Symbiosis Gathering

The Symbiosis Gathering is set to take place at Woodward Reservoir in California September 19th through the 23rd.  Promoters have pledged a weekend full of revelry, dancing all night until sunrise, and swimming in crystal clear waters!  Alongside over 200 musical acts from around the world!

Symbiosis Events intends to facilitate peak experiences through a synaesthesia of art, music, transformational learning, and sustainable living integrated into an unparalleled extravaganza of fun beneath the starry skies.

Our organization was founded on strong principles of environmental consciousness and ecological sustainability and each event has continued to advance this vision through the implementation of both time-tested and innovative eco-action initiatives.

We seek to provide a space for the fusion of aesthetics, sound, and natural living, in an atmosphere of interactive co-creation so we may share in moments that are transformative and inspiring, based in a deep respect for our community and environment.

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Come dance all night at one of our 4 MAIN STAGES! During the day take some time to experience the ACADEMY for morning YOGA and drop in to one of our many amazing WORKSHOPS! Large-scale ART installations will take your breath away while the PERFORMANCES of VAU DE VIRE SOCIETY at the first ever EDWARDIAN BALL ROADSHOW and our myriad playful characters will warm your soul and touch your heart!

Our MARKETPLACE features yummy organic food, KIDZBIOSIS is fun for all ages, and our PERMACULTURE COURSE will be an amazing experience for all who can attend!

You can PARTICIPATE in many ways, we have LUXURY CAMPING so you don’t even have to set up a tent, and thousand of BEAUTIFUL FRIENDLY PEOPLE are coming together to CELEBRATE!

The line up for this celestial event is filled with so many good producers, DJ’s, and performance tribes it’s a bit overwhelming.  With such a beautiful location and so much top notch entertainment, this years Symbiosis Gathering will enlighten your senses to a world of amazement and delight beyond what you could imagine!

STS9 and Shpongle added to Symbiosis Gathering 2013 Lineup!

The mad scientists who produced last year’s epic Pyramid Eclipse in Australia present Symbiosis Gathering 2013 (#SG13) at the Woodward Reservoir Regional Park in Northern California on September 19th to 23rd, 2013. The five-day camping festival features a massive lineup over four main stages playing a diverse array of live and electronic music, global and galactic bass, house, gypsy, sacred and world fusion. The gathering coincides with the Harvest Full Moon, the Autumnal Equinox and the International Day of Peace.

Just announced headliners include ambient techno/trance project Shpongle and iconic electro jam band STS9, joining over 200 cutting edge musical acts from around the world, including the much anticipated US debut of Iamamiwhoami, smooth eletro-pop outfit Poliça, post-dubstep mastermind Mount Kimbie, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice of TNGHT, the celestial R&B of Active Child, the hard hitting RL Grime, the new wave of techno/bass heavy house producers from France Gesaffelstein, Popof, and Brodinski as well as San Francisco House pioneer DJ Garth, English producer and breakbeat pioneer Adam Freeland, retro-electronic producer Star Slinger, Chet Faker, avant-cabaret troupe Vau de Vire Society, remix wizard Ryan Hemsworth, the eclectic bass sounds of Gaudi, Random Rab and Emancipator, plus many more.

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Spend five days in an alternate reality teeming with mesmerizing musical performances, cutting edge entertainment (including the first ever Edwardian Ball Roadshow), transformational workshops, a diverse array of yoga and dance classes, world-renowned visual arts and large-scale art installations, ancient wisdom teachings, and gourmet organic food. This is an experience of green living in action backdropped by the crystal waters of the surrounding lake which attendees can swim

This year, the main stage will have a beautiful original design courtesy of Josh Flemming, one of the founders of The Do LaB and Lightning in a Bottle music and arts festival, who are internationally-renowned for their ability to create awe inspiring installations that blur the line between a work of art and a fully functioning stage.

The Edwardian Ball Roadshow sets sail on its maiden voyage LIVE at Symbiosis Gathering 2013 – enter into a magical world of theatrical entertainment with an eccentric assortment of music, aerial acrobatics, circus acts, offbeat fashion and “ballroom” dancing. This is the first time that San Francisco’s legendary Edwardian Ball will be transported to a festival. Be a part of it all – dress elegantly in Edwardian period attire, creative goth, stylish steampunk or beautifully
bizarre costumes inspired by Edward Gorey. Join the co-hosts of The Edwardian Ball, avant-cabaret troupe, Vau de Vire Society, and the Pagan Lounge ensemble, Rosin Coven. Plus sonic evocateur Delachaux, dirty electro swing DJ Shakti Bliss, electric-shovel virtuoso Shovelman, The Klown Korps, Fou Fou Ha, exotic steam machinery by Kinetic Steam Works and an elaborate fashion show by Dark Garden Corsetry. Come experience the Edwardian Ball Roadshow, a window into their whimsical world returning
to SF and LA, Winter 2014.

Workshops will feature luminaries including nationally syndicated radio host Caroline Casey, a performance by legendary slam poet Saul Williams, co-founder of The Yes Men Andy Bichlbaum, Standup & Improv by Stranger and Kill All Comedy on a special appearance from Chicago’s legendary comedy factory The Second City, Healing The Land by First Nation presenter John Mosley, Transforming Spaces Through Permaculture by Ryan Rising, Closed-Loop
Aquaponics by Gerasimos Christoforatos, The Last Stand of the Orangutans by Rainforest Action Network’s Laurel Sutherlin, Protecting Endangered Biodiversity by Attorney Tim Ream, Radical Parenting with Tomas Moniz, Plant Human Coevolution and the Origins of the Imagination with enthnobotanist Dennis McKenna, a spoken word performance by New York City’s Climbing PoeTree, and many more.

“We support a thriving community of artists, musicians, educators, performers, and appreciators of the finer things. The Gathering provides a temporary home where people can celebrate, dance, and be entertained in an ecologically responsible manner,” says Kevin KoChen of Symbiosis Events.

Symbiosis Gathering casts a wide net in drawing from the vibrant and artistic movement that the San Francisco Bay area is well known for and brings in sustainable initiatives and practices to the forefront of the festival experience. Measures include a reusable dish program in the dining area, a Zero Waste policy, procuring environmentally-friendly sources of energy and materials, and educating about sustainability through various educational workshops and activities.

“The foundation of this event is built around principles of ecological, global, and holistic awareness,” noted Karen KoChen of Symbiosis Events. “Our team has brought together an eclectic program to bring these concepts to life in an interactive, co-creative, and highly innovative way.”

Symbiosis Gathering Teaser 19-23 September 2013 from Symbiosis Gathering on Vimeo.


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The venue is Woodward Reservoir near Oakdale, California.  This will be the first year the gathering will be held here and the producers feel they have found a perfect spot for all that Symbiosis will be offering attendees!

Woodward Reservoir is an area of outstanding natural beauty, a peninsula surrounded on 3 sides by a crystal clear swimming lake, with incredible shoreline camping. Bring floating toys!  Watch epic sunrises and sunsets from 4 lakeside dance floors. This venue is gonna blow you away!

With many camping options! Read our article about Ready-Set Camp!

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2,3,4, and 5 day passes available. Check out all the ticket options and cater your experience!

The Symbiosis Gathering is a transformational Festival, a model for other Festivals.  Attendees will hear music, see performances, hear guest speakers,  learn permaculture, take yoga classes, eat amazing food, swim in the water, and truly experience an alternate reality of wonder and bliss!

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