Join festival performers and honored guests, WarPaint, in our opening offering of gratitude. We will join together in song and dance giving thanks and offering blessings for our gathering. Meadow Stage, Thu 4:15pm
Paperhand Puppet Intervention Parade
Bring your noisemakers, don your snazziest festival garb and come along with Paperhand Puppet Intervention and the Bulltown Strutters on a magical journey through Shakori Hills! There is so much to celebrate! Parade starts at the Kids Area, Sat 2pm
Join Durham potter, Sarah Howe for pottery demos, festival joy and a chance to try your own hand at the potter’s wheel (weather permitting). Oak Tree near the Coffee Barn, Sat & Sun
Ecstatic Dance Party
Experience authentic self-expression in a safe space free of judgment & instruction: explore your own ranges of being, from stillness to unfettered wildness, through self-directed, freeform movement in community. Music provided by Will Ridenour & Gabriel Pelli; dance facilitated by Aubrey Griffith-Zill & Julia Hartsell. Dance Tent, Sat 11:45am
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 throughout the festival at the Carrom Tent near the Coffee Barn
Join beekeepers from Chatham and surrounding counties to discuss the basics of beekeeping, and watch honeybees in action in an enclosed “bee cage.” Also visit regional county Beekeepers Associations near the Sustainability Pavilion. Demonstration Workshop: Community Garden, Sun 2pm; General Discussion & “Ask a Beekeeper,” Fri 3pm
Cacaochemy: Sacred Chocolate & Song
Founders of Silvermoon Chocolate lead this offering of cacao as a sacrament, elixir and catalyst for inner alchemy. Aradhana and Truth-I will serve a strong cacao elixir while they weave together a synergistic, meditative and musical experience. Healing Arts Area, Fri 2pm
Wild Autumn Walkabout with Leif Diamant
Come along on this popular walk to enjoy the beauty and wildness of nature with Shakori Hills’ neighbor and organic farmer, Leif Diamant (wildearthconsulting.com), as we identify, discuss and sample various edible, medicinal and beneficial plants. Meet at the Bridge by Healing Arts, Fri 12pm
Come 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 & Sun afternoons
FlowZone & Fire Dance
The Flowjo & Imagine Circus collaborate to provide a Flow Space by the Carson’s Grove Stage. Bring your own instruments of magic, or play with the hoops and toys we have to share. Watch out for sporadic performances and workshops. Fire show near the Carson’s Grove Stage after sunset on Saturday night!
Aerial Silks Performance
Liz Bliss dances through the air—soaring upwards, spiraling downwards and maneuvering her body into the most unimaginable of positions. Carson’s Grove during Dangermuffin, Sun 5pm
Sunday Morning at Shakori Hills
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. Led by Reverend Gary Phillips of Silk Hope. Meadow Stage, Sun 10:30am
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, Sun 1pm
Friends of Bill W.
Come join the fellowship with others that are clean and sober at the festival. Bring your own chair. Healing Arts Area, Fri 5pm, Sat 10am & 5pm
As you’re passing from Carson’s Grove to the Meadow Stage, stop by and check out these local organizations. We are all working for a better world!
Festival photos by Dax Pecaro, Kim Hawks, Amos Perrine, Todd Gaul, Elizabeth Larson, Shannon O’Sullivan, and Matt Busch.