The Four Pillars of Enchanted Forest: Sacred, Sexy, Silly and Saucy

Photo by Christine Ciarcia

The Four Pillars of Enchanted Forest: Sacred, Sexy, Silly and Saucy

Like sweet and sour or tangy hot some of the best flavors of this world are glorious contradictions that challenge our known sense of what can be. Like the most interesting chicken wings and your favorite Chinese food dishes sometimes it takes ingredients that are incredibly different coming together to make a recipe really special. For the last five years at Enchanted Forest Gathering we’ve worked to blend four radically juxtaposing concepts to bring you an experience unlike any other festival. In weaving the worlds of Sacred, Sexy, Silly and Saucy we’re hoping that at Enchanted Forest you’ll discover a space to play with the necessary permission to be you, the way you want to be.

The blending of these marvelous traits represents our resistance to the notion that any one of us is just one thing. There are many gods and goddesses in each of us, and we all carry within us the potential to be what someone at sometime probably thought to be impossible. As embodied magic and real life miracles, we’re special in several ways so at Enchanted Forest that simple truth is honored with spaces that embrace the four pillars of Enchantment: the Sacred, the Sexy, the Silly and the Saucy.

The Sacred

Photo by Aaron Cyrus Dorr.

Photo by Aaron Cyrus Dorr.

Enjoy meditation at the Crystal Healing Sanctuary or attend a yoga workshop at one of our beautiful yoga spaces. For anyone with an open heart, you’re sure to find heart warming magic at every turn. At Enchanted Forest Gathering, this is the Sacred. It’s everywhere, from the majestic oaks to the refreshing water of the river. The Sacred is comprised of all the thoughts, feelings, things and people that draw us closer to the divine. In learning to appreciate and embrace the sacred, we can grow and evolve both in mind and spirit.

The Sexy

Photo by Alyssa Keys

Photo by Alyssa Keys

You don’t have to be naked to be sexy. You just have to be you. For newcomers, Enchanted Forest may be the first place you’ve ever seen such artistic expression or such an appreciation for beauty in all its forms, whether that’s a mural, a conversation, a physical display of athletic prowess or the occasionally exposed nipple. In a culture so infused with sexual overtones, gender inequalities and rampant objectifications, one might wonder why we would want to take time defining a new kind of sexy, but it’s actually one of our most important missions. Since media and mainstream culture has taken it upon itself to define what it means to be “sexy”, we want to offer an alternative understanding. Being sexy isn’t about how you look. It’s about how you feel and how you share that feeling with those around you. That’s why we support the Free the Nipple campaign and offer workshops on topics like consent, foreplay, communication and polyamory throughout the festival.

The Silly

Photo by Alyssa Keys

Photo by Alyssa Keys

We’re all a little weird. That’s what makes us family. Don’t hide it, unleash it and let us celebrate it! As the third pillar of enchantment, The Silly is about embracing all the strange mannerisms and hilarity that make you who you are. Whether you’re into dancing naked to Katy Perry or you like to hula hoop while break dancing, Enchanted Forest Gathering is a home for the weirdos. Strap on those oversized shoes and bring your black clown noses because we came to get clown on the dancefloor. Some might say that it’s the incredible energy at Black Oak Ranch and others might hold that it’s the incredible people that come to our little party. The truth is that the Silly is in all of us begging to be shared with the world.

The Saucy

Photo by Edward Clynes

Photo by Edward Clynes

The most mysterious of these pillars is the Saucy. With a steamy helping of passion and a fresh slice of attitude, the Saucy accounts for the tart and the tang in the recipe of Enchanted Forest. It doesn’t mean being rude, just self-assured with a signature style. Enough to repel the things that aren’t true to you. Not into booze? Perhaps you’re a vegetarian? Or maybe you don’t want to have one of those hugs that leads to sweaty petting? No problem. We say, “do what you want and nothing you don’t.” Being Saucy is about making your own choices and that means following your heart, whether it’s leading you toward one thing or away from something else.

Ultimately, we’re all a little Sacred, Sexy, Silly AND Saucy at our enchanted center but we don’t always have the opportunity to unleash those forces in tandem (let alone synergy) into the world. It’s almost a sadness that we don’t experience more of the magic one can find in each of the Sacred, the Sexy, the Silly and the Saucy experiences. But, don’t fret weirdos, the chance to unchain your true self has finally arrived!

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Featured Image by Christine Ciarcia

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