Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This past Labor Day weekend, I was on the faculty of an event directed by my friend Jim Donovan, called "The Great Rhythm Revival" which took place in rural western New York on the same site where the Great Blue Heron Music Festival is held. It included drumming, dance, and personal growth workshops all held under a huge festival tent in the middle of nowhere.
It was for me, a life changing experience in about 100 different ways. Camping for the 1st time in 14 years while weathering a hurricane in a borrowed tent... (Thank you Earl!) Playing onstage with some of my best friends and favorite musicians in what to me was the Best. Jam. Ever. Rain and wind beating at the sides of the tent while the music played & people danced.. so very surreal. Teaching people to make mandalas in the dining tent... Seeing the Milky Way for the 1st time. Eating some of the best food ever - so good in fact, I hugged the chef. Crazy bonfire in the middle of the woods, faerie lights strung about and a big blue peace symbol watching over it all.
Meeting back up with some of my best friends, making new friends.... I just can't say enough about how wonderful this experience was. In the center of it all is my friend Jim Donovan who got his old-fashioned tent revival in the grandest of ways. After working with Jim for going on 6 years, I know that if his name is on an event, it's going to be spectacular. I can't wait until next year.
Photo of the Revival Tent courtesy of the amazing Jessica MacIntyre.