So there I was, traveling down Highway 101, having many adventures and enjoying the majestic redwood forests, when my friend Oneida called. She is a dear friend I met last year through some unusual circumstances, back in Oberlin, OH. I have been to visit her in Maui, where she has been living since last summer. Well it turns out that my route down Highway 101 was getting ready to run right past a Peace Festival in Mendocino County, and she was there with a bunch of her Maui friends. The hub location for Earth Dance was at the Black Oak Ranch, a place I have wanted to visit since I was 16-home to Wavy Gravy and many of the Grateful Dead, Merry Prankster families. All in all, it was turning out to be a very serendipitous experience. At this point, I was already “thankful,” that I broke down way back in Circle, MT because a lot of good twists have happened in the itinerary.
From Arcata, CA down to Mendocino County the roads were speckled with transients hitch hiking down to the festival. I pulled into the little town to grab gas and people were everywhere, lazily hanging out and chatting. The festival didn’t start until the next day, but my friends were there on crew, setting up, so I decided to talk my way in. After a lot of explaining my situation, my friends came down to the gate and escorted me back to their camp. Security held on the the scooter to make sure I wasn’t scamming my way into 3 days of incredible music. Everyone and their grandmother was trying to sneak in, but security was very supportive once they found out about my Peace mission. I also don’t have 3 days to stay for music, so they relaxed a bit and provided me with some yummy dinner and lot of water on my way out.
I spent the next 16 hours playing with the Maui tribe, catching up with my friend, and meeting the many beautiful freaks attending the festival. Right now I am headed off to cross the Golden Gate bridge, so I’ll just post about Earth Dance and the intention behind it. Today is a very active day in the world, between the synchronized OM and Prayer for Peace, as well as the huge war protest in D.C. Just want to let everyone know about the events happening and hopefully at some point you can close your eyes today and say a prayer for peace-or even better-join in the OM at 4pm.
These words are simply cut and pasted from the Earth Dance 2007 website. “The H2Om project will attempt to create the world’s largest synchronized global Om, which will take place on Saturday September 15th during the Earthdance international peace event. Earthdance, the Global Dance Festival for Peace, has grown to become the world’s largest simultaneous music and dance event, uniting over 350 locations in 60 countries. Every year, in alignment with the International Day of Peace, over 200,000 people unite in dance, with hundreds of thousands more joining online, in support of global peace and humanitarian aims. The defining moment of the Earthdance event is the synchronized “Prayer for Peace”, played at every location at the same time.
This year, the Earthdance “Prayer for Peace” will be followed by a unified global Om, as people across the world synchronize their voices with the intention of healing the Earth’s waters. To increase cohesiveness and provide a single, specific point of focus for the global community, the “Prayer for Peace” will be immediately followed by the recording of a fundamental tone (the specific human frequency of 125hz), which will serve as a foundation for people to tune into.”
“We are one global family
All colors, All races
One world united.
We dance for peace and the healing of our planet Earth
Peace for all nations.
Peace for our communities.
And peace within ourselves.
As we join all dance floors across the world,
let us connect heart to heart.
Through our diversity we recognize Unity.
Through our compassion we recognize Peace.
Our love is the power to transform our world
Let us send it out