Today we’re throwing it back to one of our most favorite three-day transformational festivals in Santa Barbara, California… the infamous Lucidity Festival. The festival’s name alludes to lucid dreams and encourages attendees to “awake in their dreams.” According to Daphne Carpenter, the festival was organized around “six themed villages that revolve around archetypes much in the same way as our dream characters represent aspects of ourselves.” Our girl in charge, Jessi, was able to attend this magical event… and let’s just say, she had an incredible time! Lucidity may be described as an experiment in community, art, radical self expression, and radical self reliance. It has been compared to Burning Man, Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Electric Daisy Carnival and even the San Francisco New Year’s Eve event Sea of Dreams. But there’s still something special about Lucidity that those other festivals don’t encompass. There were three main stages and numerous subsidiary stages featuring bands, spoken word artists, exotic dancers and DJ’s. There were also various vendors including a focus on local foods, off beat jewelry and clothing. And there were even large sculptural art, which Jessi described as her favorite, visually stunning aspect of the festival. We especially love that this particular event sponsored a “Greenest Campsite” contest and a motto of “Leave It Better.” Such a game changer for us! If you ever get the chance to attend this amazing festival, it’s a MUST!