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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lucidity Festival 2015

Lucidity Festival and Santa Barbara County Parks
Working Together to Leave it Better

Festival Collaborating to Rehabilitate Live Oak Campground as part of its Rental Agreement

SANTA YNEZ, Calif., April 10-12, 2015 — Due to County Parks and land steward concerns over degradation to the Live Oak campground site, which has hosted individual campers, girl scouts, renaissance fairs, and the Lucidity Festival for the last 3 years, the festival almost had to move locations to meet important ecological standards. Hearing the county’s concerns, Lucidity is finding the best pathway to bring people out into nature, build community and rehabilitate the land.

The central coast holds a huge landscape of biodiversity and natural ecology that is significantly affected by the worst drought in recorded history. The Sustainability Dept of Lucidity Festival implemented numerous measures this year to lessen its impact on the land, and is issuing these changes as a proud challenge to its beloved festival goers.

Part of the concern of any event on a site like Live Oak is the impact of automobile parking directly above the roots of the trees below the drip lines. When Santa Barbara County expressed concern for the health of the site, Lucidity brought in certified arborists and permaculture designers to identify ways to ensure the health of trees, immediately removed parking passes from their ticket sales page and asked their participants to bring less on site, or carpool to reduce impact.

“On one hand this was hard to swallow knowing that we already have a greater demand for tickets than supply,” said Jonah Haas, the company’s Marketing Director on the festival’s official blog, “we saw this as an opportunity to align with the County as stewards of the land, coming together in partnership for the health and well-being of the trees of this sacred land that we are blessed to call home.”

This eventually led to producing a Permaculture Action Course onsite, along with a community action day in Santa Barbara collaborating with headlining artist, The Polish Ambassador, to further advance the production company’s core values of communal reciprocity and environmental responsibility.

The theme of Lucidity Festival 2015 is Kindred Quest, which poses the question, “How do we live in this world in right relationship with ourselves, each other and the planet?” This theme has become an immediate reality for the Goleta-based production company as they carefully consider the future of the festival, and what is really most important for the company, all the individual collaborators, participants, the county, the soil and the oak trees.

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Live Oak Campground is nestled in pristine wilderness between the San Rafael and Santa Ynez Mountains. There lie 40 undeveloped acres that were once a campsite for cowboys and can now be rented for large events.

Lucidity Festival LLC is a collectively owned organization dedicated to creating transformational experiences for individuals and communities; a production company, a creative lifestyle brand, and an interconnected community of friends and family. Lucidity Festival takes place at Live Oak campground April 10 -12, 2015.

Permaculture Action Comes to Santa Barbara as Lucidity Festival Hosts Intensive Retreat And Community Action Days

Education Program Teaches Design Based in Natural Design and Building Techniques, Inspired by Recording Artist The Polish Ambassador’s “Pushing Through the Pavement Tour”

Live Oak Campground, Santa Ynez, Calif., April 6-9th, — Join ecological designer Erik Hjermstad, creator of CobFest, community organizer Ryan Rising, Certified Teacher of Permaculture Loren Luyendyk, architect Ray Cirino and Art Ludwig, author of Water Storage and Create an Oasis with Greywater and get a crash course in hands-on, systems-based techniques to build the world we wish to create.

Included in this three day course of practical permaculture education and community building:
An Introduction to the Permaculture Design Process
Rainwater Harvesting and Earthworks
Natural Building and Appropriate Technology
Regenerative Tools and Techniques
Permaculture Gardening and Food Forestry
Soils and Composting
Applying Ecological Principles
Social Permaculture & Community Organizing Methods
This intensive is followed by a Community Action Day on April 9th hosted by performance artist and social eco-preneur The Polish Ambassador, inspired by his Pushing Through the Pavement Community Action Tour. Permaculture Action Course participants are then invited to engage and assist an open-to-the-public volunteer force to transform 3-4 sites in Santa Barbara and Goleta for the benefit of local families and our community. More information regarding sites forthcoming.

We are are also excited to announce a growing partnership with Portland City Repair, with whom we will be co-creating a Santa Barbara Village Building Convergence in September. They will also be participating with us at our April 9th Action Day and will be hosting workshops at Lucidity Festival.

Permaculture Action Comes to Santa Barbara as Lucidity Festival Hosts Intensive Retreat And Community Action Days

Education Program Teaches Design Based in Natural Design and Building Techniques, Inspired by Recording Artist The Polish Ambassador’s “Pushing Through the Pavement Tour”

Live Oak Campground, Santa Ynez, Calif., April 6-9th, — Join ecological designer Erik Hjermstad, creator of CobFest, community organizer Ryan Rising, Certified Teacher of Permaculture Loren Luyendyk, architect Ray Cirino and Art Ludwig, author of Water Storage and Create an Oasis with Greywater and get a crash course in hands-on, systems-based techniques to build the world we wish to create.

Included in this three day course of practical permaculture education and community building:
An Introduction to the Permaculture Design Process
Rainwater Harvesting and Earthworks
Natural Building and Appropriate Technology
Regenerative Tools and Techniques
Permaculture Gardening and Food Forestry
Soils and Composting
Applying Ecological Principles
Social Permaculture & Community Organizing Methods
This intensive is followed by a Community Action Day on April 9th hosted by performance artist and social eco-preneur The Polish Ambassador, inspired by his Pushing Through the Pavement Community Action Tour. Permaculture Action Course participants are then invited to engage and assist an open-to-the-public volunteer force to transform 3-4 sites in Santa Barbara and Goleta for the benefit of local families and our community. More information regarding sites forthcoming.

We are are also excited to announce a growing partnership with Portland City Repair, with whom we will be co-creating a Santa Barbara Village Building Convergence in September. They will also be participating with us at our April 9th Action Day and will be hosting workshops at Lucidity Festival.

Contact

Media Contacts Alison Hensley, Permaculture Action Course Contact | <a href=”Sustainability@LucidityFestival.com”>Sustainability@LucidityFestival.com
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James Barnard, Head of Marketing | <a href=”http://Marketing@LucidityFestival.com”>Marketing@LucidityFestival.com</a> | 805-613-7550

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