Celebrate Spring with Serenity Gathering
On January 19th, the second and final phase of line-ups for Serenity had been released and we are not to be disappointed. This year’s spring equinox, a time for balance and regrowth, can be spent with the healing musical medicine of artists like Shpongle, Emancipator, Thriftworks, and Nahko & Medicine for the People.
Spring is all about blooming, and washing away the cold of winter and welcoming a new chapter. Serenity is happening on Lake Hemet, in the shadows of the San Jacinto mountains. A perfect spot to feel cleansed and rejuvenated, as mountains and water come together and partner with music, workshops, and overall sense of healing. The spot which is traditionally used for camping offers festival goers a natural paradise. Tall pines, sage, and giant oaks line the campground, and it is not unusual to see an eagle fly overhead.
“A gathering to celebrate the feeling of ONE… This year we choose to celebrate the Spring Equinox because it is the time where night and day, dark and light, are at perfect balance. This represents the balance we all have inside of us.” This idea of oneness is important at a festival to keep the community flowing and vibes medicinal. With yoga, visual arts, and healers on the workshop agenda there are plenty of opportunities to tap into that oneness with new friends from all over the country, and even world. Why not spend the downtime between sets in downward facing dog? — To really stretch those mind and body muscles before a long night of dancing!
I’m personally very excited for Nahko & Medicine for the People‘s performance, as they never disappoint and have a funny way of making a whole crowd be friends by the time their set is over. With the new album looming in the not-so-distant future we’re sure to hear some new tunes and some old ones revamped from this multi-genre band. The energy they bring is exactly aligned with the mission statement from the folks at Serenity Gathering, building bridges and basking in balance and oneness.
Another set I’m beyond stoked for is Desert Dwellers. The diverse downtempo, psy-bass, and tribal trance duo bring an eclectic performance that keeps the crowd in a dancing trance. They have toured all over the world, at a bunch of festivals, and with Shpongle before, so this is right in their element. The line-up is so stacked with talent, I definitely don’t have enough room to endorse everyone, but long story short, this is a festival that you DON’T want to miss!
When: March 17th-20th
Where: Lake Hemet Campground, Idyllwild, CA
Tickets: $2oo for standard general admission