Sonic Bloom 2014 Preview

SONIC BLOOM, the nation’s premier boutique electronic music festival, is pleased to announce their initial lineup including Tipper, EOTO, The Polish Ambassador, Ott, Random Rab, Desert Dwellers and Shpongle!

The festival will once again be held during the Summer Solstice on June 19-22, 2014, at a gorgeous new site location, The American Safari Ranch in South Park, Colorado.

Featuring a breathtaking 360 degree mountain panorama and views of the continental divide, this new site in South Park is purely Colorado.

The size of the site will allow for a car camping option, meaning no more shuttles, just a short walk from the stage to cars and campsites. There will be an indoor saloon with a bar, games and a DJ booth and VIP packages will include multiple optional on-site lodging packages.

In his only appearance in Colorado in 2014, Tipper will be performing two sets at SONIC BLOOM with accompaniment from legendary visual artists Android Jones & Johnathan Singer. SONIC BLOOM is also pleased to present the return of EOTO who played their very gig at the first SONIC BLOOM back in 2006 plus The Polish Ambassador, “the world’s funkiest diplomat.”

Unifying a cast of some of the world’s most electrifying musicians, performers, visionaries and artist, SONIC BLOOM, is an inspiring showcase of the best Colorado’s vibrant EDM scene and is at the forefront of the transformative festival movement. SONIC BLOOM has been credited for helping to break the careers of Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, Beats Antique and Pretty Lights as it is known for discovering and hosting the most progressive electronic innovators and live electronic acts with styles that span the electronic music spectrum: from the highly celebrated to completely unknown.

In that spirit, this marks the first year of The Road to SONIC BLOOM Tour, which will send a roving lineup of present, past and future SONIC BLOOM, Sonic Blossom and The Unified Field performers across the country to spread the BLOOM vibe. A combination of wildly varied lineup of DJs, producers, live electronic acts, with painters, dancers and performance artists will criss-cross the country this spring as we approach the summer festival. See a full list of dates and cities below.

To purchase tickets for SONIC BLOOM, please visit the official website:

Road to SONIC BLOOM Tour Dates:
Mar. 06 – Rebar – Seattle, WA
Mar. 07 – Refuge – Portland, OR
Mar. 08 – Domino Room – Bend, OR
Mar. 15 – WOW Music Hall – Eugene, OR
Mar. 19 – Canal Club – Richmond, VA
Mar. 20 – 8×10 – Baltimore, MD
Apr. 04 – 1904 Music Hall, Jacksonville, FL
Apr. 05 – The Nest, Miami, FL
Apr. 10 – The Parish, Austin, TX
Apr. 11 – Easter Island Festival, Keetonville, OK
May 2-3 Cervantes, Denver, CO



“Few events encapsulate Colorado’s electronic music scene like the sold out SONIC BLOOM”
Denver Post, 2013

“Fusing the freewheeling spirit of jam-based acts with the dance-floor-driven aesthetics of electronic music, this festival offers a fresh take”
Denver Westword, 2010

“One for the books”
Got Bass Music, 2012

“A must-see concert experience”
Colorado Daily, 2011

“Colorado’s biggest little music festival.”
Magnetic Magazine, 2012

“Quickly becoming one of the summer’s most highly anticipated events”
Headstash Magazine, 2012

“Sonic Bloom has grown to be one of the greatest showcases of all things beautiful in the electronica music scene”
Marquee Magazine, 2012

“Sonic Bloom takes the idea of a music festival and pairs it with the Burning Man philosophy of generosity, creativity, self-expression, and a fully immersive sensory experience”
Live Music Blog, 2012

“Sonic Bloom festival has delivered yet another stellar line up that stacks up against even the largest festivals in the country.”,2012

“SONIC BLOOM has become synonymous with cutting edge electronic music.”
Listen Up Denver, 2012

“Truly an unmatched sensation at any gathering I’ve ever been to, the smiles were enough to call it success”
Lost In Sound, 2012

DIY Photo Tour of San Francisco

Traveling the West Coast with a camera and an empty wallet? Take this hobo photographer’s insights for capturing the best of San Francisco over a day with meager resources on hand.

