More Happenings

Spring 2014

Opening Ceremony

When one recites the Ohenton Karihwatehkwen, or the Thanksgiving Address, the Natural World is thanked, and in thanking each life-sustaining force, one becomes spiritually tied to each of the forces of the Natural and Spiritual World. The Ohenton Karihwatehkwen translates to “the words before all else,” and carries the teachings of mutual respect, conservation, love, generosity and the responsibility to understand that what is done to one part of the Web of Life, we do to ourselves. The Haudenosaunee speak this Thanksgiving Address to open civil meetings…it’s a superb way to open a festival, as well. Please join Eli Thomas at the Meadow Stage, Thursday 4pm 

Elkland Art Center Big Puppet Parade

Come along on the magical journey through the festival! Bring your noisemakers, don your snazziest festival garb, and join Elkland Art Center and the Bulltown Strutters in this Big Puppet Parade. Parade starts at the Kids Area, Saturday 2pm

Spring Garden Forum

Let’s meet in the Shakori Hills Community Garden for a garden tour and some planting fun. We’ll discuss and plant some summer crops! Come to learn and also share ?your own experiences with others so that we can all eat fresh and local year-round! Community Garden, Sunday 1pm

Plight of the Honeybee

Did you know that up to 70% of your food depends on pollination? Did you also know that the honeybee and other pollinator populations are drastically declining? Stop by this workshop to learn more about these creatures whose existence we depend on, and what we can all do to help them thrive. Taste some honey and check out the observation hive as well. Sustainability Pavilion, Saturday 4pm

Herbal Medicine on the Road

Whether you’re on a red-eye flight to the other side of the planet or a road trip to the other side of the state, traveling can take a toll on your health. Join Bless Botanicals’ herbalist Julia Onnie-Hay to hear about a few simple herbal remedies that travel well and can help you feel good on your adventures. Workshop participants will get to sample some herbal yumminess and share their own vagabond wisdom. Take a trip into the magical world of plant-spirit medicine! Healing Arts Area, Friday 4 pm

Herbal-Infused Kombucha Brewing

Do you love kombucha so much you want to learn how to make it at home? Are you a regular kombucha drinker that wants to save money? Is kombucha something you’re interested in trying and want to learn more about it? Learn how (and why) to brew your own kombucha at home at this fun workshop! Julia of Bless Botanicals will share secrets about herbal and fruit-infused kombucha brewing…and little taste of her Bless Botanicals brew! Healing Arts Area, Saturday 5:30 pm

U-Doodle Expression

U-Doodle is a non-profit organization based out of Miami, Florida that bridges people of all backgrounds, reconnects them to their natural creativity and inspires collaborative innovation through the inclusive process of doodling. Through a variety of public art projects and curriculum of interactive workshops, we guide participants to explore new ways to communicate, form meaningful relationships and embrace their creativity. With U-Doodle communities active on the East Coast, we connect University-aged students with service opportunities to share the “U-Doodle experience” with students. Stop by this informative discussion to learn how you or your business may benefit. Sustainability Pavilion, Friday 2pm

Aerial Silks Performance & Workshop with Liz Bliss

Grab a snack and join us near the tree outside the Coffee Barn to be awed, amazed and inspired by feats of aerial acrobatics. Then stick around and learn some basics of this airy art form. Liz Bliss dances through the air with a smile on her face—soaring upwards, spiraling downwards and maneuvering her body into the most unimaginable of positions. Liz currently teaches aerial dance, aerial conditioning, partner yoga and acro play, hooping, circus arts, and fire safety. She 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. She believes that every body that moves is beautiful and everybody moves.  Oak Tree beside the Coffee Barn, Saturday 1pm


For 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.

Friends of Bill W.

Come 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, Friday 5pm, Saturday 10am & Saturday 5pm

Spring Wild Walkabout with Leif Diamant & Kim Calhoun

Spring is spectacular, abundant, amazingly beautiful…and happening Now! Kim Calhoun (community herbalist and healing arts practitioner) and Shakori neighbor Leif Diamant (psychotherapist, naturalist, organic farmer and ordained inter-spiritual minister ) lead this popular walk through festival grounds, forest and fields. We’ll experience the powerful healing force of Spring as we identify, discuss, and sample edible and medicinal wild plants, meet some wild animals and some asses, tour Leif’s homestead and sample the organic garden. Walk will last approximately two hours. Meet at the Bridge by Healing Arts, Friday 12pm

Spirit Masks

Come with a partner and make a plaster mold of each other’s face. Embellish your mask with color and natural or found objects. Create an alter-ego, an archetypical symbol or your personal totem. Be prepared for lots of fun and a little mess.  Geodesic Dome, Saturday and Sunday afternoons

Advocacy Booths

As you’re passing from Carson’s Grove to the Meadow Stage, stop by and check out local organizations: Appalachian Voices, The Amend-O-Matic Stamp Mobile, Angel Band Foundation, Carolina Donor Services, Chatham Social Health Council, Environment NC, Food and Water Watch, Girls Rock NC, Go Conscience Earth, Heifer International, Move To Amend, NC Blues in the Schools, School House of Wonder, TIC-NC, WKNC Radio. Come on by, get some information and find out what they are about!

Easter Morning Sunrise Service

There is something special about the stillness of sunrise on ceremonially honored days. While traditionally a Christian holiday, Easter also symbolizes rebirth and a re-awakening of the special spirit within us. Come rejoice with Rev. Gary Philips to celebrate our re-emergence into spring while honoring the traditional message of Easter. Meadow Stage, Sunday at Sunrise

Sunday Morning at Shakori

We will gather together on Sunday morning to celebrate—blessing Shakori Hills, honoring all traditions, celebrating the 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. Led by Reverend Gary Phillips of Silk Hope. Do you want to participate? Contact Gary at or find him at the festival. Meadow Stage, Sunday 10am