THE WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL RETURNS JUNE 26, 2014, TO THE HOT SPRINGS RESORT & SPA NEAR ASHEVILLE, NC!
Buy your ticket in advance and save! Children 12 yrs and under are free. Youth, students, seminarians, and seniors are eligible for special ticket prices. All tickets include on-site primitive campsites. (Campsites are first-come, first-served.) Special packages are available for families.
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. We recognize that in the current climate of religious and political division, embracing the creative and open nature of our faith is perhaps our greatest asset for re-building and strengthening our relationships with each other, our enemies, our stories, and our questions.
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 and activism. At a typical day at the festival, an attendee 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 attendees. You are invited to come talk, listen, eat, and camp together as we who are captivated by the story of Jesus 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?
June 26-29, 2014
WHERE IS THE WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL?
The event will be hosted at the Hot Springs Campground, near Asheville, NC:
***Please do not call the Hot Springs Campground 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 is nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina and along the banks of the beautiful French Broad River. It serves as a way station along the Appalachian Trail.
The 2014 edition of the Wild Goose Festival returns to the Hot Springs Campground, located adjacent to the Hot Springs Resort & Spa. The site features ample sites for tent camping, as well as 30+ full RV hookups. On-site comfort stations offer hot showers 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 festival or $10 per day.
*RV spots are $150 for the festival and are first-come first-served. Please be sure to reserve an RV spot in advance,
COMING AND GOING:
For safety, comfort, and care for the environment, driving on the grounds is not permitted during the festival. Vehicles may begin arriving at 10am on Thursday, June 26, and campers can drive their cars to their campsites to unload between 10am and 4pm on Thursday. All vehicles (other than RVs) must be moved to the parking area by 4pm on Thursday. RVs cannot leave the site except in the case of an emergency. Vehicles in the parking lot may enter and exit throughout the festival.
WHO GOES TO THE WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL?
- Music and art lovers
- People who want to be part of a movement for change
- People exploring and growing in their faith
- People who enjoy socializing in an upbeat environment with live music and open air conversation
- People who appreciate contemplative time in nature
- Camping enthusiasts
- Facebook friends finally meeting face-to-face
- Adults and families with children (Children under 12 are free and there are special rates for large families.)
- Youth, college, church, and other groups (please contact admin@wildgoosefestival for special group pricing.)
- Those who don't identify as Christian but have interest in music, justice, art, and spirituality.
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 themes.
Several years ago, a group of people -- some of whom are now on the Wild Goose 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, first 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 (Facebook.com/WildGooseFestival) for the latest updates and information. You can also join our email list at the Wild Goose website (WildGooseFestival.org). Share your Wild Goose stories with the hashtags #wildgoosebumps and #wildgoose14.
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When & Where
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.
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