Northern Californya’s one hell of a photogenic part of the world, but if you’re trying to make the most of it in a short time, San Francisco’s got plenty to offer.

Map of Your Trip in San FranciscoYour trip through the city can go any which way, but if you follow mine, you’ll do best with your own car. If you don’t have a car, the Bay has a supreme (by American standards) transport system called The Bart, which should be able to transport you to most places for reasonable costs. Click the map on the left to see where we’re going.

San Francisco and the Bay
I started my photo journey a little before noon at Twin Peaks for a supreme view of the Golden Gate Bridge (left), the city, Oakland and the rest of the Bay (right).

Street Art of Haight and Ashbury
One of the best things you’ll find in the Bay is the street art, particularly in San Francisco and Oakland. A great place to soak up some public art and a happening vibe is the Haight-Ashbury District. The tourist business may have replaced the Haight’s rebellious counter-culture of the 60’s, but it still makes for a cool afternoon walk.

Street Art in the Mission
Another spot with great art and the buzz of busy humans is the Mission District.

The Transamerica Pyramid
Now we’ll start with a look at some of the city’s more iconic sights. From here the route will take us through the heart of SOMA and the rat-racy CBD. There’s endless shopping and high-end restaurants here, but we’ll skip all that luxury nonsense for sights like the Embarcadero, Telegraph Hill, Chinatown and the Transamerica Pyramid.

Fisherman at Baker’s Beach
With any luck we’ll have enough time to make it down to Baker’s Beach by sunset. I had the good fortune of catching a local fisherman at work trying to nab some dinner for the evening.

Golden Gate Bridge from Baker's Beach
Snapping the bridge from Baker’s Beach was a quintessential moment for me. Depending on the time of year, there’s enough room to enjoy yourself, but also plenty of people to socialize with.

The Transamerica Pyramid Framed by the Golden Gate
Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge is pretty cool at night, and it’s free to leave the city, but do so carefully; it’s 6 bucks to come back in. Take the first exit after the bridge on the right, cross back under it and follow the road up the hill for several fantastic vantage points of the bridge. Park the car before the roundabout and track the bright light from downtown until you see the Transamerica Pyramid framed by the bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge at Night
On the way back down be sure to stop at the Battery Spencer, get out and walk towards the cliff and see if you can snap the classic bridge-by-night scene.

Final Note: San Francisco’s a wildly expensive place. If you’re really trying to pinch your pennies here, keep an eye out for different foods on carts or in little “holes in the wall.” Pay especially close attention to parking signs when you leave the car. If you aren’t careful, you’ll wind up in the wrong zone and pay something like $75 for that.

Gem & Jam 2014 Recap and Review

Cutting our way from southern Colorado, we descended the gorgeous canyons near the Salt River onto the Sonoran Desert.

Tucson SaguaroAs the landscape started filling in with Saguaros, the antiquarian masters of the desert, we knew we were finally entering a new exciting world, the land of transformational festivals, where mystery, beauty and art are explored with open minds from around the world.

The Gem & Jam Festival is the musical and artistic complement to Tuscon’s Gem & Mineral Shows, the world’s largest collection of gorgeous raw and cut stones.

The Slaughterhouse, Tucson
These days I’m disenfranchised with the massively popular, super-corporate festivals, but Gem & Jam’s venue The Slaughterhouse was the right size for all the visionary art and music I could handle. As a former meat-packing plant that usually hosts haunted houses, It’s kind of an eerie place, but the indoor and outdoor stages set the right vibe for transformational fun.

The Wooks of Gem & JamGem & Jam is a wook-fest. If you’re like me and cringe at the sight of candy kids at raves, or barely stop yourself from fighting douchers at EDM shows, check out the brighter side of “the wookening.” Wooks are hairy creatures from strange and different planets. Their lifestyle doesn’t fit any other that I’ve discovered yet. They dress like trendy hobos, eat more psychoactives than food, and generally go to the land of no control. I’m no wook, but I’m more at home with the happy, reckless wook-style than the other wacky electronic scenes.

Highlights from the first night included Desert Dwellers, and Paul Basic and Supervision from the Pretty Lights Label. Supervision threw down some killer scratching, something I hadn’t seen at past shows and something he really needs to do more often.

