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The Brainery 🧠

The Forest Family overflows with knowledge.

Each year, the Forest Family comes together to learn from and be inspired by each other. The Brainery is a place where these experiences come alive through workshops and classes taught by the Forest Family, for the Forest Family. Unite through intentional learning at The Brainery through movement, play, crafts, panel discussions, meditation, meet-ups, and more. 

Introducing the 2023 Brainery Workshop Lineup and Schedule!

2023 Brainery Schedule Details

BREATHE

Grounding Into The Forest - Melody Sanchez
Thursday, June 22, 2023, 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM 
Grounding Into The Forest allows everyone the ability to fully tap into the energy of the weekend before it starts. This workshop includes energy healing via visualization, meditation, drumming, rattling, Reiki, and Florida Water (optional), and ends with hugs. Participants will feel cleansed, relaxed, open, and lighthearted.

Intention Setting for a Magical Weekend - Ade Ramos
Thursday, June 22, 2023, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Ade (Vibe With Ade) is a dedicated content creator and fulfillment life coach helping festival goers curate memorable festival and life experiences. In this intention-setting workshop, expect to learn the importance of intention-setting for festivals and how to set intentions together for the magical weekend at Electric Forest.

The Power of Sound Healing Frequency - Yvonne Clark
Friday, June 23, 2023, 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM 
Join Certified Yoga Therapist, Yvonne Clark (C-IAYT, E-RYT 500; teaching yoga since 2006, BA-Psychology/Literature) in this special session. Sound Therapy works to heal deep layers of stress through the use of sound vibration and frequency.

Morning Mindfulness: Guided Meditation Journey - Steven Frederick 
Friday, June 23, 2023, 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM 
Instructor Steven Frederick guides the Forest Family on a peaceful journey with meditation and visualization. Through intentional breathing and empowering visualizations, participants will delve into calmness and clarity. Relax, breathe deeply, release tension, and tune into your inner rhythm.

Death & Rebirth Meditation - Samantha Helm and Hannah Hendrix
Friday, June 23, 2023, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM 
A meditation journey through the death and rebirth experience to gain a better understanding of death and release fears or anxieties we may have. Please Note: This workshop is recommended for those with a strong and sound mind as it could bring up difficult emotions such as grief and sadness.

RhythmetriX 360Âş Soundbath Experience - RhythmetriX
Saturday, June 24, 2023, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM 
Lay back, recharge, and let the music come to you. Using over 20 instruments from around the world ranging from didgeridoo to handpan, djembe, bells, chimes, and more, this 360Âş Soundbath Experience is guaranteed to refill your cup, recharge your soul, and prepare your body to get back into The Forest.

Somatic Therapy for Neck and Shoulders - Candace Briscoe and Josh Nikolas
Saturday, June 24, 2023, 10:130 AM - 11:15 AM 
Using the tools of Somatic Therapy, learn movements to alleviate neck and shoulder pain. After working through pain in those areas, participants move on to a heart-activating meditation, bringing wellness from within.

Guided Meditation and Breathwork to Energize and Connect - Emily Kessler
Saturday, June 24, 2023, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 
Emily Kessler is a certified meditation teacher, mindset coach, and co-manager of Big Gigantic, who has spent her career building community through both music and meditation. In this guided meditation and breathwork session, you’ll tap into your own inner energy, power, and intuition to give a much-needed recharge halfway through your Electric Forest experience. After this workshop, you will feel grounded, grateful, and ready to take on the last two days of the Festival!

Energy Alchemy with Ayurveda and Sacred Sound - Allison Scott  
Sunday, June 25, 2023, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM 
The combined practice of Yoga and its “sister science” Ayurveda can completely transform your unique physical, emotional, energetic, and mental well-being. Join us for a recharge using breathwork and sound healing and deepen your relationship with yourself and the world around you.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Guided Meditation - Marissa "Rizzo" Nichols
Sunday, June 25, 2023, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM 
Progressive Muscle Relaxation is a mindfulness-based practice that offers insight into the ways bodies manifest stress through physical tension. Starting at the feet, participants will be cued with breath and observation of the release of specific muscle groups, working up the body towards the crown of the head to elicit feelings of physical relaxation. Followed by a guided meditation.

MAKE 

Rave Stick Making - The Instigators
Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Make a rave stick or add to your current rave stick with the help of the infamous and hilarious Instigators. Learn techniques for high-impact, easy-to-carry rave sticks that keep your crew together and add to the magic of The Forest.

