Electric Forest First Weekend Workshops & Panels


Electric-ForestEvery year Electric Forest hosts great workshops and panels each day over the weekend. This year isn’t any different and you can attend any of these workshops and panels at the Living Mandala located within the Reincarnation Village in Sherwood Forest. Below is a day by day list of the workshops and panels.

Thursday June 22, 2017

Global BowSpring Yoga

Thursday, June 22: 3:00 – 4:30pm
Presented by: Nate Hogan
Yoga that creates higher vibrations of health and happiness, utilizing the Bowspring postural technology, Earth-centered energies, and mind-body training.

Flower Meditations

Thursday, June 22: 4:30 – 5:30pm
Presented by: Anthony “Flowers” Ward
Anthony will share some of his insights and meditations from a lifetime of finding inner peace through working with flowers, read some excerpts from his new book ‘Being with Flowers’, and will show attendees the art of flower arranging with a live demonstration.

Logan Talks Art: Open discussion lead by rising artist Logan Walden

Thursday, June 22: 5:30 – 6:00pm
Presented by: Logan Walden
We’ll discuss
•How to begin as an artist
•Where to locate the source of your artistic expression
•What are the misconceptions of the art world in the festival scene
•How to thrive as an artist in and outside of the festival scene

Electric Ecosystems- Grow Your Own Glowing Mushrooms!

Thursday, June 22: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Featuring: Elijah Spina
The mushroom that glows in the dark! Panellus stipticus is a bioluminescent fungi that is
easily cultivated and displays reliable glowing properties. We’ll teach you how to make log cultures you can take home to propagate into your own glowing mushrooms! It’s a little piece of the Forest you get to create and care for, that’s intended to remind you of the ever-present light that you, as a sacred Forest Guardian, bring to the world.

The Untz Presents: From the Studio to the Stage Artist Panel

Thursday, June 22: 7:00 – 8:00pm
Featuring: Brasstracks
While festival fans might be familiar with Brasstracks’ work, these Grammy-nominated artists are more widely known as behind-the-scenes producers. Let’s find out how they plan to break out of the studio and onto the stage, worldwide.

Belly Dancing with Karolina Lux

Thursday, June 22: 8:00 – 9:00pm
Presented by: Karolina Lux
Belly dance is an ancient, sensual, and powerful art form. Involves emotional connection to the body, as well as intense muscular control and strength. Karolina Lux, an internationally touring educator of belly dance, will lead you through a warm up, teach some basic movements (With layers for more advanced students), and end in a fun choreography! All genders with interest in dance study welcome.

Friday June 23, 2017

BoomYoga Therapeutic Vinyasa

Friday, June 23: 1:00 – 2:00pm
Presented by: Joaquin Antonio
Be present, and flow into harmony and balance in a movement meditation for your whole body and mind, empowering yourself for one of the best weekends of your life. At 432 Hz, this musical morning yoga practice will be dedicated to the Stars in the sky and the universal frequency. Mostly Asana with pranayama, guided visualization, and deep-relaxation coupled with nurturing hands-on assists. All levels welcome.

Overcoming Anxiety Through Better Understanding of Brain Chemistry

Friday, June 23: 2:00 – 3:00pm
Presented by: Joseph Wickelman
Joseph will be teaching about cortisol, which is the exact chemical your brain releases when you feel anxiety, sadness, anger, ect. Together we’ll suggest some methods for helping establish healthy habits that combat the chemical imbalances we can sometimes face. Four chemicals in your brain that make you happy will also be discussed; endorphins, serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine. These happy chemicals are the most powerful tools to combat your negative emotions and we’ll scientifically explore why.

The Untz Presents: Wakaan Takeover Artist Panel

Friday, June 23: 3:00 – 4:00pm
Featuring: Liquid Stranger & Space Jesus, plus Loper & Nate Schoenfeldt of Warpath Group
Liquid Stranger and Space Jesus speak on all things Wakaan alongside managers Loper and Nate Schoenfeldt from Warpath Group about bringing underground bass to the masses.

Dixon’s Violin

Friday, June 23: 4:00 – 5:00pm
Come and join Dixon’s Violin for a small, intimate performance in the heart of the Forest at the Living Mandala in the Reincarnation Village.

