*if you want to find out where our meetings are, email soberchella at gmail dot com and we’ll add you to the email list
*We’ll make a GroupMe to stay in contact. It will go live on Thursday evening so be prepared for the deluge of texts if you haven’t downloaded the app and adjusted your settings. Though taxing on batteries, it’s by far the best tool we’ve used to stay in touch during the festival and informing you all of updates to meeting times, locations, meet ups, etc. I’ll have a guide to groupme posted around that time to assist in setting it up for those of you who are new to it.
*Getting to our noon meetings takes a bit of work, but every year we’re all so thankful we made it. Basically, anticipate wait times at the gate, security, traffic, not being able to spot us right away, etc. etc. Rolling up to the meeting a bit late, however, is perfectly fine. We’re just glad you’re here.
*They should release set times any day now. This will affect our meeting time. For past years we’ve met at noon, just in case someone flew all the way across America to see someone who’s playing at 1:00 (it’s happened). We’ve also done impromptu evening meet ups for those interested, usually around dinner time. We can all discuss this more once set times are released. They also might or might not release a festival map and might or might not have the same food court setup. If nothing else, look for the “group of people who normally would not mix” and join on in. Hopefully it’s us,
*We usually just pray in, read how it works, share round-robin-style, and pray out. Meeting protocol is pretty relaxed. Feel free to bring your normie buddies / significant others / etc. It’s an open meeting, of course. Try to keep shares brief to give everyone a chance to share (plus attention-spans are a premium in the middle of that much chaos and excitement), be respectful, etc. Also, we try to limit our sharing to living life without the use of drugs and alcohol, at Coachella. But, feel free to share whatever you need to in order to stay clean and sober.
*Try to respect anonymity. People have different comfort levels about meeting in a public place. We do join hands and pray in / pray out (I’ll admit, I’ve even felt self-conscious about that at times), but if someone isn’t comfortable with that, they should feel free to step aside for the prayer, no questions asked. Other than that, we try try to keep a low profile amidst the general Coachella population. By all means, though, mention Soberchella at your weekly meetings (you never know who’s coming to Coachella!), and overall get into it. I know that it helps me stay sober. After all, Many of us consider Soberchella our homegroup.