trance dance and psychedelic experiences since 2001; he greatly looks forward to his return to the Equinox main stage for the revamping of your reality.
Native Circuit – Crestone, CO
Avery Runner is a DJ, Studio Producer and Creatrix of sacred space – Sharing worldly psychedelic trance & chill out music.
Music has been an integral part of his life from a very early age, learning to play drums at the age of 3 with wooden flute and trumpet soon thereafter. He has a keen ear for Indigenous music which began with Grandfather Doncaster’s extensive record collection which included anthropological recordings of Hawaiian natives among other gems. Over the years, Avery has played alongside dozens of international producers including the likes of Cosmosis, Flooting Grooves, Androcell, Psykovsky, Earthling, Annunaki, Medicine Drum, Kalya Scintilla, Yab Yum, Tron, Dickster, Trip Switch, Gaudi, Desert Dwellers, Ace Ventura and many more and killer experiences have been shared at Burning Man, Gaian Mind, Tribal Gathering, AVIT, Envision Fest, Archipelago, MoonTribe, Motion Notion and endless underground events. These influences have shaped Avery’s focus and dedication to serving the global trance movement.
Dj Studio Producer : creatrix of sacred space through electronic world trance music.
Archaic Revival- Atlanta, GA
With almost 10 years behind the decks Treffen has extensive experience moving crowds. With a career that has spanned numerous styles of music and audiences the last few years have been focused on the psytrance community. He has played alongside such artists as Sensient, Kindzadza, Fractal Cowboys, Battery Leak, and more. Treffen doesn’t stick to just one style of psychedelic music, preferring instead to use a variety of styles to tell a story for his audience.
Kameleon hails from the land of Pangea. Being very versatile he has been fortunate enough to play with many great artist and djs around the globe including Solead, Shotu, Artifakt, Scorb, Random, D sens, Naked Tourist, Mubali, Kri, BSM, Pena, Prime Time, Ajja, Dragon, Primordial Ooze plus lots more. He is a very devoted dj in the purest sense; spending ample time concocting and preparing each mix for each time and location. Kameleon’s highly intricate and high energy sets have helped earn him a place among the top psy slingers in the southeast. He is also the co-founder of the label Pure Perception Records releasing highly intelligent and mysterious psychedelic sounds to the world, and Pangea Productions helping throw some of the most memorable nights around these parts.
“Sensoma is the DJ avatar of Amos Gaynes. Based in Asheville North Carolina, Amos was on hand for the birth of the Asheville psy scene at the legendary “Spiritual Awakening” party in 1999. With his background making industrial and experimental electronic music, the sounds of Goa trance hit home and caused a revolution in consciousness. Since then there’s been no turning back!Stylistically, Sensoma is most at home outdoors, playing rolling melodic full-on in the daytime or dark forest trance at night. 10+ years of experience as a devoted trance dancer informs his musical selections, picking only the tracks that touch the spirit and make the body move from within. Smooth mixing, expert knob twiddling, and a keen sense of what’s appropriate for any given setting are hallmarks of his style.”
Touch Samadhi – Asheville, NC
In the year 2000 Zenssie got involved in the early Goa trance parties and since 2001 he starting djing with friends in the psicotropical rainforest of Costa Rica. After moving in 2007 to the Appalachian Mountains, he stumbled upon the psychedelic community and soon joined forces with T.O.U.C.H. Samadhi. Over the past years, he has been developing his dj sets full of deep energetic, mystic melodies and spacey ambient futuristic sound that will take the dance floor into a cosmic journey. He has had the pleasure of performing alongside artists as varied as Annunaki, Aligning Minds, Psykovsky, Axis Mundi among many others.
Horrible Children – Atlanta, GA
Krikett is known for keeping the vibe of underground psychedelic sound alive. A formula of seamless mixes, stimulating track selection, and a profound live presence; she has performed all over the US for events of every variety. With a heavy focus on the more esoteric styles of edm; Krikett is guaranteed to graciously fill the void and the dance floor for any occasion in need of something extra special.
Archaic Revival – Charlotte, NC
Bio – Arg! I hate these things! Whatever, whatever, whatever…good enough?
iOpener – Atlanta, GA
The Tonian is a time-variant, Hermitian operator that corresponds to the total energy of a system. When acting upon an electronic music reproduction module, it generates a spectrum of discrete, degenerate energy states. Experiments have shown that human interactions with these energy states induce an uncontrollable urge to perform a successive group of rhythmical steps and body motions.
Kaiser Soze & S.O.T.