The Motet at Gem & Jam
The first night’s standout was Colorado’s own renowned funk band, The Motet, who gave a proper shout-out to themselves as the only live band at a festival without many of ‘em. Thank God for the funk.

The second night was highlighted by Russ Liquid, a surprisingly versatile trumpet player who knows how to rock a show. Thriftworks produces a unique blend of trippy-ass sounds that eventually made us feel like we were leaving our bodies for another dimension. An interesting experience but I’d rather be on earth to feel the full festi-experience.

The Wooks of Gem & JamNot everyone agrees with me though. This girl literally blasted off into the next dimension on a DMT trip right underneath the stage. After 20 minutes or so she came back and seemed alright, but she was without her friends. This shows the importance of taking care of your friends at these events.

Elliot Lipp is one of my favorite producers, and he also played a great set during the second night that featured a lot of his greatest hits. His DJ skills are supreme, pulling little pieces from his songs that pan into the full song some of the time, but other times don’t and leave me tingling and wantin’ more.

The Wooks of Gem & JamAlex Grey’s visionary psychedelic art has captured the attention of people from around the world, and I was pleased to see his blissed-out demeanor while he painted with his wife Allyson and the musicians by his side. He humbly meets and greets his many fans, signing autographs and engaging in conversation with anyone who approaches him. Listening to him speak about the growing “love tribe” brought a serene lucidity to everybody there:

The indoor stage filled to the brim for Bluetech, whose melodic, flowing rhythms kept us dancing hard well past midnight. Mimosa closed out the night and unfortunately he only played one of his decent older songs. As we made our swift escape, we knew we made the right choice ‘cause the new “music” felt like it was ripping at the core of my very being.

The third night finally arrived and we couldn’t believe the festival was about to come to a close. Really upset at missing Lynx’s set, Govinda opened our night with some of that tasty bass we live for. Love & Light took it easy by holding back on the womps from the days-of-dubstep-old. Despite a generally choppy flow, they played a surprisingly fun and exciting set.

Random Rab at Gem & JamRandom Rab, the king of happy, good times, played with his friend Cedar on the drums. Rab’s known for setting legendary good vibes, and he sure didn’t disappoint at Gem & Jam this year. If you haven’t seen Rab yet, especially one of his famous sunrise sets, my advice to you is do it!

BoomBox at Gem & Jam 2014BoomBox brought their 70’s porno style that seems to travel with ‘em everywhere they go. Their sexy grooves are guaranteed to light up the night, unless they’re shut down in the middle of a song, which is exactly what happened. I guess Tucson has some strict laws on this stuff, but this was the weakest, most unceremonious ending to a festival I’ve ever seen.

Fire DancingI’m continuously impressed with the on-stage performers who dance, twirl fire and paint alongside the festival’s musical artists. Even random people hooping in the crowds are fun to watch. Regardless how people contribute to transformational festivals, it’s following through on our intentions to bring joy, healing, inspiration, fulfillment and peace into the world that makes a difference. This is our generation’s chance to leave our mark.

The Mystic Team: Dave & LaceyThe need to expand our collective horizons beyond the material world of money and basic needs has become painfully obvious. It’s time to reconnect with our higher, visionary core and rekindle our uniquely human drive for creativity and souls’ connections. Transformational festivals such as Gem & Jam foster a space to collectivize our creative efforts. The community artistic awakening that’s been blowing up around the world over the last several years is the kind of energy we should cherish to leave a brighter world for our grandkids, and I’m gonna keep participating in it any way I can.

Gem & Jam 2014 Preview

Gem & Jam 2014 Lineup

Funny how our ears and eyes can never get enough isn’t it? 2014’s Gem & Jam Festival is bringing all the right remedies with three nights of tantalizing music and intergalactic live art.

The 8th Annual Gem and Jam returns to 1102 W. Grant in Tucson, Arizona from February 7th-9th 2014.

