The 3rd annual ARISE Music Festival begins in less than two weeks in Loveland, Colorado. Organizers are getting down to crunch time, putting together the last details for the event which will feature music from many genres, yoga classes, visionary art, daily parades, films, dance, educational workshops, and more. The three-day camping event, which takes place at Loveland’s beautiful 100 acre Sunrise Ranch, Aug. 7-9, is intended to be “a feast for the senses.” It also aims to be a place that uplifts festival goers as much as it educates them about community and environmental stewardship.
Musical acts include Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Polish Ambassador, Emancipator Ensemble, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Ozomatli, Trevor Hall, Rising Appalachia and over 100 more live performances spanning six stages. Visionaries in the performing and visual arts, social and environmental activism, film, and more will offer festival goers special talks gleaned from their vast knowledge. Special guest speakers at the event include filmmaker Josh Fox (Gasland, Gasland ll), Actress/Activist Sheryl Lee (Twin Peaks) and renowned herbal medicine expert, Brigitte Mars. “More than a Music Festival, ARISE provides a wealth of inspirational programming, round-house discussions addressing locally relevant environmental and social justice issues,” states Tsunami Publicity in a recent press release.
One of the unique offerings from ARISE is an abundance of educational workshops that include everything from laughter yoga to belly dance and permaculture to learning how to build a conscious community. Below follows a list of seven of the many workshops that will be available at the festival.
For more information about ARISE Music Festival download the full program guide which was released July 28. Visit the ticket link for more information about festival and camping passes. For updates and to connect, visit ARISE on Facebook and on Twitter.
Keep Yourself in The Groove: Informational Workshops on All Aspects of Health and Wellness at Summer Music Festivals
Learn how to keep yourself healthy at summer music festivals with this open roundtable discussion presented by Groove Medical Services. The workshop will include discussions about the environment, how to practice good self-care when dealing with the summer elements, as well as some keys to improving overall health like: eating, staying hydrated and good sleep. Presenters have extensive knowledge of the music festival scenes as well as specific knowledge in areas that include healthy eating, the environment and wilderness/emergency medicine.
Zero Waste with Love
Elizabeth Plumb & Chris Styx (Boulder, Colorado) teach festival goers how to go above and beyond recycling in their “Zero Waste With Love” workshop. During their talk, they will inform participants on ways to decrease their impact on the environment, “from the bedroom to the bathroom, from the garage to the grocery store.” A zero (or very little) waste life is possible and it doesn’t have to be as challenging as one might think. Learn how to make sustainable behaviors easy, even in a world that does not yet cater to it.
Heath Perry (Ojai, California) gives a workshop on healing foods that can decrease or completely eradicate the need for over the counter and prescription drugs. Healthy foods, herbs, brews, and elixirs will be discussed. Find out how to fend off the common cold, the flu, acid reflux, joint pain, digestive disorders, skin issues, depression and chronic fatigue with food that is also medicine.
Ryse for Solutions
Russell Mendell (Boulder, Colorado) and Earth Gaurdians speak with the intention of rounding people up with the goal of working towards solutions for climate change. Earth Guardians is a youth-led group of activists, artists and musicians from all over the world who educate their communities and all the people they touch about what can be done. Co-led by 15-year old indigenous change agent and Youth Director of Earth Guardians, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, this workshop will incorporate song, prayer, and storytelling. A roundtable for participants to envision a “just transition back to nature,” will incorporate principles brought forth from indigenous wisdom and permaculture.
West African Drumming with Faro Tolno
Fara Tolno, master drummer and dancer from Guinea, West Africa teaches West African drum and Djembe hand techniques. The class will focus on how to evoke the many beautiful sounds from the drums, while interweaving the drums’ cultural contexts.
Finding Voice, Receiving Song
Songwriter and performer Ayla Nereo (Oakland, California) leads a workshop that will help singers of all levels (whether they are performers or singers in the shower) to open themselves to vocal play where singers will experiment with song, opening themselves up to their own creative processes and channel their music with deep and connected intention. “Through trusting our ability to listen and create sound, we learn to trust our own intuition and power to be creators of our lives.”
Laura Chiraya Fox (Sedona, Arizona) teaches energetic activism and visionary stewardship. In her workshop, participants learn about “the impact of human consciousness on ‘the field’ of collective human experience.” Learn how to to create harmony and divine order in life, personally and collectively and design a “visionary stewardship action plan” to take home, practice and share with others.