Sonic Bloom: A Gathering of Culture Creators


By offering a curated, autonomous dharma-space within which awakened individuals could meet and cross-pollinate, the Sonic Bloom organizers were able to conjure a world of staggering beauty and novelty.

Above: The fruits of Jade Amazon’s Sonic Bloom painting labors.

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Sonic Bloom is a colorful melting pot of innovation and magic, a shining demonstration of how firmly transformational culture has taken root in Colorado. It is a nexus of artistic brilliance and radical thought—an attempt at bridging the divide between ecstatic play-space and enlightened social template.

More than ever, this year’s incarnation of the event struck a perfect balance between meticulous production and self-organizing expression.

This is a centrally important concept, because the progressive evolution of the transformational event world should not be marked by brighter lights, louder sounds, or greater undulating seas of spectators.

Growth can certainly imply that the ideals of transformational culture are spreading to wider audiences, and we festival lovers do adore some epic celebration.

But the more important epiphenomenon that we should hope to see arise from festival culture is this: the outward manifestation of self-organizing principles.

Our events should function like living, sentient organisms—like ecosystems made of living wholes, rather than like machines made of engineered parts. They should take on their own bewildering, higher-order identity that could never have been wholly foreseen by their producers.

In short, they should mimic the genius of the natural world. This way, they may serve as templates for redesigning our society and culture on the same self-organizing foundation.

The world needs culture creators

The self-organizing impulse that was so prevalent at Sonic Bloom can only be effective if it has a channel through which to move. This channel is provided by the wildly awakened, ignited individuals who see no greater purpose than setting the world alight with love and creativity.

By offering a curated, autonomous dharma-space within which these individuals could meet and cross-pollinate, the Sonic Bloom organizers were able to conjure a world of staggering beauty and novelty.

I’d like to highlight some of these extraordinary culture creators with whom I interacted at the event. I’m infinitely grateful for their wisdom, their poise, and their dedication to personal and planetary activation.

Michael Garfield is a demiurgic force to be reckoned with (let’s just be glad that he’s on the side of conscious culture). He’s a masterful thinker, poet-philosopher, visionary artist, musician…and there’s at least a slight possibility that he’s a cyborg from the future.

Wherever and whenever he’s from, I’m pleased that he’s here to share his revolutionary yet frolicsome music, his delightful paintings and festival accessories, and his deeply important ideas. One of his workshops at Sonic Bloom, “Entertainment As Social Action: Spreading A Cosmic Perspective,” touched on some of the themes mentioned at the beginning of this article.

Michael was an early contributor to Lightlab (you can read his article here), and I trust that we’ll be able to enjoy more of his contributions in the future.

Sean Allen is a healer, lightworker, and adept in the wonderful mysteries of Sacred Geometry. I am astounded by the simultaneous lightness and depth with which he is able to elucidate the subjects of subtle energetics, deep healing, and personal transformation. He navigates the world with boundless compassion and integrity.

Oh, and he makes some of the most wonderful bronze sacred geometrical structures you’ve ever seen.

His Sonic Bloom workshop, “Sacred Geometry Forms and Pyramids for Meditation,” demonstrated that he is a rare breed of contemporary mystic—one capable of bridging the numinous and the pragmatic.

Be on the lookout for Lightlab contributions from this seasoned urban jedi.     

VerDarLuz Claus is a psycho-spiritual polymath who is charting the depths of archetypal human consciousness. He draws from myriad disciplines such as astrology, shamanism, Human Design, tantra, and timemapping to help others tap into the ecstasy of their core frequency.

His wisdom is grounded but intricately nuanced, and his guidance is always filled with open-hearted love. The cosmic correspondence systems in which his work is based reminds us that we inhabit a universe of incomprehensible order, intentionality, and love.

He led an incredible workshop at Sonic Bloom entitled “Aquarian Awakening: Human Design.”

Treavor Moontribe and Amani of Desert Dwellers lit up the dancefloors of Sonic Bloom with their beautiful effulgence of meticulously structured sound. They are an enduring pillar of transformational culture; their music is intimately woven with its spirit, and their relentless innovation is the sonic embodiment of progressive evolution.

No discussion of a successful transformation event would be complete without mentioning its attending musicians. Music is the sonic driver of collective epiphany, the metronome that allows for self-organized transformation.

For this reason (and many others), I’m grateful that Desert Dwellers have been a mainstay of past Lightlab events, and I look forward to incorporating their magic into our future creations.

Jade Amazon  and Randal Roberts are two mind-bogglingly talented visionary artists who I had the pleasure of meeting at Sonic Bloom. Their work is a testament to just how wide the world’s trans-dimensional portals are being thrown open—and their shining personalities speak to our growing ability to tap into these guiding realms of love and light.

Volumes could be written about the power that visionary art holds as a psycho-spiritual catalyst. It is a doorway to new types of language, an invitation to novel ways of thinking and being, and perhaps the most perfect expression of non-hierarchical self-organization.

Thank you, Jade, Randal, and all visionary artists, for your transformative self-expression.

Let’s weave a collaborative web

I urge you to look deeper into the work of these visionaries. I hope and trust that it will greatly inspire you. And if you’ve never attended Sonic Bloom before, consider showing up next year to add a dash of your own expression to the community.

Remember: we’re all planetary culture creators.

Every thought we think, every step we step, every word we speak, and every breath we breathe influences our world’s momentum. The more carefully we choose our individual actions, the more beautiful world we can hope to inhabit as a collective whole.


Ryan Greendyk

Ryan Greendyk is a conscious internet entrepreneur, writer, kundalini yoga teacher, psychonaut, and sacred space creator. He's pretty fond of tea ceremonies, entheogens, bass-beat wizardry and techno-shamanism, superfoods, gifting, fire spinning, alternative healing modalities, spontaneous outbursts of love, and spending quality time with God and friends. In a nutshell, he's dedicated to delivering others to their highest selves through the creation and promotion of communities, cultures, products, and programs built upon creativity, intentional play, and spiritual self-mastery. He is the Founder of Lightlab and the Producer of Lightlab Events.

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