Purchase Tickets View Event on Facebook View Schedule

Euphonic Conceptions, Infinite Music, New Earth MuZiQ & Challenger present:




SUPERVISION (Pretty Lights Music)
PAUL BASIC (Pretty Lights Music)

** All 3 Nights with visuals by Johnathan Singer
** Live Art, Performances, Gem & Mineral vending
** Travel / Hotel packages available
** Late Night Afterparties
** Day time Gem show tours
** Drawing Workshop w. Alex Grey

– Discount Presale 3 Day Pass ( for 1 Person )
Cost: $115.00

Travel Packages:
Platinum VIP ( for 2 People )
– Double or king room at Holiday Inn Express for 3 nights (within walking distance to the festival)
– 2 x 3-day passes to festival
– Artist meet & greet backstage each night after the event
– Driving tours of the gem show on Saturday and Sunday
– 2x entry to all official Gem & Jam associated events (workshops / late nights)
– Limited edition Gem & Jam T Shirts and Posters
Cost: $1299

Gold VIP ( for 2 People )
– Double or king room at Holiday Inn Express for 3 nights
– 2 x 3-day passes to festival
– Driving tours of the gem show on Saturday and Sunday
– Limited edition Gem & Jam T Shirts and Posters
Cost: $999

Silver VIP ( for 2 People )
– Double or king room at the Flamingo Inn for 3 nights
– 2 x 3-day passes to festival
– Limited edition Gem & Jam T Shirts and Posters
Cost: $699

Gem & Jam 2014 Lineup

West Coastin the Pacific Northwest

In spite of only scaring one girl with my homelessness, my first trip North by Northwest was brilliant. Hangin with friends old and new, puffin tough, eatin tasty foods, drum and bass shows (whaat?), and snapping great photos in gorgeous places (see ‘em below) made it a trip I won’t forget.

Check the journey’s video log at the bottom (totally worth it)!

I thought backpacking in my car would be a breeze, but I learned it isn’t all peaches and cream.

PROS of traveling in my car:

1. Traveling with 40-50 pounds of gear OFF my back
2. Being transport commander brings the ultimate freedom to MOVE
3. Even though my little car’s a sedan, it doubled up as a good home in a pinch

CONS of traveling in my car:

1. Long highways + high gas prices = lonely, expensive roads
2. I nearly lost my mind dealing with parking and traffic jams in CBD’s
  • Solution: Parking the car at transit hubs & jumping on local trains & busses
3. Got some problems with my piloting style?
  • Solution: Well you kind sirs can stfd and stfu. You’re stressing me out when you get all scared about my revelation that I don’t even have to look at the road while I’m driving.

Journey route: it takes about 20 hours to reach the West Coast from Colorado.

After watching tweaker dramas through the holes in the walls of our hotel, and being woken up by an antsy cop for poaching camp in the woods, we left Redding, California for greener pastures.

Next stop was Oregon’s Crater Lake, which fills the remnants of a volcano that exploded 7,700 years ago. The cone inside the lake is another volcano that bubbled up about 400 years after the former volcano crumbled in on itself.

After a spontaneous friendsgiving in Portland, I got so involved in the music scene that I forgot I even had a camera.

The only photo I took in Portland was a good one though: the Nightmares on Wax live band!

Oregonians are across the board a smiling, friendly people. I picked up happy, warm vibes the whole time I was there, making it hard to leave. But I can always hear my name being called around that next bend in the road.

For me longer travel is a test of the will since it shakes me out of my routine, but I deal with it by recognizing that the adjustments I make to life on the road are ultimately a small price to pay for the deep value that really slow travel brings.

Loneliness is rarely a problem when arranging rideshares through Craigslist and Couchsurfing. The ability to preview potential ride-alongs through CS makes it an especially great tool to see if they’re an agreeable personality for the ride. It’s a great way to cut down fuel costs as well!

My traveler spirit’s felt a little dormant since coming home from Asia last year. I’m not exactly sure why San Francisco did the trick, but it’s the place where my nomadic-self came fully back online.

I think it was the city’s vibrant art, music, architecture and people that helped me remember how to do it: quiet the ego when it says I. I. Me…and let the camera view the world with 3rd eye vision. Slow down and let the tides of travel flow on the shores of life.

Street art is ever-present and truly epic in San Francisco and Oakland. How come every city in the world isn’t doing this?! Imagine how much prettier and vivacious the concrete jungles could be…

There’s something about the Golden Gate that pulls on the strings of my imagination, inspiring a few good photos:

Baker’s Beach is a classic spot for some bridge action.

