Summer in the Sierras – 6/20/17

I’ve spent the first 2+ weeks of June in the Sierras of California. One of my favorite places to be is in the mountains in the woods.

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Yosemite National Park

Since my last post, James and I have attended three events – Lightning in a Bottle, SoulPlay Festival, and N.C.D.C. Dance Camp. I sit here, relishing at how different these events are, and yet they have a common thread – they bring humans together outside of cities.  

LIB is an event that boasts incredible art, DJs, and performers and draws a crowd of 20,000+.

SoulPlay focuses on the spark of connection, sharing intimacy, embodiment, spending time in nature and establishing community, with a crowd rounding out at 400 people.

N.C.D.C Dance Camp is a 200+ person event near the epic Giant Sequoia Trees of the Sierras. There are multiple dance classes a day, dance every night a clothing optional lake and children join the fun!

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Sequoia National Park

Just as these events are vastly different in their audience, my experience of them was worlds apart. LIB was chilly, and I biked over a mile from my camp to the venue. SoulPlay had SNOW on the last day of the event, causing the strike crew to warm up around the fire during rest periods of cleaning up. N.C.D.C. had thunder strikes and flashes of heat lightning with a backdrop of stunning stars and the Milky Way.

Reflecting upon these events allows me to see how they fed different aspects of myself, and to remember the parts I love the most – being in nature, spending quality time with friends I adore, dancing my heart open, and sharing the gift of yoga with students new and old.

In between these events I was blessed to explore Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park. I give thanks for a couple epic weeks in some of the most magical places California has to offer. Tomorrow I get on a plane to go back to Wisconsin to visit my family for a couple weeks.

Life doesn’t stop shifting and changing – and being amazing. As I rest on the brink of Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – I notice the flow of life and the paradox that lives within it. After the longest daylight, we move back towards less light, but the heat of summer is just emerging.

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