Our first ever sound bath was two years ago at Lightning in a Bottle. We went in not really knowing what to expect. It was a type of mediation that we had heard about for a long time but never tried. What is a sound bath? It’s a healing session where a series of gongs and singing quartz bowls are played to guide the attendees on a journey of self exploration. With a knowledgable healer, the sounds will often engulf you, and shift your consciousness in a variety of ways.
The results of sound baths are mentally and physically undeniable. When you emerge from your session, you feel refreshed, calm, and clear-minded. Often times, you’ll also find yourself trembling a bit – in the best way possible.
Lately, we have been indulging a bit more in this realm, and seeking out more local sound baths. A friend recently recommended that we check out The Integratron in Landers, California. We already had a trip planned out to Pioneertown to see Bonobo on September 28. Being that the Integratron is only about 20 minutes away from Pappy & Harriet’s, it seemed like the perfect time for a double whammy!
George van Tassel began constructing the The Integratron in the 1950’s, after an alleged encounter that he had with visitors from the planet Venus. The space is an “acoustically perfect structure,” made of all wood in a dome shaped design.
As our guide told us the brief history of the structure, she explained that the basis of the architecture sprung from intermittent magnetic fields, and their effect on the human body. The idea here is that through vibration and various tones in the sound bath, you’re able to re-tune parts of your body – like an instrument.
A few fun facts about the sound design of this room:
- If you’re standing on one side of the room, and you have a friend on the opposite side of the room, you can whisper and the other person will be able to hear you perfectly clearly – as if they were standing right beside you! Neat, huh?
- Now. This is not scientific.. This is my own layman’s explanation of a sensation that can be felt in this room. If you stand in the center of the Integratron and hum / sing, there’s a weird sound vortex that’s created where you can feel the sound vibrations within your own body. Did I just blow your mind? It’s just as awesome as it sounds. We both tried this experiment and immediately gasped with disbelief.
The whole compound is quite charming. In addition to the sound bath, there’s a hammock village, where you can chill out before and after your session. It’s a space that’s very visually appealing and set up for tactile participation.
Bonobo at Pappy & Harriet’s
After filling our souls with sound bath goodness and paying a visit to some local friends, we arrived at Pappy & Harriet’s. If you’ve never been to this venue – do it. Put it on your bucket list. Right now. It’s an outdoor stage that is attached to a restaurant, and not a bad viewpoint in the place. There’s a certain magic that comes with playing outdoors in the desert. You feel the breeze in your hair, you’re under a million stars, and it kind of just makes you feel a bit grounded.
What we really love about this venue is how the beautiful surroundings seem to inspire the artist to up their game. Bonobo was no different and the spacey vibes of his music were simply perfect in this environment. Guest vocalist Szjerdene brought her beautiful voice to several tracks, and the place was packed to the gills with dancing people feelin’ those jams.
The audience also made the show feel incredible. The intimate desert atmosphere brought out the love amongst attendees. We watched new friends getting down on the dance floor and strangers taking the time to compliment each other. It was the perfect end to a day filled with positive vibes. A quick road trip, some fantastic healing, and amazing tunes, and we were recharged.