I had to grab the classic bridge-by-night.

If you’re wondering how I spent two months on the road, rest assured it was done by barely scraping by. I’m slowly mastering the art, so I’m gonna write a hobo’s guide to traveling on your bottom dollar sometime soon.

Barely hangin on didn’t stop my trip down Highway 1 from being one of my favorites in the US. The raw, natural beauty of the coastline from central California through Washington is surreal. I got into some fun photography in the Big Sur area. I’ll let the photos do the talking:

I’ve been loving lunar photography lately. This one with a sunset over the Pacific hit me right in the heart.

Astonishing that a young industrial heiress used to live here, at McWay Falls on the Big Sur coast.

As the incomprehensively massive Pacific surf nearly destroyed both sides of the rock I was on, I captured my most rewarding picture yet.

It was a unique shot for me cause I haven’t nearly died so many times in a photo shoot before. I’ve never been so terrified of being swallowed up by the ocean, but this was THE place for the shot. I had to get it. I’ve had enough brushes with death to be at peace with my inevitable transition, but I can think of better ways to do it than being swept off a cliff, split open on the rocks below and sucked out to sea.

In the photo we have Big Sur’s classic sea boulders underneath a nearly full moon. The orange glow is the neighboring towns of Carmel by the Sea and Monterey. A fairly huge meteorite was pulled into orbit while the shutter was open, but sadly didn’t pass in front of the lens. The camera did catch a plane passing through the shot however: the yellow streak through the middle of the sky. In the distance some sea lions added their magic to the moment as they flopped around on the rocks and barked at the moon, or whatever sea lions bark at.

After meeting some fantastic family members for the first time, I creeped around Los Angeles til I found this little spot.

Another favorite: Venus in the Delicate Arch during sunset.

This one became another infamous shot as I took a major slide right up to the edge of a massive cliff while setting up. Just after the shot, I witnessed the setting of Venus for the first time. As the planet exploded into a firey orange on the horizon, I thought my eyes were lying little bastards. It was too good to be true. At the time I knew the camera could do no justice so I didn’t snap, but now I wish I had at least a partial memory of the occasion. This is how we learn I guess…

If you’re into photography and enjoyed this round, be sure to check out my page on 500px. It’s turning into my personal best collection, plus we can be friends on there, and share EVERYTHING together. Don’t be creeped out, I just wanna see your photos too.

Coming off the delicious high of a two year trip through east Asia left me with a travel hangover, but this trip turned out to be another 3rd eye opener.

Travel in the so-called 3rd world is imbued with magic, but I finally realized you don’t have to be surrounded by exotica to reach the wondrously high plateau of long travel.

What’s the lesson from this trip?

The most successful travelers reduce their expectations to what’s happening in the moment, and continuously live these moments until they’re totally immersed in the travel experience. And then they do it all again.

2013’s Pacific Northwest Video Log

Got Culture?

I struggled to understand the concept of culture even while I studied for an anthropology degree. Eventually I learned it’s what societies say is and isn’t ok.. It’s passed on by way of friends, family, school, religion…

Regardless if you’re living the tribal dream or running the rat race, we’re all governed by culture.

I’ve heard a lotta people say America doesn’t have culture. Oh the absurdity. It nearly knocks me out my seat. Every cohesive society has culture, just as every group accepts and rejects certain behaviors.

Nigeria’s Igbo show wealth by collecting yams, and sexual worth by getting fat.

Los Angelinos show wealth with conspicuous consumption, and boost appeal with silicone.

Let’s take a look through my emic (insider’s) perspective (anthropologists: don’t hate). To me America has an exceptionally commercial core, and human connection is remarkably shallow.

After returning from a multi-year trip around the world, renowned philosopher and poet Aleister Crowley remarked that:

“Neither Europe nor Africa can show such desolation as America. The proudest, stubbornest, bitterest peasant of deserted Spain; the most primitive and superstitious Arab of the remotest oases, these are little more than kin and never less than kind at their worst; whereas in the United States one is almost always conscious of an instinctive lack of sympathy and understanding with even the most charming and cultured people.”

It’s not a lack of culture in the US that caused Crowley’s feelings of isolation, but a culture partially centered around separation (individuality), totalitarian work (production), and wealth (greed).

