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WHAT IS WILD GOOSE?

Wild Goose is a community gathered at the intersection of spirituality, justice, music and the arts. Our main annual event is a four-day, outdoor festival hosted each summer in Hot Springs, North Carolina. We also present smaller, more specialized events in other parts of the country throughout the year.

“Wild Goose” is a Celtic spirituality metaphor that evokes unpredictability, beauty, and grace.

We take inspiration from this concept, as well as many events such as Greenbelt, Burning Man, the Iona Community and SXSW.

We invite you to join us. We welcome you to talk, listen, eat and camp together with us as equals, captivated and challenged by the call of radical humanity, and who seek to celebrate diversity and promote the common good.

HOW DID IT START?

For more than two decades, groups of U.S. Americans have flown to England to participate in Greenbelt, an outdoor music festival with spiritual and justice-oriented undertones.

Several years ago, some of these folk were moved by the fact that there was nothing comparable to Greenbelt in the United States. They began studying Greenbelt and learning from their experiences to shape a similarly-inspired event state side.

This group held their first festival in June of 2011. We sang, learned, taught, argued, prayed, ate, danced, imagined a new world, and gave birth to the Wild Goose community.

WHAT ARE WILD GOOSE EVENTS LIKE?

In addition to being venues for amazing musicians, provocative and courageous speakers, and a warm, welcoming community, Wild Goose seeks to create gatherings that inspire justice activism.

At a typical event, an attender might take in a main stage performance, a conversation with a screenwriter and director, an interfaith dialogue, and dozens of open air conversations under trees, around drinks, and at campfires.

The atmosphere intentionally lowers class and social barriers, creating free interaction between even the most accomplished speakers and attenders. And attenders have the chance to request and host informal conversations about topics they’re interested in during the event, which may be attended by Grammy-winning producers, seminary presidents, Oscar-carrying writers, New York Times best-selling authors, and a host of others they wouldn’t usually have the chance to interact with.

“At Wild Goose, people flock together to celebrate a way of life rooted in faith, justice, creativity, and beauty. It’s like a family reunion where you meet relatives you never knew you had. It’s a wild and wonderful convergence of stimulating conversations, campfires, music, kids, art, lawn chairs, prayer, fun, dance, frisbees, tents, food, sunshine, rain, laughter, and fresh air. There’s nothing like it, and I look forward to it as one of the best weeks of my year.” – Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker

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