Our Wander Life dream team (Jessi Jae Joplin & Courtney Grace Walker) recently ventured to the fairytale setting of Laytonville, Northern California for the infamous Enchanted Forest Gathering. The festival returned to the historic Black Oak Ranch for a magnificent sixth season of music, knowledge, movement, and connectivity. It’s truly a spirited community, encompassing the world’s preeminent musicians, fanciful movement/yoga workshops, and enlightening educational forums. They featured a trove of marvelous wonders just waiting to be unearthed.
Serving as a catalyst for self-discovery, Enchanted Forest Gathering aspires to create a world in which every individual is empowered to fully embody their highest potential and truest self. They featured over 70 musical actsperforming atop statuesque, intricately-designed stages, bringing a bass-heavy, booty-shakin’ curation to the forest. There were even yoga classes, flow arts and dance workshops, educational workshops and forums, a healing sanctuary, dance floors made of foam, shade and chill zones, trees providing natural shade for camping, delicious and healthy food vendors, and artisan merchants. Needless to say, our gals had a blast! They had such a fabulous time splashing around in refreshing watering holes, meditating around the sacred fire circle, and relaxing in the natural splendor and beauty of Mendocino County.
The festival felt that it was very important to keep Black Oak Ranch an enchanted land for years to come, so they implemented numerous green initiatives (including the widespread use of solar power, plentiful recycling receptacles, composting, and a renewable dish program, and has reusable utensils available for purchase). To top it off, the festival embraced a safe, alcohol-free environment promoting a “Get saucy, not sauced!” policy. With all these forward thinking initiatives, the 2016 gathering successfully cemented a lasting imprint on the legendary grounds for years to come. For a glimpse at what makes Enchanted Forest Gathering truly enchanted, watch the 2016 Official Video – Dance With Us. And make sure to check out the magical photos we were able to snap below!