This weekend was the annual Harmany Festival in Santa Rosa – one of my favorite festivals. We went Saturday to see Michael Franti and Spearhead and a bonus was the Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars (who were incredible and have an incredible story). The Refugee All Stars actually met in a refugee camp in Sierra Leone where they were “living” after they had to flee their homes due to the rebels. They met some of their members in other camps – the one member was an orphan, two of the members had limbs amputated by the rebels and they were given some old instruments by a Canadian aid organization. Yet through these horrific events, an absolutely incredible and uplifting group of musicians was born. The music is the kind that gets you up off your tired bum and gets you groovin’ and smiling! And it’s a good reminder of how good life is. And of course, Michael Franti is the epitome of feeling good music and getting up and groovin’ ( “How ya’ll feelin’!?”) He always has a message and is all about Peace and Love and you can feel it through his music. Two groups I highly recommend if they are in your area.
The Harmony Fest has been going on for 31 years. It is a festival about healthy living, alternative living, eco-conscious living, peaceful living and just good living in general. They have some of the most amazing speakers (Starhawk and Julia Butterfly Hill – two of my faves), classes/workshops/lectures, yoga, dance, meditation, body work, etc. You can camp the entire weekend under the redwoods. One year I am going to do that so I can attend some of the workshops and lectures and just get completely lost in “Harmony”. We just went for the day – and there is no way to cover 1/4 of the Festival, but with the kids and $ (and Milo and Mo) we just enjoyed a wonderful day of Utopia!
I’m still on a high from being there. It will take a couple days to come down from my Utopian high. I get so energized from being at an event such as this. You see all the incredible ideas for eco living, healthy living, wonderful artists and a lot of “conscious” individuals in one location – yes it’s inspiring.
Have you been inspired lately? What has gotten you inspired?