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The Wild Goose Festival returns August 8-11, 2013, at Hot Springs Resort & Spa in Hot Springs, near Asheville, NC. Buy your ticket in advance and save! Children 5 yrs and under are free, and the student discount is 20% (scan or photo of valid student ID must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, then a discount code will be issued).
WHAT IS THE WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL?
We are a community creating a festival at the intersection of justice, spirituality, and art. The first festival took place in June 2011. 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.
WHY WILD GOOSE?
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.
WHAT IS WILD GOOSE LIKE?
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 how we reduce violence in our lives and communities.
WHEN IS THE WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL?
August 8-11, 2013
WHERE IS THE WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL?
The event will be hosted at Hot Springs, near Asheville, NC:
***Please do not call Hot Springs Resort & Spa with festival-related questions (e.g., RV sites, camping, other lodging, etc.). Instead, contact us at email@example.com, and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.
Hot Springs, near Asheville, NC, is nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina and along the banks of the beautiful French Broad River. It serves as an intersection along the historic Appalachian Trail and is part of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Located across the road from the Hot Springs Resort & Spa is the Hot Springs Campground, where Wild Goose Festival will be held in 2013. The site features ample sites for tent camping, as well as 30+ full RV hookups. On site comfort stations feature hot showers (seasonal) and clean bathrooms. Numerous rental cabins/cottages are also available in the town, many within walking distance of the campground.
*Parking is $20 per car for the whole weekend or $10 per day.
*RV spots are $150 for the whole weekend and need to be reserved in advance.
(They are first come, first served.)
*The cabins are reserved for speakers, performers and etc. However, we do have some lovely RV sites, and there are many great places to rent an RV from. There are also other places to stay in the area as well.
COMING AND GOING
For safety, comfort, and care for the environment, no driving around the festival grounds is permitted. Note for RV Vehicle Campers: Please have your RV on site after 11am but no later than 4pm on Thursday, August 8. (All vehicles may begin arriving at 10am on Thursday, August 8, and campers can drive their cars to their campsites on-site to unload between 10am and 4pm on Thursday.) All vehicles (other than RVs) must be moved to the parking area by 4pm on Thursday. Please note that once the festival commences your vehicle cannot leave the site except in the case of an emergency. If you are unable to attend the entire event you must let the parking attendants know this when you arrive, and we will provide alternative parking for your RV adjacent to the main parking lot.
WHO WOULD GO TO THE WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL?
-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
-Facebook friends finally meeting face-to-face
-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 at the Wild Goose Festival!
WILD GOOSE'S HISTORY:
For the last 20 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 stateside. The result is the Wild Goose Festival, previously held at Shakori Hills in North Carolina.
At our debut festival, Jim Wallis, T-Bone Burnett, Phyllis Tickle, Vincent Harding, Over The Rhine, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Brian McLaren, Peggy & Tony Campolo, InterVarsity Press, Restoring Eden, Michelle Shocked, William Barber, Jim Forbes, Gabriel Salguero, Paul Fromberg, Lynne Hybels, and 1,700 others met at the intersection of justice, spirituality, and art. We sang, learned, taught, argued, prayed, ate, danced, and imagined a new world.
Please feel free to join our group or follow us on Twitter (@wildgoosefest) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/wildgoosefestival) for the latest updates and information. You can also join our email list at the Wild Goose website (http://www.wildgoosefestival.org). The hashtag for this event is #wildgoose13
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When & Where
Wild Goose Festival
The Wild Goose is a transformational community grounded in faith-inspired social justice. Wherever we come together - at our nationwide festival, smaller local and regional gatherings, or social spaces online - we learn and grow by co-creating art, music, story, theater, and spectacle, engaging in a wide variety of robust, respectful conversations with each other and with thought leaders and artists from other communities. We refuse to be enemies with anyone. We are hospitable to all and welcome people of all faiths, and no faith, to seek the common good together.
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