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Mandala Springs is 67 acres embraced on three sides by Pisgah National Forest, a few miles drive from Craggy Gardens and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and a 30 minute drive from Asheville.
On site are a pristine trout stream, multiple springs, and boulder fields.
A perfect jumping off point for hiking adventures, wellness, nature connection, on-site chocolate factory, massage and bodywork, bonfires and breathtaking wilderness.
How do I get to Mandala Springs?
Fly to Asheville airport, and we will be sending all participants a ride-share and shuttle form to help coordinate transportation.
"I recently had the pleasure and honor of teaching music production in a classroom setting (for the first time) at the Solar Sound music production retreat. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. To feel so much love and share knowledge with so many amazing brothers and men felt so wonderful and to connect with so many amazing friends, teachers and eager students was lovely. It was beyond expectation of how awesome the vibes were. To know that across the valley, the Shakti sound retreat was happening simultaneously, was also heart opening. Thank you for making this all happen. You rock!"
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With deep bows of respect and gratitude for the people and projects that Vibes sprouted out of, we are making the lineage known.
In 2018, the Audio Alchemy retreat happened on the Big Island of Hawaii. Right away, a volcano erupted, and the whole retreat had to change location.
One of the participants in that retreat was Magdelion Moondrop, who felt and saw the deep need for more Womxn in the music industry, and thus created Shakti Sound, a music education immersion for Womxn.
When Magdelion told Robin Liepman (Bloomurian) about Shakti Sound, (in a temazcal during an evening following a day-long Womxn's retreat and Men's retreat happening simultaneously in different locations in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, and then converged into dinner and celebration with everyone together), Bloomurian was inspired to suggest organizing a Men's version of the retreat that could happen simultaneously, and thus, Solar Sound emerged into existence.
After a successful, fully packed immersion in California, and another in Costa Rica, Moondrop and Bloomurian decided to start hosting combined Womxn & Men's retreats called One Sound.
There has been one in-person Shakti Sound immersion that was open to men, one online, and an online One Sound immersion. Moondrop and Bloomurian teamed up with Swahé January 2022 to co-produce the Embodied Sound immersion, directly following the Embodiment ecstatic dance festival, in Tzununá, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
Now, the next One Sound immersion is set to take place in California on the week of the Autumn equinox, as well as a mini-immersion following Unison festival in Durango, Colorado, called UniSound.
So, where does VIBES become part of the picture? One day, in Asheville, North Carolina, sitting on the back lawn of David Weber's house after putting on a legendary concert at Mandala Springs, Zen Tempest and Bloomurian, who had been hosting online freestyle cypher's called the "Flow Dojo", burst into inspiration with a vision to turn the flow dojo into a music education immersion.
The ideas flowed, and here we are, ready for you to join us at VIBES!