I don’t believe we modern Americans have to bear the blame for this.

As byproducts of our cultural lineage, we owe our denatured community experience to “intellectual” developments starting around 800 years ago in Western Europe.

As the conquistadores started seething around the globe, the depth and range of human ingenuity in various places throughout the world made the Europeans of the time look like the brutes that many of them were.

With so many people living today, there’s practically an infinite number of cultural models to follow. The problem is, human diversity’s fading as fast as the market economy expands.

As Anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis suggested in his Ted Talk, cultural diversity today faces far graver threats than environmental diversity.

The technology produced by Western societies has changed the world for a long time to come. Whether you love it, hate it or leave it, industrial culture’s made one hell of an assault on the sacred, or humanity’s original religious, animistic beliefs.

The dogmas of monotheism and the age of reason eventually created cultural views that demystified the experience of life. Eventually all religion had to be removed from the state, creating a vacuum filled by the “advancements” of science and profiteering.

The Tyranny of the MajorityWhat happens when you figure out your culture’s mostly insane, when you see democracy can be a weapon of evil under a tyrannizing or (in this case) all-too-complacent majority? Do you love it, and run the wheel in the hope of catching that sweet sweet cheddar? Do you hate it, and become an ascetic by devoting yourself to ancient texts? Or do you combine the two, sell your stuff and journey around the world?

Now we’re talking…The time is right to build a new frame of mind around concepts like cooperation over competition, community over individuality, and respect over exploitation…

And maybe the path isn’t righteous at all. Maybe it’s simply honored by respecting the beauty of life in recognizing that we aren’t more rightful owners of the planet than whales, birds or (especially?) mushrooms…Of course creatures die for others to live, but non-humans operate in the circle of life much differently than we of the industrial cultures do.

By now you’re probably thinking that I hate American culture.

No friggin’ way. Despite its crazy contradictions, I love being an American!

But it wasn’t until I started traveling that my perception of home really started making tectonic shifts.

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Inspirational Quotes

I’ve been collecting wise quotes my whole life for the simple fact they make my days that much better. These favorite quotes inspire me to love life and feel it in my loins!

Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty–his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.
Aldous Huxley

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
Aldous Huxley

Travel is a creative act—not simply loafing and inviting your soul, but feeding on the imagination, accounting for each fresh wonder, memorizing, and moving on. And the best landscapes, apparently dense or featureless, hold surprises if they are studied patiently, in the kind of discomfort one can savor afterward.
Paul Theroux

Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.
Mark Jenkins

All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.
Paul Fussell

If a man can keep alert and imaginative, an error is a possibility, a chance at something new. To him, wandering and wondering are a part of the same process. And he is most mistaken, most in error whenever he quits exploring.
William Least Heat-Moon

People say that what we are all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think this is what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.
Joseph Campbell

When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.
D.H. Lawrence

One finger to the system, third eye to the stars.
Zumbi, from Zion I

I hate a Roman named Status Quo! Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal.
Ray Bradbury

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

And so I stand among you as one that offers a small message of hope, that first, there are always people who dare to seek on the margin of society, who are not dependent on social acceptance, not dependent on social routine, and prefer a kind of free-floating existence.
Thomas Merton

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

I am an experiment on the part of nature, a gamble within the unknown, perhaps for a new purpose, perhaps for nothing, and my only task is to allow this game on the part of the primeval depths to take its course, to feel its will within me and make it wholly mine.
Herman Hesse

Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.
Cesare Pavese

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anyone who becomes involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that there is a spirit manifest in the laws of the universe, a spirit vastly superior to that of man.
Albert Einstein

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
St. Augustine

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
Martin Buber

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
Lao Tzu

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
Anatole France

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
Benjamin Disraeli

What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.
William Least Heat-Moon

The newspaper lies, the radio lies, the TV lies, the streets howl with truth.
Henry Miller

Those who don’t build must burn. It’s as old as history and juvenile delinquents.
Ray Bradbury

Powerful men do not necessarily make the most eminent travelers; it is rather those who take the most interest in their work that succeed the best; as a huntsman says, “It is the nose that gives speed to the hound.
Francis Galton

