More Happenings

Spring 2016

Opening Ceremony

Join Along the River (atsiaktonkie), giving thanks in the old ways, at this festival celebration of our time here together. Meadow Stage, Thu 5pm


Carrom2_S15_©ElizabethLarsonFor centuries, people in the South Asian countries of India, Burma and Sri Lanka have played the game of CARROM—a cross between marbles, pool and penny hockey. Come play carrom throughout the festival at the Tent near the Kids Area.

Flowjo Family Circus Fire Dance

Caroleena_FirePoi_©NicoleRootThe Flowjo Family Circus, based in Carrboro, is a collective of performance artists including hoopers, acrobats, aerialists, musicians, dancers and fire-spinners. Come watch their fire spinning spectacle in the Upper Meadow Field, Sat night

Pottery with Sarah Howe

Potter_Girlatwheel_©eLarson_S15Sarah Howe offers pottery demonstrations, your own turn at the wheel, discussions of the process of clay and life, mugs, bowls and more. Tree beside the Coffee Barn, Throughout the Festival

Make Your Own Didgeridoo

FuzSanderson_©AugustJ.PhotographyThe didjeridoo/didjeridu/didgeridoo is an Aboriginal wind musical instrument created and traditionally played in the tropical north of Australia. It is generally a trunk of a eucalyptus tree that has been eaten out by termites, but western versions use bamboo for its natural hollowness. In this workshop, you will make and design your own didgeridoo to take home, under the skilled instruction of Piedmont Earthskills Gathering’s Fuz Sanderson, and then learn how to play it! Class limited to 15 participants with suggested donation of $20 per person to cover materials and tool replacement. Sustainability Pavilion, Fri & Sun 3pm

Spectacular Spring Walkabout

Spring is spectacular, abundant…and happening Now! Enjoy the beauty and wildness of nature with Shakori Hills’ neighbor and organic farmer, Leif Diamant (psychotherapist, naturalist and ordained inter-spiritual minister) as we explore and experience some of the wild and cultivated bounty of Spring. We’ll wander from Shakori Hills to Leif’s homestead, meet some asses and other farm and wild animals, sample edible and medicinal wild plants and taste the bounty of Leif’s organic garden. Come along on this popular walk to experience greater knowledge and deeper intimacy of nature. Leif’s websites are and Meet at the Bridge by Healing Arts, Fri 12pm

Spring Celebration Parade

parade.kimhawks copyBring your noisemakers, don your snazziest festival garb and come along with Paperhand Puppet Intervention and the Boom Unit Brass Band as they journey through Shakori Hills celebrating Spring! Parade starts at the Kids Area, Sat 2pm

Aerial Silks Performance

LizBliss_AerialSilks_S15©ToddEGaulLiz Bliss dances through the air—soaring upwards, spiraling downwards and maneuvering her body into the most unimaginable of positions. Liz is available for group and private lessons, birthday parties and a variety of performance possibilities. A passionate performer and teacher, Liz is also focused on creating a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Meadow Stage, Sun 5:45pm

Spring Garden Forum

Garden_Teaching_©SaraWatersLet’s meet in the Shakori Hills Community Garden for a garden tour and some planting fun. We’ll discuss and plant tomatoes and anything else that is relevant for the season or folks want to know/share! Come to learn and also share your own experiences with others so that we can all eat fresh and local year-round. Community Garden, Sun 1pm

Friends of Bill W.

AA_FriendsBillW_SymbolCome join the fellowship with others that are clean and sober at the festival. We will have an informal 12-Step meeting for all persons that would like to attend. This is a place where we can find strength, hope and support with others in recovery. Bring your own chair. Healing Arts Area, Fri 5pm, Sat 10am & Sat 5pm

Spirit Masks

SpiritMask_Children_onDad_F15_©KimHCome with a partner and make and decorate a plaster mould of each other’s face. Create
an alter-ego, an archetypical symbol or your personal totem. Be prepared for lots of fun and a little mess. Geodesic Dome, Sat and Sun afternoons

Sunday Morning at Shakori Hills

We will gather together on Sunday morning, Mother’s Day, to celebrate—blessing Shakori Hills, honoring all traditions, celebrating all mothers, including our Mother Earth and welcoming into the circle all peoples and beings. We’ll feature The Seldom Together Gospel Band, Reverend Pat Jobe, Mother George Friday, the Goddess Trio and a few sweet surprises. Leif Diamant will invite intimacy with spirit through words, chant and meditation. Led by Reverend Gary Phillips of Silk Hope. Do you want to participate? Contact Gary at or find him at the festival. Meadow Stage, Sun 10am

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