The Black Light Bodypaint Party - Crafter Hours with The Instigators 
Late Night Wednesday, June 22, 2023, 2:30 AM - 4:30 AM 
Enter into a fluorescent paint-filled black light party. Paint your friends or a stranger. Music and MCs will keep the party going as we cover each other in paint and dance all night.

Color Meditation: Spirit Painting - Kelsey Beth Creates
Thursday, June 22, 2023, 3:15 - 5:00 PM 
Kelsey Beth Creates welcomes Forest Family to an interactive painting and energy alignment workshop. Participants will focus on each chakra color and paint the energy in an abstract way onto canvas while repeating positive affirmations. No painting or meditation experience necessary. Attendees are encouraged to bring a notebook and pen for journaling.

Creating Collage - Cactus Food 
Sunday, June 25, 2023, 12:45 - 1:45 PM
This workshop offers the beauty of destruction and creation through the process of Collage. Your teacher, Cactus Food, will provide the saved secondhand materials, from vintage magazines to children’s books, to create a work of art that embodies you and your festival experience.

LEARN 

Let’s Get Mental Healthier - Chad Moses, To Write Love On Her Arms 
Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Join To Write Love on Her Arms in a conversation about ways we can reimagine what encompasses Mental Health and learn tools that can be implemented to cultivate self-care for this weekend and beyond! Caring for your mental health isn't a one-time monumental feat. It's a small, stubborn love for yourself and the miracle of repetition.

Erotic Blueprint - Ian Ferguson 
Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM and Friday, June 23, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
What turns you on the most? How are you uniquely wired for pleasure? Join Ian Ferguson, co-founder of The Erotic Blueprint™, and the Erotic Blueprint Coaches™ as they guide you into learning about who you are as an Erotic Being. In this consensual, interactive talk they will teach you how to determine and fulfill the needs and desires of your Erotic Blueprint.

WALLY TALKS: The Health of The Forest with EF Arborist + Q&A - Dave Francis
Thursday, June 22, 2023, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 
Join Electric Forest's resident arborist Dave Francis to learn about the current health of The Forest and what steps Forest HQ is taking to ensure the Forest is healthy for many years to come! Q&A to follow.

Polyamory 101 - Jessica Levity-Daylover
Thursday, June 22, 2023, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM 
A hilarious, informative, and interactive workshop hosted by renowned polyam educator Jessica Levity- Daylover of @RemodeledLove on her decade-long journey of polyamory - including the failures, the successes, and the nuances of being a parent. Q&A to follow.

WALLY TALKS: The Festival DAD - Barry Hutzel
Thursday, June 22, 2023, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Barry Hutzel is known as DAD in The Forest because of his age (62) and because he treats all the youngsters as his own children. The Festival DAD will explain how his chance attendance at Electric Forest 2015 changed his life forever. DAD will be sharing a few stories and words of wisdom about how he ended up in The Forest, how he got the DAD nickname, and what it means to be an elder statesman of The Forest. Come hear how anyone can continue to be a Forest Family member for decades to come!

Accepting Neurodiversity - Yolanda Williams
Saturday, June 24, 2023, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM 
What does neurodiversity mean? And, what can be done to create more inclusive spaces? This workshop will also cover the double empathy problem, masking, and how to improve communication.

Her Forest Presents: Menstrual Cycle Literacy - Laura Foxglove
Sunday, June 25, 2023, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM 
This is the menstrual cycle education class that you always needed, but never received! Gain the body literacy tools that will help you to better understand your body and take your hormonal health into your own hands. This is a period positive workshop, and all people are welcome to join.

MOVE

Learn to Shuffle Workshop - Amy Conte 
Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM 
If you've always wanted to learn how to shuffle, NOW is your chance. Join us for a shuffle dance workshop where we will dive into the fundamentals of this fancy footwork while having fun as we flow as one.

EDM Line Dancing - Lia Rea & Jace Andrus
Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM 
Line dancing is not just for country western western music! The Forest Family are invited to learn 3 - 5 dances with Lia's simple instruction to create a dance revolution in the electronic music and festival world. Just think, one workshop could lead to thousands of people line dancing in beautiful synchrony. Let’s make waves together!

The Clown in You: Creativity Through Movement - Andy Reid 
Saturday, June 23, 2023, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM 
The human body is a miraculous and hilarious thing. In this workshop, Forest Family will be led through a new twist on classic clowning and movement exercises to help them tap into the beautiful creativity of their own physical self. Come ready to move and wiggle and get ready to be transported to new and exciting realms, all within the warm comfort of your own skin!

PANELS 

Her Forest Presents FEMALE RAVERS UNITED: Importance of Community and Mindfulness 
Friday, June 23, 2023, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM 
An introduction to the Female Ravers United Community: this panel discussion will expand upon what it means to be part of a community, and how to be mindful of yourself and others while participating.