Reincarnation Village Presents: Meet the Artists of Reincarnation Village Panel

Friday, June 23: 5:00 – 6:00pm
Featuring: Dalabil Potvin, Jeroch Carlson, Andrew Carroll, Chris Amaturo, Nate Hogan
Join Electric Forest Art Director Andrew Carroll and members of Reincarnation Village, the Heart of the Forest, while they talk about working in an artist collective, their histories, the future of sustainable festivals, and their creative process while working with their various projects of Synergy Productions, Osirian Flora Design, Nature Dreamweaver Presents, and the Department of Visual Consciousness.

The Untz Presents: The Beautiful Side of Bass Artist Panel

Friday, June 23: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Featuring: Illenium & Crywolf
Breakout stars Illenium and Crywolf operate in the beautiful as well as the heavy realm with their provocative productions—we’ll peel back the curtain on what inspires them, and learn about their collaborations.

Sacred Geometry: Connecting the Dots

Friday, June 23: 7:00 – 8:00pm
Presented by: Krystle Smith
Awaken your multidimensional, creative potential using sacred geometry as a map for conscious evolution. Offering a kaleidoscopic window into the interconnectedness of life, this workshop will explore universal patterns & principles found throughout nature and the cosmos. Journey with us into the heART of creation as we unfold the petals of the Flower of Life!

Mushrooms for ManKind

Friday, June 23: 8:00 – 9:00pm
Presented by: Michael Williams
Join Electricology’s resident mycophile in a discussion on mushrooms as a solution for: bioremediation and pollution, healthy living and spiritual therapies, and offsetting impacts of insecticides, fuels, and our human carbon footprint.
Michael Williams, is a founding team member of Electricology and a national expert on the many sustainable offerings fungi provide our planet’s ecosystem. He’s a passionate Michigan native, president of the Ferris State Mycology Club, MAMI certified, Mecosta County emergency mushroom poison control consultant, and lifelong mushroom hunter, cultivator, and enthusiast.

Nature Dreamweaver Presents: Sillymonies

Friday, June 23: 9:00 – 10:00pm
Presented by: Nate Hogan
A combination of ceremony and a good dose of silly in this comedy show from the mind of Nature Dreamweaver.

Sacred Sound Journey

Friday, June 23: 10:00 – 11:30pm
Featuring: Sanjati
Creation is infinitely abundant. Because you are a part of it, you continually receive from it according to your capacity to receive.
Join Joel Whittaker and Carisa Holmes of Sanjati for this sacred journey in sound. Soak in the vibes from singing bowls, didgeridoo, flute, voice and drums along with soothing electronic sounds as you move through guided meditations that invite you to increase your capacity to receive abundance, joy, love, and all good that is for you. https://sanjati.bandcamp.com

Saturday June 24, 2017

Slack-Librium Mindfulness Workshop

Saturday, June 24: 1:00 – 2:00pm
Presented by: Jesse Goldman
Join Jesse Goldman from Slack-Libruim for this workshop which is organized as a series of short, awareness-based activities interspersed with periods of discussion. Through the use of experiential education, which emphasizes the creation of an environment, and an experience that individuals can learn from through their own direct participation & observation. Activities utilized will include breath-based meditation techniques, eye gazing, active listening, guided visualization, & compassion-based activities. We will be offering “mindfulness circles” like this in the mornings in our slackline lounge as well. Come join us!

Following your Dreams

Saturday, June 24: 2:00 – 3:00pm
Presented by: Morgan Mandala and Randal Roberts
Slideshow, talk, and Q & A about Visionary & Psychedelic Art

The Untz Presents: TAUK of the Town Artist Panel

Saturday, June 24: 3:00 – 4:00pm
Featuring: TAUK
Members of TAUK discuss the state of jam and what it’s like being the young guns in an industry dominated by legendary players.

