Komasket was the last annual festival in the North Okanagan that was about the music and for the people. After 10 years of annual events they shut their doors in 2011. It’s long overdue to bring another annual festival with the same type of values to the area. In 2012 there was the (one time) One Big Tree Festival in Cherryville at what was then known as Fiddle Sticks Woodland Park. It was a great success, and now, 5 years later, the same grounds renamed The Monashees Woodland Retreat is holding their first annual North Okanagan OM Festival, August 25-27, 2017!
Led by local independent production company SMG Endeavors (Steve Gosselin) and Woodland Retreat Ranch Advisors David Pilz and Ava Curtola, the planning has begun. The vision of an organic music, modalities, food and sustainability theme is underway.
OM represents all things… It can be considered as the seed of all of creation. This simple little word contains all the power of the universe. It is the beginning, the middle and the end ~ the past, present and future.
Organic Music, OM: Roots music, acoustic instruments and minimal use of effects… If it can be played in a backyard, living room or street corner without any or minimal amplification, it can be played on our stage and amplified with a natural sounding organic mix.
Organic Modalities, OM: Energy healing, cranial-sacral therapy, reiki, yoga and/or other holistic practices will be featured with information workshops and on site practices.
Organic Meals, OM: We’ll be making sure to stick to the 100-mile diet when it comes to sourcing our organic food and artisans. To eat healthy is to live healthy… healthy organic options should be available everywhere and they most certainly will be here.
Organic Methods (Sustainability), OM: Green building, eco care and self-sustainability are the way of the present and future. Workshops will be held so that we can all learn to live symbiotically with each other and our mother earth in a healthy, sustainable manner.
Organic Merriment, OM: In a world filled with video games, T.V. and other technologies. It’s good to get back into nature, as it’s been the playground for kids and adults longer than anything else. A natural, organic kids zone will be available for children and parents nice and close to the Kid’s Stage where we’ll have some amazing family entertainment.
“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, story tellers and lovers of all kinds.” – Dalai Lama XIV