The Brainery Panels - Anand Harsh 
Friday, June 23, 2023, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM 
Want to know more about the music industry? Hear what inspires your favorite artist? Join industry professional Anand Harsh as he dives deep into a multitude of music industry topics. Stay tuned for the lineup to be announced soon. 

The Brainery Panels - Anand Harsh
Friday, June 23, 2023, 4:20 PM - 5:20 PM 
Want to know more about the music industry? Hear what inspires your favorite artist? Join industry professional Anand Harsh as he dives deep into a multitude of music industry topics. Stay tuned for the lineup to be announced soon. 

Her Forest Presents: The Women of Electric Forest - Moderated by Emily Kessler 
Saturday, June 24, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Her Forest presents a very special panel highlighting the women of Electric Forest HQ. Learn their stories, how they got to where they are, as well as the rewards and challenges in navigating the music industry. Q&A to follow.

The Brainery Panels - Anand Harsh
Saturday, June 24, 2023, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM 
Want to know more about the music industry? Hear what inspires your favorite artist? Join industry professional Anand Harsh as he dives deep into a multitude of music industry topics. Stay tuned for the lineup to be announced soon. 

The Brainery Panels - Anand Harsh
Saturday, June 24, 2023, 4:20 PM - 5:20 PM 
Want to know more about the music industry? Hear what inspires your favorite artist? Join industry professional Anand Harsh as he dives deep into a multitude of music industry topics. Stay tuned for the lineup to be announced soon. 

The Brainery Panels - Anand Harsh
Sunday, June 25, 2023, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM 
Want to know more about the music industry? Hear what inspires your favorite artist? Join industry professional Anand Harsh as he dives deep into a multitude of music industry topics. Stay tuned for the lineup to be announced soon. 

The Brainery Panels - Anand Harsh
Sunday, June 25, 2023, 4:20 PM - 5:20 PM 
Want to know more about the music industry? Hear what inspires your favorite artist? Join industry professional Anand Harsh as he dives deep into a multitude of music industry topics. Stay tuned for the lineup to be announced soon. 

MEET 

Reddit Meet-Up - EF Reddit ModSquad 
Thursday, June 22, 2023, 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
The first official meetup for the Electric Forest community on Reddit, hosted by the EF Reddit ModSquad. Come meet the moderators and fellow Redditors IRL!

PLAY 

Slinky Manipulation 101 - Slinky Josh 
Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
Learn how to turn a regular ol’ rainbow slinky into a magical energy beam that will keep you and the Forest Family entertained all night long (and beyond)! The first 50 attendees will receive a free slinky!

The Play L.A.B. Improv Workshop - Jasjeet Dhanota & Jessica Goold
Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM 
The Play L.A.B. (Listen, Agree, and Build) is an improv workshop designed with the Forest Family in mind. This workshop aims to build connections with different parts of ourselves and each other through play. A special welcome is extended to folks from historically underrepresented backgrounds - let's get wacky and bloom into our space!

RhythmetriX 'Play & Learn' - RhythmetriX
Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM 
Rhythm is the foundation of music. Drums are our tool to get there. Join us for Electric Forest's first masterfully facilitated group drumming Rhythmic Experience and feel the magic and power of 80 people coming together, one nation, under groove. No instruments or experience necessary!

The Great Bingo Revival 
Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 11:59 PM - 2:00 AM 
If you know, you know! Join the Rev Rusty Reams, D.J.B.I.N.G.O., and the BinGO-GO dancers for a high-energy funk and soul explosion featuring 100% unadulterated bingo! BINGO SAVES!

Sethward’s Show & Tell Spectacular - Sethward 
Thursday - Saturday, late night, 3:00 AM - 5:00 AM 
The ultimate late night "WTF did I just stumble upon" Experience. Sethward, the proud record holder for most failed auditions on AGT/Gong Show, hosts a much-needed, late night hang. Along with his Television set companion, they play original comedy shorts based on suggestions from the audience. USA Today calls it "a comedic version of a car accident, you can't look away."

Sweets Kendamas Jam - Austin Donovan, Daniel Lawless, Joshua Grove
Sunday, June 25, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
Enjoy a Sweets Kendamas official workshop where participants will learn the basics of getting started with a kendama, as well as helping seasoned players hone their skills (all skill levels are encouraged), teach them a bit of the history of kendama, provide a live demonstration of some top-tier play, host giveaways and mini-games where participants have an opportunity to win prizes, and potentially even show them a professional match up between two of our pro players.