Beats in the Bones will help us welcome in the Fall Festival around a kettle drum. This all female group playing to the rhythm of a heartbeat to celebrate the piece of land that is Shakori Hills, blessing her for our festival and asking her blessing in return. Meadow Stage, Thursday, 5:00 p.m.
Multiple Day Programs
Wild Autumn Walkabout with Leif Diamant
We’ll wander from Shakori Hills to neighbor Leif’s homestead and farm, identifying, discussing and experiencing various edible, medicinal and beneficial plants that we pass. Fall’s beauty and bounty are enormous, and we’ll sample the wild side. We’ll likely see wild animals and you can meet some asses at the farm. Join us to experience deeper intimacy with and greater knowledge of Nature. Meet at the Bridge by Healing Arts, Daily at 12:00 p.m. and return by 2:00 p.m.
Make Your Own Didgeridoo
Join skilled instructor, Fuz Sanderson, of the Piedmont Earthskills Gathering, to learn about this primitive instrument and make and design your own. He will then show you how to play it! Class limited to 15 students. It will cost $20 to participate in the workshop, this fee covers materials and tool replacement. If interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot! Beside the Coffee Tent, Friday and Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
For centuries, people in the South Asian countries of India, Burma and Sri Lanka have been playing this cross between marbles, pool and penny hockey. Come play carrom throughout the festival at the Coffee Tent.
Friends of Bill W.
We Need the Bees!
We have most of our food because of honeybees. Join beekeepers from Chatham and surrounding counties to discuss the basics of beekeeping and how you can support honey bees and other pollinators. You can find us daily from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Ask a Beekeeper Tent next to the Sustainability Pavilion.
Come with a partner and make and decorate a plaster mold of each other’s face. Create an alter-ego, an archetypal symbol or your personal totem. Be prepared for lots of fun and a little mess. Geodesic Dome, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Ecstatic Dance Experience
Experience authentic self-expression from stillness to unfettered wildness. Let yourself be free with self-directed, freeform movement to the live sounds of Will Ridenour, Gabriel Pelli and Austin McCall; dance facilitated by Aubrey Griffith-Zill and the Living Arts Collective. All Ages. Dance Tent, Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
Paperhand Puppet Intervention Parade
Bring noisemakers, don your snazziest festival garb and come along with Paperhand Puppet Intervention and the Bulltown Strutters as they journey through Shakori Hills celebrating life, love and the arrival of Spring! Kids Area, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Morning Communion
Join us Sunday morning to celebrate and bless Shakori Hills, the earth, all beings, and traditions through music, spoken word, and ceremony. Everybody welcome! Come as you are; contact us if you want to contribute. Led by Reverend Gary Phillips of Silk Hope. Meadow Stage, Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Liz Bliss dances through the air—soaring upwards, spiraling downwards and maneuvering her body into the most unimaginable of positions. Workshop offers opportunities to try it yourself! Tree by the Outpost, Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Fall Garden Forum
Let’s meet in the Shakori Hills Community Garden for a garden tour/discussion and some planting fun. 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, 1:00 p.m.
Festival photos by Dax Pecaro, Kim Hawks, Amos Perrine, Todd Gaul, Elizabeth Larson, Shannon O’Sullivan, Kendall Atwater, and Matt Busch.