Hate to spill the beans Philistines, but he who dies with the most stuff is not one to gain, he just dies.
And what remains non-physical for the rest of us is much more valuable.
The Grouch

So when you see us on our typewriters, sending letters snail-mail, rubbing sticks for fire, covered wagons,
That’s the tell-tale sign of contentment, peace and enlightenment
The Grouch

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
Henry Miller

I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.
Steve McQueen

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Oscar Wilde

The future rests, then, with the cultivation of those sides of our nature which are, in terms of immediate productivity and success, almost useless.
John Nef

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.
Tim Cahill

Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is golden for him who has the vision to realize it as such.
Henry Miller

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.
Mark Twain

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

The Dragon’s Dilemma – Balancing Growth & Conservation

China’s growing on a level and at a pace that no country has ever seen, and likely won’t ever see again. As hundreds of millions of Chinese seeking social mobility move into cities and the demand for cheap imported goods from China continues to rise, their expanding manufacturing industries are wreaking havoc on the environment. While China’s searching for the Good Life by creating astronomical amounts of wealth, a lot of people are wondering how much more the land and skies can take.

After spending a year in the land of the dragon, I left bewildered by the effects I saw on a society enduring unbridled expansion. The photo essay below explores China’s dilemma of finding a balance between growth and conservation of resources. Click on the first picture below to begin.

Sonic Bloom 2013 Preview

One of the harder things to cope with while growing up in the US is an education system that prioritizes problem solving. An indispensable skill in the modern world no doubt, but it comes with the cost of leaving us ill-equipped to deal with the infinite complexities of existence outside of the here and now. Young Americans are left searching for something more.

Although traveling’s my favorite way to quickly wizen up, it’s only one amongst a million. One of the greatest things about life in the US is the growing movement seeking wisdom outside traditional institutions. It’s a movement powered by diversity and creativity, and tends to come together in camping and music festivals around the world. I’m lucky to call Colorado my home since it’s hosting Sonic Bloom, an amazing festival offering the chance to shape the collective efforts of Expanding Consciousness.

The 8th annual Sonic Bloom’s gonna be the place to grow The Trinity [Mind, Body & Soul] this festival season. Like other Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festivals, it centers around the core ritual of ecstatic dance, but also promises to boost The Body with activities like yoga classes, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and belly-dance classes. Located at Shadow’s Ranch near Georgetown, Colorado, the rolling hills and rivers of the Rocky Mountains frame a perfect backdrop for a little body enrichment.

Gaia by Alex Grey

Workshops on topics as diverse as earthship biotecture, Crossing the Event Horizon (based on Jungian psychology), sacred sound, Hindu metaphysics, and Toltec healing are being hosted to open pathways in The Mind. Jamie Janover’s presenting on an emerging “Unified Field Theory” which explains the evolution of the forces of nature and consciousness with references to ancient codes and architecture.

There’s over a hundred artists on hand this year to move the power of Soul. From musicians, to painters and drawers, to dancers and culinary masters, there’s enough inspiration here to get your fill for months. Some of the big musicians playing this year are Grouch & Eligh, Opiuo, Random Rab, Bluetech, Zilla, The Polish Ambassador, Minnesota, Phutureprimitive, Andreilien (Heyoka), Wick-it, ill-Esha, Love & Light, Future Simple Project, Russ Liquid…

Forest Medicine by Jamie Kaminskas

Sonic Bloom’s an exceptional gathering since it’s moving beyond the commercial party that characterizes bigger festivals to a place where awareness and creativity are fostered through intentional community building. It’s a place where we’ll find people working towards a unified spiritual field without dogma, doctrines or charismatic leaders, a place where each person can construct their own universal views with the support of other like-minded people.

I’ve been granted a press pass by the good folks pulling the show together, so stay tuned for a video log from my experience. For more information about the journey of transformational festivals, see the incredible series co-produced by Jeet-Kei Leung and Akira Chan, The Bloom.

Meet Dave

Meet DaveUnfulfilled by consumer lifestyles, I left on a really slow trip around the world. As a 3rd eye traveler on the New American Dream, my aim is to inspire and cultivate conscious living along the way....Read More...

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People say that what we are all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think this is what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.
Joseph Campbell



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