Electricology Sustainability Panel

Saturday, June 24: 4:00 – 5:00pm
Featuring: Michael Williams, Erin Steel, Steph Katsaros
Peel back the curtain on EF’s sustainability efforts with Electricology. Learn about what’s happening with waste systems and environmental offsets here at EF, how to bring these actionable lessons home with you, and what you can do to localize your planetary impact.
Panelist: Michael Williams is a founding team member of Electricology and our 2017 Team Venue Eco-Director. Currently attending Ferris State, he’s a student member of the Bulldog Sustainability Alliance, SSDP, FSU Outdoor Club, Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition, and many more. He also is an active member of the Climate Reality Project led by former Vice-President Al Gore and in his spare time, he is the Director of Operations for events at the High Five Program.
Panelist: Erin Steel is a founding team member of Electricology and our 2017 Team Good Life Eco-Director. As The Sweaty Mouse, Erin has been supporting and creating best greening practices at the Double JJ from the very beginning. She’s a celebrated grant writer, the Sustainability Director for Michigan Brewers Guild since 2011, diversion specialist in Michigan resources, and a Mother of a very industrious 3 year old.
Panelist: Steph Katsaros, is EF’s Sustainability Director. As founder of BrightBeat, she is an active voice in the community leading the Chicago Sustainability Task Force, and serves on the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition Board of Directors, as well as the iHeartMedia Chicago Advisory Board. She has also been awarded the Illinois Recycling Association Educator of the Year in 2014 and the FestForums’ 2016 Best of the Fests: Music Festival Sustainability award for engaging fest-goers and vendors in the successful Zero Waste resource recovery program.

Her Forest Circle

Saturday, June 24: 5:00 – 6:00pm
This interactive workshop is open to those who identify as women.
Come together and be uplifted by a community of sisterhood within The Forest. Learn practices to tune into your body in ways that amplify your inner radiance to bring with you onto the dance floor. Leave feeling inspired by new connections and intentions for the heroic journey ahead.
Her Forest Co-Producer and women’s leadership coach, Kiki Federico, will guide you through meditation, movement and conversation, but the real magic will be co-created by you and the others who gather. This is perfect to come solo and meet new friends or roll with your lady tribe!

The Untz Presents: Raging with the Maschine Artist Panel

Saturday, June 24: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Featuring: ASADI
Viral video sensation ASADI sits down to discuss his breakout pad drumming success and shows us a few tricks in his arsenal.

Self Healing

Saturday, June 24: 7:00 – 8:00pm
Presented by: Cinnamon Swan
Witnessing current processes of nature on this planet, as a human species the call to act in the experience is ever present. Empowered in knowing the medicinal qualities carried in the simple desire to heal, it is possible to envision a world filled with more security, joy and peace one moment at a time. Through guided self massage and deep relaxation, the ability to facilitate the expanding space within need not be over complicated and can be accomplished by anyone. Embodiments of light, joining together in connection, create this space with focused intent. While swimming the inner rivers, clearing flow-slowing debris and restoring optimal performance and function, the pace of change is upon us.

Cultivating the Culture: The Magic of Fermentation and Regenerative Agriculture

Saturday, June 24: 8:00 – 10:00pm
Presented by: Chelsey Grey and Birke Baehr of Buchi Kombucha
Food for Thought, in a modern world where the newest tech has everyone’s attention, we seem to have forgotten a few things: like the longstanding traditions around growing our own food and humanity’s rich culture of fermentation and preservation. Let’s take a glimpse into the processes behind our food system: as we explore the issues of industrial agriculture, the solutions begin to appear. We would like to encourage you to tap into your roots and learn the magic of working with the earth’s natural systems and seasons. There is a positive side to modern advancements and through innovation and technology, we have discovered that it is possible to work alongside nature, instead of against it. In this workshop, we’ll discuss traditions around agriculture and fermentation and ways to incorporate them into our modern world. Want to learn about the magic of fermentation and regenerative agriculture? Come kick it with the Buchi tribe!

Drum Jam with Special Guests

Saturday, June 24: 11:00-12:30pm
Presented by: Michal Oliver and special guests TBA
The Living Mandala is hosting a percussion jam this year!

Sunday June 25, 2017

Acroyoga Therapeutic Fly & Thai

Sunday, June 25: 1:00 – 2:00pm
Presented by: Joaquin Antonio
Come experience the feel-good and yummy side of AcroYoga! We’ll flow through assisted stretches in the air as you learn to let go in your mind, body and spirit. We’ll end class with a guided Thai bodywork sequence to allow you to ground and connect with others. No experience necessary. Just come and play!

