Sacred Earth 2016

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Sacred Earth 2016

Sacred Earth Open-Air: 2016 Summer Solstice Festival
June 17, 2016 – June 20, 2016

Artwork credit: Xenodimensional

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Sacred Earth, our longest running festival, is created as a Cosmic Condensate in which our music, motion, light and love form a structure in space and time… a microcosmic celebration of the infinite. We invite all to come dance, relax, join our community workshops and explore the wonder for 4 days and 3 nights in celebration of the sun’s peak: the 2016 summer solstice. Honoring the solstice can remind us just how precious each day and season is, because there is an absolute truth in its passing. As such, Sacred Earth Open-Air is a gift that we all give to each other. Come celebrate this phenomenon of the cosmos as The Chilluminati continues in our eleventh year of bringing psychedelic trance music, tradition and culture to the Midwestern United States.

***WE PROVIDE: 2 stages of sound, visuals and light, 4 days and 3 nights of camping in natural beauty in the Missouri Ozarks about 1 hour south of St. Louis at Astral Valley. Multiple campsites, natural beauty including caves and a stream on over 200 acres. Full vending onsite including art from leading regional artists.

***YOU PROVIDE: A tent, preparation for rugged conditions, enough food and beverages for the weekend (or some cash – food and beverages will be available for sale, including alcohol for 21+)

ABSOLUTELY NO GLASS and NO RENEGADE SOUND! (this includes sound systems at your campsite!)

Please respect the venue by keeping the grounds free of litter.


Become part of the community. Help the planet, and help us. Pick up after yourself. Leave the site, and our reputation as a community, better than you found it.

Things for your eyes:

Fractaled Visions (Lake Tahoe, CA)
Video Mapped stage and visual installation

NephilNine (New York)
NephilNine is the brainchild of New York artist Sue Helfrich, creating event decorations and installation art since 2004. A classically-trained artist with a degree in Fashion Design from Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC, USA), Helfrich is deeply involved in each NephilNine installation:

“What drew me to decorating events was a passion for immersing someone in a fantastic environment. As a child, I dreamed of being able to explore the surreal worlds portrayed in fantasy/science fiction movies and TV shows. Now I enjoy being able to create worlds of my own design, even if only for a night, so that others may explore them.”

The NephilNine repertoire includes stretched spandex forms, a variety of geometric and organic 3-D UV sculptures, and large-scale string installations. These often psychedelic creations define events ranging from underground dance parties and major music festivals to private ceremonies and celebrations all over the world. NephilNine’s art is primarily made of layered cut fabric shapes. The fabric, which is often combined with other types sculpture, shapes space and light, surrounding performers and participants in beautiful environments.

Each space is different. No two installations are alike. Each is a study of Impermanence, Improvisation, and Growth. Lighting provided by other artists adds changing dimension. NephilNine takes the entirety of the space into consideration when designing, including the environmental impact of the materials used.

Psynesthesia Deco (Tampa, FL)

By definition, synesthesia is the merging together of senses.

Based in the southeast of USA, Psynesthesia is the psychedelic UV design project of Krikett. She has been involved with many forms of artistic expression since early childhood, and was always drawn to anything bright, unusual, and otherworldly.

In 2011 the concept was born, and thus began an ever expanding atmosphere enhancement project, inspired through attending numerous gatherings of many varieties, and motivated to continuously enhance the experiential movement for all who attend.

Things for your ears:

