Symbiosis Gathering founder Kevin KoChen spoke with High Times about the transformative potential of witnessing a total solar eclipse with thousands of your closest friends.
A once-in-a-lifetime experience for many, and a lifetime obsession for a few, witnessing a total solar eclipse can catalyze epiphanies about the nature of existence and humanity’s place in the universe. So naturally, the team behind the annual Symbiosis Gathering Festival—who’ve been working for years to build community around celestial events—have planned an Oregon Eclipse Gathering that starts August 17 and ends with the big event on August 21.
Well loved in the community for previous festivals timed to coincide with the Autumnal Equinox, Symbiosis has become known, not just for incredible electronic music line-ups and symbolic dates, but also for its significant educational programming, integration of visionary art and artists, and added attractions like swimming and amazing art boats and floats.
The festival eschews corporate sponsorships, favoring local vendors of handicrafts and organic foods, an ethos that evolved from their interpretation of the values and culture embodied by Burning Man.
Looking forward to the eclipse festival at the Big Summit Prairie in the Ochoco National Forest, Symbiosis Festival founder Kevin KoChen hopes to reach the pinnacle of his event planning career.
“I’m completely aware that we are doing the best thing we could possibly ever do,” KoChen said. “If I ever talk about another show as special, then I’m just lying. This is everything we could have ever hoped for.”
KoChen believes building community and creating social change is the only way out of our current political and ecological mess, and he sees the festival as a part of that effort.
“There’s been a corporate takeover of world’s resources, and when we’re disconnected from one another, it’s easier to extract financial resources from people we don’t know,” he explained.
To help re-build these connections and manifest a truly global movement, the eclipse gathering has been designed as an international collaboration, with artists, builders and performers coming from 13 other festivals, and 30 percent of tickets sold going to attendees from 65 foreign countries.
“There are very few times in life when we can just focus and not be distracted,” KoChen said. “There is nothing you can see that is more incredible than a total solar eclipse. It’s an immediate come-to-Jesus, shit-your-pants kind of thing… One of the few instances where people will stop everything they’re doing, not check their phones, and be totally and completely enraptured.”
With a 55-acre lake for swimming, art boats and immersive installations, the Oregon Eclipse Gathering will build on the vibes created at previous Symbiosis Festivals, but with a grand finale that will be near impossible to top.
“It’s the best festival venue I’ve ever seen,” KoChen said, “a gigantic prairie, surrounded by mountains, with the greatest chance of having clear skies for the eclipse.”
With a solid musical lineup including Bassnectar, Beats Antique, Gaudi, Shpongle, STS9, String Cheese Incident and many more, the eclipse festival promises to be an ideal location for what most eclipse-heads consider an unforgettable experience.
The Return Of The Super Sativa Seed Club
Getting Lost At The FounderMade Discovery Show West
Oklahoma Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Staging Threats From Irate Cannabis Proponents
Study Suggests Legal Cannabis Could Create Over 100,000 Jobs in Florida
Expert Lighting Advice For Taking Your Grow To The Next Level
The Rebirth Of Subcool: The Inside Story Of A Legendary Bud Breeder
The Best Hydroponic Methods For Growing Cannabis Yourself
Authorities Investigating “Dank” Cartridges As Possible Culprit In Vape-Related Illnesses
Grow6 days ago
Master Of Hash: Frenchy Cannoli’s Plan To Change The World Of Hashmaking
News6 days ago
Researchers Study How to Treat Cannabis Addiction With More Cannabis
News4 days ago
Canadian Cannabis Company Will Sell Marijuana For Less Than $5 Per Gram
Activism5 days ago
Compassion Lives on in California as Governor Signs The Dennis Peron and Brownie Mary Act
News6 days ago
Kushy Punch Under Scrutiny For Allegedly Making Illegal Vape Cartridges
News4 days ago
California Governor Signs Several Marijuana-Related Bills
News5 days ago
Comprehensive Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced in Pennsylvania
News5 days ago
Florida Man Calls Police to Report His Roommate For Stealing His Weed