Chilluminati – Milwaukee/Chicago
Those to Tuba playing guys from Primordial Ooze
Tri-Psy – Durham, NC
Having caught the psy bug back in ’01 at a T.O.U.C.H. Samadhi NYE event as well as starting to dj in ’04, Mark Hadley never goes long without the need to release the sound for those eager and willing to give themselves up to it. Hosting indoor and outdoor events and mixing psytrance for over 9 years, on top of 3 years spent devoted solely to the dancefloor, he’s acquired a keen sense of knowing what this music and culture has to offer. Expect something special from a chill set.
Touch Samadhi – Graham, NC
Coming to North Carolina in the mid 2000s, The Fuzz abandoned the urban lifestyle following the Siren beats emanating from Asheville, NC. Finding the TOUCH Samadhi collection, The Fuzz quickly set up shop in nearby Greensboro to cultivate further sounds and rhythms to augment the growing vibrations. The Fuzz was introduced to Goa trance later than most, discovering the classics in the early 2000s. Seeking out the beats of more current sounds, he came up to speed on the progression in to psytrance and beyond. Still with a focus on what first called to him, he continues to cast back to classic influences and sounds in production.
Nerdy Psouth – Asheville NC
Joshuasca is a music producer and DJ from Asheville. His style is not defined by genre, rather he is a conduit for spiritual tribal awakening through sound and dance. Peace Love and Medicine are the only rules. Aho.
T.O.U.C.H. Samadhi – Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Early roots in electronica formed programing samplers, drum machines, & keyboards in industrial band and live techo IDM group in 1993-1995. Shad converted over to DJing vinyl in 1996 and focused on dance music like electro-breaks, techno, and psy-trance through 2002. For the last decade Shad transitioned over to downtempo music compiling unique fusion remixes of psychedlic dub, glitch-hop, world-beat, samples, and noise effects to produce strange and unique blend for spaced-out tweakers and astro-travelers.
Nalij Productions – Greenville, NC
Dragram (Nalij Productions Greenville, NC) has been playing electronic music for nearly a decade. Trained as a percussionist and participant in jazz ensembles., and raised in the Atlanta and N.C. drum and bass scenes resulting in a very eclectic taste. From cool ambient and chill out to full on drum and bass, this is not a dj to miss.
Touch Samadhi – Blacksburg, VA
Herbivore is a strange but friendly mutant lifeform from the near future. His time machine arrived in the late Nineties, just in time to play classic ambient and trance music for a room full of bewildered college students. Although he is indistinguishable from those around him, on a cellular level he is believed to be composed of tofu, comic books, and old vinyl records. Herbivore has mixed numerous styles of electronic music over the years, guided by an insatiable desire for novelty and a pathetically short attention span. When not engaged in studying clinical psychology, Herbivore plays spacey, deep, bass-heavy music at the intersection of ambient, dub reggae, and atmospheric drum & bass.
Integrating a holistic philosophy of sound with technology, Primabyte, the new moniker of Olof Pohlson, creates an aural experience blending many genres of indie, ambient, and electronic music. With a lifetime love of music, classical training, and 10 years experience as an underground dj and promoter of Southern Appalachia, Olof has been a main organizer of Asheville Full Moon Gatherings, an active participant in the Southeastern Burn community, and shared space with the best electronic artists in the area. He invites you to share his vision of a world living at a higher vibration through collective experience and the unity of sound.
Around the same time that Trebled Mind began DJing, in 2008, he also was introduced to psytrance proper. Since he already gravitated to the more psychedelic side of trance, it was love at first listen. Since 2008, Trebled Mind has played at various venues in the Asheville area including The Garage, The One Stop, Boiler Room, Scandals, and Tall Gary’s, as well as small festivals and house parties. Like most DJs, the reason he exists is a combination of love of the music, the joy of seeing others enjoy the same, and the collective energy raised from a thumping dance floor.
Sean O’Daniels / Qa has lived the better part of his life immersed within quantized beats and synth-based music. His DJ career began in 1990 in Memphis, TN, and he quickly became one of the most prominent underground DJs that the southern city has ever seen. The passion he discovered within that musical movement helped fuel his productions, and his works have found themselves on the playlists and compilations of some of the top DJs in the world, including: Ricardo Villalobos, John Digweed, Dixon, Tony Humphries, Zip, Sebo K, Peter Kruder, Seth Troxler, Pete Tong, Laurent Garnier and more. His productions represent years spent learning and harvesting the melodic elements of the soul, and his musical vibrations always strive to play in the sacred space between movement and emotion.