Perfect Stranger – Iboga Records, Israel

Hedflux – Luminus Music, USA

Dixon’s Violin – Detroit, MI

Spacey Koala – QC

Dragon – TOUCH Samadhi – Pensacola, FL

Lusid – St. Louis, MO

Anya – CA

Suit & Tie Guy – STG Soundlabs – Peoria, IL

Kri – T.O.U.C.H. Samadhi – Asheville, NC

Sleepy Koala – Kinematic Records – QC

TAPAS – Pulsar Music – CA

Primordial Ooze – Chilluminati – Chicago/Milwaukee

Kahn – Pulsar Music – CA

Sanguine Mandragoa – Suntrip Records/Digitally Imported – Raleigh, NC

Robert Optional – Down the Rabbit Hole – St. Louis, MO

Clandestine – MO

Qubit – CO

Kataphasis – CO

Oso – TOUCH Samadhi – Asheville, NC

Mixtress Krikett – St. Pete, FL

Mandala – Psychedelic Movement – Minneapolis, MN

Samuel Paradise – Intimate Venues – Asheville, NC

Ascension – Chilluminati – Denver, CO

Siens – CrowdPleaser – Denver, CO

Tim Clark – Alton, IL

Liminy – Boogie Knights/Seleka – Saint Louis, MO

Luminous Samael – Audiognomes – Madison, WI

The Gimp – Chilluminati/Plush Industries – Shillong, India/Milwaukee, WI

DfectV *live* – Audiognomes – Madison, WI

Captain EZ – Funaholics Unanimous, Sol Vibes, Zodiac Series, The Happening – Asheville, NC

Thomas Kelly – Toymaker Music – Chicago, IL

Future Sight *live* – Plush – Chicago, IL

Den-E – Jaded Elite – St. Louis, MO

The Professor – Metatrance – Denver, CO

About the venue:

Astral Valley is an interactive art gallery & organic orchard nestled on over 230 acres in the Missouri Ozarks. Located only 45 minutes South of St. Louis, it was originally settled by Dutch-German immigrants in the 1800s. Not long after, the town of Koester, MO was founded, complete with a general store, post office, blacksmith shop, steam mill, livestock barn & school house. Today only a few old buildings & mostly foundations are what remain. With over 230 acres to be explored the opportunities to get close & interact with nature are endless. In addition to miles of nature trails, a crystal clear creek, wild caves & a spring, it is home to over 200 species of wild animals. Astral Valley has unique rock outcroppings, two wild caves, 20-40 ft granite cliffs, and quartz crystals galore. Prepare to immerse yourself into a perfect integration of the longest running psychedelic trance festival in the Midwest and the wonder that is Astral Valley for Sacred Earth Open-Air 2016.

Venue rules:

-NO WEAPONS of any kind (regardless of permit)
-NO ILLEGAL DRUGS or Drug Paraphernalia – Violators will be ejected from the Festival & are subject to prosecution under local, state, & federal laws.
-NO GLASS – bring your drinks in aluminum or plastic please
-NO FIREWORKS or explosives of any kind
-NO DOGS or PETS – if you bring animals you will be turned away at the gate.
-NO ATVs, Golf Carts, or UTVs
-NO DRIVING around event grounds
-5 MPH Speed limit throughout event grounds
-CAMPFIRES will only be allowed in established fire rings, burn barrels, or raised patio pits
-BIKES will be allowed, but must be well lit up for your safety if using them at night
-RESPECT the beauty of Astral Valley, please use recycling bins & consider your neighbors
-LISTEN TO & Respect all staff, security & volunteers. Your safety is our #1 concern
-ALL PERSONS behaving in an illegal, offensive or disorderly fashion will be removed from the festival without refund

Admission information:

Each ticket purchased is good for one (1) admission to the festival. Tickets are generally non-refundable. Tickets may be transferred or sold, however any tickets purchased from outside this website are purchased at your own risk. We will not alter the name on any ticket. The name on the ticket is not important as long as the ticket is valid. Protect your purchase. Don’t buy from anyone you do not know. Do not purchase tickets from Craigslist.

You must be 18+ years old to attend Sacred Earth. Valid ID may be required. Acceptable forms of ID are driver’s license, state issued ID or a passport.

Children are welcome with a responsible parent. We will have a dedicated camp area for children and daytime activities, but your children must remain under your supervision at all times. Children 10 and under are free with a paying parent. Children over 10 will need a ticket at regular price.

You are permitted to leave and come back without paying a re-entry fee. We do ask that you come prepared to stay.

You will be issued a wristband upon check-in. Your wristband must remain visible at all times. Lost or damaged wristbands will generally not be replaced.

Your admission and participation is at our discretion. We reserve the right to refuse entry, or require you to leave at any time for any reason or no reason.

Camping information:

Upper and lower level camping is included with every ticket purchase. Please come prepared for rugged conditions. While you may camp anywhere you choose, camping will not be permitted directly in the stage areas or areas that are designated exclusively for special use such as parking, vending, workshops and daytime activities. The Kids Camp area is reserved for parents with small children only.

Coming from a great distance by air? We can help with light camping gear including tent, chair, pillow and sleeping bag. Please contact us and we’ll work to make sure that you’re comfortable and help you minimize your travel gear. There is an extra charge for this service.

