Over 2,500 people flocked to Tidewater Oregon in mid-August to share weekend daring to dream a different dream of community, belonging and being. This was not only my first Beloved, it is my first festival ever. I learned about it from a friend who’d attended in the past and my curiosity was piqued. Sacred art, music and movement
The campground and camping were safe, well laid out and properly staffed. At first it felt a bit overcrowded, but once I settled in and connected, everything seemed just right. With three stages featuring worldwide music, there was always something new to explore. Great workshops ran all day and I participated in two chanting workshops and experienced deep sound healing by the lake.
My favorite musical discovery was Climbing Poetree, two fiery Latinas who delivered an imaginative and inclusive multimedia performance. Their song Being Human brought me to tears and I was promptly hugged by those around me.
With everything from live painting, art gallery, art installations, workshops, education, youth programs, yoga and mindful movement, dancing and laughing, Beloved 2019 was a life changing experience I will treasure dearly and I am glad it was my first festival ever. Into the wild I go to lose my mind and find my soul.
Om Namah Shivaya,