Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is the ancient practice of a “soul friend” who accompanies others on their spiritual journey, helping them to notice, discern, and claim their own experience of God. It is likely that you will encounter the “Wild Goose” in a variety of ways during the next several days. The WGF Spiritual Direction Team is available throughout the weekend to companion folks for spiritual exploration, processing, conversation, companionship, and/or prayer during 45 minute individual sessions. Signups are at the Spiritual Direction tent where there are also self-led contemplative practices sponsored by the Charlotte Spirituality Center.

Staff:
Linda Flynn-Serepca, team lead
Chet Amalean,Randy Bell,Lucinda Clark,Anne Findlay-Chamberlain, Sarah DeShields, Marshall Jenkins

The Spiritual Direction team will be available to all festival attendees throughout the weekend.
In addition to spiritual direction, the Charlotte Spirituality Center’s tent provides a space for rest, prayer, and creative expression via self-led contemplative activities throughout the festival.

The Wild Goose Studio

In addition to hosting speakers, workshops and creative collaborations the Wild Goose Studio is an open and working maker-space! Art materials are available for your use in the Studio or to check out and borrow for use around the festival grounds! Come check out our open Studio space in the mornings, every day of the festival!

Sidebar Stories: Storytelling for Social Change

Here, you’ll learn to organize and present life experiences in a simple and undeniable story. This interactive session teaches structure and biology of the Sidebar Story format. Using an effective story pathway allows you to tell your life story in a way that is memorable and capable of shifting dominant social narratives. Drop in the Sidebar Stories space near the Studio Tent anytime to meet the Sidebar Stories team and pick up materials to draw the change you want to see by making your own storyboard. Frame your storyboard, display it during the festival and take it home with you. Sidebar Stories can also post your story online for others who need to know things you’ve learned. Hand drawn storyboards are about authenticity, not artistic ability or performance storytelling. They can also be used to create a dynamic graphic record of your life together in community.

Stop by the Sidebar Stories space to find your muse in someone who listens and cares about what you have to say. It’s surprising what a good ear can do to reveal an untold story. Let’s talk about how your story can be used to make a real difference in the world.

Pub/Beer Tent

The Beer Tent at Wild Goose is a sacred space of its own within the festival. Here, you’ll find friendly faces eager to introduce you to a new craft brew, pour you a glass of wine, and (if they aren’t too busy) hear a bit of your story. Our beers are provided by a vendor in the Western NC area, so the Tent is another way the festival partners with the local community. The “Pub” is a great place to bump into your favorite speakers and workshop presenters, process life with a friend, or simply enjoy a moment gazing out at the beautiful natural setting. You’ll find us just beside the main stage, a perfect space to hear all the great afternoon and evening bands. We’re also setting up shop near the cafe, so you won’t have to make that painful decision between staying for the next session or grabbing a delicious beverage. And when it comes time for Beer n’ Hymns, we’ve got your hookup.

Come, all who are thirsty.

Chapel

Beer & Hymns Jax is excited to present the  chapel. The chapel is a beautiful contemplative space with limited programing and is meant as more of an open drop-in space for prayer, reflection, and meditation. On the walls of the chapel you’re invited to write your praises, laments, hopes, and dreams.

Cafe

The Cafe has always been a diverse venue. Everything from beautiful liturgies to fun acoustic sets, it’s really been a delightful space that so many of us have enjoyed. And this year, It’s a more than a performance space. We’re moving it to a more central location facing the main road, and creating a larger surrounding space where folks can gather and connect. And we’re adding a beer vendor right next door. So come, sit, enjoy a conversation or move in a little closer to enjoy some great music.

Meet-Up Board

Located in the “Village” area around the Café
Want to meet casually around a common topic/interest? Post an invitation with your area of interest along with a time and place to meet on the Meet-Up board.
Last-minute schedule changes will also be posted here.

The Labyrinth: A Journey to Deep Connection

The Labyrinth has long been a symbol of wholeness, birth and rebirth. For some Native peoples, it symbolizes the womb; for others it illustrates the story of emergence, of life’s cycles and the choices which confront us on our life’s pilgrimage. This year’s labyrinth invites us to journey deeper as we seek connection: connection to ourselves, to each other, and to the Divine spark which dwells at the center of us all. Join us as we surrender to the path of the labyrinth and walk for wholeness, co-creation of beauty, and the hope of new life we carry in our hearts.

The Labyrinth is located by the river and open all day every day.

Food Vendors

Main Stage Area

  • Sugar Shack
    The Sugar Shack is a staple at Wild Goose with breakfast all day, hot and cold drinks, wholesome snacks and treats and the VeggieThing!
  • One Heart Cafe
    Burgers and more!
  • Wood Oven Eats
    100% wood fired oven to make delicious Napoletana style pizza and foods: Pizza by the slice, whole pies, morning menu,
    soft pretzels, daiquiris and pina colada, ice tea.
  • Super Snack Shop
    Serving affordable family oriented snacks including All Natural Fruit Pops/Frozen Yogurt and for the children at heart (big or small) Spiderman, Hello Kitty, and Shaved Ice! Also serving fresh Funnel Cakes with refreshing Organic Frozen or Fresh Squeezed Lemonade!

