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The Wild Goose Festival

Wild Goose Festival

Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM - Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 10:00 PM

The Wild Goose Festival

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Although you can no longer get tickets online, you can still get both weekend passes and single day/evening tickets at the main gate on site.

The Wild Goose Festival Returns this June 21-24 2012 to Shakori Hills in North Carolina. Buy your ticket in advance and save! (Children 5 yrs and under are free)



We are a community creating a festival at the intersection of justice, spirituality and art. The first festival took place in June 2011; the next one is June 21-24 2012. We take inspiration from many places, such as Greenbelt, Burning Man, the Iona Community, SXSW, and others. The festival is open to everyone; we don’t censor what can be said; we invite respectful - but fearless - conversation and action for the common good.


The Wild Goose is a Celtic spirituality metaphor that evokes unpredictability, beauty, and grace.  The festival resonates with this image because we recognize that in the current climate of religious and political division and lack of civility, embracing the creative and open nature of our faith is perhaps our greatest asset for re-building and strengthening our relationships with each other, with our enemies, with our stories, our questions, and the other.  In that spirit, in an informal setting, and in the context of creative and respectful relationships, we invite you to imagine a new world with us.


In addition to being a venue for notable bands, high profile speakers, and a warm, welcoming community, Wild Goose seeks to be a place that inspires justice activism. 

At a typical day at the festival, an attender might take in a main stage performance, a conversation with a screenwriter and director, a faith dialogue, and dozens of open air conversations under trees, around drinks, and at their campsites.  

The atmosphere intentionally lowers class and social barriers, creating free interaction between even the most accomplished speakers and attenders. And attenders have the chance to request and host informal conversations about topics they're interested in during the event, which may be attended by producers, seminary presidents, New York Times best-selling authors and a host of others they wouldn't normally interact with.

You are invited to come talk, listen, eat and camp together as equals, as those who are captivated by the story of Jesus seek to celebrate the rich learning of community, remembering that none of us by ourselves can understand all that is God.

These four days are a refreshing investment in how we relate to each other as human beings, how we care for the earth, how we live peace on the planet, and howe we reduce violence in our lives and communities.



June 21-24, 2012


The event is hosted at Shakori Hills, a 72-acre farm owned by a community arts center known for hosting several regional blue grass festivals each year. Shakori Hills is an ideal location since it is accessible to "the Triangle", an 8-county region that is home to many diverse and socially-conscious residents. Shakori Hills is approximately one hour from Durham, North Carolina in some of the most beautiful farm country America has to offer.


  • Music and art lovers
  • People who want to be part of a movement for change
  • People exploring and growing their faith
  • People who enjoy socializing in an upbeat environment with live music and open air conversation
  • People who appreciate contemplative time outdoors in nature.
  • Camping enthusiasts
  • Adults and families with children (CHILDREN FIVE AND UNDER ARE FREE!!)
  • Youth, college, church and other groups
  • While the conference has Christian undertones, pulling from a variety of camps across the faith spectrum, it is a comfortable environment for those who don't identify Christianity as their background but have interest in music, justice and art
  • Whoever you are, and wherever you come from, and whatever you're looking for, you're welcome to the Wild Goose Festival


Last year, at Wild Goose's debut, Jim Wallis, T-Bone Burnett, Phyllis Tickle, Vincent Harding, Over the Rhine, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Brian McLaren, Peggy & Tony Campolo, Inter-varsity Press, Restoring Eden, Michelle Shocked, William Barber, Jim Forbes, Gabriel Salguero, Paul Fromberg, Lynne Hybels and 1700 others met at the intersection of justice, spirituality, and art. We sang, learned, taught, argued, prayed, ate, danced, and imagined a new world.


For the last twenty years, groups of U.S. Americans have flown to England to participate in Greenbelt, an outdoor music festival with spiritual and justice-oriented undertones. 

Several years ago, a group of people--some who are now on Wild Goose's board--were moved by the fact that there was nothing comparable to Greenbelt in the United States. They began studying Greenbelt and learning from their experiences to shape a similarly-inspired event state side. The result is the Wild Goose Festival, currently held at Shakori Hills in North Carolina.

Please feel free to join our group or follow us on Twitter (@wildgoosefest) or Facebook ( for the latest updates and information. You can also join our email list at the Wild Goose website. 


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Have questions about The Wild Goose Festival? Contact Wild Goose Festival

When & Where

Shakori Hills Community Center
1439 Henderson-Tanyard Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM - Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 10:00 PM

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Wild Goose Festival

The Wild Goose is a Celtic metaphor for the Holy Spirit. We are followers of Jesus creating a festival of justice, spirituality, music and art. The festival is rooted in the Christian tradition and therefore open to all regardless of belief, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, denomination or religious affiliation. 


If so, please subscribe to The Flock, our email newsletter. As the months to Wild Goose count down, we’ll be utilizing The Flock to instigate two-way conversation about what our concrete aspirations and needs are leading up to the Festival. It’s the single biggest way to stay apprised of what’s happening and to contribute in your unique way. Subscribe here.

For more frequent, though less formal, participation, please follow us on Twitter and connect with us on Facebook. And of course, let’s continue to the conversation on our website.

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