Thousands Gather for Celebration at Pyramid Lake

RENO, NV - It’s a five-day festival of music, art, transformational learning and sustainable living under the sun and stars. And the thousands of people who are at Symbiosis 2012 will have a great view of Sunday’s solar eclipse from the shores of Pyramid Lake.

“A solar eclipse is a really amazing event and an opportunity to realize the elegance of the universe,” Perimeter Manager Kevin Kochen said. “People are really busy so hopefully this is an opportunity for people to take a moment out of their everyday lives and just appreciate being out here.”

There are four musical stages and five workshop stages featuring everything from yoga to ancestral arts.

The event is being help on Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal land. It’s the first big public event held there since the Grateful Dead player there in 1986.

“The tribal government is mostly funded by tourism so the tribal council is looking at ways to bring in additional revenue to support that government,” Tribal Planner Scott Carey said. “The exposure for this event has been tremendous. We have people here from 40 different countries and we’re excited to have them.”

He says safety is a top priority for the tribe.

“We want to make sure folks coming out to Pyramid Lake feel safe,” Carey said. “We have our own police here, we also have REMSA and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department along with the NHP and all tribal regulations are in effect. The tribe has a zero tolerance policy for drug use, we’ve been issuing citations and we want people to feel safe when they come out here.”

Up to 8000 people will join the celebration at the lake. Whitney Baker came in early from Colorado.

“For me, this summer is all about service and giving back,” Baker said. “I came here early to volunteer and it’s been really amazing and rewarding. And the event itself – the music is amazing, the workshops, the yoga, the classes. It’s like a miniature burning man and I didn’t get a ticket this year so I figured I’d try it out.”

The event runs through Monday.

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