Cafe Area

  • Mojo Kitchen
    serves Caribbean inspired street food with a twist! Tacos, Nachos, plantains…all come with our signature toppings that are made with fresh ingredients using our unique blend of spices and citrus.
  • Kerala Curry
    offers authentic all natural flavor rich Indian meals, snacks, naan, soup, lassi, chai; gluten free, vegetarian & vegan options, served with Kerala Curry chutney.
  • Coastal Concessions
    Proudly serving real fresh squeezed lemonade made the right way with only lemons, sugar, and water. We also serve cool and refreshing genuine Via Veneto Italian Ice in a variety of flavors. All of our products are served in eco-friendly biodegradable/compostable containers.
  • Nibble and Sip
    A pop-up refreshment vendor specializing in lifestyle conscious options. Organic, vegan, plaeo, non-gmo, artificial-free priorities? We’ve got your snacks!

Merchandise Vendors

  • Glynne’s Soaps http://glynnesoaps.com/
    Glynne’s Soaps are makers of all natural skin care products for people and their pets.
  • Silvertree Art https://www.silvertreeart.com/  &   https://www.facebook.com/silvertreeart/
    Silver Tree Art features watercolor originals and works by suzanne l. vinson, artist and minister.  These soul care goods are meant to be art for daily living and feature work on stainless steel mugs, wisdom cards, printed works, wearable pins, temporary tattoos, and notepads and prayer books.  Suzanne is also hosting a workshop in The Studio this year.
  • The Thoughtful Traveler will offer art prints, framed and unframed, star ornaments & garlands, notecards, journal and note taking books, T-shirts, to name a bit of it.  You can also purchase a “Wish” for a friend or loved one.  It’s a small art gram with a candy tucked inside.  They tell someone you want to give them a smile, share a little love, and offer encouragement for life. They are just $2. each. 
  • Mushpa + Mensa http://www.mushpaymensa.com/
    Mushpa + Mensa create good for the soul art with good for the earth materials.
    Step inside the magical mobile art machine for conversations, inspiring interactions and some hugs!
  • Nomadic Artifacts http://www.nomadicartifacts.com/home/
    We are Nomadic Artifacts. We are an art collective using art to inspire positive social change. We design unique handmade art from wire wrap jewelry to glass art and more!
  • Backpacking for Betty offers handmade North Carolina pottery and Nepalese handicrafts in support of health and hygiene efforts in Nepal. The booth in manned by Tara Hayslip, founder of Backpacking 4 Betty who can also be found in Convo Hall contributing this year.     http://backpacking4betty.org/
  • Express it Face and Body Face and Body Painting
    Express It will be on hand to color your world with Face Paintings, Glitter Tattoos, and hand drawn portraits done to order. Also quick sketches and caricatures.
  • The Change Project http://www.embodyprogress.org
    Affordable, Advocacy apparel that helps you tell your story on your sleeve. 100% of donations go to the fight for LGBTQ equality.
  • Bloom Bangor http://bloombangor.org/
  • Native Grace https://nativegracefairtrade.com/
  • Humble Bumble Beads https://www.facebook.com/Humble-Bumble-Beads-1181223901894504/
    Handmade Glass Beads created in my home studio. I take pride in handcrafting my work with love by creating a special piece of jewelry to pass along to you! The nature that surrounds my home is my constant inspiration and grounding, this is where I go to begin the creation process.
  • Spark the Fairy!!!!! http://sparkthefairy.com/
    Spark has been traveling the country sharing her message of love, acceptance, preservation and harmony for 4 years as a professional fairy and sparkle expert. She, and her tribe share time and conversation while sparkling all who wish to be with joyful and beautiful shining Fairy Hair! We are also excited to announce that you can also catch her contributing in the Healing Arts tent at 3 on Saturday! http://wildgoosefestival.org/Zenaida-Chandler18/
  • Regina Blackstar https://reginasblackstardesign.com/
    Regina’s Blackstar’s African-inspired gifts are made of authentic wax print cloths from Ghana. These luxurious hand-crafted bags, ties, and pillows are an easy way to bring vibrant color and style to your personal wardrobe and interior spaces. At RBS, we produce a limited quantity of our custom designs based upon fabric availability and current trends.
  • Wildkraft Goods. https://www.facebook.com/Wildcraft-Goods-1153867251318678/
  • DeSanka. http://www.desankaspirit.net/ More about DeSanka
  • 2 Chicks With Scents is a locally owned Wilmington small business Established in 2012 by two driven, very hard-working women. They strive to create the best product possible for their amazing customers and supporters, from hand poured, small batch soy candles to organic bath and body products. Everything is made with intention and all containers are sustainably sourced and recyclable.
  •  Sarah Sunshine Pottery, www.sarahsunshinepottery.com, is handmade locally  by Sarah Vekasi, M.Div. in Black Mountain, NC. Sarah has been making communion sets and foot washing bowls special for Wild Goose! She will also be bringing her signature pieces of functional pottery to sell, including mugs, cups, bowls, dinnerware, tea-sets, vases, and more. When not working as a potter Sarah is also a Buddhist trained Eco-Chaplain, and runs the nonprofit she founded called the Eco-Chaplaincy Initiative which provides spiritual care for environmental and social justice activists, www.ecochaplaincy.net.