Parking Information:

Upper level parking is included at no extra charge. If you prefer, you can choose lower level parking for an additional charge. Lower level parking will put your vehicle on the ground level of the venue, closer to both stages, and it is an easier walk to lower level camping. Lower level parking is very limited and it is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lower level parking must be purchased in advance for $30 on our website Lower level parking is an add-on. You must have a ticket to the festival to be admitted.

RV / Camper Information:

RVs and campers are welcome, but there are no water, electrical or waste hookups available. You may bring a generator, but renegade sound in any form is not allowed. There is a $100 charge for all RVs and campers and lower level parking is included. You must purchase this in advance on our website RV & camper accommodations are an add-on. You must have a ticket to the festival to be admitted.

Single-Day passes:

No single-day passes are available for Sacred Earth. Gate admission / will call tickets will be reduced by 50% for anyone arriving after 12pm (NOON) Sunday.

Ways to help:

Interested in becoming a Sacred Earth Volunteer? We need your help! Contact us for information and to sign up. If you’re selected, you’ll get a limited edition Sacred Earth promo pack in exchange for your help. Medical volunteers will receive free admission in addition to the promo pack (verification of medical credentials will be required). Please see the official event page for information and to sign up:

Vendor Information:

Interested in vending? Please contact us in advance. ONLY homemade crafts, cloths, art, farmers market items, etc will be allowed. NO COOKED FOOD, BEVERAGES, OR ALCOHOL VENDING will be allowed without an accepted application, health department license, & paid in full fee. ALL VENDORS will still need to purchase a ticket – NO EXCEPTIONS! All vendors must pre-register. Please see the official event page for information and to sign up:

Nearby amenities:

DeSoto and Festus are nearby towns. St. Louis is about an hour away.

Hotels: There are 3 hotels located in Festus, MO
Hospital: Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Festus, MO
Airport: St. Louis International Airport
Rental Car: Rental cars are available at the Airport.
Hardware Store: Home Depot, Festus MO, Wal-Mart Super Center (DeSoto)
Camping Supplies: REI St. Louis, Wal-Mart Super Center (DeSoto)
Gas Station: BP (DeSoto)
Grocery Stores: Wal-Mart Super Center (DeSoto), Sav-A-Lot (DeSoto)
Pharmacy: Walgreen’s (DeSoto)

Travel times from popular cities:
Asheville: 9 hours
Atlanta: 8.5 hours
Austin: 12 hours
Bloomington/Normal: 3.5 hours
Chicago: 5.5 hours
Cincinnati: 6 hours
Denver: 13 hours
Des Moines: 6 hours
Detroit: 9 hours
Indianapolis: 5 hours
Jackson: 6.5 hours
Kansas City: 2.5 hours
Little Rock: 5 hours
Louisville: 4.5 hours
Madison: 6 hours
Memphis: 3.5 hours
Milwaukee: 7 hours
Minneapolis: 9 hours
New York City: 16 hours
Oklahoma City: 7.5 hours
Omaha: 7 hours
Peoria: 3.5 hours
St. Louis: 45 minutes
Toronto: 12 hours

Sacred Earth is an 18+ event (unless accompanied by a parent)

Event details, artist lineup, activities and community workshops are in progress and to be announced.

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About The Chilluminati:

Psychedelic trance, chill and ambient are the music that we play. Music in itself is a transformative and psychedelic agent. Our gatherings are more than music, however. They are multidimensional and multifaceted experiences–incorporating musical, visual, art and kinetic performances, as well as interactive workshops and community.

Our gatherings are about transformation and becoming. Whatever your sense of spirituality is, you bring that to the event. At our gatherings everyone takes responsibility for the event, others and themselves.

Our gatherings have an atmosphere and a vibe. The event is a field of energy that connects us. Our gatherings are about expressing yourself, being creative, and being an individual. Our gatherings are inclusive and open.

Our gatherings are both local and planetary; reflective of the American Midwest, yet global and culturally diverse.

We respect local laws and customs.

Our events are a gift which we all (organizers, artists, DJs, stagehands and attendees) give to each other. This is not about money, commercialization and exploitation. This is not a product; this is a community.


Start: June 17
End: June 20

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Astral Valley

10289 Koester Springs Rd
French Village, MO 63036 United States

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