Flower Meditations

Sunday, June 25: 2:00 – 3:00pm
Presented by: Anthony “Flowers” Ward
Anthony will share some of his insights and meditations from a lifetime of finding inner peace through working with flowers, read some excerpts from his new book ‘Being with Flowers’, and will show attendees the art of flower arranging with a live demonstration.

The Untz Presents: Modern Architecture Artist Panel

Sunday, June 25: 3:00 – 4:00pm
Featuring: Autograf & Golf Clap
The next generation of house music is being pumped out by acts like Autograf and Golf Clap, who discuss the state of the scene.

Reinhabiting the Village Panel

Sunday, June 25: 4:00 – 5:00pm
Presented by: Jeroch Carlson, Nate Hogan, Christopher Freedom, Dalabil Potvin, Nick Algee, Mike Williams, Erin Steel
This is a Permaculture panel focused on building eco-villages and intentional communities. With a focus on healing our divided nation and world by disarming the illusions of separation in our society. How working to create self sufficiency can greatly increase the potential on our journey towards oneness and a harmoniously balanced loving Earth. Each panel member will discuss their experiences and knowledge about the subjects and we’ll have a Q and A to follow.

Butterfly Release Ceremony

Sunday, June 25: 5:00 – 6:00pm
Presented by: Chris “Freedom” Amaturo
As humans, we all desire and need “closure” … whether it’s a book, movie, argument,
experience, relationships (old and new), anything ……. The time you will spend in the majestic Sherwood Forest is no different. . . A LOT will happen over the course of your time here . . . What better way to reflect and honor those events, experiences, and perspective shifts then by attending the “Butterfly Release – Festival Closing Ceremony” . . . Held in the N.E.S.T. (New Earth Sacred Temple) during the early afternoon on Sunday,* this a time and space for you to gather with likeminded individuals and
take a moment to defragment, acknowledge, synchronize, and celebrate all that happened during your experience here; while also finding a way to carry these moments with you always as you continue to move forward in your life and impact others. After shared reflections, laughs, insights and personal revelations . . . we will join together to “release” our intentions, healing prayers, and YES . . .BUTTERFLIES, into the world we live in. Come bring “everything” into perspective after your extended journey in the magic that is Electric Forest. Your tribe is waiting.

Starting a Fire: How to Fuel Constant Creative Success

Sunday, June 25: 6:00 pm – 7:00pm
Presented by: Anthony Thogmartin
Join Anthony of Papadosio to discuss how “success” is a weird and loaded word. In today’s world full of competition and financial insecurity, there are thousands of reasons you might feel compelled to work a 9-5 and forget your dreams. In this fun little workshop, I will share what tools I’ve used as well as what pitfalls to avoid in the constant pursuit of whatever it is success means to you.

The Untz Presents: The Live Drummer Revolution Artist Panel

Sunday, June 25: 7:00 – 8:00pm
Featuring: EOTO & COFRESI
The live drummer vanguards and a young gun in the scene discuss the technological advantages and challenges of being a drummer in the live EDM realm.

Closing Circle

Sunday, June 25: 8:00 – 9:00pm
Join an intentional closing celebration of the unity, self-expression and love that is the Forest Family.
Come together and remember the spirit of The Forest you want to take with you into your life. Reflect on your heroic journey, share the moments that shaped you and relive the magic.
Come with your crew or roll in solo. We are all connected. Massive group hugs ahead!

The Closing Circle is open to everyone and will be led by Her Forest Co-Producer, Kiki Federico.

Sacred Sound Journey

Sunday, June 25: 9:00 – 10:30pm
Presented by: Sanjati
Creation is infinitely abundant. Because you are a part of it, you continually receive from it according to your capacity to receive.
Join Joel Whittaker and Carisa Holmes of Sanjati for this sacred journey in sound. Soak in the vibes from singing bowls, didgeridoo, flute, voice and drums along with soothing electronic sounds as you move through guided meditations that invite you to increase your capacity to receive abundance, joy, love, and all good that is for you.

See you in the forest.

~Michelle for EDMNYC


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