Ethos - Lightning In A Bottle 2020


6 Ways of LIB

The 6 Ways of LIB are our community’s guiding principles that can be applied to all aspects of the LIB experience. They are simple, but when we all put them into action they are powerful. Let’s remember these Ways of LIBing and create magic together!

Celebrate Life

In every action and experience at LIB we cultivate feelings of fun, joy and togetherness. We always remember that we are here to create and share the best time!

What Why How

Create Community

At LIB we act in accordance with a shared sense of belonging. LIB belongs to all of us and we are happy to share it with one another in all its spaces and interactions.

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Respect Yourself, Respect One Another

We recognize and respect personal boundaries. In respecting boundaries, we take responsibility for how our actions affect ourselves as well as those around us.

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Actively Participate

We all take an active role in creating the LIB experience for everyone. We stay off the sidelines (and our phones!), exploring the possibilities of being the best versions of ourselves.

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Honor The Land

We have gratitude for the land and community where LIB is held. We strive to leave the land better than we found it and make a positive impact as part of the community.

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Be A Citizen

We keep the wonderful experiences and teachings of LIB with us after the event so they can guide us in exercising our citizenship in our wider communities.

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Lightning In A Bottle is designed, built and curated based on a core ethos centered on sustainability, harm reduction, cultural respect, and most of all, creating an environment for extraordinary experiences. These principles guide LIB’s vision and its team’s decision-making every step of the way.

Sustainability Initiatives

Renewable Energy

LIB reduces as much energy use as possible through energy management initiatives. These include investing in LED stage lighting as much as possible, and using compact fluorescent bulbs in all other areas. Where possible, we also use solar lights.

Free Water

Since 2006 we have been giving away free water and are happy to see other festivals around the world pick up on that trend. This initiative creates zero waste, zero shipping, zero fuel, and eliminates plastic packaging and toxic chemicals leaching into the water.









Green Team

LIB’s Green Team tirelessly works to keep the event green and clean. The Green Team educates attendees on recycling, composting, and keeping the grounds clean for a greater festival experience.













Have a question? Need medical attention? Want to talk with somebody about your experience? LIB has many resources to support a healthy and happy festival journey. See map onsite for locations.

LIB Rangers

Rangers are guardians of the shared values of the community. They are skilled in conflict resolution and can call for any help needed. You’ll see LIB Rangers walking around wearing khaki colored t-shirts and sporting a radio.


Harm reduction and medical services are available at two locations within the festival. See map onsite for details. In an emergency, find someone with a radio and medical attention can come to you.

MAPS Zendo Project

If you’re having a difficult experience, physically or emotionally, you can find a safe space at the Zendo Project. Trained therapists and volunteers are available to help anytime of the day or night. Located next to the medical tents.


Stop by their booth for a free pair of earplugs or to learn how to have a better and safer festival experience. DanceSafe has been promoting health and safety since 1998, and on site at LIB since 2013.

LIB’s Zero Tolerance Sexual Harassment Policy & Safety Teams for Support

Lightning In A Bottle and its community work hard to create a safe space where everyone can feel free to celebrate and express themselves without fear. Reports of sexual harassment and assault at festivals break our hearts and remind us all to be vigilant and look out for each other. LIB Safety Teams such as the Medical Team and LIB Rangers are available day and night to help during any type of situation you experience or observe that may be dangerous, harmful, or threatening.


If you feel unsafe or hurt in any way, or see anyone being harassed or in danger, find the nearest Ranger or Staff member with a radio and alert them to the situation and ask for assistance. Please respect the privacy of all involved and practice discretion when reporting and incident. Safety Team members and Staff will uphold confidentiality when responding to an incident.


LIB is a space with zero tolerance for any form of harassment or assault!

It is our responsibility as a community to foster a safe space for everyone attending LIB. Festivals are dynamic environments where there is a lot of energy and stimulus. Enthusiastic consent must be obtained for any type of physical touch or sexual encounter. Only YES means YES.


Together we make LIB a place where people can celebrate life and inspire each other. Respect your fellow festival goers, event staff and the neighboring communities. With each individual positive action, we take a step closer to creating the world in which we want to live.

LIB champions cultural respect and does not permit the use of Native American headdresses or other ceremonial regalia outside of its cultural context. Embracing “tribal” trends does not assert individuality, but rather perpetuates a culture of power that continues to oppress Native peoples today. Sporting headdresses, or other imitation accessories, that were not received through cultural rights or with permission means being a walking representative of 500+ years of colonialism and racism.


Native peoples are still here fighting for human rights, religious freedom and for respect. The realities faced by indigenous people worldwide often remain invisible because the majority of society does not learn about Native cultures beyond small excerpts in textbooks, cartoons, and movies. At Halloween, “Indian” costumes are sold alongside fictional characters. The stereotypes “noble savages” and such harm current day indigenous people and reduce their lived experiences.