Shenanigan Society – Asheville, NC
With nearly twenty years experience, Selector Cleofus is a DJ, producer, and promoter based how for the past decade has been based in and around Asheville, NC. Specializing in psychedelic bass heavy sounds Cleofus dabbles in multiple genres tailoring his sets to the location, time, and vibe around him. He has hosted multiple electronic weeklies in Asheville as well as shared billing with some heavyweights in the field including Caspa, Benga, Joker, Martyn, Heyoka, Ill Esha, Mochipet, Mark Farina, and more as well a bands such as Midnite, Groundation, Giant Panda, Dub is a Weapon, and Dubconscious . Formerly associated with the Wonderous Temple of Boom, Cleofus split ways with them to form the underground party collective the Shenanigan Society in 2012. Despite where , what time, or what genre Cleofus is playing he is sure to keep your mind and booty stimulated on the dancefloor.
Intuitive Beats – Asheville, NC
DJ Story has been producing and performing music for over a decade at festivals and events such as Burning Man, Source (Maui), Telemagica, Mystic Garden Gathering, Synergenesis full moon gatherings and desert raves on the lineup with artists including Ott, Bluetech, Kaminanda, Skytree, Aligning Minds, Beats Antique, David Starfire, LYNX & Janover, EOTO, Random Rab, Phutureprimitive, Rara Avis, Cheb i Sabbah and Desert Dwellers. We are one tribal family lucid dreaming our stories into a holographic matrix of light, and music goes beyond language barriers to convey ineffable spiritual and cultural meaning. DJ Story’s travels through the multiverse have inspired him to create transmissions of sound that reflect his profound experiences. Vibrational frequency holds the key to our evolution.
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Workshops for your body, mind, and the world around you:
Ashtanga Yoga Practice: In this vigorous 1.5 hour vinyasa style class we will follow most of the Primary Series of Ashtanga yoga. We begin with a brief introduction to Ashtanga alignment and transition into the asana practice. Moving from Sun Salutations to standing poses, seated poses, and a cool down with inversions and more restorative poses we explore the whole body physically and energetically. Within the series there are a myriad of variations for students of all levels, though due to the pace of movement between poses I don’t recommend this class to persons who have never practiced yoga. If you ride close to your edge while practicing the mindfulness not to cross it, by the end of this moving mediation you will feel at once energized and deeply at peace.
Foundations of Pranayama: Learn to balance, calm, and heighten your energy in as we delve into the basic theory and practice pranayama. We will discuss why and how we practice “the extension of prana” and the intentions of different techniques. We will practice ujjayi breath, nadi shodhana, kapalabhati, and possibly others depending on the interest and potential prior knowledge of the students who attend. Related topics such as Kundalini, kriyas, and bhandas may be covered, too.
Aiki: The Art of Peace and Demolishing the Illusion of Separation: Aiki, a Japanese phrase meaning “unification of energy,” is a concept found in many martial arts and applicable to all aspects of life. The purpose of a sustained practice of this principle, rather than to be stronger than other people, is to break down the barriers of the mind and to open it to the mechanics of energies both within oneself and between others. In this workshop, we will discuss philosophies behind the principle and learn some basic teachings of body mechanics that will give practitioners a taste of the new perception to be found through practice of Aiki. “The Art of Peace emanated from the Divine Form and the Divine Heart of existence, it reflects the true, good beautiful and absolute nature of creation and the essence of it’s grand design.” -Morihei Ueshiba
The Rise of Consciousness: From Proto-human to Neo-human, delve into what it means to be conscious in our modern age. Thoughts on AstroTheology, Neo-Shamanism, Artificial Intelligence, integrating peak experiences and more….
Silent Meditation: Saturday afternoon will serve as an important transition point for the festival. One night will have passed and the energies will be building up once again. This workshop aims to provide a clear space for us to touch base with our personal intents for the weekend, and to allow us the opportunity to make any important inner adjustments before embarking on the second and final night. We will start with a very brief instructional which will provide a suggested technique for anyone who is new to meditation. From there we will spend twenty minutes in silence, stilling our bodies in asana, stilling our minds in one-pointedness, and grounding our being through the connection with our higher selves. And through this shared experience, we will also be contributing to the grounding of the entire festival egregore as we all move into the second half of the Equinox celebration.
Qigong and Meditation Workshop: This workshop will prepare participants for a night of intention and transformation by unifying the heart, mind and body. Silk Reeling Spiral Power Qigong is a series of gentle exercises that utilizes spiraling motions throughout the body, which loosens the joints and helps circulate Chi or energy. Based on the Eight Trigrams of the I Ching, the standing meditation postures will emphasize the cultivation of essence, energy, and spirit.
Other Workshops include:
Psychic Self Defense
Food and Merchandise vending
Bring everything you need to survive for 3 days in the wilderness
In/Outs are reserved for emergencies – Bring your own water
Fires will only be allowed in designated fire circles
No dogs or renegade sound systems
$75 until Sept 1st
$85 at gate
Gates open Friday at noon
Ages 18 and up – Children under 12 are free with guardian
www.deerfields.com – 101 Watagnee Tr., Horse Shoe, NC 28742