More Happenings

Fall 2014

Opening Ceremony

Nowadays, more than ever, our world rages with war and chaos – so many women, children and men unable to thrive in their environments. How fortunate we are to be here together! This festival, let us heal our wounds and give thanks for our blessings in this land of plenty, so that we may make a difference in the world at large. Join Reverend Gary Phillips at the Meadow Stage, Thursday 4pm

Paperhand Puppet Intervention Harvest Parade

Come along on the magical journey through the festival! Bring your noisemakers, don your snazziest festival garb, and join Paperhand Puppet Intervention and the Bulltown Strutters in this Shakori Hills Celebration! Parade starts at the Kids Area, Saturday 2pm

Build Your Own Camper

“OMG that is so cute!” is the comment Dennis and Charlyn Dougherty hear most often when people see their Teardrop Camper for the first time. When they tell them that they built it themselves, they can’t believe it. In this workshop Dennis will explain step-by-step how to make one of your own. He’ll provide a rundown of the needed supplies, cost of materials, and general ideas of construction time. If you can measure, cut a reasonably straight line, and use a power drill, you can build one, too. The “Festival  Camper'” is designed for anyone who has beginner to average skills and the basic tool box. It’s a fun project that will give you a ton of satisfaction when you spend your first night at Shakori Hills. Charlyn and Dennis invite you to come take a close up look and ask all the questions you want. Near the Sustainability Pavilion, Saturday 4pm

Fall Garden Forum

Let’s meet in the Shakori Hills Community Garden for a garden tour and some planting fun. We’ll discuss and plant fall and winter cover crops, and maybe some strawberries if they’re ready! 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

Fire by Friction

Come watch this ancient skill that all of our ancestors used to survive and thrive. Fuz Sanderson of Piedmont Earthskills Gathering will demonstrate the technique and the tools needed, as well as share the knowledge of what works in the local environment. This primal experience will awaken a long dormant part of your being, spark your imagination, and open the door to learning a new skill set. Demonstrations will be happening every 15 minutes for a two hour time period. Sustainability Pavilion, Friday 2pm

The Flowjo Family Circus Fire Dance

The Flowjo Family Circus is a collective of performance artists based in Carrboro, NC that includes hoopers, acrobats, aerialists, musicians, dancers & fire spinners dedicated to inspiring imagination, moving spirits, enhancing ceremony and enriching the community through performance art. Come watch this fire spinning spectacle in the Upper Meadow Field, Friday Night

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, Performance: Sunday 1:45pm; Workshop: Sunday 2pm


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

Wild Autumn Walkabout with Leif Diamant & Kim Calhoun

Fall is spectacular, abundant…and happening Now! Enjoy the beauty and
wildness of nature with Kim Calhoun (community herbalist and healing arts
practitioner) and Shakori neighbor, Leif Diamant (psychotherapist,
naturalist, organic farmer, and ordained interspiritual minister) as we
explore the flowers, roots, fruits and nuts of autumn for food and medicine.
During this popular walk we¹ll wander from Shakori to Leif’s homestead, meet
some asses and other farm and wild animals, sample wild plants and the
organic garden and experience greater knowledge and deeper intimacy of wild
nature. Meet at the Bridge by Healing Arts, Friday 12pm (walk will last until 2pm)

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:  All Breed Animal Rescue, Chatham Social Health Council, Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle, Help a Brother Out Foundation, Inc., Love Wins Ministries, The ManKind Project, Move to Amend, Stamp Stampede, Greenpeace & more. Come on by, get some information and find out what they are about!

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. 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, Sunday 10am

Healing Arts Area

Is your body sore from dancing past midnight with your friends? Need a place to catch your breath? Just want to rest in a quiet and peaceful area? Come by to the Healing Arts Area – you can just sit in our park space or receive some caring touch for your body. You might choose a massage, acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy, energy work, a chiropractic adjustment, or simply a few moments of rest in a sacred space. Experience a variety of holistic health modalities with treatments offered (for a fee) by practitioners from many healing traditions. We will also be offering special sittings for meditation.

Practitioners available throughout the weekend include:
Dr. Roxanne Hollander, DC – Chiropractic
Melanie Diana, LAc – Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs
Ione Linker, LMBT – Massage, Aromatherapy, Ayurvedic Consultation
Edwin Nothnagel, RCST, LMBT – Craniosacral Therapy
Michael J. Savino, LMBT – Massage, Shiatsu
Nancy Loeffler – Samyama – Heart Centered Meditation
Cynthia Flowers, LMBT – Craniosacral Therapy
Jenn Browning, LMBT – Massage
Graham Whitley – Sacred Heart Meditation
…..and many more
Located near the Fire Circle and the Movement Tent, the Healing Arts Area is open 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday; 10am-4pm Sunday